2022 was a great year for phones, but the tech industry never sleeps, so we’re already looking ahead to the phones of 2023, and many of them are shaping up to be very exciting.
Leaks and rumors mean we’ve heard quite a bit about key phones like the Samsung Galaxy S23 series and the iPhone 15 lineup, and they’re certainly among the most anticipated phones of 2023.
But there are also less obvious but no less exciting upcoming phones, from brands like Xiaomi, Sony, and more.
Below you’ll find the phones we’re most looking forward to in 2023. These are phones that, in most cases, are likely to be great, and at the very least, should be interesting, unusual, 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 in the year, probably in February.
Leaks suggest that the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra could have a monster 200MP camera, and that every S23 model will use a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset worldwide, rather than some regions getting an Exynos one.
Beyond that, its specs might not be a million miles from those of the S22 series, but camera and display improvements are to be expected, even when the core specs are similar. You can see an unofficial render showing the rumored design of the Galaxy S23 Ultra above.
Google Pixel 8
The Google Pixel 7 only launched in October 2022, but both it and the Pixel 7 Pro were so good that we’re already looking forward to seeing what Google has in store for the Pixel 8.
We haven’t heard much about this phone so far, other than that it will likely use a Tensor 3 chipset, support satellite communications, and could have 12GB of RAM, but expect class-leading cameras and generally solid software.
Stay tuned for more, because the leaks and rumors are sure to start surfacing in greater numbers 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 more recently there have been suggestions that it could land in Q1 2023 or May 2023.
According to rumors so far, the Google Pixel Fold could have a 7.6-inch foldable OLED display, a 5.8-inch clamshell display, and a Tensor chipset, or more likely Tensor G2. It could also look like the phone pictured above, which sources claim shows off the design of the Pixel Fold.
There’s disagreement about the cameras, but they can impress too, with one leak pointing to a 64MP/12.2MP/10MP rear camera combo.
We’d take all of this with a pinch of salt for now, but this might end up being one of the few non-Samsung foldable phones worth getting excited about.
iPhone 15 Ultra
Obviously, the entire iPhone 15 lineup is highly anticipated, but it’s the intriguing talk of an iPhone 15 Ultra that has us most excited.
This phone could land in place of an iPhone 15 Pro Max according to rumors, and it could have better cameras than even the iPhone 15 Pro, including a long-range periscope snapper, along with a focus on battery life, a frame Titanium and a very high price
It probably won’t be out until September 2023 if it does, but it’s a phone you might want to save up for as the iPhone 15 Ultra could be extremely expensive.
Samsung Galaxy Z Foldable 5
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is set to be Samsung’s next foldable flagship, but we don’t expect to see it until August 2023, so there’s a bit of waiting.
As such, we don’t know much about it yet either, but an early leak points to it using the powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and having cameras similar to the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
If nothing else, expect it to have a large folding screen so it can double as a tablet, along with an equally high price tag.
sony xperia iv
The Sony Xperia I IV was one of the most interesting phones of 2022 thanks, among other things, to a camera with continuous optical zoom. That’s a feature you won’t find on other brands, and it helped make Sony’s flagship stand out from the crowd.
So far we haven’t heard anything about the Xperia 1 V, but we expect it to offer equally unusual cameras, plus a great display and flagship power, along with hopefully some innovative surprises. Be on the lookout for mid 2023.
xiaomi 13 Pro
The Xiaomi 13 Pro has already been announced, but it’s only available in China so far, with a global launch expected in early 2023.
This phone has a 6.73-inch 1440 x 3200 OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 4820mAh battery with 120W wired charging and 50W wireless charging, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset from high-end and up to 12 GB 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 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 camera and a 50MP f/2.0 telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. And if that’s not enough for you, there’s also talk of an even more accomplished Xiaomi 13 Ultra, although we haven’t heard much about it yet.
one plus 11
The OnePlus 11 will likely land in the early months of 2023, and leaks suggest it won’t be joined by a standalone OnePlus 11 Pro, or rather, the OnePlus 11. they will be the OnePlus 11 Pro in all but name.
So expect this phone to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus or Ultra, despite the supposed lack of a Pro, Plus, or Ultra suffix.
Leaks point to a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, up to 16GB of RAM, a 6.7-inch 120Hz AMOLED QHD+ display, a 5000mAh battery with 100W charging, a 50MP main sensor, a 48 MP ultra-wide camera and a 32 MP telephoto camera with 2x optical zoom.
You can see what the OnePlus 11 would look like in the unofficial render above.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5
Along with the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5, we’re also expecting the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, which is probably the better seller of the two, thanks to a more acceptable price point.
This upcoming foldable flip phone will reportedly use the top-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, have a 3.3-inch or 3.4-inch clamshell display (versus 1.9-inch on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 ) and will have a less visible crease than the current model
That all sounds very promising, but Samsung will have to work hard to stay on top of the foldable heap, thanks to stiff competition from Oppo and Motorola.