It is fair to say that 2016 will not be considered one of the most successful years in the history of Samsung. The Korean corporation was forced to tolerate one of the greatest ignominies that any major company has ever suffered, when the Galaxy Note 8 was completely recalled. This exploding phablet means that Samsung has a difficult job on its hands to restore its reputation in 2017, but this massive corporation has numerous devices up its sleeve with the intention of achieving this.
Samsung Galaxy S8
The first cab off the rank will be the release of its flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone. This is expected to emerge in February, ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Although the Galaxy Note 7 was the device which caused Apple particular difficulties in 2017, it is obvious that the corporation will want to demonstrate that it can produce an outstanding smartphone with the Galaxy S range sooner rather than later.
Thus, the Galaxy S8 could embrace 4K resolution when it is released next year. It has been more common for Samsung to save ambitious specs for the Galaxy Note series, but it may be tempted to do so with the Galaxy S8 on this occasion, considering the momentum it needs to generate with its devices.
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It is also anticipated that Samsung will place a much greater emphasis on the curved version of the Galaxy S8, or this will also be a spec-packed handset, with 6GB of RAM and a potential 30-megapixel camera having been linked with this mobile.
Galaxy Note 8
The Galaxy Note 8 will follow on from the dramatically exploding Galaxy Note 7, and thus Samsung will be required to deliver an extremely stable and impressive device to restore the reputation of this device range.
With this in mind, Apple has already been in conversation with LG with the intention of its Korean neighbor being involved in manufacturing batteries for this device. It seems certain that the Galaxy Note 8 will feature a 4K resolution display if this is not present in the Galaxy S8, and this should be an extremely impressive device in terms of specs as well.
H7 wireless speakers
Samsung has also reportedly been working on wireless speakers for release in 2017, and while this may be a rather low-key aspect of its strategy compared to the major smartphones released by the corporation, but it will still be interesting to see what the Korean company delivers. The wireless speaker system will emerge at the CES conference in Las Vegas next week, with Samsung already having unveiled the design.
It is perhaps slightly disappointing that this system will not feature a personal assistant, but the sound quality it delivers should be outstanding. The H7 speaker features Samsung’s previously announced Ultra High Quality audio, and is capable of 35Hz to deliver superb bass tones, according to a statement from Samsung.
Galaxy A-Series devices
Samsung is also expected to launch A-series devices at the same Consumer Electronics Show in January, although the Korean company has yet to confirm this eventuality. Three models are expected, and all three phones should come complete with a USB-C port. The Galaxy A3 is expected to be a 4.7-inch device, the A5 is anticipated to be a 5.2-inch device and the A7 will likely be be a 5.7-inch device.
It will be intriguing to say what Samsung has in store for this range, which is certainly not as mainstream as its other mobiles.
GearVR 2 and GearVR 3
Virtual reality is becoming increasingly important, and Samsung will step up its attempts to compete in this marketplace in 2017. Both the GearVR 2 and GearVR 3 have already been confirmed by Samsung Electronics vice-president Dr. Sung-Hoon, and it is obvious that there will be a collaboration with the major smartphones produced by the company.
Early reports suggest that the device will be somewhat based on Microsoft HoloLens and Magic Leap technologies, and that the Gear VR will be able to combine virtual reality with real-world environments. The virtual reality niche is becoming increasingly exciting, and it seems that Samsung will deliver something particularly innovative in order to acknowledge this.
Gear S4 smartwatch
Smartwatches remain rather marginal players in the technology landscape, but Samsung would nonetheless like to eat into Apple’s market share with the Gear S4. The Apple Watch has dominated the embryonic smartwatch marketplace thus far, and thus Samsung will hope to make a more significant impression with this next generation release.
The Gear S4 is expected to be slimmer than the previous release in the series, and Samsung has already announced a new Exynos 7 Dual 7270 processor for wearable devices. So this promises to be an exciting addition to the smartwatch landscape in 2017.
This mooted smartphone may not appear in 2017, but Samsung has been pushing its foldable technology for quite some time, and this could be the year when it finally acts on it. A smartphone which could be folded into a more compact form would undoubtedly be an attractive proposition, and Samsung could test the waters with a small-scale release for the Galaxy X in 2017.
Samsung is expected to unveil its new quantum dot display TV set at CES 2017, another intriguing innovation in the televisual space from a company that has come to be renowned as a market dominator. These television sets are expected to achieve a high light output of 1,500 nits; a 50% increase on previous models.
Finally, Samsung will also likely upgrade its budget J-series devices in 2017, meaning new J1, J2, J3 and J7 releases. Bigger batteries and new processors are expected, and it will be interesting to see how Samsung sets the devices apart from the iPhone SE.