Best new phones expected in 2019

Best new phones expected in 2019
What new phones are coming in 2019? And what new features can we expect to see?

With plenty of rumors floating about upcoming phones, it's time to take an early look at what 2019 will bring us.

Most smartphone makers have already settled on a yearly upgrade cycle and we already have a good idea of when the most anticipated phones of 2019 will come. We know more about some devices than about others, and with so much time before the actual releases things are surely subject to change, but if you want to get a general idea of what this year will look like in terms of mobile tech, absolutely read on!

The big focus of 2019 phones will surely be evicting notches and all that's distracting us from a true, full-screen experience. Some will do it with a "punch hole" in the screen, others will prefer clever slider mechanisms and pop-up cameras. Performance improvements, camera improvements and more are also on the horizon. With no further ado, let's dive in and explore all the details we know about the most exciting releases in 2019.

First half of the year:

Second half of the year:

First Half of 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 series

Released: March 2019

Samsung announced three different versions of the Galaxy S10, and all three of them feature a brand new, powerful system chip built on the novel 7nm manufacturing process, meaning there's a marked improvement in performance compared to 2018 flagship Android phones.

Samsung's S10 series includes three new super phones; here's a breakdown:

Galaxy S10+:
  • 6.44" curved Infinity display
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • Dual selfie cameras
  • Triple rear camera (regular, telephoto, wide-angle)

Galaxy S10:
  • 6.1" curved Infinity display
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • Single selfie camera
  • Triple rear cameras (regular, telephoto, wide-angle)

Galaxy S10e:
  • 5.8" flat display
  • Side-positioned fingerprint scanner
  • Single selfie camera
  • Dual rear cameras (regular, wide-angle)

Read our S10 reviews here: Galaxy S10 and S10+ | Galaxy S10e

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Expected release: May-June 2019

The Galaxy Fold was officially announced at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year. When closed, the Fold looks like a weird phone with a small display on the front. However, it can be opened (unfolded) to reveal a very large, flexible display on the inside – made possible by innovative custom hingle and flexible OLED designs. It's a cutting-edge device with a number of "firsts", but also a shocking price tag of almost $2000!

In mid-April, Samsung was gearing up to launch the Galaxy Fold, but a number hardware issues causing the foldable display to malfunction made the company reconsider the impending release and delay the launch for an indefinite period of time. Current expectations are that the device will arrive in May or June.

LG G8 ThinQ

Released: April 2019

The LG G8 ThinQ is one of the two new high-end smartphones that LG introduced in the beginning of 2019 (the other being the V50 ThinQ). And while we're still waiting for the V50 to reach the market, the G8 is already here and being... well, largely ignored, but that's not the point. The LG G8 ThinQ updates the company's mainstream flagship with the new Snapdragon 855 and various other components. The features LG highlights the most are Hand ID and Air Motion, which are a set of gestures allowing your to unlock the phone or interact with it in very, very weird ways.

You can learn all about it in our detailed LG G8 ThinQ review!

Sony Xperia 1

Expected release: May - June 2019 

Sony is on an aggressive schedule: it releases new top tier phones every six months or so, much more frequently than the traditional 1-year release schedule of other companies. The Xperia 1, successor to the Xperia XZ3, was introduced at Mobile World Congress this year, but it is yet to reach the market. It usually takes Sony a few months to actually launch the phone they show in February, so we would expect the Xperia 1 to actually arrive on store shelves somewhere in May or June 2019.

What can we expect? Probably the most interesting property of the new flagship is how tall it is. It's super tall! Even by today's standards. And that's because Sony is using a 21:9 OLED display. The company is looking to market the Xperia 1 as some sort of a cinema lover's dream come true, with its cinema-like screen aspect ratio, as well as other appealing attributes such as 4K resolution, and of course, being OLED. Will Sony's plan yield those much needed actual results? We'll probably know within a month or two.

Nokia 9

Released: March 2019

That weird image of a phone with a ton of rear cameras arranged in a peculiar pattern turned out to be true! The Nokia 9 was announced at Mobile World Congress '19 and was subsequently released in early March. Carrying the recognizable PureView branding, the Nokia 9 unsurprisingly arrived with the promise of superb camera quality. Want to know how it did in reality?

Look no further than our complete Nokia 9 PureView Review, where you'll find all the details you may possibly need about its performance.

Huawei P30 and P30 Pro

Released: April 2019

Chinese company Huawei might be under fire in the United States where its phones are banned from official carrier distribution, but it's growing quickly across the globe. The company's mainstream flagship P line recently got its newest entries: the P30 and P30 Pro, which arrived with impressive camera gear and equally impressive price tags (in a bad way, unlike the camera gear). On top of that, Huawei continues to prove that its ambitions in the smartphone space are for real, as seen in the performance results of its very own Kirin 980 processor, which is a competitor that rivals Samsung and Qualcomm should totally worry about.

We've already put the Huawei P30 Pro and its innovative cameras to the test. You can learn all about it in our in-depth review right here!

OnePlus 7

Expected release: May-June 2019 

OnePlus has been the favorite company of hardcore Android fans who value performance and speed: the company has a dedicated team of engineers who work solely on shaving milliseconds of lag and ensuring that you get a smooth and fast experience. And so far, this has paid off with growing sales, popularity and satisfied users.

In 2019, however, we hope to see OnePlus finally raise the bar in terms of camera performance, the one area where its phones still feel a bit behind the premium flagships out there. According to most leaks we see circulating around, OnePlus will be announcing two models: 7 and 7 Pro, with the 7 being the direct successor to the 6T, and the 7 Pro being a new, higher-end option in the company's portfolio.

Check our OnePlus 7 rumor round-up for a detailed overview of what's expected.

BlackBerry Key3

Expected release: July 2019

A phone with a physical keyboard will likely continue to exist in 2019 and it will most likely be called the BlackBerry Key3. And you should not ignore it: not only typing on a physical keyboard gives that weird satisfaction, every key doubles as a shortcut and the whole keyboard works as a trackpad.

The Key3 can back this up with a more powerful chip and an improved camera, so it might well be the different phone to look out for in 2019. The thing is, though, not much, if anything, is known about the eventual BlackBerry KEY3. Because of that, we can only hope that such a model will arrive at approximately the same time as the KEY2, which was in July last year.

Second Half of 2019

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Expected release: August - September 2019

Samsung has shaken the dust off its shoulders after the Note 7 battery explosion scandal and it has brought us the excellent Note 8 and Note 9, with the latter featuring a big, long-lasting and secure 4,000mAh battery. We hope the Note 10 doubles down on this by further pushing Samsung to the territory of battery excellence, plus we expect a faster and smoother performance, more S Pen tricks, and an even better camera. Most of all, we are looking to a Samsung that is committed to giving us timely software updates in 2019.

There's a lot that can be said about the Galaxy Note 10, so if you want to learn more about this upcoming blockbuster product, it might be best to head straight on to our complete Galaxy Note 10 rumor review!

Xiaomi Pocophone F2

Expected release: August - September 2019

The Pocophone F1 was the surprise of 2018: a phone with a killer, $350 price, yet a flagship processor, big battery and impressive performance.

And we hope the next Pocophone, the Poco F2, sticks with that "affordable flagship" mentality. The phone should arrive somewhere in August, if Xiaomi, the company behind this product, sticks with a 1-year upgrade cadence.

Moto Z4

Expected release: August - September 2019

It's now been about three years since Motorola showed us its Moto Mods system of magnetically snapping mods. Back then, modular phones seemed like all the rage, but these days, we don't see many people still subscribed to that idea and we feel it might just be time for Moto to let go of mods and go in a new direction with a true all-out Moto Z4 flagship with a focus on perfecting the three essentials of a modern smartphone: performance, camera and battery life.

Apple iPhone 2019 series

Expected release: Friday, September 21st, 2019

The biggest launch of the year in terms of sheer impact, however, belongs to Apple's iPhone.

It's still a bit early to know for sure what Apple has in store for us in 2019, but we do expect it will stick with its premium pricing and we will have three phones: two premium, $1,000+ models and a third, more affordable phone with some compromises.

Apple has its own hardware team that makes the world's fastest phone chips and we expect it to remain in the lead of phone performance charts in 2019. We also would not be surprised to see the company make its own graphics chip, as well as reveal first details about its rumored augmented reality glasses, though that's still up in the air.

You can read a lot more about Apple's upcoming iPhone 11 series here!

Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

Expected release: October 2019

Techtober 2019 shapes up to be super busy, but the true star of the month will likely be the new Pixel 4 family.

One of the very best smartphone cameras around will get better next year, pushing the boundaries of what you think is possible from a phone shooter. Google was also killed with criticism against the big and rather obnoxious notch on the Pixel 3 XL, so we hope it listens and manages to come up with a more elegant design.

But the biggest thing about the 2019 series of Pixels will be availability. We really hope Google finally takes its phones seriously and makes them available in more than just a handful of countries.

OnePlus 7T

Expected release: October 2019

Half a year after the OnePlus 7 and 7 Pro, we expect OnePlus to strike once again with the OnePlus 7T and 7T Pro – two phones that will be about gradual improvements and polishing touches to the original OnePlus 7 family.

LG V50 ThinQ

Expected release: October 2019

LG's second important phone of the year will likely be the big and powerful LG V50 ThinQ, which should build on top of the foundation that LG lays with the G8.

As already announcement by LG, the highlight of the LG V50 will be 5G connectivity. The phone was officially announced at MWC 2019 earlier this year, but it's currently unknown when it'll finally be released. Given the earlier than usual introduction, we were hoping for an earlier release as well, but that didn't happen. Now, LG is said to be hard at work on sorting out that semi-experimental 5G connectivity, along with other hardware and software kinks. Hopefully we'll see it earlier, but if not, we guess the usual LG V-series release timing of October would still work.

You can read our detailed LG V50 ThinQ hands-on here!

Huawei Mate 30 Pro and Mate 30

Expected release: October 2019

We don't know much about the upcoming Huawei Mate 30 series yet, but we do know that those will be insanely stacked phones. After Huawei made a splash with the P30 Pro earlier this year — that phone featured a very impressive and elaborate camera system allowing for up to 10x quality zoom — we can only have high hopes of Huawei's upcoming, and even higher-end Mate phones.

Traditionally, the Mate series are about an all-out smartphone experience, in a way similar to what Samsung's Galaxy Note is. Well, that, and being extremely pricey is where the latest Mate phones are at.

Razer Phone 3

Expected release: October 2019

The future of Razer's gaming phone efforts might be in question, as the company recently let go most of what was said to be its mobile division. However, rumors are that a Razer Phone 3 might still be on track for a 2019 release, which is great news indeed! We'd hate to see the company that kickstarted the gaming phone niche exit the market.

What will the Razer Phone 3 be about? How will it look? We have no idea. Hopefully there's going to be some sort of a redesign involved, as the styling of the first and second Razer Phone generation is getting a bit long in the tooth.

However, the Razer Phone 3 will need to improve more than its design or gaming performance if it wants to gain some ground. Things like the phone's camera are definitely not quite on par with premium flagships out there and we hope Razer finds the right technology to improve that, while keeping a good battery life and fast performance in the Razer Phone 3.

Xiaomi Mi Mix 4

Expected release: October - November 2019

Chinese company Xiaomi's Mi Mix series of phones has always managed to surprise us with impressive forward-looking design and cutting-edge internals, and we have no reason to believe that a new iteration won't be released this year. The full-screen, bezel-less series should get a new member in late 2019 with a phone that will bring faster performance, tinier bezels and an improved camera, while sticking with a premium look and feel.



73. Ceneon

Posts: 1; Member since: May 13, 2019

And the best one, Motorola Razr, is missing on this list.

72. dvlprr

Posts: 71; Member since: May 08, 2019

The iPhone X, Xs, Xs Max, Xr Truly Have The Best Bezel-less Design. It's So Balanced, Uniform and Sleek! No Chin, The Notch Serves a Truly Great Purpose.

71. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

Note 10 will definitely be the phone to be envied by all. No other phone is even worth mentioning.

69. p51d007

Posts: 706; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Sideways improvements, and gimmicks. Oh, and HIGHER prices.

66. monoke

Posts: 1213; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

What I'm looking for? Any phone with no notch or freaking hole in the screen. These are temporary design solutions that will be done away with within a year. I don't want to look back and regret buying these transitionary phones.

67. galaxian

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 25, 2017

Agree. Notch, hole in the screen and edge screens are anti-design solutions. To PA - why is there no Mi9 in the list? No HTC?

65. Valdomero

Posts: 708; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

Meh, none of them, I have a very capable phone, I'm gonna keep it for 2 more years.

63. Poptart2828

Posts: 523; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Same phones over and over. Thank God I don't limit myself to this limited selection and actually consider any phone from any part of the world to fill my need. Phones from Nubia, Smartisan, Meizu etc make compelling phones yet won't get considered in a heavy USA based poll.

62. Poptart2828

Posts: 523; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Personally looking to see what BBK has to offer in terms of flagship

60. QDanglez562

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 26, 2018

What carrier's will have the New Sony?

58. ZombieHunter

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Why are we paying these ridiculous prices for phones? Oh, that's right... Apple has been conditioning us to overpay for years.

56. ZanrZij

Posts: 35; Member since: Nov 23, 2013

I will choose 1 of 3: Mi Max 3 if come with S710, iPhone X+ if dual sim and jailbreakable, Note9 if Sam improved Exynos 9810 battery life + 4k battery :D

55. perry1234

Posts: 655; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Eagerly hoping that Pixel 3XL has a dual camera that blows all the other competition out of the water. Else, I will go with the Note 9.

54. kingkoopa765

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 22, 2011

what about Red's hydrogen one? thoguht that would make the list...

50. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

With the SD845 and same battery size as SD835 had previously year, look for less SOT to be the norm with the SD845 with slight speed bump. Sustained performance when underload is similar, so biggest difference will be loss of SOT. I know I'll get hated for this but it's my thought on the new phones.

49. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

I'll get the next gen iPhone if it's worth it.

52. Trex95

Posts: 2397; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

It will.

47. Trex95

Posts: 2397; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Waiting for iPhone 9 Plus.


Posts: 961; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Looking forward to One Plus 6T

68. baldilocks

Posts: 1556; Member since: Dec 14, 2008

Back to the future?

45. Sparkxster

Posts: 1269; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

1.XZ3 2. Nokia 9 3. Huawei Mate 20 Pro 4. Pixel 3 5. Moto Z3 6. Razer Phone 2 7. LG V40 8. OnePlus 6T 9. Asus ROG Phone. 10. Oppo Find X 11. Blackberry Key 2

42. Sparkxster

Posts: 1269; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Razer phone 2 should be on this list. Otherwise great list.

41. hayabusa123

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

The best of HTC is coming!!!

40. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Ouch.. Can't you make a list with alphabetical order or order it by release date?

39. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

I do not expect any, at the moment happy with my xzp, I'll wait for the 2019. But I want to see Sony's 4K OLED screen and his new designed.

37. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

LG G7, SD845, 6/8GB RAM, at least an 8MP f1.8 (or less) selfie cam (preferably with AF), improved rear cameras (keeping the useful wide angle), an improved OLED display and Q-DAC. This will be the best for my use..!

43. Sparkxster

Posts: 1269; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I hope LG steps it up with their software and updates.

44. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Software, I think Nova launcher does solve it and LG seem to have stepped up their update times.

36. nikhil23

Posts: 507; Member since: Dec 07, 2016

So "new higher price" is a feature now

35. Poptart2828

Posts: 523; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Phonearena should add new flavor into the same list over and over every single year.

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