2022 was a great year for phones, but the tech industry never sleeps, so we’re already looking ahead to 2023’s handsets – and many of them are shaping up to be very exciting. Leaks and rumors are making buzz that the Samsung Galaxy S23 series and the iPhone 15 line will be the most anticipated smartphones of 2023 but brands including Xiaomi, Sony and Google Pixel are also giving tough competition.
Here 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.
Most Anticipated Smartphones of 2023
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’re expecting 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, rather than some regions getting an Exynos one.
iPhone 15 Ultra
Obviously the entire iPhone 15 line is enormously anticipated, but it’s the intriguing talk of an iPhone 15 Ultra that has us the most excited.
This phone could land in place of an iPhone 15 Pro Max according to rumors, and 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.
Google Pixel Fold
Talking about the foldable phones, The Google Pixel Fold is a phone that we’ve been hearing about for years, and more recently there have been suggestions that it might land in either Q1 2023, or May 2023.
Based on the rumors so far, the Google Pixel Fold might have a 7.6-inch foldable OLED screen, a 5.8-inch cover display, and a Tensor – or more likely Tensor G2 – chipset.
Sony Xperia I IV
The Sony Xperia I IV was one of the most interesting phones of 2022, thanks among other things to a continuous optical zoom camera. That’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’d expect it will offer similarly unusual cameras, plus a great screen and flagship power – along with, hopefully, some innovative surprises. Look out for it around the middle of 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 screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 4,820mAh 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 its cameras, which include a 50MP f/1.9 primary camera with a big 1-inch sensor, which should help it take better shots than most phones.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 is set to be Samsung’s next foldable flagship, but we’re not expecting to see it until August 2023, so there’s a while to wait.
As such, we also don’t know much about it yet, 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.