Buying an Android smartphone is hard enough with all the choices out there, but it can be downright paralyzing when you factor in all the phones that are going to be coming out in the near future.
There’s nothing worse than buying a phone, then finding out it’s yesterday’s news right away. Carefully considering what’s coming out of the rumor mill can save you from that. So, let’s lay it all out there.
Google’s first-generation Pixel ended the company’s tradition of producing “good enough” hardware with great software. The Pixel was a flagship phone that could stand toe-to-toe with the likes of Samsung and Apple.
The Pixel 2, if rumors are to be believed, will take it to the next level with a big redesign. The larger of the two Pixels will gain an edge-to-edge OLED display courtesy of LG, which will allegedly manufacture the device.
The phone will have very slim bezels, and the glass front panel will curve downward. The frame will reportedly also be squeezable like the HTC U11, allowing you to trigger Assistant or Google Lens.
The smaller of the two Pixels may have a design similar to the first gen, but both will have the same high-end hardware. You can expect a Snapdragon 835, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of storage in the base model. Start saving your pennies now, though. The Pixel 2 will be expensive.
Motorola has been trying this modular smartphone thing for the last year, and it hasn’t caught on yet. Maybe all it’s missing is a properly compelling phone. And perhaps, that phone will be the Moto Z2, which could be announced in as little as a few weeks. Motorola already launched the Moto Z2 Play as a mid-range phone, but the regular Z2 will be a flagship phone.
We can say several things about this phone for certain because of the Moto Mod system. This phone (technically phones, regular and Force) will have a flat back panel with a Mod connector at the bottom, and the screen will be around 5.5-inches. The regular Z2 will be thin with a correspondingly small battery.
Meanwhile, the Force variant will be thicker with a shatter-resistant screen and maybe the return of the headphone jack. The Force might only launch on carriers like Verizon and AT&T, but at least the regular Z2 will be available unlocked.
The Mods include things like extended batteries, zoom cameras, and gamepads. The Moto Z2 family should have the latest Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM. The price will probably be over $600, and the Mods will be extra. However, there are usually some launch sales that throw in a free Mod or two.
Samsung took a real beating last year when the Note 7 showed a propensity to burst into flames. The device had to be recalled, and was only recently re-launched in South Korea as the Galaxy Note Fandom Edition.
This phone will be a lot like the Galaxy S8 with the on-screen navigation bar and curved AMOLED display. It’ll also come with an S Pen stylus tucked inside. This is what makes it a Note, after all. The display will have a taller aspect ratio like the Galaxy S8, so the overall measurement might be as large as 6.3-inches.
You can expect another mediocre rear-facing fingerprint scanner on this phone, unless Samsung has magically figured out the in-display sensor. Inside will be a Snapdragon 835 and 4GB of RAM. As with all of Samsung’s phones, it’ll be tuned for battery life rather than performance. Rumors claim the price for this phone could be close to $1,000, so Samsung had better bring its A-game.
LG made a lot of improvements this year with the G6. It ditched the modular chin accessories from the G5 and moved to a sealed metal and glass chassis. Much of the V30 is still a mystery, but we have an announcement date. LG will unveil the V30 on August 31st at IFA in Berlin.
From the IFA invitation, we can be certain this phone will have an edge-to-edge display similar to the LG G6. However, rumors suggest this will be the first phone to launch with LG’s new OLED display tech. This is the same thing we’re expecting to see on the Pixel 2.
A render based on leaked V30 CAD files.
Past V-series phones have had ticker displays above the main one, but there’s no confirmation that will continue. It may simply use the top of the OLED like a ticker, and the screen itself could reach almost to the top like the missing-in-action Essential Phone. The dual-camera setup will likely remain, though. We’ll know for sure at IFA.
While some people might be desperate for a super-powerful flagship phone, the Moto X4 could be ideal for those who want something without as many bells and whistles for a more reasonable price.
The Moto X series was quietly discontinued a few years ago after Lenovo took over the company, but now a fourth iteration is on the way. Dubbed the Moto X4, this phone could be announced this summer or fall.
This phone won’t have the Mod connector like Z phones, but it will include a dual camera array. It’s not clear what it will do, but a leaked Motorola presentation refers to something called “Smart Cam.” The front of the phone is home to a 5.2-inch 1080p display under 3D curved glass. Below that is a fingerprint sensor like other recent Moto phones have had.
Leaked Moto X4 render.
The Moto X4 will probably pack a Snapdragon 660 SoC or possibly the 630. Either way, it won’t be as powerful as the 835 in other late-2017 phones. However, Motorola’s clean build of Android is well-optimized.
Even more modest phones like the Moto E4 are reasonably fast. This device won’t cost nearly as much as other upcoming phones, so it might be a good option if you want to save some cash.