Looking back on the big smartphones of 2016, such as the Galaxy S7
, iPhone 7
, Google Pixel
, etc., phone manufacturers played it pretty safe this year. While all three of those handsets are extremely well-made and some of the best that money can buy, there isn't anything particularly exciting about them. The Galaxy S7 features a more refined design as opposed to the S6, the iPhone 7 showcased a brand new home button, and the Google Pixel is the best Android experience you can get right now. All of these phones are great, but they aren't particularly revolutionary in any way.
Huawei's Honor brand is prepared to announce a new smartphone on Wednesday, December 7, and it could prove to be one of the most exciting ones we see all year. Honor hasn't officially commented on what the new handset will feature, but plenty of online speculation and rumors are building up the new Honor smartphone to be quite exciting. The device is expected to be a type of concept phone (similar to Xiaomi's bezel-less Mi Mix
), with one of its stand-out features being a type of modular system. According to GizmoChina
, the forthcoming Honor phone won't come equipped with normal smartphone bits, such as a camera, speaker, etc. That may sound like a bummer at first, but Honor is reportedly planning to offer various smartphone components in the form of additional parts or accessories you can buy for the phone. This sounds awfully similar to what we were expecting with Project Ara before it got canned, so the idea for a truly modular phone might not be dead after all.
The new Honor phone could get a 50-percent charge in five minutes.
In addition to these components that you might be able to purchase for the new Honor device, other sources are claiming that it will feature a curved Samsung display and utilize a new fast-charging standard developed by Huawei itself. This new method of fast-charging is expected to deliver the Honor phone with a 50-percent battery increase after just five minutes of charging, and if this turns out to be true, it would be the fastest form of phone charging that we've seen yet.
If this upcoming Honor handset turns out to be as impressive as rumors are shaping it up to be, we could very well be looking at one of the best smartphones of 2016. The Honor brand has been working on establishing a strong US presence since the Honor 5X that launched back in 2015, but with so much new tech on the line, it is possible that Huawei will limit sales of the phone to their homeland in China. However, with the announcement set to take place tomorrow, we thankfully won't have to wait too much longer to get official details from Honor/Huawei itself.