A Chinese source has published a list with the roadmap of the various producers for 2017, regarding the high end that will adopt the Snapdragon 845.
As usual, the main Android devices of 2018 will adopt the latest Qualcomm Mobile Platform, the Snapdragon 845 which has already been announced but which is not yet commercially available. The situation should be similar to what happened in 2017 with Snapdragon 835, with various manufacturers who will use the American technology on their top of the range to offer users the performance they expect from a high-end smartphone.
To confirm the trend is a post on Weibo that shows a list of devices of the smartphones of 2018 that will use the processor Snapdragon 845 . Many of the names that appear in the list are not a big surprise: there are the Galaxy S9 and S9 + that Samsung should announce in February, but these devices will be sold with two technologies. In Italy they will probably come with proprietary Exynos processors, in the US and other countries with Qualcomm SoC.
In the same period LG will remove the veils from the new LG G7, unlike the G6 that has a hardware architecture of the previous generation, the new model could go back to using the most advanced processor. The new Xiaomi Mi 7 is expected in April , followed by the HTC U12 in May. June will be the launch month of OnePlus 6, ZTE Nubia Z18 and Sony Xperia XZ Pro-A, while in September Samsung Galaxy Note 8 will arrive as typical from Samsung , with SoC Exynos and Snapdragon.
In the same period Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 and LG V40 are expected , while in October Google Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, ZTE Nubia Z18S, Sony Xperia XZ2 and HTC U12+ will arrive. Then the new Motorola Moto Z for 2019 will arrive and OnePlus 6T should replace the 6 announced in the price list a few months before. By the end of the year will come the Samsung W2019, the top flip phone range that the multinational offers in some markets for some generations now.
There are some interesting omissions in the list (for example no ASUS), which is however written in a rather conservative manner. There are not entirely new models, but only new variants of families of products already on the market. It is however interesting because it gives a fairly reliable, if not complete, section of what we can expect from the market for next year on the higher end of the market with the Snapdragon 845.