- Apple iPhone X – pre-order 27 October, on sale 3 November
- Google Pixel 2 & Pixel 2 XL – 4 October launch
- Huawei Mate 10 – 16 October launch
- Huawei P11 – Potential February 2018 launch
- LG G7 – Potential January 2018 launch
- Samsung Galaxy S9 – Potential January 2018 launch
- HTC U12 – Potential May 2018 launch
- LG V30 – pre-order now
We’ve seen some great phones go on sale over the past few months, including the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, Nokia 8, Moto Z2 Force, LG V30 and Xiaomi Mi Mix 2. Now that these are available to buy we have removed them from this round-up.
If you’re in the market for a new phone your choices available right now are pretty good, but it’s always the way that as soon as you take the plunge and upgrade something better comes along and you regret your decision. In this article we outline the phones that will be released over the next few months to help you decide whether or not to wait.
Notably, the 10th anniversary iPhone X will be available to buy from 3 November, while Google is gearing up to announce its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL next week (4 October). Huawei is also planning an October launch for its Mate 10.
If you can hang on to early 2018 then the new line of flagships for 2018 will begin to arrive, including the Galaxy S9, LG G7, HTC U12, Sony Xperia XZ1 Premium and OnePlus 6.
Apple iPhone X
Apple has revealed the iPhone X – pronounced iPhone Ten – in celebration of its 10th anniversary. With prices starting at £999, the iPhone X is available to pre-order from 27 October and goes on sale 3 November.
The immediately noticeable change comes to the screen, a virtually full-screen panel that’s 5.8in in size. Despite this, the X is roughly the same size as the iPhone 8.
Part of this has been achieved by removing the TouchID Home button, and the iPhone X now relies on FaceID to unlock access to the phone.
Other notable new features include iOS 11, the Apple A11 Bionic processor, 64- and 256GB storage options, a 12Mp dual-camera with dual-OIS, and wireless charging.
Google Pixel 2
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will be announced in a special Google event next Wednesday, 4 October.
With one made by HTC and the other LG, it’s more than likely we’ll see the smaller model feature a ‘squeezable’ frame with edge gestures, and the larger flagship a FullVision 18:9 Quad-HD+ display.
The LG Pixel 2 XL is set to be the more powerful of the two, potentially with the Snapdragon 835 and 6GB of RAM.
Both are thought to be waterproof and to include enhancements to the camera achieved through software.
They could come with Google Assistant earphones, and will be among the first to run Android Oreo out of the box.
Huawei Mate 10
Huawei will unveil its Mate 10 phablet on 16 October, and it’s expected to come in three versions: Standard, Lite and Pro.
It will reportedly run the company’s own 10nm Kirin 970 SoC, which Huawei claims delivers 25 times better CPU performance and 50 times greater energy efficiency.
In common with other recent flagships it’s expected to get a near bezel-less display.
“The Mate 10 series will surpass Apple’s iPhone 8 as our phone will have much longer battery life, a full-screen display, much faster-charging speed, much better camera and photographic capability, as well as much better overall user experience,” claims Huawei’s Richard Yu.
Tipped for February’s MWC tradeshow, the P11 will be successor to the company’s current flagship, the P10.
In common with the Mate 10 it will likely get the Kirin 970 chip, which Huawei claims delivers 25 times better CPU performance and 50 times greater energy efficiency.
Very little is known about the P11, but rumours suggest it could copy sister company Honor’s latest flagship and ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack.
The LG G6 (pictured) hasn’t been around for long but there are already some rumours emerging about the next model.
It’s thought that the firm will release the LG G7 as early as January 2018 pegging the launch at CES 2018. This would give it a head start against major rivals such as the Galaxy S9.
Another rumour suggests that LG is already wroking with Qualcomm and the G7 will be the first with its new Snapdragon 845 processor.
While we wait for the LG G7, the company has announced its V30 at IFA 2017. Now available to pre-order, it’s another FullVision Display phone, this time with a 6in screen, yet at 158g it’s much smaller than you’d expect of a device with such a large display.
The V30 runs a Snapdragon 835 processor with 4GB of RAM, and has a dual-camera with a large f/1.6 aperture. You could say it’s the phone the G6 should have been.
Available in South Korea from 21 September, other markets should follow soon after.
Microsoft Surface Phone
Surface Phone rumours have been few and far between, leading some to think it’s nothing more than a myth. But Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently raised the expectations of fans by saying that a Surface Phone could be “the ultimate mobile device”.
Should it truly exist, the Surface Phone is expected to arrive in 2017 with a 5.5in Quad-HD AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 64- and 128GB storage options (with microSD support), a 64-bit Intel processor and 21Mp rear- and 8Mp front cameras. The Surface Phone could also get a Surface Pen and a USB-C port.
The new Nokia 8 is now on sale but we’re still waiting for an announcement on the Nokia 9, which is expected to be the more exciting of the two.
The Nokia 9 was thought to be an upgraded version of the Nokia 8 with a larger 5.7in 18:9 display and an extra 2GB of RAM, but the latest leaked images show a standard 16:9 display.
We should see a dual-camera – potentially 13Mp with separate RGB and monochrome sensors. A 13Mp selfie camera may also be found at the front. This is the setup seen in the Nokia 8, which also boasts Bothie photos – snaps that combine images from the front- and rear cameras to create a fuller picture.
Also new in the Nokia 8 is 360-degree Ozo audio recording, which we’re sure will also make its way to the Nokia 9.
The Nokia 9 is thought to be the flagship in Nokia’s Android phone family, and as such will likely run the 10nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 with Adreno 540 GPU, plus 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.
Samsung Galaxy S8 mini
Samsung hasn’t produced a mini version of its flagship S-series handset since the Galaxy S5 mini, but with the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ larger than ever customers who want a compact but high-performance smartphone are not satisfied.
Rumours suggest a Galaxy S8 mini with a 5.3in screen (that feels much smaller given the curved edges), Snapdragon 840 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and an iris scanner is in development in Korea. Such a device has recently popped up on Geekbench too, suggesting a launch could be imminent.
Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+
We’re now into the second half of 2017, which means we’re starting to see rumours of new devices that will rock up in early 2018 too. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be the biggest and baddest of the lot, continuing to perfect what have so far shaped up to be the best phones of 2017.
New in the Galaxy S9 and S9+ is likely to be the 7nm Snapdragon 845 or 8nm Exynos 9810 processor and dual-lens rear cameras, plus fingerprint scanners embedded into the Infinity display.
Performance will definitely get a boost, and we might see Samsung finally go above the 4GB of RAM seen in the company’s previous flagships. The design is not likely to change significantly, and hopefully neither will the price.
It’s possible we’ll see the Galaxy S9 earlier than ever in 2018, copying the LG G7 with a January launch event.
Samsung Galaxy Note X
The bendable phone will finally become a reality in early 2018 if rumours are to be believed. Samsung is allegedly going to ship 100,000 units of its Note-branded Galaxy X foldable phone in the third quarter of this year, though expect it to be expensive.
The Galaxy Note X, previously known as Project Valley, is thought to be a smartphone with a dual-screen (one on each side) that folds out to reveal a 7in tablet. An 8in tablet that folds up into a 5in phone has also been rumoured.
Okay, let’s be honest here, we’re not actually entirely convinced that a Snapchat smartphone will ever exist, let alone become a reality in 2017. We think it more likely the company is working on a connected camera, but there is certainly talk of a Snapchat phone.
Should a Snapchat smartphone come to reality it will likely be the ultimate selfie phone, and perhaps the first phone to feature a 360-degree camera.