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Which smartphones will be launched in the second-half of 2018?

Shiladitya Ray

Which smartphones will be launched in the second-half of 2018?

30 Jun 2018: Which smartphones will be launched in the second-half of 2018?

The first half of 2018 is almost over, and the year has already seen notable smartphones being launched.

However, as with almost everything, manufacturers seem to have saved the best for last, with major manufacturers like Apple, Samsung, and Nokia having scheduled the launch of their flagship devices for later this year.

Here are the major smartphone launches scheduled for the next six months.

Moto Z series: Moto's Z series is back with its unbreakable display

Rumors currently put the India launch of Lenovo-owned Motorola's Z3 and Z3 Play for the next week.

Meanwhile, the Z3 Force, reportedly, will be launched some time in July.

Notably, the USP for the Z series remains the same - namely, its unbreakable "ShatterShield" display.

The phones will have cool modular abilities, and is expected to support 5G connections.

Nokia 9: The Nokia 9 is expected to be out in fall

HMD Global is also set to launch the long-awaited Nokia 9 in fall this year.

Reportedly, the device is tipped to give Samsung and Apple a run for their money, and will (again, reportedly) feature an under-display fingerprint sensor.

But, everything is a rumor at this stage.

What you can expect, however, is that the phone should feature a killer camera with Carl Zeiss optics.

Galaxy Note 9: Little is known about the August-bound Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Scheduled for August is South Korean smartphone giant, Samsung's flagship device - the Galaxy Note 9.

Unfortunately, very little is known about the Note 9.

Some reports predict that it'll have a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor beneath the camera, while others say it'll have an under-display sensor on the front, beneath its edge-to-edge screen.

It's expected to be powered by the latest Snapdragon 845 SoC.

iPhone launches: Of course, new iPhones are scheduled for September

In the consumer tech industry, September has become synonymous with iPhone launches.

Apple is set to unveil three phones this year - the successors to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X.

At this stage, there's barely any information on the phones or their names.

However, expect a hefty price tag, better displays, faster performance, wireless charging, FaceID and more.

Google Pixel 3: What we know about Google's 2018 flagship

The next edition of Google's flagship Pixel series, the Pixel 3, is scheduled for official release in October.

Going by latest leaks, the Pixel 3 and the Pixel XL will, like the Pixel 2, only have a single back camera, but dual front cameras.

Both will have full glass backs, and are expected to come with Snapdragon 845 SoCs, and at least 6GB RAM.

RED Hydrogen One: The RED Hydrogen One will start from $1,295

Both the Galaxy Note 9 and the new iPhones are expected to have price tags of around $1,000.

Yet, that's a breeze compared to high-end camera-maker RED's Hydrogen One device, which will cost $1,295 for the standard version, and $1,595 for the titanium version.

Not much is known about the modular phone, but it'll sport a holographic display, and should feature a top-of-the-line camera.