We can’t wait for these upcoming phones: iPhone 14, Pixel 7, Galaxy S23 and more

2022 has already delivered a slew of amazing phones, from the superb Google Pixel 6 and 6 Prothe power plant Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and some great devices with more affordable prices like the Nothing Telephone 1 and the Pixel 6A. Yes, Google really knocked it out of the park with its phones this year.

But there are some big players coming up that really excites me – especially the iPhone 14. I’m so excited, in fact, that I couldn’t resist doing our roundup of the most exciting upcoming phones and what we expect from each. Let’s start.


A first render of Jon Prosser’s iPhone 14, designed by Ian Zelbo.

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Apple iPhone 14 and 14 Pro

With an expected launch date of early to mid-September, the iPhone 14 could be upon us. And rumors suggest there could be quite a design change for the new models. Early leaks suggest Apple may be ditching the iPhone Mini, opting instead for a base iPhone 14 and larger iPhone 14 Max and a more powerful 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max — two configurations, each with two sizes.

Other clues suggest that Apple may finally get rid of the notch on the display, using a punch-hole for its front cameras, while the rear camera bump could be integrated into a thicker body. I expect to see a next generation of mobile processors from Apple, as well as camera improvements, including a 48-megapixel ultrawide camera on the back.


The Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.


Google Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, Pixel 7A

Google has already teased its next flagships, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, at its I/O Developer Conference in May, so we know for sure they’re on the way and there’s a chance they’ll arrive in October. At the event, Google just showed a rear view of the phone, which confirmed that the Pixel 6‘s camera bar will be present, but now in aluminum that blends seamlessly into the metal surroundings on the side.

We also know it will feature the second generation of Google’s in-house Tensor 2 processor. and their excellent cameras. .

Given that the Pixel 6 lineup was a huge overhaul over the previous Pixel 5, we’re not expecting any drastic changes here. There will be two rear cameras on the base model and three on the Pro, just like the Pixel 6 lineup. The physical size and display size of each model has yet to be confirmed, but again, we don’t expect any significant changes from the last model.

We would expect there to be a more affordable Pixel 7A, much like the $450 Pixel 6A. However, given that the 6A was only added to the lineup in July this year, we don’t expect the 7A to launch alongside its larger siblings. Instead, Google is likely to stick with the 7A as a mid-year launch.


The Galaxy S21 FE.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 FE

Like the Pixel 6, Samsung’s “Fan Edition” models distill some elements of the flagship model into a more affordable package. We loved the first one Galaxy S20 FE and the last Galaxy S21 FE performed excellently in our tests. Its asking price of $700 isn’t cheap, but it is cheap-uh than the S21 flagship, but still delivers flagship-like performance.

But we’ll have to temper our enthusiasm for a more affordable model because some rumors suggest Samsung may actually have canceled the FE lineup. That may be because the company has done some great things with its Galaxy A line of phones, with the $450 Galaxy A53 5G offering a solid experience for a price that competes more fiercely with Google’s handsets.

But it would have to drop its price to put it firmly between the affordable A-series and the high-end S-series. If Samsung is successful, a new FE – or a rebadged A-series model – could be an excellent contender as a mid-range device. We don’t expect to see an FE until January, perhaps at the CES tech show.

Samsung S22 and S22 Plus and S22 Ultra compared

The Galaxy S22 range.

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Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23 Ultra

But while we’re on Samsung, let’s talk about the flagships. The S22 Ultra brought some big changes, including absorbing the S-Pen stylus from the now-defunct Galaxy Note line, but most of the line saw pretty iterative improvements. The S22 and S22 Plus are solid, but they didn’t do much to get our hearts racing.

Some of the early Galaxy S23 rumors suggest we might see a massive 200-megapixel image sensor (likely only on the Ultra model) that should have been used on the S22 lineup. We’d like to see telephoto zoom improvements on the Ultra, which has remained largely unchanged since the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

We can expect to see a new generation of Exynos processor from Samsung, at least in regions where it uses Exynos chips, or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip in other regions.

Like the FE, we expect to see the Galaxy S23 line unveiled at CES in January next year.

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The OnePlus 10 Pro.

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OnePlus 11 Pro

The OnePlus 10 Pro was excellent, with a great design, beautiful display, great performance, and solid camera setup. OnePlus may have bored me with what I consider a redundant 10T iteration mid-year, but that doesn’t stop me from being excited about its next full-featured flagship. The 10 Pro was announced in China in January, before getting a global release in March and there’s no reason to think that strategy might change, so keep your eyes peeled for the start of the year if you’re a OnePlus fan.

However, actual rumors about the phone and its hardware are rare. The 10 Pro had a big design change from the 9 Pro before it, so I’m expecting an iteration of that aesthetic, rather than a total overhaul. The company’s Hasselblad camera partnership is locked for three years, so we can certainly expect to see Hasselblad branding and additional camera features on the next model.

It’s also possible that it’s among the first wave of phones to use Qualcomm’s next-gen Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, so we can expect strong performance here.

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The phone of nothing 1.

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Nothing Phone 2, Nothing Phone 1 in the United States

Nothing – the company founded by former OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei – launched its first phone in July this year, so I absolutely don’t expect the next generation of handsets to launch for a good a long time. However, this phone was teased quite heavily for some time before its launch, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we start hearing the strange rumor circulating early next year. And I’m certainly excited about what the next model could bring to the table.

The Nothing Phone 1 offers solid performance, a large screen and an affordable price that puts it in front of the Google Pixel 6A. Its biggest differentiator from Google’s phone, however, is its flashing taillights, which certainly helps this phone stand out. It’s rare for a company to launch with such a polished debut product, and I think that gives good reason to be excited about what it can do with this challenging second album.

I expect to see more of the same for the most part; sufficient performance, original light design and low price. I’d like to see more emphasis on photography, as the Nothing Phone 1’s camera skills aren’t something to write home about, with the ultra-wide lens in particular failing to impress.

But before that, it would be nice to see the Phone 1 – in some form or another – get a wider release, as it’s currently not officially available for purchase in the US due to network compatibilities. If Nothing can onboard a network partner and work to optimize its phone for US 5G networks, a US rollout should be in the works.

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