At TechNutty we don’t go a week or two without another smartphone leak or rumour, which eventually leads up to an official reveal to the smartphone, which leads to a lot of smartphones to think about (like a lot).
To help you consider some of the smartphones that we expect to see in 2017 we have rounded up what we think that you should look forward to over the year.
We will update this list as we hear about even more smartphone, but for now, here are the smartphones that we think you should be looking forward to in 2017.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Update April 27th:
Today Samsung confirmed that they will be releasing a new flagship smartphone before the end of 2017, which we expect to be the Note 8.
We also expect that this device will be released at some point between August and September and will possibly be announced during the IFA 2017 event.
At the moment, we haven’t heard anything about the specifications for this device, however, we expect that we will hear more about it over the next few months.
HTC U/ Ocean
Update April 20th: HTC confirmed the unveil date for the HTC U today as May 16th, read more about it here.
We aren’t really sure what HTC’s next flagship will look like yet, it could be the rumours have suggested that the device has at least been codenamed the HTC Ocean.
We haven’t heard many rumours about this device just yet, however, we have seen a video that looks to show an unusual smartphone with voice, gestures, and swipes for control.
It is also possible that the smartphone will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.
Rumours have suggested that it might be announced at some point in April of this year.
Update: We have just recieved new leaks that suggest that this smartphone will actually be named the HTC U, and further reporting that the smartphone will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor, along with a new control scheme called Sense Touch, which allows you to control the phone by touching the metal frame.
Apple iPhone 8/ 8 Plus
We haven’t seen an image of the iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus (that’s why we have an image of the iPhone 7 above), and the rumours for the smartphone are slim right now, however, we will be sure to keep you updated as we hear more.
We have heard that this device will be a mostly glass device with a integrated home and Touch ID button right into the display.
Some rumours have suggested that the smartphones will also feature wireless charging.
[Update April 27th: A press render of what claims to be the OnePlus 5 has now been leaked, read more about it here.]
The OnePlus 5 is another device that we haven’t seen much about, however, it’s possible that they will be unveiling it soon, and yes it is said that they will be skipping the number 4 for the number 5.
It is possible that the OnePlus 5 will feature a very different design because of this, with a glass or ceramic body according to rumours.
Those rumours have also suggested that the device might feature a 5.3-inch display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset and possibly a May or June unveiling.
Google Pixel 2
Google launched the first Made by Google smartphone with the Google Pixel, a device that was launched to huge acclaim and a great approach to the Android system.
Recently we heard that the Google Pixel 2 will be coming soon, which doesn’t have many details around just yet, however, we will definitely hear more about it over the next few months.
We expect that this smartphone will be unveiled at some time in October.
The Nokia 8 is a long-rumoured smartphone that has been on our radar for some time now, rumours have suggested that it will be Nokia’s most premium smartphone with an IP68 rating, 5.5-inch display with a 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset.
However, that’s about all that we know for now.
We hope to hear more about this smartphone over the next few weeks.
The smartphones that have already been announced
Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus
[Update 3: Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S8 and S8+ today so you can now read the official stuff about it here.]
The Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are the only smartphones that we know will be released in 2017, Samsung confirmed that they will be announcing the smartphones on March 29th, 2017 that they will be hosting, taking over from the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge.
We have heard about these two sizes a lot over the last few month, with rumours suggesting that these smartphones will feature some impressive specifications.
These specs are said to include either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor or Samsung’s own Exynos 8895 chipset, depending on your region.
Rumours have also suggested that the devices will feature a new display design that will wrap around the case of the devices with a curved edge design.
That display will also reportedly feature a 5.8 and 6.1-inch screen size for the S8 and the S8 Plus respectively, with reports that state that it mat come with a 4K resolution. It is also suggested that the smartphones will feature Android Nougat with TouchWiz and a USB Type-C port.
[Update: Specifications have been leaked about the S8, which you can find here.]
[Update 2:] Today a leaked image of a Carphone Warehouse poster was posted by Pocket-lint today, check it out here.
The LG G6 was announced back at MWC 2017, featuring an 18:9 aspect-ratio 5.7-inch display, along with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset, and a pair of cameras on the back with a regular and wide angle lens.
No word on the price or the specific release date has been announced yet, but we will be sure to let you know when we hear it.
BlackBerry and TCL made a comeback at MWC with the announcement of the new BlackBerry KeyOne, which was formerly known as the Mercury.
It combines a 3:2 touchscreen display with a QWERTY keyboard underneath.
Inside there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chipset, and there’s also a fingerprint scanner in the space bar.
The KeyOne will be available in April for £499.
Huawei P10 and P10 Plus
The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are Huawei’s latest flagship devices which feature a 5.1-inch and 5.5-inch display respectively.
The P10 is Full HD, and the P10 Plus is Quad HD.
Both feature the Kirin 960 chipset, a pair of Leica cameras on the back that pair monochrome and colour capture separately, with optical image stabilisation.
We know that the P10 will be available in March 2017.
Moto G5 and G5 Plus
The Moto G5 and G5 Plus are new devices from Lenovo and Motorola. The G5 has a 5-inch display and the G5 Plus has a 5.2-inch display.
The G5 Plus is the more powerful of the two with more storage, a more powerful processor, and a more advanced camera. Both of these will be available in March for £169 and £269 respectively.