Future Endeavors: 2017 was more of same for cell phones–a look back

The Apple iPhone 7, the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge, and the Google Pixel were the hot smart phones of 2016.   2017 should have meant newer, more advanced, and better smart phones were on the way. 

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Samsung was expected to release the Galaxy S8 in 2017.  Rumors were the Galaxy S8 would implement a foldable display to go with a 5.5 inch screen.  The S8 was expected to be powered by 6GB of RAM with a 806 ppi pixel density and will run on Android 7.0.

Apple was set to unveil the iPhone 8 in 2017.  The iPhone 8 would feature dual cameras to go with a more powerful processor, the A10 chipset processor. 

LG, HTC and Google were not far behind, either. And say hello to an old friend, Nokia, who also tossed its hat into the ring again.

The LG G6 was expected to be released in February or March of 2017.  This smart phone was thought to have some unique innovations and come in a modular design.  It will have 5GB of RAM, but the main focus of the G6 is it’s camera.  The rumor is there will be a 26 MP supportable camera to really enhance images.

The HTC 11 was 2017 successor to the HTC 10 smart phone.  The new release was thought to have a more unique design than it’s predecessor.  It was rumored to have a 24 ultra pixel camera and a front facing speaker.  It also had 6GB of RAM and was expected to be hitting the market in August or September.

The Microsoft Surface phone was angling to be the most powerful smart phone available in 2017 and with perhaps the best camera as well.  The Surface was be powered by an Intel processor, which allowed it to run 32 bit Windows programs on the device itself.  It also featured a 21 MP camera with a Zeiss 6 lens and an 8 mega pixel wide angle lens.  The screen was a Quad HD 5.5 inch display with Clear Back Gorilla Glass 4.

Nokia had visions of a comeback in 2017 with the C1.  The returning smart phone version featuring 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, a 5.5 inch display, and a 25 mega pixel camera.  The C1 runs on Android 7.0 as well.

Upgrades, upgrades and more upgrades are on the horizon for smartphones in 2018, but then again would you expect anything less?

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