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Display domination tipped for iPhone 8 in new leaked image

iphone 8 screenAs it is the 10 year anniversary of the original iPhone’s arrival in 2017, most people are expecting Apple’s upcoming flagship phone to be somewhat special. A rendering of the device posted by EVLeaks this week suggests that it could live up to the hype, with the front surface of the phone dedicated entirely to a high resolution display.

This not only changes the look of the handset, but also means that the iPhone’s famous Home Button is likely to become extinct when the iPhone 8 launches in a few weeks.

Speculation about where the TouchID fingerprint scanner will be now that the Home Button is gone is rife, with some expecting it will end up on the rear. Facial recognition could even come in to replace it, although no official word on any of the technologies that the phone will feature has been forthcoming.

In terms of screen size, the almost bezel-less design means that the display should measure around 5.8 inches across the diagonal without the dimensions or weight of the iPhone increasing dramatically. If a September launch is confirmed, then it will not be long until all of these questions are answered.

More iPhone 8 info leaked online

Source: USPTOEarlier iPhone releases have been dogged by leaks in the run-up to each official announcement, so it is no surprise to see the same state of affairs afflicting Apple’s next flagship handset.

A video from a well connected YouTube channel has provided the best look at the iPhone 8 to date, showcasing many of the features which were already rumoured to be on the cards, according to TechRadar.

The iPhone 8 featured in the footage is not a finished model, but rather a pre-release version which is intended to give Apple’s accessory-making partners an idea of what to expect when it emerges in full later this year.

The most prominent change is visible on the rear, where a dual camera lens setup is present, not only boosting its photography credentials but also helping with augmented reality (AR) and other high end features.

The front of the phone features a large display and the iPhone 8 will seemingly do away with much of the surrounding bezel and even the traditional home button.

The iPhone 8 is likely to be unveiled in September this year, although if the leaks continue to flow then there may not be many surprises left up Apple’s sleeve.

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Curved iPhone rumours intensify

iPhone 7 RedApple looks more than likely to introduce an iPhone with a curved display in the near future, with sources quoted by Tech Radar reporting this week that the US firm has signed up to receive 70 million screens of this kind from South Korean rival, Samsung.

Samsung has already perfected the curved screen smartphone, with its Galaxy Edge models introducing the concept to consumers and the new Galaxy S8 going all-in with a display that spills over the edges of the device.

The iPhone 8 looks set to sport a Super AMOLED screen with very similar capabilities, reportedly measuring 5.2 inches across the diagonal. Some earlier murmurings from within the mobile industry had hinted at a bigger screen, but this may suggest that the iPhone 8 Plus will follow suit with its more compact sibling.

Whether or not the iPhone with a curved screen arrives in 2017 is up for debate, as observers argue that this order with Samsung will take a little longer to fulfil. That could mean that 2018 is the intended launch window for the handset which, in turn, implies that the iPhone 7S and 7S Plus will be more familiar in terms of design.

7 New 2017 Phones To Look Out For

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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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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.