(Pocket-lint) - 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 and 2021:
- Moto Razr 2
- Microsoft Surface Duo
- LG Wing
- Sony Xperia 5 II
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition
- Nokia 7.3 5G
- Nokia 9.3 PureView
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
- Apple iPhone 12 5G
- Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro
- Huawei Mate X2
- Pixel 5
- Pixel 4a 5G
- OnePlus budget phones
- Samsung Galaxy Fold E
- Apple iPhone SE 2 Plus
- Xiaomi flip phone
- OnePlus 8T
Moto Razr 2
Motorola is thought to be preparing a new version of its folding phone, the Razr. It's said that this phone is going to offer 5G thanks to the Snapdraon 765G platform and that it's going to have a larger battery, but get lighter. We're expecting an announcement on 9 September.
Microsoft Surface Duo
Although the Surface Duo - dubbed the Surface Phone by many - was first shown in October 2019, we're still awaiting its launch, which offically happens on 10 September. It's going to cost $1399 and it's not going to be available everywhere, but it's been widely praised.
LG is rumoured to be looking at an unusual form factor that's being called LG Wing. That will see a rotating top display that can reveal a display beneath - effectively giving you two displays to interact with. We're expecting it to be announced on 14 September in Korea.
Sony Xperia 5 II
The Sony Xperia 5 II is expected to be announced on 17 September, with Sony teasing an Xperia launch event for that day. The Xperia 5 II has widely leaked and is expected to be more compact version of the flagship Xperia 1 II, with Snapdragon 865, a 120Hz display and three cameras on the rear.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition
Rumours of a Fan Edition of the S20 have been circulating, suggesting that Samsung is going to be offering a more affordable version of its Galaxy S20 phone. It's said to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and have a 120Hz display - but at a more agreeable price.
Nokia 7.3 5G
Nokia is looking to add another affordable 5G phone to its selection and it's rumoured that this phone will use with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 5G hardware or MediaTek Dimensity. Nokia has confirmed it's working on more affordable 5G device and that there will be devices on this new Qualcomm hardware in the future. We're expecting Nokia updates in September 2020.
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 September. 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 9.2? 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 Z Fold 2
Samsung has fully reveled the Gaalxy Z Fold 2 and opened preorders for the next-gen folding phone. It gets a 7.6-inch display, a larger 6.2-inch external display and a refreshed set of cameras. It's also going to cost £1799, so it's still very much a premium device.
Apple iPhone 12
Apple is expected to launch a range of iPhone 12 models in September 2020, likely including two sizes of iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro models. It's thought that 5G will be included for the first time, along with a 120Hz display. As always with Apple, reliable leaks have been few.
Huawei Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro
Huawei is expected to update its Mate devices in October 2020 with the Mate 40 and Mate 40 Pro. We've not seen a huge number of leaks for these phones, but design leaks suggest a big camera roundel on the rear, the Mate 40 Pro getting a periscope lens on top of the Mate 40's offering. Dual front cameras sit in a punch hole in the curved display.
Huawei Mate X2
Huawei's next-gen folding phone reportedly has the codename Teton and will shift from the design of the original Mate X with the display on the exterior to one with the display on the interior. Not a lot else has been said about this phone, but we might see it showcased in October 2020.
Google Pixel 5
Google has confirmed it will be launching the 5G Pixel 5 later in the year. But outside of that, Google's next phone has already seen some interesting leaks. There's the suggestion that it will use the Snapdragon 765 to make it more affordable and it might ditch the Soli radar tech which had limited functionality. We wouldn't expect to see them until October 2020.
Google Pixel 4a 5G
Aside from the Pixel 5, Google has also confirmed that it's going to be launching a Pixel 4a 5G. This will almost certainly sit on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 platform, adding next-gen connectivity to an already great phone. It's expected to launch with the Pixel 5 in October 2020.
OnePlus Clover, Billie, Kebab, Lemonade and Bengal
Clover, Billie, Kebab, Lemonade and Bengal. There's been a range of codenames leak for future OnePlus devices, all said to be more affordable. We don't know if all these devices will come to pass, but it looks like OnePlus is about to dive into budget devices in a big way.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold E
There have been several threads of a rumour that suggest Samsung is looking at more affordable folding phones - and the Galaxy Z Fold E is what we might get. There's talk of a Fold model with a smaller external display like the Z Flip, designed to sell much cheaper - with $1100 suggested. We might not see this cheaper Galaxy Fold until 2021.
Apple iPhone SE Plus
As soon as the 2020 iPhone SE was announced, rumours started circulating about a larger model. With the iPhone SE essentially taking the iPhone 8 body, there's those wondering if a Plus model will be launched to slot into the iPhone 8 Plus space. While many say that this phone is unlikely to appear (4 year old design and priced higher than the SE makes it close to the XR) there's some saying that it will appear in early 2021.
Xiaomi flip phone
Xiaomi has shown off a number of folding prototypes in the past, but now there's talk that the company is looking to source components from Samsung Display. It's believed that Xiaomi is interested in producing a folding phone similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. That would potentially provide a cheaper entry-point to folding phones and add variety to this growing market.
We'd normally be expecting to hear something from OnePlus about a refresh to its flagship phone - the T model - as we approach the end of the year. There have been few rumours and we can't be sure if it's going to happen considering the Nord launch - but rumours have started, thanks to a leaked image appearing.