The Galaxy S8 has finally arrived, joining other top 2017 smartphone releases like LG’s G6, the budget-friendly Moto G5 Plus and dueling dual camera phones from Huawei and ZTE. But those won’t be the only major phone releases this year. There’s still an iPhone update looming in the fall, along with at least half-a-dozen other phones we’re eager to get a hold of before the year’s end. Here’s a closer look at all the exciting smartphones expected to come your way during the rest of 2017.
(Credit: iPhone 8 render posted on iFanr)
The Galaxy S8 sets a pretty high bar for the next iPhone to clear. But from the rumors circulating about the iPhone 8, it sounds like Apple is up to the challenge. Apple looks likely to replace the LCD screen with an OLED panel that provides more saturated colors and better contrast, at least on one model of the iPhone. The screen would also stretch from edge to edge just like the Galaxy S8 and LG G6, though it's unclear what Apple's going to do about the Touch ID sensor. Augmented reality features also figure to be a focus for the new phone.
It's unclear if the iPhone 8 will be ready by the usual fall ship date. But never fear: Apple's also likely to roll out the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, which will be modest updates of 2016's phones, though those models should gain wireless charging. (Image Credit: iPhone 8 Concept by Venjamin Geskin/YouTube)
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It apparently will take more than a product recall and halted sales to put a stop to the Galaxy Note lineup. Samsung has all but confirmed its bringing back the big-screen phone, with mobile chief D.J. Koh promising to "bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8." But what features will that mean, especially now that you can get a Galaxy S8+ with a 6.2-inch display? Some reports suggest the new Note will take a page out of the Galaxy S8's book and do away with bezels. The added time may also give Samsung a chance to figure out how to get the fingerprint sensor to move underneath that expansive display. Whatever features Samsung adds, expect the S Pen to be part of the Note 8's future. (Image: The Galaxy Note 7 in happier times. Credit: Jeremy Lips/Tom's Guide)
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We've been hearing rumors for years that a foldable smartphone from Samsung was just around the corner. That corner could be 2017, when some rumor mongers say that Samsung will finally take the wraps off this long-anticipated device. The most popular rumor has Samsung producing a compact phone — possibly called the Galaxy X — which would fold out into a larger tablet. The latest rumor out of Korea focuses on a phone with a hinge in the middle that will let you fold the smartphone open to interact with two OLED panels. (Image Credit: Foldable concept by Almesryoon.com)
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HTC has already released the U Ultra, a slick-looking flagship phone with a eye-raising $749 price tag (though the U Ultra's flagship feature — a personalized digital assistant — won't arrive until April). But it's not the only phone HTC may roll out this year. The company reportedly has another flagship phone in the works — a follow-up to last year's HTC 10. Called either the HTC 11 or HTC Ocean — it will likely ship under a different name — this smartphone probably won't appear until the Samsung Galaxy S8's exclusive hold on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 processors comes to an end. When the HTC 11 does ship, look for a phone that seems destined to have dual cameras and touch-sensitive edges. (Credit: HTC Ocean Concept Video via @evleaks)
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Unlike LG, which dropped the modular concept of the LG G5 when it released the G6 earlier this year, Motorola sounds like it’s committed to letting you swap in add-ons for its Moto Z lineup (pictured here). The phone maker says it’s coming out with new Moto Mods every quarter, and rumors suggest a follow-up version is in the works. We don’t know when the Moto Z2 Force will arrive, but since it’s expected to include a Snapdragon 835 processor, it should be a fairly high-end phone. One feature that could make an appearance: a headphone jack, which was missing from last year’s model. (Credit: Jeremy Lips/Tom's Guide)
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Talk about your phone of mystery. We don't have a release date, spec sheet or even official confirmation that Microsoft is working on a new device — just some comments from Microsoft executives in recent years, including CEO Satya Nadella, that the company was working on the "ultimate mobile device." But the news that ARM support is coming to Windows 10 this year has some Microsoft watchers hoping for Snapdragon-powered phones that run Windows and make use of Microsoft's Continuum feature that let phones act as PC replacements. A newly disclosed patent for a bendable handheld display is further stoking the rumors that Microsoft could have a new mobile device in the works. Rumored release dates for the mythical Microsoft phone range from sometime this spring to later this fall. (Credit: Surface Phone Concepts tweeted by Evan Blass/@EvLeaks)
If BlackBerry's going to make a comeback in the smartphone world, it's going to be a physical keyboard that leads the way. But TCL, which now owns the global rights to the BlackBerry brand, did more than just slap a keyboard onto an Android phone. That keyboard doubles as a trackpad, and the space bar pulls double-duty as a fingerprint sensor. Support for flick typing means you can swipe upward on the keyboard to accept suggested words when you're banging out a message, and each letter key can be programmed as a shortcut with either a long or short press. TCL is also promising long battery life with the KEYone, thanks to the largest battery every put in a BlackBerry device. The biggest potential sticking point for a new generation discovering BlackBerry? A comparatively steep $549 price tag.