Smart phone’s are everywhere and being used by everyone for everything. Whether its buying food, playing games, communicating, organising, travelling, capturing or playing, the smartphone can do it all. For this reason, they are carried on us throughout the day, beside us when we sleep and some will even come in the shower with us. We can not get away. If your going to spend your hard earned cash on a device you will basically live with, it is a smart move to make sure you have the right device for you. As smartphone developers such as Apple and Samsung continuously lose there close to monopoly market share, room is made for other brands to emerge as top players in the smartphone industry, and that is exactly what seems to be happening as the market share slowly evens out year by year. Here is quick rundown of a few of the smartphones to look out for this year as we move into 2017 and a whole new year for smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy Note 7
Samsung confirmed the release of the Galaxy Note 7 phablet at an unpacked launch event just a couple of weeks ago at the start of August. The device will go on sale on the 2nd of September 2016.The smart phone specs weren’t overly surprising compared to the galaxy 7 and previous models. The Note 7 has a 5.7in Quad-HD Super AMOLED display coupled with a dual-edge screen. It houses a 64GB storage, IP86 waterproofing, a new iris scanner and an improved S pen. There were considerable improvements beneath hood with the Note 7 performing much faster than its predecessor. This can be brought down to the new 64-bit octa-core processor working 31 percent faster while the GPU received a 58 percent increase in power. To top it off the phone has 4GB Ram which is fairly standard for flagship models now. The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is priced at close to $900 in the USA and at around $1450 in Australia.
HTC One M10
On the 12th of April, HTC revealed its brand new flagship device the HTC One M10. Taking a page from its predecessors books, the M10 continues to pack major sound with only few changes to the look and feel of the old system. The BoomSound stereo speaker setup looks a little different at the front, with the tweeter at the top and woofer on the bottom edge of the phone. Like many of the top range smartphones, the M10 holds 4GB of Ram and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor. Something worth noting however is a slightly increased processing power now at 2.2Ghz which sits slightly above average phone. HTC has also upgraded the screen to a 5.2in Quad-HD Super LCD 5 screen, and implemented a fingerprint scanner. The HTC One M10 is priced at close to $599 in the USA and at around $1000 in Australia.
Lenovo Phab 2 Pro
Announced at the Lenovo Tech World in June was the Lenovo Phab2 Pro, the world’s first Project tango Smart Phone. You probably wondering what that is. Project Tango is, in essence, a Google project that allows a smart phone to detect, map and learn its position relative to the room/world around it without the use of external signals such as Wi-Fi or GPS. It can also detect surfaces and obstacles within your environment, and can recognise known environments. This gives the device a whole new level of capability in regards to the the apps and experiences that developers can now create on a smart phone including real-time 3D mapping, measurement of physical spaces and augmented-reality gaming. The phone is slightly larger than some devices with a 6.4in Quad-HD display. It cases a 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor with 4GB of Ram and a 64GB hard drive so the general specs are very similar to a lot of the top level phones currently being released. Something that sets it apart from the rest is 4050mAh battery which is huge compare to other phones. Something that may be necessary addition along with the larger screen. No definite release date has been set yet however it is set to come out ‘this summer’ and is currently priced at $499 in the USA.
Huawei P9 Pro
On the 6th of April, Huawei revealed its new flagships the P9 and P9 plus. The P9 specs are a little different to a lot of the flagships of 2016, with a octa-core Kiri 955 processor to lead the way. There is 32GB of storage and 3GB of Ram in the standard P9, while the Plus has 64Gb and 4GB respectively. Both devices are aluminium unibody builds both with full HD displays. The Plus leads the way with a 5.5in Super AMOLED screen while the P9 has a 5.2in IPS panel. As expected, there’s a new dual-camera system produced in collaboration with Leica. Unlike other dual-lens cameras, one sensor is RGB and the other monochrome. This and the new super-accurate fingerprint scanner found in the Mate 8 are highlights. The device is currently available for purchase and costs around $800 in Australia.
Surface Smart Phone rumors have been few and far between and without the confirmation from Microsoft some were leading to think that it is nothing more than a myth. It has however, recently been revealed that by Wired that Microsoft Corporate VP Panos Panay has been working on a prototype for the new smart phone. If sources are correct, the phone is expected to arrive in early 2017 and will be available in 3 flavours with the flagship boasting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor, 8GB of Ram and a 512GB hard drive. Further rumor has said that Microsoft are in testing with the possibility of using Intel processing designed for PC however it is not yet known to be possible and of course at this stage, nothing is certain.
On the 10th anniversary of the Iphone, there is no doubt Apple are going to want to make a bang with their new device. Compared to the differences between the Iphone 6 and 7, rumors have said that apple are looking to make some radical changes in the design and hardware of the Iphone 8.
As Pc advisor mentioned:
“The iPhone 8 could be the iPhone with which Jony Ive finally gets his own way: an iPhone that resembles a single sheet of glass with an edge-to-edge OLED screen.”
According to an Apple supplier, at least one of the company’s new iPhones for 2017 will have a glass body. The TouchID scanner is thought to be hidden within the glass, while the physical Home button will be gone. Furthermore the possibility that the Iphone 8 will feature wireless charging and an Iris scanning has also been rumored. It’ll run the Apple A11 processor and motion co-processor, and be devilishly fast and at this stage that is all we are left with.
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