Best Upcoming Smartphones of March 2017 – Expected Specs & Features

by Teja Chedalla 1

As most of the smartphone launches will be happening during Mobile World Congress, we will be skipping those devices from this list. In March, we will see the launches of Snapdragon 835 powered smartphones. Few smartphones which are already launched in China will be coming to India in next month. While we already know the specifications of these devices, there official pricing and availability will be announced on the launch day.

This year, there is no Galaxy S8 Edge since both the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus will be coming edge display. Both the devices will be launched on March 29th and are rumored to go on sale on April 21st. The devices will be using Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835 and in-house Exynos 8895 processors for the different markets. With the almost bezel-less display, the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge are said to come with a 5.8″ and 6.2″ screen sizes that might not measure too big. The physical button on the front button which we are seeing on all the Galaxy S devices is now removed. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the rear, sitting beside the primary camera. In the camera department, there will be a 12MP dual pixel camera on the rear and an 8MP selfie camera on the front.

The Xiaomi Mi 6 is recently spotted in an alleged image with a wider and a bigger display than the 5.15-inch on last year’s Xiaomi Mi 5. Though it comes with bezels on all the four sides, we can see them to be smaller in size. The company might go with the 17:9 aspect ratio as seen on the Mi MIX. Following the Mi 5S and Mi 5S Plus smartphones launch in second half of 2016, the company is also rumored to launch the Mi 6 in two variants with Full HD and Quad HD resolution displays. One variant is also rumored to come with 6GB of RAM. It will be powered by the powerful Snapdragon 835 SoC based on FinFET 10nm Architecture. While the exact launch date is not yet announced, it will be only after the Galaxy S8 launch.

Earlier this week, Honor launched the Honor 8 Lite and flagship Honor V9 (a.k.a Honor 8 Pro) smartphones in China. According to our exclusive source, the company will be launching the Honor 8 Lite in India in the first week of March. The design looks almost same as the Honor 8 but misses the dual camera setup. It even comes with the same 5.2-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) as seen on the Honor 8. It is powered by Kirin 655 octa-core processor coupled with 3GB of RAM; even the Honor 6X comes with the same processor and RAM capacity. There is a 12MP rear camera with an aperture of f/2.2 and an 8MP selfie shooter on the front. It is kept powered on by a 3,000mAh non-removable battery that supports 5V/2A fast charging.

  • Honor Bee 2 4G

Apart from Honor 8 Lite mid-range smartphone, the company will also bring also the Honor Bee 2 4G smartphone to the Indian market. It will be the successor to Honor Bee which was first launched in 2015 in India. Much like any other affordable smartphone, the Honor Bee 2 4G  The new device is also expected to come with a 4.5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) display. This will be company’s most affordable 4G smartphone. It packs 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and 2100mAh battery. There will also be a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and MicroUSB 2.0 port. Though there is no information about the OS, we expect it to run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

We will update the article once we have information about any other upcoming smartphones. Stay tuned!

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Teja Chedalla

A Mechanical Engineer who loves cricket and is passionate about traveling. Here at PhoneRadar, he covers exclusive news around gadgets & technology by digging deep into the Internet. You can connect with him on all the social platforms @t4teja.