Leak might have revealed 2018 flagship Android phone release timeline


2018 will likely see updates to all of these 2017 flagship phones.

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Another year of smartphones will be upon us soon.

We’ll likely see new versions of all of 2017’s major flagship Android phones. But when can you expect them to come out? How long will you have to wait? A newly leaked list might have revealed 2018’s roadmap.

The phone sleuths at GSMArena picked up what appears to be a list of upcoming phones that will be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845 chip. 

Though the list, posted to China’s Weibo (like every leak) social network, can’t be verified, the timeline seems to match up with what we’d expect from an annual release cycle. Even so, you shouldn’t base any purchasing decisions on this list; it could turn out to be completely wrong.

Also note: The list claims this is the announcement timeline and not the release timeline. Still, it’s usually the case that the phones are released a few weeks after their unveilings, so they wouldn’t be too far off.

According to the leak, we could expect Samsung’s Galaxy S9 and S9+ and LG’s G7 and G7+ in February.

Many of China’s best phones could be announced in the spring. Xiaomi might announce its Mi 7 in April. In May, we might see the HTC U12. And the OnePlus 6 and ZTE Nubia Z18 might be unveiled in June.

An alleged Sony “Xperia XZ Pro-A” might also come in June, too. 

Then, in the fall, we might see updates to some of our favorite 2017 phones, including the Note 9, Xiaomi Mi Mix 3, and LG V40 in September.

Google’s Pixel 3 XL is listed as being revealed in October. Other phones reportedly being announced in the same month include the ZTE Nubia Z18S, Xperia XZ2, and HTC U12+.

Closing out 2018, we might see the Moto Z 2019 (maybe called the Z3?) in November and OnePlus 6T in December.

It’s a solid timeline, but even if it ends up being fake or the announcements are off by a few weeks or even months, we’re probably going to see most of these phones in 2018 at some point. And if that point holds up, it’s going to be a very good year for new phones. You can count on that.

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