If you're in the market for a new smartphone for work or personal use, there are a lot of great options available this year. As hard as it is to believe, there are some even better options coming this summer. Some of these are still mostly rumors, but even if they end up looking different than what we're expecting, there's no question the crop of phones coming is worth looking at.

If you can wait, here are five devices coming soon to carriers near you:

1. Apple iPhone 11

Is Apple making a foldable phone (the answer is no) or will the next version of the iconic smartphone build on what we saw in 2018? Based on a few credible leaks, it looks like it'll be the latter with some significant updates--though don't expect 5G until next year. It'll likely sport the A13 processor which is expected to offer improvements over the A12 Bionic, which was already one of the most powerful chips ever used in a mobile device. 

The biggest question is surrounding the triple-camera setup, and how that will affect the overall form factor. Leaked photos seem to indicate the triangle arrangement of a wide angle, portrait, and telephoto lens with a larger overall bump that unfortunately looks like an open wound. Whatever it ends up looking like, expect it to be introduced in late summer or early fall at similar prices to the current XR, XS, and XS+ models.

2. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

Despite the fact that there's already reports that a Korean customer's S10 5G device burst into flames, this doesn't appear to be a repeat of the Galaxy Note 7 problems from 2016. That's a good thing because this is easily one of the most anticipated new phones this year for one reason: 5G. Samsung is touting that it'll be the first phone to actually take advantage of 5G speeds, although those are currently only available in two cities

It'll be released first on Verizon, launching May 16 with 256GB storage, a 6.7" AMOLED screen, and a price tag of $1,300. Samsung has already announced it'll be coming to all four major carriers in the US. There's a lot of hype behind 5G connectivity, even though we've yet to see it actually launch outside of a few tests. Then again, if you're looking to be there when it does, this is the device for you. 

3. Motorola Foldable RAZR

This one is still mostly rumor, but if recent patents are any indication, Motorola seems to be moving ahead with a revival of its enormously popular RAZR flip phone with a foldable screen. Information about specs is thin, and mostly based on leaks, but could include a 6.2" screen, will likely sport either 64GB or 128GB of storage, and available in black, white, and gold. 

The original RAZR was undoubtedly a high-end device, but it looks like its newest incarnation will likely be decidedly more mainstream, using Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710 processor. That, despite the fact that it will likely run at least $1,500.  No launch date has been announced, but if you're looking for a phone that makes a statement, there's no doubt that the new RAZR will generate as much attention as the original. 

4. Google Pixel 3a

Since Google introduced the Pixel 3, rumors have been floating around that they were focusing on a lower-cost version in the hopes of attracting more users to the Pixel family. The Pixel 3a and 3a XL, as they are likely to be called, look like they'll be introduced for $399 and $479 respectively, which is a huge discount compared to their higher-powered predecessors. 

Speaking of lower-powered, while the camera is looking like it'll be the same, the storage options and processors look to be reduced to help offset that lower price.  While it hasn't been officially launched, it appears that Google may be bringing these phones to the wild on May 7, based on teasers on the Google Store.

5. Google Pixel 4

Finally, if you're willing to wait, Google is likely to introduce the Pixel 4 sometime this fall. There isn't much known about specs or what it'll look like, but you can expect that it'll continue Google's focus on top-notch cameras. Also, if Google opts for the newest Snapdragon 855 chip from Qualcomm, this could be the first 5G from Google, though it's just as likely at this point that it'll wait until 2020 when carriers more widely roll out their networks.

Published on: May 6, 2019
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