For the Tech Enthusiast: Here’s The Top 10 Best Upcoming Smartphones of 2017.. prepare to be amazed!!

For the Tech Enthusiast, 2017 has started out with quite a kick, with the CES unveiling out of this world pieces of tech, but for those who don’t know what CES is here is a brief description. The CES is a customer electronics and consumer technology trade show that takes place every january in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The event showcases more than 3,800 exhibiting companies, including manufacturers, developers and suppliers of consumer technology hardware, content, technology delivery systems and more for assessment and more; months before or even years before the release of the actual product. But enough about the CES, lets stick to what you came here for.

Best Upcoming Smartphones 2016

All of these upcoming smartphones of 2017 are expected to get a good market share with uniqueness and impressive quality. All the companies are focusing on delivering something unique to stay in the market and lead the competition. With different smartphone models, and a new handset being introduced to the market almost every alternate day! Out of so many rumors and expectation as well as official announcements, here’s the ten most possibly best upcoming phones to be released this year.

1. Apple iPhone 8

Apple has released iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus recently, and both devices are a huge hit. But people are already looking for the next upcoming flagship smartphone from Apple as the next device will get some significant changes in terms of Design, UI, and Software.


There’s a new rumor about iPhone that Apple might skip iPhone 7s and go for iPhone 8. Apple iPhone 7 Plus already has Dual Camera integrated so the next year’s Apple 8 will get some. Next year is Apple’s 10th Anniversary, and it is expected iPhone will get an entirely new makeover. So eventually iPhone 8 is already most anticipated upcoming smartphone 2017 from Apple.

Expected Specifications of iPhone 8

  • 5.8-inch 2K AMOLED curved edge display
  • No home button and no bezels
  • iOS 11 OS
  • Apple A10/A11 Chipset
  • 4GB RAM
  • Fingerprint Sensor
  • Dual Camera
  • 16MP & 12MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing camera
  • Li-Po 3000 mAh Non-removable battery

Expected Launch Date: Q4 of 2017

Here is iPhone 8 Concept Video


2. Samsung Galaxy S8

After the explosion issues with Galaxy Note 7 Samsung is looking forward to launch Galaxy Note 8 as early as possible. So far we have got so many major leaks on the upcoming smartphone from Samsung on Galaxy S8. It is confirmed that Samsung Galaxy S8 will be the first smartphone to feature Snapdragon 835 SoC.

Samsung might go for Bezel-less Display this time. We have some Galaxy S8 concept pictures which look amazing. Other leaks suggest for 4K Display and powerful Mali-G71 GPU Display for immersive VR experience. The device will feature Samsung’s upcoming Exynos 8895 chipset. So far this device is going to be the most anticipated upcoming smartphone of 2017.

Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S8 (Rumored)

  • Display – QHD 5.5-inch 2K, 90% Screen-to-Body Ratio
  • Processor –Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 chipset
  • RAM – 6GB
  • GPU – Mali-G71
  • Internal Storage – 64GB / 128GB
  • Primary Camera – 12MP
  • Front Camera – 8MP
  • Type C USB port
  • Fingerprint scanner
  • Advanced Iris Scanner
  • Battery – 3450 mAh


Here is Samsung Galaxy S8 Concept Video

credits: everythingapplepro

Expected Launch Date: April 2017


3. Xiaomi Mi 6

If you are looking for best upcoming Android smartphones, then Xiaomi is one of the top contenders to look at. Xiaomi is the most well-known company for delivering back to back quality handsets at a cheaper rate than other companies. Though it is also known for the high budget Smartphone models. Xiaomi recently launched Mi 5 which is the flagship device now of this company. It is now confirmed that Xiaomi Mi 6 will be the first Chinese smartphone to feature Snapdragon 835 SoC.


Mi 5 initially good response from users so now Xiaomi is looking forward to their next smartphone Mi 6. Xiaomi is expected to release its Mi 6 model very soon. It is rumored to come with some inventiveness. The specifications are not yet officially declared but lists of expected specifications are available on the internet. If you say the upcoming smartphones of India in 2017 this smartphone will be the most praised device.

Expected Specifications of Xiaomi Mi 6

  • QHD 2K Super AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Deka core Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Snapdragon chipset
  • 4G VoLTE network support
  • 5000 mAh non-removable battery
  • 16MP & 12MP Dual Rear Camera and 13MP front-facing camera
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Health-related sensors, Fingerprint sensor

Expected Launch Date: Q1 2017


4. HTC 11

HTC launched HTC 10 this year, but it was not well received by the customers now the company is entirely relying on the next flagship smartphone HTC 11. As we know HTC is very unique with their designs, so we hope they will come out something exciting just like Xiaomi stunned the world with their Mi MIX.



2016 was a great year for smartphones, and we have seen a hell lot of development in every aspect of the smartphone this year. We hope for the best for the upcoming smartphone of 2017 from HTC, and we have speculated some of the key specs which might be there in HTC 11.

HTC 11 Specifications (Expected)

  • 5.5-inch 2K Display
  • Octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset
  • 12-megapixel rear camera/ Dual Camera
  • 8-megapixel front-facing Camera
  • 4/6 GB RAM
  • BoomSound stereo speakers
  • Water resistant technology
  • Fingerprint Sensor

Expected Launch Date: April 2017


5. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

In best upcoming smartphones 2017 category Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will be one of the most awaited Note series smartphones. Samsung has recently announced their new 4GB RAM Galaxy Note 7. Now it is also rumored that Samsung will also launch the 6GB RAM variant of Galaxy Note 7. We expect Samsung will come with something innovative with Galaxy Note 8 too.


Expected Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note 8

  • 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED curved dual edge display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • 64 bit Octa-Core 14 nm Exynos 8890 processor or Quad Core Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 64GB (UFS 2.0) internal memory
  • External memory up to 256GB with microSD
  • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
  • 12-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, Smart OIS, f/1.7 aperture, dual-pixel PDAF
  • 5-megapixel front camera, f/1.7 aperture
  • IP68 ratings water and dust resistance
  • Fingerprint sensor, Heart rate sensor, Iris scanner, Barometer
  • S Pen stylus
  • Single SIM/Dual SIM
  • 4G LTE Cat.12, Bluetooth 4.2 LE Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2X2 MIMO), USB Type-C, NFC
  • 4000 mAh battery with fast charging

Expected Launch Date: No News yet

6. OnePlus 4

OnePlus 3T is a huge hit with its 6GB RAM and wonderful Design and performance, and now the company is looking forward to its upcoming model, OnePlus 4 which will surely be better than the former. The best upcoming smartphone 2017 OnePlus 4 will launch next year.

OnePlus 3

OnePlus 3 is now the most popular Android smartphone, so there’s no doubt that OnePlus 4 will also be a huge hit.

OnePlus 4 Specifications (Rumoured)

  • 5-inch Full HD Display (1920×1080 pixels)
  • Quad-Core 64-bit Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Adreno 530 GPU
  • 64GB/128GB internal memory
  • Android 7.0 Nougat based on Oxygen OS
  • 21MP rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, OIS, Laser AF and 4K video recording support
  • 8-megapixel front Camera
  • Dual SIM
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • 4G LTE with VoLTE, Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band (MIMO), NFC, GPS, USB Type-C

Expected Launch Date: Q2 2017

7. Oppo Find 9

Image result for oppo find 9

According to different renowned blogs and leak experts, Oppo will be launching Find 9 later in this month only. If Oppo releases Find 9, then it will be jumping a generation as the last Oppo Find model Smartphone was Oppo Find 7.


Expected Specifications of Oppo Find 9

  • 5 inch 2K Display
  • Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 6 GB RAM
  • 21 MP Exmor rear camera and 8 MP front camera
  • 64GB of inbuilt memory
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Fast charging support

8. Sony Xperia Z6

Sony Xperia Z6 will continue the Xperia flagship after Z5. Price and release date or specifications are not out yet, but we have some list of rumors and expectations going on in the internet.

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Expected Specifications of Sony Xperia Z6

  • Qualcomm 821 chipset
  • Octa Core processor 3GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 2-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920
  • Touch ID
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Eye scanner
  • 32 GB internal storage
  • Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof
  • Fast charging battery

Since its delayed release in 2016, the specs above are much more of a speculation and might actually be much much higher.

Here is a review of Z5 to gauge your expectations:

source: GSMrena

Expected Launch Date: Q1 of 2017


9. Microsoft Surface Smartphone

Microsoft Surface Smartphone

Microsoft is currently taking a shot at a 4GB RAM based model, Microsoft Surface Smartphone. Recently few information of the Microsoft Surface Mobile is leaked online. From the various responses, it seems that people are waiting to get it on hands. This device might launch in Q2 2017.

Expected Specifications of Microsoft Surface Mobile

  • 4GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage
  • Expandable storage up to 256GB with MicroSD
  • Intel Atom x3 (SoFIA) 64-bit processor
  • Windows 10
  • 21MP rear camera with PureView Zeiss 6-lens and 8 MP front camera
  • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution
  • ClearBlack Gorilla Glass 4 protection
  • USB Type-C connector and wireless charging

Expected Launch Date: No News Yet

10. LG G6

LG launched G5 this year with modular design, but it wasn’t well received just like HTC 10. But now the company is looking forward to a comeback with LG G6 the upcoming Android smartphone from the company.

Image result for lg g6


LG will probably skip the modular things with G6, and they will not take any risk in this competitive market. But again LG have to work really hard to make something really special and that too at an affordable price for the customers.

Expected Specifications of LG G6

  • 4/6GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage
  • Expandable storage up to 256GB with MicroSD
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • Android N Nutella
  • 16MP Dual Rear Camera
  • 8MP front camera with LED Flash
  • 4000mAh battery
  • Fingerprint sensor

Expected Launch Date: MWC 2017


So these are all the best upcoming smartphones of 2017- 2018. If you know of any other premium smartphones that you think will be launched in 2017 and should be on the list, comment below.

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