Top 5 upcoming smartphones of 2016 (VIDEO)

Matthew Moniz

February 3, 2016 8:51am

The holidays have come and gone and we are already into the first month of 2016. Apart from the rush of CES, January has always typically been a quiet month when it comes to smartphone announcements.

However, major OEMs such as Samsung and LG are working hard to put the final touches on their next flagship phones before announcing them. Rumours of upcoming devices have been hot and we take a deep dive in this video and talk about the top 5 most anticipated smartphones of 2016 (so far): the HTC One M10, Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge, iPhone 5se, LG G5 and Google’s 2016 Nexus.

It’s possible you’re excited about all five of these smartphones, or maybe your favourite is not on this list.

Let us know in the comments what phones you’re most excited about and why.

  • Cilius van der Merwe

    Microsoft Surface phone, because Microsoft and because Surface… Also Lenovo Moto phone – love the design, hope they get the camera figured out…

    • Marc Palumbo

      I agree. I think we’re all curious what the Surface Phone would look like, but there’s too many ignorant pig-headed i****s on this website that only want to see iPhones and Galaxy phones. I hate generalizing but MobileSyrup does that for me.

    • Seb

      Says the guy who keeps discussing in its forums LOL 🙂
      I do have doubts about the Surface Phone though, because of the rumors that it would have an x86 CPU. I’m not sure Intel’s Atoms or Sophias are good enough yet.

    • Marc Palumbo

      My Surface 3 clearly says it does!!!

    • Seb

      I have a Surface 3 too, and I honestly feel that Win32 apps are sorta slow on it. UWP apps are fine. So assuming that a) the whole point of a x86 phone is to run Win32 apps in a more powerful version of Continuum, and b) that the S3 CPU would get way too warm for a smaller form factor like a phone, and that therefore they’d have to use a less powerful version of it, I don’t see this as a viable solution for at least a couple of generations of Intel CPUs still.

    • Marc Palumbo

      Introducing it should be fine and await for adoption. It’s not like the customers need to be educated on it. I think it depends what you’re running and I believe Microsoft will end up vetting which applications make it’s way onto the platform. What it also does mean is that you *should* be able to run everything, including applications in Java.

      Hmmmm, the possibilities….

  • Mo Dabbas

    The next nexus rumours are the only thing I hope it doesn’t come alive. 5.5 inch for a nexus 6 is too small. Also, HTC?? The last htc nexus (nexus 9) wasn’t a great one. And htc still think they are the same hot brand from few years ago and their pricing shows it.

    Having google to control the nexus hardware would make the nexus even better phones. But I wonder how that would reflect on the relationship between google and other phone makers.

    • Omar

      I thought Google does control the hardware side of the phone? Like they give these OEM’s the blueprints and dust their hands off.

    • Mo Dabbas

      To be honest I’m not sure how it works out. But the OEM that makes the nexus affects the hardware. For example, Samsung Nexus phones were amoled. And even the Nexus S was pretty much a Galaxy S. LG Nexus is always with a hardware very close to the G-series (Optimus G, G2, and G4) hardware. Huawei nexus looks just like other Huawei devices. So there is some hardware influence from the makers.
      If google takes full control I expect Nexus devices to be even a better option for android user’s than they are now. But who know, maybe google’s goal is just to cut out the makers to get a lower building cost. Then putting their phone’s for cheap (as they do now) would make a better financial explanation for the company.

  • grantdude

    HTC Nexus phone! I hope the rumors are true on that one!

  • Omar

    How is a 4 inch phone with last year specs one of the most anticipated phones of 2016?

    • RjPiston

      because apple

    • Brad Fortin

      Because it’s got the best (rumoured) specs of any device its size, and even if it’s “last year’s” A9 chip it’s still faster than almost every other chip on the market.

    • Omar

      I wonder why that is? Can you even name another 4-inch smartphone? lol… Doesn’t change the fact it is a 4-inch phone with 2015 specifications… As for processor, my OPO has a faster processor. In fact, all of the 2016 flagships will have faster processors.
      It’s the best device in the 4-inch category, I’ll give you that. But if they made a 2-inch iPhone you’d probably say the same thing lol

    • Brad Fortin

      You say that like having the specs of a 2015 iPhone is something to laugh at, even though most 2015 flagships could barely keep up with Apple’s iPhone 6 and A8 chip from 2014, including the Snapdragon 801 in your OPO (even the iPhone 5S and its A7 beat your OPO in CPU performance, clock speed ≠ performance).

    • rick

      2015 specs and a 25% premium over similar spec’d devices. What a joke.

    • Brad Fortin

      lol