In the previous month, Huawei had launched the Nova 3 powered with Kirin 970 flagship SoC. Its sub-brand Honor had recently announced Honor 10 GT and Honor Note 10 smartphones with Kirin 970 SoC onboard. Various smartphone OEMs are expected to debut new flagship phones in the second half of the year. An industry insider from China with well-known track record on leaked information on forthcoming phones has shared the list of flagship smartphones that are slated to debut this year.
The Meizu 16 series that includes Meizu 16 and Meizu 16 Plus smartphones are expected to go official on Aug. 8. The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is slated to go official on Aug. 9. The Smartisan Pro 3 and OPPO R17 are rumored to go official later in this month. The 360 N7 Pro is likely to get announced later in August or September.
The LG V40 ThinQ is expected to get unleashed in September. A recent report has revealed that after its unveiling in September, the company release it in the market in early October.
The 2018 iPhones will be also arriving in September. Recent reports have suggested that the two upcoming OLED iPhones may debut as iPhone 9 and iPhone 9 Plus. The company is also expected to announce LCD iPhone in September. However, a recent report has claimed that since the Cupertino company has encountered production issues with the LCD iPhone, it may hit the market by October or early November.
Last year, Xiaomi had launched the Mi MIX 2 on Sept. 11 and on the very next Apple had announced the iPhone X as its first OLED iPhone. Hence, the Mi MIX 3 is pegged to arrive in September this year. However, the leakster has claimed that there is a possibility that the smartphone may get announced in October. A recent report has revealed that it may arrive with improved design.
The Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones are speculated to go official either in September or October. Since the predecessor Google Pixel phones were unveiled in October, it is likely that this year also the company may follow the same launch pattern. The Nubia Z19 and Huawei Mate 20 series that includes Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro are poised to get unveiled by mid-October.
By mid-November, OnePlus may announce the OnePlus 6T smartphone. Honor may rival it by launching the Honor V11 smartphone around the same time.
360 Mobiles may announce the 360 N8 flagship by mid-December. Honor may introduce the Honor Magic 2 as the successor for Honor Magic that was announced in December 2016. Vivo X22 or Xplay7 is also likely to debut by the end of this year. Could this be the first ever 10 GB RAM phone that is rumored to go official this year?
The leakster has further claimed Apple 12 that powers the forthcoming 2018 iPhones is a 7nm SoC. The 7nm Kirin 980 SoC is expected to fuel Mate 20, Mate 20 Pro, Honor V11 and Honor Magic 2 smartphones. Rest of the phones are speculated to feature the 10nm Snapdragon 845 SoC. However, it seems unlikely that the OPPO R17 and Vivo X22 will arrive with SD845 SoC.
Some of the other flagship phones that are not mentioned in the above list include Nokia 9 or Nokia A1 Plus, Razer Phone 2, Sony Xperia XZ3, Xperia XZ3 Compact and XZ3 Premium. The Moto Z3 is expected to official tomorrow.