Mobile phones – they never stop coming out, right? Ever since the iPhone was released over ten years ago, it seems like everything has escalated and new phones are coming out at a rapid rate.
Who’s complaining, though? Let’s take a look at the models set for release this year.
Samsung Galaxy S8 – 2017
Samsung is back with the Galaxy S8. Now, we all know that the Note 7 could blow at any time, and that may have hit Samsung’s stock a little, but the Galaxy line never fails to deliver. We’re expecting big things from the S8 to repair the damage that the Note 7 caused to Samsung. Rumors abound that Samsung is only going to offer an edge device, instead of ‘edge’ and ‘normal’. Also, Samsung is looking to improve the resolution, and a transition to 4K may be on the cards. They may do away with the favored micro USB charging format as well and go for the USB TYPE-C option which is set to replace the old classic. Expect this device in the Spring.
Around the same time as the Samsung S8, Taiwanese firm HTC can be expected to drop the HTC 11 – their latest flagship device. The 11 is rumored to be packing some serious firepower with 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 serious premium option.
OnePlus 3 & 4 phones – 2017
The two giants above have a David for their Goliath. The OnePlus 3 was arguably the best phone in 2016, which makes the release of the OnePlus 4 in 2017 something to look forward to. Offering some serious specs for a low price, the OnePlus phones will take the cake. We’ll have to wait until the Summer to see any movements with the OnePlus though. It might not be the OnePlus 4 though – it’s rumored that they may be skipping the number entirely to land the OnePlus 5 with a premium ceramic body.
Nokia E3 – 2017
Coming back to Android in 2017 are Nokia. Nokia has flirted with Microsoft’s Windows Mobile for a while but is back on the market. Nobody is certain what these phones will bring to the table in terms specs, but you can expect something middle of the range as the market for premium options is slightly crowded right now. However, there is a strong chance one of Nokia’s options this year is a strong premium phone.
Who could forget Apple in all of this – despite the recent release of the iPhone 7, there is already talk of its successor. The seven didn’t make a huge change over the 6S despite the removal of the headphone jack, and a material change is expected for Apple’s release. It’s the 10th anniversary of the iPhone this year, and there could be three possible Apple releases, with a 7S and 7S Plus along a revamped iPhone in the form of the iPhone 8. One would hope the screen is reinforced due to the amount of iPhone 7 screens that need to go to the specialists to fix upon a mishap.