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 2017, 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 2017: The best phones available to buy today feature. If your budget is a little smaller, there is also our Best budget smartphones 2017: The best phones available to buy for under £200.
Here we're looking at those phones that haven't yet launched, the best upcoming phones for 2017. 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.
Best upcoming phones 2017
Before we dive into the detail, here are some of the anticipated upcoming handsets for 2017:
- Huawei Mate 10
- HTC U11 Mini
- Google Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2
- LG V30
- Motorola Moto X4
- Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact
- Apple iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
- Apple iPhone X
Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
Rumours are still a little light on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, though it is rumoured HTC will make the smaller device and LG will make the larger device, with both reflecting the each manufacturer's 2017 smartphones.
It is therefore expected the Google Pixel 2 XL will have an almost all display front, while the Pixel 2 will see a similar design to last year's model. It has been reported both will have a squeezable frame like the HTC U11, but nothing has been confirmed. A Google event is scheduled for 4 October, which is when these two devices are expected to be unveiled.
Huawai Mate 10
Huawei has made it public knowledge that the Mate 10 is going to be a powerful device - the most powerful smartphone it has ever made, according to reports from the company itself. There have also been rumours of facial recognition and a premium metal body is expected.
Little else is know about where this big phone will fit into the line up of huge phones we've got coming in late 2017, but invites have been sent out for an event on 16 October 2017, suggesting this is when we will see Huawei's powerhouse unveiled.
HTC Ocean Life / HTC U11 Mini
There have been a couple of rumours to suggest a mini version of HTC's flagship - the U11 - might appear in the form of the HTC U11 Mini, currently codenamed HTC Ocean Life. It is expected to be a mid-range handset, with talk of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 processor, 5.2-inch Full HD display, 16-megapixel cameras on the front and back and a 2600mAh battery.
The leaks suggest the device will come with Sense 9.0, Edge Sense and HTC USonic, though no release date or pricing has been suggested as yet.
Microsoft Surface Phone
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 focusing 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 2017. That's if it appears at all.
LG announced the V30 at the end of August, though it has yet to hit the shelves. The deice features a premium glass and metal design, rear-mounted fingerprint sensor and IP68 and MIL STD 810G ratings.
There is a Snapdragon 835 platform running the show, a dual-rear camera, 6-inch OLED display with a Quad HD+ resolution and a 18:9 aspect ratio, and a secondary "floating display" all on board.
Unlike previous V-Series handsets, the V30 is expected to be available globally, though specific pricing and availability details have yet to be confirmed.
Motorola Moto X4
Motorola, under the stewardship of Lenovo, announced an update to the Moto X at the end of August 2017. The new device comes in the form of the Moto X4 and it brings with it an aluminium frame with a 3D contoured glass body, front-mounted fingerprint sensor and a dual rear-camera.
There's a 5.2-inch AMOLED Full HD display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 platform, Android Nougat and three personal assistants in the form of Alexa, Google Assistant and Moto Voice. Motorola has said the Moto X4 will be available in September 2017, though an exact date has yet to be announced. It will cost €399.
Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact
Sure, Sony has the XZ Premium, its 4K flagship phone, but the company also announced two "complementary" devices to the Premium model in the form of the Xperia XZ1 and Xperia XZ1 Compact.
Both devices stick with the OmniBalance flat-slab design, both have IP68 water and dust resistance and both offer a side-mounted fingerprint sensor. They also both come with the same rear camera as the XZ Premium and they both run on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 platform.
The Sony Xperia XZ1 will cost £599, while the XZ1 Compact will cost £499. Both are available to pre-order now.
- Sony Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact: Release date, specs and everything you need to know
- Sony Xperia XZ1 preview
- Sony Xperia XZ1 Compact preview
Apple iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
Apple announced the iPhone 8, 8 Plus and the iPhone X at its September event, putting all the rumours to rest. The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus don't make huge design changes over the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, though they do trade the aluminium back for a glass back, making them compatible with wireless charging.
The iPhone X meanwhile, offers a 5.8-inch display with a 18:9 aspect ratio, scraps TouchID for FaceID, which is Apple's version of facial recognition, and it brings a vertically-arranged dual-camera setup on the rear, which is also glass like the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus.
The iPhone 8 and 8 Plus are available to pre-order now starting from £699 and £799, respectively. They will hit shelves on 22 September. The iPhone X will start at £999 and will be available to pre-order from 27 October, hitting shelves on 3 November.