As 2016 comes to an end, all eyes are looking toward the biggest and best smartphones set to be released in 2017. With rumours about the Galaxy S8, the Nokia P1 and the BlackBerry Mercury filling the airwaves, it seems certain there will be plenty of innovative new handsets to choose from in the coming year.
Samsung Galaxy S8 to be the first 8GB smartphone?
Rumours suggest Samsung will be making the leap from 4GB RAM to 8GB RAM with the Galaxy S8 in 2017, which would make it the first smartphone in the world to feature 8GB of RAM.
The S8 is also rumoured to feature 10nm chips (whether these are backed by Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 or a new Exynos processor isn’t certain) and a faster UFS 2.1 flash memory. It’s expected that the newest addition to the Galaxy family will be announced early next year, either in February or April.
Nokia’s P1 flagship to herald the manufacturer’s return to the market
Nokia will be hoping to make a big splash in the mobile market in 2017 and the P1 might just be the high-spec device to do so. The handset is expected to come in two sizes, the 5.2in and 5.5in, both boasting QHD 2560×1440 AMOLED displays.
The P1 is expected to launch with Android 7.0 and will feature IP68 water and dust resistance. There are also rumours that the handset will be compatible with Google’s Daydream VR, but those are yet to be confirmed. For those looking to rock a new Nokia with a lower price tag and decent set of specs, the budget Nokia D1C is also expected to hit the shops early next year.
Huawei to capitalise on 2016 success with P10
The Huawei P9 sold more than 9 million units worldwide and the Chinese manufacturer plans to capitalise on its success with the release of the P10, featuring exciting new tech such as an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner that’s tipped to be even faster and more responsive than current sensors.
Other highlights of the yet-to-be revealed phone could include Leica dual-lens rear cameras, a curved 5.5in QHD display and Huawei’s own Kirin 960 chip.
Apple was the most gifted smartphone this Christmas
According to a report from analytics firm Flurry, Apple phones were the most gifted devices this Christmas. The figures show that for every Samsung device activated over the holidays Apple had two, with 44 percent of activations going to the iconic brand.
That said, Samsung managed to snag 21 percent of activations, which is up one percent on last year despite the troubles the company faced in the latter half of 2016. The report also indicated that once again, Christmas day was the most popular day for app downloads, with twice as many being downloaded compared to any other day in December.
BlackBerry Mercury reveal tipped for CES 2017
While CES might be slim on phone announcements overall with big brands anticipating their own events, it looks like BlackBerry will be taking advantage of the opportunity to launch its last self-designed smartphone. In 2016, the brand announced that it was licensing the BlackBerry name to third-party smartphone makers and TCL snapped up a long-term deal.
Before the switch, however, BlackBerry is to release one more phone, the Mercury, which will combine an Android OS with the iconic BB build and keyboard. The phone is expected to have a traditional BlackBerry feel but with a few updates, including a fingerprint scanner in the Mercury’s spacebar.
That’s all from our mobile news this week! Check back next Friday to see what the start of 2017 holds for smartphones.