This year will see a host of new smartphones being launched. Some will be redesigns of previous editions, like the iPhone 8, while others will be completely new offerings.
Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 will provide the canvas for manufacturers to show off their new developments, which are expected to be at the cutting edge of technology.
Here, we run through some of the most important devices to look forward to in 2017.
Apple iPhone 8
One of the most popular smartphone brands, Apple is reportedly planning a complete redesign of its pioneering iPhone in 2017, with it being the ten-year anniversary of the phone’s launch.
Set to be released in the UK in September, the iPhone 8 is being eagerly awaited by fans of the company. It is currently thought that it will come with a 5.8 inch OLED screen, while it is believed the traditional home button will be replaced with a ‘function area’.
Samsung Galaxy S8
Samsung will have something to prove, with its last flagship device, the Galaxy Note 7, causing controversy by facing issues with exploding batteries. Users will be expecting something significant.
The new Note 8 will come in two sizes, with the larger sporting a 6.2 inch curved 2K AMOLED display. It is also expected to feature either an Exynos 8895 or a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset, 64GB of storage, iris and fingerprint scanners, 4GB of RAM and a USB Type-C charging port.
Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3
Having awakened from dormancy in the smartphone market, Nokia will be presenting three new smartphones at MWC 2017. The Nokia 6, Nokia 5 and Nokia 3 will all be Android phones, with the 6 being offered as the company’s first rival to the iPhone 7. At this stage, it is thought that the 5 and 3 will be downgraded versions of the 6.
Nokia will also likely be announcing the launch of a modernised version of the 3310, perhaps its most popular phone. This has garnered a lot of attention and a lot of smiles from those who fondly remember the almost indestructible device.
LG has steadily been making solid smartphones and it is expected that in 2017, this will continue. The G6 is expected to be an upgrade to last year’s G5, which was a highly-rated device.
It has been confirmed that the G6 will feature a 5.7 inch QHD 18:9 display and a new Android overlay, which has been called UX 6.0. It focuses on advanced multi-tasking and an improved camera experience.
It is expected that Huawei will launch the P10 on February 26th, the day before MWC 2017 kicks off. It has already been confirmed that the device will come in three new colours: gold, blue and a rarely seen green.
Analysts currently think that the P10 and P10 Plus will feature 5.2 and 5.5-inch Quad HD displays, with curved edges. It is also thought that they’ll come with Kirin 960 and/or 965 chipsets and 4GB of RAM.