26 best new phones 2017: New Android phones and iPhones you won't want to miss

There are some brilliant smartphones coming our way in 2017. Before you upgrade, read the latest news and rumours on the best new phones including best new Android phones and best new iPhones.


  • Apple iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus
  • BlackBerry KEYone
  • Google Pixel 2
  • HTC 11
  • Huawei P10
  • LG G6
  • Microsoft Surface Phone
  • Moto G5 & G5 Plus
  • Nokia Android phones
  • Nokia 3310
  • OnePlus 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  • Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus
  • Samsung Galaxy X
  • Sony Xperia XZ Premium
  • Sony Xperia Z6
  • Snapchat Smartphone
  • Xiaomi Mi5c
  • Xiaomi Mi 6
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
  • Apple iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus
  • Google Pixel & Pixel XL
  • HTC 10
  • Huawei P9
  • LG G5
  • LG V20
  • Moto Z
  • OnePlus 3T
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 & S7 edge
  • Sony Xperia XZ
  • Xiaomi Mi Mix
  • Xiaomi Mi Note 2
  • More stories
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Best new phones 2017: Highlights

  1. Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
  2. Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  4. Samsung Galaxy X
  5. Google Pixel 2
  6. Xiaomi Mi 5c & Xiaomi Mi 6
  7. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
  8. Huawei P10
  9. LG G6
  10. HTC 11
  11. OnePlus 4
  12. Nokia Android phones
  13. Sony Xperia XZ Premium
  14. Moto G5 & G5 Plus

The best phones of 2017 will offer faster performance and longer battery life, thanks to the new Snapdragon 835 chip for which headline performance figures include 25 percent faster graphics rendering and half the power consumption compared to the Snapdragon 801. It’s also got 20 percent extra performance vs the Snapdragon 820, according to Qualcomm. You can expect this processor to be paired with at least 4- but potentially as much as 8GB of RAM, a minimum amount of 32GB of storage, large Quad-HD screens and class-leading cameras.

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Best new phones 2017: Highlights

  1. Apple iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
  2. Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8 Plus
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
  4. Samsung Galaxy X
  5. Google Pixel 2
  6. Xiaomi Mi 5c & Xiaomi Mi 6
  7. Xiaomi Mi Mix 2
  8. Huawei P10
  9. LG G6
  10. HTC 11
  11. OnePlus 4
  12. Nokia Android phones
  13. Sony Xperia XZ Premium
  14. Moto G5 & G5 Plus

The best phones of 2017 will offer faster performance and longer battery life, thanks to the new Snapdragon 835 chip for which headline performance figures include 25 percent faster graphics rendering and half the power consumption compared to the Snapdragon 801. It’s also got 20 percent extra performance vs the Snapdragon 820, according to Qualcomm. You can expect this processor to be paired with at least 4- but potentially as much as 8GB of RAM, a minimum amount of 32GB of storage, large Quad-HD screens and class-leading cameras.

Apple iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus

Apple iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus

iPhone 8 release date: September 2017

Apple is set to go big on the iPhone's 10th anniversary, which could go some way to make up for this year's relatively minor upgrade. A combination of design and hardware changes should make the iPhone 8 the most radical new iPhone to date.

The iPhone 8 could be the iPhone with which Jony Ive finally gets his own way: an iPhone that resembles a single sheet of glass with an edge-to-edge OLED screen. According to an Apple supplier, at least one of the company's new iPhones for 2017 will have a glass body. The TouchID scanner is thought to be hidden within the glass, while the physical Home button will be gone.

Other rumours suggest the iPhone 8 will feature wireless charging for the first time, and possible biometric features such as facial recognition or iris scanning. It'll run the Apple A11 processor and motion co-processor, and be devilishly fast.

One iPhone we won't see in 2017 is an upgrade to the iPhone SE, which Apple allegedly fears may hurt its iPhone 7 sales.

Click here for more iPhone 8 rumours.

(Image via ConceptsiPhone.)

Also see: Best Phone Deals

BlackBerry KEYone

BlackBerry KEYone

BlackBerry KEYone release date: April 2017

Forget what you read, BlackBerry is not dead. The new KEYone, which will be available in April, runs Nougat 7.1 and resembles a thinner version of the BlackBerry Passport, retaining the clever under-keyboard touch trackpad to help navigate the screen and scroll through apps.

Although it has a mid-range Snapdragon 625 processor, its £499 price tag is anything but. Then again, those after the KEYone are unlikely to care. The BlackBerry brand elicits a fierce loyalty from its now small customer base.

Other specs include 32GB storage (with microSD support), 3GB RAM, and an unusual 4.5in screen with a 3:2 ratio.

Read more about the BlackBerry KEYone release date, UK price and specs.

Also read our BlackBerry KEYone review.

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Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2

Google Pixel 2 release date: October 2017

It's rather early to be talking about the Google Pixel 2, but we already know a few things to look out for. The next Google phone is said to include waterproofing an improved camera that excels with low-light photography. However, the price is likely to go up as a result - by at least $50.

We know that the new Google phone will run Android O, which is likely to be outed by Google at its I/O 2017 developers conference on 17 May. Allowing for a few months of various Android O betas, we'd expect to see the new Google Pixel 2 running the final version of Android O in October.

A recent concept video has suggested a Really Red model, though this may be no more than it poking fun at the recently launch Really Blue Google Pixel.

Read more Google Pixel 2 rumours here.

HTC 11

HTC 11

HTC 11 release date: 20 March 2017 (TBC)

HTC has launched its new phones at MWC in recent years, but skipped the show in 2016 and held its own event to unveil the HTC 10 (pictured). HTC was once again a no-show at MWC 2017, though the company is now teasing on social media that it has a surprise for us on 20 March. Please let it be the HTC 11!

If you thought the last two HTC flagships were a little boring, prepare to be blown away by the HTC 11. If true, it will have a Snapdragon 835 processor, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, a higher-capacity battery with Quick Charge 4.0 and a 5.5in Quad-HD screen. That's a very high-end spec, so we'd guess that the entry model would have less storage at the very least.

You can read more rumours on the HTC 11 here.

Huawei P10

Huawei P10 & Huawei P10 Plus 

Huawei P10 release date: 26 February 2017, should be on sale in April

The Huawei P10 and P10 Plus are shiny, colourful and boast features ideal for selfie takers. Reminiscent of the Huawei P9 in design, the P10 has a few subtle changes, with the fingerprint scanner now at the front of the phone, and Dazzling Blue and Greenery colour options. Those with a keen eye will also notice a new finish, which Huawei dubs the hyper-diamond cut, and is available on the dazzling blue and dazzling gold P10.

The P10's internals are almost identical to those of the Huawei Mate 9, which launched in November 2016. It uses the same Kirin 960 processor, Mali G71 GPU, same amount of RAM (4GB) and even boasts the same amount of storage, at 64GB. It’s not a bad thing though, as we described the performance of the Mate 9 as “blisteringly fast”. Those looking for more power can instead opt for the Huawei P10 Plus, which features 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. 

The standard Huawei P10 features a 5.1in Full HD IPS display, while the Huawei P10 Plus features a slightly larger 5.5in WQHD IPS display with a resolution of 2560x1440 pixels.

Read more about the Huawei P10 and Huawei P10 Plus here.

Read our Huawei P10 review.

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LG G6 release date: 26 February 2017, on sale 7 April (US)

At MWC 2017 LG announced its latest flagship, the LG G6. The device boasts an impressive Quad HD 5.7in display with an aspect ratio of 18:9, taller than the standard 16:9. It ditches the modular design of 2016’s G5, instead opting for a metal and glass design with non-removable battery, but keeps the excellent dual camera set up of its predecessor. It's also the first non-Google phone to come with the Google Assistant.

LG has confirmed the G6 will be available in Korea on 9 March, with the US to get the device on 7 April. At the time of writing, a European and UK release date is not confirmed. We expect it to also be in April.

Read more about the LG G6 here.

Read our LG G6 review.

Microsoft Surface Phone

Microsoft Surface Phone

Microsoft Surface Phone release date: TBC

Surface Phone rumours have been few and far between, leading some to think it's nothing more than a myth. But Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella last month raised the expectations of fans by saying that a Surface Phone could be "the ultimate mobile device".

Should it truly exist, the Surface Phone is expected to arrive in 2017, with a 5.5in Quad-HD AMOLED display, 4GB of RAM, 64- and 128GB storage options (with microSD support), a 64-bit Intel processor and 21Mp rear- and 8Mp front cameras. The Surface Phone could also get a Surface Pen and a USB-C port, and there's talk it could feature a foldable screen following a Microsoft patent for such a technology.

Microsoft is expected to hold an event in early 2017 to unveil its updated Surface Pro 5, so this is the next possible release date for the Surface Phone.

Read more about the Surface Phone.

Moto G5 & G5 Plus

Moto G5 & Moto G5 Plus

Moto G5 release date: 26 February 2017, Moto G5 on sale March 2017, Moto G5 Plus on sale mid-Spring

The Moto G family is well known for its extraordinary value, and that is set to continue into 2017. It makes our list not as one of the best-specified phones around, but as one of the best-value phones. In the UK the Moto G5 will be available with 2GB of RAM for £169, and with 3GB for £179. O2 will have an exclusive blue model.

Lenovo has given the new Moto G phones a more premium look, and the bold colours of previous models are gone. It has hints of the Moto Z  - such as the protruding rear camera - but these are not modular phones and won't work with Moto Mods. You have a choice of two colours: lunar grey and fine gold.

The G5 Plus, which has a slightly larger 5.2in screen, uses the same camera as the Samsung Galaxy S7 (but without optical stabilisation). It will shoot 4K video, while the G5 is limited to only 1080p, despite its higher pixel count.

The back of the G5 is removable, as is the battery, but the G5 Plus does not have the same feature, although its battery is slightly higher in capacity.

Read more about the Moto G5 and Moto G5 Plus here.

Read our Moto G5 review and Moto G5 Plus review.

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Nokia Android phones

Nokia Android phones: Nokia 3, Nokia 5, Nokia 6

Nokia Android phone release date: 27 February 2017, on sale Q2 2017

Nokia used to be the biggest and best-known mobile phone manufacturer, but in 2011 it made the fatal mistake of agreeing to produce only Windows phones. Fast-forward to 2014 and Nokia as we knew it was dead. But now Nokia is getting back into the mobile phone game, with the China-only Nokia 6 running Android announced in January. That phone is now coming to the UK, as well as two more Nokia Android phones: the Nokia 3 and Nokia 5.

Nokia Android phones are said to be different to rival Android phones in three main ways: through Nokia's relentless focus on the everyday experience, whether that is seen in the display or the camera; through its premium design and build quality that is present no matter where in the line-up a model sits; and through its use of the purest version of Android you have seen, with monthly security updates, fast Android platform updates and the implementation of the Google Assistant across the range.

But we're more excited about the upcoming Nokia 8 flagship - and there's a rumour there could be two models.

Read more about Nokia Android phones.

Read our Nokia 6 review and Nokia 5 review.

Nokia 3310

Nokia 3310

Nokia 3310 release date: Q2 2017

We couldn't include it in the previous slide because it's not an Android phone, but the Nokia 3310 is the one announcement fans were looking forward to at MWC 2017. 

At the turn of the century almost everyone who has a phone had a Nokia 3310, and it was well known for its virtually indestructable nature. But then smartphones came along and no-one cared about humble feature phones such as the Nokia 3310. 

The new and enhanced Nokia 3310 (retailing at 49 Euros) now offers 22 hours of talk time - 10 times more than the original - or one month on standby. It comes in gloss Warm Red and Yellow, and a matte Dark Blue and Grey, and measures 115.6x51x12.8mm. And it comes with the Snake game and Nokia ringtone. Expect 16MB of storage (not a typo, but with up to 32GB via microSD), a 2.4in curved colour display and a new 2Mp camera.

Read more about Nokia 3310.

Read our Nokia 3310 review.

OnePlus 4

OnePlus 4

OnePlus 4 release date: June 2017 (TBC)

OnePlus has just announced its OnePlus 3T, which is an upgraded version of the OnePlus 3 with a processor and battery boost, plus a new selfie camera. It's an improvement sure, but OnePlus 3 fans won't be in a rush to upgrade.

More exciting for OnePlus fans, then, will be the OnePlus 4 expected in May/June 2017. Its slightly later launch than other 2017 flagships could be a huge advantage this time around, meaning it could get the Snapdragon 835 while they are all stuck with the 821. We could also see the 5.5in full-HD display upgraded to a Quad-HD model.

Other rumours suggest the OnePlus 4 will come with 8GB of RAM, a 21- or 23Mp camera and a 3,500- to 4,000mAh battery with Dash Charge. One thing we're sure of is that it will run OxygenOS, a custom UI that will be based on Android 7.0 Nougat.

Read more OnePlus 4 rumours here.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 release date: August 2017 (TBC)

Following the Note 7 problems there are a lot of whispers about Samsung at the moment. The failure of the Note 7 has badly bruised its reputation, and it's hurt its bottom line. Some say it will look to mend its reputation by announcing the Note 8 in February 2017 alongside the Galaxy S8, while others say it will drop its Note line altogether. Samsung thinks differently, and it isn't about to give up on its second annual cash cow just yet. We'd expect to see the Note 8 in August 2017.

Surefire specs include a 5.7in Quad-HD or SuperAMOLED screen with S Pen support, a powerful processor and RAM combo capable of the very best mobile VR experience, a dual camera, waterproofing and more.

Read more about the Galaxy Note 8 here.

Samsung Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S8 & Galaxy S8 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S8 release date: 29 March 2017 launch, on sale 28 April 2017 (TBC)

Samsung traditionally holds an Unpacked event in which it unveils its new S-series flagship the day before MWC, but this year that event will take place on 29 March. The Galaxy S8 is apparently set to go on sale on 28 April. Also see: Galaxy S7 vs Galaxy S8 preview

For its now-discontinued Galaxy Note 7 Samsung merged its 'edge' and standard models, so we think we'll see the same with the merging of the Galaxy S8 and S8 Edge, with only the size differentiating the screens on the 5.8in Galaxy S8 and 6.2in Galaxy S8+.

A big change in the designwill be the loss of the Home button, with the fingerprint scanner now found on the rear and at the front a virtually 'bezel-less' screen. The headphone jack is rumoured to go too, with Samsung expected to favour USB-C for digital audio, though we think it unlikely.

When it arrives, you can expect the S8 to be the fastest phone money can buy, with a top-of-the-range Snapdragon 835 or Exynos processor and 6GB of RAM.

Read more rumours on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus here.

Samsung Galaxy X

Samsung Galaxy X

Samsung Galaxy X release date: Q3 2017 (TBC)

The bendable phone will finally be a reality in 2017 if rumours are to be believed. Samsung is allegedly going to ship 100,000 units of its Galaxy X fold-out phone in the third quarter of this year, though expect it to be expensive.

The Galaxy X, previously known as Project Valley, is thought to be a smartphone with a dual-screen (one on each side) that folds out to reveal a 7in tablet. An 8in tablet that folds up into a 5in phone has also been rumoured.

Key specs are said to include a 4K screen, the latest Snapdragon 835 processor, and dual-cameras.

Read more Samsung Galaxy X rumours here.

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Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Sony Xperia XZ Premium release date: Spring 2017

At MWC 2017 Sony introduced us to the XZ Premium, just six months after it announced the Sony Xperia XZ. One of the most interesting things about this phone is that it will run the Snapdragon 835, and the rest of the tech industry was under the impression Samsung had the exclusive on this chip until its Galaxy S8 launches on 29 March. Of course, the new XZ Premium isn't expected until the Spring, and this may be why.

Actually, that's not entirely fair, because the XZ Premium is an interesting phone. The top feature Sony is promoting is the large 5.5in screen, which is the first in a smartphone to feature 4K HDR. This sort of makes it a successor to the Z5 Premium, the first 4K phone.

Sony is known for some of the best phone cameras and it thinks the XZ Premium has one of the best ever put in a mobile. The resolution has dropped to 19Mp but the pixels are 19 percent bigger and the camera can shoot in a jaw dropping 960fps super slow motion.

Read more about the Sony Xperia XZ Premium.

Read our Sony Xperia XZ Premium review.

Sony Xperia Z6

Sony Xperia Z6

Sony Xperia Z6 release date: TBC

Sony neglected to announce the Sony Xperia Z6 at MWC 2016, instead revealing a new Xperia X family comprising the Sony Xperia X and Sony Xperia XA. But this doesn't mean the Sony Xperia Z6 is dead: never say never, says the company, which has since clarified that it isn't ruling out the possibility at some point in the future.

You can read the latest rumours on the Sony Xperia Z6 here. 

Snapchat Smartphone

Snapchat Smartphone

Snapchat smartphone release date: TBC

Okay, let's be honest here, we're not actually entirely convinced that a Snapchat smartphone will ever exist, let alone become a reality in 2017. We think it more likely the company is working on a connected camera, but there is certainly talk of a Snapchat phone.

Parent company Snap has recently been on a hiring spree for several hardware positions, particularly in the mobile space, and of the 36 employees it has hired since August 16 have pervious experience from Motorola, seven from Apple, six from Google, three from HTC, and one each from Verizon and Nokia.

Should a Snapchat smartphone come to reality it will likely be the ultimate selfie phone, and perhaps the first phone to feature a 360-degree camera.

Read more Snapchat smartphone rumours here.

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Xiaomi Mi5c

Xiaomi Mi5c

Xiaomi Mi 5c release date: 28 February 2017 

With its Mi5C Xiaomi joins Apple (A-series), Samsung (Exynos) and Huawei (Kirin) in producing its own SoC (system on a chip), which has been built on a 28nm process. This is a solution that combines the CPU, GPU, memory, USB controller, power management circuits and wireless radios. Xiaomi's SoC is also known as 'Pinecone', and has been manufactured in partnership with Leadcore. Making its debut here in the Xiaomi Mi5C we get the Surge S1 processor.

The Surge S1 is an octa-core 64-bit processor that combines four A53 cores running at 2.2GHz and four at 1.4GHz and integrates Mali-T860 graphics. There is also 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM (versus 4GB in the Mi5) and 64GB of storage.

The Mi5C is a cheaper version of the Xiaomi Mi5, with the same 5.15in full-HD (428ppi) JDI display and front fingerprint scanner, but a slim (7.09mm) metal unibody design that weighs just 132g. The slim bezels measure just 1.6mm.

Read more about the Xiaomi Mi 5c.

Xiaomi Mi 6

Xiaomi Mi6

Xiaomi Mi6 release date: April 2017 (TBC)

The Mi 6, successor to the Xiaomi Mi 5 and Mi 5s, was originally expected to be announced at MWC in February. However, the company has said it won't be present at the show, claiming it has no new devices to launch. The timing is bang-on for a Mi 5 update, though, so we wonder whether it has more to do with the sudden departure of Hugo Barra, who will now become VP or VR over at Facebook. We still think the Mi 6 could launch in March, but perhaps without all the fanfare of MWC.

The phone is tipped to come in three versions, with the entry-level running MediaTek's latest deca-core Helio X30 chip, and the two higher devices running Qualcomm's brand-new octa-core Snapdragon 835, also expected to appear in the Galaxy S8, HTC 11, LG G6 and OnePlus 4.

We could see a new dual camera on the rear, and if rumours are to be believed the fingerprint scanner could be replaced with a retina scanner. The highest model in the range is thought to come with a dual-curved-edge screen, though all three have been tipped to fit Quad-HD OLED panels. If true, this will be the first time we've seen 2K screens on a Xiaomi phone.

Click here for more Xiaomi Mi 6 rumours.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2

Xiaomi Mi Mix 2 release date: TBC

Xiaomi CEO Lei Jun recently confirmed that the company would work once again with designer Philippe Starck to create the successor to the revolutionary Mi Mix 'bezel-less' phone. 

In truth the Mi Mix wasn't entirely bezel-less, with some area below the screen still housing the selfie camera, but the next one truly could be.

Xiaomi hopes to design a phone that has a screen that entirely covers the front of the device. Plus it will be the first Chinese phone with no physical buttons.

Read more Mi Mix II rumours here

Now we'll take a look at some of the best phones that went on sale in 2016.

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Best new phones 2016: Apple iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus

iPhone 7 release date: 7 September 2016 (launch), 16 September (on sale)

The cat is finally out the bag, and Apple has unveiled its iPhone 7 to the world. There are some welcome changes in the new iPhone, for example the new stereo speakers and IP67 waterproofing, as well as the faster performance available from the Apple A10 Fusion processor. However, the much rumoured dual-lens camera made its way only to the iPhone 7 Plus (see the next slide).

We're less pleased by the loss of the headphone jack (you now need to use a pair of Lightning-connected headphones or use the adaptor supplied in the box with your old ones). And what sounded fantastic at the launch event - that Apple would keep the iPhone 7 at the same price as the iPhone 6s but with double the storage capacity - turned out to be true only in the US. In the UK the entry-level iPhone 7 is £60 more expensive than was the 16GB iPhone 6s, and the price gap increases for the other models.

With previous iPhone launches the Plus model has always been simply a larger version of the standard iPhone, but with a larger, higher-resolution screen and a bigger battery. That's still the case, although with the iPhone 7 Plus you also get a second camera at the rear, with a 56mm telephoto lens. This allows it to feature a 2x optical zoom.

Read more about the iPhone 7 here.

Read more about the iPhone 7 Plus here.

Google Pixel and Pixel XL 

New Pixel phones release date: 4 October 2016 (launch), 20 October 2016 (on sale)

The first phones 'Made by Google' (and actually made by HTC, but we won't worry about the details) are the new Google Pixel and Pixel XL. The Pixel XL will be especially interesting now that Samsung has discontinued its Galaxy Note 7 after it was unable to rectify the battery issues.

The Pixel and Pixel XL are in many respects the same phone, with a larger, higher-resolution screen, a higher-capacity battery and the price tag separating the two. 

Headline features include the new Google Assistant, which allows for natural dialogue between Google and a user to get the information they need, a 12.3Mp camera that has won the highest ever rating from DXOMark Mobile and is supported by unlimited cloud storage for your original resolution (even 4K) video and photos, support for VR built-in and the new Google Duo video-calling app. 

Read more about the Google Pixel and Pixel XL here.

HTC 10

HTC 10 release date: May 2016

HTC on 12 April unveiled its HTC 10, successor to the HTC One M9. It continues to major on sound, but the BoomSound stereo speaker setup looks a little different at the front, with the tweeter at the top and woofer on the bottom edge of the phone.

In common with the LG G5 it's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820-powered smartphone with 4GB of RAM, but it's slightly faster-clocked at 2.2GHz. HTC has also upgraded the screen to a 5.2in Quad-HD Super LCD 5 screen, and implemented a fingerprint scanner.

The HTC 10 is priced in line with the Galaxy S7 at £569, and available to buy now.

Read our HTC 10 review here.

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Huawei P9

On 6 April Huawei unveiled its new flagship P9 alongside a P9 Plus. You can re-live the launch event in our Huawei P9 launch live blog.

The rumours were very much on the money, save for the naming scheme - there's no P9 Lite or P9 Max in sight. As expected, there's a new dual-camera system produced in collaboration with Leica. Unlike other dual-lens cameras, one sensor is RGB and the other monochrome. This and the new super-accurate fingerprint scanner found in the Mate 8 are highlights.

Performance is excellent with the octa-core Kirin 955 processor inside, alongside 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage (that's in the standard P9 - the P9 Plus has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage).

The Huawei P9 and P9 Plus are aluminium unibody handsets with full-HD displays - the P9 has a 5.2in IPS panel, while the Plus is fitted with a 5.5in Super AMOLED screen.

The Huawei P9 is now available to buy in the UK, while we hope the P9 Plus will be coming soon.

Read our Huawei P9 review and Huawei P9 Plus review here.


It's not long since we welcomed the LG G4, but the LG G5 was announced by the company on 21 February. It's the company's first modular-design smartphone, which can be transformed into a digital camera or Hi-Fi player. It features a sleek aluminium unibody with a slide-out battery.

In common with the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge the LG G5 has an always-on screen (here 5.3in), which makes it easier to check the time or notifications at a glance. Another innovative feature is the two cameras on the rear - one with an extra-wide 135-degree lens.

Key specs include the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (with MicroSD up to 200GB), a 2800mAh removable battery and Android Marshmallow. The G5 comes in Silver, Titan, Gold or Pink, and will be available to pre-order in March for an April release.

The LG G5 costs £529 and went on sale on 8 April 2016.

Read our LG G5 review here.

LG V20

LG V20 release date: 6 September 2016 (launch), End of September (onsale - in Korea, other markets to follow)

Successor to the LG V10 (which never actually made it to the UK), the V20 is set to be LG's second flagship of the year. More importantly, it is the first phone to run Android Nougat out of the box and, as LG itself teased before the launch, has a stellar audio experience shipping with a 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC and B&O earphones.

As suspected, the V20 is not - like the company's LG G5 - a modular phone. However, the 3,200mAh battery is removable, which will please many users. It also supports Quick Charge 3.0 over USB-C.

It's powered by the flagship-level Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM. There's 64GB of storage, plus up to 2TB expansion possible through microSD.

As before two screens feature, with a secondary always-on screen sitting above the 5.7in Quad-HD (256x1440, 513ppi) IPS Quantum Display main panel to offer alerts and notifications at a glance.

Read more about the LG V20 here.

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Moto Z

Moto Z, Moto Z Force release date: September 2016

It came as no surprise when Motorola announced two new phones at the Lenovo Tech World Show in early June, and it was even less surprising that they were called Moto Z rather than Moto X (although Motorola insists this is a new- rather than replacement line). But while we were expecting a new Moto Z Play and Moto Z Style, we actually got a new Moto Z and Moto Z Force. 

These are indeed the modular phones the rumours were referring to, with new 'Moto Mods'. These snap on to the back of the phone like a rear cover, attaching themselves using high-powered magnets. Moto Mods will be compatible with future Moto Z phones, too.

The first Moto Mod is the JBL SoundBoost, which turns the Moto Z into a tiny boombox. There's also the Moto Insta-Share Projector, which can create a screen of 70in, a Power Pack and Moto Shells.

The Moto Z is claimed to be the world's thinnest phone at 5.2mm, and has a metal aluminium and steel body with a 5.5in Quad-HD AMOLED screen. There's a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB of RAM and 32- or 64GB of storage. There are lots of other features too but, interestingly, no headphone jack - you'll need to use an included adaptor with the USB-C port.

The Moto Z Force is a tougher version of the same phone with a second-generation shatterproof screen, which makes it slightly thicker at 7mm. Plus there's a higher-capacity battery and a higher-specified 21Mp rear camera with laser- and phase-detection autofocus.

The Moto Z Force is available from £499.

Read more about the new Moto Z and Moto Z Force here.

OnePlus 3T

OnePlus 3T release date: 15 November 2016 (launch), 17 November 2016 (preorder via O2), 22 November (onsale US), 28 November (onsale UK & EU) 

OnePlus has confirmed a new OnePlus 3T phone featuring the 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821 processor. The Snapdragon 821 promises a 10 percent performance boost over the Snapdragon 820, plus increased energy savings. 

The new OnePlus 3T also features a 13 percent higher-capacity battery, now at 3,400mAh and with support with Dash Charge, though it fits into the same chassis as the OnePlus 3 with no extra weight.

It's available in a new Gunmetal colour and there's a 128GB storage option, plus there are some enhancements to the camera. While the primary 16Mp Sony camera gets an EIS upgrade and new sapphire glass protection, the front 8Mp camera has been swapped out for a 16Mp Samsung fixed-focus camera.

Read more about the OnePlus 3T here.

Samsung Galaxy S7 & Galaxy S7 Edge

Samsung has officially unveiled its Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. Samsung fans will be pleased to know the handsets see the return of both a MicroSD slot and waterproofing, and although it's not removable the battery has been bumped up to 3000mAh in the S7 and 3600mAh in the S7 Edge. Also see: Samsung Galaxy S7 review.

Both phones feature a Quad-HD SuperAMOLED screen - the S7 at 5.1in and the Edge at 5.5in - and these feature new always-on (except when it's in your pocket or at night) technology, making it easier to check the time or read notifications at a glance.

Inside these Android Marshmallow phones you'll find either the Exynos 8890 or Qualcomm Snapdragon 820, depending on the market. You'll also get 4GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Also see: Samsung Galaxy S7 vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.

The camera has been downgraded to 12Mp, but larger pixels and a f/1.7 aperture will allow it to receive 95 percent more light. This is also seen at the front for the 5Mp selfie camera, and Samsung says the S7 is the first phone with a Dual Pixel sensor.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge are available to buy at £569 and £639 respectively from Samsung, and are also available from UK mobile operators. See best Galaxy S7 deals

Read our Samsung Galaxy S7 review and Samsung Galaxy S7 edge review here.

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Sony Xperia XZ

Sony Xperia XZ release date: Early October 2016

Sony unveiled a new model in its X-series at September's IFA tradeshow, known as the Sony Xperia XZ. It's got a monster 23Mp camera at the back, and flagship-level specs such as the Snapdragon 820 chip, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. Sony also claims of bettery battery life and new adaptive fast charging.

The Xperia XZ boasts a 5.2in screen surrounded by a metal casing available in a range of colours: Forest Blue, Mineral Black and Platinum. Its edges are curved in what Sony calls a "Loop Surface" designed to make the phone appear seamless and fit comfortably in your hand. It's water-resistant, but not waterproof.

Read more about the Sony Xperia XZ here.

Xiaomi Mi Mix

Mi Mix release date: Shipping from 15 December 2016

The Mi Mix is one of the most extraordinary phones we've seen in recent years, with a 6.4in edgeless display and a super-high 91.3 percent screen-to-body ratio. Given the loss of the top bezel you'll find the selfie camera at the bottom right of the phone's chin, while an ultrasonic distance sensor hides behind the display and replaces the proximity sensor. Most clever of all, rather than an earpiece you get ‘cantilever piezoelectric ceramic acoustic technology’ to transmit sound.

Other specs are decent too,with a Snapdragon 821 processor, up to 6GB of RAM and up to 256GB UFS 2.0 storage.

The Mi Mix has an RRP of RMB 3499 for the 4GB of RAM, 128GB storage model, and RMB 3999 for the 6GB RAM, 256GB storage model with 18k gold trims around the camera and fingerprint sensor, though you will pay more than the straight Sterling conversion of £422.37 and £482.69.

GearBest is listing the 4GB RAM Mi Mix for £517.53 / $658.99, though it is currently on pre-order and will ship after 15 December. The 6GB RAM, 256GB, 18K model is not currently listed on the site.

Read more about the Mi Mix here.

Xiaomi Mi Note 2

Mi Note 2 release date: Shipping after 15 December 2016

The Mi Note 2 is the latest phablet flagship from Xiaomi, and this dual curved-edge screen phone couldn't come at a better time given the recent discontinuation of the Galaxy Note 7. With curved glass front and back, it looks just like it.

Inside the specs are good, with a 2.35GHz Snapdragon 821 chip, up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB UFS 2.0 storage. There's a 22.56Mp rear camera and an 8Mp snapper at the front, and a 4070mAh battery with QC3 support to keep it all going. Better still the Global model supports all UK 4G bands!

The Mi Note 2 is available via GearBest. Click here for more info on the Mi Note 2.

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