Smartphone manufacturers did a very good job this 2016, but it seems 2017 is going to be even better than this year.
With the first major releases set to happen in Q1 2017, the main question that is lingering in people’s heads is whether to get one of the best phones of 2016 or simply wait and see what 2017 has in store.
One problem with being quick to commit to a new phone is the fact that a much better one is always around the corner. Who knows, maybe the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC Ocean or rather HTC 11, OnePlus 4, Nokia D1C or LG G6 could the phone you have been waiting for all this time. As a result, make sure you take a look at what’s coming before deciding to get one of this year’s handsets from the same lineup.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Like the Galaxy S7, Samsung is also expected to debut another great phone in the shape of Galaxy S8. The company wants this phone to help bury the dead Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and as such, expect its launch to be big.
Samsung Galaxy S8 should be launched at the MWC 2017 event and it will continue the company’s Super AMOLED display technology, but the flat design might not show up, instead, expect a curved dual-edge design on both variants of the S8. The Galaxy S7 Edge variant has been selling much better than the flat edition, hence, Samsung feels that this is the right direction to take for its next flagship.
It is still unclear with resolution matters, but a 4K screen has been touted, although we could see a 2K panel on one variant of the said Samsung Galaxy S8. Under the hood, the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 SoC while recent reports have suggested that Samsung will turn to USB-C connectivity for both battery charging and audio. Android Nougat should power the phone out of the box.
After the miserable HTC 10, the Taiwanese company is working on a new HTC flagship codenamed “Ocean.” Whether this phone will be called HTC 11 or something else is still early to tell, but we can expect a much better device than this year’s 10. This doesn’t imply that the 10 is a poorly-made handset, but given what HTC has touted for the said Ocean flagship, the phone will indeed be an upgrade over the current model.
The HTC Ocean will come with a new Sense Touch UI that gets rid of physical controls and instead, the device will be navigated using touch, voice and gestures. The edges of the phone will be sensitive to touch in order to make life easier when adjusting volume, zooming the camera and so on. In terms of hardware, the same Snapdragon 835 that will power Samsung Galaxy S8 is also expected to be used on the HTC Ocean alongside a 4GB RAM, among other flagship features.
Coming in a successor to the recent OnePlus 3T, the new OnePlus 4 has a lot of expectations on its shoulders. Like its predecessor, the handset will carry on with the tradition of packing monster hardware specs but priced affordably. We’ve seen it with the OnePlus 3 and OnePlus 3T, so why not the OnePlus 4?
If anything, OnePlus 4 should be out somewhere in Q2 2016. The phone will retain the same screen size, but chances are high that OnePlus will finally shift to QHD resolution. The latest iteration of the Snapdragon chipset, v835, will be used on the phone alongside a RAM of at least 6GB, with some claiming that 8GB RAM is a possibility. With the recent introduction of a 128GB storage variant on the OnePlus 3T, expect the same to happen with next year’s version or even a step higher, with a 256GB variant touted.
LG did not do well with the G5 and its Friends ‘gimmick.’ We call it a gimmick because none of these accessories added any significant value to the LG G5 flagship. It is perhaps the main reason why the South Korean company will reportedly be dropping the modular design for its upcoming LG G6.
The near-complete resign of the G6 promises a much better device than the G5 and in fact, Samsung Galaxy S8 should be ready to compete this time around. There has been talk of a glass build, but this is unlikely, instead, the company should go with a polished metallic build with IP certification. The LG G6 will still keep the removable battery as well as pack the latest Snapdragon 835 SoC alongside 4GB or 6GB RAM.
Unlike Samsung Galaxy S8, the LG G6 is expected to keep the dual-lens camera on its back while at the same time switch to OLED displays instead of the LCD panels it has been using on its flagship handsets. In short, expect the G6 to come with support for Daydream VR, just like Samsung Galaxy S8 and other 2017 flagships.
Nokia is back and is working with Finnish company HMD Global after previous attempts with Microsoft failed miserably. This time, there is no Windows OS, instead, Android Nougat will power the upcoming Nokia phones out of the box.
According to the latest reports, the new phone will be called Nokia D1C and will feature two variants. One will carry a 5-inch display screen alongside a Full HD resolution, 2GB RAM, Snapdragon 430 SoC and 13MP main camera. The second model will be a slightly upgraded offering with a larger 5.5-inch screen, but keeps the same resolution. The RAM will be upped to 3GB while the camera will also be bettered to 16MP. However, it is believed both handsets will carry the same processor. Looking at what it is, the new Nokia D1C will be a midrange phone, meaning it will also be priced affordably, probably a few hundred dollars will be enough to get you either.