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 announced the ROG Phone 3 in July 2020, but they still haven't given us a release date for the US model. We only know it should arrive in September 2020. The other big device ASUS announced was the ZenFone 7. This budget flagship will not be officially released the US, unlike its predecessor.
- ASUS ROG Phone 3: September 2020
Coronavirus definitely impacted Google's release cycle. The Pixel 4a launched three months later than last year's Pixel 3a, and its larger sibling, the Pixel 4a 5G, won't be out until over five months past its anticipated release date. The Pixel 5 XL is not slated to be released at all.
However, what's left of the Pixel lineup seems to be back on track. The flagship Pixel 5 is set to release alongside the 4a 5G at an event on September 30, followed by a potential preorder date of October 8.
- Google Pixel 4a: August 20, 2020
- Google Pixel 4a 5G: October 2020
- Google Pixel 5: October 2020
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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. Both potential new phones were announced in July, with official release dates only for Taiwan. There's an expectation of an international launch later in the year.
- HTC Desire 20 Pro: Nov. 2020
- HTC U20 5G: Nov. 2020
LG is reshaping its flagship lineup. The G series is gone to pasture, and presumably the V series as well. Their only flagship so far in 2020 is the Velvet, which isn't a direct successor to any prior model. Then there is the Wing, a dual screen smartphone with a swivel. The Velvet is out now, and the Wing just recently was announced.
- LG Velvet: July 22, 2020
- LG Wing: October 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.
Motorola is currently in the process of releasing a 5G sequel to the new Razr foldable flip phone. They've also released a handful of entry-level and mid-range phones on schedule in 2020, including the Moto G Fast, Moto E, and Moto One 5G.
Microsoft has a new Android phone called the Surface Duo, and it's just being released. The $1,400 phone is a foldable, but with two separate displays instead of a bendable one. It's now available for purchase ahead of its initial timeline.
- Surface Duo: September 10, 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. US customers will miss out on the budget OnePlus Nord, but rumors indicate a successor, the OnePlus Clover, may arrive in the US later this year.
- OnePlus 8T and 8T Pro: October 2020
- OnePlus Clover: October 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
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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: Aug. 7th, 2020
- Galaxy A71 5G: June 19, 2020
- Galaxy Note 20: Aug. 21, 2020
- Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Aug. 21, 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, rebranded as the REVVL 5G. There are also plans for other Alcatel phones, but nothing concrete has been leaked so far.
- T-Mobile REVVL 5G: Aug. 27, 2020
- New Alcatel: Q3 2020
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