5 Exciting Phones for 2018

With the year coming to an end, we want to take a look at the most exciting smartphones rumored for 2018, a list that currently includes the iPhone SE 2, iPhone 11, and Samsung Galaxy S9.

As we push into 2018 we’re starting to hear about the phones coming to replace the flagships from 2017. Some of these rumors are vague, but many others are firming up as we push toward CES 2018 and the spring launch window for companies like Apple and Samsung.

If you’re in the hunt for a new phone right now don’t expect the decision to come easy. 2017’s crop of smartphones is excellent and includes household names like the iPhone X, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and Pixel 2. It also includes budget options like the iPhone SE and Galaxy S7.

You’ve also got to deal with the rumored devices from 2018 which, as of right now, include a bigger iPhone X model, multiple Samsung Galaxy S9 models, and a potential successor for the popular 4-inch iPhone SE. None of the phones are official, but we don’t expect Apple to suddenly stop making iPhones or Samsung to kill off its popular Galaxy S and Galaxy Note lines.

Today we want to take you through the 2018 phones making waves in late 2017. This guide outlines what we currently know about these phones and when you can expect them to land on shelves. That is, if they’re real.

We’re starting off with phones that are currently rumored. We certainly expect more than five exciting phones in 2018, but these are the rumors that’ve caught our eye as we push into the new year.

Samsung Galaxy S9

Samsung Galaxy S9

The Samsung Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ are still great. They'll soon get upgraded to Android Oreo and they're much cheaper than they once were. That said, before you commit to one or the other, you'll want to dig into Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors. 

Samsung Galaxy S9 rumors are starting to pickup as we close in on CES 2018 in Las Vegas where the device will reportedly be shown off to executives behind closed doors. We still don't have an official list of features, but the potential changes are exciting. 

Rumors suggest Samsung is working on two new Galaxy S9 models to replace the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. No word on a Galaxy S9 Active. 

The regular Galaxy S9 model will reportedly come with the same 5.8-inch Quad-HD curved display as the Galaxy S8 while the larger Galaxy S9+ will deliver a 6.2-inch screen. No surprise there. 

The device should also deliver an assortment of bells and whistles including upgraded security, a new processor, improved cameras, and various design tweaks. Here's the rumored Galaxy S9 spec list:

  • 8-Core Snapdragon 845 Processor with 4GB of RAM (6GB of S9+)
  • 64 and 128GB of storage with microSD card expansion
  • Improved 12 Megapixel Cameras with OIS, better than the Galaxy Note 8, 1000 FPS, etc
  • Dual 12MP Cameras on the bigger Galaxy S9+ only (just a rumor)
  • Android Oreo with Samsung User Experience
  • Stereo Speakers tuned by AKG
  • IP68 Dust & Water-Resistance
  • 3,000 mAh and 3,600 mAh Battery with Fast & Wireless Charging (or bigger)
  • USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack, Bixby AI, Heart Rate Sensor, Iris Scanner, Facial Recognition

We don't have a firm date for the Galaxy S9 launch, but Samsung typically launches its Galaxy S line early in the year. The Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ were unveiled in late March ahead of an official release in late April. 

All signs currently point to a Galaxy S9 launch in early 2018, perhaps as early as February. If you can wait another eight weeks or so, you should consider doing so.

The Galaxy S9 looks like a worthy successor for the Galaxy S8. 

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