Are you looking to upgrade your smartphone in the near future? Almost half of 2017 is done, but the remaining half of this year, holds within it, a bunch of the most expected phones ever.
Smart phones are now at a very saturated stage of their history. Simple upgrades to specifications isn’t enough to woo the consumers, pushing the tech giants to innovate more. It is safe to expect a lot of drama in this year’s new phones as they try to push the almost stagnant smartphone market in the US. You can also read our list of upcoming Android phones, upcoming Lenovo phones, upcoming LG phones, upcoming Samsung phones, upcoming Xiaomi phones, upcoming Moto phones and upcoming HTC phones. Below is the list of upcoming phones in 2017 and 2018.
Upcoming phones of 2017 – 2018
Samsung Galaxy S9
The Samsung galaxy S9 will be Samsung’s first flagship for 2018 and is expected to launch around March 2018. It is expected to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 for the US/Canadian carrier versions and the Exynos 9810 for the international variant. 6 GB ram, 64GB storage are pretty standard at this point so, we expect that at the least and lots of rumors point to the phone also coming with a 256 GB storage variant. Also the S9 is expected to have dual-cameras similar to the one on the Note 8 and there are also multiple rumors that point to the phone having smaller top and bottom bezels than last year’s model that should give it a better overall screen to body ratio than last year’s model.
There have also been rumors of a S9 mini that are surfacing the webs. That phone is supposed to be a smaller version of the flagship phone and offers consumers flagship features in a smaller form factor. The S9 series of phones are expected to come with Android Oreo out of the box and is also expected to carry a price of US$ 750. Which is pretty close to last year’s price.
Take a look at our concept video to know more about it.
Expected Galaxy S9 features:
- Snapdragon 845 chipset
- 6 GB RAM
- Dual lens back camera
- Support for modular accessories
- Expected price: $725 / £639/ AU$1200
- Expected release date:March 2018
OnePlus has great smartphones at affordable prices and the recently launched OnePlus 5t is a really great phone for a few hundred dollars less than the competition. The Oneplus 6 will be the next phone from the smartphone maker and is expected to launch sometime in June, 2018. The Oneplus 6 is expected to come with bleeding edge specs rivaling the likes of its more expensive competition. The phone will most likely carry the Snapdragon 845 Processor and up-to 8GB of ram and 128 GB of storage. This time Oneplus is rumored to add the water and dust resistance that their phones have been lacking. The phone will also launch with Android Oreo out of the box. The phone is also rumored to come with an entirely new dual camera setup that will be different from the ones found on the Oneplus 5 and 5t. The price of this phone is expected to be around US$500.
- A slim design with a thickness of 7mm
- A 5.5-inch optic AMOLED capacitive touch screen at 1440 by 2560 pixel, 16M colors with minimal bezels
- The OS: Android Oreo
- Snapdragon 845 processor
- Memory: 6/8 GB RAM and 64/128 GB of internal storage space.
- Dual camera on the back and 16 mega-pixel secondary camera
- Fingerprint sensor in built into the display
- 4000 mAh battery
- color(s): Black, Gold and Pearl White
- Expected Price: $549
- Expected Release Date: June 2018
Samsung Galaxy Note 9:
The Note 8 just launched a few months ago and the Note 9 isn’t expected to launch anytime soon. There have however been reports of what it could be as early as this week. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be the second flagship phone launching for Samsung in 2018. It is expected around September of 2018 and is rumored to carry an under the screen fingerprint which would be a really cool and practical considering the awkward placement we find on the current models on sale namely the S9 and Note 8. The Note 8 is expected to carry the Snapdragon 845 and is also rumored to carry a completely new Exynos Processor that won’t be found on the S9 and this Exynos chip is expected to be the first 7nm mobile processor. You can also expect the usual improvements in design and also the S-Pen which is what the Note 8 is loved for and one of its defining features. The phone is expected to launch at price of around US$ 1000-1200.
Nokia through HMD global has come out with some great phones. The phones have awesome build quality and also provide an almost stock Android interface and the next flagship phone for Nokia the coming year is going to be the Nokia 9. It’s rumored to carry a 5.5 inch QHD display and the display panel might be an OLED, the display is also expected to be curved on the sides. The phone is also rumored to carry a 16 MP dual camera setup with a Carl Zeiss lens on it. The Phone will also carry a Snapdragon 845 with up-to 6 GB of ram and 128 GB of storage. The phone is also rumored to have an Iris scanner like the ones found on the Note 8 and S8. The phone is expected to launch around Q1 2018 with a price tag of about US$ 700. Check out the concept designed by us:
The phone is yet to be launched, however, here are some of the rumored specs and features:
- A 5.5-inch QHD OLED edged display with 1440 x 2560 resolution
- An all-metal body
- Water resistance
- A dual-lens 16 MP Carl Zeiss camera
- A 8 MP front-facing camera
- A huge 3400 mAh battery
- Fast charging
- Octa Core processor
- 4GB RAM with 64 GB, 8GB RAM with 128 GB
- Android Oreo
- 3D audio recording
- A fingerprint scanner
- Starting price: $550 (roughly £640/AU$1,060)
iPhone Glass (Concept)
We have designed this iPhone Glass concept with transparent display. The transparent display technology has been around for a while but never made it to the mainstream. We have tried to envision what a phone could look like with transparent display. Read more about its working here. Take a look at the video:
Sony Xperia Z1 premium
The Sony Xperia Z1 premium is rumored to launch as early as Q1 2018 rumors point to the phone having a new bezeless display design with 4k resolution. The display is expected be 5.7 inches diagonally with gorilla glass 5 on top for protection. The specifications of the phone are expected to be a Snapdragon 845 processor with 6 GB RAM and 64 GB storage. The phone will also get ip67/68 water and dust resistance. Dual cameras and a price tag of around US$800 is also expected for this phone. This should be a welcome phone from the Sony stable because this year’s offering still stuck to the more 2016 design with huge bezels on the top and bottom. The phone could make a show at next year’s CES or MWC.
iPhone SE 2
Apple came out with the iPhone SE in 2016 as a refresh to the iPhone 5s and offered consumers the option to buy an entry level iPhone at around US$400. It sold quite well and offered a great rear camera and also a lot of great performance in a small package. Apple is expected to launch the iPhone SE 2 in early 2018 and rumors point to the phone getting a bezel less display with a notch on top, just like the iPhone X and glass back that enables it to have wireless charging. The phone is also expected to carry the Apple A11 bionic chip and 2 GB of RAM. This phone is expected to have a price tag of about $450 and the phone might also loose the headphone jack.
The LG G6 has been a great replacement for phones like the S8 and iPhone 8. Packing great camera’s and also stellar audio that is packed into great hardware and design. With LG heavily investing in OLED technology with their POLED panels that are found both on the LG V30 and the Google Pixel 2 XL, we expect the LG G7 to also come with an POLED panel. We also expect stellar dual cameras with the signature LG Wide angle lens that takes amazing wide angle pictures and videos.
The phone might have a problem sourcing the Snapdragon 845 similar to what happened with the LG G6 with LG not being able to source the Snapdragon 835 because of Samsung opting to buy out most of the chips in the market for their Galaxy S8 release. A similar scenario is expected this year with the sourcing of the Snapdragon 845 for the LG G7. You can expect a price tag of around USD 800 at release that will drop very fast within the next few months to as low as USD 500. This has been common place with LG phones and we hope LG gets its marketing in tow and fixes this issue of pricing since a lot of consumers just opt for the Galaxies and iPhones because of this price confusion.
The Xiaomi Mi 7 is the first phone that is supposed to launch with The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. The phone is also rumored to have an 18:9 display and the display is also rumored to be an OLED panel this time around. The phone will also have 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB storage and dual cameras. While manufacturers like OnePlus have been consistently increasing their prices, Xiaomi has been pretty consistent with their prices in the last few years and have provided some of the most affordable flagship experiences in the market. This phone is expected to be around the US$ 400-450 price range. You can expect this phone to launch in early 2018 and the phone could be unveiled at either at CES or MWC 2018.
Samsung Galaxy J4 is a budget smartphone. It will come with 2 GB RAM, 16 GB storage, Android Nougat 7.0 and Snapdragon 410 with 64 bit octa core processor. Phone will come equipped with the 5 inch display, 8 MP rear and front camera, dual SIM, micro SD support, and 2800 mAh battery. It will cost around $150 and will be released in the 3rd quarter of 2017.
The HTC U11 Plus just launched and it is a step in the right direction for HTC. The HTC U12 is expected to be the return for dual cameras in a HTC smartphone. HTC was one of the first to implement Dual cameras on their phones with the HTC M7. It has recently stayed away from dual camera setups when the rest of the competition like Samsung and Apple have started making it common place. The phone is also expected to carry Dual stereo speakers and features like edge sense are also to make a return. It will be interesting to see what HTC does in 2018 with its smartphone division since it just gave away a couple thousand of its engineers working in its smartphone division to folks over at Google this year.
Motorola Moto Z2 Play
Motorola has always produced impressive and durable electronics, including cell phones. The Z2 is a true testament to this. The design is sleek and elegant; the phone fits into one hand. Motorola is yet to announce this phone and it has great features:
- A 5.5-inch super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen at 1080 by 1920 pixels and 16M colors
- The phone runs on Android 7.1.1
- Internal memory stands at 64 GB and 4 GB of RAM. The memory is expandable up to 256 GB via microSD
- The primary camera is 12 mega-pixels while the secondary stands at 5 mega-pixels
- The phone comes fitted with a Snapdragon 626 chipset
- The battery: Li-Ion 3000 mAh (non-removeable)
- Color(s): Gray, Fine Gold, and Lunar
- price: Pending
Samsung Galaxy X
Samsung has filed a patent for a foldable smartphone a few months ago. The phone is supposed to be foldable in the middle with both a switchable tablet and phone mode being possible. This device is reportedly launching in 2018. With a support page on Samsung’s website appearing the phone is expected to be launched sooner than later. This is a very experimental device at best for now. Samsung is known to make these experimental device and see how are they are received and then they make tweaks before bringing the feature to their flagship phone. Remember the Note Edge which had the edge display on only side? And now look, the edges are common across their flagship range on the Note 8 and S8.
HTC One X10
HTC phones have unique designs that are both attractive and sleek, and the HTC One X10 is no exception. The phone is a master piece in its own capacity. HTC is yet to launch the phone though it was announced in April. Features on the phone include:
- A 5.5-inch super LCD capacitive touchscreen at 1080 by 1920 pixels, 16M colors
- The phone runs on Android OS
- The chipset in the HTC One X10 is the Mediatek MT6755 Helio P10
- Memory: internal memory stands at 32 GB and 3 GB RAM, the memory is expandable up to 256 GB via microSD
- The phone is fitted with a 16 mega-pixel primary camera while the secondary camera stands at 8 mega-pixels
- The phone features a 4000 mAh battery
- Color(s): Silver, Black
- Price: $405
The Moto G line of phones have always been great sellers for Motorola and the now Lenovo owned Motorola has had quite the success with the Moto G5 line of phones this last year. The new Moto G6 line is expected to come with 18:9 displays, a Snapdragon 630 processor, 4 GB of ram and 64 GB of storage. The phone is also expected to have dual cameras and priced around US$ 250-300 for the plus variant. The phone is expected to launch around March of 2018. There will be multiple variants of the phone starting as low 170-200$ that will be a cut down version of the plus variant of the phone with a Snapdragon 450 and 3 GB of RAM and also a single cam setup.
Sony Xperia L1
Sony is not always on news when it comes to cell phones, however, their cell phones are well built. Sony cell phones inspire a sense of maturity and sophistication. The Sony Xperia L1 is the true definition of style and gentility. Sony announced the phone, however, the cell phone is pending release. Features that come with this phone include:
- A 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen, 16M colors
- The phone runs android 7.0
- The Xperia L1 comes fitted with a Mediatek MT6737T chipset
- Memory: internal memory stands at 16 GB and 2 GB ram, memory is expandable up to 256 GB through microSD
- The primary camera is 13 mega-pixels while the secondary camera is 15-mega-pixels
- 2620 mAh Li-Ion battery
- color: Pink, Black, and White
- Price: $154.65
Alcatel has mastered the art of making sleek phones that offer a range of amazing features:
- The phone was announced in April pending release. It has a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen at 1080 by 1920 pixels, 16M colors
- The phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- The chipset is a Mediatek MT6797 Helio X20
- Memory: internal 32 GB and 3 GB RAM, memory is expandable up to 256 GB via microSD
- The primary camera is 13 (Dual) mega-pixel and the secondary camera is 8 (Dual) mega-pixels
- A 3100 mAh battery
- color: Titanium Gray
- Price: $293.84
Huawei Nova 2
Huawei, just like Sony manages to manufacture nifty phones, and the Huawei Nova 2 is no exception. The phone is yet to be released and announced. Some of the features that are expected include:
- A 5.2-inch IPS LCD screen at 1080 by 1920 pixels, 16M colors
- The phone operates Android 7.1.1
- Chipset is unknown, Octa-core CPU
- Memory: 32GB and 3 GB RAM, 64GB and 4 GB RAM. Memory is expandable up to 256 GB via microSD
- The primary camera is 13 (Dual) mega-pixels while the secondary camera is 8 mega-pixels
- Li-Po battery
- Colour: various
- price: Pending
Samsung Galaxy J7 (2017)
This phone is yet to be announced and released. It offers amazing features and the phone is worth checking out:
- A 5.5-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen at 1080 by 1920, 16M colours
- The phone operates Android 7.0
- Chipset: Erynos 7870 Octa
- Memory: internal memory stands at 16 GB and 3GB RAM, memory is expandable up to 256GB via microSD
- The primary camera is 12 mega-pixels while the secondary is 12-mega-pixels
- A 3300 mAh Li-Ion battery
- color: Gold, Rose gold, Black, and White
- price: Pending
Best phones launched in 2017
Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus
If we go by Apple’s tradition, around September of this year, we would see the new iPhone 8. The final release date is still quite away, but the rumor mill is going crazy over the new iPhone.
This year being the 10th anniversary of iPhone, we would see big changes as per Apple tradition. There are rumors running around the industry claiming that the new iPhone will feature big changes, including bezel less display with the iconic home button embedded in the display it self, just like the recently launched Samsung Galaxy S8
The phone is also expected to have waterproofing to keep up with the competitors and an eSIM. There are rumors about the home button, stating that it is expected to disappear.
Like with every year this year’s iPhone will be faster than ever before, with an A11 processor and an accompanying M11 motion co-processor, plus at least 4GB of RAM.
There is also a general conundrum as to whether the plus variant would be called the pro, aligning with naming of Apple’s other product lines. We’ll have to wait to know it for sure though.
Possible features of iPhone 8:
- A 4.7-inch super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen at 750 by 1334 pixels, 16M colors
- iPhone 8 will run latest iOS 11
- The iPhone 8 will come fitted with a Apple A11 chipset
- The phone won’t have a microSD slot, however, internal memory stands at: 32/128/256 GB and 3 GB RAM
- The primary camera is expected to be a 12 mega-pixels while the secondary will be 7 mega-pixels
- It will have a non-removeable Li-Ion battery
- Color(s): jet black, silver, black, gold, and gold rose
- Price: Unknown, probably within the range of $700 to $800
Motorola is renaming its flagship Moto X to Moto Z this year and it’ll be the first flagship release after the company’s ownership switched from Google to Lenovo. Motorola really made a mark under Google with their new design and customizability, let’s see what’s in store for us in 2016
There will be two variants of the phone, Moto Z Play and Moto Z Style. The Play version would be 7mm thick with a 5.5in Full-HD AMOLED screen and powered by a 2.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625. The expected storage options are 16GB with 2GB RAM or 32GB storage with 3GB RAM. The primary shooter would be a 16Mp camera with laser PDAF and a powerful 3500mAh battery.
The Style version is thinner at 5.2mm and has a 5.5in Quad-HD AMOLED screen, powered by 2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 with 32GB storage. It would have 3/4GB of RAM and a 13Mp camera with laser autofocus and optical image stabilisation. However it would have a less capacity battery of 2600mAh compared to the Play edition.
The interesting new feature is that the phones will feature a metal case with modular and swappable backplates as seen in leaked renders, that afford the phones extra functionality like in the LG G5. Accessories will be called as ‘Amps’ and will be sold separately. At the time of launch 6 Amps will be available. A colour backplate, battery extension pack, a camera grip for extendend shooting using the phone, a pico projector for that sudden meeting, a rugged cover along with a wide-angle lens for outdoor shooting, Go-Pro style and stereo speakers.
There is much speculation as to what Project Tango will do. Right now we know it has something to do with a phone using motion tracking, depth perception and area learning to detect its position relative to the world without using the help of GPS. We’ll know more about it on June 9th.
2016 Nexus Phones
HTC is expected to be this year’s manufacturer of the Nexus phones. It’s no secret that HTC is facing tough times in the industry and this could be it’s last attempt at recovering from the ever decreasing profits.
HTC will likely feature an all-metal chassis alongside Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 CPU and between 4 and 6GB of RAM, there are high chances of HTC following the HTC 10’s design, but there is a tiny bit chance of they deviating as well.
What will be intresting is that the phone will launch with Android N and future 3D touch. With 3D touch(or whatever they decide to call it) featured right inside android, we could see how Android treats it.
Nexus phones are consistently lagging behind when it comes to the camera department, except for the Nexus 5. This could change this year with rumors that says that HTC and Google could be working on a dual lens setup, which might hopefully lead to capturing 3D photos, helping Google’s vision for virtual reality.
Mi Note 2 will be the successor of Mi Note. It is exected to release on 25 July with starting price of $350. It will feature a snapdragon 823 chipset clocked at 1.4 GHz, 16 MP rear camera and 8 MP front camera, 4000 mAh battery, 3D touch, fingerprint sensor and latest Android OS. It is expected to come in 2 variants, one with 4 GB RAM and other with 6 GB RAM.
OnePlus 3 (Now released)
The flagship killer of this year is expected to have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chip that will feature heavily in 2016 flagships giving improved performance and battery efficiency in the device and also support for Adreno 530 graphics. The OnePlus 3 will have OPPO’s VOOC fast-charging tech that could see it charge in as little as 15 minutes as compared to Quick Charge 3.0.
It is likely to feature a 1080p full-HD screen and it’s wallet friendly price of around 300$. The OnePlus 3 is not likely to feature any gimmicks like the Moto Z, but will be a good all round flagship phone at a budget rate.
The Note series is enterprise consumer’s’ device of choice and Samsung is expected to renew the lineup this year. It is rumored that Samsung is working on two designs, taking cue from the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge+.
The device would sport highest of the configurations with a 4000 mAh battery to deal with a loss of the removal battery strategy. It will house around 6GB of Ram coupled with the fastest SnapDragon/Exynos Processor, and potentially up to 256 GB of internal storage.
The most exciting thing about the device is that, Samsung might introduce something called the Samsung Iris/Samsung Eyeprint which would enable devices to unlock using a retina scanner. This would be a helpful inclusion for enterprise focused devices like the Note and could be a trendsetter in the industry.
Sony Xperia Z6
At the MWC 2016, Sony revealed a new Xperia X family comprising of the Sony Xperia X and Sony Xperia XA instead of the Z6, however with improved specifcations and designs for the new phones, Sony might be moving in a very welcome direction for the Z6. There are very little rumors about the device itself and is shrouded in mystery. It is expected to launch late 2016, if at all Sony decides to launch the phone.
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