The candidates for top 3 upcoming smartphones 2017 have already joined the league, but sadly, 2016’s champion Google Pixel isn’t amongst them. In the 2016 technology roundup, we saw the pixel leading the spot and it deserves the crown, you will get the reason in the summary. Our listing is based on how the top placeholders performed until today, the last day of this year.

Apple iPhone 8: Anniversary Update

Apple iPhone 7 made it to the second spot among top smartphones of 2016, but with reduction of features like the headphone jack, and additional camera which still some argue wasn’t necessary, the iPhone 7 failed to deliver the winning blow. However, the year 2017 is going to be special for Apple because it will complete 10 years of Steve Job’s iPhone legacy. This gives the tech experts a good reason to believe that many available upgrades were delayed for iPhone 7 just so when Apple iPhone 8 arrives, it does so with a full potential.

List of expected Apple iPhone 8 features include a curved display, removal of the home button and bezels, iOS 11, A11 Chipset, 16MP rear camera, 8MP front camera, and Fingerprint Sensor. While there might be more amongst the new features, but the awkward Dual Camera might stick along with the 4GB RAM.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

This one is coming with the full fury. Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is expected to fill the gaps left by the heartrending defeat of Note 7. Given that Samsung is a really big company, Galaxy Note 8 is going to be the ultimate Stylus phone for executive class people. If you have been reading the news, Galaxy Note fans were too stubborn to quit on the seventh itineration despite the fact that the batteries were catching fire and airlines had to enforce a regulation just to tackle that Note-mania.

List of expected Samsung Galaxy Note 8 features (new and old) include, dual edge display, 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED curved dual edge display, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, 64 bit Octa-Core 14 nm Exynos 8890 processor, and 8GB RAM. A 12MP rear and a 5MP front camera, Fingerprint sensor, Heart rate sensor, Iris scanner, Barometer, and the mobile OS is expected to be Android Marshmallow 6.0.1.

Samsung Galaxy S8

With Google Pixel still unannounced, the android derivatives rule and no one can do that better than your all-time favorite non-Note type android phones: the Galaxy S series. Unfortunate for the tech giant, and fortunate for us, the Samsung Galaxy S8 has been leaking some features and Snapdragon 835 SoC is a confirmed chipset that ultimately makes it one of the top 3 upcoming smartphones of 2017. The S8 will be the first ever phone to chest this behemoth processing power, rest will get it later. The Galaxy S7 is the smartest phone in the market, so hopes are high from its successor.

List of Samsung Galaxy S8 expected features include a bezel-less display with 4k resolution, powerful Mali-G71 GPU for games, highest screen-to-body ratio ever seen in a Galaxy phone, 6GB RAM, Type C USB port, Fingerprint scanner, and Advanced Iris Scanner. The upcoming S8 is expected to launch in February 2017.

Honorable Mentions

The competition is tough for top 3 upcoming smartphones in the year 2017 and if Google is to surprise us with a Pixel successor, the scenario could be changed. There are many other smartphones that we expect to lead the show, but we cannot fit them all in the Top 3 Spot so here are some honorable mentions that will definitely make a good impression next year.

OnePlus 4: After the phenomenal success of the third model, the tech community has definitely their eyes on the OnePlus 4. The design upgrade may not be apparent but expect radical changes in the specs like the rumored 8GB LPDDR4 RAM… that’s crazy!

Microsoft Surface Smartphone: The tech company is late to show up in the mobile phones but based on what it has been doing with Windows 10, the Microsoft Surface Smartphone is expected to pack some real hardware and software jam.

Top 3 upcoming smartphones 2017: Summary

The top 3 upcoming smartphones for the year 2017 have been served to you. We don’t know why Google hasn’t announced the next flagship phone in the series, but with top tech magazines like Wired (“best smartphone on the planet. Period.”) and other big names including USA Today, Mashable, and Cnet eulogize the same mobile, there’s something to it.

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