Best New Phones Coming in 2018 & Beyond

The Samsung Galaxy X, Pixel 3, Huawei Mate 20, OnePlus 6T, Mi Mix 3, Mi 8 Youth, Razer Phone 2 and LG V40 will all arrive before Christmas. Should you wait to upgrade? Here's an overview of the best new phones still to come in 2018 and beyond.

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Best New Samsung Phones

Samsung still has three (potentially four) new flagships scheduled for release within the next six months, as well as a plethora of lower-value mobile phones. The foldable Galaxy X is next up, with a special event planned for 11 October (here's how to watch), 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.

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 (sort of), so it's sure to be a good one. Headline new features include a truly bezel-less Infinity Display, in-display fingerprint sensor, triple rear camera array, a dual-selfie camera on the largest model, a Face ID-style 3D-sensing camera (replacing the iris scanner), and the usual performance boost that includes both a processor bump and a move to UFS 3.0 storage.

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Samsung still has three (potentially four) new flagships scheduled for release within the next six months, as well as a plethora of lower-value mobile phones. The foldable Galaxy X is next up, with a special event planned for 11 October (here's how to watch), 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.

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 (sort of), so it's sure to be a good one. Headline new features include a truly bezel-less Infinity Display, in-display fingerprint sensor, triple rear camera array, a dual-selfie camera on the largest model, a Face ID-style 3D-sensing camera (replacing the iris scanner), and the usual performance boost that includes both a processor bump and a move to UFS 3.0 storage.

Best New Apple iPhones

On 12 September Apple announced three new iPhones: the iPhone XR (from £749), iPhone XS (from £999) and iPhone XS Max (from £1099). The XS and XS Max are available to pre-order from 14 September, going on sale 21 September, but the XR is not available until late October (pre-order 19 Oct, on sale 26 Oct).

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.

Best New Google Phones

All signs are pointing to 9 October for Google's Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL launch. We'll keep you posted when this has been confirmed.

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.

Thanks to HTC's involvement you can expect Active Edge gestures and front-facing speakers, while the new Google phones are also expected to bundle wired (USB-C) Pixel Bud headphones in the box, interesting for their integration with the Google Assistant.

With 5.5in- and 6.7in 18:9 screens respectively, both devices will likely run the Snapdragon 845 and feature twin selfie cameras (8Mp + 8Mp) plus a 12.2Mp single-lens camera at the rear. The XL model will also feature wireless charging, and both will have rear-facing fingerprint scanners.

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Best New Huawei Phones

At IFA 2018 we've just seen Huawei unveil the Mate 20 Lite, but the rest of that family is still hush-hush. We're expecting a Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro to be announced at a London launch event on 16 October.

The Mate 20 Pro will likely have a 6.3in OLED screen with an in-display fingerprint scanner, and will run the also announced at IFA Kirin 980 - the world's first 7nm smartphone chip.

We'd like to see Huawei also add wireless charging, which is has previously omitted because it says it is too slow, and we reckon it will take the four cameras of the P20 Pro and add a second snapper on the front.

Best New LG phones

The LG V40 ThinQ is nearing launch, anticipated to arrive in October. The company has already confirmed that it will feature 'Stereo Boombox' speakers and a Quad DAC, and that it will feature five cameras altogether.

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. Other rumoured specs include 64GB/128GB of storage, a 3,300mAh battery, IP68 waterproofing and a 6.4in Quad-HD+ 19.5:9 AMOLED screen. It's said to weigh 169g and measure 158.7x75.8x7.79mm.

Best New OnePlus Phones

In the next 12 months we'll see two new OnePlus phones, with the OnePlus 6T expected to arrive in October 2018 (potentially 17 October) 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

As soon as 19 September we could see Xiaomi announce a Mi Mix 3. We know there is a launch event in China on this day, most likely for the Mi 8 Youth, a cheaper variant of the Mi 8, but Xiaomi commonly uses these events to announce several new products and the timing is bang-on.

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. 

In the meantime Xiaomi has announced its Pocophone F1, which is the cheapest Snapdragon 845 smartphone on the market and presents amazing value.

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 is a possibility before the end of 2018, especially now that there's been a wave of fresh leaks in the past week. The Razer Phone 2 has reportedly popped up on AnTuTu, confirming upgrades to pretty much everything bar the screen. Expect the 120Hz refresh rate that proved so popular with gamers to remain.

Sony has at IFA 2018 announced its next flagship, the Xperia XZ3, 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, though the five-lens rear camera array of the Nokia 10 has appeared in a recently leaked photo. 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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