Few days to go. The curtains of 2016 will soon draw down to close the year and usher in a new year. While some companies were successful and enjoyed how their products trended in the Smartphone market in 2016, others didn’t even get the slightest of ecstasy and they are seriously preparing for next year’s showdown.
So many things happened in the smartphone world this year 2016. From the release of great features ladened phones like the galaxy s7 and s7 edge and iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus – to the highly explosive Samsung galaxy note7 device that got Samsung into trouble and ruined their year.
With the faces of phones I am seeing being prepared for next year, I have this feeling that next year is going to be the year technology and innovations will take on a significant transformation into that future we’ve always dreamt about.
Note: Approach this list with caution, these smartphones are beasts, their specifications can eat you up.
Top Best smartphones to look forward to in 2017
Apple iPhone 8
Apple was the most successful company in the smartphone world in 2016. When their iPhone 7 launched, it met good landings, and the company enjoyed it. They are not looking at to lose the battle to Samsung coming 2017.
Samsung is their closest competition. To Apple, the fight continues. Apple has prepared the beastly iPhone 8 to compete with other brands effectively and stand a chance of prevailing.
- The iPhone 7 will be launched with the new iOS 11
- Upgraded Apple A11 chipset processor
- Waterproof Technology
- Reversible USB charger
- No headphone jack this time
- Slimmer iPhone ever created
- iPhone 8s will start from – Rs. 61454.72 in India and USD $937
- Expected Launch: Q3 2017
Samsung Galaxy S8 (Edge)
Expect this device to be launched at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017. That is when Samsung has always prefered to launch it’s flagship phones.
Samsung was one of the companies that tasted the sweet part of 2016 with their success in Galaxy s7 and the s7 edge. But their Galaxy Note7 turned the sweet taste bitter when it started bursting into flames in people’s hands.
Samsung packaged this phone to compensate its customers for the failure of note7 and to bring its good name back.
- Snapdragon 830 processor
- 6GB of RAM
- 4K screen display
- 5G Network supported
HTC 11 / HTC Ocean
I don’t know if HTC intends to call this phone HTC Ocean or will they follow the HTC 10 trend and name it HTC 11. But any name they finally decide to settle down with, the phone is still going to shake the market.
The phone is expected to launch in early 2017. The device is supposed to be powered by the Snapdragon 830, and will likely feature an impressive camera, perhaps one with an even higher resolution than the 12MP camera included in the HTC 10. Rumors also point to water resistance and a more powerful battery as candidates for inclusion in next year’s flagship.
- 8GB of RAM
- 12MP-dual ultra pixel camera
- 5-inch QHD Display
- 256GB of inbuilt memory
- Snapdragon 835 processor
This device will be the successor to the OnePlus 3 beast that threaded the paths of 2016. No doubts, the onePlus4 will be more deadlier more than its predecessor.
According to the rumors, the device will be packed with Android 7.0 Android N. For the storage; it is as many as 128GB storage capacity. You should be Expecting the Launch during the Q2/Q3 of 2017
- 6 and 8 GB RAM Variant
- 5.5-inch AMOLED QHD display
- Snapdragon 830 processor
- 21-megapixel back and 12-megapixel front cam
- Oxygen OS with android N
Microsoft Surface Phone
So many things happened inside Microsoft during 2016. They even had to sell Nokia to a Finland company called HMD and Nokia is even cooking up a drop dead phone themselves to launch in 2017.
After Microsoft launched the Lumia 950 and 950xl, Microsoft believes they this phone to be a big game changer smartphone for them.
What this phone will look like is what nobody knows. We are all uncertain because when Microsoft absorbed Nokia, we were all aware that Nokia was the world most durable phone manufacturers and they brought those hands into Microsoft and mixed their hardware durability with Microsoft’s software to produce the Lumia series that we enjoyed so much.
What will Microsoft produce in the surface Phone without Nokia’s durable hardware? Only 2017 can tell. Let us wait in anticipation.
The Phone will be coming with an Intel processor that can be able to run 32bit system software fluently.
Camera wise, the device will be packed with a 21-Megapixel PureView camera with Zeiss 6-lens. Also, it will be the best sensor used in any Microsoft device. For the front camera, there will be an 8-megapixel Zeiss wide-angle lens, for wider selfies and superb quality.
- Quad HD 5.5-inch AMOLED screen
- Gorilla Glass 4
- Intel processor
- 8GB of RAM (DDR4)
- 21-megapixel rear camera and 8MP front camera
- 64GB or 128GB of internal storage
- 4000mAh battery
Finally, Nokia’s old and undying fans can breathe in life. The company is finally back into the smartphone market and trust them to struggle to take back their Glory by force.
2017 offers an opportunity for that as they will be rolling out the Nokia DC1 and other phones.
Microsoft finally let go of Nokia and a Finnish company, HMD purchased Nokia and today “HMD Global is now the new home of Nokia phones.”
In the Q2 of 2017 we may see best in quality in play as Nokia smartphones launches into the smartphone market. The Nokia DC1 will be the first of them.
Not that this phone will contain anything or any specification that we’ve not seen in any other released smartphone, but this is Nokia, and ever since that their feel left us for long, everybody is so happy to see them back, and that is enough reason for them to be on this list.
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB internal storage
- 4G support
- 13- and 16MP-megapixel camera
- 5.0 and 5.5-inch display
- Snapdragon 430 processor
- Latest Android
Xiaomi Mi 6
Xiaomi is the brand well known for their famous for its Cheap, budget and high-end Smartphones.
2016 favored them pretty good with the launch of their Mi5 which met safe landings. One reason the Xiaomi Mi 5 succeeded was that even with the features it came with, the price tag was very affordable. Which other company could have sold a smartphone with 4GB of RAM and Snapdragon 820 processor for a price below $500? Before you think out aloud, the Snapdragon 820 processor is the latest till date.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 will also be a lip biting smartphone, check out the specifications below.
- Ultra HD 2160 x 3840 pixels Super AMOLED display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 830
- With 8GB of powerful RAM
- may come with 5g network
- 4200mah battery
- 21-Megapixels back and 13-Megapixels front camera
Samsung Galaxy X (Foldable Phone)
When I heard about the concept of the foldable phone, I never believed it could be possible until I saw a video about the phone on youtube. Still, with my mouth crying and my brain sweating, I am still waiting impatiently for this device.
It will be a turning point for the Samsung smartphone family as it will take their innovation a little bit forward ahead of other smartphone brands. Some companies are still yet to meet up with the edged concept but Samsung is introducing another concept.
- Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 830 processor/Samsung may use their Exynos processor.
6GB of RAM
- 4,000mAh or 3,600mAh battery
- 5.5 to 5.7inch QHD Super AMOLED foldable display
- Water and dust resistance
- 256GB internal storage + microSD
- Dual rear cameras
- Iris scanner
LG G Flex 3
LG’s two smartphones that vibrated the smartphone market is the LG G5 and the LG G Flex 2 and this phone is a successor to the LG G Flex 2.
The device is LG in action trying to up their game this coming 2017 after the curved u-shaped LG G Flex 2 finished trending.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor
- Powered with 6GB of RAM
- 20.7/8Mp camera options
- 128GB storage option
- 3500mAh battery
- fingerprint scanner
Sony Xperia C6
The successor to the Xperia C5.
- Powered by 4GB RAM
- Snapdragon 820 processor
- 20-Megapixels back and 16MP front camera
- 6-inch screen display (FHD)
The LG G6 will be the next launch on the LG G series. According to some rumors, it will be a larger phone from its predecessor, the G5.
Also, rumored features include eye-sensing technology, waterproofing, and a new array of health-tracking sensors. It was perfectly designed to work with the company’s latest smartwatches and virtual reality devices and is expected to feature a screen with 4K resolution, an octa-core processor, and up to 5GB of RAM.
Also, a front-mounted fingerprint scanner, front-facing stereo speakers, more modules, a wide-angle front-facing camera, and a brighter always-on display would be excellent candidates for inclusion in the G6. Expected Launch: Q1 2017
An entirely new and different BlackBerry is coming our way, wait for it. The new unreleased Blackberry Mercury cropped up on GeekBench in late October. Company CEO John Chen confirmed the existence.
- 4.5-inch screen
BlackBerry Mercury Enclosure will reportedly be built with aluminum
- Snapdragon 625
- 3GB RAM
- HD resolution and a 3:2 aspect ratio.
- 32GB of storage,
- 3,400mAh battery,
- an 18MP rear-facing camera, and an 8MP front-facing camera.
If their is any phone that will be launched next year 2017 and you know it is worth to be on this list. Do mention them in the comment box and state why you think the phone will be one of the bests in 2017.
I will also like to know your best smartphone among the list.