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Best Upcoming Smartphones of February 2018 – Expected Specs & Features



In the coming months, the smartphone market will be flooded with all-new flagship smartphones. We will be seeing a few of them at the upcoming MWC 2018 that is scheduled to be held from February 26th to March 1st. Apart from flagship smartphones and new technologies, manufacturers will be bringing several other smartphones to the show floor. Below is the list of all the smartphones that are rumored to be unveiled in next 28 days.

• Nokia 3310 4G, Nokia 6 2018, Nokia 7 Plus

At the MWC 2017, HMD Global launched the all-new Nokia 3310 (2G model), Nokia 3, Nokia 5 and Nokia 6 smartphones. This year, we are already seeing leaks about the possible launch of the new Nokia 3310 4G, Nokia 6 (2018), and Nokia 7 Plus. The Nokia 3310 4G and Nokia 6 (2018) are already launched in China. The Nokia 7 Plus is said to be an upgraded variant of the Nokia 7 with 18:9 display and Snapdragon 660 processor. While there are leaks about the Nokia 9 and Nokia 10, we don’t expect the company to launch a new flagship alongside the Samsung Galaxy S9 devices.

• Samsung Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+

Samsung will be unveiling the Galaxy S9 & Galaxy S9+ smartphones on February 25th at MWC 2018. The devices will come powered by Snapdragon 845 or in-house Exynos 9810 processor, depending on the markets. The new Galaxy S9 devices are said to feature stereo speaker setup and advanced IRIS + Face Unlock technology. While the Galaxy S9 offers 4GB of RAM and 12MP single rear camera, the Galaxy S9+ will be coming with 6GB of RAM and 12MP dual rear cameras. However, the primary 12MP cameras on both the devices will include variable aperture mode.

• LG G6 Lite or Compact

As we exclusively reported earlier, LG will soon launch the affordable variant of the last years LG G6 called LG G6 Lite or LG G6 Compact. It will be priced around Rs. 25,000 and offers just 32GB of internal storage. However, the device includes a MicroSD card slot for further expansion of storage. At Rs. 25,000, this new variant of LG G6 will be the most affordable smartphone with Quad HD+ display in the market. It comes powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 processor and packs 4GB of RAM. The company will also release the latest Android 8.0 Oreo update for the LG G6 devices in the coming weeks.

• Moto G6, G6 Plus, E5 & E5 Plus

There are already several leaks about the Moto G6 and Moto E5 smartphones. While the Moto G6 and the Moto G6 Plus will offer 18:9 aspect ratio, the Moto E5 and Moto E5 Plus will still feature 16:9 aspect ratio and thick bezels. The Moto G6 devices will come powered by the Snapdragon 600 series chipset. Even with the 18:9 aspect ratio, the Moto G6 devices will retain the front facing home button. On the other hand, the Moto E5 will be launched with MediaTek chipset. The Moto dimple on the rear of the Moto E5 devices will feature a fingerprint sensor.

• Xiaomi Redmi Note 5

In the coming weeks, we expect Xiaomi to launch the Redmi Note 5 smartphone in India. The Redmi Note 4 was one of the most popular smartphones launched in 2017. Now, the new Redmi Note 5 will come with an 18:9 display technology. Xiaomi already sells Redmi 5 and Redmi 5 Plus smartphones in China with 18:9 displays. The Redmi Note 5 might come packed with a Full HD+ 18:9 display and the Snapdragon 630/660 octa-core processor. It will still run on Android 7.1 Nougat based MIUI 9 out of the box. Just like the Redmi Note 4, the new Redmi Note 5 will also come in different storage variants.

• Sony Xperia XZ1 Premium

At the CES 2018, Sony unveiled three new mid-range Xperia smartphones. Now at the MWC 2018, the company will unveil its latest flagship smartphone. While there is no official confirmation, the device is expected to be the Sony Xperia XZ1 Premium, the successor to last year’s Xperia XZ Premium. The new Xperia XZ1 Premium is rumored to come with a 4K HDR display in 18:9 aspect ratio. We might also see dual camera setup on the rear. The device will be running on the latest Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Let’s see whether Sony will opt for the AMOLED display or not.

• LG V30+ α

LG has recently confirmed that its next flagship smartphone is on schedule. As of now, we don’t even know whether the company will launch the LG G7 as the successor to last year’s LG G6. A few rumors suggest the company to launch the LG V30+ α (LG V30+ Alpha) instead of a completely new smartphone. Compared to the regular LG V30+, the new LG V30+ α is said to offer enhanced AI capabilities. Almost a year after its launch, LG now announced the LG G6 in three new color options – Moroccan Blue, Lavender Violet, and Raspberry Rose.

• Huawei MediaPad M5

While Huawei is rumored to skip launching the 2018 flagship smartphone at this year’s MWC, the new leaks hint the company to actually launch the MediaPad M5 tablets. The 8.4-inch variant of the MediaPad was recently spotted on FCC. There are also leaked renders of the 8.4-inch and 10.1-inch MediaPad M5 tablets. Both the variants sports metal unibody design and includes a physical home button with an integrated fingerprint sensor. The 10.1-inch MediaPad M5 tablet comes with magnetic pins for connecting additional accessories like a keyboard.

Stay tuned on Phoneradar for the official details, availability, and pricing of the above mentioned smartphones.


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