A list that allegedly contains all the major smartphones expected to arrive with the Snapdragon 845 has recently emerged on Chinese website Weibo
. As you might know, Qualcomm's high-end chipset went official
earlier this month and it will likely end up powering most of the of the top Android phones of 2018.
However, the list also contains the names, estimated announcement timeframes, and a few interesting details about these handsets. Before we proceed, keep in mind that this information is unofficial and should be taken with a healthy dose of skepticism.
|Approx. 2018 announcement (month)||Android phones with |
|February||Samsung Galaxy S9/S9+, LG G7/G7+|
|April||Xiaomi Mi 7|
|June||OnePlus 6, Sony Xperia XZ Pro-A, ZTE nubia Z18|
|September||Samsung Galaxy Note 9, LG V40, Xiaomi Mi MIX 3|
|October||Google Pixel 3 series, Sony Xperia XZ2, HTC U12+, ZTE nubia Z18S|
|November||Moto Z 2019|
|December||OnePlus 6T, Samsung W2019|
If the information above proves to be accurate, Samsung's Galaxy S9/S9+ and LG's G7/G7+ flagships should be the first announced handsets with the SD845. This should happen at MWC 2018 at the end of February. As you might remember, Samsung did hoard most of the SD835 units early this year which led to LG sticking with 2016's SD 821
for the current G6
model. The leak does suggest that the same situation won't occur in 2018.
Xiaomi's Mi 7 model will supposedly break cover in April, followed by the HTC U12 in May, and the Sony Xperia XZ
Pro-A in June. Sony has a thing for announcing its first high-end smartphone of the year at MWC, so it will be interesting to see if the Japanese company deviates from its usual pattern. The OnePlus 6 and ZTE nubia Z18 are also expected to be unveiled in June. Meanwhile, a new Nokia 10 model is slated for August.
In September, we should see the announcements of the Samsung Galaxy Note 9
, LG V40, and Xiaomi Mi MIX 3. Google's Pixel 3 lineup is expected to break cover in October, followed by the ZTE nubia Z18, Sony Xperia XZ2
, and HTC U12+. The last two months of 2018 should mark the arrivals of the Moto Z 2019, OnePlus 6T
, and Samsung's W2019 flip phone.