10 smartphones rumoured to launch in 2018
Already the smartphone race is on for 2018
This year saw multiple phones come into the mix but what set them apart were the different features each device had. However the trend that stuck out most this year was that each phone manufacturer opted for a bezel-less display.
2017 saw the revival of Nokia's 3310 packed with current technologies yet keeping its nostalgic feeling. HMD Global also unveiled the Nokia 6, Nokia 5, Nokia 3 and most recently the Nokia 8, which promoted it's ‘bothie' feature. A camera that enables the user to take a picture of themselves as well as the scenery at the same time.
Huawei made a big impact this year with its Huawei Mate 10 line. Competing with the likes of Apple and Samsung, Huawei maintained a top position as its latest releases featured artificial intelligence (AI). The AI capabilities put Huawei in the forefront as it featured its very own Kirin 970 processor which meant that the camera and device itself were smarter than most.
Samsung recovered from its disastrous 2016 and released the Galaxy S8 and Note8 this year, both of which had overall hardware improvements, along with several modifications compared to earlier editions. Not forgetting Apple, who released three iPhones, the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X.
With next year around the corner, here is a rundown of 10 phones that are rumoured to be released.
Samsung Galaxy S9
The Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus may make its debut in February 2018 and officially release the following month, according to Bloomberg who spoke with people familiar with the matter. As device rumours circulate, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus mirror its predecessors but feature enhanced cameras and processors, which may not be quite the pulling factor for Samsung fans.
Rumours that have circulated say that Apple will expand its iPhone X line, first by releasing a Plus version which would mean enhanced features and perhaps the device will be bigger in size. Apple may also release a more affordable version of the iPhone X, which may be dubbed iPhone XC. According to concept images unveiled by iDrop News, Apple may be working on an entry model iPhone X that looks similar to the colourful iPhone 5C series.
HMD Global unveiled 4 smartphones this year, and next year it shows no signs of slowing down. Dubbed Nokia 9, the smartphone may make its debut in mid-January and is expected to have curved edges, bezel-less display and will run on Android Oreo.
Huawei may bring the P11 out at Mobile World Congress next year, which typically runs in February. Rumours suggest that the device will feature a tri-lens camera with much higher specs and sticking to what's not broken, Huawei may continue its partnership with Leica. The P11 will most likely feature its Kirin 970 CPU. Huawei's will also look to launch its more affordable line, the Honor 10.
Google Pixel 3
Google will most likely unveil another handset next year, and rumours suggest there will be three Pixel phones. The phones will most likely be released in October and the alleged codenames include Crosshatch, Albacore and Blueline.
HTC unveiled the HTC U11 this year, but critics hated the design calling it old-fashioned. Though the details are limited, the HTC U12 is rumoured to be the first HTC to have a dual camera.
LG Electronics may launch it next G series, dubbed the LG G7. Reports suggest that thr handset will feature iris scanning as a recent patent was discovered showing a front facing camera that features infrared technology.
According to VentureBeat's Evan Blass, Motorola will return the Play name to the Moto G Line, meaning a Moto G6, G6 Play, and G6 Plus will be announced, and they will be on the lower-end of the pricing scale.
Foldable Microsoft handset
Whilst rumours have been circulating from the start of the this year, a tweet recently surfaced showing a listing on the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) that features patent images of a folding Surface tablet device. It also shows that the device folds from a tablet to two separate, smaller OLED screens. What makes the device interesting is that not only will it be foldable, but that it may also be able to make phone calls. Additionally, the report suggested that the device will run on a special Windows 10 version, codenamed Andromeda.
It is safe to say that the Xperia line has not seen much of a redesign since the Xperia Z arrived in 2013. However that may change next year as the specs for the Xperia XZ2 Premium were recently leaked online. Sony may follow the trend and opt for a bezel-less display. The handset is tipped to launch at either CES or Mobile World Congress.