It just a few days to the end of the first quarter of 2016, as expected, some major OEM’s have released their flagship Android smartphones to the public. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy S7 came out a couple of weeks ago with a bang. Though it was unveiled on the eve of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona back in February. We have also seen the LG G5 with its interesting modular design threatening to be the standout model of the year in terms of innovation in design.
Other manufacturers have also come pit with their flagship Android smartphones. But, as we go into the beginning of a new quarter, more high-end phones are expected. Not necessarily in this quarter, but definitely before the end of the year. We shall be briefly previewing some of the expected flagship Android smartphones that the world is looking forward to seeing.
Ever since OnePlus took on the job of providing high-end phone at modest price, they have captured the imagination of fans around the world. Their invite system before one can buy a phone is not the only thing that makes their flagship Android Smartphones interesting.
The first high end smartphone from OnePlus, the OnePlus One, came out two years ago. They followed that up with the OnePlus Two, which was also a high-end game-changer. Both phones proved successful in the market. And now, in the tradition of the past two years, OnePlus Three would be launched this year.
Expected to be launch at the end of the next quarter, the OnePlus 3 is rumoured to be a 5.5” full HD phablet, powered by the latest chipset from Qualcomm, the Snapdragon 820. Other expected specs include 4GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and camera specs of 16 and 8MP of primary and secondary cameras respectively. And of course, the OS would be Android 6.0, Marshmallow.
You’ve seen these specs before in other flagship Android smartphones. But what the world is yet to see with phones of those specs is how low the price would be. That is what we are all looking forward to with the OnePlus Three.
Blackberry Priv’s Successor
The Blackberry Priv was Blackberry’s first attempt on the Android platform. Released in September last year, the Priv was relatively successful to the surprise of many. With the decision by Facebook to end support for all Blackberry devices, a sort of copy-cat move of Whatsapp’s decision to severe relations with Blackberry and old operating systems, Blackberry might be forced to stick to the Android platform.
If you loved the Priv, expect to see a successor to the Priv towards the end of this year. Who would have thought Blackberry would one day become an Android smartphone?
Huawei is another of the giant OEMs out of China with a flagship worth waiting for. Fans of Huawei won’t have to wait long for the next Flagship, P9. The P9 would make it five flagship Android smartphones in the series. It is to be launched on the 6th of April. All things being equal.
It is likely the P9 would come in four variants to cater for different tastes and budgets. The top models would come with bigger screens and of course higher processors, while at the other end, there would be the pocket friendly versions with a display size rumored to be around 5.2 inch.
If the rumors are correct, the most expensive P9 would be powered by HiSilicon Kiran 950 octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM. The basic models would be fitted with with 3GB of RAM and a slightly inferior processor. There would be three internal storage options, 32, 64 and 128GB.
The huge 3900 mAh battery would have the benefit of fast charging through the USB Type-C port which also enables fast transfer of data between devices.
Samsung Galaxy Note 6
The second flagship from Samsung, the Galaxy Note 6, is expected to be launched at the end of the third quarter of this year. Galaxy Note devices are usually bigger than their Galaxy counterparts.
The Note 6 is expected to be a 5.8 inch phablet with an AMOLED display and a resolution of 2560×1440. The Note 6 should come out in two variants. One would spot the Snapdragon 820 chipset while the other version would be powered by an Exynos 8 chipset. Interestingly, the Note 6 might spot a huge RAM of 6GB. Making it the second smartphone with a 6 GB RAM, after the Vivo Xplay 5
Many other phones would definitely be part of the mobile phones landscape for 2016. As usual we would be updating you as the phones are launched thick and fast.
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