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 7
- OnePlus 5G phone
- Motorola Razr
- Pixel 3 Lite
- Apple iPhone XI
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10
- Google Pixel 4
- Huawei Mate 30
- Huawei Mate X
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
- LG G8 ThinQ
- LG V50 ThinQ
- Nokia 9 PureView
That's right, there's plenty of talk about the new OnePlus handset. OnePlus confirmed that it will have negligible differences to the 5G handset the company is also confirmed to be launching. The OnePlus 7 (working name) will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, but so far OnePlus has done a pretty good job of keeping it under wraps. You can expect it in April or May.
OnePlus 5G phone
OnePlus took to the stage at the Qualcomm Snapdragon Summit to announce that it would be one of the first with a 5G phone, running on EE with a Snapdragon 855. It's been confirmed that it's a separate device to the 4G model it will launch alongside and we're expecting to see the Qualcomm X50 modem inside. OnePlus did demo the device at Mobile World Congress, but kept the design a big secret. We're expecting a launch in April or May.
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.
Google Pixel 3a & Pixel 3a XL
Rumours suggest there's a Lite version of the Pixel 3, perhaps called the Pixel 3a. Packing in the same camera as the flagship devices, a cheaper alternative could really set the cat among the pigeons. It might have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 or 710 platform at its heart, but pure Android Pie and a more affordable price. There's nothing official yet from Google and no idea when - or if - it might launch, but "early Spring 2019" is as good as it gets at the moment, with mention that it's coming to Verizon.
Apple iPhone XI
At this point in time it's hard to know what Apple will call its next iPhone - but we've already learnt that it won't be a 5G handset. Apple, as is often the case, will be biding its time before leaping in with the new technology. We're expecting two sizes and we're not expecting a huge shift in design, but so far there are very few rumours.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Korean phone maker Samsung's second "big" phone of the year, there's already some talk about the new Galaxy Note 10. The 3.5mm headphone socket might be no more and that the screen will increase in size again, so it's not so close to the Galaxy S10+. There's also been the suggestion that Samsung will continue to avoid the notch - perhaps with in-display cameras. Don't expect to see this phone until August 2019, however.
Google Pixel 4
The Pixel 3 isn't that old and we wouldn't expect to see a new Google Phone until October 2019, but people have already started talking about it, leading to some interesting concept images. We're expecting Google to keep following the design lines it has already set out with a two-texture rear, but so far, there's very little information to go on.
Huawei Mate 30
The P30 is now available and there's an inevitability about the next phone from Huawei, the Mate 30, likely joined by the Mate 30 Pro. It's due to arrive in September or October 2019 as the company looks to build on recent successes. Little is known about the phone, but it could be 5G, it's likely to launch on Android Q and we're sure it will be spectacular.
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. It's expensive at $2600, but it will be 5G, offer a outside folding design and we know it's coming to EE some time in the middle of the year. It's a sight to behold, but is it the future of phones?
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. It will be available in the second quarter of 2019 - but actual availability details are still a little obscure.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G
Samsung has announced one of the first commercially available 5G handsets, the Samsung Galaxy 5G. It takes everything that Galaxy S10+ does and bumps it up - it gets a larger 6.7-inch display as well as a four-camera system on the rear of the phone.
We know it's coming to Sprint in the US, we know it will be on Deutsche Telekom and we know it's coming to EE in the UK - but we don't know when or how much it is going to cost.
LG G8 ThinQ
The LG G8 launched at Mobile World Congress in February 2019, including Sound on Display and a time of flight camera on the front. It's very much a reworking of the LG G7, but now there's gesture control allowing a range of functions without having to actually touch the phone.
LG V50 ThinQ
What do you get if you take the LG V40 and add 5G? You basically get the LG V50. There are a few core updates, like Snapdragon 855 and that 5G modem, as well as a larger battery, but this is very much a safe 5G handset.
Nokia 9 PureView
The Nokia 9 PureView has a five-camera system on the back which wants to give you outstanding photographs. A lot of technology has gone into the new camera - developed with Light - and it's all packed into a modern flagship device. So it's a slightly older Snapdragon 845 at its core, but otherwise, it's an ambitious handset.