Samsung might have just revealed its Galaxy S8. And LG’s G6 is definitely one of the best phones of the year so far. But before you go signing a two-year contract, remember that there are some true game-changers just around the corner.
Whether you’re an Apple fanatic, a serial upgrader or a fan of outsider brands, these are the five upcoming phones that are definitely worth holding out for.
1) Apple iPhone 8
There’s been so much chat about the iPhone 8 that it’s hard to know where to begin. The updated Apple smartphone isn’t due to launch until September, but already the rumour mill has seemingly proved that it will feature a new, all–glass design, 3D facial recognition smarts and a vertical camera compatible with Virtual Reality headsets.
Throw in talk of a clever, shape–shifting ‘function area’ at the bottom of the screen, similar to that on 2016’s MacBook Pro, and you have a handset that’s unlikely to be matched in 2017.
2) Google Pixel 2
Google’s Pixel and Pixel XL were last year’s critical smash hits. They showed what Android phones could really do, putting Samsung and LG on notice.
This year’s Pixel 2 looks set to build on that platform. As with the Galaxy S8, there’s likely to be an all–screen front, with the fingerprint scanner placed on the back of the phone. It may feature a curved display and should come fully waterproof too.
Google has joined up with Sony to offer improved wireless audio in its newest edition of Android, meaning a standard headphone slot may not make the cut. It should be out in October.
3) OnePlus 5
OnePlus has become one of the coolest smartphone brands in the world. Its independent outlook and killer devices have attracted customers after something unique.
Due to launch in June, the OnePlus 5 is said to come with a huge 23-megapixel camera, curved display and, best of all, a massive 4000mAh battery that can last upwards of 36 hours on a single charge.
4) Sony Xperia X Ultra
Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium stole the show at Mobile World Congress. But the Japanese tech giant is already plotting its next move. The Xperia X Ultra is believed to come with a 21:9 screen, longer than the 18:9 version found on the Galaxy S8.
The aim is to offer better app multitasking, as well as improved movie viewing. Sony should also include a 19-megapixel camera. Definitely one for fans of out–there devices.
5) Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Note 7 debacle doesn’t seem to have hampered Samsung too badly, despite predictions to the contrary. In fact, it looks set to release a successor device, the Galaxy Note 8, later this summer.
Little is known about this new phone, other than that it will come with a capacious screen, stylus and creative skills aimed at taking on Apple’s iPad Pro range. It should also include iris and facial scanning, like the Galaxy S8.