The most anticipated models in 2023 are likely to be those of the high-end flagships of the smartphone market, such as Apple, Samsung, Xiaomi, and Google. These upcoming new products like Vivo, OnePlus, or OPPO will surprise users with state-of-the-art features and specifications.
From affordable flagships to foldable smartphones, these handset makers will be launching exciting handsets in the next few months of 2023. Although it is difficult to accurately predict the next development trend of the smartphone industry in 2023, some analysts have selected the most anticipated phones in 2023 based on previous release cycles, information, and international media reports.
1. Samsung Galaxy S23
The next flagship in the Samsung lineup will undoubtedly be the Galaxy S23 series. It includes the Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23 Plus, and Galaxy S23 Ultra. It is reported that although the Galaxy S23 series will not have major visual changes, there will be some hardware improvements.
These include a pixel-packed 200MP main camera and a 40MP front-facing selfie camera. Plus, there’s a new chip with greater power efficiency, ray tracing, and more to improve the aesthetics of mobile gaming, with improved artificial intelligence to better distinguish you from the Zoom background, among other improvements.
Analysts believe that Samsung may ditch its own Exynos processor and rely entirely on Qualcomm for the Galaxy S23. It’s safe to assume we won’t have to wait too long, as the tech giant is hosting an Unpacked event on February 1st.
2. Apple iPhone 15
Apple’s new iPhone series is usually released in September, and 2023 will follow this pattern. The introduction of USB-C charging to the iPhone 15 is one of the biggest changes we’ve seen. Thanks to recent EU regulations, all new Smartphones sold in the region must support USB-C charging by 2024. Apple says it will abide by these rules, and it’s unclear if the iPhone with USB-C will be released globally or if it’s just a European model.
Of course, we might also see some routine changes like some camera improvements and new processors. The company has already taken a step in this direction with the iPhone 14 series, retaining features like the Dynamic Island and the new A16 Bionic processor exclusive to the Pro series. More interestingly, though, Apple would further differentiate between the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max and the smaller iPhone 15 Pro. Apple may change the name of the iPhone Pro Max to the iPhone Ultra in the future to better align with other products such as the Apple Watch Ultra.
3. OnePlus 11 5G
The OnePlus 11 5G is already available in China, but the new phone will launch globally on February 7. It is reported that the new phone is equipped with a 6.7-inch OLED screen with a refresh rate of 120Hz, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, and fast charging of 100 watts. This is a step up from the 80W fast charging that OnePlus offered on last year’s phones.
The OnePlus 11 5G also has a 50MP main camera, a 48MP ultra-wide-angle camera, and a 32MP telephoto camera.
4. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
Considering the Galaxy Z Fold 4 is Samsung’s best folding phone ever, it would be a shame not to continue the lineup with new models. This is also the basis for the continued existence of the Z Fold 5.
According to reports, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 may have an S Pen storage slot, a lighter design, and a less pronounced crease. In the meantime, we’re likely to see the regular camera and processor improvements in the Galaxy Z Fold 5.
5. Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Following the launch of the Galaxy A53 5G last spring, the next phone in the series is expected to be called the Galaxy A54 5G. It is reported that the Galaxy A54 5G will be a modest upgrade to the A53 5G.
Its screen is expected to be 6.4 inches, slightly smaller than the 6.5 inches of the A53, and it will have a triple camera on the back. These specs come from renders of the Galaxy A54 5G design. Also, the A54 5G may have a slightly larger battery than its predecessor.
6. OPPO Find X6 Pro
It is said that the next flagship product of the Find X series will adopt a new design and have the latest Snapdragon 8th generation 2 processor inside.
The Oppo Find X6 Pro will be one of the first phones to run on the Snapdragon 8 gen 2 platform, likely to launch in February-March 2023. Renders that have already been released have leaked, and it can be seen that it has undergone a complete redesign, with a prominent circular camera housing on the back of the phone, complemented by four new matte pastel colors.
7. Mi 13 and 13 Pro
Xiaomi 13 Pro has been released in China, and the global release is scheduled for early 2023. The phone features a 6.73-inch 1440 x 3200 OLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 4820mAh battery with 120W wired charging and 50W wireless charging, a top-of-the-line Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset, and up to 12GB of RAM.
As you’d expect, it’s also waterproof and has a premium design, but what’s most interesting about the Xiaomi 13 Pro are its cameras, which include a 1-inch-large 50MP f/1.9 main camera capable of taking better shots than most Better photos from your phone.
8. Huawei P60 Pro
The Huawei P60 Pro is the upcoming flagship phone of the brand. This model is considered to be the next innovative handset model in the P-series with attractive specifications and features. The new Smartphone will come in a variety of colors and have other physical attributes, including a lightweight, elegant screen with curved edges. According to Huawei, it will feature a 6.58-inch screen with a resolution of 1200 x 2640 pixels, weigh 209 grams, and have body dimensions of 158.2mm x 72.6mm x 9mm.
Its lens structure may remind users of Huawei Nova 8 and 9 models. The base of the new model has four cameras, including an LED flash and a color sensor, and a huge camera frame on the back to serve the user. Additionally, the new model will include a 50MP wide-angle camera, a 12MP periscope telephoto lens, and a 13MP ultra-wide-angle camera. Above the screen, the notch contains a 13MP selfie camera.
9. Sony Xperia 1V
The Xperia 1 IV is arguably Sony’s most impressive flagship phone in years, thanks in no small part to its use of an innovative zoom telephoto rear camera. It is capable of continuous optical zoom between 3.5x and 5.2x.
So, we’re curious how Sony handles this with the Xperia 1 V. We’re also curious to see what else the Japanese brand has to offer, such as the 4K/120Hz screens, camera software, and more it previously offered.
10. Vivo X90
In recent years, Vivo has made great strides in the field of high-end phones. Therefore, we are very eager for the launch of the Vivo X90 series after the Chinese launch in November 2022. The phone is reported to have a 6.78-inch diagonal AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, Full HD+ resolution, and a brightness of up to 1300 nits.
The screen is equipped with an integrated fingerprint sensor and the terminal will run Android 13 with the FunTouch OS interface applied on it. Although they are also launching domestically with a Dimensity 9200 CPU, we expect to get a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor overseas as well.
The Vivo X90 Pro will be equipped with three cameras, the main sensor is 50MP (Sony IMX989), and the battery capacity is 4870mAh. The phone charges 120W wired and 50W wirelessly.
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