Updated – January 2020 – Let’s check out some of the best upcoming smartphones with expected Specs, Price and launch date. These are likely to launch in the next few months and are from top brands like Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi, Huawei, LG, HTC, and Google.
Also, there are modern gaming phones like the Asus Rog Phone 2, Xiaomi Black Shark or the Razer Phone 2 pushing the performance boundaries.
Foldable smartphones like the Mate X and the Samsung Galaxy Fold is another trend to look for in the near future.
Top 7 Features for Upcoming Smartphones 2020
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Processor.
- Triple/Quad Rear Cameras and Dual Front Cameras
- Improved AI and Machine Learning Capabilities.
- 5G Support, a major upgrade from 4G.
- 90 Hz and 120 Hz Display Panels.
- Faster In-display Fingerprint Scanners and Cameras.
- Faster Charging 50 Watts to 100 Watts.
Let’s look at some of the upcoming phones and what are the expectations.
10 Forthcoming Smartphones in 2020 – From Top Brands
1). One Plus 8 & OnePlus 8 Pro
The Oneplus 7T was launched in October 2019, and we can expect the Oneplus 8 and 8 Pro to launch in May 2020. The new OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro is going to offer some improvements over the current OnePlus 7T and Oneplus 7T Pro.
Highlight Features of OnePlus 8T PRO
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Processor, Adreno 650 GPU.
- In-Display fingerprint scanner.
- Quad Rear cameras With improved Low light performance
- Punch Hole Front Camera with AI and Portrait Mode.
- No 3.5 mm headphone jack – Switch to USB type C earbuds.
- FHD+ Super AMOLED No Notch display to ensure the full vision
- Android 10.0 Out of the Box with Oxygen Os.
- 5G Support
The Oneplus 8 Pro is likely to come with a hole punch camera similar to the Samsung
The phone will come with a glass back design and will feature a large 6.5-6.6 Inch Super AMOLED Display, with (1080×2340 pixels) and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It will also use the Corning Gorilla Glass 6 for protection. Also, Oneplus is unveiling a new 120 Hz display at CES 2020 that the company can use in the 8-Series.
Further, at CES 2020, the company showcased a new Oneplus Concept phone that comes with rear cameras that can hide behind the chromatic glass.
The cameras on the current Oneplus 7T Pro are above average but not excellent. Since OnePlus has now become a premium player they will try to up the camera game in the upcoming Pro version.
As per the latest reports, the Oneplus 8 Pro will come with Quad-Cameras along with a TOF depth sensor.
Powering the device is the upcoming Qualcomm 865 Processor and the Adreno 650 GPU.
The base model will come with 8 GB ram and 128 GB storage this time, and 7T Pro can have upto 12 GB Ram like the Samsung Note 10+.
The last big update is going to be the 120 Hz display, up from the 90 Hz display on the current generation.
Also, we are expecting the price to stay constant for the base model for OnePlus 8; it will start at Rs. 33,999.
The Oneplus 8 Pro can launch for Rs. 52,999 and there are going to be higher models with 12 GB Ram and 256 GB internal storage.
Apart from the upcoming Oneplus 8, 8 Pro and the Oneplus Concept, this year they can launch a new affordable Oneplus 8 Lite.
2). Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL
The Google Pixel 5 and 5 XL are still almost a year away for launch. Unlike the current generation of Pixel 4 and 4 XL, not launched in India, future phones are likely to come to the Indian market.
Apart from using computational photography leveraging machine learning and AI processing to click excellent images; Google will use Triple cameras in the next iteration.
The second big update for the Pixel phones is 90/120 Hz display, offering a super smooth user experience.
Pixel 5 will come with the Full HD+ display whereas the 5 XL will come with a Quad HD+ OLED display panel.
There is cutting edge project Soli that enables you to use gestures to dismiss calls or swipe photos and a lot more.
Another big update is the IR face camera like the iPhone Xs Face ID for secure unlocking.
Lastly, the phone will run on the latest Android Q, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and 6 GB of Ram.
You can Read More Here about the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4XL.
3). Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 (5G and In-Display Camera)
Xiaomi launched the new Mi Mix 3 on 25th October 2018, at an event in China. The phone offers 5G capability and boasts of a massive 10 GB DDR4X. Mix Mix 4 is expected to launch in Q1 2020 in China.
The Mi Mix 4 is likely to come with in-display cameras as per a leaked image from Slashleaks.
Xiaomi has been working on the under-display camera tech for quite some time and we can actually see some phones in 2020, using this technology.
The Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 comes with a full vision, nearly bezel-less, curved display. The bezels are uniform and are quite thin.
For Imaging, it comes with Dual Rear cameras with 12 MP lens and has an f/1.8 aperture with OIS support.
The front side even has Dual cameras (24MP+2MP) to take images with the bokeh effect.
Powering the Mix 3 is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, along with the Adreno 640 GPU. It can have upto 12 GB of DDR4 ram and storage capacity of 512 GB.
There will be 5G and 4G models for the device. Further, it can have a 4500 mAH battery with 45 Watts wired and 30 watts wireless charging.
There is no date available for India launch, but we can expect it to come in the first half of 2020. For imaging, it can come with a 108 MP primary camera along with 16 MP + 12 MP sensors.
Xiaomi is already launching the Mi Note 10 with a 108 MP camera and is also likely to use the same lens in the Mi Mix 4.
Also, Read About – Top Upcoming Xiaomi Mobiles.
4). Red Hydrogen Two
Fantastic Camera Upcoming Smartphone – RED is famous for making video cameras that offer incredible details, and a color science like no other.
The company is planning to launch its second phone the Red Hydrogen 2 after the failure of “Red Hydrogen One.”
Jim Jannard’s company is planning to revolutionize the mobile camera photography with the new phone, as they have done with RED cinema cameras.
It is likely that the new phone from Red will go on sale in Mid 2020. The Red Hydrogen One was a failure at so many levels and failed to attract consumers.
The company would like to shrug off the worst experience and can come with a much better phone this time around.
The phone may come with the Triple rear camera setup going with the trend and can house two front cameras for clicking selfies.
It is going to have a modern 19:9 aspect ratio display with Quad HD resolution and may run on the Android Q 10.0 software.
Powering the phone is Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Processor and the Adreno 640 GPU. The phone will have 8 GB of ram and 256 GB internal storage and a mammoth 4000 mAH capacity battery.
Red Hydrogen 2 is going to be expensive and meant for camera enthusiasts.
5). Samsung S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S20 series will launch in 11 Feb 2020 and is one of the most anticipated phones of all time.
So what happened to the Samsung S11 series, Samsung is changing the naming and moving to S20. There will be no S11 series. It is confirmed from the image leaks, as shown below.
Samsung S20 will replace the S10e, S20+ will replace the S10 and the S20 Ultra will succeed the S10 Plus.
Leaks and image render of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S20 suggests it has a centrally aligned punch-hole camera like the Note 10.
Consequently, Samsung is not going with an under-display camera for the S20 series.
But we can expect the phone to have thinner bezels than the Samsung S10.
Samsung S20 Ultra has a Rectangular Camera Module With 5 Cameras:
Also, the new Samsung S20 and S20 Ultra will come with a second-generation in-display fingerprint scanner to make it more convenient to use.
No prizes for guessing that the S20 series have the Samsung made Infinity-O display with upto Quad-HD resolution. Further, Samsung may add a 120 Hz display similar to the Rog Phone II.
The most significant upgrade for the S20 and S20 Ultra is going to be the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Octa-Core processor, and the Adreno 650 GPU.
These are going to be the first phones to come with the Qualcomm Chipset and can also have the Exynos 9830 chipset for countries like India.
Both the devices will come with a rectangular camera module at the back that can have upto 5 camera lenses. The camera will come with laser auto-focus and will even have a macro lens for close up shots.
Other speculated camera features hints that we may see a 108 MP lens, 8K video recording, and 100X digital zoom on the S20 series.
Another big update is going to be Android Q along with the Samsung One UI 2.0, which is now far refined in comparison to the Touch Wiz or the Samsung Experience software.
Further, new S-series phones will come with 5G Volte Support and will offer users blazing-fast data connectivity.
Lastly, Samsung may finally include a high-speed charging experience with a bundled 45 Watts charger with the new phones.
6). Huawei Mate 10 (Folding Phone)
Huawei has already showcased the Mate 10 and apart from Samsung Galaxy Fold, it is the only new folding phone that is going to be available soon in the market.
The Huawei Mate X comes with Dual displays that have 6.6 Inch (1148×2480 pixels, 19.5:9 aspect ratio), and the rear has a thinner 6.38-inch display offering 892×2480 pixel count and a 25:9 aspect ratio.
When the displays are not folded it becomes an 8 Inch single panel.
The Mate X comes with Huawei EMUI software along with the Android 9.0 pie.
Powering the Mate X is the Kirin 980 Octa-Core processor made from 7 Nm technology and can offer a significant boost in gaming and multi-tasking performance.
The Mate X comes with Leica cameras with at the back, offering a primary 40 Megapixel lens, 16 MP (wide-angle lens) and an 8 Megapixel telephoto lens.
Lastly, the Mate X comes with a 4500 mAH capacity battery and has a 55 Watts charger which can charge it upto 85% in just 30 minutes. Read More About the Mate 10 and Samsung Galaxy Fold Here.
7). Xiaomi’s POCO F2 and POCO X2
(Upcoming Smartphone Under 20-25k in India) – Xiaomi POCO F1 was launched in August 2018 and after wait of more than 1 year the brand is launching second phone in the series.
Recently Xiaomi has announced that POCO will work as a separate brand in India and they are launching the new POCO X2.
The POCO F2 will be the flagship phone and may launch at a later date, whereas the POCO X2 is launching on 4th February in India.
POCO F2 will come with a slightly better design in comparison to the mediocre design of POCO F1.
Also, there are expectations that Xiaomi will use a better display on the POCO F2 with most probably a waterdrop notch to have a better experience. (No Screen Bleeding issues).
The POCO F1 software is also half-baked, and we can expect the team to come up with a better launcher and maybe they can make the UI, Icons, and fonts more unique.
A lot of users would like to have an Android One experience on the POCO F2, but it won’t be shipping with the stock Android.
Further, it will have a base version with 8 GB Ram and 128 GB of storage which can go up to 12 GB ram and 256 GB storage.
The Poco X2 will go on sale in India starting 11th February 2020. It come with the mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Processor and the Adreno 618 GPU.
The phone offers a 6.67 inch, 120 Hz IPS LCD display and a Full HD+ display and a punch hole camera. Further, it will have a massive 4500 mAH capacity battery with fast charging (27 Watts).
Another key highlight is the presence of 64 MP Sony IMX 686 sensor in the Quad-Rear camera module. The front camera is a 20MP+2MP shooter for taking detailed selfies.
The POCO X2 is a rebranded Redmi K30 (4G) that was launched in China.
Read more about the POCO X2 and Comparison with Realme X2 and Redmi Note 8 PRO.
Also, Xiaomi is planning to launch the Redmi K30 and the K30 5G soon in India.
8). Xiaomi K30 Pro
Xiaomi has unveiled the K30 and the K30 5G in China on 10th December and if the latest reports are to be believed the brand can launch the K30 Pro in March/April 2020.
Both the K30 and the K30 5G come with mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G / 765G which leaves room for the company to actually launch successor for the Redmi K20 PRO.
Notably, the K30 Pro will come with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and will have Adreno 650 GPU.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 has 5G support and can also support upto 200 MP of cameras with 8K video recording capability.
The K30 Pro will come with a Quad-Rear camera setup and can use the Sony IMX 686, 64 MP sensor as the primary lens. Further, it will have a punch-hole display 6.67 Inch., 120 Hz Super AMOLED panel with FHD+ resolution.
Further, there is 128 GB storage and a minimum of 8 GB DDR4X ram on the device to make it blazing fast.
There are Dual front selfie cameras with 20MP+2MP Lens to ensure excellent portrait mode.
Lastly, the phone comes with a 4500 mAH battery capacity with 30 Watts of fast charging.
9). Oppo Realme 6
Sub15k Upcoming Mobile in India – Oppo can launch the Realme 6 soon, and we can expect the company to bring the new device to the market even before the end of this year.
Realme can use one of the latest processors like the Snapdragon 710 or 712 in the Realme 6.
Further, the mobile will come with the Quad-Camera setup like its predecessor Realme 5 and can even house the 64 MP sensor as the main camera.
Additionally, it can have an 8 MP ultra-wide lens and a 2 MP depth sensor, 2 MP macro-lens.
Considering the aggressive price of previous phones, the Realme 6 can launch for as little as Rs. 10,999 in India. The phone is expected to launch in the next 2-3 months.
Realme is developing its own OS on top of the Color OS 7.0 and Android Pie.Also, read about more upcoming Realme phones like Realme X50 5G and a 108 MP Camera mobile.
Below are some of the leaks that point to the launch of the Microsoft surface phone and Turing Cadenza phone.
10). Microsoft Surface Phone
The Microsoft Surface phone is long-rumored, and there are still no real details about its launch.
Some of the analysts are also saying that Microsoft can launch the Surface phone running on Android, and offer a suite of Applications developed by Microsoft to enhance the experience.
Expected Specs for Microsoft Surface Phone :
- Quad HD 5.7 inch AMOLED display
- 2560 x 1440 pixels resolution
- Gorilla Glass 6 protection
- OS – Windows 10
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset
- 8 GB RAM (DDR4) / 512 GB internal storage
- 20 MP +12 MP rear camera & 12 MP front camera with Carl Zeiss wide-angle lens
- Surface pen and keyboard integrated into the flip cover
- In-built kickstand
- 4000 mAh battery
11). Apple iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 PRO Max
Similar to 2019, in 2020, Apple will launch 3 new iPhones – iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 PRO Max.
As per reports, Apple can launch the iPhone 12 with three screen sizes – 5.46 Inch, 6.1 Inch, and 6.7 Inch.
Another rumor suggests Apple can launch a fourth iPhone this year and may call it as iPhone 12 Max. The two non-Pro models will be affordable while the Pro models will be more expensive.
Also, there we some reports of iPhone SE 2 launch but Apple has not refreshed the iPhone SE for many years now.
Display and Design – The new iPhones are expected to come with a completely new design that may not have a notch or at least with a smaller notch. The notch was introduced with the iPhone X and it will be three years since the company introduced the concept.
Also, another big upgrade is 120 Hz display for the Pro models and Apple may use thinner OLED panels made by Samsung for the iPhones.
What’s more, there are some pointers hinting at an in-display fingerprint scanner or the in-display camera that we have seen on some of the prototypes from Oppo and Xiaomi.
Performance and Hardware – Undoubtedly, Apple will introduce the new A14 chipset with the new iPhones. As we know the A13 is faster than the upcoming Snapdragon 865, the A14 will be far ahead of Qualcomm flagship processors.
5G – All the iPhone models can have support for 5G technology as Qualcomm has already announced that the Snapdragon 865 based phones will have 5G. Most of the big markets like the US and China are gearing for 5G and till 2021 they will need 5G phones.
Cameras – A lot of companies are offering Quad-Cameras now and with upto 108 Megapixel resolution. Apple may add a higher megapixel camera with 40 to 64 MP lens to the top models.
Faster Charging – The charging speed on the iPhones is way slower than several Android rivals and it is high time for the company to add a 30 Watts to 50 Watts Charger with the iPhone 12.
The new iPhones are launched in September every year and we can expect the iPhone 12 series to launch around 10th September 2020.
12). Turing Smartphone
The Turing smartphone is one of the most mysterious devices ever announced and is most radically different in comparison to anything on this list.
The smartphone is alleged to come with an insane 18 GB of Ram, powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 and will have a 4K display.
Turing Phone is so far a concept device and it has been more than 2 years the phone was first announced but it has not yet seen the light of the day.
A dream device with every spec blow out of proportion is what the company is dreaming.
Read More About Upcoming Phones from Xiaomi and Nokia in detail:
- 5 Upcoming Xiaomi Phones in India and China
- 6 Upcoming Nokia Phones 2020
- 10 New Smartphones Recently Launched in India Worth Knowing About.
What to Expect from Future Smartphones 2020?
If I have to visualize the future of smartphones and concepts and ideas for 2020 – here are the top 6 future ideas that will be popular in the coming years.
The focus has been entirely shifted, from large computing devices (PC and laptop) to incredibly powerful smartphones with devices like OnePlus 8 having 12 GB RAM or Samsung using its DEX technology to turn your phone into a PC.
Computers and laptops are quickly getting replaced with highly capable smartphones with ever exceeding computing power; I don’t have to switch on a laptop now for a lot of tasks.
Responsive website designs and Apps have made the internet a great place for mobiles.
Phones are no more just a mode to communicate anymore, they are used to do so much more and in ways never imagined before.
Great Battery Back-Up
The battery life is probably the weakest part of smartphone technology. They hardly last a day with high pixel resolution displays (Quad HD) and more power-hungry processors.
There is a need for compact batteries which can last 3-4 days with a single charge and should be much more compact than the current batteries.
4K Bezel-less Displays
Sony already has a smartphone with 4K display Sony Xperia Z5 – Worlds Highest 806 PPI 4K Display Smartphone Unveiled. Due to battery life constraints, 4K displays are not getting popular, but improvement in battery storage can lead to the return of 4K in mobile devices.
With Google Assist and Siri, Apple and Google are trying to bring in more artificial intelligence to mobile computing devices.
The voice recognition and contextual understanding of assistants is improving and we can expect more powerful AI-based voice assistants in coming years.
Augmented Reality, Google’s Project Tango, was one of the promising starts. However, it has lost steam. We may see a resurgence in 2020.
Tim Cook also has said multiple times that Apple is thinking big about the Augmented reality and it could be a more prominent development even when compared to the VR.
While the virtual reality is getting some steam in recent years, there is much more to be done before the technology becomes mainstream.
Both the user experience and price for using it will come down by 2020. There will be more 3D content, videos, images and games which can make the technology popular.
Google is working on daydream while there are several more VR developments from Samsung, Oculus, Sony, and HTC.
Seamless Connectivity (5G)
5G networks – I think the worst part of modern smartphones is the lack of seamless connectivity which kills the user experience.
The new phones in 2020 will have support for the 5G network and can have blazing-fast data speeds.
So that’s all from my side if you may like to read about top performance phones.