For tech enthusiasts, 2018 was a great year as it was a year of innovative smartphones. All the companies are going for bezel-less smartphones with highest possible screen-to-body ratio and to achieve that they are doing almost everything. We have seen big, small, teardrop notches as well as slider design and pop-up selfie camera. Some smartphone makers have also gone for punch hole design with their flagship smartphones. The companies are also doing great in terms of the under-display fingerprint sensor. Just a year back it was a demo but now almost every flagship smartphones are adopting it. In 2019 we have already seen some great smartphones like Samsung Galaxy S10 series, Galaxy Fold, Mate X, etc. Finally, we are able to witness the futuristic foldable phones. Anyway, we are here to discuss the top upcoming smartphones of 2019 and also 2020. So we will skip the smartphones which have already launched this year and will focus on the upcoming smartphones of this year.
The midrange segment smartphones are getting better day by day and some of them are coming with flagship specifications like Poco F1. Further, faster processors, more RAM and of course even better battery life that will make your laptop blush are all in store. We hope with time the upcoming mobiles especially midrange segment will get more and more powerful specs. Anyway, we are here to talk about the best upcoming smartphones in 2019. So without any further ado let’s take a look at the best of the best in the upcoming phones of 2019.
Upcoming Smartphones of 2019
1. OnePlus 7
When we talk about best upcoming smartphones, OnePlus comes to everyone’s mind because the company only make high-end smartphones with a very reasonable price tag. Their latest flagship smartphone is OnePlus 6T which comes with some impressive hardware specs like 8GB RAM, Snapdragon 845 SoC, in-screen fingerprint sensor. OnePlus 7 is expected to come with a whole new hardware improvement which will include a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with the in-screen fingerprint sensor and a pop-up selfie camera. The device will also feature triple rear cameras.
Expected Specifications of OnePlus 7
|Display||6.5-inch Full HD+ AMOLED display|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Front Cameras||16MP pop-up|
|OS||Android 9.0 Pie|
2. Google Pixel 4
Google Pixel 3 series was announced in October last year. Now it’s time for the next flagship smartphone Google Pixel 4 series. Rumors have already started to surface for this device. It is also heard that Google is working on an affordable smartphone series called Google Pixel 3 Lite. This year Google Pixel 4 is expected to adopt the punch hole design of Galaxy S10 series instead of the notch. Reports also say that Google Pixel 4 will finally go for dual rear cameras and ultrasonic in-display fingerprint scanner.
Expected Specifications of Google Pixel 4
|Processor||Snapdragon 855 SoC|
|Primary Camera||Dual 12MP|
3. Nokia 10 PureView
Nokia 9 PureView is a smartphone of specific for camera-centric persons as this phone comes with 5 rear cameras which can capture magnificent bokeh pictures. Anyway, the device has already been announced at MWC in Barcelona. We have already started getting rumors and leaks on Nokia 10 as well. A concept video has been surfaced a few weeks back which shows a bezel-less display with two rear cameras at the back. The concept design looks a lot like Lumia 1020. Nokia 10 is expected to feature a 5.99-inch QHD+ P-OLED display with 6GB/8GB of RAM and 128GB/256GB of storage.
Expected Specifications of Nokia 10 PureView
|Display||5.99-inch QHD+ P-OLED|
|Primary Camera||Dual 48MP Carl Zeiss optics|
Expected Launch Date: Unknown
4. Xiaomi Mi Fold/Flex (Xiaomi Folding Smartphone)
A year back we discussed the foldable smartphones here but now they are real. Samsung and Huawei have launched their foldable smartphones at MWC this year. Both the smartphones come with a different design but they come with a similar price tag which is very high. Back in January, Xiaomi officially teased that they are also working on a foldable smartphone and also showed a video demo of the smartphone. Mi Fold/Flex will be a flagship phone which will feature Snapdragon 855 chipset with up to 10GB of RAM. It is also rumored that Mi Fold/Flex will cost just $999 and will deliver the same quality of OLED panels we are getting on Mate X and Galaxy Fold.
Expected Specifications of Xiaomi Mi Fold/Flex
|OS||Android 9.0 Pie|
Expected Launch Date: Q2 2019
5. Samsung Galaxy Note10
If you are looking for the best upcoming smartphones then Samsung is the best company to look at. The company is launching back to back high-end phones which are best in all segments. While other companies are experimenting with new things on their flagship models Samsung is implementing only when they are 100% satisfied with it. Instead of going for a notch Samsung has implemented punch hole design on Galaxy S10 to place the front-facing cameras. The design looks a lot better than regular notches. The upcoming Galaxy Note10 is also expected to follow the same trend. Samsung is always best with their displays so there’s nothing to talk about it. In the camera department, Samsung can still do wonders. We hope with Galaxy Note10, Samsung will be able to provide us much better pictures with their triple rear camera setup.
Expected Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Note10
|Display||6.4-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display|
|OS||Android 9.0 Pie|
6. Pocophone F2
Xiaomi had a great year with smartphones. With their generic lineup smartphones, they have also launched a new flagship smartphone called Pocophone F1 which was one of the most powerful and popular smartphones of 2018. For the first time, people were able to buy a flagship-grade smartphone at a mid-range price. Pocophone F1 came with Snapdragon 845 chipset with whopping 6GB/8GB RAM variants. The device is already bit old now and people are waiting for the second generation of it which will be called Pocophone F2. Poco F2 is expected to come with Snapdragon 855 chipset with 4GB/6GB/8GB RAM variants. The device is expected to have better build quality and a better display with a teardrop notch.
So far what we have seen in 2018, it was a great year for smartphones, and we have seen a hell lot of development in every aspect of the smartphone this year. The upcoming smartphone from Xiaomi’s Poco is expected to feature better cameras and better battery life too.
Expected Specifications of Pocophone F2
|Display||6.3-inch IPS LCD display|
7. Samsung Galaxy S11 and S11+
Every year Samsung sets the benchmark of a flagship smartphone and this year is no exception. Samsung has announced Galaxy S10 and S10+ last month and both the devices are spectacular in terms of the performance and build quality. Since 2018 every smartphone maker companies are trying to achieve true bezel-less display and for that, they are trying everything. Most of the companies are going for notches while some others are implementing punch holes. Punch holes are certainly better than notches as they take less space and doesn’t look odd. Samsung has implemented punch holes this year with Galaxy S10 and S10+ this year. So we hope next year we will see much more improvement in this area.
Expected Specifications of Samsung Galaxy S11 and S11+
|Display||6.1/6.4-inch Quad HD+ curved Dynamic AMOLED display|
8. Xiaomi Mi10
Xiaomi is currently one of the best smartphone brands who keeps coming with some amazing smartphones at a very cheap price. The upcoming smartphone from Xiaomi, Mi 10 is going to launch next year and we expect it will come with very powerful specs. Xiaomi has already launched Mi 9 this year which literally amazed the smartphone users all around the world. We hope next year Xiaomi will cook something really good for their next upcoming smartphone.
Expected Specifications of Xiaomi Mi 10
|Display||6.4-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED Display|
9. Microsoft Surface Smartphone
Microsoft is currently taking a shot at a 4GB RAM based model, Microsoft Surface smartphone. Recently few information of the Microsoft Surface Mobile is leaked online. From the various responses, it seems that people are waiting to get it on hands. This device might launch in Q1 2020.
Expected Specifications of Microsoft Surface Mobile
|Display||5.5-inch 2K AMOLED display|
|Processor||Intel Atom x3 (SoFIA) 64-bit processor|
10. Xiaomi Mi Mix 4
If you are really looking for an upcoming smartphone with super thin bezels then Xiaomi Mi Mix series the best one to look at. Xiaomi introduced their original Mix series in 2016 and the whole industry was bound to follow their footsteps. The competition for bezel-less display is increasing day by day. We have come a long way since then and now almost every smartphone maker has adopted the bezel-less design. To achieve the bezel-less display, Xiaomi went for the sliding design.
We hope this year Xiaomi will be able to provide even thinner bezels in their upcoming phone with more powerful specs. We will also see whether Xiaomi goes for the punch hole design like Galaxy S10 series or stick to the older sliding design.
Expected Specifications of Xiaomi Mi MIX 4
|Display||6-inch QHD+ Full-screen Display|
|OS||Android 9.0 Pie|
That rounds up the list. If there is any device that will be amongst the top upcoming smartphones of 2019 then it has to be one of these devices. We’ve taken all the strong players in the market who have a proven record of coming up with great phones each year and lined it up here.
This year we are expecting to see the upcoming flagship smartphones to have a better display, better camera, and better battery life. We will also see some mid-range smartphones to come up with the in-screen fingerprint sensor.