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 2019. 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 2019 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 2019:
- OnePlus 7T Pro
- Google Pixel 4
- Samsung Galaxy S11
- Nokia 8.2 5G
- Samsung's smaller folding phone
- Motorola Razr Folding phone
- Apple iPhone 5G
- OnePlus 8
- Apple iPhone SE 2
- Huawei Mate X
OnePlus 7T Pro
OnePlus has announced the OnePlus 7T, but there was no sign of the 7T Pro. With the OnePlus 7 Pro hitting so many spec points, it's hard to see exactly where OnePlus is going next, but we're expecting a Snapdragon 855+ to give it a power boost - and probably some of the new camera features introduced on the OnePlus 7T. OnePlus has an event scheduled for 10 October when we're expecting this phone to be officially launched.
Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL
No sooner had concepts started leaking about the Pixel 4, than Google came forward and shared an image - confirming a radical rearrangement of the rear cameras. Google then confirmed it would have advanced gesture controls too, while the leaks have given us a look at the design, colours, and teased us that what camera goodness will lurk within. We're expecting the announcement on 15 October.
Samsung Galaxy S11
So soon? Oh yes. Rumours have already started for the 2020 phones from Samsung that we expect to see early in the year, around February or March. It's said that the punch hole in the display will be getting smaller - following the path the Note 10 took - and that it will have that Auro Glow colour, but the real story is likely to be about integrated 5G. Will the SGS11 just offer handsets that work on all bands?
Nokia 8.2 5G
Nokia and Qualcomm have been talking up affordable 5G handsets based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Series hardware. We know they are coming but we don't know a lot more about what these phones will offer - besides faster connection speeds. What's confirmed is that we'll get a 5G Nokia phone and it's likely to appear at MWC 2020. We suspect it will be called the Nokia 8.2 because that's a mid-range phone waiting to be upgraded.
Samsung's smaller folding phone
Although the Galaxy Fold is rushing towards launch, we might also be treated to the a smaller Samsung folding phone. There are rumours that Sammy is looking at a device more like the Moto Razr, folding into a smaller square to make it really pocketable. It's said to have a 6.7-inch display that basically folds in half so you can put it away.
Motorola Moto RAZR
Yes, the Moto RAZR name might be coming back to life with a new Moto RAZR. Rather than just being a retro phone, there's rumours that this will be a folding phone, probably with two displays. That will preserve some of the RAZR clamshell heritage, while giving a modern twist on the genre. Little has been said, but a Lenovo exec has confirmed that Motorola doesn't want to get left behind in launching its own folding handset and even showed a fan video in a presentation. There's no smoke without fire, right? Rumours suggest it might appear in December 2019 in the US.
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?
That's right. OnePlus hasn't got all of its 7T updates out yes, but 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.
Apple iPhone SE 2
This one comes around every year, so we're not that certain about it - but there's been a resurgence in rumours about a new iPhone SE - basically a cheaper iPhone, which might launch in 2020. The problem is that Apple's expensive devices aren't selling, so the solution, it seems, is to go budget.
Huawei Mate X
Setting the standard for folding phones, the Huawei Mate X took a lot of people by surprise, throwing the Galaxy Fold into the shade when it was unveiled at MWC 2019. It's yet to be made available, but a Huawei boss has said we will see it by the end of September and it will run on Android.