No doubt, smartphones continue to be more powerful with every new release. Compared to the first generation of smartphone, we can say without a doubt that smartphones today have morphed into powerful gadgets capable of doing virtually everything. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a new device is released replete with features that were only a distant dream some 20 years ago. 2016 has indeed seen the unveiling of magnificent smartphones with the Samsung Galaxy s7 and iPhone 7 taking the bragging rights.
Well, 2016 is almost coming to a close and focus has now shifted to smartphones that will be unveiled come 2017. Of course, if you are the kind of person that switches mobile phones every year, you simply can’t wait to see what the new year has to offer. Rather than keep you guessing, we are going to outline some of the top smartphones expected to hit the market come 2017. The specifications for the devices we are going to list are based on rumours from the tech world and if history is anything to go by, the rumours about specifications have always turned out to be true.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Without a doubt, when focusing on top smartphones of 2017, the Samsung Galaxy S8 comes to mind first especially with the successful release of Samsung Galaxy S7. Samsung lovers simply can’t wait for the Galaxy S8 not to mention the features it will have. As is the tradition, Samsung Galaxy S8 is expected to be released come March of 2017 at the mobile world congress (MWC). Its predecessor had a unique design and therefore we anticipate that the S8 will sport something even more unique compared to S7.
That said, some of the expected specifications of Samsung Galaxy S8 according to rumour mills include a Samsung foldable display (the rumours have been doing rounds for quite some time and therefore we expect it to be in the phone), 5.5” 4K UHD screen display, Exynos 8895 processor (though there are also specifications that it may come in two variants with the other having a Qualcomm snapdragon 830 processor), 6GB RAM, and run on Android 7.0. We expect more information on the Galaxy S8 as we come closer to the launch date.
After the successful launch of the magnificent LG G5 earlier in the year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), LG has now set its sight on their next amazing flagship phone, the LG G6. If we take a look at the pattern of LG as regards release of their flagship phones, it always takes place in the first quarter of the year. As such, the LG G6 is expected to be released around February or March 2017. LG always places special emphasis on camera quality and design and therefore we expect this trend to continue with the release of the new phone. Some of the expected features of LG G6 include snapdragon 830, UHD display, 5GB RAM as well as 26 mega-pixel camera that supports 4K.
Sony Xperia X series
At the 2016 Mobile World Congress (MWC) Sony denied the continuation or rather the release of a new Xperia Z6 device come 2017 but rather announced the unveiling of the new Xperia X series. The decision to discontinue the Z Xperia series is not clear at the moment but that hasn’t stopped the Sony xPeria smartphone lovers from being giddy with expectation at what lies in store, with the expected Sony Xperia X series to be unveiled in 2017. The Xperia X series is expected to be high end, packed with a more powerful camera compared to LG G5 and be waterproof. It is also expected to sport a 30-megapixel camera, run on Android 7.0, have 6 GB of RAM as well as a snapdragon 830 processor. For Sony Xperia lovers, the release of Sony Xperia X series is greatly anticipated come 2017.
HTC has been without a doubt over the years given the big players such as Apple and Samsung a run for their money with the release of spectacular and magnificent smartphones year in year out. As one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers releasing some of the best smartphones with amazing features, it is understandable why most people are waiting with bated breath for the release of HTC 11 in 2017. HTC 11 will succeed HTC 10 which was released this year and is expected to include major improvements to the current HTC 10. HTC 11 is expected to have high-end features such as 24 Ultra pixels camera (a far cry to the 12 ultra-pixels that the HTC 10 has), front facing speaker, snapdragon 830 processor, Android Nougat, a 4300 mAh battery, as well as 6GB RAM. The HTC 11 is rumoured to be released around August 2017.