Sunday, 6 May 2018

Big Phones Coming This Year 2018

Big Phones Coming This Year
From ever-shrinking bezels to the best OLED displays we’ve ever seen to dual rear cameras trickling down to budget devices, smartphones have changed dramatically in 2017. And with 2018 now in full swing, a new generation of groundbreaking handsets is starting to emerge, led by the recent launch of the 

Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Apple figures to continue its design dominance with potentially not one, but multiple successors to the iPhone X. We can expect a Galaxy Note 8 successor from Samsung later this year. And other smartphone makers — from OnePlus to LG to Motorola — are looking to make noise with their next devices, too. Here’s a look at what’s coming up and what we know about 2018’s hottest smartphones.

OnePlus recently exhausted its stock of 5T smartphones in North America, which can only mean one thing — a successor is on the way. And that new phone, the OnePlus 6, is coming sooner rather than later, as OnePlus will hold a launch event on May 16 for its latest device. We already know about some new features on the OnePlus 6: it'll have a notch and it'll be powered by a Snapdragon 845 chip, just like the Galaxy S9 and several other devices on this list. OnePlus is promising up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, too. Excited about the phone? OnePlus is opening pop-up stores around the world on May 21 where you can try and buy the OnePlus 6. 

LG G7 ThinQ (May 2018)
The LG G7 ThinQ is here, and it matches many of the rumors we've been hearing about LG's next flagship for the past few months. There's an iPhone X-like notch, though LG is using the extra screen space as a kind of second screen for notifications. The dual rear cameras on the phone have AI powers, with the ability to recognize people, pets, food and more to dynamically adjust settings to give you the best shot. Other highlights on this 6.1-inch phone include a bright LCD display, a dedicated button for summoning the Google Assistant and a boom-box speaker with 32-bit hi-fi quad DAC. We're just waiting to hear a price tag and availability, which will be announced by LG's carrier partners in the U.S. 

HTC U12 (May 2018)

The HTC U11 was perhaps 2017’s best phone with the worst design. It was so dated, in fact, that the company was forced to push out a mid-cycle refresh in the form of the U11 Plus — a just-released variant with an 18:9 display and smaller bezels. Those of us in the United States will never see the U11 Plus, but the lessons learned from it should inform HTC’s next-generation flagship, which will either be know as the HTC U12 or U12+. We'll know for certain on May 23, when HTC is holding a launch event for its next phone.
Early rumors indicate the new HTC phone will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 processor and carry as much as 6GB of RAM. It could also boast dual cameras around the back and another pair at the front for selfies. If true — and recently leaked renders of the phone suggest that it will be — this will be HTC's first device with two rear shooters since the One M8 back in 2014. However, a leaked spec sheet recently threw cold water on the dual-camera rumor, as it lists a phone with just one rear shooter (though with 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage). You can also expect Edge Sense, a feature that gave the U11 squeezable sides, to make a reappearance in the new phone.

Moto G6 (June 2018)
Motorola seems to think you can never have too many midrange phones, and the company has shown no sign of slowing down its lightning pace of pumping them out. Coming soon is the 5.7-inch Moto G6, which brings an 18:9 display and dual cameras to the company's bread-and-butter budget offering.
The Moto G6 comes equipped with an efficient Snapdragon 450 processor that enables object recognition seamlessly through the redesigned camera app. Motorola says it has also improved natural language understanding, meaning the Moto G6 should be more aware of the context surrounding your queries and commands. The device is currently slated to ship unlocked and through carriers in June for $249, while a $199 Moto G6 Play will lose certain features to hit a lower price point. (Image Credit: Tom's Guide)

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (Q3 2018)

We're still in the early days of rumors for the successor to Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 (pictured here), but we may already have an idea of how powerful the next Samsung phablet will be. You can expect the handset to adopt Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 platform, like the just-released Galaxy S9 and S9+.
Additionally, a recent report out of SamMobile claimed a Note 9 prototype aced the HTML5Test benchmark with a score of 552, out of a possible 555. Software also looks as if it will see a pretty significant upgrade this time around; Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh has already confirmed the next iteration of the company's virtual assistant, Bixby, will debut on the Note 9. Samsung might also be planning to release its new phone in July or August to get it on store shelves quicker than last year's Note 8.

iPhone 2018 (Fall 2018)
According to early rumors, 2018 will see Apple expand the iPhone X’s unique design to a larger screen size — a Plus variant, if you will. Additional reports indicate the company is looking to introduce a lower-cost handset that matches the iPhone X's look, only with a less expensive LCD panel. Conventional wisdom has Apple releasing three phones — a 5.8-inch iPhone X sequel, a 6.5-inch X Plus and a 6.1-inch iPhone 9. Apple could also take a page out of Huawei's book and introduce three rear cameras to one of its new phones, though that may not be on tap until 2019.
It’s still relatively early in the rumor cycle for Apple’s upcoming smartphones, which typically don’t arrive until the fall, so take these reports with a grain of salt. To make matters more interesting, it’s possible these won’t be the only new iPhones we see in 2018. 

Google Pixel 3 (Q4 2018)

Back before the Pixel 2 launched, we heard there could be as many as three versions of the phone. That never came to pass, and instead we only saw two (pictured here). However, if early rumors surrounding the Pixel 3 are to be believed, Google may release a family of devices for its third-generation smartphones, thanks to its partial acquisition of HTC's mobile division last year.
The Mountain View company is reportedly planning two "premium" handsets alongside another "high-end" model, according to details published by Droid Life. Furthermore, Google's new phones could go up against Apple's Face ID tech in the iPhone X with iris scanning that is secure enough to be used for mobile payments, not just unlocking. Expect more on the Pixel 3 as we get closer to the fall. 

Nokia 8 Sirocco (April 2018)
The challenge with any phone announced by HMD Global, which now develops and sells phones under the Nokia banner, is figuring out which ones will reach the U.S. The good news is that the $270 Nokia 6.1, an improved version of last year's phone, is already available for order in the U.S. But if we could vote for another model to join Nokia's U.S. lineup, we'd clamor for the Nokia 8 Sirocco. This gorgeous-looking phone offers a display that stretches from one end of the device to other and a glass surface that curves around its sides. The Nokia 8 Sirocco doesn't trade durability for looks either: it can withstand 450 pounds of pressure and it boasts IP67 dust- and water-resistance.
As you would expect from a flagship phone, you're getting dual rear cameras, though you'll have to make do with last year's Snapdragon 835 processor. HMD says the Nokia 8 Sirocco will cost €749 when it ships. Here's hoping we'll be able to quote a U.S. price for the phone one day. 

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S (Unknown)

Xiaomi is a well-known brand in other parts of the world, but the Chinese firm has never sold a smartphone in the US. That could change later this year, as the company has expressed interest in expanding further west. Should Xiaomi follow through on that ambition, we hope it leads with the Mi Mix 2S — a powerful, beautifully designed handset only available in China that employs a Snapdragon 845 system-on-chip and next-to-no bezels on three sides.
The Mi Mix 2S is actually a mid-cycle refresh of the Mi Mix 2, which utilized Qualcomm's previous-generation processor. Although we're not smitten with the placement of the front-facing camera in the lower right corner, there's a lot to love about Xiaomi's latest. Customers in China can actually already get their hands on the product, so the Mi Mix 2S earns a spot on this list with the hope that it will one day grace our shores as well.

Sony Xperia Phones (April 2018, Summer 2018)
Sony figures to have a busy 2018. It's already started taking pre-orders on the Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact, two phones (pictured here) it previewed during February's Mobile World Congress. These latest flagships join the XZ lineup with a new processor (a Snapdragon 845) and an extra-wide display with an 18:9 aspect ratio that re-invigorates the boxy design you've come to expect from Sony over the years. Both phones offer a 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera that's been upgraded to capture 960-frames-per-second video at 1080p resolution.
While the the $799 XZ2 and $649 XZ2 Compact start rolling out to retail on April 20, Sony's already announced another phone — the Xperia XZ2 Premium. Set to arrive this summer, the phone will feature two rear lenses and a 4K display. It will also ship with more RAM than the other Xperia XZ2 models and run on a bigger battery. 

LG V35 ThinQ (Fall 2018)

Rather than introducing the LG G7 at Mobile World Congress this past February, the South Korean tech giant opted to instead roll out a refreshed version of its V30 flagship released in November, called the V30S ThinQ, shown here. Aside from the strange name, the new V30 brings few differences from its predecessor, with the exception of some AI integration in the camera app. It also won't be sold stateside, though its AI camera features have already made their way to the V30 in the form of a software update.

It appears the world will have to with until November or so for a true successor, so says the latest report from Korean publication ETNews. According to Android Headlines, the V35 ThinQ (as the latest rumors have dubbed it) will employ a 6-inch OLED display, a Snapdragon 845 chipset and a quad digital-to-analog converter for audio.

Asus ZenFone 5 and 5Z (Summer 2018)

We've seen a lot of competition in the budget flagship space between the likes of HTC, OnePlus and Honor. Now Asus is set to join the race with its ZenFone 5 and 5Z. Both models of the fifth-generation ZenFone line feature extra-wide displays with iPhone X-style notches, as well as dual cameras around the back and loads of intelligent software features designed to optimize everything from taking photos (with the help of object recognition) to charging the device and preserving the health of its battery over time.
The major difference between the ZenFone 5 and 5Z is processing power and cost, with the 5Z claiming Qualcomm's top-of-the-line Snapdragon 845 chip and a starting price of $499. We don't know the price of the ZenFone 5 yet, other than the fact that it'll be cheaper and utilize Qualcomm's midrange 636 system-on-chip. 

Samsung Galaxy X (2018)
We've been hearing rumblings for years that a foldable smartphone from Samsung was just around the corner. That corner wasn't in 2017. Could 2018 finally be that year? It all depends on who you talk to. 
The most popular rumor has Samsung producing a compact phone — possibly called the Galaxy X — which would fold out into a larger tablet. The phone could feature a hinge in the middle that will let you fold the smartphone open to interact with two OLED panels. (The already shipping Axon M from ZTE works like this.) This past September, Samsung Mobile CEO DJ Koh officially recognized the project, hinting that the Galaxy X will likely come out in 2018 and that it will fall under the Note brand. Other reports suggest that the Galaxy X may not be ready this year.
Since then, a prematurely published support page on the Samsung’s own website, in addition to a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, have only added fuel to the fire for one of 2018’s most hotly-anticipated and potentially game-changing handsets. 

ZTE Blade V9 (2018)

ZTE continues to squeeze flagship features into budget-minded phones with the latest entry in its Blade series. Highlights of the Blade V9 include full HD displays with 18:9 aspect ratios — a feature that's only starting to trickle down to lower-priced phones. As with the Blade V8 Pro, the V9 offers dual rear cameras, updated with improved low-light capabilities. The front camera now supports a face-unlocking feature.
The €269 Blade V9 is headed for Europe at the moment, and we expected a variant of the phone to reach U.S. carriers later this year. However, the exports ban recently imposed on the company puts an American debut in serious jeopardy.

Red Hydrogen One (2018)
Both the Galaxy Note 8 and iPhone X sport price tags pushing $1,000, but they look like discount models compared to the Red Hydrogen One, a photo-centric phone that will start at $1,195 when preorders open. This modular smartphone's marquee feature is a holographic display that's capable of showing off 3D content, plus support for augmented and virtual reality without a headset. It's unclear exactly how Red will achieve that, but the company has a history with high-end cameras, so we expect to some advanced photo features at the very least. Some bad news, though: the phone, which was to have debuted this summer, has been pushed back to at least August, as Red works to improve the camera module and get the device certified with carriers. 

BlackBerry phones with keyboards (2018)

After 2017's BlackBerry KeyOne (pictured here) provided a pretty impressive phone with a physical keyboard, TCL Communications went back to producing phones with on-screen keyboards in the form of the BlackBerry Motion. But keyboards are still very much in the plans of TCL, which has the global rights to produce BlackBerry phones. At CES, the phone maker told us that two additional phones with keyboards would come out at some point in 2018. Fans of old-school BlackBerry devices, please mark your calendars.

Nokia 8810 4G (May 2018)
All right, so it's not a smartphone. But this blast from the past certainly catches the eye. HMD Global is rebooting the classic 8810 that first turned heads during the Matrix with 4G connectivity. While it's still a flip phone, it's capable of running special versions of Gmail, Google Maps and Facebook on KaiOS, a forked version of the Firefox OS. The phone costs €79, which suggests it may not ship in the U.S., though last year's updated Nokia 3310 phone eventually made it over here.



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