2018 was a great year for phones. We saw huge jumps in the power of computing photography, cheap phones that look like they can pass for a model three times the price, and glass design as far as the eye can see.
Will 2019 top it? Judging by what comes, quite possibly.
Next year, we get 5G phones, the first real folding screen model from one of the big names, even more CPU power. And with some luck, even more progress in phone cameras.
Here are the launches you have to take care of in 2019 that will bring these goodies.
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Samsung Galaxy S1
0 and Galaxy S10 Plus
When? March 2019
Sure, by the end of 2019 we can end up recommending that you buy a Galaxy Note 10 rather than the Galaxy S10. However, the Galaxy S10 we see first, and it will set the tone of Samsung's 2019 phones.
The great feature here is the follow-up of notches. Instead of a lip on top, the screens will look like they have been attacked with a hole stroke. While you may be able to create fingerprint scanners behind the screens, standard camera sensors are not designed to handle that obstacle. That hole is needed.
It looks a little strange at first glance. But hopefully when your eyes have adjusted, it will stop looking like someone has stolen a small portion of the OLED.
Sony Xperia XZ4
When? March 2019
Sony has had a bit of a struggle in being relevant as a manufacturer of top-end phones. In 2018, however, it did a pretty good job, with an OLED display and a far lower price than any of the direct competition in the Sony Xperia XZ3.
The Sony Xperia XZ4 can be bold with its display technology again, and use a 21: 9 page view with no notches. This would undoubtedly make the phone the most "kinematic" to date, as it is close to the 2.39: 1 anamorphic standard.
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When? March / April 2019
If you are not impressed with Huawei's phones these days, you should be. Astic P20 Pro and Mate 20 Pro in 2018, the Huawei P30 Pro is right near the top of our most sought after 2019 list.
The big question is where Huawei can go ahead with their camera technology. Early reports indicate that it will use a 38 megapixel main camera sensor, Sony IMX607. However, it will be difficult to improve P20 Pro's already good, low image quality.
From a user experience point of view, though, perhaps, speed, rather than a drastic picture quality shift, is what Huawei wants. The P20 Pro can take up to 6-7 seconds to take a low slide. If it can bring it down to a second or two, the P30 Pro will be even more fun to use.
Motorola Moto G7 and G7 Plus
When? March / April 2019
We are in the game of recommendation. As much as we love new and exciting technology, telling you which phone, laptop, speaker or graphics card to buy is perhaps our most important job. And that's why the Moto G7 and Moto G7 Plus are so important.
Motorola's G-series phones may not be the most flashy, but every year since 2013, they have offered some of the best value options for those looking for a phone that works well and doesn't cost too much.
The Moto G7 is expected to have a small tear gap, to fit multiple monitors on the front, and have at least two cameras on the back.
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When? May 2019  LG's early 2018 flagship LG G7 ThinQ stood out because it had an ultra wide rear camera instead of the more popular zoom type, but today several phones have s both a zoom and a width. Including LG's own five camera LG V40 ThinQ.
What LG will do besides being relevant is a headdress. We have written an entire article on what we want from the LG G8 ThinQ.
Currently, the price seems to be the most important part to get right. Sorry LG, but you can fight if you try to go dollars for the dollar against the Samsung Galaxy S10.
Samsung Galaxy X
When? Mid-2019, TBC
The top candidate for the strangest phone in 2019 is an easy to call. It's the Samsung Galaxy X, the folding phone rumored for half a decade. And it's almost here.
A prototype version of what is believed to be this collapsible monster was seen in 2018 at the Samsung Developer Conference.
It is effectively a vehicle for Samsung's Infinity Flex display technology, the OLED panel and the folding mechanism, making such a futuristic look possible. OK, so it's "2002-era futuristic", but we'll still try.
You effectively get a phone-shaped handset with an outside screen that can open to display a screen size. It's a way to let a phone take on the serious jobs you might otherwise need to use a laptop. OnePlus 7
When? Before the end of May 2019
OnePlus thrives on "leaks" and teasers, rather than keeping them close to a tight pre-release plan. And we already know the next OnePlus phone, which can be called OnePlus 7, will have 5G mobile internet.
It will make it one of the first to offer 5G mobile internet. And unless you live in a country with some of the best cellular infrastructure in the world, it probably also means that extra speed won't be meaningful for a while.
Still shiny new things are still shining. OnePlus let this out at Qualcomm's Snapdragon conference in December 2018 and suggests that the phone will use the Snapdragon 855 CPU. You can expect existing OnePlus treats, like a fingerprint scanner on the screen and probably largely glass building.
The one chin is the price. OnePlus has suggested that the 5G version of OnePlus 7 will be $ 300 more than the norm, so let's hope it's a 4G version for us just deadly.
iPhone 11 and 11 Max
As always, it will be months before we see something vaguely reliably leaked about the next iPhone. Apple likes to keep their surprises fresh for the big day, and the big day isn't until (most likely) September.
The roll call of current fake suggestions of what the iPhone 11 will be includes a pop-up camera module, a TouchBar screen on the side and an iPad Pro-like stylus.
Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL
It is too early for some large Pixel 4 leaks. But some references to 2019's upcoming "first-party" Android have already appeared. Product code names were discovered in the ARCore developer package. This is what developers use to create Android AR apps.
"Bonito and Sargo" can be the backstage names of Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL. This also suggests that they may have the next generation's magnified reality capacities.
Such a function would work in Google's favor, as it may mean that they have some rivals around at the same time missing.
Xiaomi Mi 9
This is a very important time for Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi. After racking-up massive sales in China and India, the brand moves further west. It finally made its official UK debut in 2018.
And while the US may be a tougher proposal thanks to the continued friction between the US government and Chinese giants Huawei and ZTE, Xiaomo's intentions are clear.
The company has many telephone series, but Xiaomi Mi 9 will be one of its most important 2019 flagships. You can expect a big screen, fingerprint scanner on the screen and, most importantly for many buyers, a lower price than Samsung and Apple, for a comparable phone.