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:
- Huawei Mate 30
- Google Pixel 4
- OnePlus 7T Pro
- Huawei Mate X
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Samsung's smaller folding phone
- Motorola Razr Folding phone
- Samsung Galaxy S11
Huawei Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro
Huawei will be launching the Mate 30 and Mate 30 Pro on 19 September. That might has been confirmed, alongside extensive design leaks, promises of better charging and camera performance, but it's all overshadowed by a bigger question, that will likely make this the biggest phone launch of the year. Will it run Android 10 or will it run HarmonyOS? We're certain the interface will look a lot like EMUI 10, but beyond that... we don't know.
Google Pixel 4
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. Rumours say the announcement will come on 15 October, but that's not yet confirmed.
OnePlus 7T Pro
Several images of what is claimed to the be the OnePlus 7T Pro have appeared online, with a case covering most of the design. Based on what can be seen in the images though, it looks like the design will be pretty much identical to the OnePlus 7 Pro, with the update likely coming in the form of internal hardware. We're expecting a OnePlus 7T alongside it and rumours are saying it's appearing around 10 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.
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.
Samsung Galaxy Fold
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is no longer a pipedream or a concept, it's a real device that you can buy - if you have a spare $1980. While it's being talked about as a folding phone, you can easily say it's a folding tablet with a screen on the outside. There's a 4.6-inch display on the outside, folding open to the 7.3-inch display inside. There's a lot of software magic, letting you do things like open three apps for multi-tasking, as well as continuity from outside to inside. Having seen some early problems, Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Fold will be available on 18 September.
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.