Best Smartphones to look forward in 2017
Our phones are our connection to everyone and everything important in our lives these days. They collect our emails, organize our appointments, stream music and deliver podcasts, make phone calls, all at the swipe of a finger. And we have heard that we can make phone calls on clever little things.
So whether you are taking a plunge on your first smartphone or upgrading to the latest and greatest, it is important to do your research if you want to find the best option for you as a fair amount of technology goes into them and also there is a lot to consider these days. or even if you are not interested in upgrading but probably you would be interested in finding out what features you can expect buying a phone from your favorite smartphone makers.
But don’t worry, we are here to walk you through the process of finding best one for you. And read on to check out as we have listed some of the best upcoming phones of 2017 and also the tips and guidelines that will make your way much easier.
Apple iPhone 8:
It looks like Apple is going to go big for the new iPhone and that the 2017’s model will undergo big changes as it is tenth anniversary of its handset. The name will likely be the iPhone 8 marking the phone out as a huge jump rather than a minor refresh.
Based on early rumors, it seems the specs, design and features are all set up to receive a major overhaul. While there are not yet any rumored release dates for iPhone 8 but it is an easy thing to predict as Apple sticks to a similar schedule each year.
Apple has not done much with its iPhone screens but the iPhone 8 could see the display undergo its biggest change yet and the respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that the iPhone 8 will have a curved AMOLED display. This is also recently been rumored that a curved AMOLED display is one of more than ten prototypes considered by Apple and the phone could have even a higher than QHD resolution.
The AMOLED theory is gaining ground considering the reports that Sharp is in negotiations to create an OLED screen for iPhone and even a direct claim form president of Sharp claims that the iPhone 8 will use OLED.
The phone itself might not be much bigger despite the larger screen size as we heard talk from Taiwan way back in 2015 that Apple was working to get rid of the home button and build Touch ID into the screen itself, knocking out the bezels in the process. Somehow the front facing camera will be embedded in the display. The speaker, all the sensors, everything will be behind the display.
The analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes the phone will have a curved glass back as well as a curved screen, and this rumor gains more weight with CEO of the company behind iPhones metal casing claims that one model will adopt glass casing next year.
The phone will still require a metal frame apparently and it lines up with a claim that Apple is experimenting with a glass sandwich design. An analyst suggests that telephoto lens in dual-lens camera might get optical image stabilization, so that is one improvement we might see. It is also said that the phone will come with a single sensor while there will be two models of iPhone 8 Plus with dual-lens sensors.
An anonymous Apple employee said that the camera will be upgraded. Possibly, the Apple will change megapixel count from 12MP. Or the upgrade could also refer to augmented reality features to make you able to point your phone at an object and have it recognized and also for the camera app to be able to manipulate and recognize faces.
It is likely that iPhone 8 will run iOS 11 or also include an iris scanner, a smart connector and new sensing technology. There are not any price rumors, but the iPhone 8 is likely to cost a similar amount to iPhone 7.
Samsung Galaxy S8:
Samsung Galaxy S8 is coming in 2017 and leaks and rumors are flooding in already. It is expected that the phone will be released in February or it may even delay until April. The face of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S8 could be 90 percent screen from an average ratio of 80 percent screen-to-bezels. That is also supported by another report that the phone will be all-screen tossing out its whole home button also including the fingerprint reader and will use an optical center that lives beneath the display.
It is also in rumors that the Galaxy S8 could lose the headset jack like the iPhone. If that happens, the phone owners would have to use wireless Bluetooth connected handsets or handsets that plug into phone’s expected USB-C port either through an adapter dongle or directly.
It is also expected that Samsung will introduce ultra-high definition to its next big phone increasing the S7s current resolution to a 4K resolution. A contradictory rumor also says that it is not going to happen giving us the same 2K screen resolution as the Galaxy S7 but one that is made with a new version of AMOLED display material. And the upshot, the screen quality is still expected to improve.
As the S7 Edge, the Galaxy S8 could have the same curved sides according to another rumor but that would not mean Samsung is going to sell one phone. Keeping up with a recent tradition, it is expected that the Galaxy S8 could still come in two sizes.
A report out of Korea points to two cameras on the back like with the LG V20, Huawei P9 and iPhone 7 Plus. The front facing camera of next Samsung’s phone could also bring auto-focus the Galaxy S8 using technology different from autofocus in the phone’s main camera. And about camera module it is heard that this module will remain flush with the phone face.
It is expected that the Galaxy S8 might have a pressure-sensitive screen this time as we heard this rumor even before when the Galaxy S7 was supposed to have a screen you could press and hold to make submenus pop up just like Apple’s 3D Touch for iPhone. Though it never happened but perhaps may be this time, it happens.
The rumors say that the new Samsung Galaxy S8 could have an Al assistant named Bixby which is a pretty good indicator of Samsung’s intentions in this area. This information dovetails nicely with rumors that Galaxy S8 will include a new digital assistant and a dedicated button to launch it possibly. Samsung bought AL startup Viv, handily enough, which coincidentally spun up Apple’s Siri.
Xiaomi Mi 6:
Xiaomi is planning to introduce their latest Smartphone Xiaomi Mi6 in 2016 or at the beginning of 2017. It will be released very soon in the market. The Xiaomi brand Smartphone was available only in few Asian countries in the last few years. But currently, it has become the third largest, leading brand in the Smartphone market.
This brand’s upcoming Smartphone Xiaomi Mi6 is going to be unconstrained very soon and is expected to be the best Smartphone because of its unique features and quality. However, Xiaomi Smartphones are very affordable as compared to other Smartphones.
Xiaomi Mi6 is expected to include some higher upgrade in its specifications and feature and this Smartphone is also going to be different from other Smartphone which the price half as compared to others such as Micromax, LG, Samsung, Apple and much more.
By seeing the specifications and features of Xiaomi Mi6, you will find it worth waiting for. The latest model Xiaomi Mi6 is expected to have bigger screen size which may come up with 5.0 inches, which is slightly bigger than other models of Xiaomi. Other than this, they are also going to provide 4K screen along with high definition resolution of 4096×2160.
It is expected that the camera of Xiaomi Mi6 will be provided with 23 MP rear cameras and 7MP front cameras. It will also include retina eye scanner, auto-focusing, night mode and much more. Therefore, you will not be disappointed with the camera of Xiaomi Mi6 because you will get a cool picture with latest camera technology given in this device.
As per the rumors on the web, the Xiaomi Mi6 will come up with the stylish looks, having glass at the back of the Smartphone. It is also going to be provided with metallic body which will make a vast difference as compared to other Smartphones such as Samsung, LG, Apple iPhone etc.
Xiaomi is apprehended to have a Qualcomm Snapdragon Octa Core Processor with 2.5 to 2.7GHz processor. And also it is anticipated that Xiaomi Mi6’s operating system will be provided with Android v6.0 (Marshmallow OS).
The rumors say that the internal storage of Xiaomi Mi6 will be 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and price will depend on the internal storage of the device. You will be able to insert two memory cards, which is a unique feature of this device that is you will be able to add 128GB in each slot bringing up a total of 258GB external memory. The RAM will be of 4GB.
The Xiaomi Mi6 is expected to be provided with 4130 mAH which will enable you to use more than 18 hours when while your 3G or 4G data connection is enabled. It will also be provided with wireless charger so that you will be able to charge your mobile at very high speed at least 80% within 40 minutes.
One of the best features to be provided in this Smartphone is the eye scanner. The Xiaomi Mi5 was provided a fingerprint scanner whereas the Xiaomi Mi6 will be given an eye scanning feature.
HTC 11 is expected to come out likely between February to April in 2017. A specific release date cannot be given simply because no one has leaked it yet. We can estimate it from the history of previous HTC flagship releases but there is no definite idea when it is going to be launched.
It is estimated that we will see the HTC 11 with a 5.5 inch display with a standard QHD resolution that is 1440×2560 pixels, the same resolution that HTC 10 had although phone had a smaller 5.2 inch display. The leak also suggested we would see a 12 megapixel camera on the back of the device and a secondary 8 megapixel camera handling selfies on the front. As far as primary camera goes that is not really an improvement but we are guessing the imaging technology would be improved.
It is also a guess with some degree of certainty that the Snapdragon 835 (SoC) system on a chip will features in the HTC 11. It is the most powerful and newest smartphone chip by Qualcomm and has yet to appear in any available handsets. The chip is expected to power a raft of smartphones set to go on sale in the first half of 2017.
HTC has a history of using Qualcomm fare so it would be entirely unsurprising if the Snapdragon 835 chip will be featured in the HTC 11. About SD835, the special thing is that it is built on a 10nm manufacturing process which is much efficient than 14nm process used for SD820. This means that from SD835, we would expect to see better power efficiency or more power. The chip also features new Quick Charge 4.0 technology so you would experience charging time decrease by 20$ as compared to the old Quick Charge 3.0. along with that, we will supposedly see a 3,700mAh battery, a set up from 3,000mAh battery in HTC 10.
We would be surprised considering all these improvements if HTC 11 comes with anything other than a Snapdragon 835 on board. It is very likely that HTC 11 will work on Android 7.0 Nougat. The HTC 10, after all, is already running on Nougat regardless of launching with Android 6.0 Marshmallow on board.
Next up is the claim that HTC 11 will feature a robust 8GB of RAM which is up from 4GB in HTC 10. That is surely a pretty huge amount of RAM but also a little hard to believe even if phones like OnePlus 3 offers 6GB of RAM. It would not be surprising to see more like 6GB RAM in the new device although it is possible that HTC will go a step further.
We don’t know about the exact pricing yet but expect it to be pricey enough to rival the other flagship phones out there.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8:
One of the most criticized elements of top-end Galaxy devices such as Galaxy S4 is the plastic design and the Galaxy Note 8 is no exception with its white plastic rear which doesn’t make it feel fancy at all. It has a non-removable back making it impossible to access to the back. And there is a tad of give to some parts of the back panel. Also the part of the left side clicks when put under pressure. In other words, it features all the disadvantages of a unibody design like HTC One or iPad mini, without the sturdy, quality feel.
However, it is not all doom and gloom. One benefit is the curvy profile the plastic design allows and measuring 8mm and weighing 338g, the Galaxy Note 8 is a kind of tablet that you can hold in one hand comfortably without complaint.
While the thick bezel is a desertion from slimmer rivals, it makes Galaxy Note 8 easier to hold, which is a useful thing, considering the digital notepad focus. It even features a space for stereo speakers, which are excitingly loud even if actual sound is a little forced and lacking fidelity.
The Galaxy Note 8 has an 8 inch screen which is a PLS display similar to IPS kind used in most higher-end tablets. Its display would seem pretty good if it was a cheaper tablet. Top brightness, contrast and color are all commendable with rich images with no washed-out quality that afflicts lower quality screens. It has a 1,280×800 pixel display.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features a customized version of Android 4.1.2 which is not the latest version of OS and about to become even more behind the times due to the upcoming release of Android Key Lime Pie.
The software differences are shushed a little bit by the Samsung unifying TouchWiz interface. This is a feature rich custom skin but not the best looking one around. Its cheery and colorful visual style can look a little cheap.
As this is an Android device, you can customize the look of the system a bit with custom wallpapers, widgets on the home screen and even third party launcher apps that paste a new interface over TouchWiz. TouchWiz also provides a few great features, one of which is Multi-Screen. This brings true multi-tasking to the Galaxy Note 8 which let you run two apps on one screen at the same time. Simply, you drag the apps you want from a side-bar hidden or accessed by holding down on the back soft key.
The S Pen Stylus of Samsung Note is the main reason for the series to exist. It is smarter than the one bought as an accessory for a tablet. There is a separate digitizer layer in the screen that lets the tablet sense the stylus before it gets near the screen.
OnePlus has managed to stand out consistently from the crowd by providing high-end hardware at a mid-range price. Considering the release dates of old OnePlus phones, it is more than likely that fourth generation OnePlus flagship will land in mid-2017. There are not many rumors right now but we could guess by looking at trends and upcoming technologies regarding specs and features of the phone.
The OnePlus 3 has a 5.5 inch 1080×1920 display like OnePlus 2 and OnePlus One. It is estimated to that it will do the same with OnePlus 4 but we reckon it will bump up the resolution up to 1440×2560. That possibility has been rumored now with talk of a 5.3 inch screen of that resolution. To make an impact next year, it is likely to put enhance the resolution. A 2K screen would improve the VR experience on OnePlus 4 as well as giving boost to gaming and movies.
We may see a change from AMOLED back to LCD though as OnePlus is struggling to source AMOLED panels enough to keep up with OnePlus 3 demand. And again the first OnePlus rumors point to AMOLED. It is estimated that OnePlus 4 will feature 5.3-5.5 inch QHD LCD screen, roughly the same size as OnePlus 3 but higher resolution to catch up with rivals.
The first design rumors suggest that we could get a big change in the look of OnePlus 4 with a glass body instead of OnePlus 3’s metal one. The company changed the design for OnePlus 3 completely, giving it a premium metal build, so we might see something similar for the OnePlus 4. Possibly, it will not be identical, go for something slimmer and more refined but OnePlus 4 could have a similar look overall.
We hope for further bezel slimming enabling the OnePlus 4 to sport a more compact frame, though it houses a 5.5 inch display. The OnePlus 4 could go glass but we think that the changes will probably be smaller considering evolution not revolution.
The rumor about camera points to a dual-lens snapper with enhanced reality and mixed reality functions, though there are no details given on the megapixel count or the specifics. These changes, if vague, are believable as a lot of work was put into the OnePlus 3’s camera.
Battery life is one area where OnePlus hopefully will focus for its upcoming handset. OnePlus 3 charges up fast but features 3000mAh which is a reduction in size from its predecessors. Performance of the battery suffers so we hope that Oneplus 4 gets a boost in this department.
The OnePlus 4 will certainly run Android overlaid with OnePlus’ own Oxygen OS. The Snapdragon 830 is the obvious chip choice for OnePlus 4 but its RAM might stay at 6GB. The OnePlus features a fingerprint scanner so it is possible that OnePlus will add other features for OnePlus 4, perhaps an iris scanner.
OPPO Find 9:
OPPO’s Find series has always been one of the best, with top-end specs and good looks. However, if you remember, the last OPPO Find smartphone, called the OPPO Find 7 was introduced back in 2014, which means it has been two years since the company updated the lineup. Rumors are everywhere about the OPPO Find 9, that it is coming sometime in 2016 and now, a new leak unveils the basic render of the device along with its powerful specifications.
The OPPO Find 9 has some big shoes to fill, taking into consideration it will be the top-end smartphone of a producer who is doing quite well in 2016. Therefore, in this rat race, OPPO can’t manage to pay for to compromise on hardware inside the new flagship device. According to the latest leak, well, it doesn’t look like OPPO has compromised in any area for the new device.
First of all, looking at the render, the OPPO Find 9 features a similar design as the previous generation OPPO Find 7. The major difference, however, will be at the back, as the phone houses the dual camera sensors, which appears to have become a trend among smartphone makers in 2016. Additional, on the back panel, you get the OPPO logo as well as a speaker grill.
Considering the specs, the OPPO Find 9 flagship is expected to come with a 5.5-inch dual edge AMOLED display with QHD resolution. However, under the hood, like the Mi Note 2, the phone is expected to have Snapdragon 821 chipset. And for the RAM, it is said that the Oppo Find 9 will feature a whopping 8GB RAM module, bringing it to the level of the rumored LeEco flagship. A 128GB of internal storage will also be there on board as well.
At the back, the Oppo Find 9 will feature a 21MP rear camera sensor along with OPPO’s smart stabilization technology that was showcased at MWC 2016. The render although reveals dual cameras, there’s no state of such a setup in specs department. Expect a 16MP sensor, up front. Another thing is the Super VOOC fast charging technology along with a 4100mAh battery which is a perfect combination i.e. a large battery which fills up within an hour! And other rumored features include an Android 5.1 based Color OS (we hope it comes with at least Android 6 at launch) and USB Type-C port (USB 2.0).
These are some potent specs and with OPPO’s Super VOOC technology on board, there is nothing to complain about the phone. Most rumors said that the OPPO Find 9 will be launched in June coming year; however, we still haven’t got any event confirmation from the company.
Sony Xperia Z6:
The Sony Xperia Z6 is in our sights already. Sony took to the stage at Mobile World Congress 2016 announcing three phones, the Xperia X, Xperia X Performance and Xperia XA followed shortly after by Xperia XA Ultra. Many of you will notice none of these bears the Z6 moniker.
A new flagship phone will arrive likely at IFA but it will be called the Xperia X2 or similar probably. The Z6 if ever arrives is not likely to land this year. Early rumors about Sony Xperia Z6 suggest it would have a completely new design in which metal is playing a big role. The Sony Xperia Z5 and many other Sony flagships feature a metal frame with glass back, so we can say perhaps Sony will be ditching the glass and going for metal. It is possible, however, that this tumor was reffered to the Xperia X which is a metal-clad itself.
Some leaked renders sport the same design but specifically 146.4×71.9×8.1mm with dimensions attached, which would make it slightly slimmer than 8.7mm thick Xperia X Performance. They could be accurate and reveal other details like apparent presence of a USB Type-C port for charging though 3.5mm headphone port is still intact, thankfully.
Early Sony Xperia Z6 rumors claimed that it would have a 5.2 inch screen like Xperia Z5. More recently a benchmark has listed a marginally smaller 1080×1920, 5.1 inch display. This size has also been echoed by another leak, so it is our best guess at the size.
A 1080p resolution would be less than most flagships which are about to embrace QHD displays. If rumors are to be believed, it may benefit from 3D Touch-like technology, regardless of the resolution. Sony appears to be satisfied to stick with 1080p screens and a 5.1 or 5.2 inch screen putting it somewhere above the original X handsets but not into phablet area.
Another leaked benchmarked reveals a 21MP rear camera and 12MP front facing camera. Someone who claims to have got hold of a prototype estimates that it has a 23MP rear camera and a 12MP front facing camera. 23MP seems more likely as both the 12MP front facing camera could actually be 13MP in line with Sony Xperia X Performance.
The earliest Xpera Z6 rumors include reference to Snapdragon 820 chip. It is also estimated that a Snapdragon 820 chip would be coupled with 3GB of RAM and an Adreno 530 GPU. Some leak also mentions 3GB RAM which is unfortunate as it is a step down from Samsung Galaxy S7 and HTC 10 both of which feature 4GB of RAM.
Sony tends to focus on sound and has used stereo speakers before, so it is likely that we are going to see it again while USB-C would make sense too. The Sony Xperia Z6 will be up against biggest flagships of the year.
Microsoft Surface Phone:
Microsoft has teamed up with Qualcomm bringing the full Windows 10 desktop experience to smartphones and other mobile devices. Microsoft has been going through very limited success with mobile, struggling to gain any meaningful amount of market share.
We can’t say for sure when the Surface phone is announced but we know that it is on the way. It is estimated that the Microsoft Surface Phone will release in the first half of 2017. The rumor says that the Microsoft Surface Phone will be available in three distinct variants. And one report suggests these will be: Business Edition, Enthusiast Edition and Consumer Edition. So we can say that the first will be a BlackBerry replacement, the second will be a power user device like Samsung Galaxy Note phones and third will be a reasonably priced flagship. We have got no idea it they will be different physically or we are just talking about spec changes.
Another design rumor is that we will see new all-metal aesthetic adopted bringing the phone series in line with Microsoft’s Surface Book. As we are expecting three distinct Surface Phone models that would usually mean that we expect to see three different screen sizes but leaks further suggest all variants will feature a 5.7 inch display. The difference instead will reportedly come in the form of memory and storage upgrades.
It is likely that the Microsoft Surface Phone will feature Qualcomm’s brand-new Snapdragon 835 chipset. And the new chip is set to appear on smartphones next year which is a direct sequel to top-end Snapdragon 820 and 821 chips features in the Galaxy S8, Google Pixel and OnePlus 3T phones.
The exciting thing about the chip is that it is Qualcomm’s first 10nm processor meaning it is significantly more efficient that old 16nm Snapdragon 820. Qualcomm claims that we will either see 27% higher performance or 40% lower power consumption depending on what manufacturers will do with the new Snapdragon 835. However, if Microsoft wants to go big with Surface Phone, it will need to come packed with this chip.
Unfortunately, we don’t know much about Surface Phone in terms of hardware. There are no leaks regarding camera although we would expect big from the Surface Phone camera. For a start, Huawei, LG and Apple have all shipped mobiles with dual-camera configurations and it is expected that Samsung will follow the suit next year. So Microsoft is likely to utilize similar technology.
It would also be fine if Surface Phone had some kind of Intel RealSense arrangement capturing 3D images. Microsoft has after all mad much of Windows Holographic and HoloLens, so being able to capture and import 3D images to Windows using your smartphones would make absolute sense. But there are no such rumors yet.
You can one thing that the Microsoft Surface Phone will run on Windows 10. Microsoft would like Windows 10 to be the last version of Windows and perhaps will keep updating it across all platforms.
LG G Flex 3:
The LG G Flex 2 was an appealing smartphone with curved form-factor and material that would heal scratches automatically. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset in the device caused overheating issues. Has the damage been done and has LG done enough to tempt consumers back? Let’s have a look at all the rumors considering the LG G Flex 3’s pricing, features, design and release date.
We don’t know the exact release date as the LG G Flex 3 has not yet been unveiled. Lets see what we can expect to see in pricing. When LG G Flex 2 was first on sale earlier this year, it has a SIM-free price tag of £529. We would assume with this in mind that LG G Flex 3 would be around £529 mark, if not slightly more expensive if rumors concerning its spec are real. MobiPicker’s LG source states that it will cost between Rs. 50,000-60,000.
One aspect of the upcoming smartphone that has not been leaked really is the design of LG G Flex 3. There are a handful of rumors online but seem a bit far-fetched so these should be taken with a pinch, if not a whole teaspoon of salt.
A rumor says that the upcoming LG G Flex 3 will feature a metal body which is an upgrade from glossy plastic body of LG G Flex 2 giving the Flex 3 a more premium feel and look. As the G Flex series is all about curved displays and metal is the most pliable of most material, we are not sure about this.
The upcoming LG G Flex 3 may sport a 6 inch QHD display with resolution of 1440×2560 bumped up from 5.5 inch QHD display features in the LG G Flex 2. It is not sure that LG would make jump from 5.5 inch to 6 inch as 5.5 inch smartphones are accepted as phablet-sized generally and anything bigger is usually uncomfortable to use. The original G Flex had 6 inch display and of course, it didn’t receive warmest of welcomes. We could go wrong and LG G Flex 3 could come with 6 inch display but we would be surprised.
According to MobiPicker and LG source, the LG G Flex 3 should be power-driven by upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with a whopping 4GB of RAM. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset is most powerful mobile processor manufactured by the company. LG integrated Qualcomm’s flagship 810 chipset in LG G Flex 2 but that suffered from overheating issues and affected sales of the handset consequently. Even though a researcher said there should be no heating issues with Snapdragon 820.
Considering storage, it is estimated that LG G Flex 3 will offer 32GB of internal storage. That should be enough for most users but power users will also be happy as the storage is expandable because of the inclusion of a MicroSD card slot. It is also expected that it will feature a 3,500 mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner embedded in the home button.
In case of camera, there is a discussion of LG G Flex 3 featuring a whopping 20.7MP rear facing camera and 8MP front facing camera but no other details are available regarding the features of the cameras.
What to look for:
Smartphones are great these days and thus it is hard to make a truly terrible choice. Whether you want to hold onto it for years or switch when the next hotness comes along, still you want to make sure you are getting right phone for you, whether it is a high-end or a budget buy handset.
You should know what you care about most. Whether it is camera quality, screen size or battery life, knowing this would help narrow down your choice. Don’t go for lower price phones. Still you can get a great phone doing almost everything a premium phone can do for a fraction of price. It would be good if you look for deep discounts around major holidays and also find out your grace period if you need a quick return or exchange.
If you want to buy a global phone, first make sure the phone works with your carrier bands. If you have already bought a lot of iTunes movies and iPhone apps then stick with iPhone if you still want access to them. Similarly if you have invested in Android-only software, you will want to stay on that side of the fence. Also buy a glass screen protector and a case to protect your phone from costly damage and to increase the phone’s resale or trade-on value for when you are ready to move on.
Planning to buy an Android Phone:
Android has the better assistant and native maps app by far (known as Google Voice Search or Google Now). Another benefit of Android is that it ties into the same Google services that many people already use. Typically major updates are announced in May or June and arrive first often with Google’s official Pixel or Nexus phone, but this schedule has been less consistent lately.
Look for Android 7.0 or higher as this current OS will provide you the most recent goodies which include a battery-saving feature called Doze on the Go. Android 6.x version is older though not a deal breaker. Some phone manufacturers take long to upgrade Android. More popular phones and the pricier ones are more likely to get the update.
Planning to buy an iPhone:
Almost for every phone, iOS updates come right on time. iPhones develop fewer weird ticks over time and also play with other Apple products such as Macs. Usually Apple announces the latest major iOS version in June and releases it in September.
It is important to remember that older iPhones are cheaper but hold the risk of losing out on newer hardware-based features in the future phones. Wait for 2017’s 10th anniversary iPhone if you can as rumors are it will be a doozy or die trying.
If you want a phone with small screen under 4.5 inches then look at the Sony Xperia X Compact or iPhone SE. Otherwise, get used to anything from 4.7-6 inches or you can go even larger. And for 4.7 inch or larger screen, go for a minimum screen resolution of 1080p. A resolution of 2,560×1,440 is even better, for 5.5 inches screens and larger specially. And the case will be higher the resolution, the better goes well if you intend to use a VR headset like Google Daydream because when the phone is inches far from your face, pixel count matters.
If you don’t follow camera tech, a list of F-stops and sensor brands will not make much sense when trying to decide if your photos will be any good. For camera quality, you should remember higher megapixels don’t always work for higher quality shots. A 12 megapixel camera might take better photos as compared to 16 megapixel camera. And except middling quality, phones with 8 megapixel rear cameras appear only on budget phones these days.
If a phone features two rear cameras, you can create an optional depth effect or there is a wide-angle option. OIS or Optical image stabilization helps prevent blur from shaking hands which is especially helpful when shooting indoors or in low-light. Though, it will not help with a blur caused by a moving object. HDR, beauty mode, self-timers and plenty of filters and effects are featured in most phone cameras.
Battery life and Performance:
Most middle price range and up phones can handle a basic day’s worth of email, phone calls, music and gaming needs, though some internal tech is more refined than others. Even some mid-price phones use the same chips as those with nosebleed prices.
Generally, you will need to charge phones once a day, so plan accordingly and you will get longer life from a 3,000mAh battery or above. Higher-numbered chips are the most recent for Qualcomm’s Snapdragon processors. 821 is newer and faster than 617 and 400. An octa-core processor is not better than a quad-core chipset always.
Some additional features of a phone include Micro-SD storage on some Android phones, fingerprint scanner usually on home button, power button or on the back, water resistant IP67 and higher is best, enhanced audio through headphones or stereo audio speakers, wireless charging, removable battery (but this feature is becoming rare) and USB-C connector which is new standard for Android phones.
Planning for a budget phone:
You are guaranteed to make some compromises when a low price is most important thing about a phone. But still there are some great budget phones that offer you more for their price than others. Motorola Moto G4 and Huawei Honor 5X are great right now, but if you can wait, look forward to 2017’s refresh.