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After a sluggish few years in the Android world, 2019 has been a smash-hit for smartphone fans. We’ve already seen a few interesting phones with foldable designs, punch-hole displays, and as many as six cameras. These include the Samsung Galaxy S10, OnePlus 7 Pro, Huawei P30 Pro, Nokia 9 PureView, and many more.

But the year is still far from over. If you want to know more about the handsets you can look forward to, check out our list of the best upcoming Android phones arriving in 2019.

Best upcoming Android phones of 2019

  1. Pocophone F2
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  3. Google Pixel 4 series
  4. Huawei Mate 30 Pro
  1. Motorola Razr foldable phone
  2. Xiaomi Mi Mix 4
  3. OnePlus 7T

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best upcoming Android phones regularly as new devices launch.

1. Pocophone F2

Pocophone F2 front

Xiaomi made headlines last year with the announcement of the Pocophone F1. The reason why was that the phone offered fantastic value for money. Starting at just 330 euros (~$370), it featured the Snapdragon 845 chipset, 6GB of RAM, a massive battery, and a dual-camera setup at the back.

This year, we expect the company to release its successor — the “Pocophone F2.” Nothing about the phone has been made official yet, but we expect it to follow the same recipe that made the F1 so successful. That means offering high-end specs at a price-point that undercut the competition by a wide margin.

The Pocophone F2 is expected to offer a fantastic price-performance ratio.

We also hope the phone will come with NFC, a better design, and a few other things you can check out in our Pocophone F2 wishlist post.

Xiaomi has released the Redmi K20 Pro in China (with a launch set for India on July 17). The phone seems to be the cheap Snapdragon 855 device Xiaomi fans have been waiting for, so who knows if the Pocophone F2 will be a tweaked version for a global market.

Launch ETA: Sometime in 2019

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Samsung Galaxy Note

The Galaxy S10 series has already hit the market, which means the next Samsung flagship to look forward to in 2019 is the Galaxy Note 10. Samsung’s next phablet has been confirmed for an August 7 launch date in New York.

Rumors suggest we might see a couple of different variants of the Galaxy Note 10, one of which will be 5G ready. As far as specs go, we expect to see the latest Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820 chipset, and an in-display fingerprint scanner.

Leaked renders don’t show a 3.5mm port or Bixby key though, with the former in particular being a big disappointment if true. Early rumors also suggest the handset will feature four rear cameras, two more than the Note 9. We can also expect a center-mounted punch-hole cutout, differing from the cutouts seen on the S10 series. All these things combined make the Note 10 one of the most anticipated upcoming Android phones of 2019.

All this will come at a price. The phone is expected to cost more than its predecessor, which means the entry-level variant could retail for over $1,000. Check out all the rumors about the Galaxy Note 10 to learn more about it.

Launch date: August 7, 2019

3. Google Pixel 4 series

Google Pixel 4 XL Side by Side Render Google

The Google Pixel 4 series, which will likely consist of the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL, is expected to make its debut in October. As we’re still months away from their release, Google hasn’t revealed much information. However, it has confirmed the phones exist and even showed off the rear design and camera after tweeting out an official picture in response to leaks and renders.

Google’s image and the myriad leaks show at least two rear cameras, although another leak also shows a tiny third rear lens. Either way, it looks like we’ve got multiple rear cameras for the first time in the Pixel line. It also looks like it’ll have dual selfie cameras and no 3.5mm port.

Other specs and features expected include Android Q, a Snapdragon 855 chipset, wireless charging, an IP68 rating, and the Active Edge technology that allows you to summon Google Assistant by squeezing the edges of the phone. No word on pricing yet, but expect to pay at least as much as for the Pixel 3 phones.

Launch ETA: October

4. Huawei Mate 30 Pro

The twilight back of the Huawei Mate 20 Pro.

Huawei announced the P30 Pro in March, which means the next flagship from the company to expect is the Mate 30 Pro. Based on previous Mate phones, the 30 Pro will likely be revealed in October.

We haven’t heard a lot of rumors about the phone so far, but we do expect it to come with the Kirin 980 successor under the hood. We also hope to see an even better camera, an enhanced in-display fingerprint sensor, and improved reverse wireless charging.

There’s a good chance the phone will have a larger display, measuring at least 6.5-inches to make it bigger than the one on the P30 Pro. We also expect a price bump, with the base storage variant of the phone likely costing more than 1,000 euros (~$1,115). Then again, the company has also released a non-Pro Mate phone in recent years, so hopefully that offers a similar core experience at a cheaper price.

Launch ETA: October

5. Motorola Razr foldable phone

A Motorola patent filing showing the potential Motorola Razr

Patent for the Motorola Razr. WIPO

It looks like Motorola plans on bringing back the Razr series. The company is reportedly working on a foldable phone, which is expected to launch sometime this year. An exact date isn’t known, but the company said it plans to enter the market around the same time as its competitors.Samsung and Huawei have already revealed their foldable phones (although they aren’t available to buy), so Motorola can’t be far behind.

The Motorola Razr foldable phone (the name hasn’t been confirmed yet) reportedly folds vertically and features two displays. Based on a previous patent filing and firmware digging, it features a small display on the outside when closed and a larger display when opened.

Specs-wise, rumors state that it will be a mid-range device sporting the Snapdragon 710 chipset, up to 6GB of RAM, and a 2,730mAh battery. It may cost as much as $1,500, but we won’t know for sure until it’s officially released. In the U.S., it may be Verizon-exclusive.

Launch ETA: Sometime in 2019

6. Xiaomi Mi Mix 4

Xiaomi Mi Mix 3

Xiaomi has generally launched an all-new Mi Mix device in the second half of the year, with the Mi Mix 3 launching in October 2018 and the Mi Mix 2 being unveiled in September 2017.

Aside from Xiaomi’s traditional timing, confirmation of the Mi Mix 4 reportedly came via a Weibo post from company executive Wang Teng. The now-deleted post apparently noted that the new Xiaomi phone will have a camera that’s better than Samsung’s 64MP sensor.

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Staying with the camera experience, a Xiaomi patent filing reveals the company is working on a periscope camera. Furthermore, the source of the news says it’s not out of the question for the tech to come to the Mi Mix series. In any event, we’re expecting the Snapdragon 855 chipset and a rather slick design (will it be a slider again?).

Launch ETA: Sometime in 2019

7. OnePlus 7T

OnePlus 7 display

There haven’t been any significant rumors or leaks regarding a OnePlus 7T, but past years suggest that this could be the case. OnePlus has traditionally launched a T-series phone in the second half of the year, going all the way back to the OnePlus 3T in 2016.

This schedule might be in question after the company launched the OnePlus 7 and OnePlus 7 Pro back in May — bucking the trend of one phone for each half of the year. But what if the company does indeed go ahead with a T series entry in 2019?

It’s possible OnePlus will offer a OnePlus 7T and a OnePlus 7T Pro if it decides to issue new devices in the second half of the year. As for desired features, we’d love to see both variants offer camera quality on par with the likes of Samsung and Huawei, for starters.

A standard OnePlus 7T should also offer a more versatile rear camera setup, as opposed to simply adding a 5MP depth sensor. As for a OnePlus 7T Pro? We’d like to see a proper IP rating, wireless charging, and improved endurance.

Launch ETA: Sometime in late 2019

Android phones yet to be released

The handsets below have already been announced, but since they haven’t gone on sale yet we’re still including them on our list of the best upcoming Android phones.

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung Galaxy Fold - best upcoming Android phones

Announced in February, the Galaxy Fold is Samsung’s first foldable device. It opens and closes like a book and features a 4.6-inch display on the outside and a 7.3-inch screen on the inside. The phone has six cameras on board, is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, and is 5G ready. It was initially scheduled to go on sale on April 26, but Samsung pushed back the launch date due to problems with the phone’s display. Those issues have reportedly been fixed, but we’re still waiting on a firm release date.

Huawei Mate X

Huawei Mate X Foldable Phone Hands On display unfolded

Huawei’s rival to the Galaxy Fold made its debut at MWC 2019. It features a single display that’s wrapped around the outside of the device and measures 8-inches when in tablet mode. The 5G phone is powered by the Kirin 980 chipset, sports a rear triple-camera setup, and has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. Huawei says the Mate X (with 8GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage) will retail for 2,299 euros (~$2,565) once it goes on sale this September. The phone isn’t expected to launch in the U.S.

This isn’t a comprehensive list of upcoming Android phones, just a taste of what’s to come for the rest of the year. Let us know if we’ve missed any big ones and tell us the handset you’re most excited for in the comments.

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