Like to follow every smartphone launch like a hawk? Your diary must’ve been busy these past twelve months. From affordable blowers and fresh flagships to folding phones, there’s been a whole host of shiny new handsets. But you’re presumably here to stay on top of what’s around the corner – so here’s our guide to the best upcoming phones for 2023.
We’ve rounded up the confirmed releases, probable launches and rumoured reveals for the year below, so you can keep your smartphone knowledge well ahead of the curve. We’ve also summarised the major smartphone announcements from last year, with links to our reviews of the big hitters. We’ll keep this list regularly updated, too. Here are all the best upcoming phones we expect to see in 2023.
Apple iPhone 15
Any Apple launch deserves top billing on a list of best upcoming phones and this year will see the launch of the iPhone 15 series. It’s due to launch in September 2023 (as Apple’s launches and release dates are, mercifully, very consistent). The fancy Dynamic Island notch will make its way down to the base iPhone 15 models (there will almost certainly be an iPhone 15 Plus as well). We’d also love to see 8K video recording (because why not), along with a periscope zoom camera to better match the lossless 10x optical zoom offered by the formidable Galaxy S23 Ultra.
On that note, we could see the launch of an iPhone 15 Ultra instead of the iPhone 15 Pro Max, if the latest rumours are to be believed. And that’s the one that will have the periscope lens. In the meantime, the iPhone 14 Pro Max remains top dog in Apple world.