The best new phones coming in 2017 & 2018

The best new phones of 2017 and 2018 that are yet to go on sale. Before you upgrade your current smartphone, read the latest news and rumours on the best new phones launching in the coming year.

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Best new phones in the coming year

  • Apple iPhone 8 - September launch
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - 23 August launch
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 mini - launch TBC
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 - 25 February launch
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 - 31 August launch
  • Google Pixel 2 - September/October launch
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force - 25 July launch
  • Nokia 8 - 16 August launch
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 - launch TBC

The best new phones of 2017 and 2018 will offer faster performance and longer battery life. Some will use the new Snapdragon 835 chip for which headline performance figures include 25 percent faster graphics rendering and half the power consumption compared to the Snapdragon 801.

You can expect this processor to be paired with at least 4- but potentially as much as 8GB of RAM, a minimum amount of 32GB of storage, extra-large Quad-HD screens and class-leading cameras.

We've already seen some great smartphones announced earlier this year, including the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, LG G6, HTC U11Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Xiaomi Mi6 and OnePlus 5. These are all now on sale, so we have removed them from this slideshow. However, here are some more great phones coming in the next 12 months.

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Best new phones in the coming year

  • Apple iPhone 8 - September launch
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8 - 23 August launch
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 mini - launch TBC
  • Samsung Galaxy S9 - 25 February launch
  • Sony Xperia XZ2 - 31 August launch
  • Google Pixel 2 - September/October launch
  • Motorola Moto Z2 Force - 25 July launch
  • Nokia 8 - 16 August launch
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 - launch TBC

The best new phones of 2017 and 2018 will offer faster performance and longer battery life. Some will use the new Snapdragon 835 chip for which headline performance figures include 25 percent faster graphics rendering and half the power consumption compared to the Snapdragon 801.

You can expect this processor to be paired with at least 4- but potentially as much as 8GB of RAM, a minimum amount of 32GB of storage, extra-large Quad-HD screens and class-leading cameras.

We've already seen some great smartphones announced earlier this year, including the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, LG G6, HTC U11Sony Xperia XZ Premium, Xiaomi Mi6 and OnePlus 5. These are all now on sale, so we have removed them from this slideshow. However, here are some more great phones coming in the next 12 months.

Apple iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus

Apple is set to go big on the iPhone's 10th anniversary, which could go some way to make up for 2016's relatively minor upgrade. A combination of design and hardware changes should make the iPhone 8 the most radical new iPhone to date when it launches in September 2017. Also see: Best Phone Deals

The iPhone 8 could be the iPhone with which Jony Ive finally gets his own way: an iPhone that resembles a single sheet of glass with an edge-to-edge OLED screen.

Other rumours suggest the iPhone 8 will feature wireless charging for the first time, and possible biometric features such as facial recognition or iris scanning. It'll run the Apple A11 processor and motion co-processor, and be devilishly fast.

Click here for more iPhone 8 rumours.

Google Pixel 2

The next Google phones are said to include waterproofing and an improved camera that excels with low-light photography, as well as a curved screen and the Snapdragon 835 processor.

The key difference between the two is expected to be screen size and resolution, with the larger Pixel XL2 featuring a 5.99in Quad-HD screen and the smaller Pixel 2 a 4.97in full-HD panel. The XL2 should also feature 6- rather than 4GB of RAM.

We know that the new Google phone will be the first to run Android O, for which the public beta is now available. The Pixel 2 itself won't be available until late-September/early-October 2017.

Read more Google Pixel 2 rumours here.

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LG G7

The LG G6 (pictured) hasn't been around for long but there are already some rumours emerging about the next model.

It's thought that the firm will release the LG G7 as early as January 2018 pegging the launch at CES 2018. This would give it a head start against major rivals such as the Galaxy S9.

Another rumour suggests that LG is already wroking with Qualcomm and the G7 will be the first with its new Snapdragon 845 processor.

Read more about the LG G7 here.

Microsoft Surface Phone

Surface Phone rumours have been few and far between, leading some to think it's nothing more than a myth. But Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella recently raised the expectations of fans by saying that a Surface Phone could be "the ultimate mobile device".

Should it truly exist, the Surface Phone is expected to arrive in 2017 with a 5.5in Quad-HD AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 64- and 128GB storage options (with microSD support), a 64-bit Intel processor and 21Mp rear- and 8Mp front cameras. The Surface Phone could also get a Surface Pen and a USB-C port.

Read more about the Surface Phone.

Motorola Moto Z2 Force

The Moto Z2 Force was announced on 25 July 2017, and scheduled to go on sale in the US on 10 August. European availability will come later in 2017.

The Z2 Force is a tough smartphone with a ShatterShield screen and Quad-HD 5.5in AMOLED display. Just 6mm thin it has a good-looking metal shell, though unfortunately one that lacks a headphone jack.

Two 12Mp cameras are found on the rear, while inside is the hardware you'd expect from a flagship: the Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM (likely 6GB in the UK) and 64GB of storage with microSD support.

Read more about the upcoming Moto Z2 here.

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Nokia 8 & Nokia 9

Nokia phones are said to be different to rival Android phones in three main ways: through Nokia's relentless focus on the everyday experience; through its premium design and build quality; and through its use of the purest version of Android you have seen, with monthly security updates, fast Android platform updates and the implementation of the Google Assistant across the range.

Nokia is finally getting back into the mobile phone game, having already announced the Nokia 3, 5, 6 and 3310. At a launch event on 16 August Nokia will unveil its flagship Nokia 8 and Nokia 9.

The key difference between these two Snapdragon 835 phones is expected to be the screen, with the Nokia 8 sporting an old-fashioned yet still Quad-HD 5.3in 16:9 panel (pictured), and the Nokia 9 a new 5.7in 18:9 display in the style of the Galaxy S8 and LG G6. Both should get a Carl Zeiss dual-camera at the rear.

Read more about the Nokia 8 and Nokia 9. Also check out rumours on an upcoming Nokia 2 and Nokia 7.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Forget any nonsense you've heard about Samsung dropping its Note family following the disaster that was the Note 7: we'll see the Note 8 announced at an Unpacked event on 23 August.

Anticipated specs include a 6.3in Quad-HD SuperAMOLED screen with S Pen support, the Snapdragon 835 with 6GB of RAM, a dual camera (for the first time on a Samsung flagship), waterproofing and more.

Read more about the Galaxy Note 8 here.

Samsung Galaxy S8 mini

Samsung hasn't produced a mini version of its flagship S-series handset since the Galaxy S5 mini, but with the new Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ larger than ever customers who want a compact but high-performance smartphone are not satisfied.

Rumours suggest a Galaxy S8 mini with a 5.3in screen (that feels much smaller given the curved edges), Snapdragon 840 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and an iris scanner is in development in Korea. Such a device has recently popped up on Geekbench too, suggesting a launch could be imminent.

Read more about the Galaxy S8 mini here.

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Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+

We're now into the second half of 2017, which means we're starting to see rumours of new devices that will rock up in early 2018 too. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ will be the biggest and baddest of the lot, continuing to perfect what have so far shaped up to be the best phones of 2017.

New in the Galaxy S9 and S9+ is likely to be the 7nm Snapdragon 845 or 8nm Exynos 9810 processor and dual-lens rear cameras, plus fingerprint scanners embedded into the Infinity display.

Performance will definitely get a boost, and we might see Samsung finally go above the 4GB of RAM seen in the company's previous flagships. The design is not likely to change significantly, and hopefully neither will the price.

We expect to see a March 2018 announcement for the S9 and S9+, though the earliest they could make an appearance is ahead of MWC on Sunday 25 February.

You can read more Galaxy S9 rumours here.

Samsung Galaxy X

The bendable phone will finally become a reality in 2017 if rumours are to be believed. Samsung is allegedly going to ship 100,000 units of its Galaxy X fold-out phone in the third quarter of this year, though expect it to be expensive.

The Galaxy X, previously known as Project Valley, is thought to be a smartphone with a dual-screen (one on each side) that folds out to reveal a 7in tablet. An 8in tablet that folds up into a 5in phone has also been rumoured.

Read more Samsung Galaxy X rumours here.

Snapchat Smartphone

Okay, let's be honest here, we're not actually entirely convinced that a Snapchat smartphone will ever exist, let alone become a reality in 2017. We think it more likely the company is working on a connected camera, but there is certainly talk of a Snapchat phone.

Should a Snapchat smartphone come to reality it will likely be the ultimate selfie phone, and perhaps the first phone to feature a 360-degree camera.

Read more Snapchat smartphone rumours here.

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Sony Xperia XZ2

Sony is hosting a press conference at IFA on 31 August, during which it is expected to unveil at least one new flagship phone.

Not a huge deal is known about this phone, but it's tipped to be the first to market with a Quad-HD truly bezel-less display. 

As well as this 6in screen, we will likely see the Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage.

Read more about the upcoming Sony Xperia XZ2 here.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun recently confirmed that the company would work once again with designer Philippe Starck to create the successor to the revolutionary Mi Mix 'bezel-less' phone.

Xiaomi hopes to design a phone that has a screen that entirely covers the front of the device. Plus it could be the first Chinese phone with no physical buttons.

Read more Mi Mix II rumours here

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