Day by day the uses of smartphones are growing rapidly. If you mark closely then you can find every smartphone brand comes with some new models at regular intervals. If you are a smartphone lover and want to upgrade your phone then this article can be helpful for you. Slowly India is becoming big market of smartphones and many companies are already getting success in India (Honor is one example). Many big smartphone companies knows that India is famous mid-range smartphones, thus they targets those audience only and getting success as well. As per IDC report, In 2017 Samsung’s market share for smartphone in India was 24.7% followed by Xiaomi with 20.9%. VIVO, Lenovo and Oppo is also in the list and soon Honor will make it for sure.
Last year, Xiaomi launched Redmi Note 4 smartphone in India and users loved it this phone so much which makes it the highest selling smartphone of the year 2017. In 4th quarter of the year 2017 Xiaomi beats Samsung and achieved number 1 position in the best marketshare list.
In 2018, you can already see some new smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 plus. No doubt, 2018 is the year of smartphones but this is not the end a lot of smartphones are coming within few months. Some top-rated smartphone brands like Xiaomi, Apple, Samsung, LG, Honor, One Plus and Asus are already in the race with their upcoming smartphones. Though there is no such confirmation from the brand organizations officially still a lot of leaked news shows that there is something interesting ahead. So here we are going to discuss on some most awaited smartphones will be launched in 2018. So let’s start without wasting any time.
Upcoming Smartphones to Launch in 2018
#1 Lenovo Z5
(Teaser Images before the official launch)
(Official Images at Launch)
The Official launch event of Lenovo Z5 was held on 5th June 2018 at 2 pm CST (11:30 am IST) which was in Beijing, China. On 7th May 2018, the Lenovo Group VP Chang Cheng, teased the first image of Z5 on its official Weibo account. On 11th we have received another sketch of the phonete which looked absolutely stunning. It seemed like the phone would have the highest screen to body ratio ever. Right up until just before the event launch, there was a hight buzz and everybody was talking about this phone. But when the phone got officially launched, it was not exactly as expected.
The phone features a usual display notch which puts Lenovo also in the same league as all the other major smartphone releases this year. Talking about the specification, there is nothing that interesting or impressive either, it has the same usual octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 SoC with 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 64GB or 128GB of Internal Storage. In Camera we have vertical dual camera with 16 +8 MP which is AI Powered and a 8MP selfie Camera. Only a 90% Screen to body ratio. A 3300mAh battery with USB Type-C and 15W fast charge. We also have a Bluetooth v5.0 and a 6.2″ Corning Gorilla FHD Display. Finally some Gesture operations and some technology improvements for safety of things like data and Payment security.
What is impressive, is the price that is set at CNY 1,299 for the 64 GB model and CNY 1,799 for the 128 GB storage model.
The thing really impressive is that Lenovo Z5 6GB RAM/ 64GB is priced in China at CNY 1,299 (roughly Rs. 13,700) and for the 128 GB Model CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 18,900). Lenovo Z5 is expected to be available for pre-orders and also the shipping is expected to begin in China from 10AM on 12th June 2018.
Official Specifications and Images of Lenovo Z5 :-
#2 Xiaomi Mi 8
On the launch event that was held on 31st May 2018 which was focused to launch Xiaomi Mi 8, alongside the smartphone, these products were launched – Mi 8, Mi 8 Explorer Edition, Mi 8 SE, Mi TV 4 75’’, Mi VR Standalone, Mi Band 3.
Xiaomi, the well renowned smartphone brand has announced its new flagship phone, the Xiaomi Mi 8. This smartphone is the company’s first phone with a notch. With a 6.21-inch OLED screen from Samsung, the Xiaomi Mi 8 has a fairly large notch which includes a 20-megapixel selfie shooter camera.
Xiaomi Mi 8 has a four-way curved glass back panel with aluminum frame which looks beautiful. The smartphone is power packed with a Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 processor, and all new 12-megapixel dual camera. The smartphone and gadgets brand Xiaomi also claims that this is the first phone ever that uses dual-frequency GPS, which is supposed to give more accurate location data.
The second highlight is the Explorer Edition which has an in-display fingerprint sensor that uses pressure sensitivity which is also said to be seen for the first time ever in a phone. One more claim is that the Explorer Edition of Xiaomi Mi 8 is the first Android phone in the world to use 3D face recognition technology which is similar to the iPhone X’s Face ID — furthermore there is also an Animoji equivalent on board. The last surprise is, the Explorer Edition has a transparent back panel that looks Elegant and sleek.
The price of Mi 8 is 2,699 yuan ( ≈ $421) in China, and the Mi 8 Explorer Edition starting from 3,699 yuan ( ≈ $577) and the Mi 8 SE available for 1,799 yuan ( ≈ $281). As history follows, Xiaomi has set these prices that are extremely competitive.
The Mi 8 will be available from the 5th June 2018 in China, with the Mi 8 SE following on the 8th June 2018 and the Explorer Edition coming at a later date.
#3 Vivo X21
The all new Vivo X21 has been launched on 29th May 2018. It is Priced at Rs 35,990, which will available for sale from the same day exclusively on Flipkart. The unique highlight of this ViVo X21 phone is that it has a fingerprint scanner which is embedded underneath the screen.
The phone is powered packed with the Snapdragon 660 processor which is backed with 6GB RAM and 128GB of internal storage. The phone is featuring a 6.28-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display with a notch and a 19:9 aspect ratio. The phone is also having a 3D glass back design. The ViVo X21 has a 3200mAh battery.
The Vivo X21 has a dual Back camera of 12MP primary snapper and a 5MP secondary shooter lens (f/2.4 aperture). While on the front, the smartphone features a 12MP selfie camera with a f/2.0 aperture. The company claims that this latest phone’s camera will take better photos in low light with the AI powered camera.
The Vivo X21 camera has a Bokeh feature as well as 4K video recording and the best, AI-powered face beauty feature. It runs Android 8.0 Oreo with the company’s FunTouch OS on top.
#4 Huawei Honor 10
The Huawei Honor 10 smartphone was launched on 15th May 2018. The smartphone has a 5.84-inch display. The Honor 10 price in India starts from Rs. 32,999.
The latest addition to the Honor series has a 1.8GHz octa-core processor and consists of 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. Talking about the camera, the Huawei Honor 10 has a 24-megapixel back camera and a 24-megapixel front shooter for selfies.
The Huawei Honor 10 has the Android 8.1 and is backed by a 3400mAh battery. It dimensions of the smartphone measures 149.60 x 71.20 x 7.70 (height x width x thickness) and weighs 153.00 grams.
The Huawei Honor 10 is having a dual nano SIM (GSM and GSM). It will also feature all the regular connectivity options which include Bluetooth, NFC, USB OTG, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3G and 4G (with Band 40 support for some LTE networks in India). In the sensors, on the Huawei Honor 10 smartphone there is Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass/ Magnetometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.
#5 HTC U12+
The pre-sale Launch Release date of HTC U12+ is May 23 2018 and expected to release on – 13th June 2018. The HTC U12+ will have a curvy glass back. The phone is also expected to have Water and dust resistance, no headphone port and with a Minimal bezel but no notch.
Talking about the camera of the 6-inch Super LCD6 screen flagship smartphone, it has a dual selfie camera on the front. As seen in the previous phones, it still has an extra lens on the rear, so currently there is a dedicated 12MP UltraPixel 4 lens (aperture f/1.75) and second 16MP lens that handles telephoto with 2x optical zoom (aperture f/2.6).
Similar to the OnePlus 6 the HTC U12+ has both OIS and EIS are employed for photo and video, which means no more blurry pictures or videos in your camera roll. In addition to this the HTC U12+ camera software will also let you adjust the depth of field in real-time, when the camera is aiming or even in post-production. Talking about the front camera, the 8 + 8MP camera which will offer an 84-degree field of view (f/2.0 aperture). All the users will have the same bokeh effects as on the rear camera, but the only missing thing is, no OIS or EIS here.
With a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage with microSD support, the company and the smartphone both have a good chance to stand in the market.
Snapdragon 845 chipset
#6 iPhone X 2018
According to leaked news, Apple is going to launch its brand new phone which may come like the names iPhone X, X plus or XI plus. News says it this phone design will be no notch and bezel-less. The expected features are like iPhone X but you will not gate any home button this time. It comes with face ID camera features which are great news for iPhone lovers. Till the date, there is no such confirmation from Apple official but still, there is a lot of excitement among people regarding the upcoming Apple smartphone.
iPhone Rumors, Leaked Images & Latest News
- iPhone Model will come with liquid crystal polymer antennas
- iPhone X and iPhone X Plus price will be starts with $899 & $999
- Apple is making “Blush Gold” iPhone X this year
#7 One Plus 6/6t – Best Flagship Smartphone of 2018
One Plus is a reputed brand and well known for its highest standard phones. After the success of One Plus 5t device, the company is looking forward to build their next device much more premium. One Plus 6 device will be one of the most awaited smartphone of the year 2018. Last year users were disappointed with the price of One Plus 5t because company didn’t changed the price compared with earlier device One Plus 5. Thus, One Plus 5 device users gets disappointed because it’s been only 6 months gap between 2 devices and they feel cheated by the company.
According to the leaked news, this brand is going to launch its One Plus6/6t in 2018. The expected features of this upcoming smartphone can be 6GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. The processor may be powered by Octacore snapdragon 845 processors. You may find 8.1 Oreo android versions of this smartphone. Some other features like vertical dual camera setup, 19.9 aspect ratio display may make this phone outstanding and can be a great competitor of iPhone 2018.
One plus 6 Official Teaser
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— OnePlus (@oneplus) 2 April 2018
One Plus 6/6t Rumors, Leaked Images & Latest News
Carl Pei, co-founder of One Plus smartphone company confirmed that One Plus 6 phone will have a notch
Last week One Plus 6 Smartphone specifications and price also leaked online which stating that One Plus 6 will have 8 GB RAM and 256 GB Internal storage with price $749
#8 Asus Zenfone 5
If you are an Asus smartphone lover then this news definitely gives you a big smile on your face. Recently Asus launched it’s Zenfone 5 in February 2018 which comes with Android 8.0 Oreo operating system. Asus Zenfone 5 comes with 6.2 inch HD plus display with 2246 x 1080 high resolutions. Zenfone5 have dual 12+5 MP rear camera with bright LED flash and 8 MP of front camera. Zenfone5 will be a fully loaded smartphone in 2018 because the expected external support may be up to 400 GB and 64 GB internal memory with 4GB RAM/6 GB for fast processing. Asus Zenfone5 comes with 3,300mAh battery capacity along with some other attractive features like 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB 2.0 port, Edge to edge display, Fingerprint Reader, VoLTE Support, AI Photography and much more.
#9 Huawei P20 Standard/Lite/Pro
Huawei launched its new flagship smartphone Huawei P20 and Huawei P20 pro on March 27th, 2018. Though it’s not the official announcement of Huawei P20 Lite but still there is a possibility. According to Official news of Huawei, P20 Pro comes with Trilens Camera 40MP/20MP/8MP on the back side and 24MPcamera on the front side and in P20 smartphone there are two cameras 12MP/20MP camera in rear and 24MP front camera. In Huawei P20 and P20 Pro, you get the fingerprint scanner in the home button. Additional Sensor of P20 and P20 pro is Gravity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Front fingerprint sensor, Hall-sensor, Gyroscope, Compass, Colour Temperature sensor. In P20 Pro and P20 have 4000mph and 3400 battery capacity respectively.
#10 LG G7
According to leaked news, LG is going to launch its new LG G7 model smartphone in the market very soon. Rumor says that this handset may come with the dual camera on the back as well as the front. You may find Android v7.0 Nougat and a 5.7-inch screen with 1440×2560 high resolutions. There is a possibility of 4GB RAM with this phone along with paired processor (2.3 GHz Quad core, Cortex A75 + 1.6 GHz Quad-core Cortex A53). You may get all kinds of sensors like Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Barometer, Gyroscopes with some other features like Dual SIM, 64 GB internal, external support up to 200 GB.
#11 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – Most Awaited Smartphone of 2018
No doubt Samsung is one of the most popular brands when it comes to a smartphone. According to the leaked news, this brand is coming with its brand new Galaxy Note 9. Yes, it’s interesting, right? After the successful launch of s9 and s9+, Samsung is planning to launch its Note 9. Rumor says that it may launch at the end of August. It may come with 10nm Qual comm Snapdragon 845 processor, RAM is 6GB and bezel-less. You may see a new type of metal used in this phone which make it strong and lightweight. You may not get a fingerprint sensor in note 9 under the display.
#12 Xiaomi MI MIX 2S
Xiaomi is a popular smartphone brand which has too much popularity among people. If you are a Xiaomi lover then this is great news for you. Recently on 27th March Xiaomi launched its new smartphone MI MIX 2S at Shanghai event. Xiaomi MI MIX 2S powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 SoC processor with 8GB RAM which runs on Android Oreo 8.1 operating system. Mi MIX 2S handset comes with the 12MP vertical dual rear camera in which one with a regular lens, a bigger pixel size of 1.4 ultra pixels and other is the telephoto lens for better bokeh and optical zoom. MI MIX 2S have fully ceramic body frame which is made of from 7000 series aluminum. MI MIX 2S has 5.99 inches Full HD plus LCD display with thin bezels. According to news of MI, MIX 2S supports wireless charging support and battery capacity is 3400mAh which are some interesting specifications of this phone which can attract many customers towards it.
Xiaomi MI MIX 2s smartphone scores 97 at DXO Mark test and got 101 score for photos and it’s quite an achievement by the smartphone.
This year in 2018, Notch & Bezzel less screen will be the trend in Android devices. Xiaomi recently launched mid range device Redmi Note 5 pro for Indian audience but the same device has different specs in Chinese version of the smartphone. Hope we will see more premium designed smartphone at affordable price by various companies this year.
#13 Nokia 6 (2018)
The Nokia 6 (2018) highlights a similar design as a years ago Nokia 6, except for moving the fingerprint sensor to the back. The screen also carries an indistinguishable 16:9 ratio as the one previously. About the internals, the chipset has been moved up to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 SoC with first variation consisting 32 GB storage alongside 3 GB RAM and a another variation with 64 GB of storage alongside 4 GB RAM. It additionally supports expandable capacity with a microSD card up to 128 GB.
As far as optics, the telephone has a only one camera on both the back and the front side of the smartphone. The back camera has a 16 MP camera sensor and the front accompanies a 8 MP camera sensor.
#14 Nokia 7 Plus
The Nokia 7 Plus is Nokia’s first smartphone to include a 18:9 display. With regards to internals, 7 Plus has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 SoC with an octa-core CPU and an Adreno 512 GPU for graphic-concentrated works. The 7 Plus has a 6.0-inch IPS LCD screen alongside FHD+ determination (1080×2160 pixels) in 18:9 aspect ratio with 403 PPI.
The Nokia 7 Plus consists of 64 GB storage alongside external storage capacity with microSD card with up to 256 GB limit. The gadget has a double SIM slot where the microSD card takes the second SIM space. The organization has decreased the RAM to 4 GB rather than the 6 GB that accompanied the Nokia 7 from a year ago. It sports Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box.
Concerning camera optics, the double camera setup accompanies a 12 MP camera sensor with f/1.75 aperture and a 13 MP telephoto camera sensor with a f/2.6 aperture for 2x optical zoom. HMD Global has included a double pixel phase detection Technology to the double camera setup to enhance the focusing capacities of the camera. People enjoying Selfie can celebrate as the front camera shoots pictures at 16 MP pictures with f/2.0 opening.
#15 Nokia 8 Sirocco
It consist a 5.5-inch QHD P-OLED unit that curves around the sides and highlights Corning’s Gorilla Glass 5 security against any scratches. Inside, there a surprising Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chipset matched with 6 GB of LPDDR 4X RAM and 128 GB of internal storage.
The Nokia 8 Sirocco has a 12 MP camera sensor with a f/1.7 aperture and a 13 MP camera sensor with a telephoto lens and f/2.6 aperture on the back. The double camera setup is joined by a double tone flash. The setup does not accompany optical image stabilization (OIS) which should hit hard with regards to an effectively not so good low light photos. The front camera gets a minimization with a 5 MP unit instead of the 13 MP PDAF unit on the more established Nokia 8.
For connectivity we have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and a only 1 SIM slot for 4G LTE network. Since there’s glass on the back, Nokia has included Qi wireless charging innovation also, asserting that it can energize from 0-50 percent in only 30 minutes.
Likewise sitting behind the back cover is a 3,260 mAh battery, which is a upgrade from the previous model and accompanies Quick Charge. This was normal since there’s more space now due to the bendable plastic OLED display panel.
What has likewise enhanced is the IP rating which has gone up from an IP 54 rating to an IP 67 rating, which implies you can utilize it in the rain or a shower easily.
#16 Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1
The all new Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 has a dual-SIM (Nano) which runs a pure version of Android 8.1 Oreo out-of-the-box itself, and in the future, it will get upgrades of Android P and Android Q as well. It offers a beautiful 5.99-inch FHD+ (Full High Definition +) which is 1080×2160 pixels, IPS Full View display with aspect ratio of 18:9. The handset has a powerful processor of Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core 636 SoC, which is coupled with an Adreno 509 GPU.
Talking about the for camera, the Zenfone Max Pro M1 is having a dual camera setup at the back whicj divides to a 13-MP primary of Omnivision sensor with f/2.2 aperture and another 5-MP secondary depth sensor camera. Looking at the front, there is a selfie camera with 8-MP f/2.0 aperture, an massive 85.5-degree wide-angle lens, with a 5P lens. The rear and front camera both have a soft-light LED flash. With up to 64GB EMCP of inbuilt storage, it also supports microSD card up to 2TB for expansion and 4 GB RAM. And, a massive 5000mAh battery, with a super fast 10W charger, which powers in the internals from under the hood.
In terms of connection, the phone includes options like 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.2 (with aptX), GLONASS, GPS/ A-GPS, BDS, Micro-USB, and of course the 3.5mm headphone jack. About the sensors that are onboard, the Asus Zenfone Max Pro M1 includes a fingerprint sensor, Face Unlock sensor. The dimensions of the phone are 159x76x8.61mm and it weighs 180 grams.
Zenfone has also announced the same model in 6GB RAM variant of the Zenfone Max Pro M1, which will also be having 64GB internal storage, a better 16-megapixel + 5-megapixel back camera, and a 16-megapixel selfie camera. All the other specifications and details remain the same as the standard variant. This version of phone will also soon be released and will be priced at Rs. 14,999.