The first half of 2017 has been great for the world of smartphones. We’ve seen the introduction of 18 by 9 aspect ratio displays, the worlds first 4K HDR display on a smartphone and even more manufacturers adopting dual lens cameras.
It’s only going to get better in the second half of 2017 as some of the biggest players in the smartphone market still have more to offer. So what exactly can we expect? Well… Let’s take a look!
5. Huawei Mate 10
The Huawei Mate 9 was one of the most underrated smartphones of 2016. It had a large 6″ display, great camera and smart software that used machine learning to improve battery life. It’s still keeping up with smartphones only released a few months ago.
The Huawei 10 will most likely build upon what made the Mate 9 so great. It will feature a large 6″ 18 by 9 display with super thin bezels. High-end processor, large display, dual lens camera, impressive battery life and impressive build quality are all features that we expect to see when the Huawei Mate 10 is released later this year.
4. LG V30
Both the LG V10 and LG V20 were superb smartphones. Both were built like a tank and performed very well. Additional features such as a quad DAC for audio and a secondary display helped the V10 and V20 stand out from the crowd.
Much like the Huawei Mate 10, the LG V30 will build on what made the previous iterations of the device so great. We expect to see an 18:9 6.2″ display with minimal bezels, Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM and a dual lens camera. It’s going to be a seriously powerful device. If you want to know more about the LG V30, check our article that sums up all of the LG V30 rumours so far: LG V30: Everything You Need To Know.
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 was an incredible smartphone. Large high-resolution display, superb specifications, stellar camera, an IRIS scanner, water resistance, and the list goes on… It was on track to be the smartphone of the year.
Until the whole catching on fire thing happening and it ended up being recalled… Twice!
Never the less, Samsung hopes to revive its Note line with the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 8. So what can we expect? Snapdragon 835, 6GB of RAM, 6.2″ 18 by 9 display with minimal bezels… You know the drill, we can expect top of the specifications.
What is interesting is that the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will most likely have a dual lens camera, something never before seen on a Samsung smartphone. It could be used to create DSLR style photos, used for lossless zoom or (like the LG G6), be used for wide angle shots.
Obviously being a Note device, it goes without saying that it will come with the S-Pen stylus. The S-Pen can be used for note taking, doodling, navigating the OS, creating GIFS and a whole host of other features. It really is one of the Note lines standout features and shouldn’t be forgotten about.
Provided the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 doesn’t have any battery issues, it’s almost certainly going to be one of the best smartphones of 2017.
2. Google Pixel XL 2
The Google Pixel was one of the fastest, if not the fastest, smartphones to be released in 2016. Its high-end specifications combined with stock Android made the phone lightning fast. On top of great performance, it also had one of the best smartphone cameras of 2016. It may have lacked OIS (optical image stabilisation), but that didn’t stop it from taking superb photos.
The Google Pixel XL 2 has a lot to live up to. The one change that we will like to see with the Google Pixel XL 2 is an updated design. The pixel xl didn’t have a bad design by any means, however, it had very large bezels and looked suspiciously similar to the iPhone 7 Plus.
The Pixel 2 will undoubtedly incorporate top of the line specifications and so will perform as fast as any other phone out there. If the Pixel 2 has improved water resistance and a solid design, it might just be the smartphone to get in 2017.
1. iPhone 8
There is no other phone on the market that gets so much attention even months before it’s released. The iPhone 8 has been leaked non-stop for months now and it looks incredible.
So what’s new with the iPhone 8? Pretty much everything, completely new design with a taller and higher resolution OLED display – with ultra thin bezels. It will also have a faster processor, more RAM, better dual lens camera, the physical home button is being removed, improved battery life and new colour options… The entire list of changes will surely be fairly large, after all, it’s the tenth anniversary of the iPhone this year.
The iPhone 8 will be the biggest change to the iPhone in many years. It’s about time Apple court up with the competition, Samsung and LG for example, have both already put tall high-resolution displays on their phones with thin bezels.
The iPhone 8 will be a sleek and powerful device, but it will also come with a hefty price. Whether Apple is able to justify its price we are yet to see. But if Apple can, this will be the best iPhone ever made.