1. Samsung Galaxy S7 – March/April
Samsung’s handset plan for 2016 is as predictable as Apple’s. The Samsung Galaxy S7 will follow the current Galaxy S6 as night follows day. The timing of the announcement might be edged forward a little in the year but I can’t see the phone being available much before March even then and I wouldn’t be surprised if it came out in April as usual.
With the move from plastic to a metal chassis handset in 2015, I’m not expecting another radical redesign this year. A bigger question is whether Samsung will continue to produce standard and curved screen variants of its flagship handset. Personally, I’d like to see the current design tweaked to make it less slippery, as it’s very hard to get a grip on at present.
There’s also talk of a 4K display, but given that there’s no support for such resolutions in Android at present, which caused problems for us in the 4K Xperia Z5 Premium, I can’t see that happening quite yet. Other rumours point to a return to a Snapdragon chipset, at least in some regions, as Samsung again confuses us with multiple iterations of the same handset – see Qualcomm Snapdragon 820.