Mar 08, 2016 07:35 AM EST

Apple, Samsung, Reflex Smartphones Update: Best Mobiles For 2016

Last year proved to be a bonanza for smartphones. If consumers think that 2015's smartphones are the best, they need to think about what mobile phone makers such as Apple, Samsung and others have on their pipelines for 2016.

There are handsets that are scheduled to be released this year by these smartphone makers that are more powerful, with more innovative designs and far better features.

Here's a bird's eye view of some smartphones coming out this year.

iPhone 7

2015 saw the iPhone updated to the 'S' and this year the number could get up to 7, with a smaller 4.7 inch model and a larger 5.5 inch unit to give consumers some options.

There's not much detail Apple has revealed so far about its new smartphones but there are rumors that they will be waterproof and more rugged than the current ones. The tech giant will probably have a Lightning port in the current version instead of the usual headphone socket and the screen resolution might get upgraded as well.

Lumia 950 XL

The Lumia 950 XL of Microsoft is a lot similar to Lumia 950. They have the same RAM capacity and similar cameras. But the latest 950 XL is equipped with better features. It has the Snapdragon 810 processor enabling it to perform operations at a much faster clip.

The unit has a bigger 3340 mAh battery offering longer operating hours. But the most noticeable upgrade is its 5.7-inch screen which offers ease of operations, such as writing and editing documents.

Samsung Galaxy S7

The latest smartphone from Samsung, the Galaxy S7 has expandable storage and is waterproof. Design changes are minimal from previous models but the big upgrade is its enhanced low light camera and its 3000 mAh battery.


Reflex is the world's first flexible smartphone. It was built by researchers at the Human Media Lab at Queen's University. They have added bend sensors and developed apps which allow bending the device as input.

Roel Vertegaal, director of the lab said the prototype device is shatter proof and allows "eyes-free navigation, making it easier for users to keep track of where they are in a document."

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