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Best upcoming phones 2018: UK release dates for the best new smartphones yet to appear

Christopher Minasians Tom Bruce
13 Sep 2018
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Need a phone upgrade? Find out the best new smartphones launching in 2018

The year may be drawing to a close, but there's a surprising number of upcoming smartphones scheduled for the final months of 2018 and early 2019. Should you buy now or wait and see what the future holds? To help make up your mind, here's a roundup of the best upcoming smartphones yet to show their hand.

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Upcoming smartphones of 2018: Predicted release dates

  • iPhone XS and XS Max: 21 September 2018
  • Sony Xperia XZ3: 5 October 2018
  • Google Pixel 3: 9 October 2018
  • Huawei Mate 20: 16 October 2018
  • iPhone XR: 26 October 2018
  • OnePlus 6T: 15 January 2019
  • Samsung Galaxy S10: Q1 or Q2 2019

Upcoming smartphones: What's coming in 2018 and early 2019?

iPhone XS and XS Max: 21 September 2018

Announced on 12 September 2018, the two latest (and greatest) iPhones will hit the shelves on 21 September. It's available for preorder on 14 September.

The new iPhone XS and XS Max differ in display size and resolution – but they're otherwise identical. They both feature Apple's brand-new six-core A12 Bionic processor, an IP68-rating, stereo speakers and a dual-rear camera lens. They will come in 64GB, 256GB and 512GB storage options and have Dual eSIM capabilities.

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Sony Xperia XZ3: 5 October 2018

An Xperia XZ3 already? But didn't the XZ2 only launch in April? Yes. Yes, it did.

So what can you expect from an update that arrives just six months later? For Sony, it's all about the screen. Moving away from LCD to OLED for the first time, Sony hopes that you'll feel as positive about the XZ3's screen as you do about its best Bravia TV sets. Has the gamble paid off? We'll know soon. Sony will be releasing the handset in the UK on 5 October 2018, so stay tuned for our full review.

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Google Pixel 3: 9 October 2018

The Pixel 3 XL has been spotted so many times out and about (most recently, one was left in a taxi) that it's just about the worst-kept secret in tech. Those allergic to the iPhone X-style notch should look away now because, unfortunately, the Pixel 3 XL's is enormous.

Less is known about is the more diminutive Pixel 3. In the past, Google has offered some of the best cameras in the business, and it would be surprising if Google didn't have some tricks up its sleeve to push it ahead of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Huawei P20 Pro in the photography stakes.

While Google has not directly announced the Pixel 3, tech journalists have received an exclusive invitation to a launch event taking place in New York on 9 October at 4pm BST, where Google's latest handset will be revealed. Preorders will be available immediately afterwards, and the phone is expected to ship before the end of October. The previous model, the Google Pixel 2, was announced on 9 October 2017 and was available to buy from 19 October.

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Huawei Mate 20: 16 October 2018


Huawei has already unveiled the Mate 20 Lite, but what good is a “light” version of a phone without a more powerful sibling? Relax, Huawei has plans on the way and all will be revealed at an event in London on 16 October.

Very little is known for sure, but expect a regular and Pro model, both powered by the upcoming HiSilicon Kirin 780 processor – an improvement on the 770 found in the wonderful P20 Pro. The Mate 20 Pro will likely also be borrowing the P20 Pro's three-camera setup too, as well as incorporating a “teardrop notch” to maximise screen space.

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iPhone XR: 26 October 2018

The iPhone XR is aimed at those who can't afford the new iPhone XS or XS Max. That said, the XR still isn't cheap – prices start at £749 for the 64GB model.

What does a massive wad of cash get you? A superfast A12 Bionic processor, 64/128/256GB of storage space, a single rear-facing 13-megapixel shooter and a 6.1in Liquid Retina LCD display. So you don't get the dual rear-facing cameras – nor an OLED Super Retina display and the ridiculously large 512GB of storage space to play around with.

The iPhone XR will be available for preorder on 21 October, while it'll be shipped on 26 October 2018.

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OnePlus 6T: 15 January 2019

The OnePlus 6 was a massive hit with everyone – it's the phone to beat, especially at its price. However, there are already rumours surrounding the OnePlus 6T. The new OnePlus phone is rumoured to have an in-display fingerprint reader, triple rear-facing cameras and, controversially, might not have a 3.5mm headphone jack.

From the screengrab above, you'll be able to see that 15 January 2019 is marked on the calendar – which would make sense, as it would be six months after the release of the (still new) OnePlus 6.

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Samsung Galaxy S10: Q1 or Q2 2019

Fresh off the back of the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung is likely to launch the S10 in January, or alternatively March or April.

As that's so far off, you might wonder what we can possibly know. The answer is not very much aside from the usual speed improvements, although there is a strong rumour that the company will finally have cracked the in-screen fingerprint technology it's been threatening to unveil for a while.

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