What’s in store for mobile phones in 2017?
The last 12 months have been interesting to say the least! We’ve seen big drama, product recalls, handsets that failed to impress, surprise launches and big announcements from all the major phone manufacturers. With the year end in sight, all eyes are on the new phone releases for 2017. We’ve had a look at just some of the best ones set to be released and summarised the heavily speculated changes and new features as well as their expected release dates throughout the coming year.
LG are set to launch a new model in 2017 and rumours are circulating that instead of their classic LG design, they may instead opt for a new glass front and rear and feature wireless charging. Reports also suggest that the new LG G6 may use iris scanning technology that uses a similar sensor to that of the iPhone. Fans of LG won’t have long to wait to find out as release of the new model is thought to be February 2017.
Following the widely publicised Note 7 problems there is some uncertainty as to Samsung’s next move. For the past two years Samsung have announced its new Galaxy Note early in August to get out ahead of the new iPhone, which tends to be revealed mid-September. Some expect the company to release a Note 8 at the start of the year alongside the Galaxy S8 whereas others believe the company will drop the Note line altogether. So, we arn’t too sure when to expect the new Samsung phone, or what to expect in terms product specification, it will have to remain a case of â€˜watch this space!
News is that the new Galaxy S8 will go on sale in early March 2017. For the Galaxy Note 7, which incidentally is now discontinued, Samsung merged its ‘Edge’ and standard models. Perhaps they intend on doing the same with the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge? We can expect the new S8 to be the fastest phone on the market with a top-of-the-range processor and 6GB of RAM. There will more than likely be a super-high-resolution 5.1in screen and Samsung may even move up from Quad-HD to Ultra-HD. Some have even suggested there will be an iPhone-style home button, a rear fingerprint sensor, and a screen resolution boost to put most TV sets to shame. One thing is for sure, now that Samsung have discontinued its Note 7, there is a lot riding on the Galaxy S8 to mend its damaged reputation.
Little is known about the HTC 11 at the moment, but since the company tend to work on a 12month cycle, reports suggest the successor of the HCT 10 will be released in April 2017. Amongst other things we would expect to see a much faster internal processor, more RAM storage and a much better battery life.
More exciting for OnePlus fans than the announcement of its OnePlus 3T is the OnePlus 4 which is expected in April/May 2017. Besides an upgraded display, we expect 8GB of RAM plus a 3,500- to 4,000mAh battery with Dash Charge. Some have speculated that it will feature Snapdragon 830 as opposed to Snapdragon 821, only time will tell.
Apple are to celebrate the iPhone 10th anniversary and to mark the occasion have announced they plan on doing something big. What that is, we still don’t know but a combination of design and hardware should make the new iPhone 8 the most radical and new iPhone to date. Apple suppliers have hinted that it may well have a glass body with other reports suggesting that the TouchID scanner may be hidden within the glass and the Home button removed. Wireless charging, facial recognition and iris scanning are other features which have been widely speculated. Some hinted that the iPhone will benefit from a speed boost as well as an upgrade to the screen in the form of OLED display. The release of the iPhone 8 is not due until September so iPhone lovers will have a little bit more of a wait until they can get their hands on the new model.