5: Huawei Mate 10Last year's Huawei Mate 9 was a great phone, great success overall for the company. It combined flagship processors, powerful specifications and great battery life with superior charging speeds. This overall made for a very compelling package, and while it was not the cheapest phone of 2017, it offered great value. This year's Huawei Mate 10 is sure to offer a very similar package.
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4: Xiaomi Mi Mix 2Despite the fact that it probably won't be called that, we are positively sure that there will be a successor to the Xiaomi Mi Mix. Last year, the Xiaomi Mi Mix was one of the phones that stood out the most. It took the bezel-less theme to the next level. The company also showcased what Chinese companies can do. They incorporated the earpiece into the display, but it was not actually a speaker. It was a motor that vibrated the whole screen to give sound. It was not the best, but it is really cool technology. This year, Xiaomi is sure to impress us again. Even though all phones seem to be going for the bezel-less theme, Xiaomi might have something different. Surely it will come with great specs and a massive display. But what we have not seen yet this year is an Optical Fingerprint Scanner. We well might be seeing the fingerprint scanner under the display of the Mi Mix 2. It might not be the first phone to have it since it will be launched later in October. By then, we will have the Galaxy Note 8 and the iPhone 8, both of which are rumored to have the Optical Fingerprint Scanners in them.
3: OnePlus 5:Now you might wonder where the OnePlus 4 is, and why we are getting the OnePlus 5 rather than 4 in 2017. The answer to that question might be odd to you, but it sort of traditional belief. In China, the number 4 is considered to bring bad luck, and since OnePlus is Chinese, they will be skipping that number to avoid bad luck. Last year's OnePlus 3 and 3T were known to be the best flagship killers. They had top of the line specs for the lowest possible price. Their value put phones like the iPhone 7 and Google Pixel XL to shame.
2: Google Pixel 2:In 2016, Google decided to ditch the Nexus lineup in favor for a new lineup by the name of Pixel. It included 2 phones, the 5" Pixel, and the 5.5" Pixel XL. They provided great specifications, and what was the selling feature of those phones, pure stock Android. The phones shipped with stock Android 7.0 Nougat, no skins or modifications on it. The only problem with these phones was the price, which was overdone. The phones were very overpriced, with no remarkable features other than stock Android. 2017 will bring us a new set of Pixel phones, addressing some of the problems with the previous generations. The main problems were the lack of MicroSD card support and the rather odd design. Google will certainly bring along much better design, but we are not so sure about that MicroSD card support. One thing that we wish will stay is the headphone jack. Let's just hope that Google would not follow the footsteps of Apple and HTC.
1: Samsung Galaxy Note 8:The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is anticipated to be the greatest phone of 2017. The Note 7 was, in my opinion, the greatest phone of 2016, until it started exploding. I feel that it was such a tragedy that the Note 7 had to get discontinued, but it is what it is. Last year, the phone had the greatest specs of 2016, and what was the best display of 2016. While it was not the most affordable phone out there, it was worth every penny in my opinion. I have already showcased the rumors of the Note 8 here. It will pack beastly specifications and a massive display in a normal size form factor. Dual cameras, Qualcomm Snapdragon 836, and most importantly, the Optical Fingerprint Scanner. Those specifications are most likely the best specifications of 2017 unless we get some crazy phone on the market with crazy specs. All in all, this year is going to be yet another great year when it comes to smartphones. Some of those phones will not be available until the 4th Quarter of this year, but we are already in May, and time is flying right now!
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