The Biggest Phones To Expect In 2024
For those who like to get the latest, shiniest phones as they come out – or for others who want to know about them so they can start planning for when it’s upgrade time – the new year is always an exciting time. It’s when rumours turn into announcements, and more tech companies prepare to make their new models a reality.
The world of mobile phones is a fast-changing landscape and each year always brings new styles, novel features, and high-tech upgrades. To summarise the current swirl of rumours, announcements, and probable launches, here are the biggest phones to expect in 2024.
Apple iPhone 16
Apple are always full of surprises, but one thing we know for sure is that the iPhone 16 will be launched at its next autumn event – most likely to be in September, if not October. What will it feature? Various leaks and sources suggest some welcome changes. For example, while the 15 Pro had a 3x telephoto lens, it looks like the 16 Pro will get a 5x telephoto lens to put it in line with the 15 Pro Max (and most likely the 16 Pro Max).
It’s also set to be more efficient. Samsung Display is reportedly developing new tech (dubbed M14) for Apple, which will create a more power-efficient screen than present. If that doesn’t improve battery life, it will allow new features to at least use that extra power saving. It’s also expected to run on iOS 18, a software system that will be available to older models too. As is the strong trend, expect generative AI technology to play a bigger part, improving the capability of both Siri and Messenger.
Samsung Galaxy 24
Rumour has it that when the new Samsung Galaxy 24 phone lands, probably in February, it’ll feature the S24 and the S24 Ultra, but no + model. Samsung have said they’re focussing on a two model range this time around, mostly likely a reflection of the competitive phone market.
What we know so far is that the new S24 will have a flat screen instead of the S23’s curved screen and new features include the ability to circle items on screen to run a search on them, and the built-in Voice Recorder app will be able to recognise up to 10 different voices in a conversation. Although the 200mp camera will stay the same, the video quality will improve, and it’s expected to get nifty AI features that rival the Google Pixel.
One Plus 12
The new flagship phone from One Plus debuted in China in early December, so we’re expecting the One Plus 12 to land worldwide in January or February. The showstopping feature on this new phone is the massive battery, at 5400mAh. The screen stays the same as the One Plus 11 in size, but the display has a peak brightness of an impressive 4500 nits, and there will be a decent 1TB storage.
There’s the rumour of a dedicated periscope lens, like the Samsung Galaxy 23 Ultra, but so far rumour is all we have on that. To help charge its sizeable battery, it’s expected to support 100W wired charging and 50W wireless, which is a big upgrade from the One Plus 11.
Xiaomi announced their new 14 series at Qualcomm’s Snapdragon summit in October as both phones will run on Qualcomm’s new-to-the-market Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset (very exciting for those who care about phone tech).
As you might expect, the 14 Pro will have a few extra features the 14 won’t, though both models have 3000 nits peak brightness on their screens and a trio of improved, excellent-quality rear cameras that will benefit from new AI features. The battery will be a reasonable 4610mAh on the 14, and 4880mAh on the 14 Pro, with support for 120W wireless charging. Expect a smoother experience on both, thanks to the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3, and Xiaomi’s new HyperOS UX software.
Asus Rog 8
The Asus Rog phones are gamer phones, and gaming moves on quicker than anything else in tech world – which is why we’re expecting the second Rog release within a year.
Due to launch in the first quarter of 2024 if the rumours are true, the 8 series will comprise of the 8 and 8 Pro. Both will carry a bigger battery and a better chip: the aforementioned Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 chipset. It will look different, with a distinctive camera island on the back – and these lenses will be improved. But the feature that’s hotly anticipated is active cooling accessories to stop components from heating up with hours of play. It won’t be cheap, but the Asus Rog’s loyal following will no doubt be prepared to pay for the speed and smoothness of the phone. And if Asus’s plan works out, it will be more than gamers interested in this new model.
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