All major smartphones have been announced for the first half of 2018 and our 10 best smartphones list gets refreshed with new releases, when they are worthy of consideration. There are also many low-cost smartphones with more likely to come from Honor, Motorola, LG, Samsung, and others.
Some phones are on a fairly regular release schedule, but others appear out of the blue. As we look across the next couple of months, there are several likely new phones coming soon.
1. Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL
Google I/O is where Google provides glimpses of what is to come with its next mobile operating system, followed by public betas that people can test on various phones. Android Pie has now been released for existing phones like the Pixel 2 and Essential Phone with several more leaks of the Google Pixel 3 and 3 XL. Google has confirmed that we will see new hardware on October 9.
Given what we see in Android Pie, it is possible that the next Pixel phones will have a dual camera setup, although Google has also showed it can make a fantastic camera with just one lens. More improvements in processing may be presented, whether this is through one or two cameras.
A large version with a notch is likely, along with increased storage capacity and battery life. Apple set the bar for 3D face scanning and it is possible Google will release a similar system this year.
LG, HTC, Huawei, and Samsung have made past Google Pixel devices and rumors indicate HTC may be the ones making these Pixel 3 devices. We will find out everything next week in NYC.
2. Apple iPhone XR
Apple’s iPhone XS Max and XS are now available to purchase. A third iPhone was also announced last month and the iPhone XR will be released on 26 October.
The iPhone XR will start at $749 and offers much of the same internal specifications we see in the iPhone XS and XS Max. A LCD display is incorporated, while various colors will be offered as well.
The iPhone XR has a single 12-megapixel camera, but will still support Portrait mode and more. It may be the hit iPhone of 2018.
3. Huawei Mate 20 Pro
Similar to Apple, Google, and Samsung, Huawei has set the fall up for an annual release of its Mate series. Last year’s Mate 10 Pro actually launched with a US variant that was available from select retailers after the US carrier deals fell through due to US government intervention.
Rumors and leaks indicate that the Mate 20 Pro will have an even larger battery than the massive 4,000 mAh one we see in the current Mate 10 Pro and Huawei P20 Pro. Samsung just released the Note 9 with a 4,000 mAh battery and it looks like Huawei is ready to trump them already.
The Mate 20 Pro may also go big with the display, rumored at this time to have a 6.9 inch screen. It could possibly have three rear cameras like the P20 Pro. The Mate 20 Pro may even incorporate the in-screen fingerprint scanner like Huawei has on the Huawei Porsche Design Mate RS.
4. OnePlus 6T
The OnePlus 6, see our full review, is one of the best flagship competitors we have seen in a long time. The OnePlus 6T will be launching on T-Mobile, a first for OnePlus, and looks to likely offer a few improvements over the OnePlus 6.
Changes over the OnePlus 6 include an in-display fingerprint scanner and no 3.5mm headset jack. It may cost more than the current OnePlus 6 and is likely to launch in mid-October.