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Best Mind-Blowing Upcoming Smartphones to be launched in 2018

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.

Best Upcoming Smartphones 2018

Check out the best upcoming mobile phones of 2018

1. Apple iPhone 8

  • 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.

Apple iPhone 8 - Upcoming 5G Mobile

Expected Key Specifications of Apple iPhone 8
Display 5.8-inch Retina
Processor 2.3GHz A11 quad-core SoC
RAM 4GB
Storage 128GB (non-expandable)
Operating System iOS 11
Rear Camera Dual 12MP with quad-LED flash
Front Camera 8MP with Retina flash
Battery 3000mAh (non-removable)
Fingerprint Side
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

2. Samsung Galaxy S9 / S9+

  • Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ will be the two most wanted upcoming smartphones from the house of Samsung and they are expected to go on sale globally by February 2018. The flagship smartphones are expected to come with a 5.8-inch and 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Infinity displays with dual curved edges, respectively.
  • They will be powered by the Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor (equivalent Exynos chipset for Asian markets). For multitasking, it will surely pack in 6GB or 8GB of RAM and for storage, there will be 128GB of onboard memory.
  • The S9 and S9+ will run on TouchWiz UI based on Android 8.0 Oreo OS for sure. In the camera department, it is expected to boast a dual lens setup at the back. We are expecting two 13 megapixel sensors, however the megapixel count might be more. This smartphone will rock a 16 megapixel selfie camera at least if not more.
  • It will also feature a fingerprint sensor, an Iris scanner, a heart rate sensor and more. Under the hood, the S9 is expected to carry a 3300mAh battery while the S9+ will come with a 3600mAh battery. Both of them will support fast charging via both wired and wireless modes.

Samsung Galaxy S9 / Galaxy S9+ Concept - Upcoming Smartphone

Expected Key Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+
Display 5.8-inch Quad HD+ (S9)

6.2-inch Quad HD+ (S9+)

Processor 2.65GHz Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC
RAM 6GB/8GB
Storage 128GB (expandable – 256GB)
Operating System TouchWiz UI (Android 8.0 Oreo)
Rear Camera Dual 13MP with LED flash
Front Camera 16MP
Battery 3300mAh | 3600mAh (non-removable)

Fast Charging (both wired and wireless)

Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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3. Apple iPhone 7S  / 7S Plus

  • 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.

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

Expected Key Specifications of Apple iPhone 7S and 7S Plus
Display 4.7-inch Retina – 7S

5.5-inch Full HD Retina – 7S Plus

Processor 2.3GHz A11 quad-core SoC
RAM 3GB
Storage 128GB (non-expandable)
Operating System iOS 11
Rear Camera 12MP with quad-LED flash (7S)

Dual 12MP with quad-LED flash (7S Plus)

Front Camera 7MP with Retina Flash
Battery 1960mAh (non-removable) – 7S

2900mAh (non-removable) – 7S Plus

Fingerprint Front
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

4. Nokia 9

  • 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 8.0 Oreo 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.

Nokia 9 - Upcoming Flagship Smartphone

Expected Key Specifications of Nokia 9
Display 5.3-inch Quad HD
Processor 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 octa-core SoC
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB (expandable – 2TB)
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo
Rear Camera Dual 13MP with LED flash
Front Camera 13MP
Battery 3210mAh (non-removable) with Quick Charge 3.0
Fingerprint Front
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

5. LG G7

  • LG G7 is expected to launch in March 2018. We will get a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ display with 18:9 aspect ratio. The screen will be of OLED type, just like the LG V30. This upcoming smartphone from the house of LG will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor for sure, since the V30 is powered by Snapdragon 835.
  • For multitasking, LG will be offering both 6GB and 8GB of RAM along with 128GB of onboard memory, which can also be expanded up to 2TB by adding a microSD card. The LG G7 will be running on LG UX 7.0 based on Android 8.0 Oreo OS.
  • Now coming to the camera section of the G7, we will find a dual camera setup just like the V30 – one 16 megapixel primary lens with f/1.6 aperture and another 13 megapixel secondary wide-angle lens with f/1.9 aperture.
  • In one of the most anticipated upcoming mobiles of 2017, we are expecting a 3500mAh battery under its hood with Quick Charge 4.0+ support. It is expected to have a glass back design with support for wireless charging.

LG G7 Concept - Upcoming Smartphone

Expected Key Specifications of LG G7
Display 5.8-inch Quad HD+
Processor 2.65GHz Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC
RAM 6GB/8GB
Storage 128GB (expandable – 2TB)
Operating System LG UX (Android 8.0 Oreo)
Rear Camera 16MP + 13MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 3500mAh (non-removable) with Quick Charge 4.0+
Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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6. Google Pixel 2 / Pixel XL 2

  • 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 836 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 Oreo 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.

Google Pixel 2 - Upcoming 5G Mobile Phone

Expected Key Specifications of Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2
Display 5-inch Full HD (Pixel 2)

6-inch Quad HD (Pixel XL 2)

Processor 2.45GHz Snapdragon 836 octa-core SoC
RAM 4GB
Storage 128GB (non-expandable)
Operating System Android 8.0 Oreo
Rear Camera Dual 12MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 13MP
Battery 3000mAh (non-removable) – Pixel 2

3600mAh (non-removable) – Pixel XL 2

Fast Charging (both wired and wireless)

Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

7. OnePlus 6

  • OnePlus 6 is going to be the first bezel-less phone from the house of OnePlus. It will come with flagship features compared to other upcoming smartphones. To start off, the OnePlus 6 will have a whopping 80%+ screen-to-body ratio, which was not seen in any other OnePlus phone till date. It will feature a 5.8-inch Quad HD+ Optic AMOLED display.
  • The OnePlus 6 will certainly be powered by a Snapdragon 845 octa-core processor clocked at 2.65GHz along with Adreno 550 GPU. The OnePlus 6 is most likely to come with 8GB or 12GB of RAM along with 128GB of base internal storage. It will run on Oxygen OS based on Android 8.0 Oreo 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, however it can be a combination of 16 and 20 megapixel lenses. The secondary lens will be used for clicking portrait images with depth of field effect.
  • The battery is expected to be improved, hence we are considering a 3500mAh battery under its hood with support for Quick Charge 4.0+ fast charging.

OnePlus 6 Concept - Upcoming Flagship Smartphone

Expected Key Specifications of OnePlus 6
Display 5.8-inch Quad HD+
Processor 2.65GHz Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC
RAM 8GB/12GB
Storage 128GB (non-expandable)
Operating System Oxygen OS (Android 8.0 Oreo)
Rear Camera 16MP + 20MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 16MP
Battery 3500mAh (non-removable) with Quick Charge 4.0+
Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

8. Samsung Galaxy X1 / X1+

  • 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 Oreo OS.

Samsung Galaxy X1 and X1+ - Concept Upcoming Foldable Smartphones

Expected Key Specifications of Samsung Galaxy X1 and X1+
Display 5.2-inch Quad HD+ (X1)

5.5-inch Quad HD+ (X1+)

Processor 2.45GHz Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 octa-core SoC
RAM 6GB
Storage 128GB (expandable – 256GB)
Operating System TouchWiz UI (Android 8.0 Oreo)
Rear Camera 16MP with LED flash
Front Camera 8MP
Battery 4000mAh (non-removable) – X1

4500mAh (non-removable) – X1+

Fingerprint Rear
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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9. Xiaomi Mi 7

  • 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 Oreo 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.

Xiaomi Mi 7 - Upcoming Flagship Smartphone

Expected Key Specifications of Xiaomi Mi 7
Display 5.7-inch Quad HD+
Processor 2.45GHz Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB (expandable – 2TB)
Operating System MIUI (Android 8.0 Oreo)
Rear Camera Dual 12MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 13MP
Battery 3600mAh (non-removable) with Quick Charge 4.0+
Fingerprint Front
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

10. HTC U12

  • 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 Oreo 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.

HTC U12 Concept - Upcoming Mobile in 2018

Expected Key Specifications of HTC U12
Display 5.8-inch Quad HD+
Processor 2.45GHz Snapdragon 845 octa-core SoC
RAM 8GB
Storage 128GB (expandable – 2TB)
Operating System HTC Sense UI (Android 8.0 Oreo)
Rear Camera Dual 12MP with dual-tone LED flash
Front Camera 16MP
Battery 3200mAh (non-removable) with Quick Charge 4.0+
Fingerprint Front
Connectivity 4G VoLTE

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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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