The year 2015 brought a lot of much anticipated changes in the smartphone world. The technological changes featured in all the segments of the smartphone world starting from entry-level phones to the flagship devices.
I know that many of you have been waiting for the new year to set in just so that you can buy yourself a new phone.
Well, it is about time. All major smartphone makers will announce their new offerings in the CES 2016. Here is what we expect to see:
1. Lenovo K4 Note
Lenovo K3 Note was a big hit in the smartphone market. It was one of the first few phones that was launched with a full-HD display under Rs. 10,000 and took the entry-level smartphone world by a storm. We expect nothing less from Lenovo K4 Note.
According to what is available via the teasers, the K4 Note will pack a better display, 3 GB RAM, a fingerprint scanner, better build quality (a metal rim), NFC and will come with 16 GB ROM and support for microSD card. The phone will be announced on Jan 5th.
Expected Price: Rs. 10,000 approx
2. Asus Zenfone 3
Asus Zenfone 2 was the first phone to feature 4 GB RAM which set the trend for the smartphone makers to follow. While we don’t expect Zenfone 3 to come with even more RAM and 2K display, as it would be a mid-range device, we do expect it to offer something that no manufacturer has ever offered before the users of the mid-range Android devices.
Some of the features that we expect to see in the Android Marshmallow running Zenfone 3 are a fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C port, NFC, 4GB RAM, and full HD display.
The new Zenfone 3 lineup would be launched by the first half of this year.
Expected Price: Rs. 20,000 approx
3. Xiaomi Mi5
As per the leaked information, Xiaomi Mi5 would feature a 5.2” QHD display protected by Gorilla Glass 4, 4 GB RAM, 20 MP rear camera with phase detection AF, dual LED flash, and OIS. The phone would also sport an 8 MP front snapper, Snapdragon 820 SoC, 32 GB ROM, and a 3000 mAh battery.
Xiaomi Mi5 would also feature MIUI 7 theme based on Android Marshmallow.
Expected Price: Rs. 25,000 approx
4. Samsung Galaxy S7
The Galaxy S7 would be announced in CES 2016 and would be launched shortly after that. The rumours also suggest an early release to happen in February.
Talking about the hardware and features, the Galaxy S7 would pack a 2K AMOLED pressure sensitive touchscreen display, Exynos 8890 chipset, 4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM, USB Type-C port, fingerprint and iris scanners, along with a fast charging technology. The Galaxy S7 would run on Android Marshmallow of course with Samsung’s own TouchWiz UI on top of it.
Expected Price: Rs. 50,000 approx
5. Apple iPhone 7
This list would have been incomplete had we not talked about the iPhone 7. The upcoming iPhone would be all about the new design and hardware.
Given the fact that iPhone 6s and its sibling were water-resistant, we believe that iPhone 7 would be launched with a water-proof design, or with high water-resistant certifications at least.
Rumours suggest that the iPhone 7 would come with a 256 GB storage option, A10 chip along with a large 3000 mAh battery.
Expected Price: Rs. 65,000 approx
These are some of the most anticipated phones across all budget segments that will be launched soon in 2016. We have included only those phones about which we had some information to share with you. Some of the other phones to look out in this year are LG G5, Sony Xperia Z6, Nexus 7, and Samsung Galaxy Note 6.