2022 was a great year for phones, but the tech industry never sleeps, so we’re already looking forward to the 2023 phones – and many of them look to be very exciting.
Leaks and rumors mean we’ve already heard quite a bit about important phones like the Samsung Galaxy S23 series and the iPhone 15 line, and they’re certainly among the most anticipated phones of 2023.
But there are less obvious but no less exciting upcoming phones too, from brands including Xiaomi, Sony and more.
So below are the phones we’re most looking forward to in 2023. These are phones that, in most cases, are likely to be great, and should at least 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 in 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 a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset everywhere in the world, instead of some regions getting an Exynos card.
Beyond that, their specs might not be a million miles from the S22 range, but expect camera and display improvements, even where 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 it and the Pixel 7 Pro were so good that we’re already eager to see what Google makes for the Pixel 8.
So far, we haven’t heard much about this phone, other than that it will probably use a Tensor 3 chipset, support satellite communications, and that it might have 12GB of RAM, but we expect class-leading cameras and generally strong software.
Stay tuned for more information, as leaks and rumors are sure to start popping up in greater numbers as we get closer to the phone’s launch.
Google Pixel Fold
The Google Pixel Fold is a phone we’ve heard about for years, and recently there have been suggestions that it could land in either Q1 2023 or May 2023.
Based on the rumors so far, the Google Pixel Fold could have a 7.6-inch foldable OLED display, a 5.8-inch bezel display and a Tensor – or more likely Tensor G2 – chipset. It could also look like the phone pictured above, which sources claim shows the design of the Pixel Fold.
The cameras are up for debate, 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 worth getting excited about.
iPhone 15 Ultra
The entire iPhone 15 line is obviously hugely anticipated, but it is the exciting talk of an iPhone 15 Ultra that excites us the most.
Landing instead of a rumored iPhone 15 Pro Max, this phone could have better cameras than even the iPhone 15 Pro, including a long-range periscope snapper, along with a focus on battery life, a titanium frame and a very high price.
This one probably won’t come out until September 2023 if it lands at all, but it’s a phone you might want to save up for, as the iPhone 15 Ultra can be extremely expensive.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 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 it’s a while to wait.
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 similar cameras to the Galaxy Z Fold 4.
If nothing else, expect it to have a large folding screen so it can double as a tablet, coupled with a correspondingly large price tag.
Sony Xperia IV
The Sony Xperia I IV was one of the most interesting phones in 2022, thanks in part to a continuous optical zoom camera. It’s a feature you won’t find on other brands, and it helped Sony’s flagship stand out from the crowd.
So far we haven’t really heard anything about the Xperia 1 V, but we expect it to offer similarly unusual cameras, plus a great display and flagship power – 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’s only available in China, with a global launch expected in early 2023.
This phone has a 6.73-inch 1440 x 3200 OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, a 4820mAh battery with 120W wired charging and 50W wireless charging, a top-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 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 the cameras, which include a 50 MP f/1.9 primary camera with a large 1-inch sensor, which should help it take better photos than those most phones.
It also has a 50 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera, and a 50 MP f/2.0 telephoto camera with 3x optical zoom. And if that’s not enough for you, there is also talk of an even more complete Xiaomi 13 Ultra, although we haven’t heard much about this yet.
The OnePlus 11 is likely to land in the first few months of 2023, and leaks suggest it won’t be joined by a standalone OnePlus 11 Pro — or rather, the OnePlus 11 will be OnePlus 11 Pro in all but name.
So expect this phone to compete with the Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus or Ultra, despite the rumored 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 QHD+ 120Hz AMOLED display, a 5,000mAh battery with 100W charging, a 50MP main sensor, a 48MP ultra-wide camera and a 32MP telephoto. with 2x optical zoom.
You can see what the OnePlus 11 might look like in the unofficial render above.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5
Along with 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 more palatable price.
This upcoming foldable phone will reportedly use the top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, have a 3.3 or 3.4-inch bezel display (up from 1.9 inches on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4), and will have a less visible fold than the current model.
It all sounds very promising, but Samsung will be working to stay on top of the foldable clamshell, thanks to tough competition from the likes of Oppo and Motorola.