Like sands through the hourglass, so does the smartphone release cycle seem churn in perpetuity.
Samsung, LG, and HTC may have been first to bat with their flagship smartphones, but there are still plenty more device launches to look forward to. The year is only halfway through, and with the launch of the fourth-generation OnePlus 5, we’re officially headed into the summer smartphone release season.
What’s left to see? There’s plenty, actually. We’ve put together a list of some of the marquee Android-powered smartphone releases we’re still waiting on to hit the scene later this year.
ASUS ZenFone AR
At the beginning of 2017, ASUS announced the ZenFone AR. It’s been more than 6 months, and the only time we’ve had with it was on the ground at Google I/O 2017, where it was teased in various demonstrations. The ZenFone AR has yet to materialize into something you can actually buy.
In August, however, it’ll launch exclusively at Verizon, though it’ll also be sold unlocked. This is the first phone bundled with both the appropriate camera hardware and an optimized Snapdragon 821 chip that can handle both Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality. That’s also why it went missing for so long — the ZenFone AR underwent rigorous testing to ensure that both technologies could operate seamlessly on a mobile device.
For now, we’re waiting for the smartphone to hit Verizon before we take a dive into its abilities and test what it can really do with all that VR technology baked in.
Motorola Moto X 2017
As we learned from a revealing leak, the Moto X 2017 is part of the lengthy lineup of Motorola smartphones hitting the scene this summer. Following the launch of the Moto Z2, we should be seeing the Moto X 2017 debut fairly soon.
Motorola 2017 [via tip] pic.twitter.com/qahD9PIxrD— Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 14,