2016 has been an interesting year for smartphone fans, but 2017 looks set to be even bigger.
Nokia has confirmed that it’ll be making its long-awaited return to the market, rumour has it that Microsoft will finally be debuting the so-called Surface Phone, and Samsung’s Galaxy Note range looks set to make a comeback.
We’ve rounded up the best smartphones you can expect to see in 2017.
With the next year’s iPhone set to mark the 10th-anniversary of Apple’s smartphone lineup, speculation is rife that the firm has something big in store.
If these rumours are to be believed, Apple will skip the iPhone 7S in favour of the iPhone 8, which analysts are claiming will be the most radically redesigned iPhone yet with its ‘all-glass’ design and OLED screen. There’s also talk that the iPhone 8 will be the first to support wireless charging and a Touch ID sensor embedded in its display, while an all-new “Pro” model is rumoured to pack to feature an S7 Edge-style curved display and dual camera setup.
Apple’s so-called iPhone 8 is expected to debut in September 2017.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung has confirmed that it’s coming, and online leaks have revealed what we can expect from the Galaxy S8.
Following in the footsteps of Apple’s iPhone, the Galaxy S8 will be the first smartphone to come with Samsung’s own artificial intelligence (AI) assistant built in. That won’t be its only similarity to the iPhone, as rumour has it that the Galaxy S8 will also dump the headphone jack, in favour of audio over USB-C.
Further speculation points to a 2K-resolution AMOLED Edge display, baked-in IP68 certification, both fingerprint and iris scanners, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 power and a dual rear-facing camera setup.
The Galaxy S8 likely will debut at Mobile World Congress in February.
Nokia has confirmed that 2017 will be the year that it returns to the smartphone market, this time with Android-powered handsets in tow.
The Nokia P1 is tipped to be the firm’s first high-end Android device, and will reportedly offer IP68 water and dust resistance and be available in two sizes, 5.2in and 5.5in, each with QHD 2560×1440 AMOLED displays. With Android 7.0 on board, the Nokia P1 also looks set to arrive with support for Google’s Daydream VR platform.
Nokia’s P1 will launch in the first quarter of 2017.
With this year’s Huawei P9 selling more than nine million units, it’s no surprise that Huawei is already planning a follow-up.
While we don’t yet know much about the so-called Huawei P10, speculation suggests that it will be the first to feature an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, which will be faster and more accurate than current capacitive sensors. Leaked specs also point to a 5.5in QHD display with a Samsung-style curved variant, Leica dual-lens rear cameras, Huawei’s own Kirin 960 chip and either 4GB or 6GB RAM.
The Huawei P10 is expected to see an unveiling in April 2017.
The OnePlus 4 – which could arrive branded OnePlus 5 due to the fact that the number four is regarded as unlucky in Asia – is expected to be the highest-spec OnePlus smartphone yet.
Details are thin, but rumours claim that the next-gen OnePlus will feature a high-end metal casing, housing a Snapdragon 835 processor and a 5.5in QHD display, improving on the Full HD screen seen on the OnePlus 3T. There’s also talk of a whopping 8GB RAM, a 21MP or 23MP rear-facing camera, a 4,000mAh battery and Android 7.0 Nougat.
The OnePlus 4 is expected to launch in May or June next year.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Given the fiery fiasco surrounding this year’s now-defunct Galaxy Note 7, one thing’s for sure about next year’s release: it (probably) won’t set on fire.
Beyond that, we don’t yet know much about the so-called Galaxy Note 8, although we can expect it to come with support for Samsung’s S Pen stylus, a built-in iris scanner and a 5.7in display, with speculation pointing to a 4K resolution. Rumours also point to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and support for Google’s Daydream VR platform.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 likely will debut in August 2017.
2017 might be the year that Microsoft’s elusive Surface Phone finally debuts as the firm looks to bolster its flailing share of the smartphone market.
If speculation is to be believed, the Windows 10-powered Surface Phone will be available in three versions; 4GB/128GB, 6GB/256GB and 8GB/512GB. All three devices are expected to pack USB-C ports, built-in fingerprint scanners and 5.7in AMOLED panels, while power is expected to be provided by Qualcomm. This means, if legit, that the Surface Phone will be able to run fully-fledged Windows 10 desktop apps.
The Surface Phone is expected to arrive in early 2017, but don’t get your hopes up.
Source – theinquirer