So you have just bought the iPhone 6S, Huawei P8 or the Galaxy S6 Edge and all is right again in the world now that you have the latest piece of hardware. Then you might not want to read this article, since it will showcase the upcoming most anticipated smartphones for 2016 which will make yours a has-been. As expected the smartphone heavy weights Apple and Samsung are on the list, but who would your pick be to fill the remaining 3 spots? Here is our top 5 most anticipated smartphones for 2016.
Apple iPhone 7
Of course, the first in the list of the most hotly anticipated smartphones in 2016 is the ever present Apple iPhone. The latest brainchild of Tim Cook will be a bit difficult to describe. As always, Apple holds its cards very close to its chest and rumors are few and far in between. Will the iPhone 7 be as big a leap as the 6 was in 2014?
The iPhone 7 will of course pack the latest processor (A10) and ship with the latest iOS (iOS10), which could be the biggest software update since the original iPhone. Rumors suggest that Apple might be looking at using Sapphire glass across the entire device (as with the Apple Watch) and various rumors indicate a trailblazing new battery. Whatever the guys of Cupertino creates we know that it will most probably be an epic device with an epic price…
Samsung Galaxy S7
The Samsung Galaxy series has been the face of Android smartphones since about 2008. Recently however competitors (LG, HTC, Sony and Huawei) have been taking more and more of the Android pie. Samsung knows it has to pull a rabbit out of the hat soon to establish the Galaxy range as the undesputed king of the Androids and hopefully for them the Galaxy S7 will do just that.
We‘re hearing rumors of a massive 30 MP Galaxy S7 camera, and I wouldn‘t doubt if Samsung would be the one to pull it off. Each year manufacturer‘s look to outdo what they did the year before, and in 2016 more of the same from Samsung is expected. Even the rear camera is expected to have some almost hard-to-believe specs as rumored with a 10 MP front camera. Samsung will try and top each spec from the S6 and S6 Edge models in 2016, but I think they have spend less on individual features and focus on how to get them to work together in perfect harmony. That, for me, has always been the downfall of Samsung. Amazing individual star performers but they can’t play together as a team.
HTC One M10
The HTC One series has lit a fire in the Android camp over the last couple of years. The HTC smartphones combines design beauty, top of the ranges specs and operating system integration into one neat package. The M10 is anticpated to lauch around March 2016 and will hopefully improve on its already famous pedigree.
Rumors surrounding a new, slimmer design and rounded edges suggests another high-end smartphone. With all that‘s expected as far as a faster processor, better looking screen, more features, and an overall better HTC smartphone, it will be interesting to see if the price remains to be one of the best features. Differnet reports indicate that the M10 will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 812 processor (8-core 3.5 GHz) and will be paired with 4GB of RAM. HTC has been pretty quiet recently and needs to present a “all-guns-blazing” M10 model to compete with the other Android heavyweights.
The G-series (specifically the G2) put LG back on the map as a serious smartphone contender. The LG G5 is expected to arrive in Q1 of 2016 and aims to replicate the success of the G4. Huge enhancements are expected including a octa-core processor, 20 ““ 23 MP rear camera, 4K display, and possibly 5G wireless technology. We have been hearing many rumors on the concept changes to include increased speed, better video recording, increased efficiency, faster downloads, and an amazing crystal clear screen display.
The rumored eight core processor will have a huge effect on speed and battery efficiency, but will also play an integral role in the 4K screen display. With more than 700 ppi (reported), the 4K display will create one of the best looking Android smartphone displays in 2016. The speed will be further enhanced with an increase in RAM to 5 GB.
The recent Android upstart will want to build momentum with the P9 in 2016 after claiming the 3rd largest smartphone manufacturer spot in 2015. The Huawei P8 wasn;t only a superb smartphone but came at an unbelievably reasonable price. This has helped the Chinese company claim a large portion of the smartphone market.
Based on what has been rumored so far, it seems that the Huawei P9 will feature the new Kirin 950 processor ““ a chip that Huawei itself is developing (leaked benchmarks suggest that this is even faster than Samsung’s powerful Exynos 7420). The P9 is likely to feature a Full HD display resolution, as the Chinese manufacturer has consistently ignored QHD technology. The display is said to measure in at 5.2 inches, like the Huawei P8. Rumors suggest that the P9 camera will be equipped with two lenses, with laser autofocus, and would produce photos at a 16 MP resolution. It’s also expected to have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and 4 GB of RAM.
If Huawei can continue with their current manufacturing philosophy (especially at such a low price point) the P9 will be very popular in 2016.
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