The best new phones coming in 2017

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

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Best new smartphones coming this year

  • Apple iPhone 8
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Xiaomi Mi6
  • HTC U11
  • OnePlus 5
  • Nokia 8
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

The best new phones of 2017 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 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium. Here are some more great phones coming soon.

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Best new smartphones coming this year

  • Apple iPhone 8
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Google Pixel 2
  • Xiaomi Mi6
  • HTC U11
  • OnePlus 5
  • Nokia 8
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

The best new phones of 2017 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 and Sony Xperia XZ Premium. Here are some more great phones coming soon.

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 phone is 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.

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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HTC U11

HTC has now officially unveiled its HTC 11, which is a slimmed-down, squeezable smartphone with Edge Sense technology and also Amazon's Alexa built-in.

There's no headphone jack, frustratingly, but otherwise the spec is good: Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 is paired with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, while you also get hi-res audio, a 5.5in Quad-HD LCD screen, a 12Mp camera and 3,000mAh battery.

You can read more news on the HTC U11 here, which goes on sale in the first week of June at £649 SIM-free.

LG G6 Plus

There's a new version of the LG G6 that was announced earlier this year, though it's not yet been confirmed whether the LG G6 Plus will officially be available in the UK.

There's not a huge deal separating the two phones, with the new model swapping the 32GB of storage for 128GB, and adding in a 32-bit hi-fi Quad-DAC. It is also bundled with B&O Play earphones.

We'll let you know where the Plus will be available when we know more.

OnePlus 5

The OnePlus 5 is official, announced in mid-June with a new dual-camera, 64- or 128GB of storage and up to 8GB of RAM. As expected it runs the Snapdragon 835, and should prove a fierce rival to the Galaxy S8.

It's available to buy direct from OnePlus from 27 June, and in the UK will also be available exclusively through O2. You'll have to dig deep, though, because the OnePlus 5 is not as affordable as the models that precede it: starting at £449, the 8GB RAM option will set you back £499.

OnePlus is still rocking the 5.5in full-HD screen, but you can see what else is new in our hands-on review.

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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 in the third or fourth week of August - possibly 26 August.

Surefire specs include a 5.7in Quad-HD or SuperAMOLED screen with S Pen support, a powerful processor and RAM combo capable of the very best mobile VR experience, a dual camera, waterproofing and more.

Read more about the Galaxy Note 8 here.

Xiaomi Mi6

Xiaomi has officially announced its Mi6, and its latest flagship now boasts dual-cameras (both rated 12Mp), the Snapdragon 835 chip and new four-sided curved glass (in essence it is curved on the corners as well as the sides).

You can pre-order the Mi6 now, and it should be shipping mid-June.

Click here for more Xiaomi Mi 6 news and our full Xiaomi Mi6 review.

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.

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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. But we're more excited about the upcoming Nokia 8 flagship - and there's a rumour there could also be a Nokia 9. Expect an announcement in June.

Read more about Nokia Android phones.

Read our Nokia 6 review and Nokia 5 review.

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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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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