A number of the smartphones launching in 2023 are already known to us, including the most recent Vivo flagship series, the Xiaomi 13 range, and the upcoming Oppo foldables.
Of course, there will be other surprises, like the Samsung Galaxy S23 range, which will be unveiled in the spring, and high-profile devices like the iPhone 15 and Pixel 8 that will be released later in the year. Not to mention significant software updates in Android 14 and iOS 17.
We also know about the MediaTek Dimensity 9200 and Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipsets, which will power the majority of those flagship phones.
Both have now been announced, with capabilities including Wi-Fi 7 connectivity and hardware-enabled ray-tracing for games. The first phones have already been released, and there will be a tonne more throughout 2023 like the ones listed below:
Google Pixel 8
The next Pixel flagship phones are expected to appear in October 2023, even if there aren’t many reliable rumours about them at the moment. This is because every Pixel flagship phone has previously debuted in October.
The phone should be powered by Google’s upcoming Tensor chip, and besides that, new camera functions and even a revamped design are to be expected.
Possibly even some faster charging now?
OnePlus Nord 3
A new Dimensity 8100 chipset, a larger, 6.7-inch 120Hz display, and an enhanced 150W charging specification are all expected to be found in the upcoming OnePlus mid-ranger.
However, the Nord 2’s 50Mp IMX766 primary camera, together with an 8Mp ultrawide and 2Mp macro, are expected to remain the same.
According to rumours, OnePlus is developing its first foldable phone, which might appear sometime in 2019.
Since the two firms currently collaborate on research and development, it’s not surprising that the phone is built closely on the Oppo Find N. As a result, we may anticipate a 7.1-inch folding display, Snapdragon 888 processor, and triple rear cameras with an ultrawide and telephoto lens.
The Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro have finally been unveiled in China, however a UK launch is more likely to occur in February or March.
The Xiaomi 13 sports a squared edge appearance similar to the iPhone, with curves remaining on the Pro. Inside, Leica-branded cameras and the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 are expected.
Motorola Edge 40
We were thrilled with Motorola’s Edge 30 range and are eager to see what comes next.
One of the first smartphones, branded as the Moto X40 in China, has already already been announced by Motorola.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset powers the X40, which will probably be sold as the Edge 40 Pro in the West. It has a super-fast 165Hz display, an IP68 rating, high-resolution cameras, and quick 125W charging.
Huawei Nova 10
The newest mid-range Huawei devices, the Nova 10 and Nova 10 Pro, are scheduled to go on sale sometime in the coming months in the UK and Europe.
Both have a sizable 60MP selfie camera sensor, which is capable of taking extremely high-resolution and ultrawide photographs. The Pro also has a 2x telephoto lens.
Both devices include a potent triple back camera, and you can choose between a 4000mAh battery with 66W charging on the 10 or a larger 4500mAh battery and 100W charge on the Pro.
The drawbacks of both Huawei phones are that they are only compatible with 4G and that app compatibility is still spotty.
Redmi Note 12
Redmi, a sub-brand of Xiaomi, has already announced the Note 12 series in China and has started hinting towards its January international launch in India.
The real UK release, though, will probably take longer than expected; there’s a chance the phones won’t be available until the following year.
However, these are intriguing low-cost possibilities with top features like 200Mp cameras and absurdly quick 210W charging available in the top-end versions, all of which are anticipated to be under 530$ when they are released.
The X90 flagship series from Vivo has already been unveiled in China, but it may still be a while before the phones are available in the UK and other parts of Europe.
There are three models available in China: the X90, X90 Pro, and X90 Pro+, though it is unlikely that all three will be released internationally.
The Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 powers the Pro+, while the Dimensity 9200 powers the first two variants. This is the first time either chipset has been used in a Vivo device.
Fast charging and stylish aesthetics help, but the true draw will be the cameras, particularly on the Pro+ with its quadruple back camera centred around a 1in main camera sensor.
For at least the foreseeable future, this may be the greatest camera phone.
Honor Magic Vs
The Magic Vs, Honor’s second foldable, has already gone on sale in China, but the company has indicated that a global release is imminent, most likely in the first half of 2023.
This stylish foldable—pronounced “vee-ess” rather than “versus”—has been created to feel as natural to use when closed as possible, placing a higher priority on the “normal” smartphone experience than the unfurled tablet display.
All of this is kept running by the potent Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which is combined with a sizable battery, a potent triple back camera (at least on paper), and a price that may be less expensive than Samsung’s when it releases globally.
Honor also announced the Honor 80 series alongside the Magic Vs foldable in China, though it hasn’t yet said whether the 80 phones will also be available internationally.
The 80, 80 SE, and 80 Pro are the three models in the series, however it’s unlikely that all three would be available in the UK.
The Pro is obviously the most intriguing model because it has a dual selfie camera and an 8+ Gen 1 chip, but even the normal 80 has the most notable feature: a main rear camera with a 160Mp resolution.
Google Pixel Foldable
Although it’s a bit of a wild guess, leaked internal documents and snippets of code seem to indicate that Google is developing a foldable phone under the Pixel name.
Although most leakers now expect it will arrive in early 2023, we had originally anticipated it to debut in late 2021 and then in October 2022 in conjunction with the Pixel 7.
According to leaks, the phone will have identical specifications to the Pixel 7 Pro, including the same Tensor G2 CPU and a comparable triple camera configuration that is only marginally less powerful.
Vivo X Flip
The Vivo X Fold and X Fold+ are two generations of book-style foldables that the firm has already released, but there are now rumours that the company is preparing to introduce a flip phone in their place, which everyone believes would be called the Vivo X Flip.
While it’s very early in the game, there are rumours that it will resemble the Razr 2022 in size and have a landscape cover display, as well as the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor seen in both of those devices and the Z Flip 4.
Microsoft Surface Duo 3
Microsoft’s odd dual-screen foldable gadget has so far seen the introduction of two incarnations, and the Duo 3 is anticipated to join them sometime in 2023.
Beyond the obvious: stronger specifications, a more refined design, and better software, it’s too early to predict with any certainty what to anticipate.
However, the Duo 2 has advanced significantly since its release, so we have high hopes for Microsoft in this situation.
Samsung Galaxy A54
Since the Galaxy A53 is the centrepiece of Samsung’s mid-range lineup and effectively the company’s main competition for the iPhone SE, we’re optimistic that an A54 will be released to replace it the following year.
The specs are still sketchy, but the render seen above is just one example of the image advancements Samsung might be working on, incorporating features and aesthetics from its flagship models into its more cost-effective hardware.
Obtain the most recent Galaxy A54 rumours.
The phone formerly known as the Osom OV1 is now called the Solana Saga.
It was originally going to debut as the first phone from the startup Osom, but after partnering with the blockchain business Solana, it was rebranded to become a web3 handset.
With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 6.67in OLED screen, 12GB RAM, and 512GB storage, the specifications are top-notch.
Additionally, it contains an additional “secure element” to assist safeguard financial data during cryptographic transactions and during minting NFTs.
Samsung Galaxy S23
Three phones from the Galaxy S23 series are most likely to debut in the spring of 2023, and Samsung is most likely working diligently on them.
According to rumours, a 200Mp camera sensor will be released, most likely in the S23 Ultra, coupled with larger batteries for all phones and a standardised camera design.
Of course, chipsets are also going to advance, and it now appears very inevitable that Qualcomm will supply its Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip for phones globally for the first time, with no Exynos variants available.
The OnePlus 11 ordinary, not the Pro, may be the name of the company’s upcoming flagship series, which it is clear that OnePlus is already working on.
Keep in mind that the business often announces its flagship phones in the spring.
Expect the phone to be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, as well as improvements to the charging and camera specifications, and rumours of a ceramic body.
Learn more details about the OnePlus 11.
Oppo Find X6
The Find X6 phones are anticipated to launch at some point in early 2023. The Find X line is Oppo’s flagship series.
Although Oppo has announced that at least one of the phones would be powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, it is still too early for any precise specs leaks.
Other than that, we anticipate modified Hasselblad cameras and perhaps a redesign after using a similar form factor for two years. The leaked render seen above may be the first indication of that.
There should be a standard model, a premium Pro, and a more affordable Lite in the lineup.
See more information on the Oppo Find X6.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 & Z Flip 5
We anticipate seeing the Z Fold 5 and Z Flip 5 in August, which is when Samsung typically releases its Z Flip foldables.
Though nothing is currently known, it is almost guaranteed that the next-generation Snapdragon chip will be improved.
We would appreciate more advancements in the camera and battery, but will there also be a larger redesign?
Although Apple hasn’t officially announced the iPhone 15, we can expect to see it in September based on past trends.
According to early rumours, the normal models will this time around use the new Dynamic Island design, while the Pro Max could be renamed the iPhone 15 Ultra and include some further, unspecified changes.
Oppo Find N2 Flip
Similar to Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip, Oppo has announced the Find N2 Flip, its first flip-style, clamshell foldable. It has been reported that the device would go on sale in “most countries in Europe” in Q1 2023.
This device, unlike the Samsung competitor, has a big vertical cover display, a larger battery, and what appears to be a better main camera on paper.
Is this the phone that ultimately unseats the Z Flip 4 as the top foldable device available?
The idea of a folding iPhone has been circulating pretty much since the invention of the first foldable display technology, but according to leaks and rumours, we have very good reason to think Apple is at least considering making a foldable iPhone, even though it’s likely years away.
Apple rarely introduces new technology first, but given that Samsung has already made several iterations of its folding technology available, there is a chance that Apple will lag behind if it waits until 2023 to follow suit. However, if Apple can perfect the technology in that time, the wait may be worthwhile.
Google Pixel 7a
We anticipate seeing the Pixel 7a in the summer, when Google typically releases its mid-range smartphones.
It appears from leaks that Google is developing a more expensive phone with a ceramic back and wireless charging. This would be a significant boost for the a-series, but it also seems plausible that this is a brand-new phone.
The following year, we’ll learn more.