With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, every major smartphone manufacturer releases a major new model at roughly the same time every year. Here we’re looking at those phones that these major smartphone manufacturers haven’t launched yet, the best upcoming phones in 2018.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are two of the most anticipated handsets of early 2018. Based on what we’ve learnt from rumors,Samsung is expected to unveil the new Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ during a press conference next month, possibly during the annual Mobile World Congress trade show. The phones will feature upgraded specs compared to the previous-generation Galaxy S8 and S8+ phones, but the designs will be almost identical. Of note, the rear fingerprint scanners will be centrally located instead of off to the right this time around. Also, the larger Galaxy S9+ will be differentiated not just by its larger screen, but also by a dual-lens rear camera and more RAM. Both phones are expected to be released in March. The Smartphone device will likely have the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. Samsung is also said to be working on an enhanced iris recognition system for its upcoming Galaxy S9 and S9+, to compete with Apple’s Face ID which is much more advanced than anything currently used by Android manufacturers.
After many years out of the limelight, Nokia burst back on the scene in 2017. The Nokia 9 will be the latest under the revived Nokia brand lineup which includes a mid-range Nokia 6 and the flagship Nokia 8 among others. The phone reportedly has a 5.5-inch OLED display manufactured by LG. The Nokia 9 will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 chip and a 3,250mAh battery. It has dual rear cameras (12MP and 13MP) and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone is rumored to have 4 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of storage and running on the latest Android 8.0 Oreo. The Nokia 9 has the specifications to be seen as one of the killer flagships of 2017, with the new screen making a significant contribution to the look and feel of the handset.
HTC will launch HTC U12 in the first half of 2018. The image of the phone shows that the smartphone comes with a bezel-less display. It is also expected to come with 4K resolution and house the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC. According to SuggestPhone the smartphone comes with a single camera on the front and other rumors claim that the smartphone could feature a dual camera setup on the rear of the device. HTC’s upcoming flagship smartphone HTC U12 will feature a full screen display, with a possible aspect ratio of 18:9. There is no visible fingerprint sensor on the front, hinting that it might be placed on the back panel or will have an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The device will be running Android 8.0 Oreo since HTC already released the major update to HTC 11 devices.
Sony Xperia XZ2
This phone will be a successor to the previous Sony Xperia XZ1and could well be the company’s main high-end handset for the year. The device is expected to take a leaf out of the iPhone X and Galaxy S8’s book and feature a screen which covers 90 per cent of the front of the phone. This display seems to stretch to almost every edge with only a tiny bezel at the top of the phone which houses the speaker and front-facing camera. It is rumored that the XZ2 will include a new Snapdragon 845 processor and is expected to be around 25 to 30 per cent faster than the Snapdragon 835. The smartphone device is expected to have a 5.5-inch 4K display, dual 12MP rear cameras, a 16MP front-facing camera, 4GB of RAM, a 3,130mAh battery and 64GB of storage.
The Chinese smartphone maker is already plotting a brand new device, despite having only launched its new OnePlus 5t in November. The phone will carry Qualcomm’s newly announced Snapdragon 845 chipset and will probably have an in-screen fingerprint sensor. The OnePlus 6 mobile features a 5.7 inches QHD AMOLED display with a screen resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels and will be running on Android 8.0 Oreo and will have 8 GB of RAM. As far as the battery is concerned it has 3500 mAh. Over that, as far as the rear camera is concerned this mobile has a 23 MP camera Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor supporting a resolution of 5536 x 4152 Pixels and the front snapper is powered by a Exmor-RS CMOS Sensor. OnePlus may also be making its phones water and dust proof. The OnePlus logo on the phone’s back has been imagined to include bio metric sensors to monitor heart rate, hemoglobin level or something else. The phone has been claimed to come in three colours of Jet Black, Gold and Pearl White.