Mobile Phones To Be Released In 2017
2017 is an important year for the mobile market, since manufacturers will be looking to rekindle consumer interest in their flagship devices, after sales stagnated in 2016. Here are just a few of the devices which are sure to define user expectations over the next 12 months.
This year marks a full decade since the original iPhone was introduced, meaning that Apple’s new handsets need to offer something special in order to mark the occasion. Although official information about the iPhone 8 range has not yet been made public, insiders believe that this could be the year in which it finally embraces OLED technology and harnesses a display that stretches from one edge to the other without a bezel getting in the way.
Another expected upgrade will come in the form of wireless charging capabilities, although as with the rumoured display, this is technology that has already appeared on rival devices in the past.
While LG’s latest smartphone embraced an unusual modular design, the upcoming G6 is thought to be a much more traditional affair, with an all-glass exterior, internal components capable of powering cutting edge virtual reality experiences and an immensely impressive camera setup.
The smartest thing about the optics will apparently be the fact that the front and rear snappers share the same sensor, rather than relying on individual ones. This should boost selfie quality and also mean that the G6 is thinner than ever.
Microsoft Surface Phone
While Android and iOS still rule the roost in terms of sales, Microsoft has been plugging away with its own mobile platform for years and could be using 2017 to catapult an all new, own-brand device, tentatively known as the Surface Phone, onto the scene.
Sources suggest that it could feature a 5.5 inch QHD display, up to 128GB of storage space and a processor built by Intel. It will also run the Windows 10 Mobile software suite, which does a better job than any other modern smartphone OS of tying together the desktop and portable experiences.
Samsung Galaxy S8
This South Korean firm was plagued by controversy in 2016, after the issues with the Note 7’s battery. But its inbound flagship should wipe away all bad memories if it lives up to the hype that is being built at the moment.
Like the iPhone 8, it is thought that the S8 will ditch bezels on its display altogether. It could even eliminate the home button and instead integrate features like fingerprint scanning into the display itself. Between 6GB and 8GB will work in tandem with the latest Snapdragon 835 chipset from Qualcomm, to keep this phone as fast as possible.
The newest offering from HTC should be equal to its competitors in terms of hardware, with a 5.5 inch QHD screen, Snapdragon 835 chipset, 8GB of RAM and a whopping 256GB of built in storage. It should also offer fast charging capabilities that mean even if its 3700mAh battery is drained, recharging it will not be a time consuming process.