With the pace of smartphones evolving so fast, there's always something coming up in the wings. The next big thing is already being anticipated as soon as the newest phone is launched, and Samsung and OnePlus will release the first new devices. The OnePlus 11 5G will go on sale worldwide on February 7, while Samsung will launch the Galaxy S23 during the first week of February. Here are the upcoming phones we are expecting to see in 2023, according to past launch cycles, rumors, and reports.
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Here are some of the upcoming mobile phones of 2023 before we get into the details:
- Samsung Galaxy S23
- Google Pixel 8
- iPhone 15 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
- Xiaomi 13 Pro
- OnePlus 11 5G
- Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5
Samsung Galaxy S23
- In the first half of 2023, the Samsung Galaxy S23, the company's future smartphone line in Dubai, will be on sale. The company announced the launch during Samsung's "Unpacked" event in February 2023. The renderings and rumors of the Samsung Galaxy S23 have given us a solid indication of what to expect from the company's upcoming flagships. The Samsung Galaxy S23 is rumored to have an Android 13-based One UI 5.0 pre-installed, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 Gen 2 CPU, and a triple-rear camera system
Google Pixel 8
- Although there haven't been many leaks for the Pixel 8 family yet, a fair amount of information is still available. Here are the general specifications of the phones we know of Google Pixel 8. The next-generation Tensor processor, code-named "Zuma," will be available for the Pixel 8 series. Thanks to its 8GB of RAM for the regular Pixel 8 and 12GB of RAM for the Pro version, it will have enough storage. Compared to the Pixel 8 Pro, we anticipate the standard Pixel 8 will keep a battery with a capacity of 4,300mAh or more. In 2023, we hope to see a dedicated telephoto camera on the base Pixel 8, leading to better zoom.
iPhone 15 Ultra
- Apple is considering renaming the iPhone 15 Pro Max as the iPhone 15 ultra by Apple for the upcoming smartphone series in 2023. The pricing of the new iPhone 15 Ultra will start at AED 4,771, which is AED 734 more than the price of the iPhone 14 Pro Max, according to a recent claim in Leaks Apple Pro. Given that leaks revealed that the new iPhones would have curved edges and a titanium chassis. The Dynamic Island cutout on iPhone 14 Pro models will continue on the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra models. Additionally, it has been revealed that the top-end 1 TB edition of the iPhone 15 Ultra may cost a staggering AED 6,607
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5
- Rumors have already started up for Samsung's next foldable flagship, and Samsung has taken onboard criticism and is addressing a couple of consumer pain points. One of those is the crease on display. Moreover, it's expected that the next model will feature a droplet curve on display to avoid that easily visible, distinct crease and remove the gap when closed. We'll also see a permanent S Pen silo in the phone's frame.
Xiaomi 13 Pro
- Like OnePlus, Xiaomi made the first models of its 2023 flagship lineup official in China. Although we're still waiting for a global launch, there's a chance that new phones will be available by the end of February 2023, just in time for the MWC in Barcelona. According to rumors, the Xiaomi 13 Pro will have a stunning display, a decent battery, and a potent processing combination. Xiaomi 13 Pro will include 120Hz refresh rates, distinctive Leica-tuned triple camera systems, and Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processors.
OnePlus 11 5G
- The OnePlus 11 5G is already available in China, but on February 7, it will go on sale worldwide. 6.7-inch OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate, Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and 100-watt fast charging will all be features of the new OnePlus phone. The OnePlus 11 5G will include three cameras: a 32-megapixel telephoto camera, a 48-megapixel ultrawide camera, and a 50-megapixel primary camera.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5
- The cover screen of Samsung's upcoming flip phone might be more significant, and the crease might be less obvious. The Z Flip 5 will include an approximately 3-inch cover display and a new hinge style that might make the crease more subtle. That would significantly improve the 1.9-inch cover screen on the existing Z Flip 4. Similar to the Z Fold 5, there's a possibility that we'll see general upgrades to the camera and software in addition to a new processor.
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- There is no reason to believe 2023 will differ from the previous years' introductions of Apple's new iPhone series in September. The adoption of USB-C charging is one of the most considerable improvements we anticipate seeing in Apple's future iPhones. According to a recent mandate from the European Union, all new phones sold in the area by 2024 must support USB-C charging.
- From a value perspective, Google's A-series Pixel phones are outstanding. The Pixel 7A, a less costly version of the Pixel 7, might get released in the spring or summer if Google follows past practices. The Pixel 7A is currently the subject of a few rumors.
- OnePlus is going for a significant redesign on its OnePlus 11; the camera unit will resemble a giant circle on the rear of the phone, rather than the square module on previous phones. For a business that built its reputation as the "flagship killer," OnePlus' costs have recently crept up on those of the rivals it seeks to undercut. Despite this, OnePlus is still known for offering inexpensive products with premium features like speedy charging.
- According to the reports, the Galaxy S23 from Samsung may feature notable improvements to the camera and design. It will be fascinating to see whether a 200-megapixel sensor truly makes a significant impact, given how advanced smartphone cameras have already become. In any case, it will be intriguing to watch how Samsung improves the camera experience in 2023.
- Xiaomi will introduce the Xiaomi 13 series, consisting of the Xiaomi 13, Xiaomi 13 Pro, and Xiaomi 13 Ultra smartphones, in early 2023. Xiaomi even demonstrated 120W wireless charging along with a 120Hz refresh rate. Wireless charging will improve further in 2023, but it will be implemented in flagship devices.
Citing the basic features expected from upcoming smartphones in 2023
e-SIM based Smartphones
- Although e-SIM technology has been around for some time, it is not as widely used as physical SIMs, primarily because most smartphones, except for more recent flagships, do not yet support e-SIM. After Apple decided to use just e-SIM for the iPhone 14 in the US, It is predicted that e-SIM will gain in popularity this year. We anticipate this feature in Android flagships, although, like the iPhone 14, it might be limited to regions where e-SIM is more widely accepted.
More AI and ML-based features
- Smartphones already contain artificial intelligence and machine learning, but they are mainly used to process photos and videos and recognize language, images, and text. AI and ML will assume increasingly substantial roles in enhancing user experience this year, given that forthcoming smartphones will have more potent hardware. Google already showed that it could do this by enabling AI to place phone calls on the user's behalf with Duplex in 2018. Features like enhanced virtual assistant interactivity and deeper app and service integration, such as the ability to search through or reply to your messages, just like a real assistant.
More efficient cameras
- Mobile phones in 2023 will be firmly established as the replacement for point-and-shoot cameras. We've already seen smartphones from Sony and Xiaomi that use 1-inch sensors for outstanding image quality and low-light performance. More premium smartphones should come with these sensors, as expected. On the other hand, collaborations with well-known camera manufacturers will continue.
More foldable smartphones
- Foldable smartphones are no longer new but are yet to become mainstream, mainly due to their high price. Still, these are excellent devices, and we expect newer models from the usual brands like Samsung and Huawei. However, foldable smartphones from other brands will also make their way to Dubai.
Faster wireless charging
- Most wireless chargers in the market have a charging rate of 15W. However, in 2022, smartphone brands introduced us to faster wireless charging that can rival wired charging. Some have 50W, while others offer a whopping 100W, like the OnePlus 11 5G. Xiaomi even demonstrated 120W wireless charging. I expect wireless charging to improve further in 2023, but it will likely be implemented in flagship devices.
Battery and charging improvements, along with the camera and design updates, will be some of the main changes we anticipate seeing on all new smartphones in 2023. Of course, as recent reports and rumors circulate and as Samsung, OnePlus, Apple, and Google release their products, we'll learn more throughout the year.