Best new phones set for release

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With the smartphone market currently so competitive, manufacturers are making better phones every year. Devices are constantly being improved upon, with companies taking inspiration from others and making features better.

Arrow has a brief look at some of the most exciting smartphones set to be released in the coming months.

BlackBerry DTEK60

The DTEK60 will be one of the most anticipated devices in the current market, largely because BlackBerry recently announced that it will no longer manufacture its own hardware.

It is hoped that focusing solely on software should allow BlackBerry to provide a secure product with few glitches. The DTEK50, released earlier this year, was billed as the most secure smartphone ever. Industry insiders hope that the DTEK60 will exceed even that.

BlackBerry’s upcoming smartphone is expected to be manufactured by TCL and is likely to resemble the Alcatel Idol 4S. The DTEK60 will likely feature a 5.5 inch Quad HD display and be a full touchscreen. Although BlackBerry has stated it will be producing a smartphone with its signature physical keyboard, it won’t be the DTEK60.

It is expected to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM, with 32GB of storage. This can be expanded, however, with a microSD. The rear camera is likely to be 21MP, whilst the front-facing camera will probably be 8MP.

Samsung Galaxy S8

Samsung’s next offering will be under increased scrutiny following the problems with the Galaxy Note 7. A number of these devices have exploded and caught fire. Responding to the crisis, Samsung has recalled the phones and reportedly halted production.

The Galaxy S8 is predicted to be set for a February release, which could allow enough time for buyers to consign the Note 7 problems to history.

It has been predicted by some that Samsung’s upcoming smartphones will have curved displays rather than flat screens. They may come in two sizes, according to some reports, and may feature a 4K screen resolution.

Some market insiders have predicted that the Galaxy S8 will come with 6GB of RAM and a much improved processor and bigger battery. However, the battery has been responsible for the problems with the Note 7 so it remains to be seen how the Galaxy S8 will deal with this.

The camera is expected by many to be boosted to 30MP, which would be one of the best available.

HTC 11

HTC’s next offering will follow on from a solid offering in the HTC 10. Running on Android’s latest operating system Nougat, the HTC 11 – currently code named the Ocean that may change – is expected to be released next year.

At this stage, the device is expected by some dedicated HTC reporters to come in three separate models, currently known as the Ocean Master, Ocean Note and Ocean Smart. It is thought that the Note will be a larger version and may come with a stylus.

It is likely to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and could feature with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

There have been rumours that the next HTC device will not feature any physical controls but will rather be operated by gestures, voice and touch. It follows a video showing a new phone with no controls published on the website of an HTC designer.