Top 10 Best Upcoming Smartphones of 2017-2018

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    Half of 2017 has passed and it’s a good time to discuss some top upcoming smartphones of 2017 and 2018 as well as the upcoming new year. This year, Samsung set a new standard of design for flagships by bringing in the Infinity display and it won over the public. Expect this trend to continue with upcoming flagship phones. Another new tech that will be seen from next year is the implementation of the on-screen fingerprint sensor. It resolves a big problem for the bezel-less display smartphone makers.

    Further, faster processors, more RAM and of course even better cameras that will make your laptop blush are all in store. That’s not all even mid-range smartphones have gotten very good. The gap between mid-range and top of the range has become less and less. Thanks to the Chinese smartphone makers. We hope with time the upcoming mobiles especially midrange segment will get more and more powerful specs. Anyway, we are here to talk about the flagship smartphones. So let’s take a look at the best of the best in the upcoming smartphones of 2017 – 2018.

    Top 10 Best Upcoming Smartphones of 2017-2018

    Best Upcoming Smartphones 2016

    1. OnePlus 6

    When we talk about best upcoming smartphones, OnePlus comes to everyone’s mind because the company only make high-end smartphones with a very reasonable price tag. Their latest flagship smartphone is OnePlus 5 which comes with some impressive hardware specs like 8GB RAM, Snapdragon 835 SoC. But the company is still not able to deliver a bezel-less smartphone. So we can expect OnePlus 6 might be the first OnePlus smartphone to come with very thin bezels. OnePlus 6 is also expected to feature a QHD Display and optical image stabilization in their dual camera setup.

    OnePlus 5

    Expected Specifications of OnePlus 6

    Display 5.5-inch QHD AMOLED Full-screen display
    Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
    RAM 8GB
    Storage 64/128GB
    Primary Camera 25MP Dual
    Secondary Camera 16MP
    OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Battery 4000mAh

    Expected Launch Date: Q2 2018

    2. Huawei P11

    Huawei P10 and P10 Plus were announced back in February at MWC 2017. Now it’s time for the next flagship smartphone Huawei P11. Rumors have already started to surface for this device. Huawei P11 is expected to feature Kirin 970 SoC processor along with whopping 8GB of RAM. The processor will be made under the 10nm process. Huawei has done very good job in dual camera segment in last two years. Especially the Huawei P9 is one of the first smartphones to show the world how good dual cameras can perform. We hope next year they will come up with much more powerful flagship smartphones.

    Huawei-P10-1

    Expected Specifications of Huawei P11

    Display 5.8-inch Quad HD curved glass
    Processor Kirin 970 SoC
    RAM 6GB/8GB
    Storage 64GB/128GB
    Primary Camera Dual 12MP
    Secondary Camera 16MP
    OS Android O based on EMUI
    Battery 3300mAh

    Expected Launch Date: Q1 2018

    3. Nokia 9

    If you are waiting for a high-end smartphone then Nokia 9 is one of the top contenders to look at. Nokia is the most well-known company for delivering quality handsets with great hardware. Nokia has already launched their midrange Android smartphones Nokia 3, 5, 6 and also high-end smartphone Nokia 8. The Nokia 9 is expected to come with 5.5-inch AMOLED 2K Display with Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM and 64/128GB of internal storage. Out of the box, the device is expected to run on Android 8.0 Oreo. Nokia is doing well with their midrange Android smartphones and we hope their high-end phones will also be able to compete with top contenders like Samsung, Google. Nokia 9 has already gained so much popularity and this is one of the best upcoming smartphones to look at.

    Nokia-9-concept

    Expected Specifications of Nokia 9

    Display 5.5-inch AMOLED QHD (2560×1440 pixels) Display
    Processor Snapdragon 835
    RAM 4GB
    Storage 64/128GB
    Primary Camera Dual 13MP Carl Zeiss optics
    Secondary Camera 13MP
    OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Battery Unknown

    Expected Launch Date: Q4 2017

    4. Samsung Galaxy X Foldable Smartphone

    Samsung Foldable Smartphone

    It’s been a while since we are getting rumors on Galaxy X. Samsung is working on a foldable smartphone and they are looking forward to launch it under Galaxy Note brand. If you are not sure what is a foldable smartphone make sure you check out the video given below. It’s like a clamshell phone or wallet which folds inwards and outwards. While it is stretched out it reveals the tablet-like device inside. There are some problems until now regarding the foldable smartphone and Samsung is working on it. When they will fix all the problems they are going to launch it. Not only Samsung even LG, Lenovo has shown their bendable display in various events.

    Expected Specifications of Galaxy X

    Display 5-inch 4K Display / Tablet Mode 7-inch
    Processor Snapdragon 845
    RAM 6/8GB
    Storage Unknown
    Primary Camera 12MP, OIS, 4K video recording
    Secondary Camera 8MP
    OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Battery Unknown

    Expected Launch Date: Unknown

    5. Samsung Galaxy Note9

    If you are looking for best upcoming mobiles then Samsung is the best company to look at. The company is back to back high-end phones which are best in all segments. Samsung has launched Note8 last month with dual camera setup at the back. The device features same Infinity display which we have seen in Galaxy S8. But the fingerprint sensor is still at the back. Now in Note9, Samsung is eyeing to implement on-screen fingerprint sensor. The device will obviously feature all the latest hardware specs, unlike every year. Overall we will witness another beast next year from Samsung and Note9 is going to be the most anticipated upcoming smartphone in 2018.

    Galaxy Note9

    Expected Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note9

    Display 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display
    Processor Snapdragon 845
    RAM 6/8GB
    Storage 64/128/256GB
    Primary Camera Dual 12MP
    Secondary Camera 13MP
    OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Battery 4000mAh

    Expected Launch Date: Q3 2018

    6. HTC U12

    HTC has skipped their HTC 11 phone this year; rather they have launched U11 this March. Now it is expected the company will launch U12 next year. HTC is good with their innovative features like with U11 they have introduced the Squeezable Edge Sense. We hope next year they will come up with some very exciting features in their smartphones.

    HTC U12

    So far what we have seen in 2017, it was a great year for smartphones, and we have seen a hell lot of development in every aspect of the smartphone this year. The upcoming smartphone from HTC is expected to feature Snapdragon 845 chipset with 4K Display, 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.

    Expected Specifications of HTC U12

    Display 5.7-inch 4K display with curved corners
    Processor Snapdragon 845
    RAM 6GB
    Storage 128GB
    Primary Camera Dual 12MP
    Secondary Camera 16MP
    OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Battery Unknown

    Expected Launch Date: Q1 2018

    7. Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

    Samsung has just made a new benchmark for all the premium smartphones with the launch of Galaxy S8 and S8+. The device has the edge to edge Quad HD+ Super AMOLED infinity display. At the first sight, the Galaxy S8 looks amazing and it is all about the Display in hand; no more bezels and no more extra buttons. The device has also got all the latest specs which all the other smartphones will follow for the rest of the year. Anyway, Samsung has launched Galaxy S8 doesn’t mean they have spotted working even they are working for their next flagship Galaxy S9. Although we still have to wait a year to get the hands-on of the next flagship but leaks have already started to come out. We hope Samsung S9 will feature Dual camera setup.

    Galaxy S9

    Expected Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+

    Display 5.8/6.2-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED Infinity display
    Processor Snapdragon 845
    RAM 6GB/8GB
    Storage 64/128/256GB
    Primary Camera Dual 12MP
    Secondary Camera 13MP
    OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Battery 3500mAh

    Expected Launch Date: Q1 2018

    8. Xiaomi Mi 7

    Xiaomi is currently one of the best smartphone brand who keeps coming with some amazing smartphones at very cheap price. The upcoming phone from Xiaomi, Mi 7 is going to launch next year and we expect it will come with very powerful specs. Xiaomi has already launched Mi 6 and Mi Mix 2 this year which literally amazed the smartphone users all around the world. We hope next year Xiaomi will cook something really good for their next upcoming smartphone.

    Xiaomi Mi 7

    Expected Specifications of Xiaomi Mi 7

    Display 5.2-inch QHD+ Display
    Processor Snapdragon 845
    RAM 6GB/8GB
    Storage 64/128/256GB
    Primary Camera Dual 12MP
    Secondary Camera 16MP
    OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Battery 3500mAh

    Expected Launch Date: Q2 2018

    9. Microsoft Surface Smartphone

    Microsoft is currently taking a shot at a 4GB RAM based model, Microsoft Surface Smartphone. Recently few information of the Microsoft Surface Mobile is leaked online. From the various responses, it seems that people are waiting to get it on hands. This device might launch in Q1 2018.

    Microsoft Surface Smartphone

    Expected Specifications of Microsoft Surface Mobile

    Display 5.5-inch 2K AMOLED display
    Processor Intel Atom x3 (SoFIA) 64-bit processor
    RAM 4GB/6GB
    Storage 64GB/128GB
    Primary Camera 21MP
    Secondary Camera 8MP
    OS Windows 10
    Battery Unknown

    Expected Launch Date: No News Yet

    10. Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

    If you are really waiting for a smartphone with super thin bezels then Xiaomi Mi Mix series the best one to look at. Xiaomi introduced their original Mix series last year and the whole industry was bound to follow their footsteps. The competition of bezel-less display is increasing. Xiaomi has launched their latest version of Mi Mix series which is Mi Mix 2. The device comes with 5.99-inch Full screen Display with 91.3% screen-to-body ratio.

    We hope next year Xiaomi will be able to provide even thinner bezels in their upcoming phone with more powerful specs. We will also wait for the implementation of the on-screen fingerprint sensor in Mi Mix series.

    Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

    Expected Specifications of Xiaomi Mi MIX 3

    Display 6-inch QHD+ Full screen Display
    Processor Snapdragon 845
    RAM 6/8GB
    Storage 128/256GB
    Primary Camera Dual 12MP
    Secondary Camera 8MP
    OS Android 8.0 Oreo
    Battery 4000mAh

    Expected Launch Date: Q3 2018

    That rounds up the list. If there is any device that will be amongst the top upcoming smartphones of 2018 than it has to be one of these devices. We’ve taken all the strong players of the market who have a proven record of coming up with great phones each year and lined it up here.

    In this list of upcoming smartphones of 2018, keep an eye out for Apple’s iPhone 8 as it will be something special. Apple is having a 10th anniversary and it will likely pull off something special to make the moment memorable. Keep an eye on the Galaxy Note 8 as well. These two OEM’s usually never disappoint with their flagships. We surely will be following the two arch rivals closely here on Rayarena.com. Be sure to keep checking out the latest news regarding these devices. And as always, don’t forget to share your thoughts below.

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    1. I like the Iphone 7 concept phone, if only because it actually uses the whole face of the phone. I was disappointed that with so many phones, they espouse a large screen only to see a large portion of it black or bezel edges.

    2. HTC 10 already has those features. HTC makes some of the best phones if not the best all around flagships on the market. They are hugely underrated. HTC has led the smartphone market to what it is today, just look around HTC’s innovation is easy to spot. All metal body, antenna bands, dual cameras, dual stereo speakers, live photos, 5-8MP front camera, powerful hi-res audio, hi-res microphones, they were also the first to opt for lower resolution for larger pixels (which they were originally criticized for, yet others have begun doing the same). I mean these are just a few of that which HTC has contributed to the smartphone industry (and you don’t see them suing everyone for copying their innovation, like some manufacturers lol). A lot of people don’t even know that HTC is the first Android to support Apple Airplay, and the 10 DOES feature water resistance . HTC needs to bring back an improved version of the dual camera with higher resolution. The HTC M8 took AMAZING pictures, with the low resolution of the camera only being negative, and even that was only noticeable when zoomed in all the way, the HTC m8 took some of the best pictures I’ve seen from a smartphone. Another big feature of HTC is the touch response, HTC was the first to have a touch response below 50ms, and to this day their flagships have some of the fastest touch response of any phone, if not the fastest. HTC gets the earliest Android updates outside of Google’s own phones. Water resistance seems to be the new craze, yet what does it matter if the phone is submergable ? It still can’t take pictures under water, and considering your FAR more likely to drop your phone and break it, a durable design is more important. Even the HTC has you covered in every worst case scenario, featuring a durable all metal body, water resistance (for rain, or the shower), and even if that doesn’t protect your phone, HTC offers FREE Uh-Oh protection replacing your phone in any worst case scenario (you will have a hard time finding that anywhere else). Besides chances are if you drop your phone in a lake, stream, pond, or ocean, chance are you won’t get your phone back anyways lol, narrowing the fully submergable water resistance down to pools, and puddles lol. JUST SAYING….. Also I just want to say, every year I hear people talk up the upcoming iPhone with all these fantastic features and changes and it always comes out looking just like the last one, with what seems like HTC inspired features lol. We will have to see I guess.

      • but their cameras are usually a huge let down, but they did have dual front facing speakers, now its one on the bottom and one on the top where the speaker phone is

      • I used to have the HTC One. At the time, it was the cheapest flagship. But now I have the ZTE Axon 7. It’s pretty much the same phone as the HTC 10. Except it’s $250 cheaper and has a 2 year full replacement warranty. If you break the phone and the warranty doesn’t cover it, then you can replace it for only $80. If the warranty covers it, then the replacement is free. You get unlimited replacements for 2 years.

    3. I think there are many smart phones better than iphone.
      It’s just the marketing and big branding of the Apple which makes it always in the first place.
      Do you agree with me?

      • No, apple has very good after sale services, where as samsung, LG, and all others does not have any after sale services in the Market, in australia samsung display centres and repair centres never give any response to user. This is based on my personal experience and went back to iphone.
        I was using samsung since s2 launched and then s3, s4and s5. When my s5 had some problem with the software, did not samsung responded and i switched over to iphone.
        Request to samsung authorities to look in to this and increase your selling capacity.

        • I got my first “iPhone 6” last year. Even before reach 1.5 years iPhone 6 got hardware issue and iPhone slowly died after several sudden shut downs. I carefully used and it didn’t had one single scratch. Apple repair centers said cannot replace(out of warranty) or repair (its a motherboard issue). I Just lost a lot of money because of shitty apple hardware. functionality and smooth is good but not worth paying that price for one year. I will never go for iPhones Again. Better buy two good androids for the same price.

    4. A lot of the specs on here as bs….galaxy s8 is barely about to be realeased. You can’t already be speculating about s9. And not every phone on here is gonna have the Snapdragon 835 chipset. I’m betting you samsung will end up making a higher end exynos chipset for the note 8. They just can’t release the note with the same specs as the s8. Also, even 6gb ram is ridiculous for phones with good memory management. 8gb ram is just absurd. No phone on here is gonna put out 8gb ram. If you actually look at memory management graphs, there is usually always 1-2 gb of floating ram available.

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