6 high-end smartphones to look forward to in the first half of 2016

6 high-end smartphones to look forward to in the first half of 2016
With less than two weeks left until the end of 2015, it's probably safe to say that all relevant smartphone-related announcements of this year have already been made. But that's OK, because the new year is going to bring us lots of handsets starting the very first months, as there will be two major events held in January (CES 2016) and February (MWC 2016).

Judging by what happened in early 2015, the first half of 2016 should bring us plenty of high-end smartphones - we're guessing that most, if not all of them will run Android (since Apple traditionally launches flagship iPhones in September, and we haven't heard of any high-end Windows or BlackBerry handsets that are expected to arrive in the near future). Based on rumors and realistic expectations, we've complied a list of high-end smartphones (from well known companies) that will, most likely, hit shelves in the first half of next year. Check out the phones below, in alphabetical order:


Which of these upcoming smartphones are you interested in?

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54 Comments

1. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

I'm rather disappointed by this year's flagships. I have this habit of buying last year's flagships cause either believe that would be the right time and the right price to pay for these gadgets but I cannot really shortlist a good phone from this year. The LG g4 seems like a great candidate but the user reviews paint a different picture to what the reviewers say. Galaxy flagships are still priced ridiculously here. So I might just have to pickup a note 4 which is showing its age or hold up till next year to see what is on offer

2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3935; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Nexus 5X Or ZTE Axon Pro If Phablets Are Your Thing. Both Are Under $400. The G4 Is Cool But A Bit Underpowered For Gaming Thx To QHD. There's The Zenfone 2 As Well Under $300.

41. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

the only worth wild phone in 2015 was z5 premium Cant wait for z6 premium I hope it has a 120hz 4k display and smaller bezels

42. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3935; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

No It Wasn't LOL.

43. Niva.

Posts: 439; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Why does this website have so many fanatical Sony fans? I really don't get what they're raving about. Sony's devices are all of the below: - Unimpressive in design, they're not bad but they don't stand out. - Bad in software. There are two aspects here, clearly their image processing software is just terrible when other manufacturers use their sensors and get better results. The second aspect is related to the OS itself, while sticking to mostly stock Android they still manage to fudge enough to justify not providing prompt updates. If AOSP can get updated and your device isn't updated a month later that's too long, sorry. - Unavailable (Generally in the US the Sony handsets have been impossible to locate to even play around with.) - Expensive, compared to the competition, Sony charges more while providing less. In summary, Sony is not worthy of your business, in any way. There's nothing that they do particularly well. So answer me this, why do they get such fanatical followers? At least with Apple we know the customers have sold their souls already, I find Sony fans even more mind boggling to deal with.

47. knoxred

Posts: 29; Member since: Aug 23, 2015

Agreed. Z5 Premium is the star attraction of 2015.

50. ESilber

Posts: 49; Member since: Feb 01, 2015

Yeah Z5 Premium is generating a lot of buzz

8. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

It's better to pick-up last-year flagship than 2015 midrangers. Galaxy S5 costs less than $400 now, and it's way more powerful than this year's Galaxy A7 which costs the same price.

9. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Galaxy A8*

10. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3935; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The Alpha Is Even Cheaper Under $300 For The Sd801 Version.

15. NonFanBoy

Posts: 180; Member since: May 28, 2015

Do not go for any Samsung device older than the S6. Touch Wiz in and after S6 is much much improved. It feels lighter and smoother and looks better than the devices having older gen TW (including Note 4). Also, you get the assurance of the device getting the marshmallow update. HTC A9 could also be an option, but its worth the money only in the US. If i were you, I would wait wait for the Mi 5 or if its not available in your area, then wait for the S6 prices to drop.

27. alex3run

Posts: 715; Member since: May 18, 2014

The new touchwiz is crap imho. And with Android 6.0 is gonna get worse again.

44. Niva.

Posts: 439; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

Touchwiz is an evil abomination that makes owning any Samsung device a painful experience. On the flip side, my old galaxy nexus still runs great. It serves as proof that Samsung can make a good phone.

17. Acer_Predator unregistered

best phone is s6 edge

18. Yousefjaber

Posts: 53; Member since: Nov 24, 2015

gs6 now is under 500$ and note 5 is 520$ now in my country

45. MarinoVladimir

Posts: 41; Member since: Aug 04, 2014

& what is your country, if it's not a secret?

28. gersont1000

Posts: 473; Member since: Mar 13, 2012

I have a similar method, I usually get phones more than 6 months after they are out. I only get it when I see there is a special sale or the price is permanently down to an acceptable level. I just got the G4 last week for $400 and I'm loving my decision. I'm sure I will be much happier when I get the Marshmallow so I can save a lot of battery life with the Doze features (that is something I will definitely miss from my Xperia Z phones).

29. tomn1ce

Posts: 247; Member since: Mar 12, 2012

You can always pick up the LG V10 and if the camera is not your thing and you like expandable storage you can always pick up the Moto X Style, Force, Play...Don't know how much the Motorolas devices cost in your region but they seem to be well priced for what they offer.

30. warrenellis93

Posts: 525; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

i do the same thing

39. Elfmonster unregistered

I hear you, but I'm excited for all these giant 6-and-up upcoming phones, not as a fanboy of the companies but of the form.

3. mimicryXD

Posts: 168; Member since: Apr 03, 2015

Heard in AA that marshmallow concept on xperias phones is really great. Hopefully, Sony can rise up again.

4. iampun33t

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

What about the Xiaomi Mi5? That is going to be the first smartphone with the SD820 and will supposedly sport a Force Touch Display Too..!! And its supposed to launch before any of these..!!

16. Sealblaighter

Posts: 413; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I heard Samsung will be the first company to use the new SD820 CPU.

5. tx2ma

Posts: 10; Member since: Sep 15, 2012

Still have my Z3 Compact and really no reason to upgrade. It's all I need and such a great size. There's nothing out there that even interests me. Either too big, too much, or crappy camera.

48. gosselin

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Sony Z3 Compact is the best Android phone ever made for sure

6. avishekmukherjee

Posts: 362; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Waiting for Zenfone 3 I love my Zenfone 2

37. bubblechaos

Posts: 114; Member since: May 04, 2015

1. Sell AZ2 2. Add $100 3. Buy AZ3 4. ??? 5. Profit

7. xperiaZlover

Posts: 202; Member since: Nov 15, 2015

PA z6ultra would also be released during the first half of 2016.

11. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

And G Flex 3 too!

13. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Rumour says no Flex 3 for now at least. But high chance for something curved.

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