It's already been an eventful year for phone releases, with premium flagships such as Samsung's Galaxy S8, LG's G6 and HTC's U11 duking it out for smartphone supremacy. And that all happened before the OnePlus 5 came along, offering many of the features you'll find in top phones but for hundreds of dollars less.
But phone makers aren't done just yet. From the iPhone 8 and Galaxy Note 8 to a new Google Pixel, even more exciting devices are launching during the second half of the year. Here's a closer look at all the top smartphones coming your way.
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Samsung is ready to make you forget all about the Note 7 and its dismal release last year. The company plans to turn the page on August 23, with a press event in New York to unveil its latest phone. And all signs point to a new Galaxy Note making its debut at that event.
What does Samsung have in store for the Note, especially now that you can get a Galaxy S8+ with a 6.2-inch display? Prominent leaker Evan Blass has posted what he says are the phone's final specs, but here's a quick rundown. The Note 8 will likely take a page out of the Galaxy S8's book and do away with bezels, allowing for more space for a slightly larger 6.3-inch display. And the Note 8 is almost certain to introduce a feature missing from the S8 — dual rear cameras. Whatever features Samsung adds, expect the S Pen to be part of the Note 8's future. Be prepared to pay up for the phone, with rumored prices starting at $900. (Image Credit: Evan Blass/VentureBeat)
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The Galaxy S8 sets a pretty high bar for the next iPhone to clear. But from the rumors circulating about the iPhone 8, it sounds like Apple is up to the challenge. Apple looks likely to replace the LCD screen with an OLED panel that provides more saturated colors and better contrast, at least on one model of the iPhone. The screen would also stretch from edge to edge just like the Galaxy S8 and LG G6, though it's unclear what Apple's going to do about the Touch ID sensor. The latest rumor suggests that Apple will turn to face recognition as a Touch ID replacement. Augmented reality features also figure to be a focus for the new phone.
Apple typically announces its new iPhones in September, and while some are expecting delays, a well-connected analyst expects the iPhone 8 to makes its debut in September alongside the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, which will be modest updates of 2016's phones. Look for all the new iPhones to offer wireless charging. (Image Credit: iPhone 8 Concept by Vladimir Obshansky/ConceptsiPhone)
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Like Samsung, LG isn't done rolling out flagships even with the LG G6 now available. In the second half of 2016, LG introduced the LG V20, and it looks like the phone maker will do likewise in 2017. LG just announced a press event on August 31 in Berlin, and it's widely expected the company will take the wraps off the LG V30. Little is known about what LG has planned for the phone, other than it's likely to have the Snapdragon 835 — the G6 is powered by the older Snapdragon 821 — and that it could sport a seriously improved display. It's unclear if the V30 will keep the V20's secondary display or ditch it to add even more screen real estate to the front of the phone. Should this new phone follow the lead of the V20, the V30 will be geared toward people who use their phones to capture video and audio. (Image Credit: LG V30 Concept by Android Authority)
Google scored rave reviews for its Pixel and Pixel XL last fall. So what does the company do for an encore with the phones it builds to show off the best that Android has to offer? Early rumors suggested Google would add a third model to the Pixel lineup — an XXL size to go alongside the 5-inch Pixel and the 5.5-inch XL — but now it's looking like it will just be two phones. Regardless, the successor to the Pixel XL is expected to offer a larger 6-inch screen — Android Police posted a reported photo of the device — and the phones could adopt the always-on display feature found in other Android devices. Leaked images of the Pixel 2 suggest the smaller phone will look a lot like the current model, as Google tries to differentiate between its two Pixel beyond just their screen sizes. Other features could include a Snapdragon 835 processor and water-resistance. (Image Credit: Android Police)
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The Galaxy S8 now has a more durable — and more expensive — companion. The Galaxy S8 Active features the same 5.8-inch screen as Samsung's flagship phone but without the curved edges. In the tradition of Active phones, this new model is also built to withstand drops, dust and water. It also offers a beefier battery — a 4,000 mAh power pack — that should keep the Active running longer than the S8's 10-hour, 39-minute result on our battery test. At $850, the Galaxy S8 Active costs $100 more than the Galaxy S8. The phone's currently available as an AT&T exclusive, though Samsung suggests that's for a limited time. (Image Credit: Samsung)
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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 middle of the market could get some attention later this year with the rumored Moto X4. The features on this 5.2-inch phone won't necessarily blow you away, as it will reportedly run on a Snapdragon 630 CPU with 4GB of RAM. Happily, the phone's expected to have IP68 water resistance along with dual rear cameras. Confusingly, though, rumor sites say the phone will ship with Android Nougat, which is odd since its rumored release date will be long after Android O's debut. The most interesting thing about the Moto X4 could be the phone's carrier: it will reportedly be the first non-Google device you can use on the Project Fi wireless network. For what it's worth, Motorola is planning a July 25 press event, which could see the debut of this phone or the new Z2 models — or both, really. (Credit: Leaked Moto X4 Press Render by Evan Blass/@evleaks)
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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)