Best New Phones Coming in 2018 & Beyond

If you're in the market for a new phone, the past few weeks has seen a number of incredible new smartphones announced for the UK, US and EU market, and there's more to come. Here are some of the best to look forward to.

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Best New Samsung Phones

We're not expecting to see any more Samsung launches in 2018, having recently announced its Note 9 and Galaxy A9, but in early 2019 we'll see two exciting new devices from the company (the Note 10 is due later, in August 2019).

First is likely to be the foldable Galaxy X, which will be phenomenally expensive and probably reasonably difficult to get hold of... but did we mention it was foldable? This could signal the next big trend in the smartphone market, and it's interesting for that if nothing else. It's tipped to arrive in January 2019, though there is some talk of an earlier November launch event.

And then on 24 February we'll see the Galaxy S10 and S10+ announced. There could even be four models this time around, with a 5G version promised alongside options with 5.8-, 6.2- and 6.44in screens.

We'll see the Infinity Display once again, but an upgraded version with a built-in fingerprint sensor. Cameras will also get a boost with up to two at the front and three at the rear.

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We're not expecting to see any more Samsung launches in 2018, having recently announced its Note 9 and Galaxy A9, but in early 2019 we'll see two exciting new devices from the company (the Note 10 is due later, in August 2019).

First is likely to be the foldable Galaxy X, which will be phenomenally expensive and probably reasonably difficult to get hold of... but did we mention it was foldable? This could signal the next big trend in the smartphone market, and it's interesting for that if nothing else. It's tipped to arrive in January 2019, though there is some talk of an earlier November launch event.

And then on 24 February we'll see the Galaxy S10 and S10+ announced. There could even be four models this time around, with a 5G version promised alongside options with 5.8-, 6.2- and 6.44in screens.

We'll see the Infinity Display once again, but an upgraded version with a built-in fingerprint sensor. Cameras will also get a boost with up to two at the front and three at the rear.

Best New Apple iPhones

Apple has already announced its 2018 updates to its iPhone line with the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR. Two of these are already on sale, with the XR joining them imminently. It will be available to pre-order on 19 October and on sale 26 October.

As anticipated, the XS models feature 5.8- and 6.5in OLED 'Super Retina HD' screens, while the XR has a 6.1in LCD 'Liquid Retina' display. Each follows the design introduced by last year's iPhone X, and builds in the 7nm Apple A12 Bionic processor - a chip it says is faster than anything else on the market.

There have also been tweaks to photography and battery life, while the two XS models have been upgraded from IP67 to IP68 waterproofing. All three support Qi wireless charging.

There will not be any more new iPhones released until September 2019, with the 30 October event expected to be reserved for iPads and MacBooks, so if you're an iOS fan now is a great time to buy.

Best New Google Phones

Google unveiled its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL on 9 October, and the new phones will go on sale in the UK on 1 November (18 October in the US). You can pre-order now.

As well as sporting updated internals, the Pixel 3 looks to improve on the amazing camera featured on 2017’s Google Pixel 2 and provide a better, more helpful Google Assistant experience.

Both smartphones feature a single 12.2Mp camera with an f/1.8 aperture on the rear, while the front-facing camera is a dual-sensor offering. It features dual-8Mp snappers with f/1.8 aperture, putting the focus on selfies with the introduction of Group Selfie cam, providing a wide-angle lens for better group selfies.

The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL largely feature the same built-in tech. The only real difference is the display - not only in terms of size but technology and design, too. The Pixel 3 sports a 5.5in Full-HD+ (2160x1080) 18:9 AMOLED screen without a notch, though the smartphone does have a bit of a forehead. The larger Pixel 3 XL features a 6.3in Quad-HD+ (2960x1440) POLED edge-to-edge screen with a notch, providing a more bezel-less experience.

Don't expect any more new Google phones until October 2019 - so, as with the iPhones, if you're a fan of Google's pure Android approach now is the time to buy.

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Best New Huawei Phones

Following the IFA 2018 launch of the Mate 20 Lite, Huawei confirmed the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro on 16 October. The catch is only the Pro is coming to the UK, but to be fair that's the one we wanted anyway!

We've already written a pretty thorough hands-on review of the Mate 20 Pro, which goes on sale on 26 October (you can already pre-order - check out the best deals), but to sum up this looks to be one of the best Android phones around with a 6.3in curved OLED 19.5:9 2K display, 7nm Kirin 980 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB storage (with microSD support), triple rear cameras, fast wired- and wireless charging and in-display fingerprint sensor.

There won't be another Huawei Mate launch until October 2019, but we should see updates to the P20 line with a P30 and P30 Pro/Lite announcement in March 2019.

Best New LG phones

The LG V40 ThinQ arrived on 3 October, but it has not yet been confirmed whether or not it will make its way to the UK.

Ahead of launch the company confirmed that it would feature 'Stereo Boombox' speakers and a Quad DAC, and five cameras altogether, so the launch held few surprises.

Three are found at the rear, with LG fitting a 12Mp, f/1.5, 1.4um pixel lens, a 16Mp, f/1.9 1.0um pixel ultra-wide lens, and a 12Mp, f/2.4, 1.0um pixel 2x telephoto lens. At the front are two selfie cameras, rated at 8Mp and 5Mp.

Powering the show is a Snapdragon 845 with 6GB of RAM. 

Best New OnePlus Phones

In the next 12 months we'll see two new OnePlus phones, with the OnePlus 6T arriving on 29 October 2018 and the OnePlus 7 in June 2019. 

It's already been confirmed that the OnePlus 6T will feature an in-display fingerprint sensor, which means it is actually getting out ahead of some of the flagships with which it will compete.

Some of the other 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.

Also tipped for a OnePlus smartphone arriving in the next year is a triple rear camera, which could be combined with a pop-up dual-camera at the front. 

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Best New Xiaomi Phones

On 19 September in China Xiaomi announced its Mi 8 Lite and Pro, which now join the growing Mi 8 family that also includes the SE and Explorer Edition. But we're still waiting for Xiaomi to announce a Mi Mix 3, which will arrive on 25 October 2019 during a Beijing launch event.

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 sliding screen that reveals two 24Mp selfie cameras. 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.

Xiaomi has also confirmed 10GB of RAM and 5G support for the Mi Mix 3.

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

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 was announced on 10 October, adding new features and piling on the performance. You can check out our hands-on review of the Razer Phone 2, which goes on sale 26 October.

Sony at IFA 2018 announced its next flagship, the Xperia XZ3, which went on sale 5 October, which means we should see an Xperia XZ4 in six months at February's MWC 2019.

Exactly when Nokia will decide to take the wraps off the Nokia 9 and Nokia 10 is really anyone's guess, since it was the Nokia 7.1 that starred at its 4 October event. The company usually makes a splash at MWC, which will in 2019 be held from 25 February.

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