With the pace of smartphone evolution moving so fast, there's always something waiting in the wings. No sooner have you spied the latest handset, that there's anticipation for the next big thing.
Here we look at those phones that haven't yet launched, the upcoming phones for 2020. We'll be updating this list on a regular basis, with those device rumours we think are credible and exciting.
As for already-launched handsets, we've rounded up the best smartphones for 2020 elsewhere - those we consider to be the best across all platforms. If your budget is a little smaller, there is also our budget smartphones for under £200 feature - and there's a mid-range roundup up to £400 as well.
The upcoming generation of phones
Before we dive into the detail, here are some of the anticipated handsets for 2020:
- Huawei P40, P40 Pro, P40 Pro+
- Xiaomi Mi 10 & Mi 10 Pro
- Moto Edge & Edge+
- Nokia 8.3 5G
- LG G9 ThinQ
- Apple iPhone SE 2/iPhone 9
- OnePlus 8 & 8 Pro
- OnePlus 8 Lite
- Google Pixel 4a
- Samsung Galaxy Fold 2
- Apple iPhone 12 5G
- Nokia 9.2 PureView
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20
Huawei P40, P40 Pro, P40 Pro+
Huawei hasn't had an easy ride in 2019, but it still has a huge market in China that's not affected by the US trade bans that affect its business in other regions of the globe. Despite this, there's plenty of rumours circulating about the new phone. It will launch in Paris on 26 March and rumours say it will have a 64-megapixel main camera, part of a five-camera Leica system. While it won't launch with Google services, Huawei will offer alternatives to keep you connected - and it will be 5G. There will be a top version called the P40 Pro+ with five cameras.
Xiaomi Mi 10 & Mi 10 Pro
The Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro was announced in China in 13 February, but the global launch was due for Mobile World Congress (MWC), which then got cancelled. So the Mi 10 is official, but hasn't been fully launched yet, with the global launch expected for 27 March. There are two versions, both with a 6.67-inch display with 90Hz refresh rate and the same overall design, but with some differences in the cameras on the back, with the Mi 10 Pro being slightly more advanced.
Motorola Moto Edge & Edge+
Motorola is planning the launch of a new phone under the name of Edge. There will be two versions of this phone, the Edge and the Edge+, with the Edge running Snapdragon 765 and the Edge+ offering the Snapdragon 865. Both versions have similar design, a 6.67-inch display and a comprehensive camera system on the rear, with the Edge+ offering a 108-megapixel main sensor, while the Edge gets a 64-megapixel sensor. There's no word on when Motorola might launch these devices - we suspect they were originally scheduled for Mobile World Congress 2020 in February.
Nokia 8.3 5G
Nokia has announced its first 5G handset, using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. That positions it as a sub-flagship phone, but means that it's a lot more affordable than other 5G handsets, as well as offering wider global 5G coverage. On top of the core hardware, there's a quad camera system on the back, with a main 64-megapixel camera, while the display is 6.81-inches. It's going to cost around €599 when it launches in the summer of 2020.
LG G9 ThinQ
The standout feature for the LG G9 appears to be the camera system on the back of the phone. The display is around 6.6 inches, and the design overall looks a lot like the LG G8, except for the camera changes on the rear. That looks like the focus for LG, boosting the camera performance in this phone. This phone had been expected at Mobile World Congress: We've since seen the launch of the LG V60, but the G9 remains absent, with new rumours suggesting it might become a sub-flagship model using the Snapdragon 765G.
Apple iPhone SE 2/iPhone 9
This one comes around every year, but now we have a better idea of Apple's next affordable phone. Rumours say that the iPhone SE 2 - or iPhone 9 as it might be called - will basically be an updated version of the iPhone 8. It will be designed to be affordable to draw people into the Apple system without having to pay big bucks for the latest models. Currently, rumours are pointing towards a launch at the end of March.
OnePlus 8 & 8 Pro
The design of the OnePlus 8 has already leaked - and it's got a punch hole front camera on the display. Basically, it looks like a Samsung phone, with a curved display, the punch hole and a triple camera on the rear. We'd expect this phone to come with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 hardware, and probably see a launch around mid-April 2020. There will also be an 8 Pro and we're expecting a 120Hz display on these phones.
OnePlus 8 Lite
OnePlus looks like it's going to offer an affordable phone of its own in the OnePlus 8 Lite. This phone might sit on MediaTek hardware and make a few compromises, but may well offer a more affordable entry point to OnePlus' devices. It's rumoured to be launching alongside the OnePlus 8 - and it could well be an affordable 5G handset too.
Google Pixel 4a
Google's affordable handset offers access to that great Google camera, but in a phone that's more affordable. It looks like there's going to be a Pixel 4a to appeal to those on a tighter budget, along with a punch hole front camera, 3.5mm headphone socket and a single camera on the back. We're expecting to see it launch around May 2020. There's a debate over whether there will be a Pixel 4a and a Pixel 4a XL.
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 / Galaxy Z Fold 2
Rumours have suggested that Samsung will be updating the current Fold with a new generation of phone. It's expected that this will be a flagship grade phone, perhaps getting the 108-megapixel camera from the S20 Ultra, Snapdragon 865 with 5G - perhaps S Pen support. We suspect it will also have the ultra thin glass of the Galaxy Z Flip.
Apple iPhone 12 and iPhone 5G
With the iPhone 11 series launched and out of the way, the big question over 5G remains. Apple had said it wouldn't launch a 5G phone in 2019 and it didn't - but long before the iPhone 11 surfaced there were rumours about the 2020 iPhone - the iPhone 12. There's talk of a new squarer design, no notch, 5G and OLED displays for all three models. But is this just a fan wishlist?
Nokia 9.3 PureView
The word on the street is that Nokia wants to update the Nokia 9, but to get it on Snapdragon 865 it's delaying until later in 2020 - most likely IFA in August. That's probably because of the work needed to get the camera system working on the new hardware. Where was the Nokia 9.1 and 9.3? A rumoured Snapdragon 855 version never appeared, which might account for the 9.1 number being skipped - and other other models for 2020 moving to x.3, we suspect the Nokia 9 would too.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 is expected to take the 120Hz display of the S20 series, the camera of the S20+ and present a new phone with S Pen powers. We're expecting two sizes, like the Note 10, and a launch some time in August 2020 and many of the rumours are saying that the Note 20's only difference to the S20 will be the S Pen.