A significant portion of 2023 has already gone, and numerous new flagship phones from numerous manufacturers have already been released. The OnePlus 11 and Samsung's most recent flagship Galaxy series, which consists of the S23, S23 Plus, and S23 Ultra, have been available so far.
However, there are still more than eight months remaining in the year, which gives the other flagship phones plenty of time to launch. Let's look at what 2023 holds in store for us since there are still many things we're hoping for.
iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro
Apple installed the new Dynamic Island in lieu of the old notch on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max last year. The Dynamic Island will no longer be limited to just the Pro models as it appears to be a regular feature on all iPhone 15 models. This should also indicate Apple's plans to improve the Dynamic Island, which is currently a little underwhelming.
The A16 Bionic, which is currently found in the iPhone 14 Pro range, will be the processor used in the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. Additionally, it will probably maintain a 6GB RAM capacity while using the faster LPDDR5 RAM found in the most recent iPhone 14 Pro versions.
The mute button and the volume buttons have been the subject of some debate, but it appears that only the iPhone 15 Pro models may be affected. The long-standing mute switch and two distinct volume buttons may still be present on the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus. However, because to EU laws, you should anticipate that the Lightning port will be replaced with USB-C.
Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro
Google is similar to Apple in that it produces its own hardware and in-house CPUs and keeps Android's interface fairly vanilla. Similar to Apple, Google likewise releases its new Pixel phone line in the fall.
The normal Google Pixel 8 has rounded corners, a metallic frame, a horizontal camera bar with a single pill-shaped cutout for the camera sensors, and a similar design to its predecessor. The earphone grill appears to be more noticeable than on the Google Pixel 7, which is a minor aesthetic difference. Additionally, it might be slightly smaller, which will please fans of small phones.
Google's third-generation Tensor chip, known as Tensor G3, should power the Pixel 8. It could be produced using a 3nm process, which means improved performance and power efficiency. The Pixel 7 had poor battery life, so the latter is welcome news.
The Pixel 8 is anticipated to include a screen with a resolution of 2268 x 1080 and 12GB of RAM, an increase over the previous model's 8GB. There hasn't been any information released on the camera specifications, but the Pixel 8 should at the very least have a main and ultrawide camera.
Google Pixel 7a
Before the next major flagship releases, Google often offers a cheaper version of the current Pixel portfolio. In this instance, the Pixel 7a will be released this year.
The Pixel 7a will essentially have the same design as the existing Pixel 7, with the notable exception of somewhat bigger bezels. The phone will have a glass front but a plastic back (as would be expected for a low-cost handset). The standard black and white hues as well as perhaps a third, brighter blue choice like the one seen above should be available.
The selfie camera will have a single hole-punch cutout on the display, and a dual-camera system is housed in the camera bar on the rear. Additionally, the phone has a fingerprint reader behind the screen and USB-C charging. The Pixel 7a should contain the same Tensor G2 chip that is currently seen in the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.
However, the Pixel 7a's cameras may receive a welcome improvement. It might get a 64MP Sony IMX787 sensor in place of the outdated 12MP primary camera. The main camera should be able to provide overall higher-quality images because the ultrawide lens may be 12MP.
Google Pixel Fold
With the Google Pixel Fold, Google may possibly enter the foldable market this year. The Pixel Fold's rumoured design is strikingly similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4, the best-selling foldable at the moment.
This entails an exterior cover display and an expanded, tablet-like display when opened. The Pixel Fold, in contrast to the Z Fold 4, may have a broader outer screen, giving it a more traditional phone-like appearance and feel. Additionally, if you view it in horizontal landscape mode when you open it, it will have a larger screen inside. Even while the internal bezels may be a little bigger than those of competitors, the wider display may make up for this.
According to sources, the Pixel Fold could be composed of glass and metal to give it a premium feel, but those materials also indicate that it will be "really heavy." A horizontal camera bar island with three lenses will also be present on the back of the Pixel Fold, with the main camera likely having a resolution of 64 MP.
The Pixel Fold could be powered by the existing Tensor G2, which could feature 12GB of RAM and at least 256GB of storage. The Pixel Fold, which costs between $1,300 and $1,500, may be a little more reasonable than other foldables than the standard candybar-style phones we have. It's possible that the Google Pixel Fold may be unveiled at the Google I/O 2023 conference in May, but it's still unclear when we'll be able to purchase one.