2022 was a great year for phones, but the tech industry never sleeps, so we’re already looking ahead to 2023’s mobile phones – and many of them are shaping up to be very exciting.
But there are also less obvious but no less exciting upcoming phones from brands like Xiaomi, Sony and more.
Below are the phones we’re most looking forward to in 2023. These are phones that, for the most part, are probably great and should at least be interesting, unusual, or innovative.
Samsung Galaxy S23
That 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 in the year, probably in February.
Leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra could get a monstrous 200MP camera and that every S23 model will use one Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 Chipset all over the world instead of some regions getting an Exynos.
Additionally, its specs might not be a million miles off the S22 series, but camera and screen improvements are to be expected even if the core specs are similar. You can see an unofficial render above showing the rumored design of the Galaxy S23 Ultra.
Google Pixel 8
So far we haven’t heard much about this phone other than that it could likely use a Tensor 3 chipset, support satellite communications and have 12GB of RAM, but we’re expecting top-notch cameras and generally strong software.
Stay tuned for more information as leaks and rumors are sure to surface in greater numbers as we get closer to the phone’s launch.
Google Pixel Fold
Based on the rumors so far, the Google Pixel Fold could have a 7.6-inch foldable OLED screen, a 5.8-inch cover display and a Tensor or rather Tensor G2 chipset. It could also look like the phone in the picture above, sources claim shows the design of the Pixel Fold.
There’s disagreement over the cameras, but they could also impress with a leak point it out and a 64MP/12.2MP/10MP rear camera combo.
We’d take all of this with a pinch of salt for now, but this could end up being one of the few foldable phones worth cheering for.
iPhone 15 Ultra
Obviously the entire iPhone 15 range is highly anticipated, but it’s the intriguing talk of one iPhone 15 Ultra that excited us the most.
This phone could be rumored to land in place of an iPhone 15 Pro Max, and have better cameras than even the iPhone 15 Pro, including a long-range periscope snap, along with a focus on battery life, a titanium frame, and a very steep price tag.
This probably won’t be out until September 2023, if it even lands, but it’s a phone you might want to save up for The iPhone 15 Ultra could be extremely expensive.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
That Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is supposed to be Samsung’s next foldable flagship, but we don’t expect to see it before August 2023, so it’s going to have to be a while.
So we don’t know much about it yet either, but an early leak suggests that it uses the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and has cameras similar to that Galaxy Z Fold 4.
If nothing else, expect it to have a large foldable screen so it can double as a tablet, coupled with a similarly steep price tag.
Sony Xperia IV
That Sony Xperia II IV was one of the most interesting phones of 2022, thanks in part to a stepless optical zoom camera. It’s a feature you won’t find on other brands and it’s helped Sony’s flagship stand out from the crowd.
We haven’t really heard anything about the Xperia 1 V yet, but we’d expect it to offer similarly unusual cameras, as well as a great screen and flagship performance – along with hopefully some innovative surprises. Look out for it around mid-2023.
Xiaomi 13 Pro
The Xiaomi 13 Pro has actually already been announced, but so far it is only available in China, with a global market launch expected in early 2023.
This phone features a 6.73-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 3200 and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, a 4,820 mAh battery with 120W wired charging and 50W wireless charging, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 -Top of the range chipset and up to 12GB of RAM.
It also has water resistance and a premium design as you’d expect, but the most exciting aspect of the Xiaomi 13 Pro is its cameras, which include a 50MP f/1.9 primary camera with a large 1-inch sensor, which should help it make it better recordings than most phones.
It also has a 50MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera and a 50MP f/2.0 telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. And if that’s not enough for you, you can also speak of someone who is even more experienced Xiaomi 13 Ultraalthough we haven’t heard much about it yet.
One Plus 11
The OnePlus 11 is likely to land in the early months of 2023, and leaks suggest it won’t be accompanied by a standalone OnePlus 11 Pro – or rather, the OnePlus 11 will be the OnePlus 11 Pro in everything but the name.
So expect this phone to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus or Ultra despite the alleged lack of a Pro, Plus or Ultra suffix.
Leaks indicate this 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 main sensor, a 48 MP ultra wide camera and a 32 MP telephoto lens with 2x optical zoom.
You can see what the OnePlus 11 could look like in the unofficial rendering above.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5
Alongside the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, we’re also looking forward to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, which is likely to be the better seller of the two thanks to a cheaper price point.
This upcoming clamshell foldable phone will reportedly use the top-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, have a 3.3- or 3.4-inch coverage screen (up from 1.9-inches on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4) and has a less visible crease than the current model.
That all sounds very promising, but Samsung will be working hard to stay at the forefront of the foldable clamshell bunch thanks to stiff competition from the likes of Oppo and Motorola.