Four big mobile releases are due from the two major players in the marketplace before the end of 2017. Apple will release two iPhone units under the iPhone 8 moniker, with an iPhone 8 Plus variant accompanying the standard iPhone 8 smartphone. Meanwhile, the Galaxy S8 from Samsung will arrive in the next few weeks, followed later this year by the Galaxy Note 8. All four devices promise different qualities, while there are particular reasons why we should expect something outstanding from each individual handset.

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Galaxy S8

The Galaxy S8 is arguably the most important mobile release in the history of Samsung, as it must follow on the back of the most disastrous release in its history. The exploding Galaxy Note 7 has cast a shadow over Samsung for several months, particularly after the Korean Company was forced to pull the plug and completely recall the handset. In the media furore which followed, Android fans patiently awaited the next release from Samsung, and this is now imminent with the Galaxy S8.

Usually there are a huge amount of rumors circulating regarding any Galaxy S mobile, and it seems as if Samsung is somewhat willing to play ball with such suggestions. However, in the ensuing climate following the the disaster of the Galaxy Note 7, it is hardly surprising that the Korean manufacturer wishes to proceed with caution.

Thus, we haven’t heard too much from Samsung on the subject of the Galaxy S8, and the corporation has even chosen to duck its annual appearance at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Samsung is assiduously ensuring that the Galaxy S8 is the absolute best smartphone that it can possibly produce, and this should lead to a very slick and stable device at the very least.

There haven’t been any mind-blowing specs linked with the Galaxy S8, but the introduction of the Bixby AI assistant will be a major step forward for the series. We can, though, expect the processor, RAM and battery included in in the S8 to be improved. The bezels in the unit will also be slimmed down significantly to produce a new slimline design, and reports have suggested that Samsung will include a powerful front-facing selfie camera.

As the first major smartphone released in 2017, those looking for an upgrade will be particularly attracted to the Galaxy S8.

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Galaxy Note 8

The Galaxy Note 8 must pull out all of the stops to attract consumers in 2017 after the debacle of the Galaxy Note 7. And thus Samsung is expected to take more chances with this particular release. In particular, the Galaxy Note 8 could witness the first foray of the Korean corporation into 4K resolution. A whopping 6.2-inch screen has also been linked with this phablet release.

Samsung may also choose to include a true octa-core processor this time round, while a massive 6GB of RAM is another rumored spec. Powerful camera technology and micro SD will bump the storage of the device up to 256GB, ensuring that this is an extremely powerful unit. Ultimately, the Galaxy Note 8 is likely to be one of the most advanced mobiles ever released when it arrives on the scene.

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iPhone 8

Apple is expected to make significant changes to the iPhone design when the iPhone 8 is released in order to mark the tenth anniversary of the iPhone range. Thus, the iPhone 8 will feature a largely glass-based design, with the smartphone also notable for delivering the first ever curved screen in iPhone history. The iPhone 8 has also been linked with an edge-to-edge display, while Apple could also shift from LCD to OLED technology.

There will be a certain onus on Apple to increase the screen resolution of the iPhone 8 in order to catch up with rivals. Thus, we could see a full HD iPhone smartphone for the first time when the iPhone 8 is released. Apple has also been strongly linked with augmented reality for the iPhone 8, with the Californian corporation having invested heavily in this innovative technology.

Wireless charging and USB-3 have also been linked with the phone, and it seems that Apple is ready to remove the Home button from the device completely, instead replacing it with virtual buttons embedded within the display. Apple is also reportedly working on some nifty camera technology, while specs such as processing speed, storage and RAM will also get a boost.

This promises to be the revolutionary iPhone release that fans of the hugely successful range have been promised for at least a couple of years.

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iPhone 8 Plus

Finally, the iPhone 8 Plus will accompany the mainstream iPhone 8, being released alongside the flagship smartphone. It is not entirely clear whether or not Apple will release two or three devices in the iPhone 8 generation, as the consumer electronics giant has also been linked with the release of a so-called iPhone X.

But an iPhone 8 Plus release is a certainty, with the phablet backing up the iPhone 8 smartphone. But what differences can we expect between the two? Generally, the specs of the iPhone Plus range are superior to the smartphone, so a larger battery and more RAM can be anticipated. Apple will also fit the iPhone 8 Plus with a bigger screen, with some suggesting that there will be a 5.8-inch version of the iPhone this time round.

Furthermore, Apple often includes superior camera technology in its phablet range, and this is likely to be replicated once more when the iPhone 8 generation hits the stores. Some obsesrvers have suggested that Apple will include dual-camera technology in all of its handset releases this time round, so it remains to be seen how the iPhone 8 Plus is distinguished from its smaller cousin.

Those wanting the best Apple handset, with the largest, highest resolution display, will definitely opt for the iPhone 8 Plus. And there is even a chance that this could be the only mobile Apple releases this year that benefits from OLED technology.