Smartphones are amazing and have changed our lives for the better. We can do so many things with these handy gadgets that you probably never dreamed of a couple decades ago. A great example is the ability to have face-to-face conversations with anyone, anywhere in the world. Apps like Skype and FaceTime make it possible.
With technology ever evolving, most of us feel the need to upgrade our smartphone at least every couple years. However, if you're in the market for one right now, you might want to wait a while.
Why you shouldn't purchase a new smartphone right now
This is definitely the wrong time to be purchasing a new smartphone. Unless of course the one you have is no longer working and replacing it is the only option. That's because some of the most highly anticipated gadgets ever made will be released in the next couple of months.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
You probably remember the nightmare Samsung went through last year with its Galaxy Note 7. The company had to end production of its popular smartphone and perform a total recall due to a flaw causing some gadgets to explode.
Since last year's model was such a disaster, Samsung is expected to come up with a great design for its Galaxy Note 8, which is slated to be unveiled on August 23. Here are some expected features of the Note 8:
Samsung will most likely take the same direction with Galaxy Note 8 as it did with the Galaxy S8 by equipping it with an "Infinity Display," which is an edge-to-edge screen with virtually non-existent bezels.
A video, posted on the Chinese social networking site Weibo, showed what is claimed to be a Samsung Galaxy Note 8's 6.3-inch front panel. Yep, you read that right, 6.3 inches!
That easily trumps the Note 7's smaller 5.7-inch display, making it the largest smartphone display ever released by Samsung. It won't retain the Note 7 display's aspect ratio, though. Rather, it will follow the S8 and S8 Plus displays' 18.5 to 9 width-to-length ratio.
The Galaxy Note 8 will also adopt a dual-lens rear camera, a trend popularized by the iPhone 7 Plus. The Note 8's dual-lens camera is predicted to feature a 12-MP wide-angle lens and a 13-MP telephoto lens.
Apple iPhone 8
If you're an Apple user, you should be really excited. It's the 10-year anniversary of the iPhone so Apple is expected to go all out with this year's model. Here are some things to look for:
We are expecting to see three separate iPhone models in 2017 - two "S" models that will likely be just upgraded versions of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and a premium 10th-anniversary edition "iPhone 8" that will rock all the groundbreaking features.
The new iPhone 8 features will likely include a 5.8-inch borderless, curved OLED display, integrated virtual home button, 3D sensing front camera and display embedded fingerprint scanner.
Also, Nikkei Asian Review reported that Wistron, a Taiwanese iPhone assembler, has confirmed that this year's 5.5-inch iPhone (most likely the iPhone 7s) will have waterproofing and wireless charging features.
The iPhone 7s Plus, and the premium "iPhone 8" will have better waterproofing and wireless charging features as well.
Unfortunately, there are rumors that production on Apple's latest and greatest iPhone has been delayed. If that's true, you might have to wait a little longer to get your hands on one. But if the new model lives up to the hype it's probably worth the wait.