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Mobile Phones Coming Soon: The best new 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 review

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.

Well, the P10 is another solid handset, updating the P9's specs with the latest Kirin 960 processor and an upgraded dual-lens camera. You get some fresh new vibrant colours to choose from, including bright green and blue, plus the new 'dazzling' fine-detail finish.

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: From £799
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, which makes this 5.8-inch smartphone surprisingly slender.

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: Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

Brand: Samsung
Price: From £899
Expected Release Date: April 2017
Our Review: Galaxy S8 Plus preview

No one could accuse the Galaxy S8 of being a mini mobile, at 5.8-inches. But that hasn't stopped Samsung from crafting the Galaxy S8 Plus, which at 6.2-inches is even bigger than the standard model.

Samsung is said to be slapping a dual-lens camera onto the back of the S8 Plus to rival the mighty iPhone 7 Plus' snapper. In addition you'll get an even bigger battery and possibly more memory too, for a super-smooth experience no matter what you're up to. Stay tuned, as the S8 and S8 Plus will launch on March 29, 2017.

Best Android phones coming in 2017: LG G6

Brand: LG
Price: Expected from around £549
Expected Release Date: April 2017
Our Review: LG G6 hands-on review

The LG G5 kind of sank without a trace in 2016, despite the massive 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. The modular design has been ditched, replaced with a sexy (if slightly chunky) metal frame sporting a glossy finish. That 5.7-inch display supports Dolby Vision HDR and a widescreen 18:9 aspect ratio, making the G6 pretty much an ideal portable media machine.

Best Android phones coming in 2017: Sony Xperia XZ Premium

Brand: Sony
Price: Expected from around £699
Expected Release Date: May 2017
Our Review: Sony Xperia XZ Premium hands-on review

If you're after a mini machine that can play HDR 4K footage on the move, the XZ Premium from Sony is the handset for you.

So far Sony’s Xperia XZ Premium looks like one of the most innovative smartphones of 2017, although the undoubtedly premium UK price will help to make it a niche device.

At least this time around we’ll have some 4K content to enjoy on it, unlike the Xperia Z5 Premium before it. Likewise, Sony’s new 'Motion Eye' camera tech looks to be truly competitive, offering a Super Slow Mo video mode that can capture footage at an incredible 240 frames-per-second.

Read next: Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs Xperia XZs vs Xperia XZ, what's the difference?

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: Nokia 6

Brand: Nokia
Price: €229 (€299 for special edition)
Release Date: May 2016
Our Review: Nokia 6 hands-on review

For all intents and purposes, the Nokia 6 is the flagship smartphone of the company’s current portfolio, even though it’s more like a mid-ranger based on the hardware under the hood.

Like its smaller sibling, the Nokia 5, the Nokia 6 features an attractive aluminium unibody boasting bolder styling and a diamond-cut chamfer. You get a Full HD 5.5-inch screen, fingerprint sensor and the latest Android Nougat. In other words, the Nokia 6 offers strong value for money, plus a classy Arte Black special edition that's even more stylish.

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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