The most anticipated phones of 2016

What does 2016 hold in store for us smartphones fans?

If the myriad rumours, leaks and hints are anything to go by, 2016 is looking like a bumper year for new phones.

Sure, there are bound to be a fair few incremental updates - even the finest phone fettlers have to take that approach every so often - but among those we're also expecting some beautiful designs, top-notch spec lists and revolutionary new features.

And if that's the sort of thing you're after, you need to be looking at the shiniest end of the smartphone spectrum. Flagships are where it's at, and these are the 10 that we think will be the finest and fanciest of 2016.

Samsung Galaxy S7

With the super-stylish Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge setting new smartphone standards last year, it's little wonder that all eyes are on Samsung to knock it out of the park again in 2016 with the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.

If the leaks and rumours are to be believed (and we think they probably are), little has changed in the design stakes, but given how drop-dead delicious last year's models were, it would be churlish to complain about that. Besides, the alleged return of microSD support and a big bump in battery size should be plenty to keep the smartphone aficionados content.

Expected: Mark your calendar for 21 February. As tradition has it, that’s when we’re expecting to see the S7 formally introduced to the world, right before Mobile World Congress opens.

Apple iPhone 7

Ahhh, the full iPhone refresh. After last year's incremental updates, tradition dictates that 2016 will see a completely new design. And given that more and more phones are now imitating the iPhone's design, the next iPhone could be boldest in a long time.

Although we’re still quite some time away from the traditional September unveiling, rumours suggest that could be the case: no headphone jack, waterproofing, and the removal of the physical Home button in favour of a 3D Touch-powered panel. Whatever it is, expect it to be a pretty big deal.

Expected: Remember, remember, it’s always September. If you can't hang onto your money until then, there's the rumoured iPhone 5se that's due a whole lot sooner - in March apparently.