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 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 more is Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 4.0 +. It will make future flagships fuel up in a matter of minutes. 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. So here we are. Taking a look at the best of the best in the upcoming smartphones of 2017.

    Top 10 Best Upcoming Smartphones of 2017-2018

    Best Upcoming Smartphones 2016

    1. Apple iPhone 8

    Apple has released iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus recently, and both devices are a huge hit. But people are already looking for the next upcoming flagship smartphone from Apple as the next device will get some significant changes in terms of Design, UI, and Software.

    iphone_8_kk_rendering

    There’s a new rumor about iPhone that Apple might skip iPhone 7s and go for iPhone 8. Apple iPhone 7 Plus already has Dual Camera integrated so the next year’s Apple 8 will get some. Next year is Apple’s 10th Anniversary, and it is expected iPhone will get an entirely new makeover.

    New Update: It is now heard that Apple will launch three smartphones this year. Two of them will be Apple iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus and another device will be a high-end device code-named Ferrari. Apple is also working to make iPhones in India so that they can cut the price in the Indian market. iPhone 6s was a huge hit in India, and iPhone 8 will also be another one of the best upcoming smartphones in India for 2017.

    We have got numerous updates on iPhone 8 and all of them are pointing towards a Bezel-less display. But this year Apple has no time left to implement In-screen Fingerprint sensor. It is also heard that the iPhone 8 production will be delayed by a month because of supply chain problems.

    Expected Specifications of iPhone 8

    • 5.8-inch 2K AMOLED curved edge display
    • No home button and no bezels
    • iOS 11 OS
    • Apple A11 Chipset
    • 4GB RAM
    • Fingerprint Sensor
    • Dual Camera
    • 16MP & 12MP rear camera and 8MP front-facing camera
    • Li-Po 3000 mAh Non-removable battery

    Expected Launch Date: Q4 of 2017

    iPhone 8 Concept Video

    2. Huawei P11

    Huawei P10 and P10 Plus was announced back in February at MWC 2017. Now it’s time for the next flagship smartphone Huawei P11. Rumors have already started to surface on 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. It is also expected that P11 will feature a 4K display with in-screen Fingerprint sensor. By the time it will launch Android O will be there so it is expected the handset will come with Android O pre-loaded.

    Huawei-P10-1

    Huawei P11 Specifications (Rumoured)

    • 5.5-inch 4K Bezel-less Display
    • Kirin 970 SoC processor
    • 8GB LPDDR4 RAM
    • 64GB/128GB internal memory
    • Android O based on EMUI
    • 12MP+12MP Dual rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, OIS, Laser AF and 4K video recording support
    • 16-megapixel front Camera
    • Dual SIM
    • 3300mAh battery

    Expected Launch Date: No news yet

    3. Nokia 8

    If you are looking for then Nokia 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 recently launched Nokia 3, 5, 6 and legendary 3310. All these devices are budget Android smartphones except the 3310 which is a feature phone. Although we are yet to see a flagship smartphone from the company. We have already heard about Nokia 8 and Nokia 9. Nokia 8 is expected to come up with QHD+ Display with Snapdragon 835 SoC and 6GB of RAM. This is already one of the most anticipated upcoming smartphones in India.

    Nokia 8 Concept

    Expected Specifications of Nokia 8

    • 5.7-inch QHD 2K Super AMOLED display
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
    • 6GB RAM
    • Snapdragon 835 chipset
    • 64GB/128GB internal storage
    • 256GB external storage
    • 3500 mAh non-removable battery
    • 24MP Rear camera & 12MP Front-facing Camera
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
    • Fingerprint sensor

    Expected Launch Date: Q2 2017

    4. Google Pixel 2

    Google last year ditched the regular Nexus series and made a lineup Pixel. They launched Pixel and Pixel XL last year, and both of them have got huge success in terms of camera performance and also the overall mobile experience. This year Google is looking forward to make Google Pixel series even better. Google Pixel 2 is likely to get almost Bezel-less QHD+ Display on the front. Rest of the design is expected to be same. Google is working hard to make the camera better than the current Pixel. At the back, there will be Dual camera setup while on the front there will be a regular single camera to shoot selfies.

    Google Pixel 2

    Expected Specifications of Google Pixel 2

    • 5.5-inch QHD+ Almost Bezel-less Display
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
    • Snapdragon 835 processor
    • 6GB LPDDR4 RAM
    • Adreno 530 GPU
    • 64GB/128GB internal memory
    • Android O
    • 12MP+12MP Dual rear camera with dual-tone LED flash, OIS, Laser AF and 4K video recording support
    • 8-megapixel front Camera
    • Dual SIM
    • Fingerprint sensor

    Expected Launch Date: No News yet

    5. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

    Galaxy Note 7 was a blunder but Samsung is doing everything to in safety department for the Galaxy Note 8. It is one of the most awaited Note series smartphones. Samsung has shown their class by launching Galaxy S8 and S8+. Now we are also looking forward to Note 8 for its Bezel-less display and amazing powerful features. We expect Samsung will come with something innovation with Galaxy Note 8 too.

    Samsung Galaxy Note 7

    Expected Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note 8

    • 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED curved dual edge display
    • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
    • Exynos 8890 processor / Quad Core Snapdragon 835 processor
    • 6GB LPDDR4 RAM
    • 64GB (UFS 2.0) internal memory
    • External memory up to 256GB with microSD
    • Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow
    • 12-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, Smart OIS, f/1.7 aperture, dual-pixel PDAF
    • 5-megapixel front camera, f/1.7 aperture
    • IP68 rating water and dust resistance
    • Fingerprint sensor, Heart rate sensor, Iris scanner, Barometer
    • S Pen stylus
    • Single SIM/Dual SIM
    • 4G LTE Cat.12, Bluetooth 4.2 LE Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2X2 MIMO), USB Type-C, NFC
    • 4000mAh battery with fast charging

    Expected Launch Date: No News yet

    6. HTC 11

    HTC launched HTC 10 this year, but it was not well received by the customers now the company is entirely relying on the next flagship smartphone HTC 11. As we know HTC is very unique with their designs, so we hope they will come out something exciting just like Xiaomi stunned the world with their Mi MIX.

    htc-11-concept

    2016 was a great year for smartphones, and we have seen a hell lot of development in every aspect of the smartphone this year. We hope for the best for the upcoming smartphone of 2017 from HTC, and we have speculated some of the key specs which might be there in HTC 11.

    HTC 11 Specifications (Expected)

    • 5.5-inch 2K Display
    • Snapdragon 835 chipset
    • 12-megapixel rear camera/ Dual Camera
    • 8-megapixel front-facing Camera
    • 4/6 GB RAM
    • BoomSound stereo speakers
    • Water resistant technology
    • Fingerprint Sensor

    Expected Launch Date: April 2017

    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 S8 Stock Wallpaper

    Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ (Rumored)

    • Display – QHD 5.5-inch 2K, 95% Screen-to-Body Ratio
    • Processor –Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 8895 chipset
    • RAM – 6GB/8GB
    • Adreno 540 GPU / Mali-G71 GPU
    • Internal Storage – 64GB / 128GB
    • Primary Camera – 12MP+12MP
    • Front Camera – 8MP
    • IP68 rated for water and dust resistance
    • Fingerprint scanner
    • Advanced Iris Scanner
    • Battery – 3450 mAh

    Expected Launch Date: March 2018

    8. Oppo Find 9

    According to different renowned blogs and leak experts, Oppo will be launching Find 9 later in this month only. If Oppo releases Find 9, then it will be jumping a generation as the last Oppo Find model Smartphone was Oppo Find 7.

    Oppo Find 9

    Expected Specifications of Oppo Find 9

    • 5-inch 2K Display
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
    • 6 GB RAM
    • 21MP Exmor rear camera and 8 MP front camera
    • 64GB of inbuilt memory
    • Fingerprint sensor
    • Fast charging support

    Expected Launch Date: No News yet

    9. Microsoft Surface Smartphone

    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 Q2 2017.

    Expected Specifications of Microsoft Surface Mobile

    • 4GB RAM
    • 64GB/128GB internal storage
    • Expandable storage up to 256GB with MicroSD
    • Intel Atom x3 (SoFIA) 64-bit processor
    • Windows 10
    • 21MP rear camera with PureView Zeiss 6-lens and 8 MP front camera
    • 5.5-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution
    • ClearBlack Gorilla Glass 4 protection
    • USB Type-C connector and wireless charging

    Expected Launch Date: No News Yet

    10. Xioami Mi MIX 2

    Xiaomi launched Mi MIX last year and stunned the tech world with almost bezel-less design. The smartphone was a huge hit and sold out many times in a very shorter period of time. Now it is also heard Xiaomi has already started working on their next flagship Mi MIX 2 which will have much more thinner bezels than Mi MIX. The upcoming Android smartphone from the company is also expected to huge hit globally.

    xiaomi-mi-mix

    Expected Specifications of Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

    • 6.4-inch QHD+ display with 95% screen-to-body ratio
    • Snapdragon 835 processor
    • 6GB / 8GB DDR4 RAM
    • 128GB internal (UFS 2.0) / 256GB (UFS 2.0) internal memory
    • Android 6.0 Marshmallow with MIUI 9
    • Dual SIM
    • 16-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone LED Flash, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF, 4K video recording
    • 5-megapixel front-facing camera
    • Fingerprint sensor
    • 192Hz / 24-bit DAC chip
    • 4400mAh minimum battery with Quick Charge 4.0 support

    Expected Launch Date: No news yet

    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.

    • John Youle

      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.

    • vikas bisoi

      hi..let Mi 5 get released first (seems not before Jan’16)..then let’s talk abt Mi6 (seems not sooner than end of 2016).

    • I am super excited about most of the phones in this list and especially iPhone 7. Can’t wait to see how the next iPhone would look like. I found a cool concept design in this article here –
      http://www.techsive.com/2016/01/best-upcoming-smartphones-2016.html

    • disqus_JLCGKJCUsr

      I hope that the note 8 comes out with a better camera then the one described here.

    • Fred Brown

      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.

      • Alberto Yañez

        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

      • Frank

        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.

      • Mikey

        I HAD AN HTC M8 AND IT WAS THE CRAPPIEST PHONE THAT I EVER HAD. THE BEST PART OF IT WAS THE DUAL SPEAKERS.

    • ChemicalDeath

      How come no upcoming crazy BIG screen size phablets?

    • 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?

      • Muhammad Rafiq

        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.

        • Chathura

          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.

          • Chathura

            google pixel will be a very good option,

    • Gerald

      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.

    • smartphoneku

      Cool 🙂 thanks for sharing