Coming soon: The most anticipated phones for the second half of 2017

The first half of 2017 is almost over, and what crazy six months these were! Devices like the Galaxy S8, its larger brother the Galaxy S8+, the LG G6, HTC's U11, the OnePlus 5, and the Sony Xperia XZ Premium were the most interesting high-profile devices that arrived during the first half of 2017. It won't be too far-fetched to say that these marked a paradigm shift for the smartphone market - if not for anything else, those set the tone for the second half of 2017 and early 2018. 

The common thing between all of these gadgets is a pretty simple one - none of them is inherently bad or flawed. We've reached such a safe point in mobile technology that you can go wrong with no contemporary flagship device as it's quite likely to not only meet but even exceed your expectations.

With that in mind, the second half of 2017 is already shaping up to be a pretty exciting one as well! Here are the anticipated devices that will make it interesting.

LG V30

LG has an ace up its sleeve

Aside from the G lineup of flagships, LG has another line of high-end devices that cater to power users, and this one would be the V family. Consisting of the LG V10 and V20 so far, we expect it to grow with the LG V30 in the following months. We've heard some pretty exciting things about this phone - it could be LG's first OLED handset but might not feature a secondary ticker display like its predecessors. These are all rumors for now, so do not lose hope. We expect the V30 to become official on August 31, so you have permission to get hyped.

You can read more about the LG V30 in our dedicated rumor roundup for the device.

Sony Xperia XZ2 

Or another Sony flagship

Sony is hosting a keynote event on August 30, which is just a day before the second-largest mobile trade show—IFA in Berlin—kicks off. We all know what this means - new flagship phones are likely on the way. Sony traditionally employs a 6-month refresh cycle for its high-end devices and unveils them right before important trade shows like MWC or IFA kick off. While we don't know what the next Sony flagship phone is going to be called, we know that at least one of these could be shown come August 30. The recent info we have on these devices is that one of them could feature a bezel-busting design with а 6-inch 18:9 LCD display manufactured by Japan Display. That's quite the saucy gossip we have here, but we will believe it once it gets corroborated by a couple of other sources. As far as the rest of the specs and features of Sony's upcoming phones are concerned, we can only guess.

Nokia 9

A potential blockbuster

With all the benefits the Nokia name provides, HMD Global has the rare chance to come up with a winning formula for a true flagship contender. And rightly so - we expect only top-notch hardware to make the cut as well as sleek and elegant design and (hopefully!) a rather competitive pricing that will allow the phone to compete with the likes of the OnePlus 5 and all other contemporary flagshp handsets. While we are not sure when the Nokia 9 is going to be announced, we are quite certain it will take place in the following months. 

You need to check out our Nokia 9 rumor round-up if you want to be in the know. 

Google Pixel 2 / Pixel XL 2

Will the supply meet the demand this time?

Last year, the Pixel and the Pixel XL became the new yardstick for all Android phones to measure up to despite the lacking supply which simply couldn't meet the demand. We hope Google has learned from this mistake and will allow more people to grab its next Pixels. Make no mistake, these are coming and will likely arrive sometime this fall, possibly in the September - October window. So far, the rumor mill puts impressive hardware inside them and we have no reason to think that Google won't endow its phones with high-end internals. A Snapdragon 835 chipset, lots of RAM, an excellent camera, and fluid software will likely be the things that will put the Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2 inside tech geeks' mouths. Come autumn, we'll know more about these two.

Our rumor review for the Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL 2 is chock-full of additional info.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

No leeway for mistakes

Mistakes were made, lessons were learned. Samsung has a lot to prove after last year's Note 7 unpleasant situation. The Galaxy S8 and S8+ proved that the South Korean giant can be a formidable rival when it's hungry and has something to prove, which is making us assume that the Galaxy Note 8 will hijack the momentum and end propel itself to market success. There have been quite some rumors regarding the Note 8 so far, and most of them paint a rather believable picture - the phone will be borrowing Galaxy S8's efficient posh design and, as usual with Samsung, top-line hardware that will be appropriate for Note 8's ambitious aspirations. Add the S Pen on board and you get a device that is will undoubtedly appeal to the productivity-savvy user base.

We have an extensive rumor review for the Galaxy Note 8 that you should defnitely check out.

Apple iPhone 8 / iPhone 7s / iPhone 7s Plus

There's just no other way

You can't say "anticipated phones of H2 2017" and somehow fail to include Apple's upcoming crop of iPhones. Yes, not happening. The ton of exciting rumor flying around are also increasing the anticipation -- modern bezel-less design, robust all-glass fronts and backs, stainless steel for the frame, wireless charging, fast charging, 3D face-detecting front cameras, under-glass fingerprint scanner, water resistance, a speedy new A11 chipset, and a sophisticated new main camera package are just scratching the surface of features that Apple's next iPhones are expected to carry. With 2017 being the 10th anniversary of the iPhone, the bread and butter of Apple's revenue, grand things are expected from Tim Cook and his Cupertinian subordinates. As is tradition, we expect Apple to host a grand keynote sometime in the first half of September 2017, where the new iPhones will become the word on everyone's mouth. 

Get up-to-date with all the rumors about Apple's upcoming smartphones in our dedicated iPhone 7s, iPhone 8 rumor review right here.



1. baldilocks

Posts: 1538; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Seconf? First. ....and I see you corrected your spelling error. ;)

3. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

Whatever anyone says , the most awaited phone in 2017 globally has to be the iPhone 8 /X/ whatever.

7. androiduser

Posts: 510; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

I'm most excited for nokia 9 and pixel 2. And maybe note 8 too..

19. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, very true. Even the most ardent haters/critics are seriously waiting for it, Lmao. The only phones launch that gets televised on CNN like some breaking news.

47. mister87 unregistered

But what about you? Are a hater too or an iphone lover? Wich of the would you admit? I'm curious AF....

13. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The phone i'm really expecting from the bottom of my heart is the Surface phone. However, in the absence of that, the iphone 8 is the obvious one i'm eagarly expecting (who isn't anyway).

17. Sakeem

Posts: 862; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

I'm not eagerly expecting the Iphone. I'm waiting to see what the Pixel XL2 will bring. I'm loving my Pixel XL now and I can't wait to see how they improve it. Mostly the design is what I want to see.

26. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1079; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Microsoft has a lot of ground to cover if they hope to get Windows mobile back in the game. If they did something similar to the Galaxy Note Series and gave it a Surface Pen and focused more on an enterprise format I think they'd have a killer phone. But if all they do is try to rebrand the Lumias they won't do much. But here's to hoping they do something big and soon

31. miketer

Posts: 527; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Enterprise format might keep them alive, but will never become a mainstream alternative.

45. sgodsell

Posts: 7431; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Microsoft should have at least allowed project Astoria to run on their mobile smartphones. That way Microsoft smartphones would have been able to run Android apps. But they killed that project, and their chance to become relevant in mobile.

46. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1079; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I guess you get my point in that Windows mobile isn't good enough to become mainstream. If the Surface Phone supported both Windows and Android it would be HUGE. But standalone windows with it's very limited Windows Store won't fly

2. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

sony is dead nobody is expecting or waiting or even interested in a new device from them even the xzp which had some potential turned out to be less than average

15. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, true that.

35. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

Us Sony fans have had to lower our expectations significantly sadly, but that doesn't mean that I wouldn't love to be surprised. As a fan of the new 18:9/bezel less designs, the fact that Sony may FINALLY do away with the enormous bezels is something that I was not expecting to hear, and am excited to see! That aside, I am most looking forward to what Nokia and Pixel bring to the table.

4. Camilla81

Posts: 90; Member since: Mar 18, 2017

The iphone 8 is the only phone i'm excited to see right now.

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Where's the essential phone?

12. Myphoneisonfire

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 05, 2016

In the store which you're not allowed to enter. or online where you can see the phone but can't buy as you don't have a credit card.

16. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Lol, Who's expecting it?

6. chenski

Posts: 774; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Huawei mate 10

9. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Here's my list: iPhone 7S, Xperia XZ1(?), Nokia 9, Pixel XL 2.

18. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

No love for the v30?

28. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Not yet... Because I only focus on monthly security updates and Android updates. Also the specs from V30 still haven't clear yet, so let's see.

10. Anchor

Posts: 160; Member since: Jun 16, 2017

The LG G6 is definitely giving me some vibes. I would also love to see what Apple and Samsung do, so far there been a lot of talk and rumors.

11. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

It is XZ1, not XZ2

14. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

galaxy note 8 for me... I am waiting... can't wait!

21. antifanboyism

Posts: 57; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

Iphone 8 for me .I want to see what will apple do with fingerprint scanner . Waiting to see excellent camera quality of pixel 2

22. black02wing

Posts: 34; Member since: Feb 05, 2007

Note 8.....Samsung Pay

23. seedorf

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 16, 2015

note 8 on the way,Pixel,Sony n LG other option nope not iphone...ipad is enough fr me

30. ishaqthkr

Posts: 159; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Where's Huawei Mate 10?

32. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I'm excited about the Pixel 2. I've seen a video of last year's Pixel smoking this year's Galaxy S8 in regards to GUI responsiveness and that's with dated hardware and a much shorter than average development cycle. With the Pixel 2 having a full year of development, I'm really excited to see what Google has to offer this time around.

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