Are you planning to buy a new handset for the New Year? If your answer is yes, we suggest you better put your plans on hold. With some new handsets revealed at the recent CES (Consumer Electronics Show) 2017 held in Las Vegas Nevada and the biggest smartphone carnival MWC (Mobile World Congress) around the corner, it would be wise to wait and watch what’s on offer from the top smartphone brands. Without further ado, let’s jump to the list of handsets to watch out for in 2017.
1. iPhone 8
The latest iPhone received its fair share of criticism for retaining its design for a third consecutive year. According to multiple reports, Apple has cut down the iPhone 7 production by 10 percent and even Tim Cook’s salary been slashed by 15 percent. This is quite an indicator that the iPhone 7 hasn’t performed as good as the Cupertino company had anticipated. It is quite apparent that the next iPhone will be a major update.
iPhone 8 will most likely feature much-needed design refresh. The other most exciting aspect would be a shift to OLED screen technology. It was about time; Apple gave up on the inferior LCD technology in the premium smartphone category. There are also rumours suggesting that Apple could integrate the first-of-its-kind true wireless charging system in which the phone could be topped-up just by entering the charging zone. Additionally, the quick charging system, already implemented in the majority of Android phones could be making its way to the upcoming iPhone.
2. Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung had great success with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Especially, the latter has been the best-selling premium Android device on the market. Unfortunately for the Korean giant, things went south with the Galaxy Note 7. A critical battery issue in the latest Note series handset caused multiple fire incidents in the US, China, and Taiwan. The whole fiasco resulted in losses of over $5 billion to Samsung. Little wonder then, Samsung would work hard to regain the trust it cultivated for decades.
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge might just be the devices for this job. Expected to launch around March-April, the Galaxy S8 could jump on the minimal bezel bandwagon. It will get fancy 4K resolution OLED displays and is expected to do away with physical buttons. The fingerprint sensor will be integrated into the screen. It could be powered by a newly unveiled Flagship Snapdragon 835 SOC, which features energy efficient 10nm fabrication technology. To catch-up with the iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung may go with a dual-camera setup on the back. There have also been rumours about a foldable flagship phone, but at this point, we believe that Samsung would like to play it safe after the Note 7 disaster.
3. Nokia 6 And More
Nokia 6 isn’t a high-end smartphone by a long shot, but you simply can’t ignore the Finnish brand that was once a synonym for mobiles in developing countries including India. Nokia’s much-anticipated comeback to the smartphone market is powered by another Finnish company called HMD Global, which has licensed the iconic brand name.
HMD Global is said to have plans to launch up to 10 mobile devices in the calendar year 2017. To start the proceedings, it has already unveiled the Nokia 6 in China. The rumour has it that the company will launch more handsets at the MWC 2017. There’s a good chance that the Finnish brand will also reveal its plan to launch the Nokia 6 in more markets at the biggest mobile expo. The Nokia 6 runs on Android Nougat 7.0 based operating system. It features a 5.5-inch Full HD display with the 2.5D display. It is backed by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 430 chipset with 4 GB of RAM. It has a 16-megapixel camera at the back. For selfies, you get an 8-megapixel snapper.
4. LG G6
Last year, LG decided to cash-in on the modular smartphone buzz by launching the G5. However, the ‘life’ hasn’t been particularly ‘good’ for the South Korean brand. The gimmicky phone failed miserably against the likes of the Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7. As per the recent leaks, LG would be going back to the basics with its 2017 flagship.
Likely to be named the G6, the phone will likely feature a glass back and water-resistant body. You can expect a 4K screen backed by the newly launched top of the line Snapdragon 835 chip with 6 GB RAM. The rear camera is said to be comprised of a 24-megapixel dual-lens setup.
5. HTC 11
Launched in 2016, the HTC 10 did not shine enough to stand out in the market. Forget the Galaxy S7 Edge; the HTC 10 couldn’t even match the success of the Taiwanese company’s earlier models such as the HTC One M7 and HTC One M8. HTC has been known for its design prowess and excellent Android customisation. Unfortunately, the company has always struggled when it comes to the screen and cameras.
Now the rumour has it that the manufacturer will finally give up on the LCD screen in favour of an OLED panel. A dual-camera setup is also on the cards. The phone will most probably be powered by the SOC Snapdragon 835 SoC (System on Chip) and could boast of 6 GB of RAM.