From iPhone 16 to Galaxy Z Fold 6: The best phones coming in 2024

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It’s been a busy year for the smartphone world. 2024 started with a slew of launches from Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo and Xiaomi, and Google announced the Pixel 8A just ahead of its I/O conference. But there are plenty of new phones expected before the year is over, provided Apple, Samsung and Google stick to their usual patterns.

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For example, Samsung usually introduces new foldable phones at a summer event. This year, the Galaxy Unpacked event is on July 10 in Paris, while Apple usually holds its annual iPhone launch event every September. Google launches new Pixels in October.

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As far as expectations go, artificial intelligence will be a big theme in this year’s phones. We’ve already seen this with the Galaxy S24 family, which is the first to incorporate Samsung’s new Galaxy AI features, as well as last year’s Pixel 8 series.

Generative AI, or AI that can generate content when prompted based on training data, saw a breakthrough in 2023 thanks to the success of ChatGPT. But 2024 will test what these AI-powered features really bring to the phone experience, especially as new dedicated AI gadgets like the Rabbit R1 and Humane AI Pin attempt to expand beyond smartphones.

Apart from new AI-powered features, we are expecting companies like Apple, Samsung, and Google to continue improving the cameras and processors of their upcoming phones.

Here’s a look at the most anticipated phones from the biggest players in the industry in 2024. The list below includes phones that are likely to debut this year based on past launch patterns, and we’ll continue to update this list as new rumours and reports emerge.

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Apple

iPhone 16 lineup

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Apple launched the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max in September.

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what to expect: Apple launches new iPhones every year in September, and we have no reason to believe this year will be any different. According to well-known analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, all iPhone 16 models are expected to get upgraded microphones to improve Siri’s performance. According to a Bloomberg report, this change will come as Apple looks to improve the iPhone’s AI features.

Otherwise, the iPhone 16 family is rumoured to get a new A18 chip from Apple, reports analyst Jeff Pu, while the Pro models will get a version called the A18 Pro Bionic, according to MacRumors. According to Bloomberg, Apple could also bring the action button to all iPhone 16 models, not just the Pro. Kuo also pointed out that the camera on the regular iPhone 16 Pro is also expected to get a tetraprism telephoto lens like the iPhone 15 Pro Max, which means it’s likely to have 5x telephoto zoom instead of 3x. And there could also be a new dedicated button for capturing video, as also reported by Bloomberg. Read our full iPhone 16 rumour roundup.

Why we’re excited about it: It looks like the iPhone 16 will be a modest upgrade over the iPhone 15 family, but I’m interested to see what Apple thinks about how AI can improve the smartphone experience. Siri will hopefully be a big part of that, and I’m looking forward to Siri evolving into more than just a quick way to set a timer or check tomorrow’s weather forecast.

iPhone SE 4

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2022 iPhone SE.

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what to expectThat could change with Apple’s next budget-friendly iPhone, according to a report from MacRumors and analyst at TF International Securities. Ming-Chi Kuo This could prove to be true. According to MacRumors, Apple could use a modified version of the iPhone 14’s chassis for the next iPhone SE, meaning it would have a 6.1-inch screen compared to the current version’s 4.7-inch display. The site also suggests that modern features like Face ID, action buttons, and USB-C charging are also coming to the next iPhone SE.

As far as timing goes, the iPhone SE’s launch pattern is a little trickier to predict than its standard iPhones. Apple launched the first iPhone SE in 2016, but didn’t release a second model until 2020. The third-generation iPhone SE arrived in 2022, leading to some speculation that its successor could arrive in 2024. But information from MacRumors suggests it could launch in 2025.

Why we’re excited about it: Apple’s smaller iPhone needs an upgrade. Although it runs on the same A15 Bionic processor as the iPhone 14, its iPhone 8-like design is starting to feel dated. A modern version of Apple’s more affordable iPhone with a bigger screen — and hopefully a secondary camera — would be much appreciated.

Samsung

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6

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Galaxy Z Fold 5.

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what to expect: Samsung last week sent out invites for a Galaxy Unpacked event on July 10. We expect the Galaxy Z Fold 6 to be unveiled at the event. This will likely include Qualcomm’s new smartphone. Snapdragon 8 Generation 3 processor And Galaxy AI just like Galaxy S24 lineup,

The company also typically makes minor design improvements with each Z Fold generation. This year, Samsung may give the Galaxy Z Fold 6 a boxier shape with flat edges, reports Smartprix, which has collaborated with renowned gadget leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer (known as Steve Hemmerstoffer). @OnLeaks on X) have published renders of what they claim the phone could look like. Frequently reliable Samsung leaker Ice Universe has posted a photo that allegedly shows the top of the Galaxy Z Fold 6, indicating that it could indeed have a wider and boxier design.

A Samsung patent has fueled speculation that the Galaxy Z Fold 6 could get an S Pen slot for the first time, making it much easier to store and quickly access the stylus. Galaxy Z Fold 5 The S Pen doesn’t come in the box, so hopefully the inclusion of a dedicated slot on the Z Fold 6 will mean that changes.

However, since this is just a patent, it’s unclear whether it reflects Samsung’s actual plans for a future Galaxy Z Fold device. Perhaps even more exciting is the idea that Samsung could launch multiple versions of the Galaxy Z Fold. According to Korean news site The Elec, the company is reportedly coming up with a cheaper version of the Galaxy Z Fold 6, while Galaxy Club reports that an even more premium Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra could be in the works.

Why we’re excited about it: The original Galaxy Z Fold was one of the first foldable phones you could buy when it launched in 2019, and Samsung has refined its design and functionality over the years. Samsung’s Won-Jun Choi also revealed that the company is tailoring Galaxy AI features for specific types of devices like foldables and tablets, rather than copy-pasting what’s already available on the Galaxy S24 lineup. With that in mind, I’m curious to see if Samsung has anything special and new to bring to the next Galaxy Z Fold in terms of software.

And if rumors and speculation about a cheaper version of the Galaxy Z Fold 6 are anything to go by, S Pen slot If this turns out to be true, Samsung could address some of our biggest criticisms of the Z Fold with its next model.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6

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Galaxy Z Flip 5.

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what to expect: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 This is a big jump compared to the Z Flip 4, thanks to its larger cover screen, which makes it possible to use the device without opening it. As such, it’s likely we won’t see dramatic design changes in the Galaxy Z Flip 6, which will likely debut at the July Galaxy Unpacked event.

But we’re expecting it to have some of the Galaxy S24’s features, such as the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor and Galaxy AI features. However, as is likely to be the case with the Galaxy Z Fold 6, there’s a chance that Samsung will customize Galaxy AI features specifically for the Z Flip 6. Samsung’s new foldable phones usually run on the same processors as the company’s flagship Galaxy S phones. But leaked specifications that surfaced on benchmarking platform Geekbench suggest Samsung could be testing a model with an older processor, blog SamMobile reported. Samsung could also upgrade key aspects of the phone such as the camera and battery life, with blog Galaxy Club reporting a bigger battery and sharper, 50-megapixel camera.

Why we’re excited about it: With its larger cover screen and sleeker design, the Galaxy Z Flip 5 is already one of our favorite foldable phones. With the Galaxy Z Flip 6, I expect to see more use cases for the cover screen and a lower price.

Google

Google Pixel 9 and 9 Pro

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The Pixel 8 Pro (left) and Pixel 8 (right) are Google’s latest models.

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what to expect: based on what we have seen Pixel 8 family and the Galaxy S24 lineup, it’s probably safe to assume we’ll see even more new AI-powered features on the Pixel 9 and 9 Pro. Late last year, Google introduced its AI model Gemini, which runs on the Pixel 8 Pro to power features like conversation summary in the Recorder app. This model also powers some of the new Galaxy AI features on the Galaxy S24 lineup, including features found in Samsung Notes and the Voice Recorder app. Recently, Google said it was bringing Gemini Nano to the regular Pixel 8 as a developer option. It looks like Google will build on that by adding more AI-powered capabilities to its next Pixel.

Otherwise, we can expect regular upgrades like new Tensor processors and camera improvements. Ross Young, CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, also says that the new phones will have bigger screens than the Pixel 8 generation. A post on XHowever, a recent report by Hemmerstoffer and MySmartPrice suggests that the Pro model will have a smaller 6.5-inch display. According to the same report, the Pixel 9 Pro may also get a refreshed design with flat edges that resembles the iPhone.

Why we’re excited about it: Google’s Pixel phones are typically among CNET’s favorite phones of the year. The Pixel 8 generation felt like an early glimpse of Google’s new AI-focused direction for smartphones, and I think Google will apply the learnings and feedback from the Pixel 8 to the Pixel 9. Also, given that the Pixel 8 Pro’s camera didn’t impress CNET reviewer Andrew Lanxon as much as he expected, I’d like to see Google make up for it with the Pixel 9 Pro.

Based on the rumors, reports, and announcements so far, this year’s phones should have a balance of new AI features and existing staples such as performance and design upgrades. Although AI still has to prove its purpose in phones, the idea of ​​software features that actually bring something new and useful to phones is refreshing.

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