Whatever handset you own right now, there’s no denying that 2017 has seen some fantastic releases. What with the Galaxy S8’s, HTC U Ultra, LG G6, OnePlus 5 and more, so far there’s more choice than ever! However, not all smartphones are created equally, and we could in the next month or two, see the best the year has to offer. We’re about to enter the long awaited month of September, a time when the likes of Samsung, Apple, Google, and now Nokia do battle.
As such, there’s a lot to be excited about, what with the iPhone 8, Galaxy Note 8, Google Pixel 2, and Nokia 8 due for release. Here’s our breakdown of what we know about each device.
Long before the iPhone 7 was launched rumours of its successor, the iPhone 8 were already circling. Now, with Apple remaining tight lipped on the subject, and analysts predicting something fantastic. We can share with you what consensus suggests is pretty much accurate about the 10th-Anniversary device.
To start with there’s the announcement, according to those in the know, Apple will hold its Keynote event on September 12. After which pre-orders will go live on Friday, September 15, with deliveries starting to go out on the 22nd.
As for what is known about the iPhone 8, Apple will attempt to address what was a growing technological divide. For years, iPhone users have faced ridicule from Android users for Apple’s lack of innovation. However, this year the introduction of wireless charging, an edge-to-edge curved OLED display, 3D facial recognition sensor, will attempt to put this right.
As for the materials used, we’re expecting a glass body and a special edition ceramic version. Both of which with the inclusion of the new features, should enable it to sell like hot cakes.
But, what about the specs, what is going on under the hood this year?
Here’s a breakdown of what could soon be a reality.
- 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 601-pixels per inch.
- Apple A11 chipset, with Quad-Core CPU.
- iOS 11.
- 12 Megapixel Dual-lens rear camera, with phase detection autofocus, OIS, quad-LED, and dual-tone flash.
- 7 Megapixel front-facing camera, with face detection, HDR, panorama.
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC. USB 3.0 reversible
- 64/256/512 GB, 3 GB RAM.
- Non-removable 3000mAh Li-Ion battery.
Galaxy Note 8
Samsung has as you probably already know, launched the Galaxy Note 8, with its even bigger display, and all-new S-Pen. As such, you may be wondering why we’ve included it? Well, that’s because, it’s so new, that it will not go on sale until September, 15. And it is for that reason it’s here, and worthy of a brief overview.
To start with let’s talk about batteries: as you know 2016’s Note 7, was ravaged by battery problems which in a few instances saw it explode. As such, it was subject to a worldwide recall, followed by a removal from sale. This year, Samsung promises that it has thoroughly inspected its battery technology. Meaning, no more explosions will happen, all of its handset components now undergo rigorous testing before becoming part of a handset.
Moving onto what makes this handset/phablet stand out, that’s its massive 6.3-inch QHD+ AMOLED Infinity display. It is according to all current tests, Samsung’s best smartphone display ever! With this new display comes a new S-Pen, one that allows doodling when the screen is off. In addition to this, there’s now support for a finer more accurate tip, plus improved pressure sensitivity.
As for design, it carries the same metal and glass look of the Galaxy S8’s, along with both finger and iris scanners. Finally, there’s also IP68 protection, meaning it’s safe from both dust and water.
Here’s a breakdown of the Note 8’s specifications.
- 6.3-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED display with 521-pixels per inch.
- Exynos 8895, or Snapdragon 835 chipsets, with Octa-core CPU.
- Android 7.1.1 (Nougat).
- Dual 12 Megapixel rear camera, with OIS, autofocus, 2x optical zoom, dual-LED, dual-tone flash.
- 8 Megapixel, with dual video call, and Auto HDR.
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC. USB 3.1 Type-C 1.0 reversible.
- 64/128/256 GB, 6 GB RAM.
- Non-removable 3300mAh Li-Ion battery.
Google Pixel 2
Up until very recently a launch date for the Google Pixel 2 was shrouded in mystery. However, now thanks to noted leaker Evan Blass, it will launch on October, 5th. However, that’s not the most exciting news, accompanying the date is news of it featuring a Snapdragon 836 chipset! Meaning, it could be superior in performance to the Note 8 and the iPhone 8.
As for what else is known, we’re afraid that amounts to nothing much, all we have to go on are rumours. The most recent suggest that Google could be about to remove the 3.5mm headphone jack, which would mean wireless headphones would be needed.
But what about the rumoured Bezel-less display, will it, or won’t it happen? According to the very latest information, it will, meaning that a nearly edge-to-edge screen is likely. And very much like the Note 8 and the upcoming iPhone 8, that means the home button could be elsewhere on the device.
Here’s a breakdown of the Pixel 2’s specifications.
- 5.0-inch AMOLED display with 441-pixels per inch.
- Snapdragon 835/836 chipset, with Octa-core CPU.
- Android 8.0 (Oreo).
- 12.3 Megapixel rear camera, with EIS (gyro), phase detection, laser autofocus, dual-LED, dual-tone flash.
- 8 Megapixel, with Auto HDR.
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC. USB 3.0 Type-C reversible.
- 64 GB, 4 GB RAM.
- Non-removable 3100mAh Li-Ion battery.
After selling up, and abandoning a market which it once dominated, Nokia is back. However, this is in name only; the company has licensed its name to HMD Global for use on a set of new Android handsets. One of which is the up and coming Nokia 8 flagship.
Due for launch/release sometime in September, no one knows exactly when, but the device looks promising. One that may once again see this iconic brand name take on the big guns for a spot at the top! As for what is known about this smartphone, unlike Apple and its iPhone 8, HMD Global has freely shared some details. As such we know a few things, although, not the big picture.
We are aware that there will be dual-13MP rear camera sensors, one using RGB colour, and the other monochrome. Which means it should be far superior to many other smartphone cameras in low light, which is a buzz for photographers.
Regarding design, the Nokia 8 features a slim metal unibody look, which at its thickest is 7.9mm. And its thinnest, which is at the edges this falls to 5mm. This allows the handset to look premium and sleek at the same time, meaning it would not look out of place among the other handsets referred to in this article. Finally, there’s some protection from the elements in the form of an IP54 rating. It’s certainly not 1P68, so extra care needs to be taken near water or when raining. However, dust protection is as good as what the other handsets offer.
Here’s a breakdown of rumoured Nokia 8 specifications.
- 5.3-inch IPS LCD display with 554-pixels per inch.
- Octa-core Snapdragon 835 chipset.
- Android 7.1.1 (Nougat).
- 13 Megapixel rear camera, with laser & phase detection autofocus, Carl Zeiss optics, OIS, dual-LED, dual-tone flash.
- 13 Megapixel, with Auto HDR.
- WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC. USB 3.0 Type-C 1.0 reversible.
- Micro SD support, up to 256 GB.
- 64 GB, 4 GB RAM.
- Non-removable Li-Ion 3090mAh battery.