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Best upcoming phones for 2024 and 2025: find your next phone!

Flagships, foldables, midrangers and affordable models - there's an upcoming phone for all budgets

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There’s never a shortage of shiny new upcoming phones to get excited about – the tech world never truly sleeps, after all. From hero handsets and foldable flagships to affordable mid-rangers, there’s certain to be something due just as your cellular contract comes up for renewal – whatever your budget.

The following upcoming phones all look set to arrive within the next twelve months or so. We’ve included confirmed releases, rumoured reveals and likely launches, along with what you can expect in terms of specs, camera capabilities and software smarts. And for some added context, check out the summary of every major smartphone announcement from recent months, with links to our review of the biggest hitters.

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All the best upcoming phones we’re expecting soon

Google Pixel 9 Pro official pre-launch teaser

Google Pixel 9 series

The next generation of Pixel phones will be officially revealed on August 13. A Pixel 9 and Pixel 9 Pro are almost certain to appear, but the latter is expected to get a smaller screen – and make way for a larger Pixel 9 Pro XL. It’s a naming scheme Google hasn’t used for a few years, but makes sense if two Pro options are on the way.

A fresh take on the distinctive camera bar has been confirmed in official teaser pics from Google itself. A new Tensor G4 chipset will probably include even more AI acceleration than the outgoing Pixel 8 series. Camera hardware may not get a huge upgrade, as Google tends to wait two years before it swaps to a new set of sensors. Algorithm updates and more editing tools are pretty much a given, though.

Until the Pixel 9 series arrives the Pixel 8 Pro remains one of our favourite smartphones. It takes stunning photos, has plenty of clever AI enhancements, and has the slickest design of any Pixel to date.

Google Pixel 9 Pro Fold official pre-launch teaser copy

Google Pixel 9 Pro Fold

Working out when the Pixel Fold sequel would launch was a shot in the dark after Google’s I/O event came and went in May. The firm outright confirmed it would get a grand reveal on August 13 alongside the Pixel 9 – and with a name change to boot. The Pixel 9 Pro Fold will, as the name suggests, be a folding version of the Pixel 9 Pro, with a complimentary design and identical internals.

The rear camera module will swap from a device-spanning bar to a pill-shaped bump contained to one corner. It’s unknown if the cameras themselves will see any serious upgrades. A Tensor G4 chipset and a larger capacity battery are also expected, as is a taller, narrower pair of screens that more closely match folding rivals.

If you can’t wait that long, the original Pixel Fold is still doing the rounds – and for less than retail price.

iPhone 15 Pro Max face-on

Apple iPhone 16 series

Apple fans worldwide have long learned to mark early September in the calendars for the new iPhone generation. 2024 looks set to see larger Pro variants, with 6.3in and 6.9in screens rumoured. They could also include a dedicated “capture” button for content creators, alongside the returning Action button – which itself will filter down to the standard iPhone models.

New Apple silicon looks guaranteed, and iOS 18 will almost certainly be made official on the same day (it’s currently in preview for keen testers). Apple has already showed off its AI ambitions for the new software generation, with Apple Intelligence bringing chatGPT integration in a big way. Whether the iPhone 15 Pro Max’s 5x telephoto lens will make its way down to the more palm-friendly iPhone 16 Pro is still a mystery.

September feels like a long way off right now, though. The iPhone 15 line-up is as good as it gets in Apple land today:

Apple iPhone SE

Apple iPhone SE 4

Apple’s most affordable iPhone model will apparently inherit styling from the iPhone 14, with flat sides and a 6.1in OLED screen bringing the SE bang up to date. That’s a big change from the outgoing model, which has old-school TouchID and a diddy 4.7in screen.

Dynamic Island is unlikely to make the cut, and the Action button probably won’t appear either; expect a notch and a traditional alert slider instead. USB-C connectivity is a given, as European rulings will soon prevent Apple from selling Lightning-equipped devices. A price rise seems likely to account for all that new hardware.

The next SE will probably arrive in March 2025, as this tends to be when Apple introduces new iPhone SE models. There’s still a chance it could appear alongside the iPhone 16 in September 2024. In the meantime, the current SE remains the cheapest way into iOS without shopping second-hand:

OnePlus 12 official reveal images green

OnePlus 13

December looks likely for OnePlus’ next ‘flagship killer’ phone, albeit for China only. A global launch should follow in 2025. Early whispers suggest a colossal 6000mAh battery, which is bigger than anything in the mainstream mobile world right now. A Snapdragon 8 Gen 4 chipset should also appear, but confirmation will wait until Qualcomm actually announces it.

An AMOLED screen with subtle curves on all four sides and a price competitive with anything Apple or Samsung are also expected. Hasselblad should still be helping out on the camera side, but we’ve heard nothing about sensors as yet.

Don’t want to wait until December for the likely reveal – or even longer for a global launch? The OnePlus 12 is still fantastic value:

Honor Magic V2 review static rear

Honor Magic V3

After setting new standards for slimness with the Magic V2, Honor is out to do it again for the sequel. The Magic V3 has already been revealed in China, so we know exactly what to expect: a book-style foldable that’s an incredible 4.35mm thick when unfolded, and weighs just 226g. That’s a whole lot lighter than the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold6. The 6.43in cover screen and 7.92in inner display both use LTPO 1-120Hz adaptive OLED panels, while performance comes courtesy of a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, up to 16GB of RAM and 1TB of storage. There’s also a 5150mAh battery with 66W wired and 50W wireless charging.

A 50MP main camera with optical image stabilisation, 50MP periscope zoom with 3.5x magnification, and a 40MP ultrawide lead the photography charge, with 20MP punch-hole cams in each display for selfies and video calls. The firm’s new Studio Harcourt portrait mode will apparently make an appearance, too.

A worldwide launch probably won’t happen until September at the earliest, so if you can’t wait that long the Honor Magic V2 is still a very svelte device:

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip6

Finally closes the gap between Samsung’s foldable phones and the more mainstream Galaxy S series, with a potent Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy chipset, larger 4000mAh battery, and 50MP main camera sensor. The styling has been streamlined and the software upgraded, so while the cover screen hasn’t grown at all (and you still can’t run any app you like on it without some power tool workaround) it’s more usable than ever.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold6

The world’s most popular book-style foldable has slimmed down a teeny tiny bit for its sixth generation. Shorter but wider dimensions add 1mm to the outer screen and 2mm to the inner one. The frame has been flattened and given a matte finish to better mimic the Galaxy S24 Ultra. Inside there’s a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy chipset and extra large vapor chamber to keep it cool. A similar trio of cameras and same battery capacity as last year mean this foldable is all about the software, with lots of Galaxy AI additions.

CMF Phone 1

Nothing’s bargain-focused sub-brand has diluted down the already affordable Nothing Phone 2(a) to the bare essentials, while keeping the same fantastic software and the sort of performance you just don’t expect for the cash. A 50MP main camera takes impressively good photos, and the modular accessories make it truly unique. No NFC is a bit of a downer, but otherwise there’s little that can match it for £200.

Motorola Razr 50 Ultra

An even larger cover screen, bigger battery, and majorly upgraded camera hardware help cement the Razr 50 Ultra near the top of the flip-style foldable pile. Being able to use any app you like on the outer display transforms the way you use the phone, and translates to impressive longevity. Performance is right on the money, it looks the business in a range of vibrant colours, and takes a fantastic photo for a clamshell. Undercutting the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 makes it a fantastic flip phone option.

Honor 200 Pro

Photo specialist Studio Harcourt was tapped up for Honor’s new AI-enhanced portrait mode, giving the 200 Pro a leg up over the rest of the mid-range field. You’re getting a lot of hardware for your cash here, with three rear snappers, a giant 5200mAh battery, a bright AMOLED screen and Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 power. It’s not as mainstream as a Pixel 8 or Galaxy S24 – but one-ups them both in a few key areas.

Sony Xperia 1 VI

After multiple generations of Sony doing its own thing with OTT screen resolutions and super-skinny aspect ratios, the Xperia 1 VI is a more mainstream flagship offering. It has a 19.5:9 screen with a Full HD+ pixel count, but benefits from higher brightness and LTPO adaptive refresh rate tech for some of the best battery life you’ll get from a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 phone. Sony hallmarks like expandable storage, a 3.5mm headphone port and front-firing stereo speakers remain, of course. The three-lens rear camera setup now zooms further and does a great job in auto mode, so amateur smartphone snappers are much better catered for.

Google Pixel 8a

Essentially a Pixel 8 for considerably less cash, with just a few cutbacks, the Pixel 8a is Google proving once again it can create a phenomenal affordable phone. It’s packing lots of Google’s new AI additions, a Tensor G3 processor, an IP67 rating, 120Hz display… the 64MP main camera and 13MP ultrawide are wonderfully capable, too. If £500 is your maximum budget for a smartphone, you’d be hard-pressed to go wrong with one of these.

Asus Zenfone 11 Ultra

Asus broke from tradition with this latest Zenfone. Instead of being pocket-friendly, the 11 Ultra went big with a 6.78in display. It’s flagship-grade everywhere you’d expect, including chipset (a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3), big battery, OLED screen and triple rear camera setup with stabilised main snapper. However, there’s a lot more competition among larger phones than there is at the smaller end of the smartphone spectrum, making it tough to recommend in light of more capable rivals.

Nothing Phone 2a

It’s a big departure from Nothing’s last two phones, and makes a major change on the inside too – but the Nothing Phone 2a is still a compelling alternative to affordable models from big-name rivals. It simplifies the firm’s Glyph lighting, debuts a redesigned rear and uses MediaTek silicon to provide the power. It’s got a big battery and two capable cameras (for the cash), making it a winner in the sub-£350 class.

Honor Magic 6 Pro

Honor’s latest flagship phones doubles down on a speedy set of rear snappers, only this time it also goes hard on the zoom front. A 180MP sensor with OIS and a 2.5x optical zoom promise near-perfect portraits, and AI assistance should mean better subject detection and motion tracking. A top-tier display, Snapdragon silicon and an especially big battery give it plenty of plus points.

Xiaomi 14

The more mainstream of Xiaomi’s two 14 series models has a compact 6.36in screen, but that doesn’t mean it had to skimp on hardware. A sizeable battery capacity, Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset, and a trio of very capable Leica-tweaked rear cameras make it a true rival to the likes of Samsung’s Galaxy S24.

Xiaomi 14 Ultra

Arguably the biggest story out of this year’s MWC show, the Xiaomi 14 Ultra promises the best camera hardware you’ll find on any phone – plus a dedicated upgrade kit that adds physical controls into the mix. A 1in sensor main camera with variable aperture, twin telephotos with OIS and an ultrawide with an equally high pixel count make it a force to be reckoned with – and it’s undeniably a flagship phone everywhere else, with slick styling, plenty of power and a beefy battery. It’ll be on sale in Europe and the UK from mid-March.

Asus ROG Phone 8 / ROG Phone 8 Pro

Aggressive styling and mediocre cameras made older ROG phones tricky to recommend to non-gamers. The new ROG Phone 8 Pro changes that with a tempting trio of rear snappers and much more sedate styling. An IP68 rating and AMOLED screen help the ROG Phone 8 Pro go toe-to-toe with big name rivals, while the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 CPU and oversized battery keep it a performance monster.

OnePlus 12

Technically still China-only at the time of writing, OnePlus’ latest flagship killer is expected to land in Europe imminently. We know exactly what to expect: the OnePlus 12 will land with a 6.82in AMOLED screen good for an astounding 4500nits peak brightness, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 CPU, and a three-lens rear camera setup headlined by a Sony-developed LYTIA stacked sensor.

Samsung Galaxy A55

The Galaxy A series are easily Samsung’s most popular phones in terms of worldwide sales, and the firm has gone all out with this latest generation to please the masses. It borrows a metal and glass build from the pricier Galaxy S24, and a matching main camera at the rear with a 50MP sensor. It doesn’t skimp on power or battery life, either. As an affordable entry to the range, it looks like the real deal.

Samsung Galaxy S24 and Galaxy S24 Plus

This year’s two mainstream Galaxy flagships see minor styling tweaks compared to their predecessors, and reuse the same camera hardware. Bigger batteries, brighter displays with skinnier bezels, and an unwavering focus on on-device AI help them stand out, with the larger of the two also getting a higher screen resolution and faster wired charging.

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra

The new hero of the Galaxy line-up has a titanium frame and Corning Gorilla Armor glass, making it super tough as well as super luxurious. That screen is flat now, rather than curved, and there’s a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 lurking underneath for serious power. AI is a big deal this year, being baked in to multiple apps and especially useful for generative photo edits.

Profile image of Tom Morgan-Freelander Tom Morgan-Freelander Deputy Editor


A tech addict from about the age of three (seriously, he's got the VHS tapes to prove it), Tom's been writing about gadgets, games and everything in between for the past decade, with a slight diversion into the world of automotive in between. As Deputy Editor, Tom keeps the website ticking along, jam-packed with the hottest gadget news and reviews.  When he's not on the road attending launch events, you can usually find him scouring the web for the latest news, to feed Stuff readers' insatiable appetite for tech.

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