Being a mobile tech reviewer definitely has its perks. Shiny new devices are great and all, but still, at the end of the day, the most gratifying thing is to see our work actually help out readers and eager buyers navigate the vast and often confusing smartphone market. 2017 was a really interesting year, with many great announcements and more than one interesting trend set in motion and ready to unfold in 2018.
A ton of new smartphones were announced last week at CES
Some of the top smartphone trends at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) include in-display fingerprint sensors and face-unlock features for devices outside of the high-end tier.
Many device makers introduced or announced US availability for their products during the Las Vegas convention as well.
Consumers can expect to see many of the smartphone technologies showcased at CES 2018 not only in these recently-announced devices, but also in products to be unveiled throughout the year.
Check out some of the new smartphones showcased at CES 2018
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, that there's anticipation for the next big thing.
Here we look at those phones that haven't yet launched, the upcoming phones for 2018. We've now taken Sony's latest - the Xperia XZ2 Premium - out of this list because we now got full details on it even though it won't be launched until the Summer.
We'll be updating this list on a regular basis, with those device rumours we think are credible and exciting.
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As for already-launched handsets, we've rounded up the best smartphones for 2018 elsewhere - those we consider to be the best across all platforms.
If your budget is a little smaller, there is also our budget smartphones for under £200 feature - and there's a mid-range roundup up to £400 as well.