Samsung Galaxy S8, OnePlus 5 and Google Pixel 2 are three of the hottest smartphones that are being lined up for release this 2017.
The party will begin with Samsung Galaxy S8, which will be unveiled at the end of this month. If OnePlus sticks to its 2016 schedule, we should see the new OnePlus 5 in June while the Google Pixel 2 will be among the last of the year, probably coming in October 2017. Being flagships, all three phones will without a doubt ship with the best hardware specs and features, something that will for sure make it interesting for buyers. But where should you put your money?
We’ve seen a flurry of leaks regarding Samsung Galaxy S8, but details of OnePlus 5 and Google Pixel 2 have remained scarce. Still, this doesn’t mean we have nothing at all regarding the latter devices. In fact, the latest reports claim that OnePlus, which has become famous for making high-end devices that are priced in a pocket-friendly manner, has a number of surprises this year.
If rumors are right, OnePlus 5 will keep the 5.5-inch AMOLED screen we’ve seen before on OnePlus 3 and 3T. However, this one could have curved edges like the Galaxy S7 Edge. The resolution could finally make a switch to QHD, but to keep the prices down, don’t be surprised if the Full HD resolution is also maintained. This screen size will be nothing comparable to the smaller Samsung Galaxy S8, which will feature a larger 5.8-inch curved AMOLED panel with QHD resolution, same as the 6.2-inch Galaxy S8+.
Under the hood, Samsung Galaxy S8 will ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor that is paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. Despite how good this is, OnePlus 5 will take everything to the next level with at least 6GB RAM and up to 128GB storage, but don’t expect a microSD card slot like what you find on the S8 and S8+. The Snapdragon 835 SoC will also power the OnePlus flagship and in fact, there could be an 8GB RAM variant being lined up.
Samsung is sticking with last year’s 12MP back camera, but the front camera will see a bump to 8MP. The story is a little different with OnePlus 5, where the 16MP front camera of the OnePlus 3T will be retained, but the back could shift to a 23MP shooter. The Galaxy S8 will come with a 3000mAh battery while rumors say that OnePlus is working on a 4000mAh battery.
Both phones will be powered by Android Nougat out of the box, which is where the Google Pixel 2 beats them all. Like the current Pixel and Pixel XL, the 2017 Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 will come with the successor to Android Nougat out of the box, which should be Android 8.0. In terms of hardware, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 (or a newer version) should run the show with the same 4GB RAM.
It is possible that Google will keep the same screen sizes for the two phones, but reports add that the company could take the same direction as the LG G6 and debut an 18:9 QHD+ display screen on the Pixel 2 XL. Given that the Pixel phone was ranked the best in terms of cameras, we expect the Pixel 2 to pick up from there and come in with an even better shooter, but don’t expect anything to do with a dual-lens setup.
Google is also expected to work on the design of the Pixel 2, especially when it comes to the huge bezels we see on the Pixel and Pixel XL and the weird finish on the back panel.
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