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5 new phones are probably coming- when, what and how? Read on.

Spring is a time of re-birth and the world of cellphones knows it. Few of us around here actually need a brand new smartphone but that doesn’t seem to stop us from entering the ritual of renewal and why?

Because it’s fun.

Sure, some of us broke our screens, had toilet mishaps and suffer from cameras in our phones that for some lost unknown reason simply won’t focus anymore…but most of us are in pretty good shape.

But a chance to upgrade and grab what’s new…this is as hard to pass up as Easter chocolate on top of the fridge.

LG has that announced the new LG G6 is coming to Canada in early April and a host of other phones are on the way in 2017.

Check it out. Here’s a list of 5 you might not want to miss, with some general specs to wet your palate.

1) LG G6

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The LG G6 is said to be designed based on consumer feedback and user opinions. Because so many cell phone users love playing video games and watching content on their smartphone, the G6 has a big screen that’s not too big.

It boasts an ergonomically correct design with a shrunken bezel that offers a larger display that fits easily in one hand, and is water and dust resistant.

Pre-orders are now underway with select carriers, and starting April 7 th it will be available at: Bell, Eastlink, Fido, Freedom Mobile, Koodo Mobile, Rogers, SaskTel, TELUS, Videotron and Virgin Mobile, Best Buy Mobile, Tbooth wireless, WIRELESSWAVE, Wireless Etc. (located in Costco Canada nationally) and WOW! mobile boutique.
  • Chipset: Qualcomm ® Snapdragon™ 821 Processor
  • Display: 5.7-inch 18:9 QHD+ FullVision Display (2880 x 1440 / 564ppi)
  • Memory: 4GB LPDDR4 RAM / 32GB UFS 2.0 ROM / MicroSD (up to 2TB)
  • Camera:
    Front 5MP Wide (F2.2 / 100°)
    Rear Dual: 13MP Wide (F2.4 / 125°) / 13MP Standard OIS 2.0 (F1.8 / 71°)
  • Battery: 3,300mAh (embedded)
  • Operating System: Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Size: 148.9 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
  • Weight: 163g
  • Network: LTE-A 3 Band CA
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / Bluetooth 4.2 BLE / NFC / USB Type-C 2.0 (3.1 compatible)
  • Colours: Ice Platinum / Astro Black
  • Other: Water and Dust Resistant (IP68) / Fingerprint Sensor / UX 6.0 / Dolby Vision™ / HDR10 / Qualcomm Quick Charge™ 3.0

2)Sony Xperia XZ Premium

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Sony’s new Xperia XZ, one of four new Sony phones introduced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, is expected to hit the shelves in June.

It’s notable as one of the first smartphones to offer “Super slow motion video”. The phone uses new Motion-Eye technology to capture footage at 960 frames-per-second, so you can finally dissect your running style or watch your dog catch that Frisbee in mid-air and relish every moment.

This phone is impressively also the first smartphone with a 4K HDR display, and runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 835.

The Sony Xperia XZ Premium will be available in Luminous Chrome and Deepsea Black sometime in late spring.

For a full list of specs, click here.

3) Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus

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What list of new smartphone is complete without Apple and Google?

Some say the new iPhone 8 and the iPhone 8 Plus is expected to be released very soon. A specific date is being kept a cold, hard secret.

However, seeing as this year marks the 10 th anniversary of the iconic phone and that September is a great time to release new products in the run-up to the madness of Christmas shopping, the release of an iPhone 8 may be as late as next fall.

The gang at CNET has this to say:

“Any new iPhone released in March would likely be a precursor to a more grandiose introduction in September of a bonafide iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, both of which are expected to have updated designs and new features. Still, we may indeed see new iPhones very soon, leaving the truly breakthrough features in reserve for the tenth anniversary edition coming this fall.”

What makes this one different from the iPhone 7? A slightly curved screen will allow for a viewing area of about 5.2 inches, but it won’t really add any new functionality to the phone.

Rumour had it that the iPhone 8 would have a significant curve in its screen but Apple seems to have scaled back its plans, reports indicate , and is going for “a display that is slightly curved at the edges below 2.5D cover glass”.

That being said, they may surprise us, yet.

For a full list of speculation on iPhone 8 specs, click here.

4) Google Pixel 2

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Google’s possible new phone is being likened to a big fish. It’s been codenamed “taimen”, which apparently is a large type of salmon, and if this is any indication of what’s to come, we can guess two things: it could be water proof or water resistant and… quite big.

Any release date for the phone remains unspoken, but some are guessing that it could be coming to consumers in late 2017.

Speculation on specs, besides waterproofing include:
  • Snapdragon 835 CPU, 4GB RAM
  • 5 and 5.7-inch screens, both 2560 x 1440
  • Quick Charge 4.0
  • Android 8

5)Samsung Galaxy Note 8

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Some say the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 could go down in phone history for all the wrong reasons.

It’s following on the heals of the dangerous Galaxy Note 7 that exploded and caused fires because of a bad battery. Gaining back the trust of some consumers could be difficult for Samsung, but the company is trucking ahead.

Some say the Galaxy Note 8 could be out as early as next September but likely a little later. Certainly before the end of 2017, though.

What it will bring to the table is uncertain but it could have the following:
  • A foldable screen
  • A 4K resolution
  • No home button
  • A pressure-sensitive display

A foldable screen would obviously be massive and Samsung has been working on this tech for a couple of years, but let’s see what happens. That might be just the kicker needed to have the public forget about the damage done by the Galaxy Note 7.

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