Here are the new and upcoming Android phones we’re most excited to see

Nokia 8 Sirocco

The Nokia 8 Sirocco improves on the original Nokia 8 in many ways. It has a larger 5.5-inch curved display (up from 5.3 inches), a more eye-catching design with thinner bezels, and improved water protection (IP67 vs IP54), among other things.

It’s a flagship device with the Snapdragon 835 chipset and 6 GB of RAM under the hood and a dual-camera setup kitted out with Carl Zeiss optics and 2x optical zoom on the back. We’d prefer to see Snapdragon’s latest 845 processor power the device (like the Galaxy S9), but its predecessor is still more than capable of handling just about any task you throw at it.

The smartphone supports wireless charging, is made from a combination of steel and metal, and features a “Bothie” mode that lets you use front and back cameras simultaneously for split-screen photos and videos. It doesn’t have a headphone jack, which might be a deal breaker for some. Another drawback of the device is its high price — you’ll be able to get it for €750 from April.

  Nokia 8 Sirocco
Display 5.5-inch P-OLED
2,560 x 1,440 resolution
534 ppi
16:9 aspect ratio
Processor Snapdragon 835
Storage 128 GB
microSD expansion up to 256 GB
Cameras Rear: 12 MP with f/1.75 aperture and 13 MP telephoto with f/2.6 aperture and Carl Zeiss optics

Front: 5 MP with f/2.0 aperture

Battery 3,260 mAh
IP rating IP67
Dimensions and weight 140.93 x 72.97 x 7.5 mm

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Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact

These are the latest and greatest smartphones from Sony. They are very similar in terms of specs, with both featuring the Snapdragon 845 chipset, a 19 MP camera, and 4 GB of RAM — although the XZ2 comes with 6 GB in certain markets. But there are a few differences between them, with the biggest one being the screen size.

The XZ2 has a 5.7-inch display, while the one on the Compact model measures 5 inches. The XZ2 also has a bigger battery, supports wireless charging, and sports the Dynamic Vibration System that makes the device vibrate when watching videos and listening to music for a more immersive experience.

The two smartphones are big upgrades over their predecessors in the design department. They have thinner bezels and look a lot more modern, although they arguably don’t stand out of the crowd much — taking a bit too much inspiration from HTC.

Both sport front-facing dual-speakers, can capture 960 fps slow motion video, and are IP67 rated for protection against water and dust. You won’t find a headphone jack on either one, which might be a deal breaker for some. The Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact are expected to launch in late spring. Pricing hasn’t been announced yet.

  Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact Sony Xperia XZ2
Display 5-inch IPS LCD
2,160 x 1,080 resolution
483 ppi
18:9 aspect ratio
5.7-inch IPS LCD
2,160 x 1,080 resolution
424 ppi
18:9 aspect ratio
Processor Snapdragon 845 Snapdragon 845
RAM 4 GB 4/6 GB
Storage 64 GB
microSD expansion up to 400 GB
64 GB
microSD expansion up to 400 GB
Cameras Rear camera: 19 MP with f/2.0 aperture, super slo-mo 960fps at 1080p

Front: 5 MP with f/2.2 aperture

Rear camera: 19 MP with f/2.0 aperture, super slo-mo 960fps at 1080p

Front: 5 MP with f/2.2 aperture

Battery 2,870 mAh
3,180 mAh
IP rating IP68 IP68
Dimensions and weight 135 x 65 x 12.1 mm
168 g
158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
189 g

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Asus ZenFone 5Z

Asus has finally announced an attention-grabbing smartphone. The ZenFone 5Z offers high-end specs, an affordable price tag, and an eye-catching design. It looks similar to the iPhone X with its notch and a vertically positioned dual-camera setup, which can either be a good or a bad thing depending on your preference.

The Asus ZenFone 5Z sports a 6.2-inch display and has a screen-to-body ratio of 90 percent. The dual-SIM device is powered by the latest and greatest Snapdragon 845 chipset and equipped with two five-magnet stereo speakers driven by dual amplifiers. It comes with either 4, 6, or 8 GB of RAM and a 3,300 mAh battery with smart charging technology.

The handset’s dual cameras on the back offer a number of special features including scene detection, photo learning, beautification, and a pro mode. The latter allows you to change exposure, white balance, and ISO, and also gives you a range of shutter speeds from 1/10000 to 32 seconds. There’s also support for RAW.

Asus’ flagship device will arrive this June, priced at $499 or €480.

  Asus ZenFone 5Z specs
Display 6.2-inch IPS LCD
2,246 x 1,080 resolution
402 ppi
19:9 aspect ratio
Processor Snapdragon 845
RAM 4/6/8 GB
Storage 64/128/256 GB
microSD expansion up to 400 GB
Cameras Rear: 12 and 8 MP with f/1.8 and f/2.0 apertures

Front: 8 MP with f/2.0 aperture

Battery 3,300 mAh
IP rating No
Dimensions and weight 153 x 75.7 x 7.9 mm
155 g

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Upcoming Android smartphones

That’s it for the new smartphones that have recently been announced or have been on the market for 90 days or less. However, the year is far from done, and there’s still a slew of upcoming Android phones to be released that we are certainly excited about. Let’s take a look!


The G7 (or whatever it will be called) might be a big upgrade over its predecessor. The smartphone was initially expected to launch at MWC, but the company’s CEO apparently ordered a revision of the upcoming flagship. The decision to start over from scratch was reportedly made because LG hasn’t been able to find a strong selling point for the upcoming device. This means the G7 should come with a few new features on board that would allow it to rival the Galaxy S9.

Rumors have it that the handset will be powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 chipset, sport a 6-inch MLCD+ display, and have an iris scanner on board. It’s also said to come with a brand new design — learn more about it here.

An official reveal date hasn’t been announced yet, but the latest rumor suggests the device could be launched in June — putting it four months behind the LG G6 in terms of the yearly release cycle.

Samsung Galaxy X

Here’s a handset that will likely be on this list for a while. Samsung has been working on a foldable phone for some time and has filed many patents for its design. However, a recent comment from DJ Koh, the president of Samsung’s mobile division, has revealed the company has pushed back the launch of its folding phone to 2019. Apparently, there are still UX challenges that need to be solved.

Rumors suggest the Galaxy X could feature a 7.3-inch flexible OLED display that would open like a book. This would make its foldable design different than that of the ZTE Axon M, which has two separate displays that can work as one.

A smartphone with a foldable screen would represent one of the biggest design changes we’ve seen in a decade. However, it’s too early to say whether it will turn out to be a gimmick or provide real value to consumers.

Huawei P20 and P20 Plus

Huawei’s P20 series is just around the corner — it will be revealed on March 27. What makes the two smartphones interesting is that they might come with a triple-camera setup on the back with 5x hybrid zoom, which will be co-developed with Leica.

The handsets are also expected to come with the Kirin 970 chipset under the hood, same as the Mate 10 series. That means they should have AI-related features on board including photo-based translations and a few smart tips like suggesting to enable Eye Comfort mode when reading in a dark environment.

The P20 and P20 Plus are also expected to have larger displays than their predecessors, offer a brand new design with an iPhone X-like notch, and support facial recognition that is said to be more accurate and safer than Apple’s Face ID. Check out our Huawei P20 rumors roundup post to learn more.


Alleged image of HTC U12

HTC is gearing up to launch the successor to the U11. Rumors suggest the smartphone could sport a 5.99-inch QHD display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. It should be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 chipset and offer up to 6 GB of RAM.

We also expect to see a dual-camera setup on the back, which almost became a new standard for flagships last year. Other specs and features include Edge Sense, facial recognition, and IP68 rating for protection against water and dust. Check out our HTC 12 rumor roundup hub to learn more.

There’s no official word on when the U12 will be announced. Rumors claim HTC will reveal it in April, although a May launch is still a possibility.

Sony Xperia XZ Pro

Sony hasn’t confirmed it will reveal the Xperia XZ Pro, but we’ve heard many rumors about the device so far that hint it’s coming. It’s expected to be the company’s first smartphone with a dual-camera setup on the back. The handset could also come with top-of-the-line specs including the Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6 GB of RAM, and a 5.7-inch 4K OLED display.

It sounds like a fantastic smartphone on paper, but it could have a major drawback: a high price tag. It’s said that the XZ Pro could cost more than $900, putting it right up there with the Galaxy Note 8.

When will the smartphone make its debut? It was initially thought it will launch at MWC in Barcelona, which didn’t happen. There’s no word on when the company might announce it, but we’ll likely have to wait for at least a few month to see it based on the fact Sony has recently unveiled two high-end smartphones.

And so, there you have it for this roundup of new and upcoming Android phones that we are excited about! Are there any upcoming Android phones out there that you think should be a part of this list? Do let us know in the comments section below!

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