New & upcoming Android phones (April 2018)

We saw plenty of new flagship smartphones from Samsung, Sony, and many other manufacturers at MWC 2018. Some of them are already up for pre-order. Others will go on sale soon. We still have quite a few upcoming Android phones to look forward to in 2018.

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 S9 and S9 Plus

The Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus aren’t massive upgrades over their predecessors, but they bring a few new things to the table. These include variable aperture, a new fingerprint scanner location, and AR Emojis, to name a few.

The newer handsets have the same display sizes as the Galaxy S8 series at 5.8 and 6.2-inches. There are actually more differences between the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus than between their predecessors. The S9 Plus has 6GB of RAM, which is 2GB more than its smaller brother. It also sports a dual-camera setup on the back as opposed to the single shooter found on the S9. Additionally, the Plus model has a bigger battery because of its larger footprint (3,500mAh vs 3,000mAh).

Samsung’s flagships are powered either by the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset or the Exynos 9810, depending on the region. They are currently among the most powerful smartphones on the market and can handle just about anything you throw at them. They are similar to their predecessors in the design department, which can either be a good or a bad thing depending on your preference.

Pre-orders started on March 2, and sales officially kick off on March 16. The Galaxy S9 will set you back $720 unlocked, while its bigger brother goes for $840.

  Samsung Galaxy S9 Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Display 5.8-inch Super AMOLED
2,960 x 1,440 resolution
570 ppi
18.5:9 aspect ratio
6.2-inch Super AMOLED
2,960 x 1,440 resolution
529 ppi
18.5:9 aspect ratio
Processor Global: Exynos 9810

U.S.: Snapdragon 845

Global: Exynos 9810

U.S.: Snapdragon 845

Storage 64 GB
microSD expansion up to 400 GB
64 GB
microSD expansion up to 400 GB
Cameras Rear: 12 MP with OIS, f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures

Front: 8 MP with f/1.7 aperture

– Wide-angle: 12 MP with OIS, f/1.5 and f/2.4 apertures
– Telephoto: 12 MP with f/2.4 aperture

Front: 8 MP with f/1.7 aperture

Battery 3,000 mAh
3,500 mAh
IP rating IP68 IP68
Dimensions and weight 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm
163 g
158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
189 g

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Huawei P20 and P20 Pro


The latest flagship phones from Huawei both have some killer features. The Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 Pro may not be coming to the United States, but the rest of the world can get the best phones Huawei has produced so far. The Huawei P20 sports a 5.8-inch LCD display, while the Pro version boosts it up to 6.1 inches and a OLED panel. Both phones have notches on top. If you hate this current phone trend, the handset allow you to turn it off in the setting men so it looks more like a regular phone.

The Huawei P20 has a Leica dual camera setup, with a 12MP RGB and 20MP monochrome sensor combo, but the P20 Pro is the first smartphone with a triple rear camera setup. In addition to the 20MP monochrome sensor, the RGB sensor on the Pro goes up to a whopping 40MP, and is joined by the third sensor, an 8MP telephoto lens. The Pro also has a five-times hybrid zoom feature.

Both phones have Huawei’s Kirin 970 processor, with its NPU chip, which adds AI features that improve taking pictures with their impressive cameras, among other things. These phones are not cheap. The Huawei P20 will be sold in Europe very soon for 650 euros (around $800), while the more powerful Huawei P20 Pro will cost 900 euros (around $1100). There’s also the Porsche Design Huawei Mate RS variant of the P20 Pro, which includes a in-screen fingerprint sensor, a 6-inch screen, and you can get one with a massive 512GB amount of onboard storage for  2095 euros ($2600). That’s the price that must be paid for the best Huawei phones ever released

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LG V30S ThinQ and ThinQ Plus

The two V30S smartphones are slightly upgraded versions of the V30 — they come with 6GB of RAM and 128 or 256GB of storage. The regular V30 features 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

The devices also come in a couple new color options — new moroccan blue and new platinum gray — and have a few AI and camera features on board. QLens can do visual searches on Amazon or Pinterest, similar to Bixby Vision. AI Cam suggests camera settings based on image recognition, and Bright Mode which LG says makes images twice as bright. All these features will be ported to existing V30 handsets.

The rest of the specs are the same as those of the standard V30. The new smartphones come with the Snapdragon 835 chipset under the hood and a dual-camera setup on the back. They sport 6-inch QHD+ displays and are IP68 rated for protection against water and dust. Check the detailed specs below. The only difference between the two is the storage (128 vs 256GB).

LG’s new flagships should be released in South Korea in March before heading to other markets across the globe. No word on pricing yet.

  LG V30S ThinQ/ThinQ Plus
Display 6-inch P-OLED
2,880 x 1,440 resolution
538 ppi
18:9 aspect ratio
Processor Snapdragon 835
Storage 128/256 GB
microSD expansion up to 400 GB
Cameras Rear:
– Main: 16 MP Standard Angle sensor with ƒ/1.6 aperture, laser detection autofocus, OIS, EIS
– Secondary: 13 MP Wide Angle sensor with f/1.9 aperture

Front: 5 MP Wide Angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture

Battery 3,300 mAh
IP rating IP68
Dimensions and weight 151.7 x 75.4 x 7.3 mm
158 g

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Nokia 8 Sirocco

The Nokia 8 Sirocco improves on the original Nokia 8 in many ways. It has a larger 5.5-inch curved display (up from 5.3 inches), a more eye-catching design with thinner bezels, and improved water protection (IP67 vs IP54), among other things.

It’s a flagship device with the Snapdragon 835 chipset and 6GB of RAM under the hood and a dual-camera setup kitted out with Carl Zeiss optics and 2x optical zoom on the back. We’d prefer to see Snapdragon’s latest 845 processor power the device (like the Galaxy S9), but its predecessor is still more than capable of handling just about any task you throw at it.

The smartphone supports wireless charging, is made from a combination of steel and metal, and features a “Bothie” mode that lets you use front and back cameras simultaneously for split-screen photos and videos. It doesn’t have a headphone jack, which might be a deal breaker for some. Another drawback of the device is its high price — you’ll be able to get it for 750 euros in April.

  Nokia 8 Sirocco
Display 5.5-inch P-OLED
2,560 x 1,440 resolution
534 ppi
16:9 aspect ratio
Processor Snapdragon 835
Storage 128 GB
microSD expansion up to 256 GB
Cameras Rear: 12 MP with f/1.75 aperture and 13 MP telephoto with f/2.6 aperture and Carl Zeiss optics

Front: 5 MP with f/2.0 aperture

Battery 3,260 mAh
IP rating IP67
Dimensions and weight 140.93 x 72.97 x 7.5 mm

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Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact

These are the latest and greatest smartphones from Sony. They are very similar in terms of specs, with both featuring the Snapdragon 845 chipset, a 19MP camera, and 4GB of RAM — although the XZ2 comes with 6GB in certain markets. There are a few differences between them, the biggest being screen size.

The XZ2 has a 5.7-inch display, while the one on the Compact model measures 5 inches. The XZ2 also has a bigger battery, supports wireless charging, and sports Sony’s Dynamic Vibration System, which makes the device vibrate when watching videos and listening to music for a more immersive experience.

The two smartphones are big upgrades over their predecessors in the design department. They have thinner bezels and look a lot more modern, although they arguably don’t stand out of the crowd much — taking a bit too much inspiration from HTC.

Both sport front-facing dual-speakers, can capture 960 fps slow motion video, and are IP67 rated for protection against water and dust. You won’t find a headphone jack on either one, which might be a dealbreaker for some. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are expected to launch in late spring. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet.

  Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Sony Xperia XZ2
Display 5-inch IPS LCD
2,160 x 1,080 resolution
483 ppi
18:9 aspect ratio
5.7-inch IPS LCD
2,160 x 1,080 resolution
424 ppi
18:9 aspect ratio
Processor Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845
RAM 4 GB 4/6 GB
Storage 64 GB
microSD expansion up to 400 GB
64 GB
microSD expansion up to 400 GB
Cameras Rear camera: 19 MP with f/2.0 aperture, super slo-mo 960fps at 1080p

Front: 5 MP with f/2.2 aperture

Rear camera: 19 MP with f/2.0 aperture, super slo-mo 960fps at 1080p

Front: 5 MP with f/2.2 aperture

Battery 2,870 mAh
3,180 mAh
IP rating IP68 IP68
Dimensions and weight 135 x 65 x 12.1 mm
168 g
158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
189 g

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Asus ZenFone 5Z

Asus finally announced an attention-grabbing smartphone. The ZenFone 5Z offers high-end specs, an affordable price tag, and an eye-catching design. It looks similar to the iPhone X with its notch and a vertically positioned dual-camera setup, which can be good or bad depending on your preference.

The Asus ZenFone 5Z sports a 6.2-inch display and has a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent. The dual-SIM device is powered by the latest and greatest Snapdragon 845 chipset and equipped with two five-magnet stereo speakers driven by dual amplifiers. It comes with either 4, 6, or 8GB of RAM and a 3,300mAh battery with smart charging technology.

The handset’s dual cameras on the back offer a number of special features including scene detection, photo learning, beautification, and a pro mode. The latter allows you to change exposure, white balance, and ISO, and also gives you a range of shutter speeds from 1/10000 to 32 seconds. There’s also support for RAW.

Asus’ flagship device will arrive this June, priced at $499 and 480 euros.

  Asus ZenFone 5Z specs
Display 6.2-inch IPS LCD
2,246 x 1,080 resolution
402 ppi
19:9 aspect ratio
Processor Snapdragon 845
RAM 4/6/8 GB
Storage 64/128/256 GB
microSD expansion up to 400 GB
Cameras Rear: 12 and 8 MP with f/1.8 and f/2.0 apertures

Front: 8 MP with f/2.0 aperture

Battery 3,300 mAh
IP rating No
Dimensions and weight 153 x 75.7 x 7.9 mm
155 g

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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!

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 won’t likely be released for several months, but it’s already one of the most anticipated upcoming Android phones of 2018. Some rumors claim the successor to the Galaxy Note 8 might have an in-display fingerprint scanner, though others claim the opposite.

Other unconfirmed reports claim the Note 9 will have a slightly larger 6.38-inch display, up from the Note 8’s 6.32 inches. It may have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor in the U.S., and Samsung’s own Exynos 9810 chips in other markets. It will likely have 6GB of RAM inside, though it could have 8GB. The Note 9 is also expected to have a dual camera setup similar to the Note 8, and of course it will still have the embedded S Pen stylus. The battery may also be a big larger at 3,850mAh.

The Galaxy Note 9 may also be released earlier than normal for the Note series, with rumors claiming it could go on sale in July, two months ahead of its normal September launch time frame. We will keep an eye out for any more news on the Note 9 in the months ahead.

OnePlus 6

OnePlus 6 Evan Blass

OnePlus’ next major phone is definitely one of the most anticipated upcoming Android phones, and it may only be a few weeks away from being revealed. The company has already teased us on Twitter about the OnePlus 6. It looks like an official reveal will happen sometime in the spring.

OnePlus CEO Carl Pei already confirmed the OnePlus 6 will have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. He also hinted that at least some models could have as much as 8GB of RAM, and 256GB of onboard storage. The phone will also have a notch, but it will also have a a compatibility mode that lets users black out the sides of the notch when in landscape mode while using apps. One reported leaked image of the phone showed it might have a woodgrain or wood-patterned finish in the back around a metal frame. It also shows a dual rear camera, and a welcome 3.5mm headphone jack.

When the OnePlus 6 is released, it will likely be the company’s first phone to launch at over $500. It is still expected to cost far less than other phones with the same hardware features. It’s also been reported that OnePlus will sell a special Avengers: Infinity War edition of the phone in some regions as a tie-in to the upcoming Marvel Studios superhero film.

LG G7 ThinQ

lg g7 thinq first look Android Headlines

The LG G7 ThinQ (yes, that is going to be the official name of this phone) was initially expected to launch at MWC, but the company’s CEO apparently ordered a revision of the upcoming flagship. The decision to start over from scratch was reportedly made because LG hasn’t been able to find a strong selling point for the device. This means the G7 should come with a few new features on board to rival the Galaxy S9.

Recent unconfirmed rumors claim it will have an 6-inch 18:9 Full Vision display, making it larger than that of the LG G6 (5.7-inch). It may also have the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset inside, along with dual 16MP rear camera sensors with f/1.6 lenses, a dedicated AI button and n iris scanner on board. Leaked rendered of the phone show a new design as well.

The company has confirmed the LG G7 ThinQ will be officially revealed on May 2 in New York City and on May 3 Seoul, South Korea. The phone could go on sale in June. It will be interesting to see if this will be one of the best upcoming Android phones.

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.

HTC U12 (Plus)

Alleged image of HTC U12

HTC is reportedly gearing up to launch the HTC U12, the successor to the U11. Rumors suggest the smartphone could sport a 5.99-inch QHD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It should be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset and offer up to 6GB of RAM. Another rumor claims the phone won’t actually be called the U12, but rather the U12 Plus, so HTC can show it is designed to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus.

We also expect to see a dual-camera setup on the back, which almost became a new standard for flagships last year. Other specs and features include Edge Sense, facial recognition, and IP68 rating for protection against water and dust. Check out our HTC 12 rumor roundup hub to learn more.

There’s no official word on when the U12 will be announced. Some rumors claim HTC will reveal it in April, although a May launch is looking more likely. It will likely go on sale a month or so after its announcement, same as its predecessor.

Sony Xperia XZ Pro

Sony hasn’t confirmed it will reveal the Xperia XZ Pro, but we’ve heard many rumors about the device so far that hint it’s coming. It’s expected to be the company’s first smartphone with a dual-camera setup on the back. The handset could also come with top-of-the-line specs including the Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, and a 5.7-inch 4K OLED display.

It sounds like a fantastic smartphone on paper, but it could have a major drawback: a high price tag. It’s said the XZ Pro could cost more than $900, putting it right up there with the Galaxy Note 8.

It was initially thought the phone would launch at MWC in Barcelona, which didn’t happen. There’s no word on when the company might announce it, but we’ll likely have to wait for at least a few months to see it, considering how Sony recently unveiled two high-end smartphones.

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!

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