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Top 10 upcoming flagship Smartphones of 2017

25 January 2017 6

The smartphone manufacturers have to run pretty fast to remain with the pace of latest tech innovations and with each passing day we have reported regarding new innovations the smartphone manufacturers are bringing in their smartphones. Back in December 2016, we enlisted best flagship smartphones of 2016, not just that for those buyers who want to buy affordable smartphone we rounded up best smartphones under $400, for music fans, we enlisted 5 best smartphones for music fans, not everyone likes large smartphones that’s why we have a list of the best compact smartphones and for innovative tech customers, we have top 5 innovative smartphones.

This year we are expecting great tech from smartphone manufacturers as to grab market share, the companies have to deliver something unique with high build quality. To lead the competition, the smartphone manufacturers are unveiling products with unique and dedicated features. Currently, there are a number of smartphone manufacturing companies that we are seeing a new smartphone on every alternative day. Out of all these smartphones, today we enlisted the top 10 most exciting flagship smartphones being unveiled during this year.

These ten devices are not only the best 10 flagship options to look out in 2017 but instead, these devices will be the best flagships from respective companies. These signature features of upcoming flagships will help the customers to grab a new smartphone on the basis of their requirement. These ten smartphones will also have a decisive impact on smartphone manufacturers ranking. Let’s have a look at top 10 best flagships we can expect in 2017.

Apple iPhone 8

The Cupertino giant latest flagships were unveiled as iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, traditionally the upcoming smartphones from Apple should have S moniker but that’s not the case this year as this year Apple will be celebrating 10th anniversary of iPhones that’s why the company is planning to bring some major changes and this year flagships will be unveiled as iPhone 8. The new iPhone 8 lineup will not only have UI and hardware revamps but instead the devices will have radical changes in Design.

As per latest info, this year Apple will launch three smartphones, Two devices will be released as successor devices of iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus whereas there will be a special high-end variant which the company is internally referring as Ferrari. Apple is also planning to step out of their comfort zone by entering strongly in new markets like India, where usually most buyers prefer pocket-friendly smartphone but Apple is trying to offer lucrative offers to attract new customers. Apart from a complete makeover, the company base variant will also have dual-rear camera snapper. Apple new iPhones are one of the most awaited upcoming smartphones, let’s have a look at what this device could bring on the table in terms of hardware specs.

Specifications

Expected iPhone 8

Display

4.7-inch

Screen resolution

2K AMOLED edge-to-edge display

Home button/ fingerprint scanner

Embedded in curved glass display, physical home button will be removed

Operating system

iOS 11

Processor

A11 chipset

RAM

4GB

Rear camera

16MP and 12MP dual camera modules

Front facing camera

12MP

Launch

Q4 2017

Samsung Galaxy S8

The last quarter of 2016 was disastrous for the South Korean giant as the company has to bear the loss of Galaxy Note 7 explosions and recent official report from the company confirms battery was the reason behind the device explosion. However, now the company is looking forward to unveiling their first flagship lineup series of this year. As per all reports, Samsung next flagships will be unveiled as Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. As per rumours, Samsung is dropping the flat variant this year and both variants will be having dual edge display.

Initially we do have rumours that Galaxy S8 lineup devices might feature 4K display but later on confirmed Samsung will stick to 2K display as 4K will put extra load on the battery cell. As the processor, the Galaxy S8 will be having Exynos 8895 under the hood and not just that Samsung Galaxy S8 will be the first commercially announced smartphone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 Soc. Another change will be USB Type-C port for connectivity.

It will be pre-installed with Android Nougat straight out of the box and we are expecting personal AI assistant Bixby will be on board. The bezel-less designs are much appreciated after the Xiaomi Mi Mix, and so far all reports indicate a bezel-less display. The Galaxy S8 is also expected to be the first Samsung smartphone to have Daydream VR support. At the moment, the Samsung’s upcoming flagship Galaxy S8-lineup is the most hyped smartphone of 2017. Let’s have a look down below to check out the expected specs sheet of this much-awaited smartphone.

Specifications

Rumoured specs sheet of Galaxy S8

Display

5.5-inch 2K display with Daydream support

Processor

Exynos 8895/ Snapdragon 835

Graphics processing Unit

Mali-G71

Storage

64GB base variant/ 128GB for high-end model

RAM

6GB

Rear camera

12MP

Front facing camera

8MP

USB

Type-C

Fingerprint scanner

Embedded in the home button

IRIS Scanner

YES

Network

5G support

Launch

April 2017 with May 2017 release

Xiaomi Mi 6

If you are living in China and keen to know about one of the exciting best Xiaomi smartphones this year, then our answer will be Mi 6. The Mi6 will be replacing Xiaomi Mi 5, the device is hugely successful since its launch in Q4 2017. The Xiaomi is without any doubt one of the best Chinese smartphone company who unveils the new smartphone at regular interval of time as well as bringing upper mid-range Android smartphone at affordable price tag. As per latest reports, the Mi 6 will be the first Chinese flagship smartphone with latest Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835Soc.

Unlike last year, this year Mi 6 flagship unveiling will be slightly earlier, most probably at the end of Q2 2017. Let’s have a look at what this Xiaomi flagship might bring on the table in terms of hardware specs.

Specifications

Xiaomi Mi 6

Display

5.2-inch with quad HD screen resolution

Processor

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835

RAM

6GB for base variant whereas the top of the line variant will have 8GB

Network

4G VoLTE support

Rear cameras

12MP and 16MP dual rear cameras

Front facing camera

13MP

Launch

Q2 or in early Q3 2017

HTC Ocean

One thing is confirmed, HTC is planning to come back strongly as the company already unveiled two new smartphones in January as HTC U Ultra and HTC U-Play. As per all leaks and rumors, the upcoming HTC flagship is codenamed as HTC Ocean. The device is not heavily rumored since the main focus in last few days was HTC U Ultra. A couple of days ago we have an alleged video in which it is showcased that HTC’s upcoming flagship main focus is UI and the alleged design has not a physical button.

Apart of alleged named confirmation from the well-known leaker, we are unaware whether the company will be unveiling their flagship as HTC 11 or not but we have few non-confirmed details regarding the device hardware, let’s have a look at it.

Specifications

Alleged HTC Ocean specs sheet

Display

5.2-inch with 2K screen resolution

Processor

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835

RAM

6GB

Memory

64GB base variant whereas the top of the line variant will have 256GB

Front facing camera

8MP Ultra-Pixel camera

Rear-facing camera

12MP dual Ultra-Pixel sensor

Speakers

Boom sound front facing

IP68

Yes

Launch

Q2 2017


Huawei P10

The Chinese number 1 and world’s number three smartphone manufacturer is going to announce a couple of new flagships in February this year. Last year P9 and P9 Plus were extremely popular and the company managed to sell 10 million handsets in a year that’s a great victory for Huawei as it’s their first smartphone which crosses 10 million hallmarks. The key selling feature of the handset was its dual rear camera snappers certified by Leica.

For this year, we are expecting new lineup will be unveiled as P10 and P10 Plus. Unlike last year, this year flagship smartphone could be unveiled at MWC 2017 event.

At the moment, most of the P10 lineup details are in dark and we are unaware what this handset will be offering to its customers. The company is planning to bring personal assistant on the P10 lineup devices. Let’s see what so far rumors indicate about specs sheet of P10.

Specifications

Huawei P10 expected specs sheet

Display

5.2 for the standard variant

5.5 for the Plus variant

Screen resolution

Full HD

Processor

Kirin 960 Soc

RAM

6GB

Rear cameras

12MP dual camera Leica certified lens

Front facing camera

8MP module

Launch

Q1 2017

OnePlus 5

The last year was once again successful for the newcomer OnePlus as the company’s first flagship killer OnePlus 3 sold pretty well. The device not only was packed with luring chassis but it also has the best top-tier high-end specs sheet with 6GB RAM. The upcoming OnePlus flagship surely will be better than the predecessor not only in design but also internally as well. It will be one of the best smartphones of 2017.

I am sure, many of our readers would like to mention that OnePlus 5 is not the name of the upcoming flagship but instead it will be OnePlus 4. For those readers. It’s important to mention that Chinese people think number 4 is not lucky for them that’s why there are fair chances the company will skip the 4 and it will release the handset as OnePlus 5.

The OnePlus 5 could feature a ceramic chassis with glass. The company is known for bringing something different, so it won’t be surprising at all to see the next flagship with glass design. Let’s have a look at the expected specs sheet of OnePlus 5.

Specifications

OnePlus 2017 flagship expected specs sheet

Display

5.5-inch with full HD screen resolution

Processor

Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835

RAM

8GB

Storage

64GB/ 128GB

OS

Android Nougat

Rear camera

21MP with dual flashlight and OIS

Front facing camera

16MP

Launch

Q2 2017


Samsung’s foldable smartphone Galaxy X

We can’t guarantee whether Samsung will be releasing a new Note phablet this year or not but one thing which is almost confirmed that Samsung is going to announce new Galaxy X lineup smartphones in Q2 2017. This lineup smartphones are company’ first effort to bring foldable display smartphones. We have been hearing from past few years that Samsung filed a number of patents for the foldable display smartphones but it looks like this year we are going to witness two new smartphones.

The Galaxy X is also rumoured to be Samsung’s first smartphone to have 4K screen resolution, before going into further details, it is important to mention that all details regarding Galaxy X Lineup so far are not from official sources that are why we will recommend our readers to take this info with a pinch of salt as nothing is set in stone. However, what we know so far, let’s have a look at it.

Specifications

Speculated specs sheet of Galaxy X

Display

5.5 to 5.7-inch 4K screen resolution

Processor

Exynos 8890

RAM

6GB

IP68 certification

Yes

Cameras

Dual rear cameras

Iris scanner/ fingerprint scanner

Yes

Launch

H2 2017

LG G6

At the MWC 2016, the South Korean smartphone manufacturing company LG unveils the G5 with a modular design. The device was a new experiment from the company but the concept failed miserably because of lack of peripherals which LG dubbed as LG Friends.

However this year we have heard, the LG ditched the modular design and will be releasing the G5 successor smartphone with traditional design. LG confirmed the next flagship unveiling will be at MWC 2017. The device is rumored to have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 821 Processor. Once again this year LG flagship is expected to have dual camera setup on the rear side with 4K video support. Below are the expect specs sheet of the upcoming LG flagship smartphone expected in the first quarter of the year.

Specifications

LG G6 expected specs sheet

Display

5.2-inch with 4K screen resolution

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 821/ 835

RAM

6GB

Storage

64GB with expansion via MicroSD

Rear cameras

16MP dual camera lens

Front facing

8MP selfie-centric camera

Launch

Q1 2017 during MWC 2017

Sony Xperia Z6

Sony is allegedly getting ready to release Z6 lineup smartphones in the first half of 2017, surprisingly we don’t have many details regarding the upcoming Z6 lineup, except that the Z6 lineup will have 5 variants. The top of the line variant will have premium moniker whereas the standard variant will be unveiled as Z6. Let’s check out the expected specs sheet of the Z6 swirling on the internet.

Specifications

Alleged specs of Z6

Display

5.2-inch IPS display

Processor

Snapdragon 821 Soc

RAM

4GB

IP68

Yes

Shockproof

Yes

Eye scanner

Yes

Launch

Q1 2017


Microsoft Surface flagship Smartphone

Last but not the least, we have been hearing for quite some time that Microsoft is allegedly working on true flagship smartphone and this smartphone will be unveiled in 2017 under Surface branding. So far nearly all Microsoft high-end products are unveiled under Surface branding.

Microsoft really stepped up their game with the new innovative products announcements in 2016, that’s why this year hopes are pretty high from the Microsoft in 2017. The base variant will be having 4GB RAM, other details are still not confirmed, so let’s see what this device is expected to bring on the table in terms of hardware specs.

Specifications

Rumoured specs sheet of Microsoft surface smartphone

Display

5.5-inch with quad HD screen resolution

Processor

Intel Atom x3, 64-bit processor

RAM

4GB

Storage

64GB and 128GB

OS

Windows 10

Rear camera

21MP with Zeiss 6-lens

Front camera

8MP

USB

Type-C

Launch date

Still unknown


Final words

These are the top 10 best flagship smartphones, we can expect in 2017. Although there are a number of new flagships expected in this year but we enlisted only those smartphones which are stealing spotlight ahead of their official announcements. If any smartphone you think we missed in enlisting these 10 futuristic flagship smartphones, you can share it below in the comments section. In 2016, we have seen tons of beast and hopefully, these aforementioned smartphones will be the trend setter in 2017.

One area in which every smartphone manufacturer have to work in battery cell capacity, everyone wants more RAM on their smartphones but not on the cost of low battery life. We would love to know our reader's views regarding the top 10 upcoming flagships listing in the comments section below.


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  • Whenever I read about the LG G6, I feel very sorry for them. The people weren't "wise" enough to accept the modular design of the phone and they had to bring out the descedent without the same design.

      • The foldable Galaxy X is confirmed to be out in 2017? This is really news to me. I have been reading about the foldable phones from Sammy, but the Galaxy X is really a surprise.

          • HTC has recently launched the HTC U Ultra and U Play. And there were initial news that the flagship has been launched by them. But then we are in for some surprise to know that the Ocean is going to be the true flagship from HTC this year.

          • OMG!!! The Xperia Z6 is coming out this year? Oh dear, thanks for mentioning that phone in this list. I had totally forgotten about that. I already have an Xperia phone. So, I was curious to know if it's worth upgrading.

              • As soon as I read the title, I knew somewhere I would read the iPhone 8 and to my surprise it was the very first entry. Yes, it's a badly awaited phone from Apple to date.

                  • Everyone knows that the iPhone 8 is coming out this year. But the thing to look up to is what the features would actually be. There are a lot of rumors regarding its rumors so far.

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