Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is one of the hottest smartphones the Android world is eagerly waiting for. However, Samsung has not mentioned a thing about when this phone will be out.
The year is only three months old and as such, the Galaxy Note 6 is actually not the only device that Android lovers are looking out for. After last month’s announcement of Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge, LG G5, Xiaomi Mi 5 as well as a new line of Sony Xperia X smartphones led by Xperia X Performance, attention has now shifted to the likes of HTC, Huawei, OnePlus as well as new entrants such as BlackBerry, which marked its debut into the Android world with a BlackBerry Priv.
With this in mind, here is a list of the top 5 Android smartphones to look out for in 2016.
Samsung Galaxy Note 6
As mentioned earlier, Samsung has already made its mark in the smartphone world this year, coming in with the flagships Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. However, as usual, the company follows up its flagship models with a phablet Galaxy Note. With last year’s version being Galaxy Note 5, a new Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is expected this year.
There is still no official date or specs of this phone, but rumors have it that August or September could be the possible release date for this device. On the spec sheet, reports claim that Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will pack a 5.8-inch QHD AMOLED screen with a resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels, with one variant featuring the Exynos 8890 chipset and another the Snapdragon 820 chipset.
A RAM of 4GB is expected on the Note 6, but Samsung may decide to up its game since last year’s Note 5 also had 4GB of RAM, with rumors pointing to a possible 6GB RAM. However, expect the same camera as the one available on the S7 and S7 Edge variants in addition to an upgraded S Pen stylus.
HTC 10 (One M10)
HTC was expected to unveil the successor to last year’s HTC One M9 during the MWC 2016, but it did not. Latest reports claim that the phone will be unveiled at an event to be held early next month, with the company recently confirming that the device will be unveiled on April 12.
Even though details of the specs are not yet out, we can tell from what has been circulating that the upcoming HTC 10 (or One M10) will probably feature a 5.15-inch display with QHD resolution of 2560 by 1440 pixels. Just like most 2016 Android smartphone flagships, this device will also pack a Snapdragon 820 and 4GB RAM under the hood. The phone is also rumored to be coming with a 12MP snapper on the rear, a 5MP selfie camera and support for USB Type C, among other current standards.
Founded in 2013, OnePlus is expected to come in with a successor to the OnePlus 2 released last July. Being a Chinese smartphone maker, expect plenty of top-notch specs on this device, but at a very competitive price.
If reports remain true, the upcoming OnePlus 3 will be equipped with the latest Snapdragon 820, 4GB RAM, 32GB of onboard storage, 5.5-inch Full HD display and decent cameras of 16MP and 8MP on the back and front, respectively. Just like last year’s OnePlus 2, the rumored OnePlus 3 is expected to be released in Q2 2016.
Huawei P9 is expected to be out on April 6, making it the fifth version of the P series. There are reports that the device might come in several variants carrying slightly altered specs to fit the different smartphone markets it is targeting. If rumors are true, we may see a Huawei P9, Huawei P9 Lite and a Huawei P9 Max/Plus. Of course, the Plus model will feature a larger screen than the standard and Lite version, which are expected to come with 5.2 inches of display that manages a resolution of 1080p.
Under the hood, the Huawei P9 will pack a Kirin 950 CPU that houses 8 cores and a Mali-T880 GPU. Differences start coming in with respect to RAM, with the standard version expected to carry 3GB RAM whereas the P9 Max version will carry 4GB RAM. The P9 will also come with USB Type C charging with two 12MP sensors for better photos. Huawei will reportedly avail the P9 in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB variants.
BlackBerry decided against closing its mobile business and instead jumped on the Android bandwagon with a BlackBerry Priv smartphone. This device was well-received among lovers of the QWERTY keyboard and with the company hinting that it will only be concentrating on Android-powered smartphones this year, a new BlackBerry smartphone is expected somewhere in Q3 or Q4 of this year.
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