From ever-shrinking bezels to the best OLED displays we’ve ever seen to dual rear cameras trickling down to budget devices, smartphones have changed dramatically in 2017. And with a new year on the horizon, a new generation of groundbreaking handsets is waiting in the wings.
Apple figures to continue its design dominance with potentially not one, but multiple successors to the iPhone X. Samsung has hinted 2018 will give us the first truly foldable smartphone. Even Huawei, appears ready to stake its claim on our shores with an AI powerhouse in the form of its Mate 10 Pro. Here’s a look at what’s coming up and what we know about 2018’s hottest smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy X (2018)
We’ve been hearing rumblings for years that a foldable smartphone from Samsung was just around the corner. That won’t be in 2017, but the new year looks like we’ll see Samsung finally take the wraps off this long-anticipated device.
iPhone 2018 (2018)
With the launch of the iPhone X out of the way, what’s next for the future of Apple’s flagship smartphone? According to early rumors, 2018 will see Apple expand the X’s unique design to a larger form factor — a Plus variant, if you will. Additional reports indicate the company is looking to introduce a lower-cost handset that’s not quite as futuristic as the X, but also a step beyond the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. This device could contain an LCD screen rather than an OLED one, and mark the return of metallic backs sold in a multitude of colors.
Huawei Mate 10 (Early 2018)
It seems like only a few months ago that the Mate 9 was hitting the U.S. with built-in support for Amazon’s voice-powered Alexa assistant. Huawei isn’t resting on its laurels, though. In fact, the company has already released a pair of successors, the Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro in Europe and Asia.
We reviewed the Mate 10 Pro in November, and although Huawei has remained tight-lipped on North American availability, sleuthing in the phone’s firmware indicates the higher-end model may eventually see release on AT&T here in the U.S. Features include vertically stacked dual rear cameras and a rear fingerprint sensor; up front, you’ll get an edge-to-edge display with minimal bezels on the top and bottom.
LG G7 (Spring 2018)
LG is typically one of the first of the major smartphone makers to drop a flagship device every year, and we have no reason to think the schedule will change for the G7. That said, there aren’t many details to go on yet, even though the phone would launch in the early-to-mid spring if LG sticks to form.
One rumor we have heard is that LG is planning on beefing up its iris scanning tech for the 2018 version of its G series. A patent unearthed by Dutch site LetsGoDigital describes a front-facing camera capable of switching between infrared and normal light, which would mean fewer components up top, potentially leading to a smaller bezel.