Best New Phones Coming in 2018 & Beyond

The Note 9 is now official, but there are still loads more great new phones coming in the next few months. For starters, on 22 August we'll hear more about what's said to be the fastest phone on the market, and also the cheapest Snapdragon 845 smartphone. If you're looking to upgrade your mobile phone it could pay to wait a little longer.

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Best New Samsung Phones

Samsung has four (potentially five) new flagships scheduled for release within the next year, as well as a plethora of lower-value mobile phones. The Galaxy Note 9 was announced on Thursday (9 August 2018), and will be followed by the foldable Galaxy X in early January 2019 and the revolutionary Galaxy S10 and S10+ on 24 February 2019. The latter two might even be three, with the company tipped to unveil the Galaxy S10 in 5.8-, 6.2- and 6.44in sizes.

As the first of the three to arrive, the Note 9 goes on sale on 24 August with preorders available now from £899 (an extra £200 for 512GB). It's notable for its slightly larger screen with slimmer bezels, upgraded 4000mAh battery with support for faster wireless charging, refreshed S Pen now with Bluetooth support and processor bump to the Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810 that brings it into line with the current Galaxy S9 and S9+. The camera is also enhanced, and it is among the Samsung phones that get Fortnite (available now) before any other, making this a fantastic flagship phablet.

Up next is the Galaxy X, a long-awaited phone that breaks the norm with a foldable display. It's likely to be phenomenally expensive and relatively difficult to get hold of, but it'll be that cool revolutionary gadget that proves Samsung's place at the forefront of smartphone technology. It may well be a sign of what's to come in the phone market, though we could be waiting a few years before everyone is carrying foldable-screen phones.

The one we can't wait for is the Galaxy S10 and larger S10+ (pictured). This phone marks the 10th anniversary of the S series, so it's sure to be a good one. Headline new features include a truly bezel-less Infinity Display, in-display fingerprint sensor (but not on the standard S10, which will get a side-mounted scanner), triple rear camera array, a dual-selfie camera on the largest model, a Face ID-style 3D-sensing camera (replacing the iris scanner), 5G support, and the usual performance boost that includes both a processor bump and a move to UFS 3.0 storage.

Strictly speaking it's not actually the tenth anniversary of the S series, with the Galaxy S announced in March 2010. But it will be the tenth model, following the S, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8 and S9.

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Samsung has four (potentially five) new flagships scheduled for release within the next year, as well as a plethora of lower-value mobile phones. The Galaxy Note 9 was announced on Thursday (9 August 2018), and will be followed by the foldable Galaxy X in early January 2019 and the revolutionary Galaxy S10 and S10+ on 24 February 2019. The latter two might even be three, with the company tipped to unveil the Galaxy S10 in 5.8-, 6.2- and 6.44in sizes.

As the first of the three to arrive, the Note 9 goes on sale on 24 August with preorders available now from £899 (an extra £200 for 512GB). It's notable for its slightly larger screen with slimmer bezels, upgraded 4000mAh battery with support for faster wireless charging, refreshed S Pen now with Bluetooth support and processor bump to the Snapdragon 845/Exynos 9810 that brings it into line with the current Galaxy S9 and S9+. The camera is also enhanced, and it is among the Samsung phones that get Fortnite (available now) before any other, making this a fantastic flagship phablet.

Up next is the Galaxy X, a long-awaited phone that breaks the norm with a foldable display. It's likely to be phenomenally expensive and relatively difficult to get hold of, but it'll be that cool revolutionary gadget that proves Samsung's place at the forefront of smartphone technology. It may well be a sign of what's to come in the phone market, though we could be waiting a few years before everyone is carrying foldable-screen phones.

The one we can't wait for is the Galaxy S10 and larger S10+ (pictured). This phone marks the 10th anniversary of the S series, so it's sure to be a good one. Headline new features include a truly bezel-less Infinity Display, in-display fingerprint sensor (but not on the standard S10, which will get a side-mounted scanner), triple rear camera array, a dual-selfie camera on the largest model, a Face ID-style 3D-sensing camera (replacing the iris scanner), 5G support, and the usual performance boost that includes both a processor bump and a move to UFS 3.0 storage.

Strictly speaking it's not actually the tenth anniversary of the S series, with the Galaxy S announced in March 2010. But it will be the tenth model, following the S, S2, S3, S4, S5, S6, S7, S8 and S9.

Best New Apple iPhones

There is an insane number of contradictory iPhone rumours online right now, but all seem to settle on the idea that Apple's September 2018 event will see three new iPhones.

What those phones are going to be called is more confusing than ever, given that in 2017 we saw the iPhone 8 and the iPhone X (pronounced 'ten') - so are we skipping 9 and going straight on to 11, are we going back to 'S' updates, or are we dropping the numbers altogether? Please don't call it 'New iPhone', Apple.

Whatever the eventual names, highlights of the September launch event will be two OLED iPhones that we suspect will be updates to the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, now brought closer into line with the iPhone X with a notch display and performance boost. We're referring to these as the iPhone 9 and 9 Plus (which may in fact be the iPhone 8S and 8S Plus), and you can read more about them in our guide to iPhone 2018 rumours.

The third new iPhone is tipped to be an LCD model, which suggests it will be a budget model - though not necessarily any smaller, just lacking a few features. A follow-up to the immensely popular iPhone SE has been on the cards for a while now, but fans might not be so keen if the eventual iPhone SE 2 turns out to be a cutdown iPhone X rather than following the compact 4in form factor they were hoping for.

Best New Google Phones

For the past two years Google has announced its new own-brand flagships on 4 October, and on 4 October 2018 it will launch the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. Google's Pixel line is interesting because it shows off Android as it was intended, and it is always first in line for feature- and security updates.

Concept images from OnLeaks and MySmartPrice reveal a notched screen on the XL model, while both handsets have a glass rear. The pair share a triple-camera setup, though rather than two lenses at the back there are two at the front.

Both phones are tipped to have tall displays, with the standard Pixel 3 adopting a 5.4in 18:9 panel and the XL a 6.2in 19:9 screen. Don't expect to see an in-display fingerprint sensor - this is found at the rear.

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Best New LG phones

Expect two flagship LGs in the next year. The LG V40 ThinQ will come first, likely arriving this autumn, while the LG G8 ThinQ will probably arrive at MWC in February 2019.

The V40 (pictured) could be one of the first smartphones to run the new Android P operating system, given that the final release should be out mid-August. It will likely have a 6.1in 4K 18.5:9 OLED screen and is tipped to come with five cameras. Other specs will almost certainly include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with Adreno 630 GPU, 6- or 8GB of RAM and at least 64GB of storage (with microSD support).

The LG G8, meanwhile, is going to be a competitor to the Galaxy S10, and for that reason LG is going to need to seriously up its game. It's probable that it will also go down the in-display fingerprint sensor and all-screen front route, potentially also with a triple-camera arrangement at the rear.

Best New OnePlus Phones

In the next 12 months we'll see two new OnePlus phones, with the OnePlus 6T expected to arrive in November 2018 and the OnePlus 7 in June 2019. 

Some of the features tipped for the OnePlus 6T are in our opinion more likely to come in the OnePlus 7, but we're certainly hopeful for the addition of waterproofing and wireless charging in the 6T, as well as the removal of the screen notch by default. That's also true of the rumoured Snapdragon 855 chipset, and we don't expect to see any smartphones carrying this processor until 2019.

Other features hotly tipped for a OnePlus smartphone arriving in the next year include an in-display fingerprint scanner and triple rear camera, which could be combined with a pop-up dual-camera at the front. If OnePlus wants to keep its rep as a flagship killer these are clearly features it will need to consider, but it will have a juggling act balancing this with the excellent value for money it has also become known for. 

Best New Xiaomi Phones

As soon as 15 September we could see Xiaomi announce a Mi Mix 3. There won't be any major hardware changes, since the Mi Mix 2S announced at the end of March is already running the Snapdragon 845, but we will see some interesting design changes.

Chief among these is a pop-up selfie camera in the same style of the Vivo Nex. This will allow Xiaomi to finally respond to our one major criticism of the Mix: the chin-mounted selfie camera is incredibly awkward to use. Without a camera nestled below the screen Xiaomi will also be able to reduce the bezels, and that bottom edge could be reduced to just 3mm making the 5.99in-screen phone much more manageable in the hand.

Another new feature in the Mi Mix 3 is likely to be an in-display fingerprint sensor, as seen in the Mi 8 Explorer Edition.

The Mi Mix 3 may be announced alongside the Mi Note 4, and followed by a Mi 9 in June 2019. 

But you don't need to wait that long for Xiaomi news, because on 22 August it will announce the Pocophone F1. Said to be "the fastest phone on the market", and also the cheapest Snapdragon 845 smartphone, the Pocophone is expected to be an unbelievable deal.

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Other Exciting New Phones Coming Soon

One that's been rumoured for a long time (we're talking years) is the Microsoft Surface Phone (pictured), though now it might actually become a reality in the form of Andromeda. While its Surface line currently consists primarily of laptops and tablet-laptop devices, Andromeda might instead be a mash-up of phone and laptop. A dual-screen, hinged device, the Surface Phone could arrive within 2018.

A follow-up to the original Razer gaming smartphone as a possibility for September 2018 currently seems a more likely proposition, and in January 2018 we learned that the company was working on just such a venture with the Razer Phone 2. Expect the 120Hz refresh rate that proved so popular with gamers remain, and nothing too major in the way of design changes.

Another company we expect to see make smartphone announcements in September is Sony, though we've long since given up trying to second-guess its naming conventions for upcoming phones. We'd hope for a Sony Xperia XZ3 in September at IFA or MWC in February, and the Sony Xperia XZ2 Premium still hasn't been announced in Europe either.

Huawei will also announce some new phones in the next 12 months, with the Huawei Mate 20 tipped for October and the Huawei P30 likely to appear in March 2019. An Honor 11 is tipped too.

We're not expecting a new flagship from HTC until summer 2019, while exactly when Nokia will decide to take the wraps off the Nokia 9 and Nokia 10 is really anyone's guess. The company usually makes a splash at MWC, which will in 2019 be held from 25 February, so we're hopeful for then if not before.

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