Exciting Smartphone Launches That We Can Expect to Happen in 2019

And just like that 2019 is finally here! 2018 was an amazing year especially in terms of smartphones. We got to see various new technologies like waterdrop notch, triple camera setup, punch hole displays, under-display fingerprint scanner and much more. In 2018, smartphones saw a great improvement in the processing power, camera functionality and design. After an exciting year, what can we expect from the smartphones in 2019? A few things that we know for sure are that we are finally going to see foldable and 5G smartphones make their debut. Additionally, we will also be seeing smartphones with Infinity displays (punch hole), which will eliminate the notch. We can also expect smartphones with better processing power and enhanced camera setup. While we are waiting for these technologies to pave their way out into the open, let’s take a look at the list of upcoming mobile phones expected to debut in 2019.

Samsung Galaxy Flex

Expected Launch: Between February – April 2019

Smartphones in 2019: What Smartphones Can We Expect This New Year?

Samsung has been working on its foldable smartphone for quite a few years. After years of anticipating, it looks like we might finally see the Samsung Galaxy F or Galaxy Flex launch in 2019. We got a first look at Samsung’s foldable smartphone in November 2018 during the Samsung Developer Conference. The smartphone looks like any other latest mobile phone. However, with a 7.3-inch display, the display can be folded to measure at 4.6-inches. As of now, not much is known about the smartphone. We can expect more details to appear online as we near the launch.

Samsung Galaxy S10 & Galaxy S10 Plus

Expected Launch: March – April 2019

Smartphones in 2019: What Smartphones Can We Expect This New Year?

Keeping in touch with its tradition, Samsung will launch a new set of its Galaxy series smartphones in March or April 2019. Till date, a lot of rumours revolving the Galaxy S10 & Galaxy S10 Plus have leaked online. Every different source has offered their take on how the smartphone might look or what features it will sport. However, Samsung has remained tight-lipped about these rumours. Nevertheless, Samsung has confirmed few features out of which one is the 5G feature and the other is punch-hole display. A popular Twitter page with the name Ice Universe recently also revealed conceptual diagram of the Galaxy S10 Lite.

Samsung recently launched a new punch hole display smartphone called the Samsung Galaxy A8s at the end of 2018. And, it looks like the company will continue this trend of punch hole displays on its smartphones in 2019. Furthermore, Samsung will add three smartphones in 2019 to the Galaxy series. Here are some other specifications that have been confirmed:

Specifications Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite Galaxy S10 Galaxy S10 Plus
Display 5.8-inch flat display 6.1-inch curved display 6.44-inch curved display
Fingerprint Sensor The scanner on the side In-display scanner In-display scanner
Rear Camera Single rear camera Dual rear camera Triple rear camera
Front Camera Single selfie camera Single selfie camera Dual selfie camera


OnePlus 7

Expected Launch: May 2019

Smartphones in 2019: What Smartphones Can We Expect This New Year?

OnePlus launched its first smartphone back in 2014 and has slowly made its way to the top. The company launched two smartphones every year, which compete with other high-end Android flagship smartphones. OnePlus is renowned for designing high-end smartphones with mid-range price tags. This year, the company will be launching the OnePlus 7 & OnePlus 7T. The latter will make its debut in the second half of the year.

Also, OnePlus 7 is competing to be one of the first 5G mobile phones to make its debut. According to a famous Twitter leakster, Ben Geskin, even the OnePlus 7 will come with punch hole display. Apart from this, OnePlus smartphones are pretty popular for offering significant performance and speed. This year, users are hoping for an enhancement in the camera department. Other features that the smartphone might include are:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • Under-display fingerprint scanner
  • 30W fast wrap charge
  • Full-screen AMOLED display

Huawei P30 & P30 Pro

Expected Launch: March or April 2019

Smartphones in 2019: What Smartphones Can We Expect This New Year?

Huawei is most likely to announce the P30 and P30 smartphones during the MWC 2019 in Barcelona. These smartphones will come as the successors to the P20 and P20 Pro, which were termed as the best camera smartphones in 2018. These are definitely a few of the smartphones in 2019 to be excited about. After raising the bar so high with the P20 and Mate 20 series, it will be difficult even for Huawei to design something better. Here’s what we can expect from these smartphones:

  • Enhanced camera sensors with better support for low light photography
  • An improved & superior face recognition system
  • Under-display fingerprint scanner
  • A powerful Kirin 980 chipset under the hood
  • 5X or 10X lossless zoom functionality

Sony Xperia XZ4

Expected Launch: Feb or March 2019

Smartphones in 2019: What Smartphones Can We Expect This New Year?

Just like Huawei, even Sony is expected to launch the Xperia XZ4 smartphone during the MWC 2019. Unlike its home appliances, Sony hasn’t had a lot of luck in the smartphone market. However, things did improve a bit for the company after the launch of the Xperia XZ3. This year’s upcoming Sony smartphone is believed to come with a lot of new interesting features. If these rumoured features make their way on the smartphone, then Xperia XZ4 will be one of the unbeatable smartphones in 2019. Additionally, Sony has also been speculated to join the bandwagon of companies working on 5G smartphones. Take a look at the rumoured features and specs:

  • Instead of the 18:9 aspect ratio, the smartphone will come with a 21:9 aspect ratio display
  • 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
  • A triple rear camera setup
  • Enhanced Computer Vision image signal processors for better photography
  • A fingerprint sensor on the side

Nokia 9 PureView

Expected Launch: February 2019

Smartphones in 2019: What Smartphones Can We Expect This New Year?

This year, we are going to see more than triple camera mobile phones. Nokia 9 PureView or in other words, the world’s first Penta-lens (five cameras) smartphone will make its debut in 2019. The cameras will be arranged in a hexagonal alignment along with laser tech and LED flash. Seeing how much attention has been paid on the camera setup, the Nokia 9 PureView will definitely be a camera-centric smartphone. Moreover, even though the phone will have five rear cameras, the rear panel will display seven holes. Five will be dedicated to the camera and the other two for the LED flash and proximity sensor. Other features will include:

  • A pure Android One platform running on Android 9 Pie
  • A 5.9-inch Quad HD 3D OLED display
  • Under-display fingerprint sensor
  • Renders show a glass back which could indicate Nokia 9 PureView to be one of the wireless charging smartphones in 2019
  • A snapdragon 845 chipset coupled with 6GB of RAM

NextGen iPhones

Expected Launch: September 2019

When we are talking about the biggest and most awaited smartphone launches of the year, it is pretty evident that Apple iPhones have to make it to the list. It is still too early in the year to predict what features and specifications the 2019 iPhones will sport. But, a few reports indicate that Apple will finally ditch its Lightning port and opt for USB. Another thing we can be sure about is the premium pricing that we have seen on all the previous iPhone models.

Some features that have been confirmed by the company are a dual camera setup with 3D cameras designed by Sony. On the other hand, rumours indicate the presence of features such as pop-up camera, an addition of a stylus and a TouchBar display. These rumours might just end up being rumours and never make their way on the actual iPhones. We will have to wait for further details for any confirmation about the features.

Xiaomi Poco F2

Expected Launch: August – September 2019

Smartphones in 2019: What Smartphones Can We Expect This New Year?

In 2018, Xiaomi’s sub-brand Poco made its debut by releasing its first smartphone called the Poco F1. The smartphone became an instant hit because of its flagship-like features and aggressive pricing strategy. Priced at Rs 20,999, the smartphone gave an equal competition to other high-end smartphones. It is also the most affordable Snapdragon 845 smartphone till date. Recently, the smartphone made its way to Geekbench, confirming a few features. Take a look:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor with software improvements
  • It will run on Android 9 Pie based on MIUI 10
  • Better design and camera performance
  • A waterdrop notch instead of the iPhone X-like notch
  • 6GB and 8GB RAM variants

Google Pixel 3 Lite

Expected Launch: January or February 2019

Smartphones in 2019: What Smartphones Can We Expect This New Year?

Apart from the flagship phones that Google will launch a little later in the year, rumours pertaining to Google Pixel 3 Lite and Pixel 3XL Lite have also surfaced online. Codenamed as ‘Bonito’, the smartphone will be a much cheaper and simpler version of last year’s Pixel 3 series smartphones. No one expected Google to launch a Lite version of the smartphones till the rumours started surfacing online. So far details about the processor, display size, camera sensors, OS, etc, has been revealed. Take a look at the comparison of features between Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 Lite:

Specifications Google Pixel 3 Google Pixel 3 Lite
Display 5.5-inch 5.5-inch
Processor Snapdragon 845 SoC Snapdragon 670 SoC
OS Android 9 Pie Android 9 Pie
Battery 2915mAh 2915mAh
Rear Camera 12.2-megapixel 12-megapixel
Front Camera 8-megapixel + 8-megapixel 8-megapixel


LG/Sprint 5G Smartphone

Expected Launch: Early 2019

Smartphones in 2019: What Smartphones Can We Expect This New Year?

LG has partnered with Sprint to design and launch a 5G smartphone in 2019. The smartphone is being speculated to launch in the first half of the year. As of now, it is known that the phone will make its debut in the United States. Whether or not, if LG will be the first to launch a 5G smartphone is to be seen. However, no other details about the smartphone have been revealed as of now. Additionally, LG is also working on a foldable smartphone which can make its appearance during the end of 2019.


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