So you want to buy a new smartphone? If you’re looking for the best upcoming cellphone of 2017, you’ve come to the right place. 2016 has been an amazing year for smartphone maniacs, but 2017 seems to be even more exciting. From the iPhone 8 and Galaxy S8 to the HTC 11, LG G6, and the much-awaited Nokia’s Android phone, we have a whole list of big mobile phones coming up this year. 2016 had also been a good year for smartphones, but the features and performances were invariable and we didn’t see anything exciting all year. Apple, Samsung, LG, HTC, and Sony were the top smartphone brands and they did pretty well introducing cutting-edge technology. The best phones 2017 will perform better and have more advanced features and longer battery life as compared to the previous ones.
These upcoming top cell phones are expected to move the technology world to the next level. They are expected to earn a big market share because of their advanced features and superior quality. All the big companies are looking forward to delivering a phone that will be the market leader and stay in the industry for long. The cell phone industry has become very competitive as new technology is introduced every other day and the older one gets replaced. Our best phones 2017 list will cover all the different types, operating systems, prices, and sizes so that you have an idea before buying a new device this year. Out of so many gossips and expectations, we have chosen the ten best upcoming smartphones in 2017.
1. Apple iPhone 8:
Recently Apple released the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, and both smartphones were a big success. In spite of them being a hit and having the most advanced features, people are already looking forward to the upcoming smartphone from Apple. This is because people know that Apple is coming up with something new and groundbreaking in terms of design, features, user interface, and software. 2017 is also going to be the year for the 10th anniversary of Apple and thus, it is expected that something big is coming to rock the cell phone industry.
There have been rumors that Apple is testing more than ten iPhone models and thus, we’re not sure what is going to be introduced. The Apple iPhone 8 may have a basic design with an edge-to-edge display and a front-facing camera crowned on the top. The display will have a Touch ID fingerprint sensor and may be built directly into the display like the home button. The iPhone 8 may not have a home button and look like a sheet of glass because the screen would cover the whole front of the phone. The display size could be 5.5 inches or larger and will be a flexible plastic OLED instead of LCD. It has been heard that this phone will have a wireless charging system and the biometric scan will include iris or facial scanning.
- Screen display is a 5 to 5.5-inch 4K screen with a Retina display. The display will be AMOLED with a curved edge and an eye and fingerprint scanner.
- No bezels and no home buttons.
- Non-removable Li-ion battery of 3000 mAh.
- The primary camera is of 16 MP and the front-facing camera is of 8 MP.
- The operating system is iOS 12 which is upgradable to iOS 12.3.2.
- 4 GB RAM and an Apple A10/11 chipset.
- Sensors include a thermometer, heart rate sensor, barometer, compass, and SpO2 sensor.
2. Samsung Galaxy S8:
Samsung has confirmed the arrival of the Galaxy S8 and it will most probably come in two variants: 5.8 and 6.2 inches display. It might come with a bezel-less design and will be the first smartphone using Samsung’s own Artificial Intelligence (AI). It is said that the Samsung Galaxy S8 has many similarities to Apple’s iPhone 8 in terms of features and specifications. The Galaxy S8 will not have a headphone jack and will favor audio over USB-C instead. After the exploding fiasco of the Note 7, Samsung is eagerly looking forward to improving its reputation in the technology industry. This smartphone is, so far, the most anticipated one of the best phones 2017.
The Galaxy S8 will be powered by both the Snapdragon 835 SoC and Exynos 8895 chipset. The camera’s features and specs will be the same as they were in the Galaxy S7 Edge but with slight improvements. There is an iris scanner at the front and the fingerprint sensor will be at the back behind the panel of the rear camera. It is also suggested that it will have a 4K display with a powerful Mali-G71 GPU for VR experience. The Galaxy S8 will have an improved camera as compared to the S7 and an edge screen.
- The display is a 5.5-inch QHD 2K screen with a 90% ratio of screen tobody. The screen will be Super AMOLED and will have a capacitive touch.
- It has a 6 GB RAM and an internal storage of 64 GB / 128 GB.
- The front camera is of 8 MP and the rear camera is of 12 MP.
- Fingerprint scanner and advanced iris scanner are present.
- Battery life is 3450 mAh.
- It uses a Snapdragon 835 processor with an Exynos 8895 chipset.
- GPU- Mali G71 present.
Buy Samsung S Series:
3. HTC 11:
HTC always introduces unique designs, and we hope that this year too it will come up with something extraordinary. The HTC 10 was an amazing smartphone with a classic design, glossy Android skin, and superb audio quality. When it comes to HTC 11 gossips, it is said that the HTC 11 will have improved features with a faster processor, longer battery life, and more RAM.
The HTC 11 will have a Snapdragon 835 processor, 256 GB of storage, 8 GB of RAM, a 5.5-inch quad-HD screen, and a long-lasting battery. The display will have a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels that is the same as the HTC 10. The phone will have a 12 MP camera on the rear and an 8 MP camera on the front for selfies. The Snapdragon 835 is the latest and most powerful chip which will be featured on many cellphones coming in the year 2017. The HTC 10 used a Snapdragon 820 chip, and the HTC 11 is suggested to use the 835 one. It is thought that this smartphone will run on Android 7.0 Nougat or Android 8.0.
- The phone will have a powerful and fast octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor.
- A 5.5-inch 2K display with a fingerprint sensor.
- BoomSound stereo speakers for enhanced sound quality.
- 4/6 GB RAM.
- 8 MP front-facing camera and 12 MP rear-facing camera.
- Water-resistant technology.
4. LG G6:
LG is looking forward to competing with its biggest rival Samsung this year. If we talk about last year, the LG G5 was not up to the mark as compared to the Galaxy S7, so this year, the LG G6 will be an opportunity for LG to beat Samsung. According to rumors, the G6 will have a smaller waterproof body, big screen, and ‘capture it all at once’-style camera. The LG G6 is believed to rock the world of smartphones in terms of features and performance.
The LG G6 will have an iconic look with a sturdy build quality as compared to the previous LG version. The G6 will have a luxurious look as it will be designed using a highly reflective metal. This phone will be thicker than the G5 and will be more stylish and shiny. It will have a large 5.7-inch Quad HD display. There will be very less bezel around the screen, and it will have an 18:9 aspect ratio which is perfect for split-screen apps. It will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset and a 4 GB RAM. The phone is said to have a dual-lens camera and a removable battery.
- An internal storage of 64 GB/128 GB and expandable storage of 256 GB with microSD.
- Front camera of 8 MP with LED flash and 16 MP dual rear camera.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor.
- Fingerprint sensor.
- Android Nougat.
- 4000 mAh
Buy LG G6:
5. One Plus 4:
One Plus 3 has been a big hit because of its fast performance and wonderful design and now, the company is going to introduce One Plus 4 which is said to be more powerful, stylish, and faster than the previous phone. This smartphone is famous for its low price and superb features. It is designed by a Chinese company which has made it worthy to have. It has a lot of features and specifications that expensive and luxury top cell phones should have.
The One Plus 4 is rumored to have a unique design with an aluminum curved body. It will have a 5.5-inch screen with a 4K resolution. The 3D technology will allow you to stream 3D movies and much more. The smartphone is expected to have a 22 MP rear camera with an auto-focus laser and an eye sensor, while the front camera will be of 8 MP with amazing capturing features. It will have an 8 GB RAM or more and an external storage of 126 GB. It will be equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor. The battery will be a long-lasting one and can be charged up to 60% in one hour.
- 64 GB/ 8 GB internal memory and 6 GB/ 8 GB LPDDR4 RAM.
- Fingerprint sensor.
- Quad-core 64-bit Snapdragon 835 processor.
- 8 MP front camera and 22 MP rear camera with OIS, dual-tone LED flash, 4K video recording, and Laser AF.
- Adreno 530 GPU.
- Android 7.0 Nougat based on Oxygen OS.
- 5-inch Full HD display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution.
- 4G LTE.
6. Samsung Galaxy Note 8:
After the explosion of the Note 7, Samsung is very eager to introduce a Note that will make users forget the whole fiasco. We don’t know much about how it will be, but one thing is confirmed: it won’t explode. It is the most awaited of the best phones 2017 and people have many expectations from it. It is expected that the Note 8 will be announced in March and will be available on the market in April.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will have an amazing Quad-HD 4K AMOLED display with a 3480 x 2160 pixel resolution. It has been heard that the S Pen stylus will not be available for the Note 8, though it is not confirmed. However, if this is true, the smartphone will have other distinctive features. It will run on Android 7.0 Nougat which can be updated to Android O after some months of its release. It is also said that the Note 8 will have almost the same software as the Galaxy S8.
- 7-inch Quad HD 4K Super AMOLED display with a curved dual edge.
- Android 7.0 Nougat.
- S Pen stylus.
- 8 GB LPDDR4 RAM, 64 GB internal memory, and 256 GB external memory with microSD.
- 5 MP front camera with f/1.7 aperture and 12 MP rear camera with smart OIS, LED flash, f/1.7 aperture, dual pixel PDAF.
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
- Heart rate sensor, fingerprint sensor, barometer, iris scanner.
- 4G LTE and Bluetooth.
- Quad-core Snapdragon 835 chipset.
- Fast charging with a 4000 mAh battery.
Buy Samsung Note:
7. Xiaomi Mi 6:
Xiaomi is famous for designing superb quality smartphones at a cheaper rate as compared to other giants in the industry. It launched Mi 5 last year, which was a big hit. According to news sources, this smartphone will be the first Chinese phone to use the Snapdragon 835 chipset. The Xiaomi brand has made its place in the technology industry in a very less time, and this smartphone is also expected to earn a good reputation.
It is suggested that Xiaomi Mi 6 will have a 5.2-inch UHD display which is large enough and perfect for people who love to watch movies. The screen will feature a 4K display resolution, which means that it will give a superb picture and video quality for playing games and watching HD videos. It will have an eight-core chip which is best suited for online gamers. It is also said that the Xiaomi Mi 6 will have a wireless charging system. To charge it, you’ll just have to place it on a charging mat and the battery will be full in just a few minutes. The looks and design of this cell phone match an iPhone, especially the screen, phone quality, and navigation. Another important feature is the retina eye scanner that will allow you to unlock the device by having your eye scanned.
- Qualcomm octa-core Snapdragon 835 processor.
- 13 MP front-facing camera and 16 MP and 12 MP dual rear camera.
- QHD Super AMOLED display.
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.
- 4G VoLTE network support.
- 6 GB/8 GB RAM.
- Fingerprint sensor and other health-related sensors.
- 5000 mAh non-removable battery.
8. Nokia P1:
Nokia has promised to introduce two Android smartphones this year, and Nokia P1 is one of them. With the advent of Nokia 6, Nokia has marked its entry into the Android world. Nokia was well-known for designing the best quality and robust cell phones and now, it is expected to deliver the same. We don’t know much about its expected date of release, but if it is launched before MWC 2017, it’ll be using the Snapdragon 821 processor. And if it’ll be launched after the MWC 2017, it’ll be powered by Qualcomm’s fastest and most powerful Snapdragon 835 processor. This is because the Samsung Galaxy S8 has the exclusive on the Snapdragon 835 processor and it’ll be released in MWC 17 in March.
Nokia P1 will run on Android Nougat and will feature IP68 dust and water resistance. It will be available in two types according to its size – 5.2 inches and 5.5 inches. Both are available with Quad-HD AMOLED displays with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. It will be using a Gorilla Glass 5 protection and a 6 GB RAM so that you can have more space for everything. Nokia P1 is also suggested to feature Google’s Daydream VR platform.
- Snapdragon 835 chip.
- Android OS 7.0 (Nougat).
- 3500 mAh battery.
- 3 MP rear camera with phase detection, autofocus, OIS, dual LED and dual tone flash, panorama, HDR, geo-tagging, and face detection.
- Front camera of 12 MP.
- 4G LTE and Bluetooth connectivity.
- 256 GB built-in RAM and 6 GB external memory with microSD.
9. Microsoft Surface Phone:
The Microsoft Surface Phone is also expected to be introduced this year and is on our list of best phones 2017. The Surface Phone is in discussion these days after the CEO of Microsoft spoke about their upcoming smartphone. It is expected that Microsoft will hold an event in 2017 to introduce its cutting-edge technology. The Surface Phone will be Microsoft’s debut product and it is hoped that it will do well in the mobile industry.
The Microsoft Surface Phone will be available in three different types: enthusiast edition, business edition, and consumer edition. Rumors are that the Surface Phone will be made up of an aesthetic metal design with a shiny finish. It will have a 5.7-inch display which will be a Quad-HD AMOLED one and will run on a Snapdragon 835 processor. We also suggest that it will be equipped with a Surface Pen and a USB-C port. With its software specifications, we are sure that it will be able to run the Windows 10 desktop apps easily.
- 7-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution.
- 4 GB RAM, 64 GB/ 128 GB internal storage, and expandable storage up to 256 GB with microSD.
- 8 MP front camera and 21 MP rear camera with PureView Zeiss 6-lens.
- ClearBlack Gorilla Glass 4 protection.
- Windows 10.
- USB type-C connector and wireless charging.
10. Sony Xperia Z6
Sony is all set to introduce another smartphone in 2017 after the Z5. The release date and exact features and specifications are not known yet, but we have a lot of expectations and rumors regarding this device. The mobile market is getting tougher and more competitive each year and if Sony wants to replace the big names, the Xperia Z6 has to be something unique.
It is expected that the Sony Xperia Z6 will have a slim build and a brushed metal back with no glass. According to rumors, it will have a flat top and bottom and curved edges. The screen will be 5.2 inches with a 3D touch. The camera is said to have 4K video support from both the front and rear cameras. The USB-C type port will be there for reversible cables and there will be stereo speakers on the front rather than the back.
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor.
- Touch ID, fingerprint sensor, and eye scanner.
- 4 GB RAM and 32 GB internal storage.
- Fast charging battery of 3000 mAh.
- Dustproof, waterproof, and shockproof.
- Display resolution of 1080 x 1920.
So this was our roundup of the best phones 2017 one can buy this year. Whether you’re an Apple fan or are looking forward to buying an Android phone in 2017, we’ve given a quick overview of all the brands. The major feature to look for this year will be the Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 chipset, which will be featured for the first time on the Samsung Galaxy S8. All the other smartphones that will be introduced before the Galaxy S8 will have a slower processor than the Snapdragon 835. To be precise, if you want to get the best Android experience, you must go for the Samsung Galaxy S8 or wait until the other phones have been introduced later in the year. If you are used to the amazing and smooth touch and navigation of Apple devices, then you must consider buying the iPhone 8.