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Mobile Phones Coming Soon: The Best Phones launching in 2017

What are the best mobile phones coming in 2017? We round up the best smartphones set to launch in the new year, including Samsung's Galaxy S8, the HTC 11, Apple's latest iPhone and possibly the final handset from Blackberry.

Although 2016 has been a pretty horrific year as far as politics, world events and celebrity deaths are concerned, we also saw some amazing mobile tech launch in those twelve months. Flagship phones like the HTC 10, LG G5Samsung Galaxy S7, Sony Xperia XZ, iPhone 7OnePlus 3T and Huawei's P9 impressed us with an enticing blend of strong performance, dependable camera tech, killer features and more besides.

So what's in store in 2017? Well, so far we've seen plenty of leaks and rumours about some very exciting new mobile phones coming in 2017. Here's our pick of the best phones coming soon.

Best phones coming soon: Android Phones Coming in 2017

Even before 2017 has even begun, we're already salivating at the prospect of a great bunch of new Android phones that are set to launch. Leaks and news about the Samsung Galaxy S8, HTC 11, LG G6 and Blackberry's final phone (if the rumours are right) have us counting down the days until they're finally officially revealed.

Here's our pick of the best Android phones coming in 2017.

Best Android phones coming in 2017: Huawei P10

Brand: Huawei
Price: Expected from around £549
Expected Release Date: March 2017
Our Review: Huawei P10 preview

Last year, Huawei impressed us with a bunch of really good mobiles. From the slender and feature-packed Huawei P9 flagship to the mighty and pleasingly powerful 5.7-inch Huawei Mate 9, you can definitely rely on an enticing blend of sexy hardware and smart software from your Huawei devices.

Which is exactly why we can't wait for the Huawei P10 to officially launch. Huawei's big 2017 flagship phone should boast top-end specs, not to mention boundary-pushing camera tech thanks to its partnership with Leica. Expect a dual-lens setup and some true trouser-stirring design, in a variety of colours including a stand-out green model.

Best Android phones coming in 2017: HTC 11

Brand: HTC
Price: Expected from around £549
Expected Release Date: March 2017
Our Review: HTC 11 preview

The HTC 10 really impressed us in 2016, despite not offering any particularly 'out there' features like the LG G5 or Samsung's Galaxy Note 7. What it did deliver was an excellent everyday experience. From the smooth performance and solid media chops to the highly likable interface, the HTC 10 gave you pretty much no reasons to dislike it.

Which is why we're hoping that the HTC 11 delivers the same solid experience, along with some killer new features to really help it stand out from the crowd. So far it sounds like a winner, with a new slender 5.5-inch design, improved camera tech and a fully water-resistant frame. Here's hoping it really is one of the best new phones of 2017.

Best Android phones coming in 2017: Samsung Galaxy S8

Brand: Samsung
Price: Expected from around £549
Expected Release Date: April 2017
Our Review: Galaxy S8 preview

The Galaxy S7 is one of the best Android handsets of 2016 so far, packing some premium specs and a gorgeous design. Which means we're already super excited about the Galaxy S8, Samsung's 2017 flagship phone that's due to launch in a few months.

Expect the fresh new Snapdragon 835 processor and an industry-leading camera to compete with the new iPhone 7 Plus' snapper. We've also seen some substantial leaks revealing a gorgeous edge-to-edge screen, while there's talk of a 4K resolution finish to make the S8 ideal for VR gaming.

Check out our S8 preview and our other S8 features - the best S8 features leaked so far, plus the most disturbing S8 features revealed to date. And take a look at our Galaxy S8 vs S7 comparison feature, to see how the new 2017 flagship might stack up against last year's handset.

Best Android phones coming in 2017: LG G6

Brand: LG
Price: Expected from around £549
Expected Release Date: March 2017
Our Review: LG G6 preview

The LG G5 kind of sank without a trace in 2016, after a big launch and some rather surreal marketing starring the rather brilliant Jason Statham. Which is a shame, because it was also one of the most innovative phones of the year.

With any luck LG will make a more positive impact in 2017, with the LG G6. You can expect top-end specs and plenty of innovation as usual from the Korean company, including some serious tweaking of Android Nougat to add in plenty of cool new features. Chances are it'll ditch the modular design however, to make for a slimmer, more universally appealing mobile.

Best Android phones coming in 2017: Sony Xperia X2

Brand: Sony
Price: Expected from around £399
Expected Release Date: March 2017
Our Review: Sony Xperia X2 preview

Sony's Xperia X phone tried to find a reasonable balance between great features and an affordable price, but sadly was still more expensive than many mid-range mobiles. The likes of the OnePlus 3T offer greater value for money, with better performance for less cash.

We're still hopeful that Sony can do great things with its next attempt however. An unknown Sony phone has already been passed through the AnTuTu benchmarking software, and we reckon it could well be the Xperia X2. If this is indeed the X2 as we suspect, then it'll once again sport a 5-inch Full HD screen. There's a Helio P20 chipset powering the device, supported by 4GB of RAM.

You'll once again get an edge-mounted fingerprint sensor and most likely a sleek metallic body, which will hopefully prove just as rugged as the original Xperia X's.

You can also expect Sony to plug in the same excellent tri-sensor camera found in the Xperia XZ and Xperia X Compact. That AnTuTu leak revealed a 23-megapixel main camera and a 16-megapixel selfie camera, which certainly sounds about right.

Question is, will the Xperia X2 sport a more enticing price? Only time will tell - and this new Sony phone will hopefully be launched at the end of February 2017, so we don't have long to wait.

Best Android phones coming in 2017: Blackberry 'Mercury' DTEK70

Brand: Blackberry
Price: Expected from around £399
Expected Release Date: April 2017
Our Review: Blackberry DTEK70 preview

If rumours are on the money, the Blackberry DTEK70 could be the Canadian company's final stab at producing its own mobile hardware. Still, at least Blackberry's going out with a bang, as the DTEK70 (codenamed 'Mercury') sounds pretty bloody wonderful so far.

BB is said to be producing a mobile that sits comfortably between the DTEK50 and DTEK60, its two big phones of 2016. You can expect some solid specs, but scaled back from the premium DTEK60 in order to achieve a more wallet-friendly asking price. And the QWERTY keyboard is set to return too, just like on the Blackberry Priv.

With Android OS on board, we reckon this could be a truly great handset. We should find out early in 2017, when the Blackberry DTEK70 is launched.

Best Android phones coming in 2017: Moto E3

Mobile Phones Coming Soon - Samsung Galaxy Note 5

Brand: Motorola
Price: £99
Release Date: Late 2016
Our Review: Moto E3 Preview

We've already seen some great sub-£100 smartphones in 2016, including the Sony Xperia E5 and Voda's Smart Prime 7, but Motorola's Moto E3 could slay them all. This £99 mobile packs a 5-inch 720p HD screen and 8-megapixel camera, as well as a smooth-running vanilla version of Android Marshmallow.

Check out how the Moto E3 stacks up against the Moto G 2016 phones in our Moto comparison feature.

Apple iOS Phones Coming in 2017

Apple's iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were big critical hits for Apple in 2015, bringing 3D Touch and all-new camera tech to the tried-and-tested iPhone formula. In 2016 we're expecting more innovation from Apple, in the form of the iPhone 7.

Best iPhones coming in 2017: iPhone 8

Mobile Phones Coming Soon - iPhone 6S

Brand: Apple
Price: From £599
Release Date: September 2017
Our Review: Coming soon

Apple's iPhone 7 was a solid all-round mobile, offering a new super-black design, a very exciting new camera, waterproof finish and lots more besides. However, although the new features were nice to have, they were far from essential to owners of the iPhone 6 or 6s. Which is why we're expecting the iPhone 8, set to launch towards the end of 2018, to come packing some truly impressive and innovative features.

Check out our massive iPhone comparison guide to see how the new iPhone 7 compares with the rest of the Apple smartphone family.

Best iPhones coming in 2017: iPhone 8 Plus

Mobile Phones Coming Soon - iPhone 6S Plus

Brand: Apple
Price: From £649
Release Date: September 2017
Our Review: Coming soon

The iPhone 8 Plus will once again be a bigger version of the iPhone 8, but you can expect a sharper Full HD screen, a bigger battery and some super-sexy improved camera tech.

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