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
Samsung released two flagship in 2017, Galaxy S8 and Note 8. While these have been taken very well by the customers, Samsung is already working on its flagship model, Galaxy S9 for 2018. It is expected to pack top of the line hardware and some new innovations. 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 have been making great phones that define what a premium phone should feel and look like. Their new act, the OnePlus 6 is yet to be announced and launched. Some of the features to expect include:
- 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 plus a Snapdragon 835 chipset
- Memory: the phone lacks a microSD slot, 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
Nokia is back and they mean business, the company has a commendable history of making quality and durable cell phones. Their upcoming flagship phone, the Nokia 9 is expected to be full of great features and it is worth waiting for. Nokia has made a great comeback with the Nokia 8, and we can only expect more. 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)
G7 is the upcoming flagship from LG. It is expected to feature a OLED display for vivid colors, Snapdragon 845 chipset, a big battery pack, fingerprint sensor and much more. The phone is expected to be in the $700 range and will be released in March or April 2018.
Xiaomi Mi 7 is the upcoming flagship smartphone from the Chinese tech giant. It is supposed to feature 5.5 inch ultra HD 4k display, 2.5 GHz octa core Qualcomm processor, 6GB of RAM, up to 128 GB of internal storage with option to upgrade with micro SD card, a powerful front and rear camera, 3300 mAh battery and latest Android OS. It is expected to be priced between $300-$350 bracket.
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.
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
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
Oppo produces some of the best phones in the market. The Oppo F3 in a revolutionary cell phone that will guarantee you optimum performance. Oppo is yet to release the F3. The F3’s features include:
- A 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touch screen at 1080 by 1920 pixels.
- The phone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- The F3 comes fitted with a Mediatek MT6750T chipset
- Memory stands at 64 GB internal and 4 GB RAM, memory is expandable up to 256 GB via microSD
- The primary camera is 13 mega-pixels while the secondary camera is 16 mega-pixels
- The phone has a 3200 mAh Li-Ion battery
- color(s): Rose gold, Gold
- Price: $431
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 2016/2017
Apple iPhone 8/8 Plus (Now Released)
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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