Best upcoming smartphones: The future phones of 2018
With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, there’s always something waiting in the wings. No sooner have you spied the latest handset, then there’s anticipation of something else, the next big thing.
We’ve rounded up the best smartphones for 2017, those we consider to be the best across all platforms, and we’ve regularly updated that list as the smartphone world has evolved.
You can find those in our Best smartphones 2017: The best phones available to buy today feature. If your budget is a little smaller, there is also our Best budget smartphones 2017: The best phones available to buy for under £200.
Here we’re looking at those phones that haven’t yet launched, the best upcoming phones for 2017 and 2018. We’ll be updating this list on a regular basis, with those device rumours we think are credible and exciting, and devices just announced but yet to hit the shelves.
Best upcoming phones 2017/2018
Before we dive into the detail, here are some of the anticipated upcoming handsets for 2017 and 2018:
- One Plus 6
- Nokia 9
- Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
- Next Sony Xperia
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Next HTC handset
- iPhone 9
One Plus 6
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.
Nokia is also sure to keep the Zeiss partnership going and it will probably offer the bothie function of the Nokia 8 – although we suspect that this newer flagship will also be about premium performance. Rumours suggested that the Nokia 9 would surface in 2017, but with the month running away, it’s dubious whether it will be launched this year.
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)
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Smartphone giants never sleep and it wasn’t long after the launch of the Galaxy S8 and S8+ (pictured) that we started to hear about Samsung’s future plans. The Samsung Galaxy S9 is thought to be coming in two sizes once again and sticking with the Infinity Display. Having seen the debut of Samsung’s dual camera on the Note 8, we’re also expecting to see these zoom skills coming to the S9 too.
Expected Galaxy S9 features:
- Snapdragon 845 chipset
- 6 GB RAM
- Dual lens back camera
- Support for modular accessories
- Expected price: $725 / £639/ AU$120
- Expected release date:March 2018
Next Sony Xperia
Sony churns phones more often you we have hot meals. Having announced the Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact and XA1, new then appeared suggesting that Sony wants to change its smartphone design. That’s big news, because we’ve essentially had the same OmniBalance design in Sony Xperia phones since the Xperia Z.
There’s no word on what we might see or when we might see it, but it’s safe to suggest that MWC 2018 would be a likely venue, although Sony has also used CES to launch devices in the past. Either way, expect to see something early in 2018.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9
The Note 8 has barely gone on sale, but Samsung is already talking about the Note 9. In an interview, the development team confirmed that they’d moved straight into planning for the next Note model, including working on enhancing notable features, like the S Pen.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 runs Android 8.0 OS. The smartphone has a 6.3-inch QHD+ sAMOLED display. It has dual 12MP rear cameras with an LED flash and an 8MP front-facing camera. The device is powered by an octa-core Exynos 9810 processor and 8GB RAM. It has 128GB internal storage which can further be expanded via a microSD card. Connectivity options include dual-SIM 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac/b/g/n, Bluetooth v5.0, GPS, and a USB Type-C port. The device is powered by a 4,000 mAh Li-Ion battery.
Samsung Galaxy Note 9 price in India is expected to be Rs. 69999. Galaxy Note 9 is due to be launched in January, 2018. The 128GB variant costs around Rs. 69999. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 comes in multiple colour options like Black, Gold, Silver, Blue which are also priced the same.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Specifications
- Operating System Android OS, v8.0 (Oreo)
- Resolution 1080×2048 pixels
- Display Type Super AMOLED
- Size (in inches) 6.3
- Pixel Density 386 pixels per inch (ppi)
- Touchscreen type Capacitive
- Color Reproduction 16M Colors
- Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- Screen to body percentage 81.4 %
- Internal 128GB
- RAM 8GB
- Expandable MicroSD, 256GB
- Variant Exynos 9810
- Architecture Cortex A53
- No of Cores 8 (Octa Core)
- Frequency 2.3 GHz (Quad Core) + 1.6 GHz (Quad Core)
- Make Samsung
- GPU Mali-G71 MP20
HTC has added the HTC U11+ to its 2018 line-up, shifting to an 18:9 display and boosting a number of areas of this phone. It comes at a strange time, and feels like the foundation for the 2018 flagship. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a similar device on new hardware with a couple of additional features launching in April 2018.
Rumours are light on the ground at the moment (including the name), but HTC has come forward and said that it will be making a return to dual cameras in 2018. HTC was the first to put two cameras on the back of its phone in the HTC One M8, and we can’t help feeling this is a bid to compete on the spec sheet with rivals like LG and Huawei.
Apple iPhone 9
Apple iPhone 9 has not released yet but rumours regarding its so called successor are already doing the rounds. If these rumours are to be believed then iPhone 9 will sport OLED display manufactured by Samsung and it is likely to come in 2 screen variants: 5.28 inches and 6.46 inches. So iPhone 9 will be bigger than any iPhone so far. It is expected to come with a transparent and sleek look and also it might be a bendable mobile so that users can bend the mobile to a curve as per their flexibility. It is likely to have better camera features, bigger battery and higher RAM than its predecessors. When it is going to be launched is a wild guess and can be anytime between 2018 to 2020. None of the specifications are official yet.
Apple iPhone 9 Smartphone was launched in September 2018, comes with a 6.4-inch OLED Display with a resolution of N/A pixels at a pixel density of N/A pixels per inch. The screen is not protected by a Scratch Resistant display.
The Apple iPhone 9 also packs in a graphics processor. and does not support expandable storage.
The Apple iPhone 9 runs iOS N/A OS. Its a N/A SIM Smartphone.
The main camera on the Apple iPhone 9 is a N/A MP shooter.