Best new phones coming in 2016 - the smartphones worth waiting for

   
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The iPhone 7 will be Apple's brand-new flagship phone for 2016, and following tradition should be announced in September. Although the final release date is still many months away, that hasn't stopped the rumour mill going crazy over the upcoming iPhone. We've already seen rumours that the new iPhone will feature big design changes, with an all-new D-jack headphone jack, waterproofing protection and an eSIM.

Apple iPhone 7

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The iPhone 7 will be Apple's brand-new flagship phone for 2016, and following tradition should be announced in September. Although the final release date is still many months away, that hasn't stopped the rumour mill going crazy over the upcoming iPhone. We've already seen rumours that the new iPhone will feature big design changes, with an all-new D-jack headphone jack, waterproofing protection and an eSIM. Loads of rumours are circulating about the screen too - will it get bigger? Will it feature a curved edge? Will it have a Touch ID display, or edge-to-edge glass? One things for sure, the new iPhone will be faster than ever, with an A10 processor and embedded M10 motion co-processor, plus 2GB of RAM.

Apple iPhone 7 Plus

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Apple's upcoming iPhone 7 Plus will be the best iPhone to date, with an array of spec improvements that include a bump up to the A10 chip and M10 motion co-processor with 2GB of RAM. It's been suggested that the iPhone 7 Plus' screen size will increase to 5.7in, but without increasing the overall size of the iPhone 7 Plus - this could be achieved with an edge-to-edge screen or sidewall display. We just hope it'll improve the resolution as well. In common with the smaller iPhone we could see a new D-jack headphone connector, and waterproofing protection as standard

HTC One M10

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Now that we know the phone unveiled by HTC in October was an HTC One A9, we're still expecting to see the HTC One M10 in March 2016. HTC One launches are traditionally held just prior to March's Mobile World Congress show, and HTC chairwoman Cher Wang has said there would be significant improvements in innovations and design for the next flagship model next year. A key area in which HTC now lags behind its rivals is the screen, with the M9 featuring a full- rather than Quad HD display. We'd expect to see some key improvements here, as well as some general performance enhancements

LG G5

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It's not long since we welcomed the , but the LG G5 will be here by the end of spring 2016. Obviously very little is known so far about LG's next flagship, but we have heard that the company is working with Irience to bring an iris scanner to the G5. And that's something of a surprise, given that the LG G4 doesn't even feature a fingerprint scanner. This isn't brand-new tech, and in fact we have an UMI Iron phone in front of us with the same iris-scanning technology, but it will bring iris scanning in front of a UK audience for the first time. The new LG G5 is thought to have a larger-capacity battery - perhaps up to 4000mAh - and the company is expected to retain the ability to remove- and also wirelessly charge the battery.

LG G Flex 3

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The LG G Flex 2 was an interesting smartphone, with its curved form-factor and material that would automatically heal scratches. Mark 3 should be more interesting still, with a rumoured metal body and premium design. Expect the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 and 4GB of RAM inside, plus 32GB of (expandable via microSD) storage. Leaks suggest there will be a 3500mAh battery, a fingerprint scanner, and 20.7/8Mp cameras. Although the LG G Flex 3 has not yet been officially confirmed by the company, we expect it to make an appearance in early 2016 - probably at CES 2016 - with a price tag a touch over £500

LG V10

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LG has unveiled what looks to be the LG G4 Pro, except it's known as the LG V10. It's a dual-screen Quad-HD smartphone with two front-facing selfie cameras, a manual mode for video and support for microSD up to 2TB. Other highlights include 64GB of built-in storage, a 3,000mAh removable battery, a hexacore Snapdragon 808 chip with 4GB of RAM and a 32-bit Hi-Fi DAC. It's not yet been confirmed when the LG V10 will go on sale in the UK, although we hope it will be late 2015 rather than early 2016.

Microsoft Surface Phone

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Surface Phone rumours have been few and far between, leading some to think it's nothing more than a myth. But it was recently revealed by Wired that Microsoft Corporate VP Panos Panay has been working on a prototype of a new phone. Should it truly exist, the Surface Phone is expected to arrive in 2016, with a 5.5in Quad-HD AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 64- and 128GB storage options (with microSD support), a 64-bit Intel processor and 21Mp rear- and 8Mp front cameras. The Surface Phone could also get a Surface Pen and a USB-C port.

Nextbit Robin

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Things on Kickstarter are often a complete load of rubbish but the Nextbit Robin is a success story which we're looking forward to seeing in the flesh. The firm was founded in 2012 and its key staff have been involved with Android since the beginning. Collectively, they've worked on launching phones including the G1, Nexus and HTC One M8 and M8. Due to arrive February 2016 with a price tag of $399, the 'cloud-first' smartphone has a different approach to most other Android devices on the market. There is on-board storage but the phone will automatically optimise by doing things like moving unused apps and photos to the cloud

Samsung Galaxy S7 & Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

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The Galaxy S6 is a brilliant product from Samsung, and there has been so much intrigue in its Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge that it has since unveiled the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ phablet. Samsung doesn't rest on its laurels too long, though, and in March 2016 at Mobile World Congress we will see the new Samsung Galaxy S7 revealed - potentially alongside a new Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. In the S6 Samsung turned its back on Qualcomm and instead used one of its own Exynos processors; while it's possible that we could see a continuation of this trend, we know Samsung has already been testing out the Snapdragon 820. In fact, Samsung is thought to be working alongside Qualcomm in manufacturing the 820 with 3GHz Kyro CPU cores. This also means the new S7 could see Adreno 530 graphics and LP-DDR4 RAM - possibly as much as 6GB, although 4GB is more likely. We don't expect to see anything new in the already very good screen, so expect a 5.1in Quad HD SuperAMOLED panel. The fingerprint scanner and heart-rate montor found in the S6 will also likely feature. The Samsung Galaxy S7 will come with Android 6.0 Marshmallow and TouchWiz. Expect the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge to go on sale in April 2016

Sony Xperia Z6

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Sony has had a rough ride in the smartphone market this year and while it will hope the Xperia Z5 range will be a big success, its thoughts must now be firmly with the Xperia Z6. There's little in the way of leaked information on the phone but it does seem that Sony will stop its six-month refresh cycle meaning the Xperia Z6 will arrive around September 2016. We're expecting a similar offering to the Z5 with waterproofing and a fingerprint scanner but we hope it will shake things up a bit with something very different to past phones.

 

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