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Almost everyone around owns a smartphone, and it’s either they’re an Android or Apple user. While you see most celebrities sporting Apple’s iPhones, there are still millions of people across the globe who prefer having an Android device. The technology they put into their devices always seems to be one step ahead, and it looks like Androids continue to evolve tremendously as the years pass.

There’s no denying that people are always tempted to upgrade their phones because of all the new releases annually, and we can’t blame them. In a world where social media is such a craze and people do countless tasks on their smartphones, it’s not hard to see why people would like the have a faster processor, better display, better cameras, etc.

While many of the Android devices available on the market already come with pretty impressive specs, we’re sure you will still be left in awe by what’s to come in the coming years. Foldable smartphones used to be just an idea, but we now see a couple of companies making them. You can just imagine how much better they’ll get a decade from now. If you’re curious about the rumors swirling about all the upcoming Android devices coming out in the next year or so, keep reading. We’ve compiled a list of the best upcoming Android phones to watch out for, and we’ll tell you all the available information about them.

01 Samsung Galaxy S23

Samsung is among the top manufacturers of Android devices, and they often release devices that can go head-to-head with Apple’s latest release. Their Galaxy S22 lineup was pretty impressive, but we will get to see their new S23 series in 2023. There are already numerous rumors about what we could expect from the new lineup despite there being no official announcements yet about the phone.

The S23 series is expected to be launched come February 2023. Reports say its overall design will be similar to the S22 series but a bit bigger. There have been leaked photos of alleged dummy units and cases, and it seems like Samsung got rid of the rear Contour Cut camera housing and stuck with the individual lens layout like the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Ice Universe claims that the S23 Ultra could have an upgraded display, but they have yet to go into specifics. RGcloudS, a Twitter leaker, claims that the S23 series could have an enhanced fingerprint reader. Rumors also say that we will get at least four color options: black, light pink, green, and beige.

The camera system of a smartphone is a vital part of the device since people often use it to take photos and videos to post online. The S22 Ultra already had an impressive 108MP camera, but rumors say that the S23 Ultra could have a 200MP camera.

In terms of internal performance of the S23 series, Samsung will most probably equip them with the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, which would have performance/power improvements, a more advanced AI engine, and a better image signal processor compared to the S22 lineup. There are also rumors saying that the S23 devices might get satellite communication for emergencies, which is similar to Apple’s Emergency SOS via Satellite on the latest iPhone 14 lineup.

Pros

  • Rumored faster chip
  • Better cameras
  • Enhanced fingerprint reader
  • Satellite communication for emergencies

Cons

  • Might not have major changes design-wise
  • Could be pricey
Samsung Galaxy S23

02 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5

If you’re one of the people who are into Samsung’s foldable phones, you most probably have heard about the Galaxy Z Fold 4. It’s an excellent device for people who want a breath of fresh air and feel like they’re leaving in the future. The next-generation model of the phone, the Galaxy Z Fold 5, will indeed have even more impressive specs and could attract more people to join in the foldable smartphone craze.

There is no specific date the phone is expected to release yet, but it could hit stores sometime during the late summer or early fall of 2023. You should also expect it to come at a pretty hefty price tag, similar to when the Galaxy Fold 4 was first released.

There are rumors saying that the Galaxy Fold 5 will be made from new materials, so it might be lighter than its predecessor. We could assume that the phone will have a 7.2-inch inner display and a 6.2-inch external display. It should have OLED screens with a refresh rate of at least 120Hz. The crease is what everyone notices when folding/unfolding the phone, and some reports say that Samsung might make the crease larger but shallower. We have yet to see more rumors about the expected camera system the Galaxy Fold 5 will have, but we hope they get the 200MP primary camera the Galaxy S23 is rumored to have.

Since most of the new phones from Samsung are expected to have the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, it won’t be surprising if the Galaxy Fold 5 comes with it too. The Galaxy Fold 4 has a Snapdragon 8 “Plus” Gen 1 processor, so the Fold 5 might also have the “Plus” version of the chip. More rumors are expected to come out early next year, so we all just have to wait and see what Samsung is brewing up.

Pros

  • Rumored to be lighter
  • Larger and shallower crease
  • Faster chipset

Cons

  • Not much trustworthy rumors yet
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5

03 Google Pixel Fold

Flip phones were among the most popular mobile devices at one point, so don’t be surprised if more and more companies create their own types of flip phones in the coming years. Samsung has been a frontrunner when it comes to modern smart flip phones, but it looks like Google will soon jump into the action. There has been a lot of talk about the Google Pixel Fold over the years, and rumors say it might be launched in 2023.

The phone will undoubtedly be a premium device, which means it won’t be the cheapest. Rumor has it that the device will somehow look like a Google Pixel 7 Pro on the outside but thicker. It will be similar to the Galaxy Z Fold when you unfold it. The Pixel Fold reportedly has an external display measuring 5.79 inches, while its inner display will be around 7.69 inches. The display will likely have a resolution of 2208×1840 and a 120Hz refresh rate. It might also come with a peak brightness of 1,200 nits. Based on Google’s track record, we could assume that the phone will be available in black or silver.

The Pixel devices released through the years have always been known for their excellent camera system, so the Pixel Fold will most likely not disappoint when it comes to being a tool for your content creation. Leaks suggest that the phone might have a 50MP primary camera, an 8MP camera, and two 12MP sensors. Some leakers also say that the phone might not have a notch anymore.

For the chipset that will be used for the Pixel Fold, reports say that it will still be Google’s in-house Tensor chip. It might not be more powerful than Samsung’s upcoming Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, but you can rest assured that you will still get enough processing power to have a smooth experience.

Pros

  • Foldable design
  • Larger inner display with a 120Hz refresh rate
  • Faster processor
  • Excellent cameras

Cons

  • Might be pricey
Google Pixel Fold

04 OnePlus 11

OnePlus released the OnePlus 10 Pro and OnePlus 10T in 2022, but it looks like they’re already working on a brand-new model for 2023. The company said that its new OnePlus 11 is set to be launched sometime in February 2023. There are no official details from the company about the exact specs of the phone, but GSM Arena already released their suspicions on what the phone could look like and be equipped with.

The OnePlus 11  is rumored to have a 6.7-inch LTPO2 Fluid AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It might have a 1,300-nit peak brightness, HDR10+ support, and could produce one billion colors. It would be an always-on display and be protected by Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

The phone would run on Android 13 and have the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip. We could see a 256GB and 512GB variant in terms of storage options. The base model could come with 12GB RAM, while the pricier variants would have 16GB RAM. This would be excellent for those who regularly use their phones for multitasking.

Of course, the OnePlus 11 would get better cameras than its predecessors. Rumors say it might have a 50MP wide camera, a 32MP telephoto camera, a 48MP ultrawide camera, and a 16MP wide front camera. The rear camera could shoot up to 8K video at 24fps, but you might need to get the largest storage option if you plan to regularly shoot 8K content since it will take up a lot of space.

The phone will most probably support the latest tri-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e and Bluetooth 5.3 technology. It reportedly has a 5000 mAh battery and a USB Type-C 3.1 port. The device could support up to 100W wired charging and 50W wireless charging. The fingerprint reader would be hidden under the display, and you’ll get other sensors like a compass, barometer, accelerometer, etc.

Pros

  • Fantastic display
  • Fast processor
  • High RAM and storage
  • Better cameras that can shoot 8K video at 24fps
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e and Bluetooth 5.3
  • Up to 100W wired charging

Cons

  • None so far
OnePlus 11

05 Samsung Galaxy A54

The A-series of Samsung has always been an excellent option for people who don’t want to splurge too much on a mobile device. We saw the Galaxy A53 5G hit stores in 2022, and we’re sure Samsung will take things to another level with their Galaxy A54, which is expected to be released sometime in 2023. We suspect that it will still come in a similar price range to its predecessors, so expect to pay $500 or less.

91Mobiles and OnLeaks reported that the A54 could get rid of the camera island and just have individual camera lenses on the back. It would be similar to the S22 Ultra design and the rumored design of the upcoming S23 series. We could see the new A54 series with a 6.4-inch display. It will most likely come with Åndroid 13 pre-installed, and you could get around 6-8GB of RAM.

The chipset the phone might be using is the S5E8835 chip, which is what follows the older Exynos 1280 chip. Rumors say that the new chip will have four 2.0GHz efficiency cores and four 2.4GHz performance cores. The camera might sound like a downgrade because it will reportedly come with a 50MP main camera instead of the 64MP camera the A53 already has. Still, you can expect to get better camera quality and performance because of the enhanced sensor and lens.

You shouldn’t expect to get a giant leap when it comes to battery life because it might just get a 5,050mAh or 5,100mAh battery, which is a minor improvement from the A53’s advertised 5,000mAh battery. The charging time was an issue for the A53 because it was limited to 25W, but we hope Samsung improves things for the A54.

Pros

  • Still more affordable compared to rivals
  • No more camera island
  • Better chipset
  • Improved camera sensor and lens

Cons

  • Could only have a minor battery improvement
  • Might still not be as powerful as premium phones
Samsung Galaxy A54

William Sattelberg

Dec 23, 2022

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