We’re well and truly into 2017, so we thought we would take this opportunity to take a closer look at the smartphones that will be launched this year. These smartphones we believe will change the way we look and review mobile phones.
Ok, so 2016 was a pretty good year when it came to smartphones, even if the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 had a little bit of an issue. 2017 however is definitely going to be a year to remember when it comes to smartphones.
You’ve probably heard by now, but Nokia are launching a comeback and let’s be honest this has been a long-awaited comeback. From what we’ve seen and heard so far the Nokia P1 is going to be a serious competitor to the likes of Samsung and Apple. The Nokia P1 is tipped to be the company’s first high-end Android device, and will reportedly offer IP68 water and dust resistance and be available in two sizes, 5.2in and 5.5in, each with QHD 2560×1440 AMOLED displays. With Android 7.0 on board, the Nokia P1 also looks set to arrive with support for Google’s Daydream VR platform. Nokia’s P1 will launch in the first quarter of 2017.
Although we’re not really believers when it comes to rumours, however, what we do know is that Apple rarely disappoints when they announce that they’re planning something big with their flagship iPhone 8 device. If these rumours are to be believed, Apple will skip the iPhone 7S in favour of the iPhone 8, which analysts are claiming will be the most radically redesigned iPhone yet with its ‘all-glass’ design and OLED screen. There’s also talk that the iPhone 8 will be the first to support wireless charging and a Touch ID sensor embedded in its display, while an all-new “Pro” model is rumoured to pack to feature an S7 Edge-style curved display and dual camera setup. Apple’s so-called iPhone 8 is expected to debut in September 2017.
With this year’s Huawei P9 selling more than nine million units, it’s no surprise that Huawei is already planning a follow-up. Although we don’t really know much about the so-called Huawei P10 yet, speculation suggests that it will be the first to feature an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, which will be faster and more accurate than the current capacitive sensors. Leaked specs also point to a 5.5in QHD display with a Samsung-style curved modification, Leica dual-lens rear cameras, Huawei’s own Kirin 960 chip and either 4GB or 6GB RAM. The Huawei P10 is expected to see an unveiling in April 2017.
Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy 8 will be their best smartphone to date, and online leaks have revealed what we can expect from their flagship S8. Following in the footsteps of Apple’s iPhone, the Galaxy S8 will be the first smartphone to come with Samsung’s own artificial intelligence assistant built in. That won’t be its only similarity to the iPhone, as rumour has it that the Galaxy S8 will also dump the headphone jack, in favour of audio over USB-C. Further speculation points to a 2K-resolution AMOLED Edge display, baked-in IP68 certification, both fingerprint and iris scanners, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 power and a dual rear-facing camera setup. The Galaxy S8 likely will debut at Mobile World Congress in February.
The OnePlus 4 – which could arrive branded OnePlus 5 due to the fact that the number four is regarded as unlucky in Asia – is expected to be the highest-spec OnePlus smartphone yet. Details are thin, but rumours claim that the next-gen OnePlus will feature a high-end metal casing, housing a Snapdragon 835 processor and a 5.5in QHD display, improving on the Full HD screen seen on the OnePlus 3T. There’s also talk of a whopping 8GB RAM, a 21MP or 23MP rear-facing camera, a 4,000mAh battery and Android 7.0 Nougat. The OnePlus 4 is expected to launch in May or June next year.
Given the fiery fiasco surrounding this year’s now-defunct Galaxy Note 7, one thing’s for sure about next year’s release: it (probably) won’t set on fire. Beyond that, we don’t yet know much about the so-called Galaxy Note 8, although we can expect it to come with support for Samsung’s S Pen stylus, a built-in iris scanner and a 5.7in display, with speculation pointing to a 4K resolution. Rumours also point to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, and support for Google’s Daydream VR platform. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 8 likely will debut in August 2017.
While it’s rare to get excited about a BlackBerry smartphone, the upcoming DTEK70, or ‘Mercury’, looks like it could be a return to form. The handset expected to mark the comeback of the physical keyboard, last seen on the not-so-popular BlackBerry Priv. Alongside this, expect a Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 4.5in HD display, an 18MP rear camera, an 8MP selfie cam and a 3,400mAh battery. We’re also expecting the BlackBerry DTEK70 to run Google’s newest Android 7.0 Nougat software. The BlackBerry DTEK70 is expected to arrive at MWC in February.
As you can see we weren’t making empty promises when we said that 2017 is going to be an exciting year for all the smartphone enthusiasts! If you want any more info on any of these mobiles, just get in touch and our experts will be on hand to answer any of your questions.