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Phones to get excited about this fall

There are a bunch of new phones coming your way this fall that are worth getting excited about -- and we don't just mean from Apple and Google (though they're included in here, too).

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What's coming through the fall pipeline?

Fall is usually an exciting time for phones, and this year is no exception. In addition to Apple and Google's next flagship(s), a handful of other devices are coming along the way that are worthy of your excitement. Click through to see what you should expect this season.

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Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Price: TBD

Availability: Expected around September

Outlook: The next pair of iPhones (anticipated to be called the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus) is expected to be revealed during the first week of September. So far, the rumor mill suspects the phones to have a redesigned home button and a better battery, while lacking a headphone jack.

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The next "Nexus"

Price: TBD

Availability: October

Outlook: Not a lot is known about Google's next flagship(s). We are certain that it'll run the latest Android Nougat OS, but other than that, it's only rumored to have a 5.5-inch screen, a USB Type-C port and perhaps be available on Verizon. And in perhaps the most surprising bit of news, it might not even be called a Nexus!

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LG V20

Price: TBD

Availability: TBD

Outlook: Until its official announcement on Tuesday, September 6 in San Francisco, we only know a couple of things about LG's latest high-end phone, the V20 (aka: the successor to the V10, left). The first is that it'll be the first handset to come out-of-the-box with Android 7.0 Nougat. And the second is that it'll come with great audio technology. Other than that, however, we'll have to wait and see.

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Motorola Z Play

Price: $408-$450

Availability: September on Verizon, October unlocked

Outlook: Along with the Moto Z and Z Force, the Z Play is Motorola's third phone that works with its magnetic Moto Mods accessories including a newly announced Hasselblad TrueZoom camera lens. Available on Verizon first, the device also sports a 5.5-inch screen and a meaty 3,500mAh battery.

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Sony Xperia XZ

Price: TBD

Availability: October

Outlook: As the new flagship phone for Sony, the Xperia XZ is equipped with a Snapdragon 820 processor, water-resistant construction and a 23-megapixel camera with laser autofocus. It also has a fingerprint sensor, but unfortunately for us, the US variant won't have it.

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Sony Xperia X Compact

Price: TBD

Availability: September 25

Outlook: The Xperia X Compact is a pocket-friendly 4.6-inch handset. With its plastic design and less powerful specs, it's a cheaper version of the Xperia XZ. However, it still has a 23-megapixel camera.

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ZTE Axon 7 Mini

Price: $300 unlocked

Availability: October

Outlook: The Axon Mini 7 is a 5.2-inch phone with a metal design and an affordable price tag. Though it isn't as powerful as the original Axon 7, it still features decent specs, like a 16-megapixel camera, an octa-core processor and dual-SIM capabilities.

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