Dec 12, 2016

Smartphones in 2017

by Aksha Verma
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We are living in a digital age with knowledge advancing at breakneck speed. The revolution of smartphones has taken technological innovation to new levels thereby defining the way we live and experience things around us. Till yesterday, what would have seemed like a far-fetched dream is a reality today. Taking that into consideration, let’s see what the year 2017-18 has in store for all the latest technology smartphone fanatics based on expectation, rumors and trends in the market.

Google’s Project Ara

The number one position on this list has to undoubtedly go to Google’s Project Ara. Ara, a modular phone with a frame built with durable latches and connectors contains all functionalities of a smartphone along with additional six flexible slots for easy swapping. Greybus, a new bit of Android software installed in Ara supports prompt connections, power efficiency and data-transfer rates of up to 11.9 Gbps.

Google has planned to launch a new developer version of Ara in the fourth quarter of 2016 leading into a planned consumer launch in 2017.

Ara consists of modules inserted into metal endoskeletal frames that will be available in three sizes namely, mini, medium and large. The frames have slots on the front for the display and other modules and on the back are additional slots for modules. Modules will provide features, such as cameras and speakers, but if rumors are to be believed, can also provide more specialized features, such as medical devices, receipt printers, laser pointers, pico projectors, night vision sensors, or game controller buttons. The frame also includes a small backup battery so the main battery can be hot-swapped.

Apple iPhone 7s and 8

Every year Apple releases a minimum of two future iPhone series. 2016 marked the release of iPhone 7 and 7plus. In 2017, apple is expected to release iPhone 7s and 8. While iPhone 7s is expected to be a superior device with similar features as iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone 8 is expected to up the game a notch. iPhone 7s can be seen featuring a 3GB RAM, 4.7 inch display screen, power touch as well as iOS 10 and 16nm Apple A10 Chip.

IPhone 8 which is also being labelled as Apple’s OLED iPhone will bear a screen size of either 5.1 or 5.2 inches in contrast to Apple’s traditional LCD panels sized at 4.7 and 5.5 inches. It will also be seen featuring a dual-camera as was introduced on the iPhone 7 Plus.

Some reports have also suggested a complete recasting which will see key features such as the FaceTime camera, earpiece and Touch ID fingerprint sensor embedded beneath the display thereby giving it a truly seamless edge-to-edge design.

Samsung Galaxy S8

After the launch of Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge and a not so successful launch of Galaxy Note 7, Samsung is expected to launch the next generation Samsung Galaxy 8 in the coming year. According to the latest rumors, Samsung Galaxy 8 will be seen featuring Corning Gorilla Glass 5 back panel, Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 5.7 inch screen size, Android 7.0, Qualcomm Snapdragon 840 chipset and 6GB RAM ranging somewhere between 70,000-75,000 in India.

Other special features are rumored to be Geo-tagging, simultaneous 4K video and 9MP image recording, touch focus, face/smile detection, Auto HDR, panorama.

HTC 11 Heir to the successful HTC10, HTC 11 will likely be seen supporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor along with an 6GB RAM. With a look similar to HTC 10, HTC 11 is expected to feature a 5.5 inch display screen along with a metal unibody design. It is likely to offer 256GB of internal memory, 4300mAh battery along with a dual camera offering resolution of 12MP on both back lenses and 8MP on the front lens.

Blackberry’s Neon, Argon and Mercury

Blackberry’s smartphone market was shook to rubbles with the emergence of Apple’s iPhone in India but if rumors are to be believed, Blackberry is all set to kick the Blackberry OS to the curb and launch three new Android phones later next year.

Code named Neon, Argon and Mercury presently, these three phones will span in both range and specifications.

Expected to debut in July, 2017, Neon will belong to the low to mid-range segment with potential specifications including a 5.2-inch 1080p touchscreen, Snapdragon 617 chipset with 3GB of RAM, 2610mAh battery, 16GB of internal storage, and 8MP and 13MP cameras for the front and back, respectively.

Argon, which is expected to release in October will likely feature a 5.5-inch QHD touchscreen display, Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of RAM, 3000mAh battery with support for QuickCharge 3.0, 32GB of storage, USB-C, fingerprint reader, and 21MP rear camera with 8MP on the front.

Mercury on the other hand, will be a much closer replication of the traditional Blackberry phones with a physical keyboard. Along with a QWERTY keyboard will be a 4.5-inch HD display, Snapdragon 625 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 3400mAh battery, and rear and front camera with 18MP and 8MP, respectively.

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