The first few months of 2016 have been marked by a slew of high-profile smartphone launches and unveilings. A fierce battle is being fought in the Android battlegrounds with Samsung, LG, HTC and Huawei all vying to stake their claim. Meanwhile Apple surprised everyone with the release of a powerful yet affordable new iPhone.
As the year goes on, and with such stiff competition, we have to wonder how anyone else can really get a look-in. The answer: Phone makers have long attempted to get one-up on each other, either through quirky innovation or refining former glories. Happily all of the evidence thus far points to this trend continuing - 2016 has already seen LG experimenting with the modular G5, HTC updating its UltraPixel technology and Huawei offering a Leica dual-lens camera.
With that in mind, we've compiled a list of the 10 most exciting smartphones set for 2016, whether they're likely to launch or have already been announced.
10. HTC 10
The flagship HTC 10 is a phone for those who are serious when it comes to audio.
HTC has improved the BoomSound speaker technology found on its earlier handsets - this time around the dual speakers have been fitted with a dedicated tweeter and amp which help to deliver an experience that boasts outstanding clarity. The supplied earbuds are also worthy of your time, not only are they especially comfy, but when plugged into HTC 10's double-powered headphone amp, your ears will be treated to professional, hi-end, sound quality.
It's also notable for being the first device to fully embrace Android Marshmallow's adoptable storage, taking the already sizable 32GB/64GB right up to 2TB - the phone won't class this as external storage either, instead it will become one with your internal, allotted space. This, coupled with blazing performance, makes the HTC 10 a solid (if unremarkable) contender to the likes of Samsung, LG, and Apple for smartphone of the year.
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