Very soon, Barcelona will host the Mobile World Congress, which will present new products from major manufacturers. It’s weeks away, so it’s time to decide on our expectations, rumors and assumptions about what smartphones we will use in the coming year.
From new products, we expect increased performance, greater battery capacity. Fueling the impatience is the new Snapdragon 835 chip, which promises 25% faster graphics processing with reduced power consumption. Presumably, in the most expensive smartphone models, it will be combined with 8GB of RAM and at least 32GB of internal memory. New cameras, new displays and new features.
Asus Zenfone AR
While everyone else is holding off their new flagships until the Mobile Congress, Asus rushed to open 2017 with the new Zenfone AR as early as January. So far, this is the second smartphone that supports Google’s Tango augmented reality technology. In addition, it is equipped with a 5.7‑inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2560x1440, 8GB of RAM. The 23-megapixel camera and Snapdragon 821 processor only increase our expectations from this smartphone.
iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
What do we expect from the iPhone in its tenth anniversary year? Risks. Last year, with the iPhone 7, we received only a few changes, some of which were, moreover, quite controversial. This year I would like to finally get a revolutionary smartphone, at least with a large OLED display from one border to another. According to as yet unconfirmed data, at least one of the models of the new iPhone will have a glass case, and the physical home button will disappear altogether.
For the first time, attention may be focused on the wireless charging option and biometric recognition.
Of course, according to tradition, an increase in power is also expected — the new A11 processor.
What we probably won’t see is an upgrade to the SE model, as it could affect sales of the iPhone 7.
Google Pixel 2
The release of this smartphone is expected no earlier than the fall of 2017, so in theory, it’s too early to talk about it, however, we already know exactly what to expect from it. According to Google’s promises, the new model will include a waterproof camera with improved quality and the ability to shoot in low light. This, of course, will raise the price of new items.
We know for sure that the new Google smartphone will run on Android O, which will most likely be presented at a conference in May.
In 2016, HTC skipped MWC for the first time and held their own event, where they presented the HTC 10. However, we still expect to see the novelty in Barcelona and it is planned: an improved processor and battery capacity.
According to the leaked information, HTC is finally looking to get rid of its reputation for making monotonous and similar smartphones and, if true, the HTC 11 will feature the new Snapdragon 835, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, fast charging, and a 5.5‑inch Quad HD display.
However, these expectations are very utopian — it is worth noting that Samsung was the first to be able to use the new Snapdragon and, according to information, until the release of the Galaxy S8, not a single smartphone will be able to boast of a new powerful chip. The S8 is scheduled to be announced in March, so the HTC 11 will most likely be launched with Snapdragon 821. Also, the name may be different — the code name for HTC’s flagship is Ocean.
LG is rumored to be changing its classic prefabricated design to glass. Most likely, the smartphone will be water resistant, and the battery will not be removed. It is logical to assume that, like LG’s rival — Samsung’s S‑series, the flagship will include wireless charging, a more powerful processor and the ability to work with VR.
A rather interesting rumor regarding the LG G6 is the fact that it will include a new type of irido scanner that uses the same sensor as the front camera.
The LG G6 will most likely be powered by the Snapdragon 821, with 4GB of RAM.
P9 may be replaced in February by P10, designed to strengthen Huawei’s position in global markets.
Special changes in the design of the smartphone are not yet expected, however, it is possible to transfer the fingerprint scanner to the front of the case. It’s also possible, but not confirmed, that Huawei’s new product could use a curved display in the same way that the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge did.
In terms of specs, Huawei is expecting a Kirin 960 processor, the same as the Huawei Mate 9, and 6GB of RAM. The display is speculated to be 5.5‑inch Quad HD. Plus, the company is unlikely to change its successful cooperation with Leica.
Microsoft Surface Phone
Rumors about the possibility of the release of this smartphone have been around for a very long time, so we are used to believing that this is purely a myth. However, Microsoft’s management is constantly fueling interest. So, it was recently announced that Surface Phone could become a universal mobile device.
If this is true and the Surface Phone will appear as early as 2017, expectations from it are quite predictable: 5.5‑inch Quad HD display, 4GB of RAM, versions with 64 and 128GB of internal memory, microSD support, an Intel processor, a main camera with a resolution of at least 21MP and front — 8MP.
It would not be surprising if a Surface pen and a USP‑C port appear along with the smartphone.
Another interesting rumor suggests a foldable screen, as Microsoft has a patent on the technology.
Microsoft will hold its own event where the Surface Pro 5 will be announced, and perhaps that’s when we’ll hear about the Surface Phone as well.
nokia android smartphone
Once upon a time, Nokia was a leader in the production of mobile phones, but when they switched to working with Windows, the fairy tale ended. Already in 2014, Nokia almost disappeared from the smartphone market, and only now, in January 2017, the Nokia 6 on Android was announced, available only in China.
The Nokia 6 features an aluminum chassis, 5.5‑inch full-HD display, Snapdragon 430, Adreno 505, 4GB of RAM and a 3000mAh battery. And it’s not at all scary that it is only available in one country, since we can safely expect Nokia to triumphantly return to the market with a series of Android smartphones. Some of which are rumored to be featured at MWC 2017.
One Plus 4
The OnePlus 3 and 3T proved to be incredibly successful smartphones, combining price and great features. OnePlus 4 is expected to be released in May/June 2017 and the late launch suggests that this particular smartphone will be powered by Snapdragon 835. It is also expected that the full-HD display will change to a similar 5.5‑inch Quad-HD.
The OnePlus 4 is expected to be available with 8GB of RAM, 21MP or 23MP cameras and a 3,500 or 4,000mAh battery. One thing is certain — OnePlus 4 will run Oxygen OS based on Android 7.0 Nougat.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Since the Galaxy Note 7 debacle, Samsung hasn’t stopped being talked about. A severe reputational hit leads some to think that Samsung might announce the Galaxy Note 8 alongside the Galaxy S8, while others believe the Note series will be completely halted. Samsung thinks otherwise, and is not in a hurry to lose hope for the possible success of Note. According to assumptions, Note 8 will appear closer to August.
What exactly can you expect from this new product? 5.7 inch Quad-HD display or SuperAMOLED display with S Pen support. Water resistance, dual camera, powerful processor and memory that will allow the novelty to support virtual reality. In a word, the best is expected from this smartphone. That’s just the trust of users to return will not be so easy.
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus
Samsung usually introduces new smartphones the day before MWC at their own event. However, this year the company decided to do otherwise, without confirming its presence at the conference. It is not known exactly where and when the Galaxy S8 will be announced, with speculation that we will hear about it in March 2017, as the expected start date for sales is April.
With the infamous Galaxy Note 7, Samsung has already tried to combine the characteristics of the standard models and the Edge model. That being said, the Edge turned out to be a very successful model, so we assume that something similar awaits us with the S8. The difference between the base model and Plus is likely to be only in the size of the display.
Most likely, the home button will disappear altogether, and the fingerprint scanner will be built into the display. The headphone input may also be gone as Samsung may move to USB‑C for audio.
What is known for certain is that at the time of its release, the Samsung Galaxy S8 will be the most powerful smartphone with the latest Snapdragon processor and specs to match it.
Samsung Galaxy X
The S8 and Note 8 aren’t all that people keep talking about. One of the most anticipated new products is the Galaxy X — a concept that has been around for a long time, but it has only just begun to be expected. The Galaxy X is a foldable smartphone that turns into a tablet. As unrealistic as it sounds, it’s entirely possible when looking at the company’s technology patents. According to rumors, it will be a device with a 4K display and of course, the latest Snapdragon 835 model.
Sony Xperia X2
After the Z series, Sony got a little lost among the bigger names in the industry. However, we did not cease to expect a new worthy replacement for the former flagship. According to assumptions, at MWC we will see the second generation of the Sony Xperia X smartphone.
Most likely, in terms of characteristics, this will be a relatively “last year’s” smartphone, but the best at the moment that Sony can offer.
Perhaps, the announcement of the Sony Xperia Z6 model is also expected at the same time.
The absolutely successful Mi5 series from Xiaomi cannot be left without a continuation and the continuation was expected at MWC exactly until the representatives denied their participation in the conference, saying that they simply had nothing to present. However, now is the time to consolidate the success.
Perhaps Xiaomi’s difficulties are related to the departure of the company’s vice president to Facebook, but this is not a reason not to wait for the Mi6, just that it will probably be announced later.
According to rumors, the smartphone will be available in three versions, with a Helio X3 chip and possibly even a Snapdragon 835.
A new dual camera is also expected on the flagship, but the fingerprint can replace the pupil scanner.
A completely unique prototype was presented at CES 2917 — this is the ZTE Hawkeye, the support campaign for which was launched on Kickstarter.
This smartphone is able to read the movement of the eyes, which is why it is announced as the first handsfree smartphone that can be controlled without touching it. ZTE can be positioned on a vertical surface and scroll through pages using eye movements.
The specifications of this smartphone are also quite interesting, it runs on Snapdragon 625 and Android Nougat. The display is 5.5 inch Full HD, the main camera is dual 13MP and 12MP, the front camera has a resolution of 8MP. Built-in memory — 32GB expandable up to 256, and RAM in it 3GB.
However, the most interesting thing about it is undoubtedly the eye movement sensor.