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 find in top phones but for hundreds of dollars less.
But phone makers aren't done just yet. From a new iPhone to at least one other marquee Samsung phone, we're expect even more devices to come along in the second half of the year. Here's a closer look at all the exciting smartphones expected to come your way during the rest of 2017.
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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. Augmented reality features also figure to be a focus for the new phone.
Apple typically announces its new iPhones in September, but we may not see the iPhone 8 until October or November, according to some rumors. Whenever Apple unveils the iPhone 8, it won't be alone: Apple's also likely to roll out the iPhone 7s and 7s Plus, which will be modest updates of 2016's phones, though those models should gain wireless charging. (Image Credit: iPhone 8 Concept by Vladimir Obshansky/ConceptsiPhone)
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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 display. At least one report has the Pixel 2 adopting a curved display — a welcome change since design was one of the few "blah" areas with last year's Google phones. Other features could include a Snapdragon 835 processor and water-resistance. And Google being Google, expect something that showcases the company's software, just like the original Pixel brough us the Google Assistant. (Image Credit: Pixel 2 Concept by mckblee/Reddit)
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It apparently will take more than a product recall and halted sales to put a stop to the Galaxy Note lineup. Samsung has essentially confirmed its bringing back the big-screen phone, with mobile chief D.J. Koh promising to "bring back a better, safer and very innovative Note 8." And when announcing its first quarter earnings in April, the company confirmed it would launch another flagship device in the second half of 2017. Rumors are all over the map on when Samsung will launch the phone, with some predicting it could appear as early as mid-August, while other rumors suggest a late-September launch.
What does Samsung have planned for the Note, especially now that you can get a Galaxy S8+ with a 6.2-inch display? Some reports suggest the new Note will take a page out of the Galaxy S8's book and do away with bezels. And the Note 8 could 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. And be prepared to pay up for the phone, with rumored prices starting at $900. (Image Credit: Galaxy Note 8 Concept by ConceptCreator)
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We've been hearing rumors for years that a foldable smartphone from Samsung was just around the corner. That corner could be 2017, when some rumor mongers say that Samsung will finally take the wraps off this long-anticipated device. The most popular rumor has Samsung producing a compact phone — possibly called the Galaxy X — which would fold out into a larger tablet. The latest rumor out of Korea focuses on a phone with a hinge in the middle that will let you fold the smartphone open to interact with two OLED panels. (Image Credit: Foldable concept by Almesryoon.com)
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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. The latest rumor has the LG V30 arriving just before the IFA trade show in Berlin kicks off on Sept. 1. 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.) If it follows the lead of the V20, the V30 will be geared toward people who use their phones to capture video. (Image Credit: LG V20 by Jeremy Lips/Tom's Guide)
Unlike LG, which dropped the modular concept of the LG G5 when it released the G6 earlier this year, Motorola sounds like it’s committed to letting you swap in add-ons for its Moto Z lineup (pictured here). The phone maker says it’s coming out with new Moto Mods every quarter, and rumors suggest a follow-up version is in the works. We don’t know when the Moto Z2 Force will arrive, but since it’s expected to include a Snapdragon 835 processor, it should be a fairly high-end phone. One feature that could make an appearance: a headphone jack, which was missing from last year’s model. (Credit: Jeremy Lips/Tom's Guide)
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Here's an updated modular phone from Motorola that we do have a release date for. The Moto Z2 Play features a thinner, lighter design than its predecessor; unfortunately, that also means a smaller battery, and the Moto Z Play's long-lasting battery life was one of that 2016 device's best features. Still, people who've had early access to the phone say the phone can still last a day on a full charge, and they like the improvements to the Z2's rear camera. We'll get our hands on the new Moto Z2 Play shortly to see how it measures up to the rest of Motorola's modular family. (Credit: Motorola)