Flagship phones get better every year, and in 2019 we have some gorgeous handsets to look forward to from the likes of Samsung and Apple, LG and HTC, Huawei and Honor, Xiaomi and OnePlus, Sony, Motorola, Nokia and more.

In the next 12 months you can expect to see the first phones capable of connecting to 5G networks (here’s what that means), and the futuristic in-display fingerprint sensor should become commonplace, even trickling down to the mid-range

The processor of choice will be the Snapdragon 855, a 7nm octa-core chip that promises a 45% performance bump and a lot more besides, though the likes of Apple, Huawei and Samsung will continue to build in their alternatives.

Expect phones to get faster, screens to get bigger (and taller, and even bendier), and batteries to last longer. Above all they’ll become smarter, with AI becoming widespread and implemented system-wide. We’ll see new creative ways to get around the screen ‘notch’, with Samsung trying out a new punch-hole-style Infinity-O display, OnePlus working on a pop-up module, and others sure to follow suit.

Cameras, too, will multiply in number, with the first penta-lens smartphone from Nokia announced in February. They’ll pile on the Megapixels – Xiaomi’s Mi 9 has a 48Mp triple-lens camera – and also the quality.

For software the majority will run Android Pie or iOS 12, but both Android 10 Q and iOS 13 are due an autumn launch.

Top smartphones coming in 2019

Below we’ve listed the flagships expected to arrive in 2019 from the world’s biggest smartphone makers. Though launch dates are yet to be confirmed for some of these phones we’ve attempted to keep things roughly in date order, so you have a good idea of how long you’ll be waiting to upgrade.

There’s a chance you could upgrade your contract early, but if you just can’t wait you should also check out our guide to the best phones available right now.

OnePlus 7 Pro – On sale 21 May

Honor 20 – Launching 21 May 2019

Moto Z4 – Summer 2019

HTC U13 – Summer 2019

Sony Xperia 1 – Summer 2019

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 – August 2019

Apple iPhone XS 2 – September 2019

Google Pixel 4 – October 2019

Huawei Mate 30 Pro – October 2019

Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 – October 2019

Samsung Galaxy Fold – Delayed (Launch Date TBC)

LG G8 ThinQ – UK Launch Date TBC

LG V50 – UK Launch Date TBC

Xiaomi Mi 9 – Out now!

Huawei P30 Pro – Out now!

Samsung Galaxy S10 – Out now!

Nokia 9 PureView – Out now!

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