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Best Mind-Blowing Upcoming Smartphones to be launched in 2017-18

If a smartphone is already out in the market for a time period of six to eight months, we would wait for its successor, if we wanted to buy the same device. This is because all the smartphone makers release their flagship smartphones usually once a year. Thus, we bring you the top 10 best upcoming smartphones of 2018. These are mostly the successors of the flagship phones launched throughout 2017. These smartphones will come with the best processors, displays, cameras, software, RAM, storage, battery and other new innovative technologies. Thus, these mobiles will also be the costliest devices in the world. 2017 was a great year for smartphones but we are expecting more innovation in 2018, specially in the battery department. Some of them might turn out to be the best 5G mobiles in future.

This curated list is in no particular order, just like most of our listicles. So without any further ado, let’s get started now.

Check out the best upcoming mobile phones of 2017

1. Apple iPhone 8

Apple iPhone 8 - Upcoming 5G Mobile

Apple is expected to launch three new models in 2017 instead of the usual two. This year the company will launch the usual iPhone 7S and 7S Plus along with a premium model, iPhone 8 codenamed as ‘iPhone Ferrari’. It is expected to feature an all glass design with rare premium materials. The new iPhone will boast of a OLED bezel-less display, and it is said to be one of the best bezel-less upcoming smartphones, however, the size is said to be 5.8-inch. It will have a Quad HD display with a resolution of 2800 x 1248 pixels and a ratio of 18.5:9. It will be powered by a 10nm Apple A11 SoC along with 4GB of RAM.

The iPhone 8 might become the first iPhone to support wireless charging along with fast charging. It might also become the first iPhone to not sport a home button and the fingerprint sensor technology is expected to be included in the display itself. However, if the technology is not ready for mass production, we can expect the fingerprint sensor to be embedded into the power/lock button on the right side. Out of the upcoming mobiles of 2017, this might finally pack in 5G LTE network. In the camera department, it is expected to come with dual 12 megapixel cameras that can click 3D images. In terms of software, it will certainly be running on iOS 11.

Check out the complete rumored specifications of the Apple iPhone 8 below.

Key Specifications:

  • 5.8-inch Retina display
  • 2.3GHz A11 quad-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB storage, non-expandable
  • iOS 11
  • Dual 12MP rear 3D cameras
  • 8MP selfie camera with Retina flash
  • Fingerprint Sensor (front)
  • IP68 certified
  • 5G, 4G VoLTE
  • 3000mAh battery (non-removable)

2. Samsung Galaxy Note8

Samsung Galaxy Note8 - Upcoming 5G Smartphone

After the debacle of Galaxy Note7, Samsung will be desperate to do well with the Galaxy Note8. It will be the most wanted upcoming smartphones from the house of Samsung and it will launch by September. The phablet is expected to come with a 6.3-inch Quad HD+ Infinity display with dual curved edges. It will be powered by the Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895. For multitasking, it will surely pack in 6GB of RAM and for storage, there will be 128GB of onboard memory.

The Note8 will run on TouchWiz UI based on Android 8.0 OS for sure. In the camera department, it is expected to boast a dual lens setup at the back. We are expecting two 12 megapixel sensors, however the megapixel count might be more. This smartphone will rock a 8 megapixel selfie camera at least if not more. It will also feature a fingerprint sensor, an Iris scanner, a heart rate sensor and more. We are surely expecting the phone to come with 5G enabled network. Under the hood, it is expected to carry a 3300mAh battery as well, which does not explode (pun intended).

Check out the complete rumored specifications of the Samsung Galaxy Note8.

Key Specifications:

  • 6.3-inch Quad HD+ display
  • Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 octa-core processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB storage, expandable – 256GB
  • TouchWiz UI (Android 8.0 O)
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras with LED flash
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor (back)
  • Iris scanner
  • Heart Rate sensor
  • IP68 certified
  • 5G, 4G VoLTE
  • 3300mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Fast charging (both wired and wireless)

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3. Apple iPhone 7S  / 7S Plus

Apple iPhone 7S - One of the upcoming smartphones of 2017

Apple iPhone 7S and 7S Plus will come out in September 2017. The iPhone was born in 2007 and it will complete its 10th anniversary this year. A big redesign is expected in the design section, hence these are two of the most exciting upcoming smartphones globally. In terms of display, they are expected to carry the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina displays but the resolution will get bumped up and if we are lucky, we might see an almost bezel-less OLED display. Coming to its software, it will be running on iOS 11 out of the box for sure. These will get powered by the next-gen Apple SoC named A11 and the iPhone 7S is expected to rock 3GB of RAM, while the iPhone 7S Plus might sneak in 4GB of RAM.

In the camera department, the 7S is expected to come with a single 12 megapixel lens whereas the 7S Plus will rock dual 12 megapixel lenses. However, resolution of these lenses on both these upcoming phones might get a raise. We can also expect 5G technology on these phones. The battery technology on iPhones are quite primitive compared to its Android counterparts. Apple might introduce fast charging and wireless charging on these iPhones in 2017.

Find out the full rumored specifications of the Apple iPhone 7S and iPhone 7S Plus below.

Key Specifications:

  • 4.7-inch Retina display – iPhone 7S
  • 5.5-inch Full HD Retina display – iPhone 7S Plus
  • 2.3GHz A11 quad-core processor
  • 3GB RAM (7S)
  • 4GB RAM (7S Plus)
  • 128GB storage, non-expandable
  • iOS 11
  • 12MP rear camera with Quad-LED True Tone flash – iPhone 7S
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras with Quad-LED True Tone flash – iPhone 7S Plus
  • 7MP selfie camera with Retina flash
  • Fingerprint Sensor (front)
  • IP67 certified
  • 4G VoLTE
  • 1960mAh battery (non-removable) – iPhone 7S
  • 2900mAh battery (non-removable) – iPhone 7S Plus

4. Nokia 9

Nokia 9 - Upcoming Flagship Smartphone

Nokia has come back to the smartphone business in 2017. Now, the Nokia phones run on Android OS and the flagship device is rumored to be known as the Nokia 9. It is going to feature a 5.3-inch Quad HD display with possibly curved edges. It will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor and might come in three different RAM variants – 4GB / 6GB / 8GB RAM, in comparison to the other best upcoming smartphones. As expected, the Nokia 9 will be running on Android 7.1 Nougat OS and will provide a similar experience compared to stock Android but we are expecting certain customizations from Nokia as well.

The Nokia 9 will rock dual 13 megapixel rear cameras according to the latest rumors. For selfie, we will be getting a 13 megapixel front-facing camera as well. In terms of storage, there will be 128GB of onboard storage and it will surely include a fingerprint sensor as well. In terms of battery, there will be a 3210mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 capability and we can expect Nokia to throw in wireless charging as well, since they use it from their Windows phone days.

Find out the full rumored specifications of the Nokia 9 below.

Key Specifications:

  • 5.3-inch Quad HD display
  • 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor
  • 4GB/6GB/8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage, expandable – 2TB
  • Android 7.1 Nougat OS
  • Dual 13MP rear cameras with Triple LED flash
  • 13MP selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor (front)
  • 5G, 4G VoLTE
  • 3210mAh battery
  • Quick Charge 3.0

5. LG V30

LG V30 - Upcoming Smartphone

LG V30 is expected to launch in September 2017. Till now, LG had used a secondary display as the signature feature of the ‘V series’ smartphones but the V30 will not have this secondary ‘ticker’ display anymore. We will get a 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio, just like the LG G6 but this will come with a OLED panel, which will be a first for any LG flagship smartphone. This upcoming smartphone from the house of LG will be powered by a Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor for sure, since the V20 is powered by Snapdragon 820. For multitasking, LG will be offering 4GB of RAM along with 64GB of onboard memory. We also can expect a 6GB RAM variant.

The LG V30 will be running on LG UX 6.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat OS. Now coming to the camera section of the V30, we will find a dual camera setup just like the G6 – one 13 megapixel primary lens with f/1.8 aperture and another 13 megapixel secondary wide-angle lens with f/2.4 aperture. In one of the most anticipated upcoming mobiles of 2017, we are expecting a 3600mAh battery under its hood with Quick Charge 3.0 support. It is expected to have a glass back design.

Find out the full rumored specifications of the LG V30 below.

Key Specifications:

  • 5.7-inch Quad HD+ OLED display
  • 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor
  • 4GB/6GB RAM
  • 64GB storage, expandable – 2TB
  • LG UX 6.0 (Android 7.0 Nougat)
  • 13MP + 13MP rear cameras
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor (back)
  • US Military Standard (MIL-STD 810G)
  • B&O Play
  • 4G VoLTE
  • 3600mAh battery (non-removable) battery
  • Quick Charge 3.0

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6. Google Pixel 2 / Pixel XL 2

Google Pixel 2 - Upcoming 5G Mobile Phone

Google Pixel and Pixel XL were the first completely made by Google smartphones. The Pixel series came out in 2016 and we expect the Pixel 2 series in 2017. So, Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, which are upcoming smartphones of 2017, will be announced around October. The Pixel 2 is expected to feature a 5-inch Full HD display, while the Pixel XL 2 will come with a 6-inch Quad HD display. They will certainly be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor. Under the hood, these phones will carry 4GB of RAM but if Google pushes it more, we might also see 6GB of RAM. They will be running on Android 8.0 OS out of the box.

In the camera department, we are surely expecting a dual rear camera setup since most of these other upcoming smartphones are also heading the same way. At least they will carry two 12 megapixel lenses at the back but the megapixel count can be on the higher side as well. They will as usual feature a fingerprint sensor but might as well boast of an Iris scanner if the technology is being used more widely by the consumers. We are also expecting a 3000mAh battery in Pixel 2 and a 3600mAh battery inside the Pixel XL 2 with both fast and wireless charging technology. Also, it will be 5G network enabled.

Find out the full rumored specifications of the Google Pixel 2 / Pixel XL 2 below.

Key Specifications:

  • 5.0-inch Full HD display – Pixel 2
  • 6.0-inch Quad HD display – Pixel XL 2
  • 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB storage, non-expandable
  • Android 8.0 O
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras with dual-tone LED flash
  • 13MP selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor (back)
  • 5G, 4G VoLTE
  • 3000mAh battery (non-removable) – Pixel 2
  • 3600mAh battery (non-removable) – Pixel XL 2
  • Fast charging
  • Wireless charging

7. Xiaomi Mi MIX 2

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 - One of the best upcoming bezel-less smartphones

Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 is a successor of the Mi MIX 2, one of the best bezel-less phones. It will come with flagship features compared to other upcoming smartphones. To start off, the Mi MIX 2 will have a whopping 93% screen-to-body ratio, which is higher than the 91.3% seen on its predecessor. The MIX 2 will feature a 6.4-inch Quad HD curved AMOLED display. It will be a true bezel-less phone. The MIX 2 will certainly be powered by a Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor clocked at 2.45GHz along with Adreno 540 GPU.

The Mi MIX 2 is most likely to come with 8GB of RAM and 64GB of onboard storage. It will run on Xiaomi MIUI 9.0 based on Android 7.0 Nougat OS. In the camera department, it will surely boast of a dual lens system at the back but we do not know the exact megapixel and the mechanism yet. We mean the second lens can be used for clicking images with depth of field effect or wide-angle shots. The battery is expected to be improved, hence we are considering a 4500mAh battery under its hood with support for fast charging.

Find out the rumored specifications of the Xiaomi Mi MIX 2 below.

Key Specifications:

  • 6.4-inch Quad HD display
  • 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage, non-expandable
  • MIUI 9 (Android 7.0 Nougat)
  • Dual 13MP rear cameras with dual-tone LED flash
  • 5MP selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor (back)
  • 4G VoLTE
  • 4400mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Quick Charge 4.0

8. Samsung Galaxy X1 / X1+

Samsung Galaxy X1 and X1+ - Concept Upcoming Foldable Smartphones

Samsung Galaxy X1 (SM-X9000) and X1+ (SM-X9050) are two of the most anticipated smartphones of 2018 because they look different. These upcoming smartphones will be the first foldable smartphones from the house of Samsung under the new ‘Galaxy X series’. They are expected to feature 5.2-inch and 5.5-inch Quad HD+ Super AMOLED displays, respectively. We might see a 4K display on these devices as well. In terms of power, they will boast of Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 SoC and 6GB RAM. The Indian variant is expected to be powered by the Exynos 8895 chipset, while the US variant will run on Snapdragon 835 processor.

They will not have a home button but will feature the 3.5mm audio jack. The fingerprint sensor will be located at the back. In the camera department, they will have a 16 megapixel Dual Pixel primary camera at the back along with a 8 megapixel secondary selfie camera on the front. In terms of battery, the X1 will boast of a 4000mAh battery, while the X1+ will come with a 4500mAh battery. Both of them might support fast charging (both wired and wireless). Among all the upcoming mobiles, these might come with 128GB of storage. They will run on TouchWiz UI based on Android 8.0 O OS.

Check out the complete rumored specifications of the Samsung Galaxy X1 and X1+ below.

Key Specifications:

  • 5.2-inch Quad HD+ display – X1
  • 5.5-inch Quad HD+ display – X1+
  • Snapdragon 835 octa-core processor/Exynos 8895 octa-core processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB storage, expandable – 256GB
  • TouchWiz UI (Android 8.0 O)
  • 16MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 8MP selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor (back)
  • Iris scanner
  • Heart Rate sensor
  • IP68 certified
  • 5G VoLTE
  • 4000mAh battery (non-removable) – X1
  • 4500mAh battery (non-removable) – X1+

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9. Xiaomi Mi 7

Xiaomi Mi 7 - Upcoming Flagship Smartphone

Xiaomi Mi 7 is expected to be unveiled in March 2018. We are not sure about the display size or resolution yet but we can expect a 5.7-inch Quad HD+ bezel-less Infinity display. It will be the successor of the Xiaomi Mi 6 which was also one the best upcoming smartphone in our list before. As per the rumors, the new device named Mi 7 will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor along with Adreno 550 GPU. In the multitasking department, we will see 8GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

The Xiaomi Mi 7 will be running on MIUI 9 based on Android 8.0 O OS out of the box. According to us, it will come with a 3600mAh battery under its hood with Quick Charge 4.0 technology at the minimum and we can expect a slightly bigger battery as well compared to other upcoming phones. The camera department will see a dual camera setup at the back consisting of two 12 megapixel sensors and there will be a 13 megapixel selfie camera on the front. Other usual connectivity and networking options will be there as usual.

Check out the complete rumored specifications of the Xiaomi Mi 7 below.

Key Specifications:

  • 5.7-inch Quad HD+ display
  • 2.45GHz Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage, expandable – 2TB
  • MIUI 9 (Android 8.0 O)
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras with dual-tone LED flash
  • 13MP selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor (front)
  • IP68 certified
  • 5G, 4G VoLTE
  • 3600mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Quick Charge 4.0

10. HTC U12

HTC U12 Concept - Upcoming Mobile in 2018

HTC U12 will be unveiled in March at MWC 2018. It is expected to come with a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ dual curved edge glass display. Under the hood, it will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor like most other flagship smartphones of 2018. For multitasking, it is rumored to pack in a whopping 8GB of RAM, which will be more than its predecessor, the HTC U11. However, we are not aware of the exact specifications of any upcoming smartphones, thus you have to take the information with a pinch of salt. It will be running on HTC Sense 9.0 UI based on Android 8.0 O OS. It is also speculated to be water and dust proof.

The HTC U12 is bound to feature a dual lens system at the back compared to other phones in this category. We are expecting it to carry two 12 megapixel rear cameras along with a 16 megapixel selfie camera. For powering the HTC U12, the company is expected to pack in a 3200mAh battery under its hood with support for both fast charging as well as wireless charging technology. There will be the usual fingerprint sensor but it might also feature an Iris scanner as well, but we are not sure about it at this moment.

Check out the complete rumored specifications of the HTC U12 below.

Key Specifications:

  • 5.8-inch Quad HD+ display
  • 2.45GHz Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB storage, expandable – 2TB
  • HTC Sense UI (Android 8.0 O)
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras with dual-tone LED flash
  • 16MP selfie camera
  • Fingerprint sensor (front)
  • IP68 certified
  • 5G, 4G VoLTE
  • 3200mAh battery (non-removable)
  • Quick Charge 4.0

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Thus, we come to an end of our upcoming phones list. These are the best flagship smartphones which are going to be launched in 2018. While most of them will launch at the MWC in March, some of these upcoming smartphones will make its way into the market in the second half of the year. If you’re waiting for these smartphones, then do share your point of view about their features and specifications in the comments section below. In case you would like to see some other flagship phones in our list, do let us know that as well. The list will be updated periodically to reflect the latest rumors. Until next time, check out our other articles below.

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Bibek Saha

He is the Co-Founder of BSU. A Tech enthusiast at heart, who loves to write long form articles. A certified foodie who won't give up Chicken for anything else in this world. A Manchester United fan, who loves to play Fifa when not in work mode.

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