The phones we’re most looking forward to this year
2018 is going to be a big one for smartphones, and it might be the year we finally see a long-awaited bendable or foldable design. A number of manufacturers are already talking about launch dates and codenames, and this is what we know so far…
The first stop for exciting new tech is going to be Mobile World Congress, which is held annually in Barcelona towards the end of February. Here we’ll undoubtedly see LG unveil a new flagship device.
Not much is known about the new device right now, but we’d put money on the fact it will have a new and improved dual-lens camera and will be sticking with the tall 18:9 screen ratio, it spearheaded last year.
The next instalment of the G-series will presumably to be called the G7 if it’s to follow the naming convention of its predecessors – G6, G5, G4 etc.
Google already has a new line of Pixels in the works, currently codenamed: Crosshatch, Albacore and Blueline. They’ll probably be revealed by the Mountain View company in October.
Fun fact: The fishy codenames have become a bit of a tradition for the company’s smartphones, with the likes of Marlin, Walleye and Sailfish appearing in the past. Anyway, we digress…
The new smartphones will all undoubtedly be running the currently unnamed Android P OS in the purest form, and the cameras will be of the highest calibre if the previous releases are anything to go by. There are also rumours that Google may try for the full-screen phone, which would really put it on the map for innovation.
Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus
Samsung knocked it out the park in 2017, with the Galaxy S8, S8 Plus and Note8, all featuring the incredible infinity display. The cameras on these smartphones all produce top quality images, and the lightweight, slim designs are nothing to be sniffed at either. But what does 2018 hold?
Last year, Samsung took a pass on its usual spot at Mobile World Congress, and instead revealed the Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus a few weeks later at their own event.
Leaked images suggest that the fingerprint scanner will now be underneath the camera lens. And we expect the new Galaxys to be boasting the latest in power management from either the Exynos 9810, or Snapdragon 845 processor.
The Nokia 9 rumour has been floating around for a few months now, and it’s generally understood to be a step up from the recently released Nokia 8. The likes of Pocket-lint have suggested it will tout a curved screen with the tall 18:9 ratio, and a camera partnership with Carl Zeiss for pin-sharp photography.
It was first thought to be coming at the back end of 2017, but as that time has come and gone, we’re looking – once again – to MWC, where parent company, HMD Global, had a large presence last year.
Which smartphones are you most looking forward to this year? Let us know in the comments section below.