“Curious about which phones are worth waiting for this year? Read on to find out”In this age of advancing technology, smartphones come and go – some just fizzle out , while others become links to the next big change. But among the crowd, a few of these devices just take our breath away. We are talking about phones that are embodiment of power and precision, which are responsible for setting a bar for all the future products striving for consumer attention and with events such as the CES already on and MWC just around the corner, we can expect to be introduced to these stunners fairly soon. Before we become a witness to that, let’s sketch a basic layout of what to expect out of these devices. These are the most anticipated smartphones of the year 2016.
Samsung Galaxy S7One can’t just talk about the most anticipated devices and not include the Samsung Galaxy S7. Just a few months after the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6, rumours about the successor started barging in. After several months of examining, we have tried to figure out what the Samsung Galaxy S7 might have to offer.
Regarding the spec sheet, as with the previous generation, Samsung could have planned two variants of the basic Galaxy S7 model when it comes to the processor powering the device. The first variant is said to sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset while the second variant is rumoured to go with the home-grown Samsung Exynos 8890 processor. Taking into account the recent statement from Samsung about 4K displays, it’ll be safe to assume that the newest of the Galaxy line up will be staying with 5.1 inches of QHD (2,560 x 1,440) goodness. Samsung will be stepping up the game with an upgraded 4GB of RAM for better performance and a smooth experience. The rumoured downgrade from a 16MP shooter in the Samsung Galaxy S6 to a 12.2MP one in its upcoming flagship does raise a few red flags, but Samsung is said to utilise its Britcell technology in the upcoming smartphone which claims to take better shots in lower resolution by employing larger pixels. So we’ll see how that pans out for the smartphone giant. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is not only said to rock the latest and greatest from the spec sheet, but it is also said that the device will be adopting pressure sensitive displays in their newest addition(s) to the Galaxy lineup. As one can expect, there will be several variants derived from the base Samsung Galaxy S7 model, namely the Samsung Galaxy S7 edge with a 5.5-inch QHD display and dual curved screen, the Samsung Galaxy S7 plus and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge plus both sporting 6-inch QHD displays with the S7 edge plus sporting a dual-curved display.
Sony Xperia Z6The Sony Xperia Z5 range brought back the spark that Sony has been long known for. It was a representation of the Japanese OEM’s will to stay in the mobile realm, which, naturally, made us wonder about what the future of the lineup might bring and apparently, it’s bringing a lot. There have been talks of not five but six variants that are rumoured to be a part of the Sony Xperia Z6 series, namely the 4-inch FHD Z6 mini, the 5.2-inch QHD Z6, 5.8-inch QHD Z6 plus, the 6.4-inch Z6 ultra and one more surprise entry in the form of the Sony Xperia Z6 lite. The Sony Xperia Z6 lite is said to be a 5-inch FHD device powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chipset (previously known as the Snapdragon 620).
It won’t be much of leap to say that Sony is going to stick with the Xperia Z5 design and build for their upcoming flagship. Talking about the 4K display flaunted by the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, it’s still questionable weather the brand will be employing that again for the Sony Xperia Z6 lineup but it’ll be illogical for Sony to just abandon it after all the hype it created among fans.
HTC One M10HTC is said to be paying close attention to the upcoming HTC One M10, making sure it is everything that the HTC One M9 wasn’t. The next of the One M line is rumoured to bring major design changes to the well-known metal unibody build of the One M series. The HTC One M10 is said to be sleeker and still sporting the metal unibody charm that the HTC One M line has always carried.
HTC has no intentions of staying behind when it comes to choosing specifications for their upcoming flagship. The HTC One M10 is said to be sporting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset much like its competitors, an upgraded camera sensor and a QHD display.
LG G5LG has been on the rise since the launch of it’s acclaimed LG G2. The brand has dared to tread the road less travelled by sticking to the idea of removable batteries and memory expansion slots which has delighted a lot of consumers out there, creating a loyal fan following for itself through the years. Not only that, it avoided playing the ‘spec game’ and concentrated on providing something useful and innovative when it came out with the by now standard placement of the volume rocker and power button at the back of the phones, which seemed ridiculous at first but quite logical when you gave it a second thought. Naturally, this made consumers thrilled about the successor to the last year’s LG G4, which brought something that every smartphone needs – optical image stabilisation and an amazing camera.
The LG G5 is said to bring major enhancements to both, the software and the hardware. Hardware enhancements includes an upgrade to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, a fingerprint sensor which will have its separate module at the back of the device, a 5.3 inch QHD display, dual rear facing 16 MP camera with laser focus and OIS, a design overhaul and a rumoured “Magic Slot” which is supposed to serve as a hardware expansion port for plugging in accessories like VR headset or an audio amplifier. Software enhancements will include a secondary ‘ticker’ display on top of the screen as seen on the LG V10. LG is said to be cutting back on the battery power by shifting to a 2,800 mAh battery from a 3,000 mAh one, which is probably to provide a more sleeker and slimmer look to the device.
Xiaomi Mi 5Xiaomi has been known for providing top-of-the-line specifications coupled with a price tag that doesn’t cost you an arm and a leg. It intends to do the same with the Xiaomi Mi 5 launching next month. The device is rumoured to step into the premium light with a full-metal unibody design and several other enhancements.
As far as the specifications go, the Xiaomi Mi 5 is confirmed to be shipping with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset. Other possible specs include a 5.3-inch QHD display, 4GB of RAM, 16MP rear-facing shooter with dual LED and OIS married with 8MP front facing camera and a decent 3,030 mAh battery which is sure to last a full day. There are also talks of variant which goes by the name of Xiaomi Mi 5 Plus, being a 5.7-inch version of the same model.
Apple iPhone 7Apple has been defining quality in smartphones since a long time now, raising the bar with every release. Apple has never been in the spec game, and is known to produce top-notch products with rather underwhelming specifications… specifications that would make an Android user cringe. But judging from the recent leaks regarding the forthcoming flagship from Apple, the brand could taking things to newer levels.
Apple claims that the next addition to the iPhone family will address the issue that has plagued the iPhone line for years – mediocre battery Life. Not just this, Apple says that it’ll also be the thinnest iPhone ever with storage options going through the roof, with a 256GB option being listed for the upcoming flagship. The one thing that’ll be worth the wait is how Apple is planning make the iPhone thinner and lighter with a much heavier battery, considering the Apple iPhone 7 plus is rumoured to utilise a whopping 3,100mAh (by iPhone standards) battery. As for the specifications, the Apple iPhone 7 (and it’s variants) will be rocking the Apple A10 chip which is claimed to be several times faster than the previous generation A9 chip.
Motorola Moto X (4th Gen)Motorola has been striving to give smartphone consumers the very best in every category, ranging from the affordable Moto E all the way to the premium Moto X. Motorola not only brought the very best of specifications but also innovated all the way to end with the previous generations of the Moto X. The device offered features that made it a no-brainer for the young generation – features such as hands-free control, minimal bloatware, decent cameras, customisability and quick update cycles. This all, needless to say, made us quite optimistic when it comes to the thought of the next generation of the Moto X line, and judging from the leaks, we are right to do so.
The Moto X (4th Gen) will bring several design changes to the device, out of which the most notable, being the metal unibody design. The Moto X was never considered to be a looker but thankfully, Motorola is looking to change that, judging from the leak. Talking about the hardware, the next Moto X is rumoured to sport a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, an enhanced camera sensor with dual-LED flash, 5.3-inch QHD display, fingerprint scanner and a probable USB type-C port with Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology making it a device to look out for in 2016.
OnePlus 3OnePlus has been cooking up a storm in the Indian market ever since its arrival. With the launch of the OnePlus 2, the brand has become the go-to name for anyone looking for quality phones with loaded specifications coupled with drool-worthy price tags. All these facts thrill us to the core when we think about the future of the OnePlus line of smartphones, particularly the OnePlus 3. Due to the notable performance of the OnePlus 2 in the mobile realm, it’s quite easy to say that OnePlus will be holding on to the affordable price tags even for its upcoming flagship. Regarding the design and looks, there have been a couple of render leaks, although at this moment of time we should take them with a pinch of salt.
As for the specifications, it will exhibit top-of-the-line specs. The phone is rumoured to be featuring the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset, a 5.3-inch QHD display, USB Type-C port, 16MP front facing shooter with dual-LED flash and a 3,000mAh battery. What interests us the most in the render leak is the absence of a physical home button. This would mean that OnePlus has decided to go the Sony route by embedding the fingerprint sensor inside the power button itself or maybe it has decided to completely ditch it for something more futuristic (probably an iris scanner?). One thing that we are absolutely sure of when it comes to the OnePlus 3 is that this device will be worth the wait.
Fortunately for us, There are several other smartphones that we are looking forward to, namely the next Nexus device and the Samsung Galaxy Note 6, but the curtains won’t rise until later for us to know more about these smartphones. Which, out of these devices, are you looking forward to? Tell us in the comments below.