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.