The 2016 was a great year of mobile phones, but as always, there is a list of new phones that are going to be coming out that are going to raise the bar in what we expect from a mobile phone.
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The best phones of 2017 will offer faster performance and longer battery life, thanks to the new Snapdragon 835 chip for which headline performance figures include 25 percent faster graphics rendering and half the power consumption compared to the Snapdragon 801. It’s also got 20 percent extra performance vs the Snapdragon 820, according to Qualcomm. You can expect this processor to be paired with at least 4- but potentially as much as 8GB of RAM, a minimum amount of 32GB of storage, large Quad-HD screens and class-leading cameras.
Here’s our most highly anticipated phones of 2017:
- Apple iPhone 8
- Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- LG G6
- HTC 11
- OnePlus 4
So lets go into details about what makes these the pick of the bunch for the new phone releases.
Release date: September 2017
The 2017 edition of the iPhone is going to be the iPhone’s 10th anniversary so expect this to be played upon in the run up to the conference and release. There have been a number of patents and leaks that have indicated radical changes to the design, but in reality, we are likely to see a push in functionality, maybe a move to bezel-less display, wireless charging and hidden TouchID fingerprint scanners, which will mean a removal of the home button altogether.
As soon as any leaks come out about the iPhone, you can be sure that we will write about them here on the Compare and Recycle blog!
Samsung Galaxy S8
Release date: Around April
Samsung has had some mixed feedback over the last year, with the Note 7 severely damaging their reputation, but the Unpacked event is when the new phones start getting hype behind them.
There are hints that the home button will be removed and the Samsung will be released with a bezel-less design. We will see where Samsung sit with the headphone jack as that has been a contentious issue for Apple, and we will see if Samsung follows suit.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Release date: August
With a damaged reputation behind them they need to make sure the next Samsung hits the mark with the Note 8. The almost confirmed specs include a 5.7inch Quad-HD or SuperAMOLED screen with the stylus support.
How powerful they go with the processor and RAM combo will vary depending on how committed to the mobile VR experience they are, so prepare to be disappointed if it is anything less than the very best.
Release date: End of February
In a step to make their new entry more aesthetically pleasing, LG could move towards glass front and back which makes sense the as they will be competing more directly with the Samsung S model that will release at roughly the same time.
The LG G6 has had rumours galore in that it will make use of an iris scanner, fast wireless charging and a processor and graphics that will be ready for VR.
Release date: April
HTC has launched its new phones at MWC in recent years, but skipped the show in 2016 and held its own event to unveil the HTC 10. It’s expected that the successor to be launched in March/April 2017 and to have the upgrades you’d expect: a faster processor, more RAM and – hopefully – better battery life.
An early leak suggests HTC is about to reverse its fortunes with the HTC 11 – if you thought the last two HTC flagships were a little boring, prepare to be blown away by the HTC 11. If true, it will have a Snapdragon 835 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, a higher-capacity battery with Quick Charge 4.0 and a 5.5in Quad-HD screen. That’s a very high-end spec, so we’d guess that the standard model would have less RAM and storage.
Release date: May 2017
With the OnePlus 3T having just been released with an upgraded processor and battery, the excitement for the OnePlus 4 isn’t going to be at it’s highest, but for users that have enjoyed previous models, or perhaps still using one, the OnePlus 4 looks very enticing.
Other rumours suggest the OnePlus 4 will come with 8GB of RAM, a 21- or 23Mp camera and a 3,500- to 4,000mAh battery with Dash Charge. One thing we’re sure of is that it will run OxygenOS, a custom UI that will be based on Android 7.0 Nougat.
Our top pick
We have a few favourites and in our office we are divided between the “flagship” Samsung S8 and the “flagship-killer” OnePlus 4, but it will all depend on the final specifications, and of course we will report on all these releases as they happen.