7 best upcoming smartphones we’re truly excited about
It’s that time of the year when it’s raining smartphones. So before you embark on your own quest for the best upcoming smartphones that are about to hit the market, we’ve already trawled the leaks and the fan wish lists. These are the devices we are truly excited about.
1. OnePlus 6
The company has never shied away from teasing us, and the brand’s cult following keeps the leaks coming. The latest leak from Olixar, a case manufacturer, confirms that the phone will sport a dual lens rear camera and a rear fingerprint sensor. But it’s the notch that we first spotted on the iPhone X, that is likely to set the 6 apart from its predecessor – the 5T. The company has all but confirmed this saying it won’t be as large as the notch on the iPhone X. Of course, the best of breed Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor is a given and so is a generous 8GB of RAM.
2. ASUS ZenFone 5Z
ASUS joins the band of premier smartphones that have embraced the notch, even though we’re still undecided whether we dig the tiny strip on top of the display. It showed off the ZenFone 5 and the 5Z at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) in Barcelona. The 5Z is the pricier of the duo and the one that has our attention with its bold 6.2-inch LCD display and the robust Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor under the hood. We’re equally relieved to see that the 3.5mm headphone hasn’t been given the boot by ASUS.
3. Nokia 8 Sirocco
Nokia sure knows how to play up the nostalgia. The original Sirocco (Nokia 8800) was one of the brand’s flagship devices with its unique stainless-steel embellishment. More than a decade later, the new Sirocco makes the connection with a stainless frame, an all-glass back, and a svelte, curved display. This device has premium stamped all over it. The Nokia pedigree is evident in the dual camera (12MP + 12MP) set up with Carl Zeiss optics. Something that reserved for the finest Nokia camera phones. This might well be the phone the original Nokia fanboys were waiting for.
4. LG G7 ThinQ
There’s a lot riding on LG’s 2018 flagship that is likely to debut in May this year. We’re truly excited and intrigued by a cool tweak that will allow users to hide the notch, something many iPhone X would love to do while they watch videos. The dual rear camera set up (16 MP + 16 MP) is likely to get a major bump up with the introduction of ‘superpixels’ for better lowlight photography. The camera is also expected to have deep AI integration while the screen and an improved stereo speaker set up make it an entertainment powerhouse.
5. Sony Xperia XZ2
Samsung’s Galaxy S9 might have hogged the limelight at Barcelona’s MWC where it unveiled but Sony’s 2018 flagship made a strong impression too. It has a mean 19MP camera that shoots brilliant slow-mo videos at 960 FPS (frames per second). The same feature that the S9 has been showing off. A curved back marks a new design language for the Xperia line but it hasn’t quite knocked off the bezels to keep up with the competition.
6. Huawei P20 Pro
Will this be the smartphone camera to beat in 2018? It certainly has the pedigree. Developed along with Leica, the P20 looks set to take smartphone photography to another zone. It’s the world’s first Leica triple camera and part of this set up is a 40MP RGB camera. Aside from stunning lowlight images, the cam also boasts of 5X Hybrid Zoom. The AI image stabilization is great for action images. Other standout specs included a vibrant 6.1-inch display and a powerful 4000 mAh battery.
7. Moto G6
The G5 and G5 Plus were among the most successful phones for Moto in the sub ₹20,000 segment.
The G6 looks all set to take up the baton. Motorola is expected to unveil the G6 trio – the G6, G6 Play, and the top-end G6 Plus, at an event in Brazil on April 19. All three devices feature 18:9 displays. The G6 Plus is likely to sport a 5.93-inch FHD+ screen and dual cameras.