It is safe to say 2020 sucks. With the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest, things haven't been great. But beyond impacting your emotional state, that upcoming phone you've been waiting for has likely had its release date pushed back.
Because of the response to coronavirus, nearly every industry had to delay or postpone releases, and smartphones have been no exception. With factories being forced to shut down or redirect work to most essential materials, and most conferences canceled to help curb the spread, when your next phone arrives may not be when you expect it.
To help you out, this list was compiled to give you a rough idea of when the next phone releases will occur. Very few phones have concrete confirm dates, so anything listed will be subject to change. But we'll keep this page updated, so check periodically for the most up to date information.
According to the Wall Street Journal, iPhone production has been affected by the pandemic. Before you worry, it appears the setback is only one month, which means all three iPhones will likely release in October.
ASUS Co-CEO Hu Shubin confirmed the release of the ZenFone 7, the successor to the well-received ZenFone 6. The company also plans to release the ROG Phone 3, their gaming lineup of phones. According to rumors, both phones should arrive at the end of Q2 2020, or late June through early July.
- ASUS ROG Phone 3: Late June - Early July 2020
- ASUS ZenFone 7: Late June - Early July 2020
The entire Pixel lineup has been delayed due to the coronavirus impact on its supply chain. According to Jon Prosser, the Google Pixel 4a won't arrive until July 13, nearly two months after its intended release date. There is also a good chance the Pixel 5 and 5 XL will be delayed as well, especially if Apple's release is pushed back to October.
- Google Pixel 4a: July 13, 2020
- Google Pixel 5 and 5 XL: November 2020
There is a small chance that HTC releases a 5G Phone to the United States this year. For context, the last noticeable release by the once smartphone giant was the U12+ back in 2018. It will more than likely be a 5G phone, but there are also rumors that HTC will release a 4G phone, a midrange device that borrows the design of the Xiaomi Mi 10 and OnePlus 8.
- HTC Desire 20 Pro: June 2020
- Unnamed HTC 5G Phone: July 2020
LG has already released both of its top tier phones, including the V60 ThinQ and new Velvet. While the former already arrived in the US, LG hasn't officially announced a date for the newly created Velvet. Rumors indicate LG will release in the US and other parts of the world in the second half of the year. With Q4 appearing to be crowded, LG will likely release the Velvet around July or August.
- LG Velvet: July or August 2020
After launching their first flagship phone in years, the Edge+, US customers should expect three more releases from Motorola: Edge, One Fusion+, and G Fast. The Edge is a scaled down version of their flagship using a Snapdragon 765 SoC instead of the Snapdragon 865. It will release later this year. Then there is the unannounced Moto One Fusion+, a midrange phone with four rear cameras slated for June. Finally, there is the rebranded G8 known as the G Fast, which should arrive in June.
- Moto Edge: Second half 2020
- Moto G Fast: June 2020
- Moto Fusion+: June 2020
OnePlus will likely release two more flagship phones, the 8T and 8T Pro. No delays have been rumored, so expect both phones to arrive in October or November. There is, however, one new addition that has already been delayed, the OnePlus Z. According to rumors, this is a mid-range smartphone powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1000 chipset. Originally planned to launch side by side with the 8 series, it was delayed to a new date, July 2020.
- OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro: October 2020
- OnePlus Z: July 2020
After a little delay, the Xperia 1 II was finally released. During its announcement, another phone was introduced alongside it: the Xperia 10 II. So far, we don't have any news as to when it will release, but with the Xperia 1 II's recent release, expect it to arrive soon. The other potential big announcement is a successor to the Xperia 5, the Xperia 5 II.
- Sony Xperia 5 II: Q3 2020
- Sony Xperia 10 II: Summer 2020
After the subpar reception of the Galaxy S20 series, Samsung needs a win. The next big release will be two new Galaxy Note smartphones, the Note 20 and 20+. Samsung also plans to release 5G variants in the A-series, the A51 and A71. All four devices appear to be on track, with the Note series arriving in August and the A series this summer.
- Galaxy A51 5G: Summer 2020
- Galaxy A71 5G: Summer 2020
- Galaxy Note 20: August 2020
- Galaxy Note 20+: August 2020
TCL started the year by announcing a new lineup of phones under the same name as their TV series. Two of the phones have already arrived on US shores, the 10 Pro and 10L. The 10 5G will come later this year, although no specific date has been shared. There are also plans for new Alcatel phones as well, but nothing concrete has been leaked so far.
- TCL 10 5G: Later 2020
- New Alcatel: Q3 2020
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