We've already seen some noteworthy phones in 2017 — everything from Samsung's Galaxy S8 and Note 8 to the aggressively priced OnePlus 5. And though 2018 is looming on the horizon, smartphone makers may not be done yet rolling out new devices. Alas, one of those phones won't be the long-rumored Microsoft Surface Phone, as Microsoft says it's no longer focusing on its mobile platform.
Still, we already know that Apple plans to follow up the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus launch with the release of the iPhone X in November. LG and Google have new phones of their own coming out this month — the already announced LG V30 and Pixel 2, respectively. Huawei's expected to get in on the act, too, with a new version of its Mate phablet. And that's not all: here's a look at some of the other phones we could be seeing by the end of this year or in early 2018.
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Apple is now taking orders for the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, which look like solid improvements over last year's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus models. But the truly eye-catching phone coming out of Cupertino this year is the iPhone X. Like the 8 and 8 Plus, this new iPhone sports a glass design to allow for wireless charging, and you'll find Apple's super-charged A11 Bionic processor inside. But the iPhone X uses an OLED panel for its 5.8-inch display, which stretches from one edge of the phone to the other in the style of Samsung's 2017 flagship.
Because there's no home button, you'll use your face to unlock the iPhone X. That powerful front camera also enables the Animoji feature in the Messages app, turning your face into an animated emjoi that reflects your expressions. On back, you'll find the same dual rear cameras that make the iPhone 8 Plus such a compelling option. Just be prepared to spend big bucks on this smartphone: the iPhone X starts at $999. (Image Credit: Mark Spoonauer/Tom's Guide)
Apple and Samsung may be grabbing all the headlines, but don't overlook LG's other big phone coming out in 2017. The company is launching the LG V30: a sleek new smartphone that features dual cameras and a whole bunch of fun features for adding a personal touch to your photos and videos. The V30 ditches the V20's second screen for the Floating Bar: a small side menu that lets you get to your contacts, apps and music player with just a tap. The phone is now shipping and will cost around $800 depending on which carrier you turn to for the LG V30.
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Google may have followed big smartphone announcements from Samsung, Apple and LG with its October Pixel 2 unveiling, but this is definitely a case where being last certainly isn't least. Of Google's new phones, the Pixel 2 XL sports the more radical new look with a 6-inch screen that eliminates most of the side bezels on the phone. Both new Pixels offer squeezable Active Edge sides that let you summon the Google Assistant. And the real magic likes in the phones' artificial intelligence, which enables features like Portrait Mode even though the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL only feature a single rear camera.
The Pixel 2 starts at $649 while the 2 XL has an $849 price tag. The new phones ship Oct. 19. (Image Credit: Philip Michaels/Tom's Guide)
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Motorola's attention has been on the modular Moto Z lineup lately, with the release of the Moto Z2 Force and Moto Z2 Play. But the midrange market is getting some attention later this fall, when the Moto X4 arrives in the U.S. The features won't challenge premium Android devices, but neither will the price tag: the X4 is expected to come in for less than $400 when Motorola reveals U.S. pricing. (An Android One version of the Moto X4, which removes built-in support for Amazon's Alexa voice assistant is now available for $399 through Google's Project Fi wireless service.)
In spite of the lower price tag, you'll still get dual rear cameras (a 12-MP main camera alongside an 8-MP wide-angle lens) that will offer some image recognition features. Inside the phone, a Snapdragon 630 CPU with 4GB of RAM keeps things running, while you'll enjoy looking at the X4's 5.2-inch 1080p screen. (Credit: Andrew E. Freedman/Tom's Guide)
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The LG G6 debuted to largely positive reviews earlier this year, thanks to its extra-wide display. Now LG's looking to bring that feature to more compact models with price tags to match. The LG Q6 lineup features three phones — the Q6+, Q6 and Q6α — that offer differing amounts of storage and memory. (The Q6+ is the monster of the group with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of capacity.) While the Q6 devices swap out the G6's Snapdragon 821 for a more modest Snapdragon 435 mobile processor, they still feature a display with an 18:9 aspect ratio — just in a 5.5-inch screen. The phones are coming to Asia first, but LG promises a North American launch in the future. (Image Credit: LG)
We've been hearing rumors for years that a foldable smartphone from Samsung was just around the corner. That corner was supposed to be 2017, when some rumor mongers claimed that Samsung would finally take the wraps off this long-anticipated device. The most popular rumor had Samsung producing a compact phone — possibly called the Galaxy X — which would fold out into a larger tablet. The phone is supposed to feature a hinge in the middle that will let you fold the smartphone open to interact with two OLED panels. From the latest rumor, it sounds like we should keep this in the "Wait 'Til Next Year" file, with Samsung's DJ Koh hinting that the phone would likely come out in 2018. Still, that's not stopping the rumor mill from claiming the launch of a foldable Galaxy phone is right around the corner. (Image Credit: Foldable concept by Almesryoon.com)
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Forget about Samsung's foldable phone — here's a folding phone we may actually see in 2017. According to a VentureBeat report, ZTE and AT&T are working on a dual-screen phone that, when folded out, will form a 6.8-inch phablet aimed at giving you a big screen for enjoying streaming content from AT&T's DirecTV service. (Just how big a display? The ZTE Blade Z Max pictured here has a comparatively compact 6-inch screen.) We'll know for soon if this rumor is the real deal. ZTE has a press event planned for October 17 where it could release the Axon Multy, which will reportedly cost $650. (Image Credit: Tom's Guide)
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