Upcoming Android phones

We saw a number of great smartphones announced in 2020 including the Galaxy S20, OnePlus 8, Galaxy Note 20, and Pixel 5, among others. However, we expect to see many more in the coming weeks and months. Here are the best upcoming Android phones that are expected to be announced in early 2021.

Best upcoming Android phones:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S21 series
  2. OnePlus 9
  3. Xiaomi Mi 11 series
  4. Nokia 9.2/9.3 PureView
  5. LG V70 ThinQ
  6. Sony Xperia 1 III

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best upcoming Android phones regularly.

1. Samsung Galaxy S21 series

upcoming samsung android phone

Credit: Robert Triggs / Android Authority

The countdown is on for the launch of Samsung’s upcoming flagship phones, and the company is scheduled to hold an Unpacked event on January 14th. We’ve spent long enough debating the S30 vs S21 naming structure, and now it’s time to get all of the details.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S30 series: Everything we know so far

Samsung will most likely launch three main models in the series, similar to the S20 with the S20 Plus and S20 Ultra. As for specs, it’s a good bet that the S21 series will rely on the Snapdragon 888 chipset and at least 12GB of RAM. One of the most exciting details we’ve heard is that the S21 Ultra may come with optional stylus support.

We’ve also received conflicting reports regarding the camera setups, and it sounds like only the S21 Plus will receive a battery upgrade. It may rise from 4,500mAh to 4,800mAh, while the S30 and S30 Ultra stay put at 4,000 and 5,000mAh.

You can even get in on the action right now — Samsung’s pre-order registration program is already live, and you can check it out below:

Reserve your Galaxy S21

Samsung has been launching its Galaxy S series flagships in February since the Galaxy S9, so we expect units to ship around late January or early February.

  • Launch ETA: January 14, 2021

2. OnePlus 9

OnePlus 8 series cameras 2

We’ve had our hands on the OnePlus 8T for a while now, so it’s time to turn our focus to the upcoming OnePlus 9. From early leaks to a prototype selling on eBay, we’ve certainly had plenty of interesting details come across our desks.

It’s all conjecture at this point, but there have been some interesting leaks so far. Most interesting among them is the prototype that fetched $6,000. It shows off a semi-refreshed design with larger lenses and a similar layout to the OnePlus 8T. As for screen size, the OnePlus 9 is tipped to reach for a 6.7-inch display, showing that the phablet will never truly die.

See also: OnePlus 9: Release date, specs, price, and all the rumors and leaks so far

The second rumor also suggests that some Pro features might make it over to the standard 9, and a budget-friendly 9E model might be in the cards.  The main 48MP sensor will possibly receive an upgrade, and there will a secondary 48MP lens and a third, currently unknown sensor. 

While the OnePlus 9 may not completely rock the boat, it should be interesting to see what the company comes up with. All we know is not to expect OnePlus to dive into the small flagship game.

  • Launch ETA: March 2021

3. Huawei P50 series

upcoming huawei android phone

Credit: Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Like the OnePlus 9, we’re not expecting to see Huawei’s upcoming flagship Android phones until a few months into 2021. They are international devices of mystery at this point, and all we’ve really seen is a render at this point. At least we don’t expect Huawei to pull any stunts with the naming structure.

See also: Huawei P50 series: Everything we know so far

What we do know is that the next devices in the Huawei P series will probably sport a Kirin 9,000 SoC and will likely focus on image processing. Once again, many of these specs are rumored, but the P50 handsets could ship with Harmony OS onboard, further cementing Huawei’s independence from Google’s app suite. We may see a top-notch quad-camera setup highlighted by a 108MP shooter.

Thanks to a New Year’s Eve render, we’re expecting the P50 Pro to come with a 6.6-inch display as well as a central punch-hole camera. Unfortunately, the nature of rumors suggests that we won’t know the whole truth until Huawei says so. We’ll just have to wait until March or so for more information.

  • Launch ETA: Early 2021

4. Nokia 9.2/9.3 PureView

Nokia 9 PureView Review

Nokia is working on the successor to 2019’s 9 PureView. The phone is expected to be called the Nokia 9.2 PureView, although some claim it might go under 9.3 PureView instead.

It’s expected to be a flagship device, though we now have questions as to whether or not Nokia will move for the Snapdragon 888 chipset. However, we do expect an under-display selfie camera. It may be among the first phones to sport this feature, which would allow for a full-screen experience without the use of a pop-up camera module.

We hope to see improvements when it comes to the camera. Although the Nokia 9 PureView had five sensors at the back, it wasn’t the best when it came to photography. Rumors have it that Nokia will go with a more traditional normal/wide/telephoto camera layout this time around and that it is working on improving its software. You can check out all the latest rumors surrounding the phone at the link.

The release date of Nokia’s upcoming Android phone hasn’t been announced yet, but the late 2020 rumors seem to have been a bit premature for the launch date.

  • Launch ETA: Early 2021

5. LG V70 ThinQ

upcoming LG android phone

LG’s V-series is often one of the more underrated releases of the year, and it’s always worth looking forward to. It started out as a premium companion to the G-series, and it’s now the main flagship to come from LG.

However, we still know precious little about the upcoming iteration of this powerful Android phone. The first four LG V-series devices launched in the fall, while the V50 and V60 each launched in February. If we have to guess, the LG V70 will most likely follow the pricing scheme of the V60, staying comfortably below the $1,000 threshold. We should see the new V70 sport the latest Snapdragon 875 SoC, and early rumors suggest a 6.4-inch display.

Outside of those basic specs, the V70 ThinQ is one of the more mysterious upcoming phones. It may pack gimmicks like the LG Wing, or it may go down a more traditional path like the LG Velvet — only time will tell.

  • Launch ETA: Early 2021

6. Sony Xperia 1 III

Upcoming Sony Xperia 1 III phone

While the name itself is a bit of a mouthful, early rumors suggest that the upcoming Sony Xperia 1 III should pack a few important upgrades. Sony’s Android phones are known for their excellent displays, and a report from AndroidNext suggests that the upcoming sequel will be 15% brighter than the Xperia 1 II.

The only other rumor we’ve seen for the next Xperia device is an improved selfie camera. Otherwise, we expect the new device to pack the same 21:9 aspect ratio and 4K display as the current model. Like many of the others on this list, we don’t have a firm release date, but we anticipate seeing something from the Sony camp in early 2021. The Xperia 1 II launched at MWC in early 2020, though the Barcelona event has already been delayed until later in 2021.

  • Launch ETA: Early 2021