Most Awaited Smartphone of 2018

2017 has been a great year for smartphones as we saw the rising popularity of 18:9 Displays as well as the larger adoption of OLED Displays. While the winners are undoubtedly the S8, Note8 and iPhone X, there are many other devices like the Pixel 2 that challenged the dual camera trend with its breathtaking single rear camera, the OnePlus 5 and 5T challenged the status quo of flagships at half the price and LG made a comeback in the second half with its V30.

The best thing about the mobile industry is, there are no boundaries or limitations. Companies too have been daring enough to go against the mainstream demand and create a niche for their own, like the BlackBerry KEYone or the Razer Phone. There is a place for everyone and there is an infinite amount of possibilities. 2018 is going to be super exciting because Samsung will again try to amp up its game with the flagship S9, LG will try to make a comeback and challenge Samsung, Nokia will finally enter the true flagship space with it’s OnePlus will again break the pricing barrier and offer the most for the price.

Here’s our pick of the most awaited gadgets that 2018 shall be bringing!

1. Samsung Galaxy S9:

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Samsung is expected to continue launching two different sizes of the device, the S9 and S9+. Latest reports indicate that Samsung will further cut down on the chins and increase the screen-to-body ratio by up to 90%. The device will obviously feature the latest Bixby has to offer and an even better fingerprint sensor placement.

Earlier this month Samsung announced [https://www.mensxp.com/technology/news/41143-the-samsung-galaxy-s9-may-have-512gb-of-internal-storage.html] that they have started manufacturing 512GB of Memory that can be fit in a smartphone. So, the S9 could be the first device to feature 512GB of Internal Memory. The S9+ is also expected to get a dual camera setup that will further improve the overall optic capabilities of the flagship.

2. LG G7:

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While the LG G6 is undoubtedly an amazing device, it couldn’t keep up with the even better looking S8 this year. Another major drawback was, it came with Snapdragon 821 that was almost a year old and the S8 was powered by the latest Snapdragon 835 processor. We expect the LG G7 to ship with the latest Snapdragon 845 processor this time around and it’s sure LG too will be cutting down on the chins.

There have also been rumours that the G7 will receive an OLED display after the recently-released V30 marked the LG’s return to the screen technology in its mobile devices.

While reports or rumours are very limited as of this moment, we’d love to see a curved display on the G7 and the amazing dual camera setup LG is popular for. A removable battery too will go hand in hand given LG has continued the trend even after competitors like Samsung and HTC have given up.

3. Nokia 9:

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The Nokia 9 will mean HMD Global’s official entry into the flagship space. While the Nokia 8 has been an amazing phone, it lacked the steam to take on the industry leaders and it didn’t intend to do so in the first place. With the Nokia 9, things will be changing.

Nokia 9 will ship with Android 8.0 Oreo pre-installed.  The leaked Geekbench specifications further indicate that the handset will be powered by an octa-core chipset, comprising of an octa-core Kryo 64-bit CPU with a maximum frequency of 2.45GHz and the Adreno 540 GPU.

It shall have dual rear cameras (12MP and 13MP) and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Other features include 18W fast charging, and a larger 3,250mAh battery, compared to a removable 3090 mAh battery in the Nokia 8.

4. iPhone SE 2018:

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It’s been nearly two years since the 2016 release of the iPhone SE, Apple’s 4-inch handset packing the same power and camera as its iPhone 6S. The iPhone SE is still one of the most powerful small phones out there.

The iPhone SE 2 will be a key device for countries in South East Asia, namely India and Indonesia. The smartphone is expected to cost INR 30,000. The low-end device is reportedly already in the initial stages of production and it is being manufactured by Wistron in Bangalore.

The iPhone SE 2018 shall further help Apple push to develop markets where the majority of the sales consist of low and mid-range devices. While it won’t be aggressively priced, it shall surely bring a cheaper iOS option to the table for a lot of people.

5. iPhone 2018:

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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 rumours, 2018 will see Apple expand the X’s unique design to a larger form factor — a Plus variant.

There’s currently no knowing what Apple will call the new iPhone, but we suspect it will move from stainless steel back to aluminium to bring the price down while retaining that 19:9 display and using Face ID rather than Touch ID in a home button. We’d expect Apple to offer a couple of sizes in this design, making some differentiation between the two as it does with the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus currently

6. HTC U12:

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HTC has added the HTC U11+ to its 2018 line-up, shifting to an 18:9 display and boasting a number of areas of this phone. Rumours are light on the ground at the moment, but HTC has come forward and said that it will be making a return to dual cameras in 2018. HTC was the first to put two cameras on the back of its phone in the HTC One M8.

It won’t be surprising to see HTC take a lot of design and specification queues from the U11+ and refine them further in the upcoming flagship.

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