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The best upcoming Android phones in 2024 and beyond

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February 3, 2024
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With the 2023 calendar year behind us, it’s time to start looking ahead. Don’t get us wrong, we’re still enjoying top Android flagships like the Google Pixel 8 Pro and Samsung Galaxy S24, but it’s kind of our job to wonder about what’s coming down the pipeline. Let’s get into the hottest upcoming Android devices — the ones that we know are coming later in 2024, as well as the ones we hope to see.

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If you don’t plan on waiting, some great phones are always launching. It’s important to know what’s already out, so here is a short list of the latest devices to hit the market.

  • Samsung Galaxy S24 series ($1419.99 at Samsung): Samsung starts every year with a blast, and 2024 was no exception. The company released the Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24 Plus, and Galaxy S24 Ultra. All come with great high-end specs, superb cameras, gorgeous designs, and an overall amazing experience.
  • Google Pixel 8 series ($699 at Amazon): Just as expected, Google launched its Pixel 8 handsets on October 4, 2023. These offer refinement and incremental improvements. Of course, you get impressive cameras, great performance, and a gorgeous design. You can always go with the Pixel 8 Pro if you want more.
  • ASUS ROG Phone 8 series ($985 at Amazon): If you want one of the best gaming phones, the ASUS ROG Phone 8 will definitely be one of the best choices. It has the best possible specs, impressive cooling, a gorgeous display, and software gaming optimizations.
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 ($1799.99 at Samsung): This is Samsung’s latest high-end foldable phone. It features an improved hinge, top-of-the-line performance, and a great overall experience. It’s also costly, though.
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 ($999.99 at Samsung): Those who prefer the flip-phone style will love the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5. Aside from the high-end performance and overall great experience, it now has a much larger external display.
  • OnePlus Open ($1499.99 at OnePlus): In a world where high-end foldables cost $1800, it’s nice to see OnePlus releasing the Open for $1,700. That’s still pricey, but things are improving, and this phone is fantastic. You get potent specs, an excellent design, high-speed 67W charging, and gorgeous displays.
  • OnePlus 12 (on the product’s website): The OnePlus 12 is looking like the best phone the company has released in years. It comes with high-end specs, a great design, and what seems to be a no-compromises experience. It even features 80W-100W charging, as well as 50W wireless charging. The price reflects this at $1,000, though.
  • Sony Xperia 5 V ($799.94 at Amazon): The Sony Xperia 1 V is a fantastic device, but it may be a bit overkill to many. If you want something great for Sony, and at a much more reasonable price, the Sony Xperia 5 V goes for €1,000. It’s not available in the USA (yet), but it is a great high-end phone if you live in a market where it’s available.
  • Xiaomi 14 series ($689 at Giztop): The Xiaomi 14 and Xiaomi 14 Pro are amazing devices. In fact, they are the first to come with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor. Other highlights include a 2K display on the Pro model, up to 16GB of RAM, and a gorgeous design.

Android phones coming later in 2024

If you’re not in as much of a rush to upgrade your phone, it might be a good idea to wait until later in 2024. After all, we just saw updates to Google’s Pixel line and Samsung’s flagship phones, so it’ll be a while before they’re ready for another bump. Here are the Android phones you’ll have to wait for:

  • Google Pixel 9: The Pixel 8 series is still pretty fresh in our minds, but it’s not too early to start looking ahead. Google’s flagships usually arrive around October, though we should expect a mid-range Pixel 8a before then.
  • Samsung Galaxy A55: Not one to be left out of the mid-range game, Samsung’s top-level A-series device usually launches in the spring. We wouldn’t be surprised if the Galaxy A55 landed sometime around March or April.
  • Motorola Razr (2024) and Razr Plus (2024): Motorola jumped back into the flip phone race in a big way in 2023, launching not one but two Razr models. If it follows the same schedule in 2024, the premium Razr Plus might arrive in June, with the more affordable Razr coming a few months later.
  • Sony Xperia 1 VI: Sony’s premium camera phone is another spring-to-early-summer arrival, suggesting we might see it by June.
  • Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 and Galaxy Z Fold 6: Like the Pixel 8 series, it feels like we just saw new updates to Samsung’s foldable offerings. However, we’re fairly certain the annual updates will continue, which would point to an August or early September launch.
  • ASUS Zenfone 11 UltraASUS often keeps its Zenfone and ROG Phone separate, but a Bluetooth filing suggests we might see a change coming. The Zenfone 11 Ultra received certification alongside the ROG Phone 8 and 8 Pro, which means it might turn out to be a rebadged version of the upcoming gaming handset. Other details are still a bit tight, but we expect it to launch with its gaming counterparts.
  • Nothing Phone 2a: The Nothing Phone 2a is said to be a budget phone. This would be a new venture for the company, and rumors say the device should launch at MWC 2024. It’s rumored to come with modest specs, such as a MediaTek 7200 processor, up to 12GB of RAM, and a 120Hz OLED display.

We’re almost certain that we’ll see all of the phones listed above, but it is by no means an exhaustive list. There are likely many others in store, like a second-generation Pixel Fold, new Edge devices from Motorola, and maybe even some form factors that we haven’t considered. If we omitted an Android phone that you’re looking forward to, it’s probably only because we don’t know enough about it yet.