After a sluggish few years in the Android world, 2019 is set to be a smash-hit for smartphone fans. We’ve already seen a few interesting phones with foldable designs, punch-hole displays, and as many as six cameras. These include the Samsung Galaxy S10, Nokia 9 PureView, and many others.
Forget iPhone 11, Apple’s Next Radical iPhones Revealed
What Kuo reveals is that 2020 will be the year Apple delivers the big crowd-pleasing upgrades which it will skip in 2019. Most notable for some, Kuo states 2020 models will be the first iPhones to come with true 5G connectivity – something the 2019 models will controversially skip.
Moreover, Kuo states that 2020 will be the year we see Apple deliver the first major design change to the iPhone since the iPhone X. Apple will re-size its premium models, shrinking the 5.8-inch model to 5.4-inches and increasing the 6.5-inch Max to 6.7-inches. This will give fans the firstly truly pocketable and powerful iPhone since the iPhone SE. The 2020 iPhone XR will remain at 6.1-inches and skip 5G (coming in 2021) but step up to a premium OLED display for the first time. A new punch-hole display is also tipped for all 2020 models.
Best upcoming Android phones of 2019
But the year is still far from over. If you want to know more about the kinds of handsets you can look forward to, check out our list of the best upcoming Android phones arriving in 2019.
- Upgraded HTC U12 Plus
- Pocophone F2
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10
- Google Pixel 4 series
- Huawei Mate 30 Pro
- Motorola Razr foldable phone
1. An upgraded HTC U12 Plus
HTC’s Taiwan president talked about the direction of its upcoming Android phones last year, and it looks like we may not get a true HTC U12 Plus successor in the first half of next year. Apparently, HTC’s current plan is to “extend” the U12 Plus range. Though HTC didn’t give us any further details on that when we reached out to it, it could mean a slightly upgraded U12 Plus is set for H1 2019.
2. Pocophone F2
Xiaomi made headlines last year with the announcement of the Pocophone F1. The reason why is that the phone offers fantastic value for money. Starting at just 330 euros (~$370), it features the Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, a massive battery, and a dual-camera setup at the back.
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 10
The Galaxy S10 series has already been announced, which means the next Samsung flagship to look forward to in 2019 is the Galaxy Note 10. Based on previous years, the phone will likely be announced in August or September.
4. Google Pixel 4 series
The Google Pixel 4 series, which will likely consist of the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL, is expected to make its debut in October. As we’re still months away from their release, we don’t officially know anything about the two upcoming Android phones. But we assume they’ll be camera-focused, just like their predecessors.
5. Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Huawei announced the P30 Pro in March, which means the next flagship from the company to expect is the Mate 30 Pro. Based on previous Mate phones, the 30 Pro will likely be revealed in October.
6. Motorola Razr foldable phone
It looks like Motorola plans on bringing back the Razr series. The company is reportedly working on a foldable phone, which is expected to launch sometime this year. An exact date isn’t known, but the company said it plans to enter the market around the same time as its competitors. As Samsung and Huawei have already revealed their foldable phones, Motorola can’t be far behind.
Announced but not yet released
The handsets below have already been announced, but since they haven’t gone on sale yet we’re still including them on our list of the best upcoming
- Android phones.
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Huawei Mate X
- LG V50 ThinQ
- Sony Xperia 1
Samsung Galaxy Fold
Announced in February, the Galaxy Fold is Samsung’s first foldable device. It opens and closes like a book and features a 4.6-inch display on the outside and a 7.3-inch screen on the inside. The phone has six cameras on board, is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, and is 5G ready. It was initially scheduled to go on sale on April 26, but Samsung pushed back the launch date due to problems with the phone’s display.
Huawei Mate X
Huawei’s rival to the Galaxy Fold made its debut at MWC 2019. It features a single display that’s wrapped around the outside of the device and measures 8-inches when in tablet mode. The 5G phone is powered by the Kirin 980 chipset, sports a rear triple-camera setup, and has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. Huawei says the Mate X (with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage) will retail for 2,299 euros (~$2,565) once it goes on sale this summer. The phone isn’t expected to launch in the U.S.
LG V50 ThinQ
The successor to the LG V40 ThinQ made its debut at MWC in February and is LG’s first 5G phone. It sports a large 6.4-inch QHD+ display, is equipped with three rear cameras, and is powered by the latest and greatest Snapdragon 855 chipset. The V50 is a great phone for music lovers, as it features a headphone jack and a Quad DAC that offers a better audio experience with the right headphones. The phone is already up for pre-order at Sprint — get it via the button below.
Sony Xperia 1
Sony’s flagship has a large 6.5-inch display with an aspect ratio of 21:9. It sports top-of-the-line specs including the Snapdragon 855 chipset, 8GB of RAM, and a rear triple-camera setup. It comes with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner like a lot of other Xperia phones and offers most of the bells and whistles expected from a flagship including an IP68 rating. The Xperia 1 was announced at MWC 2019 in Barcelona and can already be pre-ordered on Amazon. The phone will officially be released on July 12.