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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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’.


£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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Price increase expected for flagship iPhone

Apple iPhone 7This year marks a decade since the first iPhone was introduced, meaning that expectations for Apple’s upcoming anniversary handset are sky high. Now sources quoted by Fast Company suggest that the price for the iPhone 8 might be similarly steep, pushing north of £800.

There are already versions of the iPhone 7 on sale which exceed this price point, although this is only for the higher end models with more storage space onboard. If the base model breaches this figure, then it could be a much more costly device than any of its predecessors.

There are various reasons for the projected price increase, including the rumours that Apple is finally opting to use an AMOLED display on the iPhone range this year. Wireless charging is also expected to appear on every new model that arrives, with up to three fresh devices set to join this family of phones in 2017.

An enhanced camera, more memory and a faster processor are also on the cards, so the iPhone 8 should be a worthy technological successor to the current generation. Some believe that it will even be called the iPhone X, in recognition of the 10 years that have passed since Apple entered the mobile market.

Next iPhone will be thinnest yet

Apple iPhone 7When Apple unveils its new flagship mobile range in the second half of 2017, the devices on offer will be slimmer than any of their predecessors thanks to a change in the speakers that are used.

2016’s iPhone 7 and 7 Plus managed to lose a little weight by ditching the headphone jack, a controversial move which is still seen as a misstep by many. But patents filed by Apple reveal that it is working on a cutting edge speaker system, which should not only benefit the iPhone, but also its tablet and laptop ranges.

Tech Radar points out that the iPad Pro already features a type of micro speaker technology which should be similar to that destined for the next iPhone, whether it ends up being called the 7S or the 8.

Last week also saw rumours that not one but two big screen iPhones would be making an appearance in 2017, with sources stating that Apple will finally be introducing a curved display to this range, so that it can compete with the Samsung Galaxy Edge devices. The launch of the new iPhone is a long way off, but anticipation is building already.

iPhone 8 design features hinted at in new Apple patents

Source: USPTO
Source: Appleinsider.com and USPTO

Three recent patents filed by Apple have hinted at what iPhone fans can expect to see on future versions of their favourite handset.

In particular, it seems that the Californian firm is eager to improve the camera capabilities of its devices, with one patent covering a new type of snapper which will allow higher resolution to be achieved without increasing the overall bulk of the device.

Another patent covers a camera sensor which can be built into the display of the phone itself, meaning that the front-facing camera will no longer be a separate entity, according to Apple Insider.

This implies that Apple will be able to do away with the bezel surrounding the screen altogether when the iPhone 8 arrives in a couple of years.

Whether or not these features will end up on the iPhone 7S in 2017 remains to be seen. There is even some debate over whether Apple will stick with its iterative upgrade path, or go all out for the 10th anniversary of its smartphone range next year and introduce a truly revolutionary new model, which benefits from capabilities protected by this clutch of new patents.

OLED display likely for iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 7New rumours suggest that Apple is finally jumping on the OLED band wagon with the iPhone 8, allowing it to keep pace with rival devices from Samsung in the display department, according to industry sources quoted by Bloomberg.

Organic light-emitting diode tech has been a fixture of the mobile market for over half a decade, but Apple has remained resolutely committed to traditional LCD screens for the entire iPhone range to date. This could change in 2018 when the iPhone 8 arrives, with these reports being backed up by the fact that display maker, Sharp, has recently confirmed it will be spending around £440 million to boost its OLED manufacturing capacity.

There are a number of benefits of OLED screens which give them the edge over LCD counterparts, including richer colours, better contrast ratios and improved energy efficiency. The main downside is that screen burn-in can occur after several years of use, meaning that they are less practical in the long run.

Since the life span of most mobiles is 12 to 24 months, this should not be seen as a problem and if the iPhone 8 does come with an OLED display, then it will be just one of a number of improvements that Apple fans have been requesting for years.