BlackBerry. Apple. Moto. Samsung -- a sneak peak at 2016's potentially most exciting releasesAlthough there are mobile device launches throughout each year, there are really two main landmarks where the bulk of the important stuff is clustered. In the first quarter it's all about Android devices in and around Mobile World Congress (MWC) which takes place around the end of February to the beginning of March; this is where the likes of Samsung, LG, HTC and Sony typically debut new flagship handsets. The other big deal is around September, when Apple announces its new iPhone devices - historically this has also included a separate iPad launch event in October/November, but 2015 saw Apple buck that trend and pile everything into the September event. This year’s setup was very different though. Apple announced the iPhone SE and the iPad Pro 9.7 in Q2, a first for the company in recent history. The iPhone SE was an odd launch, though. It kind of felt like an apology from Apple to its customers for upscaling the display sizes from the iPhone 6 onwards. Reviews have been decent for the 4in iPhone. But it is the iPad Pro 9.7 that stole the show; Apple’s latest iPad is by far and away the best tablet on market right now. It has everything: specs, hardware, features and looks. The only major manufacturer not being particularly active at MWC this year was HTC, though the its HTC 10 is now available to buy -- - HTC 10 Review: The Brand That Started It ALL is BACK. Motorola also usually hosts its own events later in the year, and of course Google keeps to its own summer schedule for the Nexus series. OnePlus is also working on a OnePlus 3, but that OEM has always marched to the beat of its own drum anyway. Beyond this we’re most excited about the arrival of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 6 and Huawei’s Mate 9 handset, which is due out inside Q4 alongside Android N. Both handsets will almost certainly support Google’s recently announced Daydream VR platform as well as tons of high-end spec and hardware. Hype around the Galaxy Note 6 has reached an all-time high during the last few months. The handset sounds utterly superb and because Samsung nixed the release of the Galaxy Note 5 here in the UK there is a real thirst for all things Note at present, especially since the rumoured specs include an ENORMOUS battery, 6GB of RAM and a bunch of new features and updates to core components like the camera, stylus and display. Here's some of the big hitters to look forward to inside 2016.
Huawei P9After testing out the Huawei Mate 8 and genuinely being blown away buy it I am now super excited about the arrival of Huawei’s next major flagship — the Huawei P9. The handset will launch on April 6 and is expected to be one of the most powerful Android phones on the planet. Much of this power will come from Huawei’s insanely powerful Kirin SoC and potentially 4GB of RAM. There will be two versions of the P9: the P9 with a 5.2in 1080p display and the P9 with a 6.2in QHD display called the P9 Max. Other specs include a MASSIVE 3900mAh battery, meaning excellent battery performance just like the Mate 8. Samsung Galaxy Note 6 The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 is apparently returning to the UK in 2016. Reports suggest Samsung, miffed by the weak sales of its EDGE+ handset, has opted to reinstate the Galaxy Note 6 as its mid-year flagship release, picking up the slack once the Galaxy S7 has died down in and around Q2.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 6 will feature a 5.8-inch display with 2K resolution, Qualcomm Snapdragon 823 processor (upgraded Snapdragon 820 version), 6GB of RAM, and a 4,200 mAh battery, according to a new report from GizmoChina. The handset is also tipped to feature up to 256GB of storage, another first for the phablet with 6GB of RAM. This will make the Galaxy Note 6 an unprecedented release for Samsung — nothing before compares to what Samsung is setting out to do with this phone. The specs alone make it comparable to a laptop. Couple this with the advent of Android N and some potential ChromeOS cross-over and the Galaxy Note 6 could be THE handset of the year, packing in power, imaging prowess, design and utility. Samsung’s 2016 is officially back on! Samsung is planning something pretty EPIC for its Galaxy Note 6. According to leaked information, the Galaxy Note 6 could well be the first smartphone to rock 6GB of RAM, a frankly insane amount of memory for a phone. What could all this memory be required for? It can’t JUST be for performance. Samsung recently filed a patent for an “upcoming” Note device that would see the phablet dock with a laptop-style device. Presumably the Galaxy Note would power the dummy laptop and all of its desktop-still applications. Could this be the reason why Samsung has included 6GB of RAM, or is it just a marketing gimmick? With Samsung you just never know…. “Samsung is working on a brand new 1/1.7-inch CMOS camera sensor with an aperture as wide as ƒ/1.4,” reports Sam Mobile. “The new sensor could have a resolution of anywhere between 18-24 megapixels. The company is also working on a new compact 1/2.3-inch camera sensor.” It added: “Samsung recently announced that it will not release any new cameras in its NX lineup (at least in some markets), and it has been moving people from its NX camera department to its smartphone department. The South Korean smartphone giant is really focused to improve the image quality on its smartphones, and it seems to have a very aggressive roadmap.” Sony’s 2016 FlagshipIs the Sony Xperia X Performance Sony’s BIG release for 2016? That seems to be the take away from MWC 2016, but I have a sneaking suspicion the company is working on something, well, a little more special for launch later on this year. Sony has pretty much confirmed its Z brand is dead -- Z’s dead, baby (sorry) -- and that X is the future. But were Sony’s MWC offerings the company’s only phones for the rest of the year? Or will we see a new flagship dropped inside Q2/Q3 time? Personally, I believe this will be what happens. Purely because I think Sony’s plans for its X brand are bigger and more expansive than the company let on at MWC. Either way, I’m looking forward to seeing what the company comes to the table with.
OnePlus 3 OnePlus made A LOT of friends with the OnePlus One and then set about making a few enemies with its tricky, follow-up flagship, the OnePlus 2. The main reason people we’re a little peeved with OnePlus’ 2015 effort was because it lacked NFC, as well as a QHD panel and a fingerprint scanner.
OnePlus said people didn’t use NFC on the OnePlus One so it was nixed on the follow-up device. Well, as it turns out some people clearly did because A LOT of OnePlus 2 users were very angry when they found out their shiny new handset couldn’t do NFC, so expect to see the return of near field communication in 2016. Another area where OnePlus could up the ante with the OnePlus 3 is its display. The company has favoured 1080p panels since day one, but 2016 could see the company finally embrace QHD. Other notable features likely to make the cut are a larger battery, a fingerprint scanner, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon
Google's 2016 Nexus PhonesGoogle will release two Nexus handsets in 2016 just as it did in 2015. But it will not be LG or Huawei making this year’s devices. Nope. According to reports from China, Google is keen on getting HTC back on Nexus-building duties. HTC will build two handsets for Google, the sources claim, one with a 5in display and one with a 5.5in display. If you’re memory is half decent you will recollect that HTC built the first ever Google Nexus phone — the Google Nexus One — WAY back in 2010. The company also built the first mass-market Android handset as well for T-Mobile in the form of the T-Mobile G1. What HTC will bring to the Nexus fold in 2016 remains to be seen. Will it be based on the company’s next flagship, the HTC One M10? Who knows. But as always: Google’s Nexus handsets are always worth the wait. LG G5LG used to be rubbish. REALLY rubbish. But then it built the Nexus 4 and everything sort of changed. The company regained its stride and began making some of the best phones in the business like the LG G3 and LG G4, which were easily two of our favourite releases in 2014 and 2015, respectively. n 2016 LG returned with the LG G5, a handset that is EASILY one of the most exciting releases we've seen in recent times. The device itself is gorgeous, looking completely different to last year's G4. Plus, the damn thing is an modular phone, meaning you can attach accessories to it. The LG G5 is easily one of the most exciting phones for 2016. Why? Simple: LG has been slowly building up an awesome reputation for producing, arguably, some of the best Android phones on the planet. Case in point: the LG G3 and LG G4, as well as the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5, of course. The company has also been pretty bullish about its plans for 2016, proclaiming it is “READY To TAKE Samsung On!” with its LG G5. I loved the LG G5 as well. And you can find out why in my LG G5 Review: The Most Exciting Phone This Year. Nokia’s Android Phone Microsoft acquired Nokia’s phone business a few years ago and quickly set about doing what it does best — ruining it. But now the dust has settled on that little deal and Microsoft has stopped using the Nokia brand, the Finnish company can now start producing handsets again — and, importantly, handsets that aren’t crippled with Windows Phone software. Nokia — that is, the NEW Nokia — is apparently looking to bring an Android-powered phone to market in 2016. This is all very rumour-tastic at present but if Nokia were to return in 2016, and with an Android handset no less, it would certainly be very interesting indeed. I don’t know what the hell is going on with Nokia at the moment or, after a completely pointless April Fool’s joke, what is going on with their return to the mobile space, if anything. Plenty of “sources” and leaks keep telling us Espoo’s finest will return with an Android handset at some point in 2016. But the longer we’re left waiting the more it kind of seems pointless. The space is saturated as it is with the arrival-proper of big Chinese players like Huawei in the space. Is there still room for Nokia? I’d argue, yes. But the handset they come to the table with had better be something a little different, something like it used to do way back when it was on top of the world. Get the specs and hardware right, sure, but make sure it features a HUGE USP, something that no one else is doing. iPhone 7 Apple’s iPhone is the biggest and most well known phone on the planet so for this reason alone it is sort of exciting to see what the company will do with its multi-million-selling handset in 2016. Even more so when you consider this year’s model is a solid number release, which means a BIG design overhaul. Apple has now launched the iPhone SE, a 4in iPhone encased inside an iPhone 5s chassis with iPhone 6/iPhone 6s specs. As launches go, it’s pretty dull. But the iPhone SE does serve a purpose in Apple’s arsenal of iPhones — a lot of its users really wanted it, so Apple made it. You can’t have millions of people using old hardware just because they don’t like the “stupidly big” screens of today’s phones. In a bid to jazz things up further, Apple is also tipped to be cooking up two, large iPhone 7 models — the iPhone 7 plus and the iPhone 7 Pro. According to reports, the iPhone 7 Pro will feature a very fancy, DSLR-like quality camera and likely cost an absolute fortune. This is all rumour at present, though, so please do take it with a pinch of salt. Still, three iPhone 7 models would be quite a shift in gears for Apple!
Moto X 2016 Motorola, now owned by Lenovo, has been on something of a roll for the past few years. This streak of awesomeness started when Moto was acquired by Google and the two companies produced the excellent Moto X handset, a stripped down phone designed to do all the core stuff and not much else. Moto used stock Android and has continued to do so, even though it is no longer owned by Google. The next big release for Lenovo, potentially, is the Moto X 2016 and it could drop at any moment between now and Q2. Interestingly, Lenovo has confirmed all of its 2016 phones will feature 5+inch displays and fingerprint scanners. Beyond this the company is talking about a bunch of other stuff — adopting custom UXs for future phones — that frankly terrifies us. But, HEY, three years of excellent releases is a pretty good run for the mobile space’s biggest and most well known hot potato. BlackBerry’s Second Android PhoneI love BlackBerry. I adored the Passport when that came out and I even used a BB10 handset for a good 8 months back in the day. I wasn’t hugely impressed by the BlackBerry PRIV, but I could see the handset’s potential — BlackBerry and Android could work together well, it just needed a bit of finessing.
This is all pretty exciting as a repair person !
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