It seems like yesterday that we brought you the news of the very first smartphone launched in 2015 and now the year is almost over. With holidays just around the corner we expect no more huge releases by the end of December. This year was pretty abundant in excellent phones but 2016 promises to be equally, if not more exciting. Here are the most anticipated smartphones in 2016 that you should keep eye on.
New Android phones and iPhones to get excited about in 2016
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
The iPhone is probably the most desired device in the world and no wonder – it’s simply awesome. This year Apple launched two “S” models which typically bring a few minor improvements, meaning that next year we can expect a major upgrade. According to rumors, the iPhone 7 will come with a new D-jack headphone jack, an eSIM and redesigned, waterproof body. Undoubtedly, the device will be more powerful thanks to a new A10 processor with embedded M10 motion co-processor and 2GB of RAM.
Similar to this year’s duo of iPhones, the iPhone 7 Plus will probably be almost identical to the iPhone 7. The most noticeable difference will be the size, obviously – the Plus model will be bigger possibly featuring a 5.7-inch screen. Other specs are expected to be the same, that is A10 chip with M10 motion co-processor, 2GB of RAM, D-jack headphone connector, and waterproof design, but we will have to wait until September to find out whether any of it is true.
Moto G 4th gen
Motorola’s original Moto G won the hearts of users thanks to great specs-to-price ratio, but the 3rd generation scored somewhat worse reviews. If Motorola wants to keep users interested in its budget smartphone, it needs to add a few improvements while keeping the price in check. For example, a Full HD display could put the Moto G 4th gen. at the top of best low-cost smartphones list. Will Motorola make the move? We will see around July.
Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge
The Galaxy S lineup has been among the most popular series of smartphones for a long time. This year’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge came with a number of important changes in terms of design and components but also made many users disappointed because of the lack of removable batteries and microSD slots. It’s very unlikely that Samsung will bring these features back but it goes without saying that the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge will offer several upgrades, possibly even 3D-Touch technology. We should find out soon, since both phones are expected to go official in January 2016.
Samsung is also said to be working on a Galaxy S6 Mini with a 4.6-inch screen and hardware resembling the Galaxy S6, that is Exynos 7420 chipset, 3GB of RAM, as well as 16-megapixel rear and 5-megapixel front cameras.
Over the past few years LG made a host of great phones with the G series definitely being its best, so we obviously have high expectations of the LG G5. The phone will arrive some time in Q2 2016 and, if the rumors pan out, will take mobile security to a whole new level. The rumors in question state that LG teamed up with biometrics firm Irience to bring iris scanner to its new phone. The handset is also said to come with a huge 4,000 mAh battery, the newest Qualcomm chip available and a 21-megapixel camera with the ability to take videos and images in 4K.
LG G Flex 3
The LG G Flex stirred a lot of discussion when it was first launched with some experts predicting a spectacular failure, but it never happened. On the contrary, the phone was warmly received as was its successor, the LG G Flex 2. Will the 3rd generation be equally impressive? We certainly expect it to be. The LG G Flex 3 will reportedly be powered by Qualcomm’s brand new chip, the Snapdragon 820, and might come with a 6-inch QHD display, 4 GB of RAM and a 20.7-megapixel main camera. It possibly will be ready to be introduced to the world by February 2016.
Sony Xperia Z6
Earlier this year Sony made a big mistake with the Xperia Z4/3+ and later tried to make it up with the Xperia Z5. However, even though the Z5 was way better than its predecessor, many felt that something was still missing. If Sony wants to keep its position on the market, it will have to do its best with the Z6. Nothing is known about the hardware at this point but we expect the phone to have dust and waterproof body, like previous Xperia flagships. The device will debut sometime in Q1 2016.
HTC One M10
HTC hit a rough patch recently and this year’s One M9 didn’t help to improve the company’s position the way it was expected to. Hardware-wise, the phone is in line with other 2015 flagships but for some reason it failed to attract as many users as the manufacturer hoped it would. That said, the upcoming HTC One M10 may be the company’s “to be or not to be.” If the rumors are to be believed, the phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 820 processor paired with 4GB of RAM and could sport a massive 27-megapixel camera along with 3500mAh battery and up to 128GB of expandable storage. The phone is scheduled for unveiling in April 2016.
It’s been a couple of years since Google started working on modular phones known as Project Ara. Google’s idea seems genius – users will be able to build their own phones by themselves using swappable modules such as cameras, RAM, battery, etc. The first devices were expected to go on sale in early 2015 but due to some technical difficulties the launch was postponed a few times with the most recent date scheduled for January 2016. Hopefully, this time there’s won’t be any surprises and we finally will be able to make our own phone basically from scratch.
Just like the Project Ara phones, the Nextbit Robin will be one-of-a-kind device. Designed and developed by Google, HTC, Amazon and Apple employees, the Robin is a smartphone that addresses the issue of the lack of storage. Thanks to cloud integration, the device is constantly backing up your data to the cloud this way saving space on your phone for the content you need most. Nextbit is already taking pre-orders and the first units will start shipping in January 2016.
Asus Zenfone 3
This year’s Zenfone 2 was a pretty decent device especially if you consider its price-to-specs ratio – very few phones, if any, could boast 4GB of RAM combined with a price tag of merely $299. Hopefully, Asus won’t change its tactics in 2016 and the Zenfone 3, like its predecessor, will offer great value for the money. The phone might go official in January and we expect it to go on sale in Q2 2016.
For the past couple of years Apple was criticized for not keeping up with the trends on the market and using too small screens in its devices. The company listened and responded accordingly. It’s largest iPhone ever launched has a screen measuring 5.5 inches. However, even though phablets seem to be very popular among users, apparently Apple is not going to give up on smaller devices. According to the latest report, the new 4-inch iPhone 6C may resemble the iPhone 5S and could come with upgraded specs including A9 chip, 2.5D cover glass with curved edges like on the iPhone 6S, NFC for Apple Pay, metal casing with up to three color options as well as 8-megapixel rear and 1.2-megapixel front-facing cameras. If such device is really in the works, we might see it around March-April timeframe.
This in a nutshell is what we can expect from 2016. Of course, there will be many more phones that will be worth our attention – these are just the most important ones. All in all, 2016 looks promising and we can’t wait to find our whether our predictions will come true.