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The flagship phones that will be released in 2018

Are you planning on buying a new mobile phone but are unsure of which one you want and when new models will be released in 2018? Here are some great tips if you’re in doubt.

Sony / Xperia XZ2 Compact

The phones launched in February are all confirmed and were presented during the Mobile World Congress. These can be purchased today or in the near future. The models mentioned from March onwards are mainly unconfirmed phones that are rumoured to come during the year. Thus, official data is missing, so both names and specifications may change.


LG: The V30S ThinkQ and V30S ThinkQ Plus pick up where last year's V30 and V30 Plus left off. The new phones have more RAM, better cameras, AI functionality and increased storage space compared to their predecessors. The LG V30S series is launched at the same time as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and will be a tough competitor in the higher price range.

HMD Global: The Nokia 8 Sirocco flagship phone, the Nokia 7 Plus and the Nokia 6 mid-range phones, as well as the simpler Nokia 1 model appeared during Mobile World Congress. HMD Global also presented the bright-yellow Nokia 8110, to which many gave the nickname the "banana phone" for its colour and shape.

Samsung: The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus were announced on 25 February. Both phones have latest generation processors, Infinity Display screens and upgraded cameras. The Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus also feature a new purple design. The phones are available for purchase from March 16.

Sony: The Xperia XZ2 and Xperia XZ2 Compact were shown during the Mobile World Congress. They have the same components on the inside, but differ in screen size and battery capacity. The Xperia XZ2 has a 5.7-inch screen while the Xperia XZ2 Compact has only a 5-inch one. Both phones will be released in April.

Asus: The ZenFone 5 and ZenFone 5Z both have a large 6.2-inch screen, a 12 Megapixel rear camera, and an 8-megapixel front camera. Inside they differ in performance, the ZenPhone 5Z having a faster processor as well as more RAM and greater storage space.


Apple: The iPhone SE 2 is supposed to replace today's two-year-old iPhone SE. The existing phone became popular with iPhone users because it is smaller than the usual iPhone models. iPhone SE had a small upgrade in 2017, but needs a major upgrade to keep up with the market today. We've heard rumours about a slightly bigger screen, a rounder design and Face ID support.

Huawei: The P20 series is confirmed by Huawei and will be shown on 27 March. If Huawei is following its earlier launches, we'll see a cheaper P20 Lite model, the regular model P20 and a more expensive P20 Plus model. Thinner screen edges, two rear cameras and stereo speakers are some of the features we have heard rumours of.


HTC: U12 could be a big upgrade compared to the U11, released in 2017 with a larger screen, new generation processor and dual rear cameras. The model will also use Edge Sense with pressure sensitive sides introduced with the U11. Today, there are only a few details available about the HTC U12, and it remains to be seen what plans HTC has for the new flagship phone.

Lenovo: The Moto Z3 and Z3 Play will be released in the summer with 6-inch screens, thin screen edges and support for the new Moto Mod. Apart from this, little is known about the new phones. A slightly more advanced model in the same series called the Moto Z3 Force will also be released during July.

OnePlus: The OnePlus 6 is confirmed for the second quarter of the year. The manufacturer has not disclosed more details other than that the phone is using the new Snapdragon 845 processor. The OnePlus 6, however, is expected to get better face recognition, an edge-to-edge screen and 3D camera.

LG: G7 can be the mobile phone that seriously competes with Samsung, Sony and Huawei in the higher price range. A larger screen with new screen technology, the latest generation processor, dual 16-megapixel cameras and AI features is expected.


Lenovo: The Moto Z3 Force is the premium version of the above-mentioned Moto Z3 and Z3 Play. An exclusive mobile phone in the Moto Z3 series with slightly better specifications than its smaller siblings, and probably comes with a significantly higher price tag. So far, the details about the Moto Z3 Force aren’t known, but we hope for something really good.


HMD Global: The Nokia 10, or Nokia 8 Pro as the phone is also expected to be called, could be the most expensive mobile phone from HMD Global in 2018. Reports have identified this phone as a top-class camera phone with a unique rotating zoom camera system on the back. And that's also all we know unfortunately.

Samsung: The Galaxy Note 9 is Samsung's flagship phone with the latest technology, best performance and highest price tag. We basically know nothing about this phone today, but historically, the Galaxy Note series is the absolute best the manufacturer has to offer. Given that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus came with a record high price tag, we expect the Galaxy Note 9 to be no different.   


Apple: The iPhone 9, iPhone 9 Plus and iPhone X Plus are this year's major launches from Apple. After launching the iPhone X in 2017 with edge-to-edge screen and top flip for the camera, analysts believe that the iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus get similar design. The iPhone X Plus, in turn, could be the biggest ever from Apple with a 6.5-inch screen. Beyond that, there is just speculation as to what other features the phone may have.

LG: The V40 is the big successor to the V30. With it follows major design changes and more powerful performance than the recently announced V30S ThinkQ and V30S ThinkQ Plus can offer. LG has previously confirmed that they do not intend to release new phones annually just because its competitors do. However, indications show that the V40 is under development, so maybe we'll get this heavyweight this year.

Razer: The Phone 2 is expected to be a real monster phone. Last year's Razer Phone is already very fast and by marketing towards gamers, we expect the most powerful component that can be added to a mobile phone this year. When it comes to design, the Phone 2 will be equal to the existing Phone and cameras upgraded for better image quality.


Google: The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are display phones for the future Android 9.0. The previous Pixel models were shown on 4 October 2017 and 2016, respectively. Therefore, the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL are likely to be launched officially on 4 October this year. The Pixel Series is a way for Google to demonstrate all the benefits of new Android versions, so we're waiting for the latest and most exciting technology.


Huawei: The Mate 11 is the flagship phone from Huawei this year. The previous models in the Mate series were launched throughout November, so we expect Mate 11 to do that too. New design, faster processor, thinner screen edges and better cameras are just some of the things we hope for in the new phone. Even greater focus on AI is something we believe in.

Daniel Haaf