From affordable flagships to foldable smartphones, the next few months won’t miss the exciting upcoming phone launches
Want to track every launch of your smartphone like a hawk? Your journal must have been busy for the last 12 months. From affordable blowers and fresh flagships to foldable phones, there’s a whole host of shiny new phones out there. But you’re probably here to stay on top of what’s around the corner – so here’s our guide to the best upcoming phones for 2023.
Below, we’ve rounded up confirmed releases, likely launches, and rumored revelations for 2023, so you can keep your smartphone knowledge up to date. We’ve also summarized last year’s major smartphone announcements with links to our reviews of the big hitters.
This list will be updated regularly, too. Here are all the best upcoming phones we expect in 2023.
Best upcoming phones 2023
Apple iPhone 15
There are not many solid rumors around the iPhone 15. Due to launch in September 2023, as Apple’s launch and release dates are fortunately very consistent). We’d love to see the fancy dynamic island notch go down to the base models of the iPhone 15. We’d also love to see 8K video recording (because why not), along with a Periscope zoom camera that better matches the lossless 10x optical zoom offered by the impressive Galaxy S22 Ultra.
On that note, we could see the launch of the iPhone 15 Ultra instead of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, if the latest rumors are to be believed. Time will tell which of them will turn out to be true. Meanwhile, the iPhone 14 Pro Max remains the best dog in the Apple world.
Google Pixel Fold
What about the elusive Pixel Fold? Depending on whom you ask, you will hear a variety of answers. Some thought the Pixel 6 would be flexible. Others predicted that a standalone Pixel Fold device would be launched by the end of 2021. The latest information now suggests that Google Fold will not launch at all – at least not in its current form.
Does this mean we won’t see a foldable Pixel phone in 2022? Not necessarily. Rather, it means that Google canned its first attempt at folding. This would certainly come in handy for industrial Intel, which claims Google won’t launch a foldable device in the first half of 2022.
What will the Google foldable device specification sheet have in stock? That’s even less certain. Although if it follows the form set by the Pixel 6 and performed by the Pixel 7 Pro, you can expect a slick, premium design with a vanilla Android interface that is optimized for foldable settings.
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
Given that the Galaxy z Fold 4 is the best foldable phone Samsung has ever made, it would be a shame if they put an end to it there. And more than likely they will not. that’s why we’re excited to see what Fold 5 has in store. Currently, there are very few rumors. However, we would like to see an even slimmer design, faster charging and a built-in S-Pen that would take advantage of drawing and doodling on its extensive spread display.
Don’t feel like waiting until July or August for a brand new foldable Samsung? The current version is still a tasty device:
It may have already been revealed on Xiaomi’s home turf, but we expect the Xiaomi 13 series to arrive from China later this year. The mainstream model has a flat AMOLED screen stretched over 6.4 inches, placed inside an aluminum frame and backed with either glass or leather, while the taller Xiaomi 13 Pro has curved glass and a more rounded style.
Both will be powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processors, will have plenty of RAM and plenty of storage, but it will be the professional that photographers will be most interested in. As well as a 50mp zoom lens and 50MP ultrawide, the 50mp main snapper has a 1-inch sensor for dreamy bokeh blur and perfect low-light performance. 120w wired charging and wireless charging are also expected.
Sony Xperia 1
Sony’s phone division has been relatively quiet so far in 2023, but rumors suggest the fifth-generation flagship isn’t too far off. Leaked renders suggest that the style of the Xperia 1 V will largely match last year’s Xperia 1 IV, with most of the changes being made under the hood. This phone had a somewhat toast processor that hampered performance and its ability to record 4K video, so expect a more efficient Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor this time around.
Photography will almost certainly be the focus, but right now it is not known whether Sony will use the 1-inch sensor it developed together with Xiaomi or stick to a smaller unit. The only hardware sneak peek that just makes the rounds suggests that the flight time and RGB IR sensors are gone, so a trio of lenses. Expect a capable telephoto lens and ultrawide pairing, plus a very in-depth camera app that will delight professionals. Without confirming the launch date, though, maybe you could better grab the Xperia 1 IV instead:
Best upcoming phones: last year’s biggest phone reviews
Are you wondering how this year’s smartphones compare to what came before? Below is a round-up of our biggest smartphone reviews of 2022. Click on the link to read each review in full.
- Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max: Apple is remaking its flagship phone in many meaningful ways – but it’s coming at a significant price
- Apple iPhone 14: Apple’s latest non-Pro iPhone is excellent-it’s just that it’s strikingly similar to last year’s effort.
- Asus ROG Phone 6: with its imperial power and some specialized accessories, can the latest rugged Asus set a new standard for gaming phones?
- Asus Zenfone 9: with excellent specs and smaller dimensions than most modern mobile phones, it’s a powerhouse that’s easier to pocket.
- Google Pixel 6a: another stun gun suitable for wallet. Good luck with better performance for less.
- Google Pixel 7: gives up a few luxuries over its bigger brother, but the price is right and its camera credentials are still top notch.
- Google Pixel 7 pro: excellent cameras and lustworthy hardware make it a clear choice for Google fans with a good heel
- Honor 70: a streamlined smartphone that sacrifices flagship flourishes in favor of a slim style and stellar screen.
- Huawei Mate 50 Pro: amazingly good cameras and killer hardware, but the usual Huawei 2022 notifications
- Huawei P50 Pro: despite a great camera and sleek design, no Google and no 5G make it a hard sell.
- Huawei Mate Xs 2: a skinny foldable flagship that is Google-free, but still desirable.
- IQOO Neo 6: this affordable flagship only in India has a lot of right, in addition to secondary cameras.
- Motorola Moto G82: offers mid-level performance at a bargain price, and it’s a much-appreciated reminder that Moto knows how to make a great cheap phone.
- Motorola Edge 30: with its slim dimensions and high refresh rates, the Motorola Edge 30 is a joy to live by, especially at a discounted price.
- Motorola Edge 30 Fusion: an extremely high-quality handset that does everything at a high level, even if it’s not quite the best at any thing.
- Motorola Edge 30 Ultra: impressive hardware and effortless style look good on this high-end Moto phone.
- Motorola Razr 2022: a first-class foldable that significantly improves on Moto’s original efforts
- Nokia G60 5G: extensive support and recycled materials are a good sign for this affordable Finnish phone.
- Nokia X30 5G: at the forefront of Nokia’s sustainable circular subscription, the X30 is an eco-friendly mobile phone that feels like a modern mid-ranger.
- Nothing Phone 1: unique styling and smart lighting give an affordable phone formula a refreshing twist
- OnePlus Nord 2t 5G: does the new Nord continue the trend of high-end mid-range phones, or is it a mid-range update?
- OnePlus 10T: a solid flagship in a crowded market, assuming you don’t need best-in-class camera skills.
- Oppo Find N: a responsive flagship that shows that foldable phones can be handheld.
- Oppo Find X5 Pro: sleek design, eye-catching screen, impressive camera and performance at its peak…this is one of the best smartphones we have used so far.
- Oppo Reno 8: exceptional style and plenty of storage for this affordable flagship
- Oppo Reno 8 Pro: with a bold style, plenty of storage space and a promising main camera, there’s a lot to love about the Oppo Reno 8 Pro at first impression.
- Poco F4 GT: a phone suitable for players with a low profile and a fair price.
- Poco X4 pro 5G: a well-rounded package with solid battery life and a stellar screen.
- Realme GT 2 pro: a winning package of flagship specifications and impressive value.
- Realme GT Neo 3 150W: a feature-packed phone with the world’s first 150W fast charging.
- Realme 9: a smartphone with great value for everyday use, if you do not need 5G.
- Realme 9 Pro Plus: there are better mid-range all-rounders, but few with the same specifications of the flagship camera.
- Redmi Note 11: capable phone at a decent price, at times disappointed by slow performance.
- Redmi Note 11 pro 5G: a good phone at a good price if you are not a gamer.
- Samsung Galaxy A53 5G: potential a lot, undermined by laggy, slow performance.
- Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: a more affordable Galaxy mobile phone that does not deal with camera specifications.
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus: a reliably good phone with a great screen, premium design and top internals.
- Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: not cheap, but easily the most complete smartphone you can buy.
- Samsung Galaxy z Flip 4: tweaking the weaknesses of its predecessor, first impressions suggest that from the Flip 4, every piece is a folding clamshell everyman.
- Samsung Galaxy z Fold 4: a sleeker, more efficient foldable phone that focuses on productivity.
- Sony Xperia 1 IV: unapologetically premium, Sony’s flagship without compromise is smarter than ever.
- Sony Xperia 5 IV: a multi-lens shooter that makes Sony smart cameras available to more creators.