5 upcoming flagship smartphones to watch out for in 2017
Published : Aug 7, 2017, 5:49 pm IST
Updated : Sep 13, 2018, 1:11 pm IST
We are well past half of 2017, which means the world of technology is looking forward to welcome the second round of flagship smartphones from some of the well-known manufacturers. This year is seeing a trend of full-screen displays with minimal bezels on the flagship smartphone fraternity. Apart from that, there’s a host of revolutionary technology like advanced facial recognition systems, DSLR-rivalling cameras and under-display fingerprint sensors, expected to find place in some of the smartphones that we have discussed here.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The successor to last year’s superb yet disastrous Galaxy Note 7 has been confirmed for launch in the later half of August. According to multiple leaks, the Note 8 will carry forward the S8’s Infinity Display in a slightly square-ish form along with an improved S Pen. Also, the Note 8 is expected to debut with a dual-rear camera, which is a first for Samsung smartphones. Of course, interested people will like the Note 8 to go through Samsung’s stringent safety checks so as to be remembered only as a great smartphone in the history. Expect prices to start at around $800.
The highly anticipated smartphone of this year is expected to face the world sometime in September. Being the 10th year of the iPhone, Apple is expected to introduce a revolutionary smartphone, something that can have the impact of the original iPhone. we have seen a host of leaks and we have a fair idea about the iPhone 8 — a full-screen display, a 3D facial recognition feature, wireless charging and a 60 fps front camera. Tech specialists have expecting the iPhone 8 to come with a sticker price of a figure higher than $1000.
LG made a solid comeback with the G6 after last year’s forgettable G5 and the V30 is looking to be another phone to continue LG’s winning streak. Leaks are pointing to a smartphone that is basically a big brother of LG G6, in a similar way to the relation between Samsung’s Note series and the S series. The phone could be built on the Snapdragon 835 chipset and sport a bigger OLED FullVision display than the G6. The smartphone should be featuring an improved dual camera setup and a bigger battery for a longer endurance.
After a decent second innings in the world of smartphones, HMD Global-backed Nokia is aiming high to set the bar high in terms of quality smartphone experience. Their upcoming flagship — the Nokia 8 — will feature the Snapdragon 835 chipset along with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. What marks this one aside is the return of the Carl Zeiss name to smartphone camera optics with a new dual camera setup. Leaks have suggested a Nokia 8 that looks more akin to the OnePlus 5 than to the Galaxy S8, which means that this should beat the others in terms of build quality.
Google Pixel 2/ XL 2
Last year’s Google Pixel carved a place for the search giant in the premium smartphone segment after ending the developer-focussed Nexus lineup. Therefore, the world is expecting Google to build the next-gen Pixel smartphones to be serious contender to this year’s iPhone 8. Rumours have hinted at HTC and LG in charge of the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 respectively. The smaller one is expected to sport a display with slimmer-bezels, an HTC-derived Edge Sense and retain the single lens camera. The Pixel XL 2 will be similar to the LG G6 in aesthetics and come with dual-rear camera.