What new phones are coming in 2020? And what new features will they bring?
With leaks and rumors floating around, it's time to take a look at the most anticipated upcoming phones of 2020.
We already know the big trends of 2020: 5G is coming, along with it will come bigger batteries in our smartphones, faster speeds, more and better cameras that allow you to zoom further, capture ultra-wide images and get more detail in pictures. Of course, 2020 will also be a hugely important year for foldable phones, an experiment barely launched in 2019, foldable phones should prove their worth in 2020 and compete against traditional smartphones.
We also expect to see a continuation of the war against notches with the very first phones where the selfie camera is placed invisibly under the screen of the phone, so you can have a true edge-to-edge experience. With all of these exciting rumors floating around, it's time to take a look and explore in detail all the upcoming phones of 2020.
First half of the year:
Second half of the year:
Coming in the First Half of 2020:
Samsung Galaxy S20 series
Samsung is bringing the big guns in the first half of 2020 with the Galaxy S20 series. We got the S20 Ultra, S20 Plus, and S20 in early February, and boy oh boy, aren't they exciting!
The Galaxy S20 Ultra, for example, is the phone for you if money's not really an issue and you're striving for the latest bleeding edge tech. For a certain amount of time, the Galaxy S20 Ultra will most certainly be the absolute best phone you could get, bar none. With its larger-than-life 6.9-inch, QHD+ 120Hz Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 865/Exynos 990 chipset, 12GB of RAM, 5G support, 5,000mAh and penta-camera, the Galaxy S20 Ultra will be the phone to beat. However, all those top-shelf specs command a heavy toll - the phone starts at $1,399.
The Galaxy S20 Plus would serve as a nice middle-ground between the ultra top-tier Galaxy S20 Ultra and the more mundane Galaxy S20. You get the same selection of processors (Snapdragon 865/Exynos 990), 12GB of RAM, 128GB of native storage, a slightly smaller 6.7-inch QHD+ 120Hz Super AMOLED display, 5G support, and a marginally smaller 4,500mAh battery. The cameras are a bit "humbler" in comparison with the Galaxy S20 Ultra - you won't get the new 108MP camera sensor, but the S20+ would score an improved 12MP snapper that should be quite good on its own as well. Thus, the S20 Plus would be the perfect match for folks that don't necessarily need an overkill with specs but would still enjoy a new, large-screen Galaxy phone. At $1,199, the S20+ certainly isn't affordable, but could serve as a nice middle point for folks that don't really need the excessive hardware prowess of the Ultra or find the regular S20 a bit too small.
Finally, the Galaxy S20 is expected to be the most popular new Galaxy. It will be the most affordable new Galaxy and will thus be quite popular. Mind you, even though it will be priced lower than the other two devices, it will still retain most of the high-end specs of the Galaxy S20+
and the Ultra, with the only major differences being the size of the battery and the camera load-out at the rear. If you're not really going for the most powerful phone, and more importantly, want a relatively compact device, then the Galaxy S20 is the phone for you.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Samsung's second foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip, was unveiled alongside the Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra, but arguably garnered much more attention due to its folding clamshell form factor. Sadly, that's the most exciting aspect of the phone, which relies on old hardware to do its thing, making it not that future proof. Paired with the high price tag, the Z Flip is only left with its novel form factor to awe the public. How long 'till this shtick gets old?Read our full review here
Samsung Galaxy Fold 2
After a rocky start, foldable phones will have their first serious test with the public in 2020. The original Galaxy Fold launch had to be cancelled because the phone broke down in reviewers hands in a matter of a couple of days, and Samsung had to relaunch it after making a few fixes in late September 2019. But at nearly $2,000, few people bought that phone.
In 2020, Samsung is expected to release at least one new foldable phone and it might utilize a totally different design too. Whatever the final design, chances are that device will be one of the most exciting phones of the year and hopefully it will come with a price that will be a bit more manageable for the general public.
So far details are scant: we have been hearing rumors about a clamshell design similar to that of the new Moto Razr phone, but also the second generation of the Galaxy Fold design is also due in 2020.
Expected announcement date and price: August 2020, prices in $1,500 range
Apple iPhone 9
Remember the iPhone SE
? Well, it's not coming back, but a phone with a similarly sweet budget price tag is coming and it will likely be named the iPhone 9.
Here is what we know about it:
- it will look just like the iPhone 8
- feature an LCD screen
- have a physical home button with Touch ID
- run the latest version of the iOS platform
- cost around $350
Yes, just $350 for a brand new iPhone is the lowest that Apple has gone in quite a few years and the price alone will make this phone interesting.
Expected announcement date and price: March, 2020, prices in $350 range
Huawei P40 Pro
The Huawei P series are all about redefining the boundaries of smartphone photography, and the P40 Pro is expected to do just that.
Two years ago, Huawei surprised everyone with the P20 Pro
and its Night Mode that basically was a wake-up call for other phone makers that have only now adopted it. Last year, the P30 Pro again raised the bar with a camera that was able to capture light in conditions when the human eye would see pitch black, plus it had a 5X periscope zoom camera that delivered a clear and long zoom for the first time on a phone.
We expect the P40 Pro to continue improving in all these areas: zoom, night time and detail and clarity. Along with that, expect the recurring theme for 2020 and Huawei's forte: 5G connectivity, faster performance (here with a built-in Kirin chip), and more storage and a larger battery.
Expected announcement date and price: March 26th, 2020, prices in $1,000 range
In a glorious triumph of form over function, forward-thinking innovation, and most importantly, nostalgia, the new motorola razr is quite probably the best foldable phone right now. No, it doesn't have high-end specs, and it's far from being "affordable", but it's a proof of concept done right. It's not only an excellent callback to the company's heyday more than a decade ago, but it also sets the stage for a surprisingly strong presence in the emerging foldable phone niche. Here's why the motorola razr is easily the ultimate foldable phone right now.
We have already seen the ways this form factor it's interesting: it hits the right nostalgia notes with the clamshell design and there's even a retro Razr easter egg. Apart from that, we were impressed with how the crease in the middle of this phone is almost invisible and how it snaps tightly so that no debris can enter into it. Of course, $1500 is a bit of an overkill for a phone that is not even powered by a top-tier chip, but if you want cool tech and one that folds in a tiny, compact size, the Razr has got this going for it.
Release date and price: January, 2020, $1,500
OnePlus 8 Pro
OnePlus is expected to start the year with a brand new affordable phone, a break from its tradition of releasing only "flagship killers".
The OnePlus 8 might be what it ends up being called, or there might be a different, higher-end phone too.
At the moment, it's too early to tell, but while we know that OnePlus excels in the speed and smoothness of its UI, we hope the camera ups its camera game too and finally creates a phone with a "flagship killer" camera.
Expected announcement date and price: May 12, 2020, prices in $700 range
LG G9 ThinQ
The LG G9 ThinQ is the phone that LG has to get right. 2019 was a rough year for the company as its flagships received a lukewarm reception: vein recognition and motion sensing sounded like cool features at launch, but few people cared about them in real life and they were seen as gimmicks on the G8.
The G9 ThinQ has to get back to the fundamentals: LG phones might have kick-started the ultra-wide camera craze back in the day, but they lack the versatility of a dedicated zoom lens these days, and LG will need to seriously work on the battery life of its phone.
The company has already been among the pioneers for 5G adoption, so we expect the G9 will be a 5G phone with all the bands necessary for smooth and fast connectivity in 2020 and the future.
Expected announcement date and price: March, 2020, prices in $800 range
Sony Xperia 1 II (2020)
The Xperia 1 II (pronounced Xperia 1 Mark Two) is Sony's latest flagship phone, which was supposed to be unveiled at MWC 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic put a stick in its wheels. It's a device that exudes the signature Sony design of old, bringing back memories of the OmniBalance design language of old. However, the Xperia 1 II is far from "old" in terms of the hradware that's making it tick. It's Sony's first 5G-ready device and has a 4K OLED display which removes motion blur, emulating the experience of a 90Hz refresh rate on its regular 60Hz display. There's the Snapdragon 865 on board, which is as good as it can get in early 2020. On the topic of camera, there's a trio of 12 MP ones — one with a wide-angle, one with a super-wide-angle, and one with a telephoto lens. But now, we also get a ToF camera on top — according to spec, it should work up to 5 meters, detecting object sizes, edges, and placement within the environment. Weirdly, a headphone jack is present on this device despite last year's Xperia 1 not having one. The pricing is still not official, but here's to hoping it won't overstretch the $999 price tag of last year's Sony flagship by much.
Coming in the Second Half of 2020:
Apple iPhone 12 Pro series
The 2020 iPhones will be one of the biggest upgrades ever for the iPhone family.
Not only are they expected to introduce 5G to the iPhone family for the first time, they are also projected to bring back the iconic edgy iPhone 4 design with sharper corners and flat sides, but also with a modern twist.
After a massive upgrade with Night Mode and an ultra-wide angle camera in 2019, we expect the 2020 Pro series of iPhones to add a new, fourth camera that will open the way to a new augmented reality experience and the upcoming Apple Glasses.
And here is a breakdown of all the various iPhone 12 models expected in 2020:
|Ming-Chi Kuo (TF Securities)||J.P. Morgan||Rosenblatt Securities|
|Four new fall 2020 iPhone models:|
iPhone 12 with a 5.4” OLED display, dual camera
iPhone 12 with a 6.1” OLED display, dual camera
iPhone 12 Pro with a 6.1” OLED display, triple camera
iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 6.7” OLED display, triple camera
|Four new fall 2020 iPhone models:|
iPhone 12 with a 5.4” OLED display, dual camera
iPhone 12 with a 6.1” OLED display, dual camera
iPhone 12 Pro with a 6.1” OLED display, triple camera and ToF sensor
iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 6.7” OLED display, triple camera and ToF sensor
|Six new fall 2020 iPhone models:|
iPhone 12 with a 6.1” LCD display
iPhone 12 Pro with a 5.4” OLED display and 4G/5G versions
iPhone 12 Pro with a 6.1” OLED display and 4G/5G versions
iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 6.7” display, 5G model
Expected announcement date and price: September 10th, 2020, prices from $1,000 for Pro range
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series
Samsung outdid itself with the design of the Galaxy Note 10
: a phone with practically no bezels, an elegant glass back that would reflect light in mesmerizing patterns, but the Note 10 was not merely a beautiful phone, but also a powerful one.
The Note 11 series will thus have an even higher bar to clear: with the transition to 5G we expect to see an increase in the size of the phone as larger batteries and antennas require more space. The familiar S Pen is also due for an upgrade with more ways to remotely control the S Pen, and we have a few other exciting ideas as to where Samsung could take it
. We'll also be looking out for the way the S11 camera evolves and the ways the Note 11 can take it to the next level.
Expected announcement date and price: August 12th, 2020, prices from $1,000
Google Pixel 5 series
The Pixel 5 family should bring Google back from the unflattering position the company itself went into with the Pixel 4
The main problem with those phones was a battery life that was... well, quite poor. They also focused on bets that did not pay off like the Project Soli radars.... that did absolutely nothing new to impress users.
There are two possible ways ahead for Google: one is to admit its mistakes and redesign the Pixel 5 from scratch, scrapping the unsuccessful radar ideas and other gimmicks. The other is to try and refine those sensors and give them some meaning that they are currently lacking, but whatever it is, chances are we'll understand in late 2020.
Expected announcement date and price: October 14th, 2020, prices from $800
Huawei Mate 40 Pro
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro is expected to launch in late 2020 with a focus on innovative features that are not necessarily centered around the camera.
Expect further improvements in 5G connectivity, battery life, and 3D face recognition, as well as other power user features. While the P series Huawei phones are the line where the company pours out its latest and greatest camera improvements, the Mate series are reserved for boosts in performance and other features.
Expected announcement date and price: September, 2020, prices from $1,000
While it's still way too early to talk about the upcoming OnePlus 8T, we expect it to arrive on schedule in late 2020 as the redefined OnePlus flagship.
OnePlus has recently started making more than one phone in an attempt to diversify its portfolio, and we do expect the OnePlus 8T will also come in a Pro and non-Pro versions. Prices are also likely to stay at around $700 to $750 for the Pro model, while the non-Pro version might retail for a bit north of $600.
The good price, the flagship specs and the ultra-fast experience is what makes OnePlus phones so alluring, and in 2020, we expect a proper 5G support added to that list as well.
Expected announcement date and price: Late September 2020, prices in $700 range
Asus Rog Phone III
The successor to what was probably the best gaming phone of 2019, the Asus Rog Phone
III is expected to double down on the quality of its 120-Hertz, high-refresh rate display, as well as awesome accessories that help get your fingers out of the way while playing games on this phone.
The Rog Phone III is expected to feature an even larger battery than the second generation, come with a faster chip with better cooling for prolonged gaming sessions, and catch up in the camera department where Asus is traditionally a bit behind the big players.