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by Wes R. K. 6 months ago

Tech to Expect in 2017

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After a tumultuous year in the tech world, the big brands are ready to bounce back. While Samsung’s struggles are well known, Apple is coming off of an underwhelming iPhone release and a punt in October when most expected a new iMac. Both are poised to make a big splash in 2017. Promocodewatch is your go-to place to follow along.

Trendy features this year include 4K, enhanced or corrected batteries, and virtual reality. All three have emerged as key strategy points for the technology and entertainment industries. And, all three can be found in the list below, where I’ve touched on expected releases for phones, fun, and computers. The only question is, where will you plug them all in?

Phones

LG G6 (February/March)

With LG’s upcoming release, they leave behind modular design, a feature I thought was phenomenal (though, I do not own an LG). The waterproof update comes virtual reality ready, charges wirelessly, and includes an iris scanner in the front camera for secret service level security.

Apple iPhone8 (September)

Not much is known about the upcoming release’s specifications, though grandiose rumors are rampant on the web. In general, expectations are high after the iPhone7 was seen as an evolutionary update, rather than revolutionary . Here’s to hoping Apple saved all the good stuff for their phone's ten-year anniversary party.

Samsung Galaxy 8 (March/April)

After it’s cousin, the Galaxy Note 7, went up in flames, Samsung will surprisingly hang onto the Galaxy namesake. Initial plans also show the 8 being a top-shelf VR tool featuring a 4K display and the battery longevity to run it. It will also feature Samsung’s version of Siri, Bixby.

Fun

GoPro Karma (Summer)

Like the phoenix, Karma is destined to fly again as long as GoPro can correct battery connectivity issues uncovered in the product’s rushed 2016 release. Even after a tough year, GoPro remains a key influencer in the tech world. We expect them to land on their feet, or landing gear.

Nintendo Switch (March)

After being deliciously teased in October, the Switch is only months away. With an affordable price tag, the Switch’s mobile set-up is a game changer, literally. Nintendo is enjoying a resurgence of retro gaming, so expect all the classics.

XBox Scorpio (Winter)

Rumored to be 4.5 times more powerful than its predecessor, Microsoft bills the upcoming XBox as a generational leap in gaming consoles. Windows 10 integration will combine the long separated worlds of PC and console gamers.

Computers

Intel Kaby Lake Core processors (Now available)

What do terms like Hyper-Threading, Optane memory, and overclocking mean to folks like you and I? Intel’s 7th generation processors will bring professional level graphics and computing power to tablets, laptops, and desktops released this year.

iMac 2017 (March)

The release of Intel’s Kaby Lake processors allow Apple to finally pair their stunning 5K displays with the next generation of processing power. Apple-centric creatives have been waiting patiently for this production powerhouse since late 2015.

Surface Pro 5 (March)

An update for this killer touchscreen laptop/tablet combo was expected in October of last fall. Microsoft can maintain the functionality gap between the Surface and Apple’s best competition with expected features like enhanced battery life and USB-C.

There you have it! Whether you plan to upgrade existing tech or dip your toe into something new, mark your calendars accordingly. And, make sure to check back with our electronics partners before your wallet gets involved.

Wes R. K.

Wes is a writer and content creator living in sunny Southern California. He's passionate about efficient and mindful commerce and has never held a dollar he didn't spend.

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