Upcoming Android Smartphones 2016: Samsung Galaxy Note 6, Huawei P9, One Plus 3, Moto X 2016 And More

27 March 2016, 7:11 am EDT By Sumit Passary Tech Times
A slew of smartphones are expected to be launched this year. The Samsung Galaxy Note 6, OnePlus 3 and Moto X 2016 are some of the flagships that smartphone enthusiasts can look forward to in 2016.  ( Venture Beat )

We are in the third month of 2016 and so far a number of smartphone makers have launched their mobile phones. However, there are still many Android-powered handsets that will be unveiled this year.

Here are some of the handsets that will be launched in 2016.

Samsung Galaxy Note 6

Samsung has already launched its first flagships of 2016 and the company's next flagship, the Galaxy Note 6, is expected to be launched in August or September this year.

The phablet may sport a 5.8-inch slim RGB AMOLED display with a QHD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. Just like the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 edge, the upcoming Galaxy Note 6 may be available in two variants: one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and the other with an Exynos 8 chipset.

While 4 GB of RAM is expected to be the norm for flagship smartphones in 2016, the Galaxy Note 6 is believed to come with 6 GB of RAM.

Samsung is said to be working on improving the camera of the Galaxy Note 6. Rumors claim that the phablet may have a 12-megapixel primary camera with Super Optical Image Stabilization System, which will allow users to take quality images in low-light conditions.

A previous report suggests that Samsung has applied for a patent for the S Pen, which can double as a stand for smartphones in the Galaxy Note series. It will be interesting to see if the Galaxy Note 6 gets the S Pen, which will also act as a stand.

Huawei P9

Huawei is scheduled to launch its next flagship, the Huawei P9, on April 6. The P9 will be the fifth smartphone in Huawei's P-series. The mobile device is speculated to come in four variants. As previously reported by Tech Times, there may be a standard 5.2-inch model, a budget- friendly variant dubbed P9 Lite, a beefed-up feature-rich version and a version with a bigger screen, which could be known as the P9 Max or P9 Plus.

If rumors are to be believed then the Huawei flagship will have a HiSilicon Kirin 950 octa-core processor for and Mali-T880 GPU. The standard version of the phone is said to have 3 GB of RAM, a display resolution of 1,080p and a 3,900 mAh battery. The premium version of the P9 may have 4 GB of RAM.

A leaked image of the Huawei P9 hints at a USB Type-C port for fast charging and data transfer. Rumors also reveal that the handset may be available in 32 GB, 64 GB and 128 GB internal storage options.

The smartphone is also said to boast two 12-megapixel sensors, which will bring better focus.

OnePlus 3

OnePlus is a Chinese smartphone maker founded in 2013. The company's OnePlus One, which was unveiled in April 2014, was highly popular in the market as the device included high-end features but had a competitive price tag. The company launched the successor of the OnePlus One, the OnePlus 2, in July 2015 and now the company is said to working on a flagship for 2016 dubbed OnePlus 3.

The upcoming OnePlus 3 is rumored to tout a 5.5-inch Full HD screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal memory, a 16-megapixel primary and an 8-megapixel selfie camera.

The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-powered handset is expected to be launched toward the end of Q2 2016.

Moto X 2016

Lenovo completed the acquisition of Motorola Mobility in October 2014. In 2015, the company released a number of smartphones that cluttered the handset lineup and confused many customers. However, the company has confirmed that in 2016 it will launch only 15 phones.

The Lenovo Vibe phones will fill the entry- to mid-level market, while the Moto-branded mobile devices will only include top-end features.

Rumors on the Moto X 2016 are quite thin but speculations are rife that the device will have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, a big camera sensor and a fingerprint scanner. Being a high-end phone, customers should also expect 4 GB of RAM, a higher battery capacity and Android 6.0 Marshmallow as the operating system.

An image of the Moto X 2016 has been leaked by Chinese website Wapvnet, which suggests that the phone will have a full-metal unibody design.

The Moto X 2016 is estimated to be launched in mid-2016.

BlackBerry's Next Android Phone

BlackBerry launched its first Android smartphone, the BlackBerry Priv, in September 2015. The Canadian company's decision to launch an Android phone was well welcomed in the smartphone space.

BlackBerry has not revealed its plans to launch another Android-based phone; however, given the success of the BlackBerry Priv, it is highly likely that BlackBerry enthusiasts will possibly see another Android-powered BlackBerry handset this year.

The next Android-based BlackBerry smartphone may launch and release toward the end of this year.

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