What major releases are coming in October 2018
September’s big hits are the new iPhones and Apple Watches, but October is shaping up to be even more interesting. After the summer break, not only are kids back to school, but phone manufacturers are back to releasing phones, and they’re coming in hard. Here are all the big announcement events we’re looking forward to in October, ordered by date:
October 2: Microsoft to announce new Surface products
Microsoft will be announcing its latest software and hardware products at the beginning of October. What we’re interested to see is the line of Surface tablets. The event will be held in New York and starts at 4 PM local time (Eastern Time).
October 3: LG to announce the V40 ThinQ
LG is releasing yet another flagship phone, this time the V40 ThinQ. While the official date is October 4th, due to the time difference, it will be still the 3rd in the States. The video accompanying the announcement revealed in no subtle way that the phone will have three cameras on the back and it’s expected to have an additional two on the front. The event will be in LG’s Science Park in Seul, South Korea and starts at 10:00 AM local time.
October 4: HMD Global to announce a new mid-range smartphone
HMD Global is planning to announce the latest Nokia smartphone. Sadly, for now it seems that the Nokia 9 is out of the picture, so the expected device is the Nokia 7.1 Plus. Event starts at 5:00 PM local time in London, UK.
October 9: Google to announce the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL
Google is preparing two events on the same day, one in New York and one in Paris. Both are for the release of Google's new hardware products and will be held at the same time. Needless to say, we’re most excited about the new Pixel phones. There have been a lot of discussions around the leaks of the Pixel 3 XL and its notch. The truth will finally be revealed on October 9. and we can’t wait!
October 10: Razer to announce the Razer Phone 2
While not as highly anticipated as some of the other phones on this list, the gaming-oriented Razer Phone 2coming in October is also . The key note by the company’s CEO starts at 6:30 PM local time (Pacific time), the event will be at Razer’s headquarters in Hollywood, California.
October 11: Samsung to announce new Galaxy smartphone(s)
This is more on the mysterious side of things, although not by much. Called “A Galaxy Event”, it’s expected to reveal a new phone from the Galaxy A line. There’s a rumored Samsung device with 4 cameras on the back, something the “4x fun” title might be referring to. Or it might be just hinting towards the four total cameras of the upcoming Galaxy A7. There is no location mentioned, but the press release provides a few links where you can stream it live.
October 16: Huawei to announce Mate 20 smartphones
Huawei is going to unveil the smartphones from its Mate 20 line in London, UK. The flagship devices will feature the first 7nm CPU on an Android phone (Apple snatched the world first for all smartphones), HiSilicon’s Kirin 980, and an upgrade over the triple camera setup first introduced with the P20 Pro.
October 18: Asus to release the ROG Phone in the US
Only eight days after Razer, Asus is planning to release its own gaming smartphone called ROG Phone, after the company's well know Republic of Gamers brand. The phone will feature the Snapdragon 845 System-on-a-Chip, plenty of RAM and will come with an accessory that attaches to it and has a small fan for active cooling. The event will be in New York, but that's as much as we know for the moment.
October 25: Xiaomi to announce the Mi Mix 3
The Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi will announce the next device of it's most interesting line of phones: Mi Mix. From images we've seen so far, the Mi Mix 3 will have a truly bezel-less display thanks to a sliding mechanism that reveals the front facing camera and sensors. The internals are expected to be similar to the Mi Mix 2S, but the updated design will definitely make the new model stand out.
October 29: OnePlus to announce the 6T
The first official OnePlus 6T launch date was October 30 and not the expected October 17. After Apple scheduled their event on that date and an hour before the OnePlus event, the company decided to move it to October 29. OnePlus managed to kill some of the excitement around its new phone by confirming that it will have no headphone jack, but at least it will have an in-display fingerprint scanner, something we're expecting to become a standard feature in flagship phones in 2019. The event will be in New York and starts at 11 AM local time (EDT).
October 30: Apple to announce new iPad models
As expected, Apple will be hosting a late October event this year. On October 30 the company is expected to announce the next generation of iPads. They are expected to have an updated design with slim bezels, sacrificing the home button for it. Don't you worry, though, Face ID is going to take the role of gatekeeper, thanks to the upgraded camera setup that's coming along the other internal changes. The event starts at 10:00 AM EDT and will be held at the Howard Gilman Opera House in New York.
October 31: Honor to announce the Magic 2
Huawei's sub-brand is officially announcing the Honor Magic 2 on October 31. The Magic 2 is a smartphone that promises a full view display (this means no notch and minimal bezels) and a fingerprint sensor under the display. Similar to the expected Mi Mix 3, the front facing camera will slide from behind the display when needed. Magic 2 is expected to have the Kirin 980 chip like Huawei's flagship devices from the Mate line. It's shaping up to be a very interesting device, but we'll have to wait until the end of the month to see what the price for all these goodies will be.
Those are the major events we know of so far, enough to provide us with half a month’s worth of announcements. We’ll be following all of them closely, but which one are you most excited for?