With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, there's always something waiting in the wings. No sooner have you spied the latest handset, then there's anticipation of something else, the next big thing.

We've rounded up the best smartphones for 2016, those we consider to be the best across all platforms, and we've regularly updated that list as the smartphone world has evolved.

You can find those in our Best smartphones 2016: The best phones available to buy today feature. If your budget is a little smaller, there is also our Best budget smartphones 2016: The best phones available to buy for under £250.

Here we're looking at those phones that haven't yet launched, those we know are coming, or are anticipated. We'll be updating this list on a regular basis, with those device rumours we think are credible and exciting, and devices just announced but yet to hit the shelves.

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The Huawei Mate series has a lesser following that that of Samsung's Note, but with changing times may come changing fortunes. The Mate has always been good at a couple of things, but battery life and value for money are right up there at the top of the list. For those in the know, the Mate 9 is the go-to big screen phone.

There are two versions of the Mate 9 expected and the Pro may appeal to those missing the Note 7, as Huawei seems to have adopted the curved edge display. This display is rumoured to be 5.9-inches and the power is expected to come from Huawei's own hardware, the Kirin 960 chipset. While the Mate 9 might only offer Full HD, the Pro is expected to deliver Quad HD, making for an appetising alternative.

The Huawei Mate 9 and Mate 9 Pro are expected to be unveiled at an event in Munich, Germany, on 3 November.


BlackBerry has announced that it's no longer making its own phones and that in the future they will be produced under licence. It's perhaps no surprise, then, that the forthcoming BlackBerry DTEK60 will be produced by TCL and looks a lot like the Alcatel Idol 4S. This handset was formerly known by the codename "Argon".

We're expecting to see a 5.5-inch Quad HD display on the front, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 chipset with 4GB RAM and expandable storage with microSD, making this very much a flagship-level device. There will be a 21-megapixel camera on the rear and 8-megapixel camera on the front.

On the software front you can expect BlackBerry Hub as well as the company's tweaks to Android which actually make a pretty good experience, with regular updates for added security. The BlackBerry DTEK60 is expected to launch some time in October, priced around £550.

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LG has a problem with its smartphone naming, because the G6 name is currently also used by its flagship TV. Whether this means that LG will change direction on phone naming we don't know, but we suspect that something will have to be done.

There aren't many rumours about the LG G6, but it's already being suggested that LG is going to move on from the modular approach it tried with the G5. That might mean that its next generation of smartphone comes without friends. With the G5 being a little fiddly and Motorola offering a sensible alternative with the Moto Z, perhaps the next LG flagship will be a little simpler.


HTC's next flagship handset is thought to be going under the name of HTC Ocean. This name comes from a video leak which showed off a concept handset, but supported by a leak via Twitter from a reliable source suggesting there were three Ocean handsets in development.

It's very early days in the rumour cycle for this handset, but the focus of the video was on new methods of interaction, showing a phone with no buttons and using a mixture of voice, gestures and swipes to control it.

Aside from this video leak and a mention via Twitter, there's little to go on. We don't even know if this device will be called HTC 11, or something else.


Samsung had sure-fire hits with the Galaxy S7, especially in the S7 edge model. The company's standing in mobile might suffer a little following the Note 7's battery problems, so the Galaxy S8 might have to be extra special.

Rumours have suggested that Samsung might drop the flat version of the S8, only offering curved devices in two sizes. There's also talk of increasing the screen resolution, perhaps with a move to 4K. There's no indication of how the body design might change just yet.

Samsung is sure to pack the S8 with its latest Exynos chipset for oodles of power and we'd expect to see a move to USB Type-C too, following the move of the Note 7. On the software front, we'd expect the S8 to launch on Android 7.1 with TouchWiz. Given Samsung's great experience, we'd not expect too many changes to Samsung's software experience.

As the Samsung Galaxy S8 release date, we'd put money on it being Sunday 26 February 2017.

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The Moto Z launched in the US as a Verizon exclusive over the summer, but it's now hitting the UK, priced at £429.

One of the things to note about this handset is that it loses the 3.5mm headphone socket - like the iPhone 7 - but Moto uses this to push for a slim design.

Offering something a little more unique on this flagship-spec smartphone, the Moto Z's biggest selling point is the compatibility with a range of Moto Mods. These are modular accessories that attach to the rear of the headset to let you do more. That might be as simple as a battery case, but extends all the way up to a Hasselblad zoom camera.

It's unique and exciting, and soon to arrive in the UK. 

READ MORE Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force: Release date, specs and everything you need to know

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The Surface Phone is something of a Windows phone holy grail. With Nokia then Microsoft Devices producing plenty of Windows Phones, the spectre of the Surface Phone has been hanging around as the idea of the ultimate Windows mobile device. Given the recent sale of virtually all of its phone patents, and announcement that it's no longer focussing on Windows Phone development, the Surface Phone may never see the light of day. 

It's rumoured that the new premium device will be Surface branded and Intel powered, possibly coming in three different variants. Given the same team behind the Surface Tablets are said to be behind the Surface Phone, you can expect a solid build if it ever does appear.

There's also the suggestion that Surface Phone will run a brand new update of Windows 10, aiming to capitalise on the branding and offer the ultimate experience. Launch originally wasn't expected until the latter half of 2016, but this has since shifted to beginning of 2017. That's if it appears at all.

READ MORE Microsoft Surface Phone: What's the story so far?