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New Android phones to look out for in 2018

New Android phones to look out for in 2018

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

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The same, but with curved edges? / © AndroidPIT

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

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The fingerprint scanner may be in a new position. / © Techno Codex

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

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This is the concept of the Samsung Galaxy X. © Letsgodigital

RED Hydrogen One

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

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This is the RED Hydrogen One. © RED

Google Pixel 3

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

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What will the next Pixel have in store for us? © AndroidPIT

Huawei P20

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

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Will the Huawei P20 resemble the iPhone X? © XDA

Honor 10

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

Motorola Moto Z3

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

The others

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!

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  • No new phones from Sony?

  • Sorin Jan 4, 2018 Link to comment

    I'm waiting for iPhone XX, who is the follower of his iPhone X!

  • Question 1-- Any word on a new Nexus device??

    Question 2-- What are yalls views on the Nextbit??

  •   13
    Deactivated Account Jan 1, 2017 Link to comment

    X Premium... Snapdragon 835 and display 4K HDR

  • Good list! Thanks for sharing

  • SNault Dec 30, 2016 Link to comment

    What about Nokia?

  • Rumour now that the Samsung Galaxy S8 will support a stylus pen,so Samsung trying to get the disappointed Note 7 users a phone to switch to quickly instead of waiting for the future Note 8,Who is going to produce the best "Edge" screen phone in 2017?

  • Samsung is the best

  • Oneplus4 will be great phone as compare to Oneplus3.

  • Can't wait for the Huawei P10

  • I think " Oneplus 4 " will overcome in this list, really waiting for launch of it.

  • nice job buddy….i was really excited to know about the upcoming phones.

  • Skip the Asus 6.8 phone...the camera is ok but not all that. The battery life for being 4600 mah isn't that great, it's quirky and when you speak while the speakerphone is on, no one can hear you. The speakers are the best I've ever heard and the screen is great but otherwise...why can't they make a huge phone with a great battery and a fantastic camera.

  • gpon Aug 28, 2016 Link to comment

    Never trust HTC again. Too bad Nexus is teaming up with them. Let them go broke.

    • ???????????????????????????????????

    • Did you have a bad experience with an HTC phone?

      • zvljml Dec 21, 2016 Link to comment

        No..so far , the beast really satisfy me..great phone ,stunnish durability and mommamia"..sweet satisfaction 😁

    • Never trust them for what reason? Is it because they make phones that blow up in your face, or maybe it's because after 2 or3 months of owning a HTC devices it adopts lag, and the battery don't last. Oh I'm sorry that's what happens to all my Samsung devices. I'm disappointed with HTC myself, but they are hands down the best performing android phones on the market. The problem I have with them is they keep designing the phone to look more and more plain. They let all these other manufacturers steal their identity and instead of improving on its design they have taken steps backwards. The facts about HTC phones still remain they are great devices. Start your own company and bless the world with your ideas instead of trolling on HTC because your a fanboy of someone else.

  • Loffea Aug 23, 2016 Link to comment

    I am looking forward.

  • WHEN is one of you blogger pukes going to notice the ZTE Axon 7??
    I Have owned one for a month and it is a True Flagship with the BEST warranty in
    The phone Industry.
    Metal Body fingerprint reader 2k display 4 gb ram 64 gb onboard memory
    Decent camera and all for 399.00 U.S.

    • Eric Sep 6, 2016 Link to comment

      Have to change my old Note 3 and cannot decide between the Axon 7 and V20... I prefer 5.7 inches as I read a lot (ebook) and watch a lot of movies/episodes on my phone (with headphones) . Still waiting to see the V20 pre-order price. Price wise the Axon 7 is really cheap and reviews are good. Just a little bit afraid of Chinese phones (that's why I didn't get the Nexus 6P yet).

      • I have 2 v20 phones on Sprint. Its not my Note7 but a solid device that my Kid and I use daily. Note, I have a 935p or s7 edge that sits on a nightstand collecting dust because after owning a Note7, I have no interest in picking it up again. Yes the Note7 was that much better and yes I will buy the next Note that Samsung releases.

    • As soon as they quit confusing the Axon 7 as a HTC device!

    • I agree, the Axon 7 seems to regularly be left out of these comparisons; but it's now officially discontinued, so let's look forward to the Axon 8 giving the other flagships some serious competition!

    • It's far from being a flagship. The Note 5 for the less blows it away.

  • so ugly phones

  • What about Nokia?

  • If the Note 6/7 doesn't deliver in terms of next gen hardware including a 4k screen,
    then Project Ara will more than satisfy my addiction to the smartphone, next year.

  • Update my phone

  • where are nexus phones ??????

  • Mark
    • Admin
    May 31, 2016 Link to comment

    The Phone I am excited about is the successor to the LG V10.

  • Axon 7

  • Thank you for a thorough and well-written article :)

    Xiaomi Mi5

    Xiaomi also impressed me at CES this year in Las Vegas
    The Xiaomi Mi5 has nice specs

    $470 is still not in my price range for an unlocked Android Smartphone

    I would pay $350, for stock Android OS Marshmallow
    With guaranteed Android OS N update this year

    Healthy competition keeps LG Samsung HTC in check
    Sorry Motorola, you screwed me once (never again)

    Screw you, too, Asus
    (Zenfone 2 screen malfunction after a month, no refund offered)

    OnePlus, Sony, Project Tango, Nextbit - no thank you!

    Project Ara, Allview P8 - I'm interested - why was ZTE left out this year?

  • Alex Apr 23, 2016 Link to comment

    I am more excited about the upcoming OnePlus 3 as I was very much impressed and used their predecessors OnePlus One,OnePlus Two and OnePlusX, they always bring the best out of the best and Cool and Impressive features for less money,I am awaiting for the upcoming OnePlus 3 very-much!!

  • I see your still going on about the Sony Z6! Don't think so?

  •   31
    Deactivated Account Apr 20, 2016 Link to comment

    Note 6, and the next Nexus... and very interested to see where Lenovo are going with this year's X.

  • The article was good but now most of the smartphones are already launched so better to update this info with some new smartphones to exited in 2016 like some upcoming smartphones from Nokia HTC and LG etc -

    • I wish Nokia would come out with a phone that was strict vanilla android with no skinning, an sd card, fingerprint, large battery, 1080p or better screen, front-firing speakers and at least 2 OS updates. I'd buy a f**cking warehouse full off them.

      If I had the working capital, I'd just do it my damn self and take the market share overnight.

  • Still early in the year but a rather unimpressive list of what to expect. I was almost shocked to see Samsung release the s7 this early in the year with fractional upgrades. Seems like a waste to me as I type this on my Note 5 that is still upto standards and passes most of the phones in this release list.

    While I will wait until later in the year to upgrade my Note 5, I look forward to seeing some good upgrades via android wear and hopefully see Samsung ditch that pathetic Tizen. It is beautiful but let's face it, their app market fails. It is difficult to code and they are way too strict on what they allow.

    2016 will be pretty lackluster on phone advancements but should be a golden time for wearables. Let's hope some big advancements come early 2017 to make up for this year.

  • As a One Plus One owner I can stress enough how poor of quality control and customer service One Plus has. Not to mention extremely slow updates as they have a very small team and they tend to get even slower the more phones they release.

  • I'm interested in the 2016 Moto G, with a few improvements HD screen, fingerprint reader and NFC, this could be a very compelling phone. You don't need the latest processors, etc to have a really great phone.

    • No you don't. But what you do need is a processor that isn't complete overheating garbage and unfortunately thats what Lenovo gave the Moto g4 and g4 Plus when they decided to use the Snapdragon 615 chipset. Must of got a fire sale deal on them from Qualcomm and now screwing Moto customers as they know good and well from the forums that the Plus is garbage and owners are pissed waiting for an update to come that will fix nothing.

  • Eagerly waiting for Zenfone 3!

    • Just make sure sure you choose the correct variant that actually sees an update because there's many Zenfone 2 owners not real happy with Asus.. Pitchfork mobs of them, basically.

  • McNeil Feb 18, 2016 Link to comment

    Am tempted into buying iphone 7 , but am not a big fan of it. So its a z6 ☺

  • Mark
    • Admin
    Feb 18, 2016 Link to comment

    Still looking forward to LG V11, Looks like the G5 will be a great phone. I am glad the early rumors on the G5 about the battery being non removable and the 808 processor proved to be false.

  • rick Feb 18, 2016 Link to comment

    i wont buy it, if it dosnt have a sd card.

    • I was hoping that Google finally got a clue when they included adaptive support for sd cards in Marshmallow. Thinking this will be the year I can finally escape OEM skins and lack of updates by buying a Nexus with an sd card. Surely Google would finally see the light with this new adaptive support feature in Android.....

      Nope, just as damn clueless as ever. I'll buy a smartphonee with 32-64gb total storage just as soon as I revisit the 1990s in my time machine and buy a laptop with that pitiful amount.

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    Deactivated Account Feb 17, 2016 Link to comment

    Actually, I'd like to see a phone similar to the Fairphone, which comes with no apps, no bloatware, you download whatever apps you want yourself. Fairphone for now is only available to Europeans as I understand it. Would also like to see it running pure naked uncut Android, instead of Google's "stock", which is their fork version of Android, or so I've been told. In other words, I want an actual Android phone rather than a Google phone. Finally, since Android is supposedly having the ability to make your device your own. I'd like to be able to change my boot animation, like I can change my wallpapers & widgets, without having to root my phone. I'd like to see someone come up with a phone that can do that!

  •   8
    Deactivated Account Feb 17, 2016 Link to comment

    There were 3 Moto X last year, the Play, the Style/Pure Edition & the Force, which is still yet to be released in Australia!?! For the new 2016 version I'd like to see Motorola put out a phone that has all the goodies in the one device instead of different versions of it. Also, I'm sorry they are now reduced from being a company in their own right to being a Lenovo line, but I would also like to see no Lenovo branding on the next Moto phones, just the Moto symbol, otherwise I probably won't want it.

  • Yogesh Feb 17, 2016 Link to comment

    Ringing Bells Freedom 251 for ₹ 251 or less than $ 5 launch in INDIA.
    It has a 4-inch qHD display, is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processor, has 1GB of RAM, comes with 3G connectivity and runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop). It has a 3.2-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera.

  • "What the G4 lacked in premium materials, it makes up for with premium features". You can build the phone using gold, silver, platinum, or palladium. If it doesn't have a removable battery, then I'll take a plastic cover 1000 times before I'll take your "premium materials".

  • Samsung phones already have something comparable to 3D touch. It's called airview, and it has been a feature since the S4 has been around. Check it out.

  • **Apple iPhone 7**
    We are very curious if we will see an edge display on Apple's phone.
    **Samsung Galaxy S7**
    Hopefully they will implement some of the old features from galaxy s5.
    **LG G5**
    The company is planning to introduce an iris scanner as part of the security feature, and the G5 will also come with a 21 MP camera for 4K resolution pictures.
    **Microsoft Surface Phone**
    Has the ability to compete directly with the iPhone 7 and the Samsung Galaxy S7.

  • Check out the new phone range by iDROID USA. They have recently launched iDROID Majesty which is a majestic super phone. It has a classy design with reliable software built into it. It comes in three beautiful colors - Royal Black, Royal White and Majestic Gold. Visit their official website to see what it looks like.

  • Absolutely looking forward to Zenfone 3....

  • Mark
    • Admin
    Jan 12, 2016 Link to comment

    I am now looking to the LG V11 since it is looking bad for the G5. Most say it will not have a removable battery and will still be using the Snapdragon 808 because the 820 still not ready. If that is true I think it will be an epic fail, lets hope not.

  • Hey Scott! Great compilation of phones you put up in this article. Project Ara is the one that gets me most excited, even though, as a design lover, I can't wait to get my hands on a NextBit too :)

  • i love the LG G5
    from Loverberry.Tk

  •   18
    Deactivated Account Jan 11, 2016 Link to comment

    Why rubbish adds on Androidpit?

    Deactivated Account

  • red mi and other chinese phone will be winner in big market like india

  • storm Jan 10, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm looking forward to the Asus Padfone S2. SD820, plenty of RAM, high spec camera, SD card storage and all the rest of the goodness. Plus a tablet dock. Supposed to be released in March.

    But it looks like it isn't coming to the US. No coverage of it in CES, no US announcements yet. AT&T had exclusive rights to the earlier version, but this one should be sold unlocked. Just apparently not in the US.

  • Luka Jan 10, 2016 Link to comment

    I'm not really excited about any of these phones.
    Sure, I'd like to see the successor of my Galaxy S6, but I'm notsure if I'd really buy it. Same goes for the HTC One M10. As for G5, Z6 UI of these phones puts me so off that I avoid seeing these phones as much as I can. OK, seriously, it's ugly. Before anyone mentions TouchWiz, it's great now and I can't believe what I'm saying, but I love using it. For the first time on a Samsung device, I didn't go to Play Store and downloaded Now Launcher right away.
    As for the phone I'm really excited about and can't wait to see, it's the next Nexus device(s).
    I'd really like to see a new tablet and I'd try a 6" phablet (although coming from a 4" phone to the S6 was really something I needed some getting used to). So I think I'm not the only one and that this list is missing the Nexus(es)

  • Thanks for sharing nice blog ! Once Letv launches its superphones, they will be one of the best budget phones in the market.The budget phone does have a lot of unique features to offer.

  • Recently, I suggest LETV phones from China ,With TYPE C fast charging port,support HML function to HDTV ,Fingerprint Unlock function...

  •   31
    Deactivated Account Nov 11, 2015 Link to comment

    Nextbit Robin interesting design, in a world of design based devices it really stands out, clean and simple, not sure if the cloud based software will make a difference, I've never had storage problems, but its definitely an interesting idea.

  • Mark
    • Admin
    Nov 3, 2015 Link to comment

    Once again, you always talk non premium materials on LG-G4. The exact complaint that got us the Samsung S duds. I will buy a plastic back phone with a removable battery and micro SD. Try to give me an all glass slipperier eel S__t phone with out those features and I will hand it back to you. The specs on the phone are what counts the most not it's back cover. The only reason I did not buy the G4 was the 808 processor. I still have great hope for the G5

  • You seem to have focused on the the popular phones from 2014-15. I think the new action will come from China. Not Japan or South Korea. The phones coming from China are looking more interesting every quarter. Also they have some very cool chipsets. (Kirin, Mediatek etc.). What do you think? Think Huawei Mate 8!

    • I was about to order a mate 7 when I saw the mate 8 was released in China. Huawei needs to improve their support in the states. Other than that I am all in. Fantastic specs with Android 6 and the best fingerprint unlocking system available.

  • Yaaawn! Nextbit is a "square" phones , Samsung is old story (like a cowboy reruns), HTC is a "dead end", LG has gone bananas!, Project Ara is a lot of "Air-raah", Asus is another Tom, Dick and Harry , dont talk about Nexus it is just about Android nothing but Google, whats there to be excited about? Nothing gets my hearts racing like a 7inch phablet , even a gold plated phone doesnt make my cut.

  • Bubba Oct 31, 2015 Link to comment

    Anything about the Xiaomi Mi6?

  • Also maybe a different design to the Galaxy note 6 next year would be cool with a removable battery and micro sd!!

  • I have one plus two invite of US. Anybody interested may contact me.

  • Mark
    • Admin
    Oct 26, 2015 Link to comment

    I don't agree that the Nextbit Robin will be anything I saw the release article. It is just a mid line phone that is ugly with its sharp corners, and pastel colors. What about the LG-G5, that is the only phone I am looking forward to way more than the flex.

    • LG G5 for sure, will add that to the list in future perhaps with the Xperia Z6.

      Robin, I think it's exciting to have a new Android product that is so unique. I really dig the design :)

      • I agree, the Robin has a new angle and I am interested to see where it goes on the market.

      • Mark
        • Admin
        Nov 3, 2015 Link to comment

        What new angle "the cloud"? The cloud is nothing new it is the whole get rid of the SD card so they can rent you space on a sever. There is no cloud. If you believe that there is a bunch of 1 and 0 floating around somewhere, I have a bridge you might be interested in.

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        Deactivated Account Feb 17, 2016 Link to comment

        Yeah I agree with Mark, "cloud" phone, or phone that sends your private info to some computer goodness knows where. No thanks! SD cards for me, then my info stays with me.

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