If youâ€™re due for an upgrade, 2017 will be a fantastic year to purchase a new smartphone. From wireless charging to futuristic foldable phones, this year will see a host of new and revolutionary innovations in the world of mobile technology.
Here are a few of the most highly-anticipated smartphones set to be released in 2017:
Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy X
After the recall of the Galaxy Note 7 last year, 2017 promises to be an exciting year for Samsung. Recent rumours indicate the Korean company is set to launch multiple devices this year, including the first-ever foldable smartphone, which has been dubbed the Galaxy X. Sources claim these revolutionary new phones could potentially be available to purchase by late 2017.
The Galaxy S8 is expected to be released by the end of March, with some major changes in terms of design. Itâ€™s rumoured to feature a 5.5-inch edge-to-edge display and an on-screen button in lieu of the home button. Itâ€™s also expected to boast a number of impressive specs, including 6GB of RAM, an advanced iris scanner, and a 4,200mAh battery â€“ which could see the phone functioning through 24 hours of solid usage.
Apple iPhone 8
Some reports suggest 2017 could see the launch of three new Apple devices: the iPhone 7s, 7s Plus, and the iPhone 8. After the lacklustre release of the iPhone 7, all eyes will be on the newly designed iPhone 8, which is likely to feature a full-face 5.8-inch curved AMOLED display, a bezel-less frame with no home button, and 4GB RAM.
Another exciting feature is set to be introduced in time for the iPhone 8 launch: wireless charging. Apple has apparently been working with Energous, a company which is developing a wireless charger that could work up to distances of 15 feet.
Yes, your read that correctly â€“ BlackBerry is launching a new phone this year. The Mercury will be manufactured by the Chinese company TCL, which partnered with BlackBerry to produce smartphones under their brand name.
The iconic BlackBerry design has been modernised, combining a classic QWERTY keyboard with a 4.2-inch touchscreen. A fingerprint sensor has been built into the keyboardâ€™s space bar, and the device will run on Android Nougat 7.0 instead of its own operating system.
Sony Xperia XZ
News surrounding the latest Sony device is scarce, but theories began surfacing after images of the phone were leaked online in December. Allegedly, Sonyâ€™s next generation flagship could be launched as the Xperia XZ. The phoneâ€™s design is expected to be starkly different from its other devices, featuring a bezel-less frame, a 5.2-inch display, and no home button. Reports speculate the fingerprint scanner might be placed on the back or embedded into the display, and it will be available in a gold finish.
The latest LG device is reported to include changes to two major areas: aesthetics and usability. Itâ€™s set to feature a 5.7-inch QHD+ (1440×2880 pixels) display and pixel density of 564ppi, which will create an immersive viewing experience. The frame of the phone is reportedly ultra-thin with a highly responsive display, and power consumption has increased by up to 30 percent.
The HTC 11 is rumoured to feature significant hardware and software upgrades, including a larger 5.5-inch QHD display, an 8MP front-facing camera, and a 3,700mAh battery. Itâ€™s likely to boast the 10nm Snapdragon 835 â€“ Qualcommâ€™s newest and most powerful smartphone chip â€“ and 8GB RAM. The SD835 features new Quick Charge 4.0 technology, which could decrease charging times by 20 percent.