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New upcoming phones: what phones should you look forward to in 2023?

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Developments in mobile phone technology move at a bewildering speed and it seems not a month goes by without yet another must-buy handset hitting the market. To keep you informed about the upcoming phones for 2022 and 2023 the team at Gadget Cover has put together this handy guide. Enjoy!

When it comes to using such expensive and sought-after devices, there’s always a risk of damage, loss and theft to deal with. So, before unboxing your latest treasure it’s well worth arranging insurance protection through Gadget Cover.

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Now let’s take a look at the phones we’ll be craving in the next 12 months.

Huawei Mate X3 - expected December 2022

Huawei looks to be building on its work in the foldables market going into 2023. Having already launched the outward folding Mate XS 2 earlier in 2022, sources in China claim the inward folding Mate X3 will be launched next.

While there has been no official confirmation, December 2022 has been tipped as a likely time for an announcement. It’s hoped the Mate X3 will be thinner, more lightweight and more durable than its predecessor.

Responding to a common complaint about foldables, there’s even a suggestion the display will be nearly creaseless! If this proves correct then it could be a key differentiator from other rival products in the marketplace such as Samsung’s latest foldables.

Vivo X90 series - expected late 2022

Keen mobile photography buffs will be looking forward to the arrival of this series, hopefully before the year is out.

Recent rumours emerging on Chinese social media suggest the new phones could feature a 1.5K resolution display, a yet-to-be-announced Dimensity 9200 chipset and a bigger 1-inch main sensor.

OnePlus 11 Pro - expected January 2023

There’s been a fair number of detailed leaks regarding the OnePlus 11 Pro. So we should be looking at a major redesign when the phone does eventually launch.

Based on detailed render leaks seen by Pocket Lint perhaps the most obvious change is to the rear camera array. In a radical development, rather than the usual square or rectangular camera bump the rear camera unit will resemble a giant circle.

In terms of what’s under the hood, we’re expecting to find the as-yet-unannounced Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, 16GB RAM, up to 256GB storage, a 5000 mAh battery and 100W SuperVOOC fast charging.

If OnePlus follows the OnePlus 10 Pro 2022 schedule, then we should get a first glimpse in January 2023. Followed by a global launch sometime in the first quarter of 2023.

Google Pixel Fold - expected early 2023

A foldable phone from the search giant has long been rumoured, but whispers suggest plans for the release of the Google Pixel Fold have recently become more concrete.

While some had hoped that 2022 would be the year it finally arrived, the latest news suggests an early 2023 release window.

Be warned, the company has yet to even confirm the existence of the Pixel Fold and most speculation has been fuelled by little clues left by Google. According to Tom's Guide the Pixel Fold is expected to be a book-style foldable with similar display specifications to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 .

Recent patents filed by Google in the summer suggest the ditching of the notch and the unique addition of a camera into the bezel itself. Plus, Google’s own Camera app sparked recent rumours when it included an intriguing icon that appears to hint at a folding phone.

Samsung Galaxy S23 series - expected early 2023

Samsung's flagship Galaxy S23 series is likely to launch in early 2023, if Samsung’s previous launches are any indication. The techies over at Phone Arena have put together an impressive round up of all the details we’ve found out so far including release dates, prices and features.

That said, until we’ve got one of these phones in our hands, we wouldn’t want to promise anything. But so far it looks like Samsung will include Qualcomm’s efficiency-focused Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor across the range.

One of the models (most likely the S23 Ultra) should boast a new monster-sized 200MP main camera sensor. And will hopefully offer even better performance in low-light conditions.

Love Samsung but can’t afford the very latest tech? Check out Samsung’s previous phones to see if they fit your budget.

Huawei P60 Pro - expected early 2023

When the Huawei P50 Pro finally arrived in the UK in early 2022 it offered premium build quality, a stunning display and some seriously powerful cameras, including a periscope lens which offered a jaw-dropping 200x digital zoom! But could that be improved upon in 2023?

The Times of India reports the Huawei P60 and P60 Pro are supposedly expected to launch sometime in March 2023. While rumours as to specs and features are thin on the ground, we expect the P60 handsets to pack some seriously powerful camera kit and offer a full-screen experience.

But be warned. If the delays experienced by the P50 are anything to go by it could be a while before we see handsets arrive on UK shores.

Xiaomi 13 range - expected early 2023

Xiaomi often launches its new flagship phones in China at the end of the year, with the rest of the world having to wait until February or March the following year. So, keep your eyes peeled as we head into the winter season.

When it comes to the Xiaomi range, rumours seem few and far between. Although industry chatter does suggest Xiaomi will continue its tie-up with Leica. So, expect some seriously capable camera hardware.

TechRadar has reported on a detailed leak for the Xiaomi 13 Pro. This suggests a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip, up to 12GB RAM, up to 512GB of storage, a 6.7-inch 2K display, a 4,800mAh battery and 120W charging.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 - expected August 2023

When it comes to foldable phones Samsung really is leading the way, with the Galaxy Z Fold 4 being the best foldable currently on the market. With that in mind, the Z Fold 5 is almost bound to be a phone worth queuing up for.

Current best-guesses suggest Samsung's next foldable flagship won’t arrive on these shores until sometime in August 2023. In terms of what we can expect, the only solid leak we have so far is that it will feature the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor.

It’s also likely that the large foldable screen will be coupled with a similarly big price tag. So, you’d better start saving now!

For a potential wish-list of features, the experts over at Tech Radar are asking for the Z Fold 5 to have the same cameras as the Galaxy S23 Ultra, no visible crease, a lower price, faster charging and a bigger battery. We hope Samsung is listening!

Google Pixel 7a - expected summer 2023

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One of the best budget Android phones of 2022 was undoubtedly the Google Pixel 6a, so it stands to reason Google will try to repeat the feat in 2023 with the Google Pixel 7a.

Building on the success of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, the Pixel 7a could be a no-brainer for cost-conscious consumers.

Obviously, we can expect the Pixel 7a to mimic the Pixel 7 in many ways, but there could be some surprises. Some tech tipsters have suggested a ceramic body, a Tensor G2 processor, and a 50MP camera with a periscope lens.

If previous A-series models are anything to go by, the Pixel 7a should arrive in time for summer 2023. Just in time for taking on your holidays!

Sony Xperia 1 V - expected mid-2023

With full manual control of the camera system, a great looking screen and a headphone jack, 2022’s Sony Xperia 1 IV has a lot going for it. Even if it is, in the words of the Wired review team, ‘absurdly expensive’.

Could a follow up be on the cards in 2023? Tech Radar suggests keeping an eye out for innovative surprises around the middle of 2023.

iPhone 15 range - expected September 2023

While the iPhone 14 range hasn’t long been on sale, the rumour mill has already gone into overdrive when it comes to the next generation of iPhones. Apple has already confirmed plans to move from the Lightning port to USB-C in line with European laws, but what else is on the cards?

MacRumors lists the following as potential features:

  • The so-called Dynamic Island introduced in the iPhone 14 Pro models will be expanded to the whole line-up.
  • The iPhone 15 Pro models could move from physical buttons to solid-state/haptic buttons.
  • A ‘periscope’ camera lens added to the highest-end and most expensive model.
  • Increased 8GB RAM.
  • Apple-designed modem chips.
  • A-series chips built using next-generation 3nm technology.

Happily, while many of these rumours are difficult to pin down, the iPhone 15 range will almost certainly arrive in September/October 2023.

Make sure you’ve got the right insurance for iPhones ready for when they arrive!

iPhone 15 Ultra - expected September 2023

While the whole iPhone 15 line is eagerly anticipated, the excitement among tech fans has been turned up a notch by rumours that the Pro Max model could be replaced. The so-called ‘Ultra’ model could have next-level cameras, a titanium chassis, and an even heftier price tag.

If these rumours are to be believed then you’ll want insurance for iPhones suitable for such an expensive and super-desirable phone.

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Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro - expected October 2023

When it comes to the tech calendar one of the few constants is that when October comes around Google launches a flagship Pixel. So, just as October 2022 saw the arrival of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, October 2023 will almost certainly see the launch of a Pixel 8.

While we're already eager to see what Google comes up with for the Pixel 8, we really haven't got much to go on so far. Reports suggest it will probably use a third generation Tensor chipset and support satellite communications.

Motorola Razr 2023 - expected late 2023

With news that the third generation Motorola Razr 2022 edition is soon to hit European markets, the attention of tech lovers has turned to a potential follow-up in 2023. With one leaker suggesting Motorola could launch a further two Razr phone models next year.

Codenamed Juno and Venus, we don’t know exactly what the pair will look like and feature. However, it seems likely that one of them will be similar to the current 2022 clamshell, while the other could be a big-screen foldable like the Galaxy Z Fold.

6 questions to help you cut the cost of your new phone

Whatever model you go for, ask yourself these six quick questions to help save money on your mobile.

  1. Do you really need a long-term contract?

While a two-to-three-year contract may seem like a cheap option at first, it will often turn out to be more expensive in the longer term. If you’ve got the money then paying for a SIM-free phone upfront and adding a separate SIM-only contract into the bargain could be a good decision.

Consumer champion Which? has a super-helpful mobile phone contract calculator to make the process of working out the potential savings so much easier. Take a look when you’re next researching a new phone contract.

  1. Would an older or budget model do the job just as well?

As you can see from our round-up of upcoming phones, top-of-the-range iPhones and Samsungs can be very tempting indeed. But do you really need everything they’re offering?

Choosing an older phone or a less feature-packed handset will still reward you with stunning performance but at less cost.

For instance, is it worth buying the iPhone 14 or sticking with the 13? We weigh up the pros and cons elsewhere on our blog.

  1. Have you considered PAYG?

Network providers are fully aware that consumers are increasingly looking for ways to cut back on contract costs. And one simple solution is to choose Pay-As-You-Go (PAYG) for your next phone.

PAYG means you only pay for what you use and is a popular way to have complete control over what you’re spending. Check the PAYG deals from your current provider and their rivals to see how much you might be able to save on calls, texts and data.

  1. Do you really need unlimited calls and data?

Many of the more expensive mobile phone contracts will try to draw customers in with unlimited data or call deals. But if you’re not a really heavy user, then most of what you’re paying for will end up going to waste.

  1. Are the 'big four' really worth it?

The ‘big four’ networks of EE, O2, Three and Vodafone have the lion’s share of the UK market. But when it comes to saving money, they’re not always the best option.

Particularly if you don’t use much data, the big four networks are often at the more expensive end of the market. Smaller providers are well worth investigating as they often run great deals on their packages.

Remember, whatever you save here means more money for you to add to your phone handset budget. Could the latest iPhone 14 be on the cards? If so, remember to get insurance for iPhones from Gadget Cover.

  1. Is it really that hard to haggle?

If you don’t ask, you don’t get. And when your contract is coming to an end, it really is time to calm your nerves and ask for a better deal from your supplier.

Most providers will try hard to keep you. And even if they won’t agree to a price discount, then they might throw some extra perks into the bargain to convince you to stay.

For more ways to save, see our recent article on how to cut the cost of your mobile phone during the cost-of-living crisis .

But when it comes to insurance for iPhones and other cutting-edge gadgets, you need to weigh the money you might save on premiums against the amount of cover you could lose.

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