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The new smartphones you’re going to want this year

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In the packed out halls of the Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, the world's major tech companies (with one fruit-shaped exception) have gathered for the Mobile World Congress to unveil the gadgets they hope will be filling your pockets in the near future.

From curved displays to bigger batteries (finally), these are the devices you should consider upgrading to when your contract runs out/you finally get fed up with that cracked screen you've been carting around. 

  • The new smartphones you're going to want this year

    Samsung Galaxy S7

    Screen: 5.1 inches

    Notable features: Front-mounted fingerprint scanner, wireless charging, always-on display, dual pixel 12MP camera, curved metal and glass case

    Price:  £569.00 for 32GB model

    Samsung has gone little and large for its new handset offering: the S7 is "little", with a 5.1in screen and 3,000mAh battery. The changes over last year's S6 are slight but important: the rear case is now curved, hugging your hand with a reassuring feel, and the battery should now supply an honest day's use.

    It might not turn heads compared to some of the other designs in this gallery, but it's a powerful phone. 

  • The new smartphones you're going to want this year 1

    Samsung S7

    The side and rear view of the new handset. 

  • The new smartphones you're going to want this year 2

    Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

    Screen: 5.5 inches

    Notable features: Expandable microSD card storage, wireless charging, always-on display, dual pixel 12MP camera, curved display

    Price: £639 for 32GB, various contracts

    The S7 Edge is Samsung's bigger and curvier offering: the novel-if-not-revolutionary curved glass screen option is only available for those who want a massive 5.5 inch handset. With that bigger screen estate you also get a whopping 3,600mAh battery.

    Worth the extra £70? It's a matter of personal preference.

  • The new smartphones you're going to want this year 3

    Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

    The side and rear view of the new handset. 

  • The new smartphones you're going to want this year 4

    LG G5

    Screen: 5.3 inches

    Notable features: Modular design, dual cameras, rear fingerprint scanner, range of compatible companion devices

    Price: £TBC

    Now this is a bit different.

    A curved, elegant Android phone, the G5 stands out thanks to some neat design functions: two camera lenses feature on the rear of the phone, one 78-degree lens and a 135-degree wide angle lens. These can be used in isolation or combined to create some impressive detailed shots. 

    The real party piece is the modular design: slide off the bottom of the phone and you can swap out the battery, add a camera grip (with a larger battery, zoom wheel and shutter button) or a hi fi speaker. 

    Add in the extras of a controllable smart ball toy, a VR headset and 360-degree action cam (all sold separately) and this is more of a media operations centre than a smartphone.

  • The new smartphones you're going to want this year 5

    CAT S60

    Screen: 4.7 inches

    Notable features: FLIR thermal camera, 13-megapixel camera, waterproof, strengthened die cast frame, 3800mAh battery

    Price: £TBC

    Aimed squarely at those in "heavy" industries (construction, farming, places where everyone wears hard boots and frowns), the S60 turns away from modern smartphone conventions of a slimline case in favour of a toughed metal case Gorilla glass screen - capable of withstanding drops onto concrete from up to 1.8m.

    Is it going to replace your iPhone/Android handset? Only if you find yourself working in an environment that requires a phone harder than the average brick. 

    Or you have a habit of getting drunk and taking out your lack of coordination on your poor phone.

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David Cornish

Shortlist.com’s esteemed Tech Editor. David has a keen interest in video games, Star Wars and stuff that runs on batteries.

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