Best new An­droid smart­phones in 2017

MARIE BLACK re­veals the hand­sets we’re most ex­cited about

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It’s If you’re in the mar­ket for a new phone your choices avail­able right now are pretty good, but it’s al­ways the way that as soon as you take the plunge and up­grade some­thing bet­ter comes along and you re­gret your de­ci­sion. In this ar­ti­cle we out­line the phones that will be re­leased in 2018 to help you de­cide whether or not to wait.

Google Pixel 3

Three new Google Pixel phones are ex­pected to land on 4 Oc­to­ber 2018, with one of them po­ten­tially poised as a ri­val to the iPhone X.

Re­lease date

The Pixel phones are un­likely to be un­veiled be­fore early Oc­to­ber 2018, with an on-sale date later in Oc­to­ber prob­a­ble. For the past two years Google has un­veiled the new phones on 4 Oc­to­ber, so 4 Oc­to­ber 2018 is as good a guess as any.

They will come with the lat­est ver­sion of An­droid – An­droid 9.0 P – but as we saw in 2017 they may not be the first de­vices to ship with that op­er­at­ing sys­tem. It will be a pure ver­sion of the soft­ware, run­ning ex­actly as Google in­tends, with reg­u­lar se­cu­rity up­dates and no bloat­ware.


Early ru­mours sug­gest there will be three Pixel phones an­nounced, but bear in mind that this was also the case in 2017 and we saw only two new Pixel phones an­nounced. Al­leged code names in­clude Crosshatch, Al­ba­core and Blue­line, ac­cord­ing to Droid Life, al­though there is talk that Google will sim­ply ref­er­ence them in­ter­nally as A, B and C to hide their de­tails from the out­side world.

If it does hap­pen, we could see a cheaper model with pric­ing more in line with the old Nexus phones than Pixel, which is more ex­pen­sive than ever with the Pixel 2 XL re­tail­ing at £799 (al­though cur­rently on of­fer at just £699). Al­ter­na­tively, and as most ru­mours seem

to sug­gest, the third model will be a su­per-high-spec ver­sion that is a closer com­peti­tor to the iPhone X.

Google knows its users don’t want cut-down spec­i­fi­ca­tions just be­cause a phone has a smaller screen, so we fully ex­pect to see the Snap­dragon 845 pro­ces­sor run­ning the show on all Pixel 3 mod­els. This is a 7nm chip that is faster and 30 per­cent more ef­fi­cient than any be­fore it, thanks to an octa-core Kryo 385 CPU with four 2.8GHz high-power cores and four 1.8GHz low power cores.

Qual­comm’s new su­per-fast X20 LTE mo­dem is built-in, of­fer­ing CAT 18 speeds of more than 1Gb/s, as well as an en­hanced Spec­tra 280 im­age sig­nal pro­ces­sor. Qual­comm has bumped up video record­ing po­ten­tial to Ul­tra-HD, and added in var­i­ous AI im­prove­ments.

2018 might also be the year that Google bumps up the RAM to 6GB, while stor­age is likely to re­main at 64- and 128GB.

We’d like to see Google re­tain the wa­ter­proof­ing (per­haps up­graded from IP67 to IP68) and alu­minium chas­sis, and it’s prob­a­ble that the 18:9 POLED dis­play will also re­main, but this time around the new Pixel might also fea­ture an un­der-glass fin­ger­print sen­sor. We’d like to see the 18:9 panel in the cheaper model, too, and for Google to add wire­less charg­ing.

The cam­era is one of the most im­por­tant specs for Google, and that found in last year’s Pixel phones is among the best you’ll find on a smart­phone. We’d ex­pect to see some im­prove­ments here, though po­ten­tially in the soft­ware rather than the hard­ware.

In 2017 both mod­els came in Just Black, while the Pixel 2 XL was also avail­able in Black and White, and the Pixel 2 in Clearly White and Kinda Blue. We don’t ex­pect much de­vi­a­tion here.

It’s likely HTC will again be the brains be­hind the Pixel 3, now that Google has bought out its mo­bile busi­ness, so Ac­tive Edge and front-fac­ing stereo speak­ers would not come as a shock.

Huawei P11

The Huawei P10 is a strong con­tender in a sea of 2017 flag­ships, but we’re al­ready fo­cused on the 2018 Huawei flag­ship, un­of­fi­cially dubbed the Huawei P11. While it’s still a long way away from re­lease, be­low you’ll find some of the most no­table ru­mours about the phone so far, along with our spec­u­la­tion on a pos­si­ble UK price and re­lease date.

Re­lease date

Huawei’s Vice Pres­i­dent of Hand­sets Prod­uct Line Bruce Lee has con­firmed that the com­pany will “prob­a­bly launch de­vices at Mo­bile World Congress” in fu­ture as it wants to get the de­vices on-sale by the Easter pe­riod in Western Europe.

MWC 2018 is due to be­gin on Mon­day 26 Fe­bru­ary 2018 and judg­ing by 2017’s P10 an­nounce­ment, we imag­ine the Huawei P11 will be re­vealed the day be­fore the show be­gins, on Sun­day 25 Fe­bru­ary 2018. That would put it di­rectly up against the Galaxy S9, which could also launch the same day.


We’re still some way away from find­ing out the of­fi­cial price of the up­com­ing Huawei P11, but we can es­ti­mate a rough price range based on pre­vi­ous re­leases.

Judg­ing by the £449 price tag of the Huawei P9 and the slightly more ex­pen­sive £569 price tag of the Huawei P10, we imag­ine that the Huawei P11 will cost some­where in the range of £550 and £600. While Huawei’s flag­ship prices were once com­pet­i­tive when com­pared to Sam­sung and Ap­ple, it’s slowly chang­ing.


There is very lit­tle on­line about the de­sign of the Huawei P11, but we can take a look at sis­ter com­pany Honor’s 2017 flag­ship, the Honor 9, for in­spi­ra­tion. The 2016 Honor 8 had a very sim­i­lar de­sign and fea­ture set to 2017’s Huawei P10, in­clud­ing the dual-cam­era setup on the rear.

With that be­ing said, the Honor 9 is the first Honor phone to ‘do an Ap­ple’ and re­move the 3.5mm head­phone jack from the smart­phone, sug­gest­ing that it could also be re­moved from next year’s Huawei P11. It’s a move that Ap­ple has faced much crit­i­cism for, and is some­thing that many An­droid man­u­fac­tur­ers have avoided thus far.

In a con­cept video pub­lished in Au­gust 2017 (, the Huawei P11 is shown to have a ti­ta­nium body, a full-screen dis­play and an un­der­glass fin­ger­print scan­ner:

How­ever, just like Ap­ple’s iPhone X the up­com­ing Huawei P11 is thought to max­i­mize screen space on its 6.01in dis­play by repli­cat­ing Ap­ple’s notch.

We ex­pect it will fea­ture the 10nm Kirin 970, which is the chip that will fea­ture in the Mate 10 and is said to de­liver 25 times bet­ter CPU per­for­mance and 50 times greater en­ergy ef­fi­ciency.

Huawei leaked the Kirin 970 at IFA 2017 ahead of CEO Richard Yu’s key­note speech where he an­nounced the chip will be in­side the Mate 10. That phone will be an­nounced on 16 Oc­to­ber.

We’re as­sum­ing that the P11 will get it, too. The Kirin 970 is an octa-core chip (4x 2.4GHz Cor­tex-A73 and 4x 1.8GHz Cor­tex-A53 cores) with a 12-core GPU all built on a 10nm process like the Snap­dragon 835 co-made with Sam­sung.

It’s Huawei’s first mo­bile AI com­put­ing plat­form fea­tur­ing a ded­i­cated Neu­ral Pro­cess­ing Unit (NPU) and will be open to de­vel­op­ers. The firm says it will bring ‘AI ex­pe­ri­ences to life and chang­ing the way we in­ter­act with our de­vices’.


Sam­sung held all the strings last year when LG was forced to make the tough de­ci­sion of launch­ing its new flag­ship with an older pro­ces­sor or wait­ing a few months un­til after the Snap­dragon 835-tot­ing Galaxy S8 ar­rived. It chose the for­mer op­tion, which has al­most cer­tainly harmed its sales against the faster S8.

So it’s no sur­prise to learn that LG is in a rush to up­date its flag­ship, and that it may un­veil the suc­ces­sor even ear­lier than usual – po­ten­tially in Jan­uary 2018. Busi­ness Korea sug­gests the smart­phone will be un­veiled at CES 2018.

With ru­mours of a Snap­dragon 845 on board, Sam­sung is then the one forced to up­date its flag­ship quickly or risk lost sales in the mean­time. Of course, that’s if ru­mours that Sam­sung once again holds ex­clu­sive rights on the first batch of chips are

un­true – the com­pany claims that a Galaxy S9 launch at CES is un­likely.

Re­lease date

The new LG G-series flag­ship typ­i­cally ar­rives a day ahead of MWC, which in 2018 would put its prob­a­ble launch date as Sun­day 25 Fe­bru­ary.

How­ever, The In­vestor claims that the LG G7 may ar­rive much ear­lier than ex­pected, with LG an­nounc­ing the new flag­ship in Jan­uary 2018. That would place the an­nounce­ment at CES 2018 in Las Ve­gas.

Busi­ness Korea also cites CES 2018 as the launch date for the new LG smart­phone.

LG could take this strat­egy to get the flag­ship phone on the mar­ket quicker than ri­vals (largely Sam­sung and its Galaxy S9). It is also un­der­stand­able that it might want to up­date the LG G6 ear­lier than ex­pected due to its in­clu­sion of the older Snap­dragon 821 pro­ces­sor.


We’re spec­u­lat­ing on the LG G7 price for now, since there are no cred­i­ble ru­mours. Phones have in­creased in price re­cently – partly due to Brexit and the value of the pound – so it’s ex­pected that a flag­ship de­vice costs in ex­cess of £600. The LG G6 cost £649 and we ex­pect the LG G7 price to be about the same... and then fall quickly in the months after­wards.


It seems the phase of mod­u­lar phones is pretty much over and even if it’s not, we don’t ex­pect LG to go back to it for the G7. We’re ex­pect­ing an­other com­bi­na­tion of metal and glass.

We wouldn’t be sur­prised if the fin­ger­print sen­sor is moved from the rear of the phone to un­der­neath the dis­play. This is a fea­ture we’re about to start see­ing a lot more of, even in 2017 so it may well be nor­mal by the time we reach 2018.

As well as the fin­ger­print scan­ner there is ex­pected to be an iris scan­ner, and a patent has been un­earthed for just such a fea­ture that will al­low you to lock the phone and pro­tect sen­si­tive data. Al­though iris scan­ners usu­ally work with in­fra-red, LG has de­vel­oped a cam­era that can switch from IR to a reg­u­lar one.

The LG G7 is al­most cer­tainly go­ing to come with Qual­comm’s new 7nm Snap­dragon 845 chip.

Key new fea­tures of­fered by the Snap­dragon 845 in­clude a se­cure pro­cess­ing unit (SPU) that Qual­comm says of­fers “vault-like se­cu­rity” with the mi­cro­pro­ces­sor, mem­ory, crypto en­gine and ran­dom

num­ber gen­er­a­tor all sit­ting on its own power is­land. Per­for­mance and bat­tery life will also im­prove, thanks to an octa-core Kryo 385 CPU with four 2.8GHz high-power cores and four 1.8GHz low power cores; the 845 is 30 per­cent more ef­fi­cient than the 835 for gam­ing, video and AR/VR, says Sam­sung.

Qual­comm’s new su­per-fast X20 LTE mo­dem is built-in, of­fer­ing CAT 18 speeds of more than 1Gb/s, as well as an en­hanced Spec­tra 280 im­age sig­nal pro­ces­sor. Qual­comm has bumped up video record­ing po­ten­tial to Ul­tra-HD, and added in var­i­ous AI im­prove­ments. LG fit­ted the G6 with the older Snap­dragon 821 (rather than wait for the 835) so be­ing the first with the 845 would be a big win.

We’re ex­pect­ing an­other dual-cam­era setup and de­cent core specs. The main ques­tion is what LG will

do with the dis­play after in­tro­duc­ing an 18:9 as­pect ra­tio with the G6. There are ru­mours that the firm will switch to OLED for the G7.

Keep­ing an eye on LG Dis­play is the best bet as the dis­play us­ing in the next flag­ship phone is typ­i­cally an­nounced in ad­vance. This branch of the com­pany re­cently showed of a 77in flex­i­ble and trans­par­ent OLED dis­play (on page 49) so we’re won­der­ing if some of that tech­nol­ogy might find its way into the LG G7.

Mi­crosoft Sur­face Phone

Mi­crosoft’s Sur­face Phone has been the stuff of ru­mours for more than two years, and only a cou­ple of months ago we be­lieved all hopes were dashed with news that Mi­crosoft was killing Win­dows Phone.

But the com­pany has filed fresh patents for a fold­able mo­bile de­vice, reignit­ing ru­mours on the pos­si­bil­ity of a Sur­face Phone. It’s still no more than a maybe, mak­ing es­ti­mat­ing a re­lease date im­pos­si­ble.

But if the Sur­face Phone does even­tu­ally see the light of day, we could see a fold­able ph­ablet to ri­val Sam­sung’s Galaxy Note X.

Nokia 9

The Nokia 9 is thought to be an up­graded ver­sion of the Nokia 8 with a larger 5.7in 18:9 dis­play and an ex­tra 2GB of RAM, with some key specs now con­firmed by an FCC list­ing. Re­cent im­ages (see page 52) show it in pol­ished or­ange – and it’s gor­geous, look­ing just like the Galaxy S8.

Re­lease date

Noth­ing has been of­fi­cially con­firmed with re­gard to the Nokia 9 launch date, al­though My Driv­ers be­lieves it will be an­nounced in Jan­uary 2018 along side the Nokia 6 (2018). That would put its re­lease date close to the Sam­sung Galaxy S9 and LG G7, and as it will likely com­pete with those phones in terms of specs and de­sign this does seem very plau­si­ble.

The fact it’s also re­cently ap­peared on the FCC data­base sug­gests a launch date is im­mi­nent.


The new Nokia 9 is thought to be priced at around £634 with 128GB of stor­age, and or £753 with 256GB.


Many of the spec­i­fi­ca­tions for the now on sale Nokia 8 and ru­moured Nokia 9 are sim­i­lar, but the Nokia 9 is thought to be larger and to fea­ture a higher screen-to-body ra­tio. While the 5.3in Nokia 8 has

a 16:9 IPS panel, the 5.5in Nokia 9 could see a 18:9 vir­tu­ally full-screen dis­play, putting it in line with the Galaxy S8 and LG G6.

The FCC list­ing con­firms that this 5.5in dis­play is an OLED panel made by LG. It is ex­pected to be a Quad-HD dis­play with Go­rilla Glass 5, though re­cently leaked im­ages (via Slash­leaks) sug­gest the Nokia 9 will also have glass at the rear.

The FCC also con­firms a Snap­dragon 835 pro­ces­sor with Adreno 540 GPU, 128GB of stor­age, An­droid 8.0 Oreo and a 3,250mAh bat­tery, with du­al­rear cam­eras (12- and 13Mp) and a 5Mp selfie cam­era.

GSMArena has pointed out that this 5Mp selfie cam­era – listed as a Chicony CKACE16 mod­ule – is in

fact a dual-cam­era. It says the cam­era has aut­o­fo­cus and f/2.0 and f/2.4 aper­tures. Sud­denly the 5Mp selfie cam­era sounds a lot more ex­cit­ing.

The cam­era is now known to be a key sell­ing point for the up­com­ing smart­phone, with HMD Global con­firm­ing that Nokia’s col­lab­o­ra­tion with Zeiss op­tics is back on. Zeiss is re­port­edly “rekin­dling its com­mit­ment to set new imag­ing stan­dards for Nokia cus­tomers”.

GSMArena has found ref­er­ences to new pho­tog­ra­phy fea­tures not found in a cur­rent Nokia An­droid phone in up­dated code for the Nokia 5. It sug­gests that the Nokia 9 will in­deed have a du­al­lens cam­era, re­fer­ring specif­i­cally to a wide-an­gle pho­tog­ra­phy op­tion and 2x tele­photo zoom.

The Nokia 9 may ad­di­tion­ally fea­ture an iris scan­ner and fin­ger­print scan­ner, and is said to have an ex­tra 2GB of RAM over the Nokia 8. It will likely fea­ture IP54 wa­ter­proof­ing.

Also new in the Nokia 8 is 360-de­gree Ozo au­dio record­ing, which we’re sure will also make its way to the Nokia 9.

Sam­sung Galaxy S9

Set to be one of the big­gest re­leases of the year, we’ve rounded up ev­ery­thing we know so far on page 62.

Sam­sung Galaxy S9 Mini

You may have read ru­mours about a Galaxy S8 Mini. How­ever, as we ap­proach the Galaxy S9 re­lease date it’s look­ing more likely that if such a phone ex­ists it will be the Galaxy S9 Mini, not the Galaxy S8 Mini.

There’s very lit­tle to go on right now, but one mo­bile leak­ster has sug­gested Sam­sung is work­ing on a 5in screen phone with a full-screen In­fin­ity Dis­play.

It sounds a lot like a po­ten­tial Galaxy S9 Mini, but it could equally be an up­date to the Galaxy A series. We’ll have to wait and see.

Sam­sung Galaxy Note X

Sam­sung is tipped to be cre­at­ing a phone with a fold­able screen, and hav­ing re­cently passed cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and now popped up on Sam­sung’s sup­port site it could be much closer to com­ple­tion than we ex­pected. Bloomberg says the com­pany plans to an­nounce a fold­able phone un­der its Note brand in 2018. Could this be the Galaxy Note X, a fierce com­peti­tor to the newly an­nounced iPhone X?

Re­lease date

Bloomberg re­ports that a fold­able smart­phone will de­but un­der the Note brand in 2018. Koh Dong-jin, pres­i­dent of mo­bile busi­ness at Sam­sung Elec­tron­ics, said: “As the head of the busi­ness, I can say our cur­rent goal is next year. When we can over­come some prob­lems for sure, we will launch the prod­uct.”

A de­vice with the model name SM-G888N0 (pre­vi­ously ru­moured to be the Galaxy X) has re­cently passed through Blue­tooth SIG, the cer­ti­fi­ca­tion body that reg­u­lates Blue­tooth de­vice stan­dards. The same model has also been cer­ti­fied for Wi-Fi by the Wi-Fi Al­liance, and has passed through the Na­tional Ra­dio Re­search Agency, which is Korea’s ver­sion of the US FCC.

How­ever, it now seems the SM-G888N0 is in fact a rugged phone rather than a fu­tur­is­tic de­vice with a flex­i­ble dis­play. We can hope for a glimpse of it as CES 2018 but this may be a pipe dream.

Yet an­other re­port claims the phone might go into small-scale pro­duc­tion in Q4 2017, ahead of an “H2 2018 ‘clam-type’ mass pro­duc­tion blastoff”.

How­ever, Sam­sung Dis­play En­gi­neer Kim Tae­woong claims the tech­nol­ogy is not ex­pected to ma­ture un­til 2019. A year ago Sam­mo­bile re­ported that Project Val­ley would not be avail­able glob­ally at launch, but that the UK and Ire­land, Ger­many, Italy, South Korea, Nordic coun­tries, France and Poland were on the list. It ap­pears the Note X will be more dif­fi­cult to get hold of than we ex­pected, though.

For months, we’ve been hear­ing fre­quent ru­mours about the Sam­sung Galaxy X, a smart­phone that will

fea­ture a fold­ing dis­play. The idea is that you’ll be able to use it as a smart­phone, and then fold it out to full tablet size, cre­at­ing a whole new mo­bile seg­ment that mir­rors the tablet-lap­top 2-in-1 hy­brids we’ve al­ready seen from the com­put­ing in­dus­try.

But the bad news is that Sam­sung’s quirky fold­ing phone might be tough to bag, with Forbes stat­ing that “the ex­pec­ta­tion for the Galaxy X is as a lim­ited-run de­vice in a sin­gle ter­ri­tory – more than likely the home ter­ri­tory of South Korea”. Adding that it will be one of the rarest phones in 2018.

Sony Xpe­ria XZ1 Pre­mium

‘Bezel-less’ smart­phones are a trend kick­started by Xiaomi’s Mi Mix in late-2016. We’ve since seen in­dus­try heavy­weights such as Sam­sung and LG ap­ply the same full-screen think­ing into their lat­est flag­ships, but Sony has yet to take the plunge with an 18:9 dis­play. That could all be about to change as the com­pany gears up to launch new smart­phones at MWC 2018.

It’s worth men­tion­ing the fact that there are loads of Sony phone ru­mours on the web right now, and what’s con­fus­ing ev­ery­one is they’re all dis­cussing dif­fer­ent up­com­ing Sony phones with wildly dif­fer­ent model num­bers.

If Sony fol­lows pre­vi­ous be­hav­iour, in 2018 we ex­pect to see the fol­low­ing Xpe­ria model num­bers:

• H81XX: Sony Xpe­ria XZ1 Pre­mium (Fe­bru­ary)

• H82XX: Sony Xpe­ria XZ1S (Fe­bru­ary)

• H83XX: Sony Xpe­ria XZ2 (Septem­ber)

• H84XX: Sony Xpe­ria XZ2 Com­pact (Septem­ber)

We would also ex­pect to see the XZ1 range con­tin­ued at MWC 2018 (Fe­bru­ary), and the XZ2 line-up in­tro­duced at IFA 2018 (Septem­ber). There will also be new XA de­vices with the XA1 Ul­tra sup­pos­edly com­ing with dual front-fac­ing cam­eras and a rear-mounted fin­ger­print scan­ner.

Re­lease date

Our best guess is that Sony will un­veil the Xpe­ria XZ1 Pre­mium at MWC 2018, which takes place at the end of Fe­bru­ary. The smart­phone press con­fer­ences are usu­ally held the Sun­day be­fore the show be­gins, which would place the Sony Xpe­ria XZ1 Pre­mium launch date on 25 Fe­bru­ary 2018.


The de­sign will likely be stan­dard Sony fare, which has a very dis­tinct boxy shape, but with nar­rower bezels. The H81XX, which we ex­pect to be the Sony Xpe­ria XZ1 Pre­mium, has been re­vealed through its user-agent pro­file. This re­veals that it will have a 4K (3840x2160) screen and An­droid Oreo. In­ter­est­ingly that is not an 18:9 panel, but a 16:9 dis­play.

Sony 18:9

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions that have also leaked for a hand­set with the model num­ber H8541 re­veal an up­com­ing Sony flag­ship that fea­tures a 149x74x7.5mm body and an 18:9 panel. Given the ex­pected model num­bers at the top of this page and how close is its spec to the ex­ist­ing XZ Pre­mium this may not be the XZ1 Pre­mium, but if gen­uine it’s cer­tainly a ph­ablet model within that flag­ship fam­ily. Per­haps one to more closely take on the iPhone X.

What­ever this phone is it’s said to have a 5.7in 4K HDR Tri­lu­mi­nus dis­play with Go­rilla Glass 5. Early leaked im­ages sug­gest it will be an 18:9 panel, with su­per-slim bezels.

Core spec­i­fi­ca­tions in­clude the Snap­dragon 835, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of UFS stor­age and a 3,420mAh bat­tery with Quick Charge 3.0.

It’s odd that Sony would plump for the Snap­dragon 835 over the re­cently an­nounced 845, but it may be that Sam­sung once again holds the ex­clu­sive on this chip for its up­com­ing Galaxy S9. Wait­ing for this chip would mean de­lay­ing the re­lease date, which Sony was forced to do last year when it an­nounced its new

flag­ship at MWC but said it would not go on sale for sev­eral months. Con­nec­tiv­ity-wise the new Sony phone will come with Blue­tooth 5.0, GPS, GLONASS, NFC and USB-C. Run­ning An­droid 8.0 Oreo it will also be water­proof (IP68).

Sony Xpe­ria XZ1S

Yet an­other Sony phone with the model num­ber H8216 has had its specs posted to Red­dit, and they in­clude the lat­est Snap­dragon 845. As such, many spec­ta­tors sug­gest this is the Sony Xpe­ria XZ2, but we’re not con­vinced. We think it could be the XZ1S.

The model num­ber is off and the screen is a 16:9 Full-HD panel. That’s no spec­i­fi­ca­tion for a Sony Xpe­ria XZ2, but it could fit an XZ1S.

Listed spec­i­fi­ca­tions for this up­com­ing Sony phone in­clude An­droid 8.1 Oreo, a 5.48in Full-HD (1920x1080) Tri­lu­mi­nos dis­play, 4GB of RAM, 64GB of UFS stor­age, a 15Mp f/2.0 selfie cam­era, a 12Mp dual-cam­era at the rear, a 3,130mAh bat­tery and IP68 wa­ter­proof­ing. This hand­set mea­sures 148x73.4x7.4mm and weighs 156g.

Sony Xpe­ria XZ1 Pre­mium

Ren­ders of two un­known Sony phones have been cre­ated by

Vor­tex – it says based on Sony’s own de­sign drafts, so of course they’re not the real deal. At this stage we don’t know which is in­tended to be the Pre­mium. The more boxy model fits bet­ter with Sony’s usual de­sign, though the bizarrely spaced rear cam­eras (one may be a depth sen­sor) and strange com­bi­na­tion of matt and gloss at the back is much less ‘Sony’.

The sec­ond model, mean­while, fea­tures a rear­mounted fin­ger­print scan­ner. We’ve pre­vi­ously seen Sony em­bed these into the power but­ton, but even bet­ter would be to em­bed it into the screen.

In­ter­est­ingly the site sug­gests the Pre­mium model will have the Snap­dragon 845, 6GB of RAM and 128GB, con­tra­dict­ing the spec sheet leaked via Red­dit.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

We’re still a long way from the po­ten­tial Mi Mix 3 re­lease date (likely Oc­to­ber 2018), but it seems Xiaomi is al­ready work­ing on the new de­vice if a leaked im­age of a rear panel is any­thing to go by.

This may be noth­ing more than a pro­to­type, but if it sees the light of day we will see a Mi Mix with more rounded cor­ners than ever, and a ver­ti­cal dual-cam­era and cen­tral fin­ger­print scan­ner at the rear.

Re­cently leaked in­for­ma­tion sug­gests the Mi Mix 3 will come with the 7nm Snap­dragon 845 pro­ces­sor.

2017’s Xpe­ria XZ Pre­mium

2017’s Xpe­ria Z1

A patent ap­pli­ca­tion filed by Sam­sung in late 2016 shows some ren­ders of what the even­tual Galaxy X may look like

Ru­moured im­age of the Nokia 9

Mi­crosoft’s patent points to a fold­able ph­ablet

The G7 could come with a flex­i­ble and trans­par­ent OLED dis­play. LG re­cently showed off a 77in screen


Google Pixel 2

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