As we get well into the second half of 2018, we look back at the smartphones that have already been released with fantastic flagships from Samsung, Sony, HTC, OnePlus, and more. However, a slew of devices are yet to come that we are certainly excited to get our hands on. In this post, we take a look at both — the most interesting new smartphones and those heading our way in the hopefully not too distant future. Let’s dive in.


New Android smartphones

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

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is finally here! As is the case every time, the latest Galaxy Note was one of the more anticipated releases of the year. And Samsung certainly delivered once again, with the latest and greatest from Samsung remaining the epitome of powerhouse.

It shares a lot of its design language with its predecessor, but flatter sides and more refined design elements like the better placement of the fingerprint scanner and a smaller camera visor give the Galaxy Note 9 the edge over the Galaxy Note 8. Samsung certainly knows how to make a premium looking smartphone, and the Galaxy Note 9 is no exception.

There’s no risk of compromise in terms of hardware as far as the Galaxy Note 9 is concerned. You get everything and the kitchen sink built into this phone. You get the Snapdragon 845 processor onboard, backed by 6GB or 8GB of RAM. Up to 512GB of built-in storage is a power users dream, and keeping everything running is a 4,000mAh battery.

Of course, Samsung continues to excel in a couple of key departments – the display and the camera. The Galaxy Note 9 features the best smartphone display around, with numbers to back that up. On the camera side of things, you get the exact same setup as is available with the Galaxy S9 Plus but with a few software tricks to further enhance an already excellent camera experience.

Some may consider that Galaxy Note 9 to be a slightly bigger Galaxy S9 Plus. And that isn’t too far from the truth. However, what makes the Galaxy Note 9 that much more appealing is its defining characteristic – the S-Pen. Samsung has continued to bring more value and convenience with the stylus, and the S-Pen with the Galaxy Note 9 comes with a lot of new features and capabilities.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be available for $999 and $1250 for the 128GB and 512GB models respectively. The device is currently up for pre-order in most markets around the world, with enticing pre-order offers included.

 Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Display6.4-inch Super AMOLED
2,960 x 1,440 resolution (Quad HD+)
516ppi
18.5:9 screen ratio
SoCGlobal: 10nm, 64-bit, octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 (2.8 GHz quad + 1.7 GHz quad)

U.S.: 10nm, 64-bit, octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
GPUARM Mali-G72 MP18 (Exynos)
Adreno 630 (Snapdragon)
RAM6 or 8GB RAM
LPDDR4
Storage128 or 512GB
microSD expansion up to 512GB
CamerasRear: Dual camera with dual OIS
Wide-angle: Super Speed Dual Pixel 12MP AF sensor with OIS, f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures
Telephoto: 12MP AF sensor, f/2.4 aperture, 2x zoom

Front: 8MP AF sensor, f/1.7 aperture
AudioStereo speakers tuned by AKG, surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology

Audio formats: MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE
VideoMP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Battery4,000mAh battery
Non-removable
Fast wired charging compatible with QC 2.0
Fast wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA
IP ratingIP68
SensorsIris
Pressure
Accelerometer
Barometer
Fingerprint
Gyro
Geomagnetic
Hall
HR
Proximity
RGB Light
NetworkEnhanced 4X4 MIMO/CA, LAA, LTE Cat. 18
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4/5GHz)
VHT80 MU-MIMO
1024QAM
Bluetooth v5.0 (LE up to 2 Mbps)
ANT+
USB Type-C
NFC
Location: GPS, Galileo, Glonass, BeiDou
SIMSingle nano-SIM
AuthenticationLock type: pattern, PIN, password

Biometric lock type: iris scanner, fingerprint scanner, face recognition, Intelligent Scan
SoftwareAndroid 8.1 with Samsung Experience
Dimensions and weight161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm
201g
Colorslavender purple, ocean blue, midnight black, metallic copper

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Pocophone F1 aka Xiaomi POCO F1

Xiaomi Pocophone F1 aka POCO F1

Xiaomi introduced a new sub-brand called Pocophone (or POCO in India) with its first device being the F1. The name promises speed, and Xiaomi certainly delivers in that department with the Pocophone F1 the only smartphone priced at between $300 and $400 to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor.

Backing the fast processor is 6GB or 8GB of RAM, with up to 256GB of built-in storage available. While featuring the specs sheet of a far more expensive flagship, the Pocophone F1 starts at just 20,999 rupees (~$299.5). Even the high-end version with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage will set you back just 28,999 rupees (~$414).

The underwhelming design does betray the flagship specs though. The polycarbonate backing is simple, and the large notch and relatively thick bezels undersell the excellent performance you get with this device. For those hoping for a more premium look, the highest-end variant comes with a kevlar back that looks and feels much better.

Aside from the design, the Pocophone F1 delivers in other departments. The phone absolutely flies and the large battery ensures impressive battery life. If performance and battery life are key factors, the Pocophone F1 is one of the best in this price range. The cameras are good, albeit slightly inconsistent. But the software experience is great, with Xiaomi aiming for a more stock-like feel with the new Poco Launcher (based on MIUI 9.6 based on Android 8.1 Oreo).

At least in India, the POCO F1 is effectively Xiaomi’s current flagship, unless the company decides to ever release the Mi 8 or the upcoming Mi Mix 3 in the country. This is a good smartphone that becomes a fantastic option because of its unbeatable price point. Xiaomi is known for its incredibly aggressive pricing strategy, but the company truly outdid itself this time around. The Pocophone F1 will also launch in Europe priced at around 450 Euros (~$520).

 Pocophone F1
Display5.99-inch IPS LCD, 1080 x 2246 (Full HD+), 18:9, 416 dpi
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 845, 10nm, octa-core, liquid cooled
GPUAdreno 630
RAM6GB
Storage64GB, expandable
CamerasRear: 12MP+5MP dual pixel autofocus
Front: 20MP
Audio3.5 mm audio jack
Battery4,000 mAh
Quick Charge 3.0
IP ratingNo
SensorsFingerprint (rear mounted)
IR face unlock (TBC)
NetworkGSM 900/1800
UMTS band 1/8
LTE band 1/3/7/8/20/38/40
ConnectivityUSB Type-C Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-Band, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth 5.0 LE, A-GPS, Glonass, Beidou
SIMDual-SIM
SoftwareAndroid 8.1, MIUI 9.6
Dimensions and weightTBC
ColorsBlue, Graphite Black

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Moto Z3 and Moto Z3 Play

Moto Z3 and Moto Z3 Play

The Motorola Moto Z was introduced in 2016 and was an exciting shift away from the norm. With subsequent iterations, the portfolio of attachable Moto Mods has continued to grow, with backward compatibility one of the biggest selling points of these add-ons. Moto Mods continues to be a big part of the latest in the Z-series – the Moto Z3 and the Moto Z3 Play.

The Moto Z3 brings something new with a future promise of access 5G speeds. While this makes the Moto Z3 future-proof, it’s specifications go the other way instead. With a Snapdragon 835 onboard and a Full HD+ display, the Moto Z3 falls behind a lot of the flagship competition in 2018.

Luckily, Motorola has priced the Verizon-exclusive Moto Z3 appropriately at $480. It is a solid smartphone with a beautiful design and comes with excellent and useful add-ons that really help you get the most out of the device. However, the most exciting part about this phone will come in 2019 by which time its hardware will be even more outdated.

For some, the better buy may prove to be the Moto Z3 Play. The size, design, and display are identical. The only real difference between the two is in the processor, with the Moto Z3 Play coming with the Snapdragon 636 onboard, and a different secondary camera that is a part of the rear dual camera setup.

Weirdly though, the Moto Z3 Play is currently available for a price point higher than the Moto Z3 at $515. With devices with far better specs available at this price point, but the Moto Z3 and Moto Z3 Play are tough sells.

 Motorola Moto Z3Motorola Moto Z3 Play
Display6.01-inch Super AMOLED
2,160 x 1,080 resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
6.01-inch Super AMOLED
2,160 x 1,080 resolution
18:9 aspect ratio
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 835
2.35GHz, octa-core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 636
1.8GHz, octa-core
GPUAdreno 540Adreno 509
RAM4GB4/6GB
Storage64GB
MicroSD up to 2TB
64/128GB
MicroSD up to 2TB
CamerasRear cameras
12MP main sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1.25μm pixels
Phase-detect and laser autofocus, dual-LED flash

Front camera
8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1.12μm pixels
Rear cameras
12MP main sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1.25μm pixels
Phase-detect and laser autofocus, dual-LED flash
5MP secondary camera

Front camera
8MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1.12μm pixels
AudioFront-facing speaker
USB Type-C
No 3.5mm jack
USB-C to 3.5mm adapter included
Front-facing speaker
USB Type-C
No 3.5mm jack
USB-C to 3.5mm adapter included
Battery3,000mAh battery
Non-removable
15W TurboCharger
USB Type-C
3,000mAh battery
Non-removable
15W TurboCharger
USB Type-C
IP ratingSplash-resistant p2i
No IP rating
Splash-resistant p2i
No IP rating
Video Capture720p (120fps), 1080p, 4K (30fps)720p (120fps), 1080p, 4K (30fps)
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint sensor
Face unlock
Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
Face unlock
SoftwareAndroid 8.1 OreoAndroid 8.1 Oreo
Dimensions and weight76.5 x 156.5 x 6.75mm
156g
76.5 x 156.5 x 6.75mm
156g

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HTC U12 Plus

HTC U12 Plus.

On paper, the HTC U12 Plus ticks all the right boxes. But that has been the case with almost every HTC flagship over the years. Yet, HTC has had a hard go of it in the ultra-competitive smartphone market. That’s certainly not because of a lack of features – that the HTC U12 Plus is packed with.

You get the Snapdragon 845 under the hood, backed by 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of built-in storage. The camera package is impressive and the phone remains at the second spot in the DxoMark ratings, beaten only by the Huawei P20 Pro. One of the standout features of the latest HTC flagship is the audio, with the BoomSound speaker setup and the included USonic earphones allowing for an unbeatable audio experience.

HTC has always had a penchant for beautiful design and the U12 Plus is no exception, particularly when looking at the translucent model that kind of show off the insides of the phone. There’s also no notch, which many may consider a positive. The display is gorgeous and the software experience is incredibly smooth. Edge Sense is also a nice feature that remains a lot of fun to use.

However, the phone isn’t without its issues. The battery life could be better and the pressure sensitive volume rocker and power button still need some improvement. And as smooth as the software is, the look is quite dated now. The phone is also not cheap, with a price point of around $800. HTC fans will love this phone, but the latest HTC flagship isn’t doing too well as far as capturing its own piece of the flagship market is concerned.

 HTC U12 Plus
Display6.0-inch Super LCD 6
2,880 x 1,440 resolution
537ppi
18:9 aspect ratio
DCI-P3, sRGB
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 845 Mobile Platform
2.8GHz, 64-bit octa-core
GPUAdreno 630
RAM6GB
Storage64/128GB
MicroSD expansion up to 2TB with Flex Storage
CamerasRear cameras
Primary: 12MP wide-angle HTC UltraPixel 4 sensor, ƒ/1.75 aperture, 1.4μm pixels
Telephoto: 16MP sensor, ƒ/2.6 aperture, 1.0μm pixels

Phase detection and laser autofocus, OIS, HDR Boost 2, dual-LED flash

Front cameras
Dual 8MP sensors, ƒ/2.0 aperture, 1.12μm pixels, wide-angle with 84-degree field of view
AudioHTC USonic with Active Noise Cancellation
HTC BoomSound Hi-Fi edition
Hi-Res audio recording
Hi-Res audio certified
Qualcomm aptX HD, LDAC up to 32-bit high-resolution wireless audio via Bluetooth
Battery3,500mAh
Non-removable
Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0
IP ratingIP68
SensorsEdge
Ambient light
Proximity
Motion G-sensor
Compass
Gyro
Magnetic
Fingerprint
Sensor hub for activity tracking
GPS, AGPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou
Network2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE
- 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G UMTS
- AWS/850/900/1900/2100MHz
- HSDPA 42, HSUPA 5.76
4G LTE
- FDD: Bands 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 28, 32, 66
- TDD: Bands 38, 39, 40, 41
- Support Cat 18 Gigabit LTE: downloads up to 1.2Gbps, uploads up to 150Mbps, up to 5CA and 4x4 MIMO (where supported
- VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling (where supported)
ConnectivityUSB 3.1, Type-C
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 and 5GHz) with MU-MIMO
NFC
DisplayPort over USB Type-C
HTC Connect
AirPlay, Chromecast, DNLA, and Miracast
SoftwareAndroid 8.0 Oreo
Dimensions and weight156.6 x 73.9 x 8.7-9.7mm
188g
Colorstitanium black (ceramic black in some regions), flame red, translucent blue

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Asus Zenfone 5Z

asus zenfone 5z

Asus is looking to take on OnePlus and other makers of affordable flagship smartphones with its latest offering – the Zenfone 5Z. The Zenfone 5Z was first showcased back at MWC 2018, but the phone launched in India in July and was recently made available in the US as well.

The specifications are what we’ve come to expect from a 2018 flagship. A Snapdragon 845 processor backed by 4GB, 6GB, or 8GB of RAM, with up to 256GB of built-in storage. You get an impressive dual rear camera setup with the phone. A Full HD+ display comes with a notched design and a relatively large battery keeps everything chugging along. There are a lot of great “AI” software features available to really get the most out of this phone.

The big selling point of the Zenfone 5Z is, of course, its price point. The 6GB of RAM and 64GB of storage version is available in the US for just $499, undercutting the OnePlus 6, even if not by much, for a similarly specced version.

Granted, there are now devices like the Pocophone F1. But Asus has the advantage over the F1 in terms of design, with the Zenfone 5Z featuring a far more premium look and feel. OnePlus has always been the king of the affordable flagship market, but devices like the Zenfone 5Z are certainly going to give it a run for its money.

 ASUS ZenFone 5Z (ZS620KL)
DisplayAll-screen 19:9 aspect ratio
6.2" Full HD+ IPS display, supports DCI-P3 color space
Capacitive touch panel with 10-point multitouch (supports Glove Touch)
Blue-light eye care filter
Processor10 nm, 64-bit, Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 with Qualcomm Artificial Intelligence Engine (AIE)
GPUQualcomm Adreno 630
RAM6GB/8GB
Storage64GB/128GB/256GB
microSD expansion up to 2 TB
CamerasMain Rear: 12MP Sony IMX363 image sensor with f/1.8 aperture

Second Rear: 120° wide-angle camera with 6p lens

Front: 8 MP AF sensor, f/2.0 aperture with 84° field of view
Battery3300mAh capacity with ASUS BoostMaster & AI Charging
Non-removable
NetworkSlot 1: 3G/4G Nano SIM card
Slot 2: 3G/4G Nano SIM card
Both Nano SIM card slots support GSM/GPRS/ EDGE,
WCDMA/HSPA+/DC-HSPA+, FDD-LTE, and TD-LTE DSDS network
bands. Both Nano SIM cards can connect to VoLTE 4G calling service.
But only one can connect to FDD-LTE, and TD-LTE data service at a
time.
ConnectivityWLAN 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi Direct
NFC with Google Pay
USB Type-C
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDSS
AuthenticationRear fingerprint sensor, 0.3-second fingerprint unlock, supports 5 fingers, 360° recognition, damp fingerprint recognition
AudioDual 5-magnet speakers with dual NXP smart amplifiers
PMIC internal dual amplifier
Triple internal microphones with ASUS Noise Reduction
Hi-Res Audio 192kHz/24-bit standard output with HRA-certified earbuds
DTS Headphone:X™ support
Audio CODEC integrated into PMIC
FM radio
AudioWizard+ with listening profile
Video4K UHD (3840 by 2160) video recording at 60fps for main rear camera
1080p Full HD video recording at 30 / 60fps
3-axis electronic image stabilization for front and rear camera shakefree
videos
Take still photos while recording video
SoftwareAndroid Oreo with new ASUS ZenUI 5.0
Weight163 g
ColorsMidnight Blue, Meteor Silver

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LG G7 ThinQ

LG G7 ThinQ

LG is another company that releases fantastic flagship smartphones every year but doesn’t manage to get as much audience attention as it would like or frankly, deserves. LG is hoping to change all that with their latest offering – the LG G7 ThinQ.

The specs sheet reads as expected and there are no surprises there. The phone comes with a beautiful design and while there is a notch, LG has made it possible to hide it with software if you are so inclined. Its camera package is impressive once again and while the software could use a facelift, it is as streamlined and smooth as it has ever been.

However, the highlight of this phone is in audio. LG’s signature quad DAC is back and provides higher quality sound, less distortion, less noise, and better dynamic range. In addition to the quad DAC, LG has implemented DTS:X 3D surround sound or virtual surround sound. Even the single bottom firing speaker impresses by using the empty space inside the phone as a resonance chamber.

The LG G7 ThinQ is definitely one of the best flagship smartphones you can buy. The device is priced at $650 unlocked and it is also available from every major network carrier in the US. The phone was also recently launched in India at a surprisingly affordable 39,990 rupees (~$570).

 LG G7 ThinQ
Display6.1-inch LCD FullVision display
3,120 x 1,440 resolution
1,000-nit brightness
19.5:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 845
2.8GHz, octa-core
GPUAdreno 630
RAM4/6GB
Storage64/128GB
MicroSD expansion up to 2TB
CamerasRear
Main camera: 16MP sensor, ƒ/1.6 aperture, 71° field-of-view, 1.0µm pixel size
Secondary camera: 16MP sensor, ƒ/1.9 aperture, Crystal Clear Lens, 107° field-of-view, 1.0µm pixel size

Front
8MP sensor, ƒ/1.9 aperture, 80° field-of-view
AudioBoombox Speaker
DTS:X 3D Surround Sound
Hi-Fi Quad DAC
3.5mm headphone jack
Battery3,000mAh
Non-removable
Quick Charge 3.0
Qi wireless charging
USB Type-C port
IP ratingIP68
MIL-STD 810G certification
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11ac
Bluetooth 5.0
NFC
SoftwareAndroid 8.0 Oreo
LG UX with AI Pack 2.0
Dimensions and weight153.2 x 71.9 x 7.9mm
162g
Colorsnew platinum gray, new aurora black, new moroccan blue, raspberry rose

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OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6

OnePlus may have stopped calling their smartphones flagship killers, but its last few offerings have certainly been deserving of the title. This includes the OnePlus 6, which is all about further refining what makes these affordable flagships so great.

OnePlus introduced an all-new, all-glass design with the OnePlus 6. The back is sleek and the front houses the 6.28-inch AMOLED display. Yes, there’s a notch, but you can basically turn it off in the settings menu. It’s definitely a premium looking smartphone that goes far beyond what its price point would suggest.

This phone also has the latest and greatest specs available: a Snapdragon 845 processor, 6 or 8GB of RAM, and up to 256GB of storage. The cameras have been improved this time around too. It comes with dual 16 and 20MP sensors around back with f/1.7 apertures. There are also slow-motion video modes that allow for 720p footage at 480fps and 1080p at 240fps. You can also shoot 4K video at 60fps.

Also, this is probably one of the first devices that will receive Android P when it launches. For all you folks who aren’t a fan of the Pixel but still want quick updates, the OnePlus 6 may be just for you. The OnePlus 6 is priced starting at just $529. While there is a lot more competition in this space than what OnePlus faced only a year ago, OnePlus continues to, at least for now, rule the roost.

 OnePlus 6
Display6.28-inch AMOLED
2,280 x 1,080 resolution
19:9 aspect ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Supports sRGB, DCI-P3
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 845
Octa-core, 10nm, up to 2.8GHz
GPUAdreno 630
RAM6/8GB
LPDDR4X
Storage64/128/256GB
UFS 2.1 2-lane
MicroSDNo
CamerasRear cameras
Main: 16MP Sony IMX 519 sensor with 1.22μm pixels, OIS, EIS, ƒ/1.7 aperture
Secondary: 20MP Sony IMX 376K sensor with 1.0μm pixels, ƒ/1.7 aperture
Dual LED flash
Video: 4K at 30/60fps, 1080p at 30/60fps, 720p at 30fps, Super Slow Motion video at 1080p

Front camera: 16MP Sony IMX 371 sensor with 1.0μm pixels, EIS, ƒ/2.0 aperture
AudioBottom-firing speaker
Dirac HD Sound
Dirac Power Sound
Battery3,300mAh
Non-removable
Dash Charge (5V 4A)
Wireless chargingNo
IP ratingNo
SensorsFingerprint
Hall
Accelerometer
Gyroscope
Proximity
Ambient light
Electronic compass
Sensor hub
PortsUSB Type-C (USB 2.0)
USB audio support
3.5mm headphone jack
NetworkLTE:
Supports 4xCA
Supports 64QAM, 256QAM, up to DL CAT 16 (1Gbps)/UL CAT 13 (150Mbps) depending on carrier support

Bands:
FDD LTE: Bands 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/18/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/32/66/71
TDD-LTE: Bands 34/38/39/40/41
TD-SCDMA: Bands 34/39
UMTS (WCDMA): Bands 1/2/4/5/8/9/19
CDMA: BC0/BC1
GSM: 850/900/1800/1900MHz
ConnectivityWi-Fi: 2x2 MIMO, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G/5G
Bluetooth 5.0
aptX/aptX HD support
NFC
GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
SIMDual nano SIM
SoftwareAndroid 8.1 Oreo
OxygenOS
Dimensions and weight155.7 x 75,4 x 7.75mm
177g
Colorsmirror black, midnight black, silk white

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Upcoming Android smartphones

That’s it for the new smartphones that have recently been announced or have been on the market for 90 days or less. However, the year is far from done, and there’s still a slew of upcoming Android phones to be released that we are certainly excited about. Let’s take a look!

Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL

Leaked images of the Google Pixel 3 XL. Twitter

A torrential thunderstorm of leaks, photographs in the wild, and full-blown unboxing videos has resulted in the upcoming Pixel 3 XL being one of the worst kept secrets in the smartphone world. At least not that much is known about the smaller Pixel 3.

Reliable leaker @OnLeaks posted 360-degree video renders that allegedly depict the Google Pixel 3 XL in black and the Google Pixel 3 in white. These seem to confirm what has since been leaked about the Pixel 3 XL. We are going to get a full glass back this time around, and a huge notch up front that seems to get bigger with every leaked photo. The notch does house a dual camera setup though, while both smartphones will likely retain a single camera on the back.

The leaked unboxing video also shows that the phone will likely be powered by an octa-core Qualcomm processor (4 x 1.77GHz and 4 x 2.8GHz), which is almost certainly the Snapdragon 845 SoC, backed by 4GB of RAM and an Adreno 630 GPU. The display is also listed as having a 1,440 x 2,960 resolution with a 494 ppi rating and a rather small 3,430mAh battery for the Pixel 3 XL. Google doesn’t differentiate between the two siblings in terms of hardware, save for the display size and battery capacity.

Google traditionally launches its Pixel devices at its fall hardware event in the second half of the year. In fact, the last two Pixel generations were unveiled on October 4 — will it be three in a row? According to a YouTube listing for sponsored content, it very well could be. Until we know different, we can assume October 4 to be the important date.

Read next: All the Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL rumors in one place


Huawei Mate 20 series

XDA-Developers

After Huawei knocked it out of the park with the P20 Pro, a lot of people are eagerly awaiting the next flagship from the company. This will likely be the Huawei Mate 20 Pro, and like its other releases, will probably come with a regular Mate 20 and a Mate 20 Lite in tow as well.

Huawei launched the Mate 10 smartphones on October 16 last year, while the Mate 9 made its debut on November 3, 2016. We know via a Huawei press release that the Huawei Mate 20 (and likely the Mate 20 Pro) will launch in October, but we don’t know an exact date. The Huawei Mate 20 Lite, meanwhile, is currently tipped to launch a bit sooner and possibly go on sale before the end of August.

The folks over at XDA-Developers got their hands on alleged firmware files of the Huawei Mate 20, which reveal some of the specs and features the smartphone may offer. The flagship is said to feature a 6.3-inch AMOLED display.

The Mate 20 will definitely be powered by the Kirin 980 chipset, as confirmed by a Huawei press release. The Kirin 980 will be the first commercially available 7nm smartphone chipset, which is incredibly exciting. On the other hand, the Mate 20 Lite is expected to come with a Kirin 710 SoC.

The Mate 20 is expected to sport 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, although there might be a few other memory variants available. According to XDA Developers, the Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro will feature a triple-lens camera setup, just like the Huawei P20 Pro. If the rumors are true, the Huawei Mate 20 will feature a 4,200mAh battery, which would make it a market leader in its class. Not much is known about the Mate 20 Pro though.

Read next: All the Huawei Mate 20 series rumors and leaks in one place


LG V40 ThinQ

Leaked press renders of the LG V40 ThinQ. MySmartPrice

We’re likely more than a month away from the official launch of the LG V40 ThinQ but we’ve already got some leaked images (via MySmartPrice) that give us an idea of what to expect with LG’s next flagship. The leaked images appear to be press renders.

These leaked images re-affirm some of the other rumors floating around. It does look like the LG V40 ThinQ will come with 5 cameras in total. The two cameras up front will be on the notch. Yes, there is a notch, even if it isn’t immediately noticeable in the image above. Luckily, as was the case with the G7 ThinQ, LG will likely provide a software method to cover it up.

Not much is known about the LG V40 ThinQ, but some educated guesses can be made. The device will likely be powered by the Snapdragon 845 and have 4GB or 6GB of RAM, if not more. The device should retain its IP rating for water resistance and MIL-STD 810G rating for shock protection. LG has always been focused on audio, so we will likely see the return of the quad DAC as well.

While the release date is unknown, LG is most likely going to give IFA 2018 a pass. Rumors suggest that the LG V40 ThinQ will be announced on October 18.

Read next: Here are all the rumors surrounding the LG V40 ThinQ


Samsung Galaxy X

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

Rumors suggest the Galaxy X could feature a 7.3-inch flexible OLED display that would open like a book. This would make its foldable design different than the ZTE Axon M, which has two separate displays working as one.

A smartphone with a foldable screen would represent one of the biggest design changes we’ve seen in a decade. It’s too early to say whether it will turn out to be a gimmick or provide real value to consumers.

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Upcoming Android Phones – Conclusion

There you have it! 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!