The exceptional new phones of 2017 are but to be announced. Earlier than you upgrade your cutting-edge phone, read the latest information and rumours at the satisfactory new telephones launching this year.
Best new smartphones coming this year
- Apple iPhone 8
- Samsung Galaxy S8 & Galaxy Note 8
- Google Pixel 2
- Xiaomi Mi6 & Mi Mix 2
- LG G6
- HTC U
- OnePlus 5
- Nokia 8
- Sony Xperia XZ Premium
The best new phones of 2017 will offer faster performance and longer battery life, thanks to the new Snapdragon 835 chip for which headline performance figures include 25 percent faster graphics rendering and half the power consumption compared to the Snapdragon 801.
You can expect this processor to be paired with at least 4- but potentially as much as 8GB of RAM, a minimum amount of 32GB of storage, extra-large Quad-HD screens and class-leading cameras.
Apple iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 plus
Apple is ready to head huge at the iphone’s 10th anniversary, that could go a few way to make up for 2016’s fantastically minor upgrade. A mixture of layout and hardware changes have to make the iphone 8 the maximum radical new iPhone to this point whilst it launches in September 2017.
The iphone 8 will be the iphone with which jony ive eventually gets his own manner: an iphone that resembles a unmarried sheet of glass with an aspect-to-aspect OLED display.
Different rumours endorse the iPhone 8 will function wi-fi charging for the primary time, and feasible biometric features along with facial popularity or iris scanning. It’ll run the apple a11 processor and movement co-processor, and be devilishly rapid.
Forget what you read, BlackBerry is not dead. The new KEYone, which goes on sale 5 May, runs Nougat 7.1 and resembles a thinner version of the BlackBerry Passport, retaining the clever under-keyboard touch trackpad to help navigate the screen and scroll through apps.
Although it has a mid-range Snapdragon 625 processor, its £499 price tag is anything but. Then again, those after the KEYone are unlikely to care. The BlackBerry brand elicits a fierce loyalty from its now small customer base.
Google Pixel 2
The next Google phone is said to include waterproofing and an improved camera that excels with low-light photography, as well as a curved screen and the Snapdragon 835 processor.
We know that the new Google phone will be the first to run Android O, for which the Developer Preview is now available. The Pixel 2 itself won’t be available until late-September/early-October 2017.
The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus, which went on sale in April 2017, are shiny, colourful and boast features ideal for selfie takers.
Reminiscent of the Huawei P9 in design, the P10’s internals are almost identical to those of the Huawei Mate 9. It uses the same Kirin 960 processor, Mali G71 GPU, same amount of RAM (4GB) and even boasts the same amount of storage, at 64GB.
Those looking for more power can instead opt for the larger Huawei P10 Plus, which features 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage and a WQHD display.
HTC has sent out save the date emails for its upcoming HTC U (aka HTC 11) launch, which will take place on 16 May.
If you thought the last two HTC flagships were a little boring, prepare to be blown away by the HTC U. Not only will it have a new gesture- and squeeze-based mode of operation, but some killer specs.
If true, it will have a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, a higher-capacity battery with Quick Charge 4.0 and a 5.5in Quad-HD screen.
At MWC 2017 LG announced its latest flagship, the LG G6, which went on sale on 24 April. The device boasts an impressive Quad HD 5.7in display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, taller than the standard 16:9.
It ditches the modular design of 2016’s G5, instead opting for a metal and glass design with non-removable battery, but keeps the excellent dual camera set up of its predecessor. It’s also the first non-Google phone to come with the Google Assistant.
Microsoft Surface Phone
Surface Phone rumours have been few and far between, leading some to think it’s nothing more than a myth. But Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently raised the expectations of fans by saying that a Surface Phone could be “the ultimate mobile device”.
Should it truly exist, the Surface Phone is expected to arrive in 2017 with a 5.5in Quad-HD AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 64- and 128GB storage options (with microSD support), a 64-bit Intel processor and 21Mp rear- and 8Mp front cameras. The Surface Phone could also get a Surface Pen and a USB-C port.
Nokia phones are said to be different to rival Android phones in three main ways: through Nokia’s relentless focus on the everyday experience; through its premium design and build quality; and through its use of the purest version of Android you have seen, with monthly security updates, fast Android platform updates and the implementation of the Google Assistant across the range.
Nokia is finally getting back into the mobile phone game, having already announced the Nokia 3, 5, 6 and 3310. But we’re more excited about the upcoming Nokia 8 flagship – and there’s a rumour there could also be a Nokia 9. Expect an announcement in June.
The OnePlus 5 could get an advantage over earlier 2017 flagships with its slightly later May/June launch, meaning it could get the Snapdragon 835 while they are all stuck with the 821. We could also see the 5.5in full-HD display upgraded to a Quad-HD model.
Other rumours suggest the OnePlus 5 will come with 8GB of RAM, a 21- or 23Mp camera and a 3,500- to 4,000mAh battery with Dash Charge.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Forget any nonsense you’ve heard about Samsung dropping its Note family following the disaster that was the Note 7: we’ll see the Note 8 announced in August.
Surefire specs include a 5.7in Quad-HD or SuperAMOLED screen with S Pen support, a powerful processor and RAM combo capable of the very best mobile VR experience, a dual camera, waterproofing and more.
Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus
Samsung’s new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus smartphones officially went on sale on 28 April. The key difference between the two phones is the size of the screen, with the Galaxy S8 now measuring 5.8in and the Plus model 6.2in.
Both have a crazy-high-res 2960×1440-pixel display, Gorilla Glass 5 and dual curved edges. Inside is a Snapdragon 835 processor, 4GB of RAM and 64GB of fast UFS storage.
Samsung Galaxy X
The bendable phone will finally become a reality in 2017 if rumours are to be believed. Samsung is allegedly going to ship 100,000 units of its Galaxy X fold-out phone in the third quarter of this year, though expect it to be expensive.
The Galaxy X, previously known as Project Valley, is thought to be a smartphone with a dual-screen (one on each side) that folds out to reveal a 7in tablet. An 8in tablet that folds up into a 5in phone has also been rumoured.
Okay, let’s be honest here, we’re not actually entirely convinced that a Snapchat smartphone will ever exist, let alone become a reality in 2017. We think it more likely the company is working on a connected camera, but there is certainly talk of a Snapchat phone.
Should a Snapchat smartphone come to reality it will likely be the ultimate selfie phone, and perhaps the first phone to feature a 360-degree camera
Sony Xperia XZ Premium
At MWC 2017 Sony introduced us to the Snapdragon 835-powered XZ Premium, just six months after it announced the Sony Xperia XZ. We’ll be waiting to late-Spring for this one to actually go on sale, however.
Sony key selling point is the 5.5in 4K HDR screen, which is the first to be seen in a smartphone. It also thinks it has one of the best cameras ever seen in a mobile – the resolution has dropped to 19Mp but the pixels are 19 percent bigger and the camera can shoot in a jaw dropping 960fps super slow motion.
Xiaomi has officially announced its Mi6, and its latest flagship now boasts dual-cameras (both rated 12Mp), the Snapdragon 835 chip and new four-sided curved glass (in essence it is curved on the corners as well as the sides).
You can pre-order the Mi6 now, and it should be shipping mid-June.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun recently confirmed that the company would work once again with designer Philippe Starck to create the successor to the revolutionary Mi Mix ‘bezel-less’ phone.
Xiaomi hopes to design a phone that has a screen that entirely covers the front of the device. Plus it could be the first Chinese phone with no physical buttons.