The 8 new phones Gripzo can't wait to protect in 2019
While 2018 has been a transitional year for phones, Samsung and Apple both played it safe; Sony finally changed its design and Chinese brands like Xiaomi, OnePlus and Honor experimented with in-display security and slider mechanisms.
So what does the year have in store?
1) Samsung Galaxy S10
After a fairly forgettable year for Samsung’s phones, 2019 is surely going to see the Korean company make a huge splash with its next flagship, the Galaxy S10. Early rumours are suggesting Samsung will celebrate the tenth anniversary of, let’s be fair, the only true iPhone rival, with a number of devices. One, the Galaxy X, might even use the foldable display tech debuted in December, possibly incorporating a ‘pin-hole’ notch to try and keep the screen-to-body ratio as high as possible. A huge design change is certainly in order as we’ve had the same Galaxy blueprint for two versions now. Samsung Galaxy S9
2) OnePlus 7
OnePlus loves publicity and the maker of the excellent OnePlus 6T has already announced it’ll be launching a 5G device with EE in the UK sometime during the first half of 2019. Getting so ahead with this announcement feels like it could backfire especially when pushing 5G in its infancy might not be the best port of call for a brand like OnePlus. It’ll no doubt boost the price of its phone and there are arguably more important parts requiring more attention – especially the camera. Likely release date: First half 2018
3) Sony Xperia XZ4
We’ve been harsh on Sony phones in the past, however the Xperia XZ3 signalled a step in the right direction. It ditched that awful omnibalance design, used the brand’s TV knowledge to calibrate a fantastic OLED and improved the camera tech. With the Xperia XZ4, it seems an obvious to bring over some of the DNA from the XZ Premium series: dual cameras and some form of a 4K screen should be a given. Sony Xperia XZ3 Likely release date: Q1 2019 – Feb/March
4) Moto G7
Motorola hasn’t released an exceptional flagship high-end phone in years, though it has released exceptional flagship budget phones. The G-series is the pinnacle of budget smartphones, constantly picking up critical acclaim and racking up sales. It’s Motorola’s biggest seller and that makes it super important for the brand. Likely release date: Q1 2019 – Feb/March
5) Huawei P30 & Huawei P30 Pro
Huawei’s rise in terms of an astronomical increase in the quality of its products has been unheralded in 2018. The Huawei P20 Pro and Huawei Mate 20 Pro are two of the best phones of the year with fantastic cameras and features you just don’t see elsewhere. The Mate 20 Pro, for example, can wirelessly charge other Qi-enabled phones and it’s the only mainstream device that boasts 40w charging – juicing the huge battery up in less than an hour. Huawei Mate 20 Pro Likely release date: Q1 2019 – Feb/March
6) New iPhone 2019
Even though the iPhone XS and XR are still fresh on shelves, eyes are already turning to what Apple might have up its sleeve for 2019. 5G seems out of the question at this rate, rumours suggest this’ll be held until 2020, so it’ll be interesting to see what the new iPhones have in store. A larger redesign seems the most predictable, along with the usual improvements to camera and performance. iOS 12 will hopefully be in line for a radical redesign and we’d hope 2018 will finally be the year Apple’s includes a fast charger in the box. Likely release date: September 2019
7) Google Pixel 3 Lite
The Pixel 3 Lite is the rumoured baby sibling to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. It’s said to pack the same excellent camera as the non-Lite devices but with the plastic body, more mid-range processor and a headphone jack. Whether this device turns out to be real remains to be seen – but colour is excited if that unbeatable Pixel camera turns up a phone with a more wallet-friendly price-tag. Image Credit: @OnLeaks/91mobiles Likely release date: Q1 2019
8) Google Pixel 4
Volume 0% Leading on nicely from the Pixel 3 Lite, the Pixel 4 will likely be Google’s 2019 flagship. Excitement builds purely on the camera: each Pixel has packed the best camera on a phone and if the Pixel 4 continues then it could be the best of 2019.