The most exciting flagship phones of 2016 to look forward to

Xiaomi Mi 5

The event announcement boldly states that the Mi 5 is "All you ever imagined, and more." Well Xiaomi, you really shouldn't underestimate our imagination, we've long been imagining phones with the ability to beam holograms supported by month-long battery life. And no one has delivered - yet.  

So far we've heard squeaks of a 1080p display, 4GB RAM, 16MP rear camera, microSD slot. All perfectly respectable specs, but still not the supersmartphone of our dreams. Various photos of the Mi 5 have also made their way around the internet, showing off a home button that's very iPhone/Galaxy-eSque depending on which version makes the cut. Sir Jony Ive/Samsung is not going to be very happy about this. 

Expected: Mi fans, circle 24 January on your calendar. We’ll be there at the MWC event sizing it up on your behalf.

HTC One M10

The One M9 didn’t exactly stand out in the biggest way, so we’re hoping to see HTC redeem itself and the M series in a very big way with the One M10. Purportedly codenamed Perfume, the One M10 will come with Android 6.1 baked in, 4GB RAM, and a 3500mAh battery. What’s more interesting is that there’s potentially another phone appearing on the horizon before the M10, and that’s the One X9.

Of course, all of these are just (terribly named) whispers in the wind.

Expected: This is one guest that won't be showing up at MWC. But you can expect to see it appearing some time soon, if HTC wants to remain relevant.