The number of Android devices to choose from gets exponentially larger with every passing month. Amazingly, if you consider all the phones, tablets, TVs, streaming boxes, laptops, and other associated devices, there are now an estimated 18,000 different Android products on sale around the world. All of them have different features vying for your attention.
With so many options, how do you know what features your next smartphone must have, and which ones are an unnecessary manufacturer fad?
If you’re in the market for a new Android smartphone in 2017, read on. We’re going to break down what features your new phone absolutely needs, which features are slowly becoming mainstream, and which novelty features you can expect to see.
Let’s begin by looking at the core elements. If the new phone you’re considering doesn’t have the vast majority of these features included, you should probably give it a wide berth.
4 GB of RAM
Your new phone should have a bare minimum of 4 GB of RAM. Although some of the leading phone’s available right now still ship with 3 GB, 4 GB is going to become commonplace over the next 12 months. In fact, there is already talk that certain flagship phones due to be released later this year could have as much as 8 GB.
If you assume you’ll have your phone for at least two years, you’ll need 4 GB to future-proof yourself against increasingly resource-hungry apps.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor will definitely be included in the Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the Samsung Galaxy S8, and as the year progresses, more and more manufacturers will make the jump to Qualcomm’s most modern chip.
This processor is made using nanoparticles — some as small as 10 nanometers. For comparison, that’s the size of just a few water molecules.
The reduced size gives manufacturers more physical space to include extra features, while users can also expect better battery life and a performance improvement of up to 27 percent.
1440 x 2560 Resolution
With more RAM and a better processor, you should make sure your new phone has a resolution of at least 1440 x 2560 pixels.
It’s already available on the Samsung Galaxy S7, LG G5, Moto Z, and HTC 10. By the end of 2017, very few top-end phones will be available with a lower-resolution screen than that.
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re no doubt aware of Apple’s hugely controversial decision to drop the headphone jack from the iPhone 7.
Sure, it might not be long until we see more Android handsets that also omit the ubiquitous port, but right now, the headphone standard is too widely used to have a phone without it.
And, of course, it’s not just headphones that use the port. Lots of credit card readers — including Square and Intuit — rely on the technology.
If your new devices ticks all those boxes, what else should you look out for when you hit the shops?
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