Updated – May 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 up 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 PRO
The new Oneplus 8 and 8 Pro are recently launched and offers many upgrades over the predecessors.
Highlight Features of OnePlus 8 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 Galaxy S20.
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.
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.
The company would like to shrug off the worst experience and can come with a much better phone this time around.
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 FOUNDER IN A STATEMENT SAID” THE HYDROGEN TWO IS BEING DESIGNED “VIRTUALLY FROM SCRATCH” IN PARTNERSHIP WITH A NEW ODM THAT IS “CLEARLY MORE CAPABLE OF BUILDING AND SUPPORTING THE PRODUCT WE (AND OUR CUSTOMERS) DEMAND,” JANNARD SAYS
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). Google Pixel 4a
Google is expected to unleash its new smartphone “pixel 4a” most expectedly in May 2020 at the Google I/O 2020, but no official release date has been announced yet.
It is believed that the phone will be available in White, Black, and Purple colors. Most of the design would be inherited from its predecessor but with a rear fingerprint sensor and a hole-punch cut-out to the top-left of the screen.
The screen size is somewhere around 5.8 inches IPS LCD display and has thin bezels, 19.5:9 Ratio, and 1080×2340 screen resolution. The pixel per inch density is supposedly 444.
As far as the storage is concerned, it will show up UFS2.1- 64 GB onboard storage with 6 GB RAM. The phone has a dual sim slot ( nano-sim and dual standby) and the MicroSD expansion slot is missing here.
The chipset sitting on the phone is Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 clocked at 2.2 GHz and the GPU is Adreno 618. The camera is a single 12.2 MP main wide camera with Dual PDAF, Auto-HDR and LED Flash. On the front is an 8 MP Selfie camera with Auto-HDR.
Battery running the phone will be a non-removable Li-Po 3080 mAh Battery. Roughly the expected price of the phone is above 30k.4
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 a wait of more than 1 year, the brand is launching the 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.
8). Xiaomi Black Shark 3
One of Xiaomi’s new releases is the Black Shark 3 that is made available to the Indian buyers in May 2020.
The Phone comes in an aluminum body with a glass front and is a pro gaming phone. It is presented in an array of attractive colors namely: Lightning Black, Armor Gray, Star Silver. The screen is 6.67: AMOLED with 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio, and 395 ppi density. The display is HDR 10+ certified and comes with DCI- P3 standard.
Under its hood is powerful Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 clocked at 2.84 GHz and Adreno 650 GPU. It also runs on the latest Android 10.0 OS.
The Storage options are as follows:
- 8 GB RAM with 128 GB internal Storage.
- 12 GB RAM with 128 GB internal Storage.
- 12 GB RAM with 256 GB internal Storage with no external card slot.
It boasts a triple rear camera with a 64 MP wide lens with PDAF +13MP ultrawide +5 MP depth sensor with LED Flash And HDR. The front is a 20 MP wide lens with HDR. The phone also has an under-display fingerprint sensor.
The battery is 4720 mAh and promises to deliver a 65 W Fast Charger for one of the variants, 30 W Fast charger for another and also 18W Magnetic charging facility.
The expected for the base variant is ~ Rs 36,690.
9). 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 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). Motorola Edge+
Motorola Edge + is the new upcoming smartphone whose release date is not announced yet. It is expected to arrive in Blue color. The design specs are yet not unleashed. The smartphone is a dual sim with an in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock. This touch screen phone has a 6.67″ SAMOLED screen with 1080 x 2340 pixels screen resolution, 19.5:9 Aspect ratio and an estimate ppi of 386.
The phone is powered by the powerful Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon865 clocked at 2.84 GHz and Adreno 650 GPU. The OS running on the phone is Android 10.0.
The phone has 12 GB RAM and 256 GB Of onboard storage. The highlight of the phone is the triple 108 MP Rear camera set up that is combined with 16 MP ultra-wide and 8 MP telephoto lens. It sports Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, PDAF, and OIS. The front is a 25MP HDR camera.
The battery on the phone is a massive 5170 mAH that also supports 15W fast charging. The price is supposed to be approximately Rs 48,990.
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. ONEPLUS Z
Oneplus Z is the upcoming affordable smartphone from the brand and will come with mid-tier hardware.
It runs on the latest Android v10 (Q) OS and powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G. It is an Octa-Core processor (2.4Ghz, single-core, Kryo 475 + 2.2Ghz, single-core, Kryo 475 + 1.8Ghz, Hexa core, Kryo 475) and comes with the Adreno 650 GPU.
Further, it will have 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage.
Similar to the Oneplus 8 it will come with a high refresh rate display offering 90Hz.
It offers an AMOLED display and comes with a screen resolution of 1080*2340 pixels with a 403ppi density.
Further, the screen will be 6.4 inches just to fit your palm.
The buyers will get a 12 MP selfie camera.
The triple rear camera will offer 48MP+ 5MP + 2MP lenses with additional features like Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, and Face Detection.
The phone will come with a 4000mAh battery and will have 30 Watts Fast Charging support. For connectivity, it will have Dual Sim 5G support. Also, there is a USB Type-C port.
The Oneplus Z can launch for $349 in the US or Rs. 25,000 in India.
13). 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.
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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.
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