5 Upcoming Android Phones That Are Worth Waiting For

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It sure is an interesting time to be an Android acolyte. The iPhone 8 doubles down on aspects from the divisive iPhone 7 while adding little new. Meanwhile, the iPhone X is full of face-stealing innovation, but at a high, $1,000 cost. The Samsung Galaxy S8/Note 8 is still the mainstream Android phone to beat, but even though it doesn’t burst into flames anymore we still can’t blame you for wanting to look at other options.

However, while the glut of different Android phones has its drawbacks (fragmentation mostly) the upside is you’re not limited to one questionable piece of hardware if you want a phone powered by that little green robot. So, now that we’ve seen the future at CES 2018, with IFA and Mobile World Congress not far behind, here are five upcoming Android phones worth waiting for. And if you’re impatient, we’ve also included links to great phones/Oreo machines that are available right now.

BlackBerry Motion

At this point, we’re just grateful BlackBerry has been able to make any phones at all since modern smartphones ate their business lunch. Fortunately, BlackBerry’s new Android phones like the KeyOne have managed to be pretty good. And the BlackBerry Motion, already out in some territories, seems to continue that trend.

The BlackBerry Motion ($449) sports a 1080p 5.5-inch scratch-resistant screen on a textured metal body. It’s got a 4,000mAh battery, Snapdragon 625 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 12MP and 8MP camera. It currently runs Android 7.1.1 but it does feature custom software like a privacy locker for hiding files from the cloud as well as a password manager. It’s also only available on AT&T and T-Mobile networks but should come to Verizon soon.

In the meantime we recommend the Moto X4.

Honor View 10

The Honor View 10, coming soon to America, was one of the most exciting phones our sister site PCMag checked out at CES 2018. And after seeing what this phone has to offer for less than $500 unlocked, we can’t blame them.

The Honor View 10 has a 6-inch, 2,160 by 1,080 LCD screen, a metal unibody, and 16MP and 20MP cameras. It features 128 of internal storage and runs Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 version of Android Oreo using a Kirin 970 processor. But what’s most interesting is the neural processing unit which uses AI for things like intelligently adjusting photo settings for the subject or translating languages at a faster rate. It’s a lot of promising power for the price range.

In the meantime we recommend the LG V30.

Asus Zenfone Max Plus M1

Ever since unlocked phones became the norm, consumers have had to get used to swallowing bigger and bigger price tags for the best phones. However, the upcoming Asus Zenfone Max Plus M1 should provide a smartphone experience that borders on premium for under $250.

The 5.7-inch screen is 2,160 by 1,080 and has an 18:9 aspect ratio with a slick metal body. 3GB of RAM, 4150mAh battery, 16MP and 8MP, and a Mediatek chip running Android 7 are all pretty nice specs for a cheaper phone. There’s even finger- and face-scanning. Not everyone can or needs to spend a thousand dollars on a smartphone, so it’s good to see the Asus Zenfone Max Plus M1 still be able to cover modern needs.

In the meantime we recommend the Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact.

HTC U11 EYEs

HTC has consistently been a great maker of Android smartphones. The U11 from 2017 was no exception. But the U11 is a family, not just one flagship phone. And very soon we should be seeing the next member of that family, the HTC U11 EYEs.

Rumored specs for the phone include a 6-inch 2,160 by 1,080 screen, 3930mAh battery, 4GB of RAM, water resistant body, and Snapdragon 652 processor running Android Nougat. But the standout feature, the phone’s namesake, are the two front-facing cameras that form the phones eyes. We don’t know yet what the dual cameras add to the phone, or what their specs are, but hopefully HTC will open our eyes soon.

In the meantime we recommend the Google Pixel 2.

Nokia 9

Unshackled from Microsoft, Nokia is once again free to make smartphones with operating systems users want. Probably coming later this year, the Nokia 8 and its premium counterpart the Nokia 9 might feature edge-to-edge displays very similar to the Galaxy S8 (5.5-inch and 1440 x 2560 pixels on the 9 specifically), two vertical 22.1MP cameras, and Android 7.1 Nougat from the start. Other specs include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor with eight, 2.5GHZ CPU cores and an Adreno 540 GPU plus 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. The Nokia 8 is available for pre-order in Europe this September, while the Nokia 9 remains more shrouded in mystery. Is Nokia back?

In the meantime we recommend the Razer Phone.

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