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:
- Xiaomi Mi 10 & Mi 10 Pro
- Moto Edge/Moto One 2020
- Nokia 8.2 5G
- Sony Xperia 5 Plus/Next Xperia phone
- LG G9 ThinQ
- LG V60 ThinQ
- Apple iPhone SE 2/iPhone 9
- Oppo Find X2
- Huawei P40 & P40 Pro
- Huawei Mate Xs
- OnePlus 8 & 8 Pro
- OnePlus 8 Lite
- Google Pixel 4a
- Samsung Galaxy Fold 2
- Apple iPhone 12 5G
- Nokia 9.2 PureView
Xiaomi Mi 10 & Mi 10 Pro
Xiaomi has confirmed that the Mi 10 will be launching in 2020 and has revealed one important detail - that it's going to be one of the first phones to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 platform. The launch of this phone is expected on 13 February in China, while an event at Mobile World Congress 2020 on 23 February is likely to see the global launch. We're expecting at least two variants of this phone, a Pro model with 108-megapixel camera and the regular with a 64-megapixel main camera.
Motorola Moto Edge & Edge+ or Moto One 2020
Motorola is thought to be planning the launch of a new phone, under the name of Edge or perhaps Moto One 2020. Little is known about the device, except that it will launch on 23 February and that there will be a + version too. It's thought that this might be a new flagship grade phone, but we have few details apart from the name and that it will have a waterfall display and there will be a 5G version.
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. HMD Global who makes Nokia phone was due to announce these devices at MWC 2020, but has withdrawn from the show because of the coronavirus situation. We suspect it will be called the Nokia 8.2 because that's a mid-range phone waiting to be upgraded - and we think it will run the Snapdragon 765.
Sony Xperia 5 Plus / Next Xperia phone
Appearing under the name Xperia 5 Plus, this phone could be called all sorts of things. There's a few details that have leaked along with these images, showing a flattened-edge design and lots of cameras on the rear. It looks like Sony is sticking to 21:9 for the display, by reducing those bezels for a better result. We're expecting this to be flagship grade and with a 6.6-inch display it's going to be pretty big. We think this phone was due to launch at Mobile World Congress, but Sony Mobile is now hosting an online event on 24 February where it might launch.
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, but LG has pulled out of the show and will host an event to launch new devices at some stage in the future.
LG V60 ThinQ
LG has been running the G and V lines for a number of years and the next device in line is thought to be the LG V60 ThinQ. According to one leak, this was due to be launched in Spring 2020, but following LG's withdrawal from Mobile World Congress, we don't know exactly when it will be announced. We're expecting this to be a big phone for media capture and there's a rumoured 5000mAh battery, which is huge.
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.
Oppo Find X2
The original Oppo Find X wanted to fix the notch problem by having a pop-up camera. Now there's reports that Oppo is going to use an under-display camera for the next iteration of the Find X, confirmed to launch in at Mobile World Congress in February 2020 - as far as we know, Oppo is still planning to attend. Paired with Snapdragon 865 - something Oppo has already confirmed - it could be a really interesting phone.
Huawei P40 & 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. We're expecting it to launch in Paris in March and that 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.
Huawei Mate Xs
Huawei is said to be looking at a second-generation of folding phone, wanting something that's slightly more robust and coming in at a cheaper price than the original. Enter the Mate Xs, which is said to have a more substantial hinge, a display that's cheaper to manufacture and a slightly different form factor. Huawei has a press event scheduled at Mobile World Congress 2020, so we might see this announced on 23 February.
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 launch on the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 hardware, and probably see a launch around March or 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 9.2 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? A rumoured Snapdragon 855 version never appeared, which might account for the 9.1 number being skipped.