We just witnessed the latest rush of flagship releases from Samsung, LG, Apple, and more, and previously announced devices like the Essential phone have finally started making their way to consumers. Unlike a few years ago however, it’s not a clear cut spring and fall announcement cycle anymore, and we still have quite a few new and upcoming Android phones look forward to in 2018.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at some of the most interesting new and upcoming Android phones heading our way in the hopefully not too distant future!


New Android smartphones

In the first half of this post we talk about the new Android phones that have either been formally announced or have been on the market for 90 days or less. In the second part we turn on our crystal balls and talk about upcoming Android phones that have yet to be confirmed, pointing out some of the biggest rumors we’ve been hearing so far.

Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro

Huawei’s recently announced Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro are the company’s latest flagship devices over the past few years. Both of these phones share many of the same high-end hardware features, including the Huawei Kirin 970 processor, dual 20 MP monochrome and 12 MP cameras in the back, an 8 MP front-facing camera and a 4,000 mAh battery. The biggest changes are in their displays. The Mate 10 will have a 5.9 inch IPS LCD screen with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution,while the Mate 10 Pro gets a 6.0-inch OLED screen at 2,160 x 1,080 resolution.

In addition the Mate 10 is limited to 4 GB of RAM and just 64 GB of onboard storage, but it does have a microSD card slot to expand that storage by up to 256 GB, and it even includes a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The Mate 10 Pro will be released with either 4 GB or 6 GB of RAM, and with either 64 GB or 128 GB of storage. The Mate 10 Pro will also lack both a microSD card slot and a headphone jack. The Mate 10 is available in a number of countries, but not the US for now. The Mate 10 Pro is now available in the US unlocked for $799.99.

Specs 

Huawei Mate 10

  • 5.9-inch IPS LCD screen with a 2,560 x 1,440 resolution
  • Kirin 970 processor
  • 4 GB RAM
  • 64 GB built-in storage, microSD card for adding up to 256 GB
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Dual 20 MP and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front-facing camera
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack

Huawei Mate 10 Pro

  •  6.0-inch OLED screen at 2,160 x 1,080 resolution
  • Kirin 970 processor
  • 4/6 GB RAM
  • 64/128 GB built-in storage, no microSD card
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Dual 20 MP and 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front-facing camera
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • No headphone jack

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OnePlus 5T

The successor to the earlier OnePlus 5, which is now no longer officially sold by the company, the OnePlus 5T might be its most expensive smartphone to date, but it still offers a great bang for your buck. Announced back in June, the high-end version of the flagship was one of the very first phones with 8 GB RAM. It also offers 128 GB storage, though that’s obviously a lot more common. The biggest hardware difference between the OnePlus 5 and the 5T is that the newer phone has a much larger screen, with a 6-inch 18:9 1,080 x 2,160 display, compared to the 5.5-inch screen on the OnePlus 5. 

The OnePlus 5T also has ditched the telephoto 1.6x secondary camera found on the OnePlus 5. In its place, there’s a 20 MP 1x camera that uses groups of four pixels to help make great photos in low light conditions. Otherwise, the hardware specs on the OnePlus 5T match those on the OnePlus 5. Unlike most Chinese smartphones, it offers a very light skin on top of Android called OxygenOS. It doesn’t change the look and feel of Google’s operating system much but does add a few unique features and customization options that make it stand out from the crowd.

In addition to a lot of RAM, the device also sports a metal body that’s quite easy on the eyes. Let’s not forget to mention Dash Charge, which gets the battery up to 100 percent in around 90 minutes. The OnePlus 5T comes in Lava Red and Midnight Black, with 6 GB of RAM sold for $499.99 and the version with 8 GB of RAM can be yours for $559.99.

Specs

  • 6-inch Optic AMOLED display with 1,080 x 2,160 resolution, 401 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 mobile platform
  • 6/8 GB of RAM
  • 64/128 GB of on-board storage, no microSD expansion
  • Dual 16 and 20 MP rear cameras, 16 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1.1 Nougat
  • 154.2 x 74.1 x 7.25 mm, 153 g

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Razer Phone 

 

Razer bought Nextbit, the company that released the impressive Robin phone, early in 2017, to help them make this new product, and the design of the Razer Phone is very similar on the outside to the old Robin. However, the hardware specs on the Razer Phone may be among the highest, if not the highest, on this upcoming Android phones list. It will have a 5.7-inch IGZO LCD display with a 1,440 x 2,560 resolution, but more importantly, it will be the first phone with a 120 Hz UltraMotion screen. That means game developers can make titles that will have almost no lag or stuttering when they are playing on screen.

Audio will come from twin speakers on the front that Razer says are the loudest found on any phone, with Dolby ATMOS support. Headphone users will be able to listen with a special USB-C adapter that includes THX certified DAC support. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor is inside, along with a whopping 8 GB of RAM, 64 GB of storage with a microSD card slot, dual 12 MP rear cameras, an 8 MP front facing camera, and a big 4,000 mAh battery.

While the Razer Phone ships with Android 7.1 Nougat out of the box, it will be updated to Android 8.0 Oreo in the first quarter of 2018. It is priced at $699.

Specs 

  • 5.7-inch 1,440 x 2,560 resolution IGZO LCD display; 120 Hz UltraMotion screen
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor
  • 8 GB of RAM
  • 64 GB of onboard storage,
  • Dual 12 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front-facing camera
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 7.1 Nougat
  • 158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm, 197 g

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Honor 7x

The Honor 7x is the latest of the cheap phones from Huawei’s Honor brand, yet it still has high-end features that make it an attractive phone for any buyer.

One of its standout features is its 5.93-inch display with very little in terms of bezels, along with an 18:9 aspect ratio and a 1080p resolution. Inside, it has Huawei’s in-house Kirin 659 octa-core processor, running four cores at 2.36GHz and four at 1.7GHz and with a Mali T830 GPU.

In terms of software, you are getting Android 7.0 Nougat with Huawei’s EMUI 5.1 interface on top. Depending on the market, you will get either 3 GB or 4 GB of RAM inside, along with either 32 GB or 64 GB of onboard storage, with a microSD card to expand it up to 256 GB. The rear camera setup has a  16 MP primary sensor, along with a secondary 2 MP sensor that can handle features like portrait mode. It also has an 8 MP front-facing camera. Finally, it has a 3,340 mAh battery, which should last up to a day with regular phone use.

In the U.S., you can buy the Honor 7x right now for just $199.99. 

Specs

  • 5.91-inch display with 2,160 x 1,080 resolution
  • Kirin 659 octa-core processor
  • 3/4 GB of RAM
  • 32/64 GB of on-board storage, microSD expansion up to 256 GB
  • Dual 12 and 2 MP rear cameras, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,340 mAh battery
  • Android 7.0 Nougat, EMUI 5.1
  • 156.5 x 75.3 x 7.6 mm, 165 g

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Upcoming Android phones

That is it for the new smartphones that have recently been announced or have begun to ship to customers. However, the year is far from done, and there are still a slew of upcoming Android phones to be released that we are certainly excited about. Let’s take a look!


RED Hydrogen One

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As powerful as our smartphones are and as great looking as they are getting with near bezel-less designs and metal, glass, and ceramic constructions, there isn’t as much of a “wow” factor anymore, particularly for us who are a part of this world. RED, a famous cinematography camera company that you’ve definitely heard of if you have any interest in filming, is hoping to change all that with their first smartphone offering – the Hydrogen One.

We don’t know a whole lot about this addition to the upcoming Android phones list, except for the fact the prototype looks really good, the phone will be modular, and is expected to release only early next year. However, given RED’s area of expertise, we can definitely expect this upcoming Android phones entry to feature an excellent camera setup on-board. Even more exciting is that this phone will feature a holographic display, even if we don’t have much of idea of what exactly that entails, but this member of our upcoming Android phones list is one to watch for.


Samsung Galaxy S9 – S9 Plus

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The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus will officially be announced in late February, just before the start of the 2018 Mobile World Congress trade show, making them big additions to our upcoming Android phones list. Rumors about the phone, along with leaked renders, claim they will retain the  5.8- and 6.2-inch Super AMOLED panels with QHD+ resolution and an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, similar to the current Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus. Both are also rumored to have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor or the company’s own the Exynos 9810 chip, depending on the market.

Perhaps the biggest change that has been rumored for these phones is for their rear camera. Reports claim that it will have a 12 MP primary camera with a “Super Slow-mo” mode, which means it could capture videos at 1,000 fps. Both Galaxy S9 phones are also supposed to go on sale in mid-March, or about a month earlier than the launch of the Galaxy S8 phones.


Samsung Folding Phone

Here’s a handset that will likely be on our upcoming Android phones list for some time. Samsung has working on a foldable phone for some time, and has filed many patents for such a design. However, a recent comment from DJ Koh, the president of Samsung’s mobile division, has revealed the company has pushed back the actual launch of its folding phone to sometime in 2019. Apparently, there are still UX challenges for a folding phone that need to be solved.


Huawei P20 family

The next major flagship launch from Huawei could come on March 27 in Paris, where the China-based smartphone maker is highly expected to officially reveal the Huawei P20, P20 Plus and perhaps even the P20 Lite. Perhaps the most interesting rumor about the P20 and P20 Plus is that they will come with three main rear camera sensors, with support for 40 MP with 5x hybrid zoom. The P20 Lite is rumored to have an iPhone X-like notch on top of its front display, and other reports claim it will have a 5.8- to 6.0-inch display with a 2,280 x 1,080 resolution and 19:9 aspect ratio. The P20 family is certainly three of the most interesting, and exciting, devices on our upcoming Android phones list.

HTC U12

The next flagship launch from HTC may have been spotted in a recent 5G promotional event in Taiwan. The phone, which may or may not be called the HTC U12, had a bezel-less 18:9 display on what looked like a 6-inch screen. It’s too early to tell if this HTC phone will see the light of day, but we wanted to add it to our upcoming Android phones list just in case.

LG V30S

LG may not launch an all new flagship phone in the first half of 2018, but the company is rumored to reveal a new version of its earlier V30 phone in a few weeks at MWC 2018. The phone, which will reportedly be called the LG V30s, may come with 256 GB of onboard storage, along with LG Lens, a camera with AI features that will include a foreign language translation service, augmented reality support and more. It could be an interesting variant, and one to keep an eye on for upcoming Android phones.


Nokia 7 Plus/Nokia 8 Sirocco/Nokia 9

HMD Global, the company that relaunched the Nokia smartphone family over a year ago, reportedly has some big plans for MWC 2018. Rumors about its upcoming Android phones include the Nokia 7 Plus, with a possible 6-inch display and a dual 12 and 13 MP rear camera. Another one of its upcoming Android phnoes is rumored to be the Nokia 8 Sirocco, an upgraded version of the older Nokia 8 with dual front-facing camera, a  OLED display and more storage. Finally, the most exciting of the Nokia-branded phones could be the Nokia 9, with a 5.5-inch, bezel-less, QHD display and dual rear cameras rumored.


And so, there you have it for this roundup of new and upcoming Android phones that we are excited about! Are there any upcoming Android phones out there that you think should be a part of this list? Do let us know in the comments section below!