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IFA 2016 will see a spate of new smartphones announced and released at the event and either side of it. Right now, it’s worth waiting before making any purchases. Let's take a look at what new devices we expect and what current ones are soon to become cheaper.

Upcoming Smartphones

iPhone 7

The unerring Leakster Evan Blass @evleaks has brought news that the iPhone 7 will be available for preorder from September 16. While we’re not necessarily saying you should buy an iPhone, it is worth being aware that this flagship device, competitor to the Galaxy S7,  is on the horizon.

Honor 8

In China, the Honor 8 has been available since mid-July, and there is a launch event taking place on August 16, where we can expect to hear on the US release and pricing. It will take the place of its successful predecessor, the Honor 7. Given this, we have two recommendations.

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It's best to wait before purchasing an Honor 7. / © ANDROIDPIT

Either you wait until the release of the Honor 8, and pick one up, or you wait a short while after the release to purchase the Honor 7, once it has fallen in price. If you’re lucky, you can currently expect to pick up an Honor 7 for around $300. Expect that to fall to new lows in the wake of the Honor 8.

Lowest price: Honor 8
$254.77
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Nexus Sailfish and Nexus Marlin

Google looks likely to bring two new Nexus devices to market this year in partnership with HTC, which you should definitely be worth the wait. The same rule applies here as with the Honor 8: either wait for the new device and get that, or wait for the older devices to drop in price and pick up one of those.

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The Nexus 6P is already out there for cheap, but it's best to wait! / © AndroidPIT

Whatever you do, do not pick up a Nexus 6P or Nexus 5X now. While both are great, they will be selling for dirt cheap once their successors, the Marlin and Sailfish, respectively, are released.

Amazon price for Google Nexus 6P
$501.00
Amazon
Lowest price: Google Nexus 6P
$375.00
eBay
Amazon price for Google Nexus 5X
$319.79
Amazon
Lowest price: Google Nexus 5X
$240.00
eBay

Lenovo Moto Z

In the Americas, the Lenovo Moto Z is already available. The device is innovative in that it dispenses with the headphone jack and adopts a magnetic grid that can be used to attach modules to the device, including a speaker and a projector.

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The Moto Z is expandable, but without any modules attached it is under 5 mm thick. / © AndroidPIT

The Moto Z is by no means a bargain, starting at around $620, and the modules are not cheap, either. But it has a lot more to offer than many other mid-range devices. It may even have something more to offer to some people than the relatively mundane Galaxy S7 Edge, for example.

If you live outside the US, it may well be worth waiting for the launch of the Moto Z, which takes place in late September.

ASUS ZenFone 3

Asus has finally done it: the ZenFone 3 Deluxe is the first Taiwanese Android smartphone that can match up to the flagship competition. The ZenFone 3 Deluxe is, in fact, even faster, because it has the latest Snapdragon 820 running at a higher clock speed. On paper, this device is even Daydream compatible and theoretically offers better support for future virtual reality games and applications than many comparable devices.

The Zenfone 3 range’s US release date is uncertain at this point, but it’s pretty easy to import one via Amazon.

Conclusion

Expect a smartphone heatwave this autumn, with a host of new devices that will be worth waiting for. You stand to benefit either way: whether you want the new features offered by the upcoming devices, or you’d rather save money when the older devices see a price drop. So wait now and rejoice later, whether through money saved or a better device for the money you’d spend on a handset now.

Readers' favorite comments

  • Rideau 4 months ago

    It’s worth waiting for the iPhone 7 release before making any purchase, but we don't care about Galaxy Note 7, Xperia XR and LG V20?

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  • Napster 3 months ago Link to comment

    Where's the V20? iPhone 7 has no place here frankly!

  • I just bought Samsung J7 for my wife, replacing a dead (motherboard!) LG G3. The J7 in Israel sells for about $300, and provides 90% of the value of the $1000 phones (yes iPhones and S7 edge sell here for $1000!). After so many years with mobile phones, so many dead pieces of electronics in drawers, one gets to the conclusion that investing another $700 to $1000 dollars for a phone, with broken screen costs, possibility of major issue with board, the difference in functionality for most people (except phone-geeks and show-offs) does not worth it. With Android 6 restoring like a charm all her contacts, apps and WhatsApp conversations, she went back to delightful communications on a excellent 5.5 screen - and yes, it is not 4K resolution.... but have you forgotten that half of the world population is already incapable of detecting the difference?... nfc, LTE, excellent gps and bluetooth... pay less, continue safely knowing that you have not spent ridiculous amount of money on your (mainly) WhatsApp /facebook / some mails machine...

  • xa ax 3 months ago Link to comment

    Why the hell would Android users want to wait for the Iphone 7? Iphone, Windows PHone, Blackberry, none of them have the value that Android users are currently getting from the Android ecosystem. And what's wrong with the Note 7? Better yet, what's wrong with the S7 or S7 Edge? They are the best selling Android phones out right now. There's no evidence to suggest that up-coming Chinese models will come close to offering the value that the Galaxy phones are offering. This article seems like it's going all out to direct everyone to forget about Samsung phones. The insult though is calling out for everyone to wait for the Iphone 7. That's just complete unnecessary b.s. for this website.

  • I want to use Honor 8

  • iko 4 months ago Link to comment

    that s life My note7 is on order nun of the above have a S pen

    • He'll yes samsung drew first blood and and may I say great first move ! I have my note 7 on order too I'm gud with my first move frome note 4 still worthy pick but yea I'm gud !

  • I agree LG V20 should be on that list.

    • I agree. I have the V10 and want to upgrade to the 20. T Mobile in store guys hadn't even heard of it though as of yesterday so wondering if the name isn't set.

      • xa ax 3 months ago Link to comment

        That's the problem with the V10. It should have been a strong enough of a phone not to need such a quick upgrade. But yet here you guys are eagerly waiting to chuck your V-10's for something new. Speaks volumes.

  • Thomas S 4 months ago Link to comment

    Iphone 7 and no LG V20? Common, it'll be the first phone released with android 7

  • Ivan C. 4 months ago Link to comment

    ... and no need to put iPhone on the list for this is androidpit!

  • Harshith 4 months ago Link to comment

    don't mention as
    Lenovo moto z
    it's moto z
    that's it

  • Mark 4 months ago Link to comment

    The LG V20 should have definitely been on this list, it will be a great phone. The Note 7 is the S7 edge with a pen not worth buying for the extra money. . The IPhone is just to boring no innovation and they all look the same.

  • Apples fall from a tree and are for consumption. Note 7 is no phone but a tablet... 5,5inch is the maximum size for most bigscreen lovers. A nexus with a snapdragon 820? Thats like GOLD!!! PURE STOCK SPEED...ohw and about sony: they screwed up big time with all the glass breaking of their phones...the entire phone even bents to become beyond repair!!! Not to mention their NON support to fix that!!!

  • Rideau 4 months ago Link to comment

    It’s worth waiting for the iPhone 7 release before making any purchase, but we don't care about Galaxy Note 7, Xperia XR and LG V20?

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