This year saw the arrival of numerous excellent smartphones, which we’ll no doubt continue to talk about for some time. As 2017 draws to a close, our gaze has now been turned to future smartphones. Here are the dazzling new Android phones that will be released in 2018.
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Samsung Galaxy A 2018
In keeping with tradition, Samsung’s next generation of mid-range smartphones are expected to make their debut early next year. Four models will be among them: A3, A5, A7 and A8.
The A range is still inspired by the S range. It looks like the specs will be complementary to those of the 2017 range, with early images and information confirming this hypothesis by means of an Infinity Display screen in 18.5:9 format, similar to the one seen on the last Galaxy S8 and Note 8. In terms of the connector, users will probably be relieved to hear that there will be a mini jack to connect their headphones or earphones.
Expected launch date: January-February 2018
Samsung Galaxy S9
It’s hard to neglect mentioning the Galaxy S9 in the list of Android smartphones to keep an eye on in 2018. More precisely, it’s not one but two smartphones that should be announced. The two future successors of the S8 and S8+ could surprise everyone by appearing at the end of February instead of March, as was the case in 2017.
Samsung’s two future showpieces will offer some important material innovations. From a design point of view, it's best not to expect big new features, but rather a better positioned fingerprint reader and the installation of a dual sensor camera, just like the Note 8.
Expected launch date: February 2018
Samsung Galaxy X
Although the Galaxy S9 will certainly take up a lot of our time early next year, it’s probably the Samsung Galaxy X that will stand out from the South Korean manufacturer. This smartphone could indeed inaugurate the future of the brand’s phones. We’ve been talking about Samsung and its folding screen concepts for months now. By hearing things about it, and above all, the same things, we began to think that it was maybe all just gossip. That is, until Samsung confirmed the release of its device for 2018.
The Galaxy X, which could be presented at CES 2018, could have a folding flap-type screen. It would consist of two screens, with one screen being able to be folded away (not a fold between the two screens). As for the rest, we don’t know any information about colors, materials or other elements relating to the design and finish.
Expected launch date: unknown
Six months ago, the manufacturer RED introduced a smartphone called Hydrogen One. This smartphone, which is expected to arrive in 2018, will feature a holographic display and modular system, with the aim of offering professional video quality. The robustly designed camera will carry photo and video sensors that should reflect the manufacturer’s quality.
Of course, the main interest of the smartphone lies in the holographic screen. This holographic screen won’t be like the HTC Evo 3D or Nintendo 3DS. It’ll be possible to see things differently depending on the angles of perspective, and the content will be visible from 4 sides. It will also play a role in the creation of media formats (audio and video).
As we talk about 2K, 4K and other such things every day, RED Hydrogen One could give us a first glimpse of the future.
Expected launch date: unknown
The Pixel 3 will appear, but at its own pace. The beloved, beautiful Pixel, with its Assistant and its big camera. Without a doubt, the smartphone will have a pure Android interface. Google’s acquisition of part of HTC’s mobile division should increase the quality and offer an even more advanced smartphone. Google could finally switch to the dual sensor camera and offer a higher camera than its predecessor, already classed as a reference in its field.
Expected launch date: End of September 2018
After the announcement of the Huawei Mate 10 Pro last October, the Huawei P20, the successor of the Huawei P10, attracted the attention of the brand’s fans. Following the Chinese brand's latest productions, the Huawei P20 should offer a FullView screen (in other words bezel-less) and adopt a notch on the front of the screen, just as the iPhone X has.
Huawei will also have planned some good surprises with respect to the camera. For example, the Huawei PCE series will include three main cameras equipped with Leica lenses. One of these cameras will offer a resolution of 40MPand and hybrid x5 zoom. Under the hood, the Huawei P11 will include the latest Kirin 970 processor with artificial intelligence.
Expected launch date: March 2018
The Honor 9 was hugely successful thanks to its premium design and technical features, which almost brought the smartphone into the flagship category. Honor would like to repeat that this year with a new model: the Honor 10.
Will it be able to do as well as the Honor 9? This could be quite possible as Honor seems to have adopted the aggressive strategy of offering increasingly attractive devices at affordable prices. This is evidenced by the latest Honor View 10, which matches the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, despite the fact that the latter costs hundreds of dollars more. This Honor 10 could therefore take up the same concept and adopt the technical data features of the Huawei P11, which will be announced at the MWC.
Expected launch date: June-July 2018
Let's now move on to Motorola’s new flagship: the Moto Z3. As you can imagine, this is the successor of the Moto Z, Z2 Play and Z2. Just like last year, the Moto Z3 could be compatible with Moto Mods. Lenovo would thus maintain the magnetic connection model, as seen on previous models. This is important for long-term planning, but it also has its drawbacks: the shape and size of the smartphone are specified by what the mods can fit onto.
Expected launch date: unknown
Other Android smartphones to keep an eye on in 2018 include the LG G7 (February-March), the HTC 12 (April), the Xiaomi Mi 7 and the OnePlus 6 (June), among the most popular models. Sony might surprise us too, since as of yet the Japanese manufacturer has been relatively reserved about the design of its smartphones, remaining true to the Omnia design introduced a few years ago. Many users have the impression that Sony smartphones have a rather outdated design and large borders around the screen. Thankfully in 2018, things could change.
Here are the smartphones we'll be watching for throughout 2018. Which ones will you be looking for over the next year? Are there any devices we may have missed? Let us know in the comments!