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7 New 2017 Phones To Look Out For

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Getting a new phone is awesome, but with so many choices it can be hard to choose the right one for you. Whether it’s the end of your contract or simply time for an upgrade it’s time to start looking out for the best phone deals.

Whether it’s the end of your contract or simply time for an upgrade it’s time to start looking out for the best phone deals.

With the new tech of 2017, like the new snapdragon processor and other new features, it’s a big year for phones.

In this short post, we are going to tell you the best 7 new 2017 phones to look out for this year so that you can get the best phone deals.

Let’s get to it!

Best 7 new 2017 phones.

1. iPhone 8.

With 2017 being the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, many people believe Apple will pull out of the stops for their new model.

Release date:

Announced early September and on sale mid-September.

Key features:

  • Full glass screen. (Curved AMOLED)
  • No home button
  • Built in touch ID to anywhere on-screen.
  • Wireless charging.
  • Iris scanning.

Price:

You can expect the price of the new iPhone to be around the £600 mark.

2. Google Pixel 2.

Google has been eagerly trying to position themselves as a key player in the phone market over the last few years.

With their switch away from great-value-devices to premium devices, the new Google Pixel 2 is set to be one of the best phones released this year.

Release date:

The current Pixel models were announced at an event in October 2016 and went on sale later in the month. We reckon that Google Pixel 2 will follow in the same timeframe coming out in October 2017.

Key features:

  • Waterproof casing.
  • A Camera that excels in low-light photography.
  • Mediatek processor.

Price:

Based on current Pixel prices and factoring in the new upgrades you could be looking at a £650 phone but possibly cheaper options will also be released such as a Pixel 2B.

3. Samsung Galaxy S8

A lot is on the line for Samsung after the battery failure of the S7 that would cause some phones to combust.

Many people see the S8 as the making or breaking moment for Samsung’s place in the smartphone industry.

Release date:

The S8 is thought to be announced at an event on the 29th of March and later sold April 21st.

Key features:

  • Similar to it’s Apple counterpart the S8 will have a fingerprint scanner built into the screen and will scrap the home button.
  • Is set to be the fastest phone we see this year with 6-8GB of ram and a Snapdragon 835 processor.
  • Rumoured to be built with VR capabilities in mind.
  • Will swap the micro-USB port for the USB-C.

Price:

The S8 is thought to cost £670 while the S8 plus could be priced around £750.

4. Moto G5.

While Motorola might not be known for making the most impressive phones on the market they are certainly known for the affordability of their devices.

For years the Moto G series have never gone above the £200 mark while the norm has become to spend £500+ for a smartphone.

The next installation of the Moto G series is set to stay on course and provide some nice upgrades on previous models.

Release date:

Set to be announced at MWC later this month. (February 2017)

Key features:

Two models are set to be released the Moto G5 and the Moto G5 plus.

While the plus will have higher specs they will have commonly shared features:

  • Snapdragon processor.
  • 2GB RAM.
  • Micro USB swapped for USB-C.
  • Will run Android Nougat.
  • Waterproof.

Price:

No Moto model has ever cost more than £200 making the series one of the most affordable options on the market. We imagine that this model will be no different and should expect to cost around £170-190.

5. HTC 11.

HTC have announced that they will not be attending MWC meaning that the phone released later in the year. We suspect this is due to Samsung have the dibs on the new snapdragon processor meaning HTC will have to wait until after that release.

While HTC 10 wasn’t a disaster by any means, it certainly wasn’t a huge success.

HTC 11 (name still to be decided) will be an attempt to prove that HTC is still a force to be reckoned with in the mobile industry.

Release date:

April/May 2017.

Key features:

Higher-end models are rumoured to have:

  • Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • Up to 256GB of storage,
  • High-capacity battery with Quick Charge 4.0.
  • 5.5in Quad-HD screen.

Price:

Following the recent HTC trends, it’s likely that the phone will be priced between £550 and £600.

6. Microsoft Surface Phone.

Despite many valiant attempts by Microsoft to break into the mobile industry, it hasn’t been able to compete with giants like Apple and Google.

However, with the Surface disrupting the computing world and challenging the likes of the iPad and Macbook, could the Surface phone be the big success Microsoft has been waiting for?

The Surface phone will implement OS Microsoft has already developed for their laptop version to try and bait away Android and Apple users.

Release date:

Everything around this phone (including the name) is highly speculative but it is likely that the phone will be announced in the first half of the year will sales following closely after.

Key features:

  • Microsoft is working on the “ultimate mobile device” according to CEO Satya Nadella.
  • All metal aesthetics like the Surface.
  • 3 different tiers of device-options depending on users needs.
  • Windows OS.

Price:

Basic models may range around £500 with the top options even pushing into the 1000’s.

7. Nokia 3310

In a surprising response to the mass golden age syndrome being experienced by parts of society, the company announced that they are to revive the legendary mobile.

Originally released over 10 years ago it is remembered as the most iconic and commercially successful phone of its time.

Release date:

Set to be announced at the MWC 2017 later this month, it is likely the phone will be made available for purchasing soon afterward.

Key features:

  • New screen will display colour.
  • A new range of device colours.
  • Thinner and lighter than the previous model.
  • Great battery life.
  • The game ‘Snake.’
  • Simple design.
  • Considered ‘almost indestructible’.

Price:

£50-£60 is the expected relaunch price

Nokia struggled to keep up the advancements in the mobile industry and this is certainly an interesting direction to take.

What do you think of the Nokia 3310 relaunch? Do you think it will be a success or just a ploy to make a quick quid/an advertising stunt? Let us know in the comments.

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Sony launches new flagship smartphone

Sony Xperia XZ PremiumMany new devices have been unveiled at this year’s MWC conference in Barcelona, with Japanese firm Sony earning plenty of attention thanks to the emergence of the Xperia XZ Premium.

This high end Google Android 7.1 (Nougat) device is able to outdo its rivals in a range of categories, sporting a 5.5 inch display with a 4K resolution, which is the first mobile screen of its kind to offer High Dynamic Range (HDR) support. This shows just how quickly technology is being translated from the TV market into the mobile sector.

The XZ Premium also comes with an impressive camera that boasts the ability to record video at up to 960 frames a second at a resolution of 1280×720. That means it can slow down footage to treacle-like speeds and deliver unprecedented visual clarity at the same time, giving budding filmmakers another portable weapon for their audiovisual arsenal.

The power to achieve this is provided by the Snapdragon 835 chipset from Qualcomm, which is faster than any of its predecessors and 4GB RAM. And with a microSD card slot, this smartphone is also ready to have its onboard storage expanded to make room for all the photos and videos that owners will no doubt capture.

Galaxy S8 could sport virtual buttons

Samsung Galaxy S8In a new leak detailing fresh features for the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S8, it looks as if the traditional physical home button may be eliminated in favour of an interface which is entirely featured on-screen, according to Android Police.

This information came alongside details of the upcoming Galaxy Tab S3, with observers speculating that these two devices may well share similar design cues as Samsung seeks to tie together its portable device ranges.

By getting rid of the home button, the vast majority of the front of the S8 can be taken up by its display, meaning the screen can get bigger without increasing the dimensions of the device compared with its predecessors.

This does mean that the fingerprint scanner has now moved to the rear surface, although this is not unusual in the mobile market at the moment.

The final revelation about the S8 which emerged this week is that it will feature an output that will allow it to hook up to an HDMI-compatible monitor, so that it can display content on a larger screen.

The launch of the Galaxy S8 was originally expected to occur during MWC 2017 this month, but it has since been pushed back to receive its own dedicated unveiling in Apri

Leaked snaps unveil LG G6 with unusual display feature

Although the LG G6 is just a week away from officially being launched, leaks relating to its features are continuing to emerge. Now images published by 9to5Google have shown that its display may well come with always-on functionality, meaning that things like the time, date and alerts will be shown even if the screen is locked.

Meanwhile the metal-clad rear of the phone not only has a pair of camera lenses, but also a fingerprint scanner to bolster security.

The G6 should be a flagship phone in most respects, with power provided by the Snapdragon 821 chipset and 4GB of RAM, while standard storage will sit at 32GB and a microSD card slot is provided.

With a 5.7 inch screen, this will be a true phablet, designed to compete with the iPhone 7 Plus. LG will be unveiling it next Sunday during the MWC 2017 event in Barcelona, after which it should hit the shops in a month or two.

LG has been a lot more experimental in its smartphone designs than its closest rivals, which is a trend that the G6 looks set to continue, thanks to its left of field features.

Nokia to revive the legendary 3310 mobile

Although it has been more than a decade and a half since the Nokia 3310 first hit the market, it remains one of the most iconic and commercially successful mobile handsets in history. This week the Finnish manufacturer announced that it will be reviving it for the modern era, according to the Guardian.

In terms of pricing, the reissued 3310 will go on sale for around £60, which suggests that it could well feature fairly basic hardware. But the extent to which it will mirror the features of its predecessor or strike out on its own remains to be seen.

Nokia will presumably need to update the internals to cope with the new types of networking that have emerged in the years since the 3310 was discontinued. However, fans of the device will no doubt be hopeful that the retro user interface remains intact.

While much of the response to this news has been positive, there are also plenty of sceptical voices adding to the conversation on social media. Some believe that while this quirky move could gain some momentum for Nokia in the short term, the realities of the smartphone-centric world will be too much for the 3310 in the long term.