A Guide to the Best Upcoming Android Phones – Spring 2018

Posted by William Sattelberg on February 17, 2018

Last fall was an incredible time for smartphones. While 2017 started off strong with devices like the Galaxy S8 and S8+, and the underrated LG G6, it wasn’t until the latter half of the year that Android devices started to show off their true potential. The Galaxy Note 8 was a stunning return to form for a series of devices that seemed doomed in 2016. Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL continued to prove the company’s dedication towards premium hardware and fantastic camera qualities, while Motorola released the first Android One device in the United States under Project Fi. Essential, the company founded by original Android developer Andy Rubin, came out of the gate to offer a smartphone with near-invisible bezels, and even managed to cut the price to just $499 unlocked. Amazon continued to run the budget-friendly market, offering their subsidized devices off-contract and expanding into mid-tier phones with reworked LG G6s. More than ever, it felt like the Android ecosystem was beginning to create a device for everyone that would get the job done.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t room for improvement, of course, and we’re hoping that the 2018 successors to these devices manage to improve where some of last year’s phones fell short. Whether it was the fingerprint sensor placement on the Note 8, the blue shift on the display of the Pixel 2 XL, or the software experience on the G6 and the V30, it seemed every phone last year had one weakness stopping it from being the perfect device to carry in your pocket. It wasn’t exclusive to Android either: the iPhone X, despite its revolutionary design, found itself critiqued for the lack of a fingerprint sensor (despite the Face ID technology built on the front of the device) and several iOS bugs plagued the platform, causing the company to reconsider and delay features for iOS 12 to work on reliability and software fixes.

It’s fair to say that we’re hoping the 2018 lineup of Android devices can manage to deliver on all the missed opportunities of last year. With a brand new season of smartphones approaching quickly, it’s time to take a look at the phones we’re most excited about throughout the first half of this year. This is our guide to the best upcoming Android phones of 2018.

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