2018’s biggest smartphones look set to take this year’s most innovative developments and run with them. Facial scanning, all–screen designs and even triple lens cameras are likely to become the norm, as mobile makers look to up the ante and take on Apple after its iPhone X stole all the headlines in late 2017.
If you’re holding out for a new phone, these are the ten handsets to keep a keen eye out for over the next 12 months.
1) Apple iPhone X Plus
Bigger and bolder, Apple’s iPhone X Plus already appears nailed on for launch in late 2018.
Trailed by analyst Ming Chi Kuo, whose supply chain sources always appear to deliver correct gossip about Apple products, the larger take on this year’s iPhone X is said to feature a massive 6.5–inch screen, while retaining the same design as the best phone of 2017.
A dual lens camera, Face ID and faster internal components are all likely to feature.
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2) Apple iPhone X LCD
Perhaps more intriguing than the iPhone X Plus is talk of a more affordable version of the iPhone X.
Teased by Kuo, this handset is believed to have a 6.1–inch display, but one which utilises LCD rather than OLED tech. That, coupled with a single rather than dual lens camera, means its price should be significantly lower than the current iPhone X.
Some even reckon it could cost as little as $650 SIM–free, a major saving compared with the iPhone X.
3) Samsung Galaxy S9
Next off the block for Samsung, the Galaxy S9 is due to make its first official appearance at a special event ahead of the annual Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona next February.
Already the subject of intense speculation, the phone is believed to come with an improved screen-to-body ratio, tweaked iris scanning to ensure a more secure unlocking process and a dual lens camera, a first for the Galaxy S range.
With a 3.5mm headphone slot and possibly Bluetooth earbuds in the box, it should be a worthy alternative to the iPhone X.
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4) Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Not due until next August at the earliest, Samsung’s next Galaxy Note device should give us a big indicator of whether the Korean company has got some smart new tech up its sleeve.
Many rumours point towards the Note 9 coming with an in–screen fingerprint scanner, something which Samsung has long been trying to crack. If it does so, the Note 9 will have a serious edge on the competition.
Throw in an improved dual lens camera and Android Oreo and this will doubtless be a hit.
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5) Huawei P11
Huawei has quietly become of the biggest players in the smartphone space. And after the P10 won plaudits for its design, camera and overall usability, the new P11 promises to take things to another level.
Rumours suggest its Leica–made camera will be a massive, 40-megapixel triple lens effort, backed up by a 24-megapixel front–facing selfie shooter. There are also claims about the P11 having a similar notch to the iPhone X, as well as AI processing for pictures.
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6) LG G7
LG’s G6 was one of 2017’s best phones, but was somewhat eclipsed by its rivals. The Korean company will be hoping it can grab more headlines in 2018 with its new G7.
Said to feature beefed up facial scanning, in a direct riposte to Apple and Samsung’s devices, LG’s new flagship may also come with an OLED screen and the latest Qualcomm processor.
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7) OnePlus 6
The OnePlus 5T is barely a month old. But the Chinese mobile maker always releases two devices every year, with the new OnePlus 6 expected to hit shelves in the summer.
With the 5T already rocking a smart, all–screen design, rear fingerprint scanner and basic facial scanning, the 6 is likely to offer refinements rather than bold reimagining. Expect Face Unlock to be more secure and have greater functionality, while the display may see its resolution boosted.
Of course, the SIM–free price will doubtless stay low in order to entice upgrading consumers.
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8) Google Pixel 3
Google is believed to be prepping three takes on its Pixel 3, with a high–end, premium model sitting alongside upgraded versions of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
While details are thin on the ground, the premium edition is expected to take aim at the iPhone X Plus and Galaxy S9. To that end, expect an OLED screen, facial scanning and a dual-lens camera at the very least. Not to mention the next iteration of Google’s Android platform.
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9) Sony Xperia XZ Premium 2
Sony has struggled to capture the imagination of smartphone fans in recent years, despite a major effort to face down Samsung, Apple and LG. Next year’s second take on its Xperia XZ Premium, which should star at MWC in Barcelona, will hopefully right some past wrongs.
Expect a stunning, 4K display, smaller bezels and a bigger screen.
10) Apple iPhone SE 2
Apple’s basic, 4–inch iPhone SE remains a huge hit, despite being almost two years old. A series of recent rumours have pegged the device for an upgrade in early 2018, with Apple said to be retaining the small screen, but adding faster silicon and a better camera.
The price is likely to remain low, though, meaning the iPhone SE 2 will be the best entry point into Apple’s ecosystem.
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