2022 will be a great year for phones, but the tech industry never sleeps, so we’re already looking ahead to phones in 2023 – and many of them are going to be pretty exciting.
Leaks and rumors mean we’ve heard a few things about key handsets like the Samsung Galaxy S23 series and the iPhone 15 series, which are undoubtedly among the most anticipated handsets of 2023.
But there are also less obvious but equally exciting upcoming phones from brands like Xiaomi and Sony.
Here are our most anticipated phones in 2023. While these phones are probably great most of the time, they should at least be fun, different, or innovative.
Samsung Galaxy S23
The Samsung Galaxy S23 and its siblings — including the Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra — are likely to be the most popular Android flagships of 2023, and we expect to see them early this year, possibly in February.
Leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra could feature a massive 200MP camera, and that each S23 model will use a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset in various parts of the world, rather than an Exynos chipset in some regions.
Other than that, their specs are likely to be within a million miles of those of the S22 series, but even if the core specs are similar, the cameras and screens will be improved. You can see an unofficial render showing the rumored Galaxy S23 Ultra design.
Google Pixel 8
The Google Pixel 7 doesn’t launch until October 2022, but it and the Pixel 7 Pro are fantastic, and we can’t wait to see what Google has in store for the Pixel 8.
We haven’t heard much about the phone so far, other than that it might use a Tensor 3 chipset, support satcom, and it might have 12GB of RAM, but we’re expecting top-notch cameras and general power software.
Stay tuned for more info, because leaks and rumors are sure to start popping up as we get closer to the phone’s launch.
Google Pixel Fold
The Google Pixel Fold is a phone we’ve been hearing about for years, and it was recently revealed that it could arrive in Q1 2023 or May 2023.
According to current rumors, the Google Pixel Fold may feature a 7.6-inch foldable OLED screen, a 5.8-inch housing display, and a Tensor (or more likely Tensor G2) chipset. It could also look like the phone pictured above, which sources say shows the Pixel Fold design.
The cameras are divided, but they could also impress, with one leak pointing to a 64MP/12.2MP/10MP rear camera combo.
We’ll take all of this with a grain of salt for now, but this could end up being one of the few non-Samsung foldable phones to get excited about.
iPhone 15 Extreme Edition
Obviously, the entire iPhone 15 lineup is highly anticipated, but what got us most excited was the interesting talk about the iPhone 15 Ultra.
According to rumours, this phone could replace the iPhone 15 Pro Max and could have better cameras than the iPhone 15 Pro, including a long-range periscope snapper, as well as a focus on battery life, a titanium frame, and a very high price.
If it does land, it probably won’t launch until September 2023, but it’s a phone you might want to save some money on, as the iPhone 15 Ultra is likely to be very expensive.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 will be Samsung’s next foldable flagship, but we don’t expect to see it until August 2023, so there’s still a while to go.
So we don’t know much about it either, but early leaks suggest it uses a powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and has a camera similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
If nothing else, expect it to have a large foldable screen so it can double as a tablet, plus an equally high price tag.
Sony Xperia IV
The Sony Xperia I IV is one of the most interesting phones of 2022 thanks to a continuous optical zoom camera. It’s a feature no other brand has, and it helps Sony’s flagship stand out.
We haven’t really heard anything about the Xperia 1 V so far, but we expect it to offer a similarly extraordinary camera, plus a great screen and flagship features – and hopefully some innovative surprises. Watch for it around mid-2023.
Mi 13 Pro
The Mi 13 Pro has actually been announced, but so far it’s only available in China, with a global launch expected in early 2023.
The phone features a 6.73-inch 1440 x 3200 OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 4,820mAh battery with 120W wired charging and 50W wireless charging, a high-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, and up to 12GB of RAM.
It’s also water-resistant and the premium design you’d expect, but the most exciting aspect of the Mi 13 Pro is its cameras, which include a 50MP f/1.9 main camera with a large 1-inch sensor, which should help It takes better photos than most phones.
It also has a 50MP f/2.2 ultra-wide-angle camera and a 50MP f/2.0 telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. If that’s not enough for you, there’s also talk of an even more successful Mi 13 Ultra, although we haven’t heard much about it yet.
one plus 11
The OnePlus 11 could land in the first few months of 2023, and leaks suggest it won’t be coming with the standalone OnePlus 11 Pro — or rather, the OnePlus 11 Will The OnePlus 11 Pro is anything but the name.
So, despite the rumored lack of Pro, Plus, or Ultra suffixes, the phone is expected to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus or Ultra.
Leaks point to a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, up to 16GB of RAM, a 6.7-inch QHD+ 120Hz AMOLED screen, a 5,000mAh battery with 100W charging, a 50MP primary sensor, a 48MP ultrawide camera, and a 32MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom.
You can see what the OnePlus 11 might look like in the unofficial renders above.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5
Alongside the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, we’re also expecting the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, which may be the better seller of the two due to its more affordable price.
The upcoming clamshell foldable phone will reportedly use the high-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, feature a 3.3 or 3.4-inch protective screen (up from the 1.9-inch Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 ), and have a crease that’s narrower than the Galaxy Z Flip 4’s. The Z Flip 4 is even less obvious than the current model.
This all sounds very promising, but with stiff competition from the likes of Oppo and Motorola, Samsung will have to work hard to stay at the top of the clamshell foldable stack.