10 best smartphones in early 2016

Some are formal, others simply are the subject of persistent rumors. These smartphones are anyway particularly expected early this year that has just begun. What smartphone to buy in 2016? What are the best smartphones of the year, which to choose? Between a must Galaxy S7 and Samsung last terminal Huawei, the coming months should conceal the many smartphones and for some upscale. Devices that are resolutely waiting. NB: Article updated March 16, 2016.

1- The Samsung Galaxy S7 and its derivatives

Galaxy S7 S7 edge
It was expected: it will inevitably be the star of the new year. It is expected for the Mobile World Congress , and readily available in bulk, so it can flood the market before others do do. This smartphone is of course the Galaxy S7 Samsung , which has so far been subject of many rumors. So we heard about its SoC - a Exynos rather than a Snapdragon 820 - possible return of a microSD slot and a new version of TouchWiz , Samsung's interface.
And image leaks multiplying, it is now expected that the Galaxy S7 screen is slightly smaller than the Galaxy S7 edge to screen edge curves: one would do 5.2 and another 5.5 inches diagonally . Result S7 edge would measure 151 × 73 mm and is slightly larger than its predecessor. Metal and glass, this time rounded back, would also be in the game. Some even speak of an iris sensor, a little at a Windows Hello, and a Force Touch screen ... The question is whether the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge will, as rumor has it, both declined in versions " more " .
What happened: The Galaxy S7, and its declination Edge, have indeed been presented during the MWC 2016, they were the real stars. Smartphones are effectively equipped with a Exynos chip, the 8890 , coupled with 4GB of RAM and a screen of 5.1 or 5.5 inches (Edge Version) QHD. Samsung has not yet considered the case of screens Force Touch, but I must admit that the state, it nevertheless holds what looks like the best displays of the moment . Note also that picture side, the Korean seems to have finished with the race for pixels, and offers sensors ( Sony IMX260, but sometimes Britecell ) 12 megapixels. Two compelling devices, we tested in the wake of their presentation.

2- The Xiaomi Mi 5


It was expected: The highest range smartphone Xiaomi is expected for nearly a year, the most optimistic already hoping his presentation at CES 2015. It did not happen was by far: the brand China, mired in its desire to expand internationally, and preferring to avoid the Snapdragon 810 with disappointing results, chose to wait for the Snapdragon Qualcomm 820 . At the head of Xiaomi, it was confirmed that the phone will arrive "early 2016", while other rumors and leaks are feeding images waiting.
If one believes, therefore, different noise corridor at our disposal, the Xiaomi Mi 5 will feature the famous Snapdragon 820 associated with 3 or 4 GB of RAM depending on the version, 32 or 64 GB of storage, all located under a screen of 5.2 inches qHD or ... Full HD, since between the two, it is still difficult to determine. However, the last dated visuals possible to glimpse the presence of a 2.5D glass , and a physical home button that will likely house a fingerprint reader. It also expects to find a metal frame and a USB Type-C connector .
What happened: Xiaomi took advantage of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to organize the first European conference, and especially to present his Mi 5 A smartphone somewhat similar to what was expected, with a screen. 5.15 inches Full HD SoC Snapdragon 820, 3 or 4 GB of RAM and a bright back camera of 16 megapixels. Chinese brand has treated the design of his device, which sports a rounded back glass, a 2.5D glass and a metal frame. Unfortunately, it was quickly confirmed that the phone would not be compatible with one of three bands of 4G frequencies used in France (800 MHz). And if Xiaomi should launch in Europe, it will not be this year.

3- Huawei Mate 8

It was expected: It has already been announced, but Huawei has remained quiet on the issue of commercialization in Europe. One thing is certain: the Huawei Mate 8, formalized last few weeks in China , will target the US and will also be sold on the old continent. On what date and at what price is the question that remains.
The least we can console themselves with the first taken over the Mate 8 , reflecting the good quality of design of the device. Recall that the PHABLET, size 6 inches already seen with the Mate 7 , sports a Full HD IPS screen, under which we find a new generation of SoC, the Kirin 950. The latter is supported by 3-4 GB of RAM, while the phone memory is from 32 to 128 GB. side photo, Huawei has opted for a Sony IMX298 sensor of 16 megapixels in the back and another camera 8 megapixels on the front. And most importantly, this all-metal phone with a fingerprint sensor has the good taste to board a battery of 4000 mAh.
What happened: The Mate 8 was shown during the CES 2016 in Las Vegas, leaving us the opportunity to test this resolutely PHABLET premium, charged still 699 euros. A device that has convinced us, thanks to its excellent battery life

4- Huawei Mate S Force with a Touch Screen

Huawei Mate S Touch Press
It was expected: Always at Huawei, here is another smartphone already announced that it hopes to close early in the year ahead. During the presentation of Mate S , semi-ratage Chinese brand (see our review), Huawei had also mentioned a smartphone version with a Touch screen Force. And here he comes just to entering the sales portal Vmall , is the official store of the brand. The unit now takes the name of Huawei Mate S Touch Press, is available in gold and has 128 GB of storage space.
Compared to conventional S Mate, Mate S Press Touch does not change the reality that few things. It runs Android 5.1 also with Emotion UI 3.1, features a Kirin 935 (a bit overwhelmed for a premium smartphone) combined with 3GB of RAM, and displays the full HD on an AMOLED display of 5.5 inches. What changes here is the use of a screen Force Touch, Touch Press renamed for the occasion, and which can support more or less strong to zoom in the image. Price of the device, which is just beginning to be delivered: 799 euros anyway, against 649 euros for the standard Mate S to its output (and a few euros less to this day).
What happened: All this was before the introduction of Mate and 8 debut, obviously satisfactory for Huawei. So the brand, which does not seem quite wowed crowds with his Mate S (which had disappointed us during his test ) and probably afraid to fail with a more expensive Mate S, leave the matter in abeyance. We bet that eventually will never be commercialized.

5- The LG G5

It was expected: As the Samsung Galaxy S7, the LG G5 is expected to take over a successful series. So we are talking already of a G5, have to succeed the current G4, particularly the G Flex 3, another premium smartphone Korean seems to have been relegated to the closet. The device, if one believes the first elements in flight, would have a 5.3 inch qHD screen, is 0.2 inches smaller than the G4, but supported by a second screen overcoming first, as with the recent LG V10 . It would have a Snapdragon 820 ( not a Nuclun 2 ), 3GB of RAM and could even house a heartbeat sensor located on its metal bracket .
Photo of a dual sensor is further talks on the back to allow to take pictures of higher resolution, with a greater angle, and allow a shift of the focus area afterwards. Finally, the latest rumors speak of a "magical port" on which we could attach to G5 additional accessories such as cameras or keyboards. Most intriguing to come next year, no doubt.
What happened: During the Mobile World Congress, therefore, LG introduced a G5 with very high-end features . QHD screen 5.3-inch, Snapdragon 820, 4GB of RAM and a dual sensor camera are in the terminal program, unlike G4, has a dorsal fingerprint sensor . What makes especially the specificity of the G5 is the ecosystem of accessories that accompany the LG Friends, but also its modularity. It is thus possible to remove the bottom of the phone and replaced by an additional module, is dedicated to the picture or the sound. One can remain doubtful, but he welcomed the efforts of the Korean to stand out from its competitors.

6- New Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia X Performance
It was expected: The Z5 range only dating IFA 2015, we do not expect a renewal of the Xperia Z series in the early months of the year. However, we already planning the release of a real Xperia range Z6 by the end of the first half of 2016. For it would not be a single or three-Z6 (a classic, Compact and Premium ) but five devices included in a range Z6 also includes a Mini version and an Ultra version. We do not know much about them, except that their diagonal screen would last between 4 and 6.4 inches, and that at least some of these aircraft would be equipped with screens Force Touch . A European operator evokes in any case the output of at least two of these instruments in the 2nd quarter 2016 .
What happened: Sony has maintained the suspense before admitting that no, it would not produce more than Xperia Z . Instead, Nippon has formalized a series of Xperia X , including the X Performance leaving clearly understand as the successor to the Xperia Z5 .

7- The Honor 5X

Honor 5x 9
It was expected: Again, this is a smartphone that is already known, but we still expected. Formalized end of 2015 in China , the smartphone will be the weapon of Honor for its market entry US . And as we have seen, it is a mid-range device that should appeal easily: he includes in a metal case and under a screen 5.5-inch Full HD SoC Snapdragon 615, 2-3 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. The 5X Honor is also equipped with a fingerprint reader beneath its dorsal camera, and runs Android 5.1 Lollipop . Above all, the device will be marketed in France before the Chinese New Year in early February at a lower rate than the Honor 7 . The promise of an affordable mid-range, in short.
What happened: Honor Honor unveiled its 5X in Europe in early February, and was positioned at a very competitive rate: 229 euros, not to mention numerous promotions . A balanced smartphone that we have also tested quickly.

8- The Asus Zenfone 3

The Zenfone 2 Laser
The Zenfone 2 Laser
It was expected: Again, we must not wait for the first days of 2016. But there will be a good Zenfone 3 successor to the Asus Zenfone 2, the first real success the Taiwanese brand phone technology on the international market. To the extent that there will not brand the conference at CES, which wants to visibly slow down and save the failures such as the Zenfone Zoom , presented a year ago and still not available. However, the brand has indeed confirmed work on the Zenfone 3, which should also be equipped with a USB Type-C connector . We do not know much at the moment, but some analysts already expect an output to the end of second quarter 2016 . Patience, therefore.
What happened: Nothing! Asus has always presented nothing, but should no longer delay.

9- Asus Zenfone Zoom

ASUS Zenfone Zoom-white
It was expected: The unit date of CES 2015. We had discovered under glass , this Zenfone Zoom promising, with its real purpose and its 3 × optical zoom. We have also seen at shows that have punctuated the year, the MWC at IFA in September, where we took over . But above all, after his appearance in the Chinese TENAA , Asus has finally confirmed: after Taiwan, the e Zenfone Zoom will be available in France in February or March 2016 Its price itself remains to be defined, as it must be content. its Taiwanese fare to get an idea; this denier is between 400 and 460 euros.
Recall that this cameraphone with a full HD 5.5 inch SoC is powered by an Intel Atom Z3580, and has between 64 and 128 GB of storage. His SmartFSI photo sensor of 13 megapixels Panasonic is signed, and it promises a proper autonomy with its battery of 3000 mAh.
What happened: We are still waiting.

10- The Zuk Z2

Zuk concept of Z2
Zuk concept of Z2
It was expected: The brand derived from Lenovo, Zuk, was noticed in 2015 by launching its first smartphone, available also very officially in Europe: A Zuk Z1 CyanogenOS under which we were rather confident. It is now clear that his successor will be presented early next year, as the CEO of the brand itself has confirmed . In recent rumors were circulated about the smartphone, which evoke a qHD screen 4GB of RAM and a much improved camera. It could also be a rotating camera , a little image what Oppo in its range N. this should become clearer early in the year.
What happened: Not much more ...

What smartphone to choose?

If you have not found your happiness among these smartphones, please consult our different buying guides, best price brackets that allow you to choose the most suitable smartphone for your needs.

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