The iPhone 7 may have stolen the show in 2016, but 2017’s lineup isn’t looking too shabby. So, if your current smartphone is about to give out, next year may be the perfect time to upgrade.
We’ve sifted through all the marketing gimmicks to weed out the bad eggs. The smartphones left standing may not be the ones you’d expect, but there’s a reason they’re on our top contender’s list. So get a pen and paper and jot down some notes. Here are the top smartphones you can expect to see in 2017.
1. iPhone 8
If you just bought the new iPhone 7, we hate to break it to you, but you probably jumped the gun. While the iPhone 7 has some impressive features, it’s clear that Apple was holding out for the iPhone 8. Why? We think it has something to do with the fact that 2017 marks the 10-year anniversary of the launch of the first iPhone. However, that’s all just speculation.
Still, the rumors and leaks that have surfaced so far are making us excited. From a curved-edge OLED screen to a better camera and removed Home button, it looks like Apple may be pulling out all the stops. Click here for more details on what you can expect from the iPhone 8.
The iPhone 8 is expected to launch in September.
2. HTC 11
The luxury smartphone market is tough to break into. No other company knows that better than HTC. In the past, the company has struggled with its luxury brand phones, but we could see a big shift in 2017. Leaks of the HTC 11 suggest it will have an 8MP front-angle camera, 12MP dual rear-facing camera, a completely waterproof design and – get this – no buttons! Contextual touch sensitive frame technology will be used, so if you want to turn the volume up or down, just swipe.
The HTC 11 is expected to be unveiled in February and officially launched in April.
3. Google Pixel 2
The Google Nexus brand may be a thing of the past, but Pixel is the way of the future. So far, the Google Pixel and Pixel XL have been highly-reviewed. Some have even gone as far as to call this smartphone the iPhone’s strongest rival. In fact, these smartphones even mimic the iPhone’s streamlined design.
Right now, there’s no exact date for when the Pixel 2 will be released, but we could see it around the same time as the first Pixel was released. That is to say, sometime in the fourth quarter.
OnePlus is a relatively new, Chinese smartphone manufacturer; the name of their smartphones is a conjunction of the company name and the model number. OnePlus 3T was released in November 2016 and the follow-up might not be called OnePlus 4. Since four is an unlucky number in Chinese culture, they might skip right to the OnePlus 5.
The next OnePlus phone is expected to have either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and one of the fastest mobile processors, either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 830 or a Snapdragon 835 SoC. It’s also expected to have 128GB of storage and a larger battery.
You can expect to find the OnePlus 4 (or 5) sometime between March and May.
5. Xiaomi Mi 6
Xiaomi is a Chinese electronics company and the fourth largest smartphone manufacturer in the world. They’re expected to release a new edition to their Mi smartphone series, the Mi6. The latest edition is expected to be a metallic device that has a 5.2-inch display with 4k resolution and curved glass.
Rumors also say there will be two cameras, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of ROM. Mi 6 might also be the first Chinese smartphone with Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 835 chipset, which is the fastest mobile processor.
The Xiaomi Mi 6 is expected to be released in February, but it could be pushed back to March or April.
6. Samsung Galaxy S8
With the nightmare that the Galaxy Note 7 turned out to be, Samsung is hoping to make a big comeback in the smartphone arena in 2017. The Galaxy S8 is expected to be released sometime between February and April 2017 and could be the first smartphone to sport Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset.
Other rumored features of the Galaxy S8 include coming with a 6-inch display and 8GB of RAM. The 3.5mm headphone jack will be eliminated and a USB Type-C port will be added for charging purposes. The Mercury could come with a dual 13MP and 12MP camera system, but this might be a long shot.
Samsung is also expected to release the Galaxy Note 8 sometime in 2017. We don’t have details on that model as of yet.
7. Blackberry Mercury
Blackberry is one of the most iconic brands of smartphones ever. Unfortunately, the company announced mid-2016 it would no longer build its own phones. From now on, it will outsource the hardware manufacturing process to third-party partners.
That doesn’t mean you should be any less excited about Blackberry’s upcoming phone models. The BlackBerry Mercury is expected to be revealed at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).
Some rumored features of the Mercury are a full QWERTY keyboard with a 4.5-inch display. It will have a Snapdragon 625 processor and 3GB of RAM, and will run Android 7.0 Nougat with 32GB of storage. There will be an 8MP camera on the front and an 18MP camera on the rear.