Your smartphone is quite literally the most important gadget you own – from communication to navigating to entertainment, your mobile phone does it all. Our increased reliance on our smartphones has pushed mobile phone companies to deliver better and more in their efforts to win the hearts of consumers. Several important new releases have been scheduled for late 2018 and beyond, so if you were looking to upgrade your phone for a new and better one, it might be worth it to hold on to that thought a little longer.

Samsung: Release of the Galaxy X

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Generally regarded as a great investment for your money, Samsung offers relatively affordable and technically advanced phones that give users more for less, all packed in impeccable design. 2018-2019 is set to be a great season for the company, which has planned the launch of several models over the next few months. Its Galaxy X promises to be a game-changer for the developer’s presence in the industry, as it will break new ground by offering a foldable display. The details are yet to be revealed, but the news has already got fans excited and the long-awaited advent of the new Galaxy X will most likely place Samsung rightly as a frontrunner in cool new features – a dominance that Apple has been taking for granted.

We will probably know more about the Galaxy X after the Samsung Developer Conference that is set to take place in early November – and rumour has it that the device will be launched before 2018 ends. Yet as much as we think that the Galaxy X sounds pretty amazing, it will most likely also be pretty expensive, with only a few gadget enthusiasts able to get hold of it. Our eyes are set on the new Samsung S10 instead, which will, according to rumor, come in more than the two versions originally announced, S10 and S10+. In fact, we might even see a 5G smartphone from Samsung, which is a pretty big deal. Don’t be afraid to admit that you would like the importance of the 5G network explained – most smartphone users are not aware of what exactly it would mean in practical terms. We know that 5G tech will make our phones run faster, in the range of 15% to 50%, which is impressive, and it will also work wonders for data speed and playing mobile games. So the S10 might mark the beginning of the new 5G series for Samsung.

Apple: Waiting for the XR

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Apple is one of those few companies that have achieved the rare feat of turning their brand into one of the most coveted features of their products. They have a loyal following of fans who are eager to get their hands on the latest iPhone – and when Apple recently announced their new line, people went berserk. The new iPhones XS and XS Max are already up for grabs, but the more affordable XR will be available in just a few days – starting late October. It will feature a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina display (LCD rather than OLED) and Apple claims that along with the XS versions, it will be the fastest smartphone on the market, thanks to their A12 Bionic chip. Qi wireless charging is also a nice touch on the new anticipated XR. With many shared features with the XS but a more affordable price, it will most likely be an instant hit.

Google: Android at Its Best

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Google gives the feeling that it has yet to tap into its full potential as a name in the smartphone market. Perhaps this will change with the new instalments on its Pixel line. Their stylish design offers a refreshing touch, and the phones will be available in three colors: Just Black, Clearly White, and Not Pink. It is obvious that while Google is offering smartphone users a solid phone, it markets it with a hint of playfulness that will hopefully draw just the right crowd in. The company is embraced by users for providing some of the best cameras on the market, and the new Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL will feature twin front cameras of 8MP each and one impressive 12.2MP camera on the back. The XL model will build on the Pixel 3 by offering wireless charging, while both models are boasting HDR compatible displays and fingerprint scanners on the rear. As Google has established itself on a wide range of products, it will be interesting to see how the new phones will interact with other Google trademark tech, like Google Assistant and the new Pixel Bud headphones.

That is far from all: with new instalments coming from Huawei, which will probably soon reveal details about the new Mate 20 and Mate 20 Pro, LG with its recent LG V40 announcement, and OnePlus 6T launching soon – plus rumored sightings of Nokia 9 – 2018 promises to be a remarkable year.

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