OPINION: Have you looked into an update for your phone? Well, maybe think twice and wait a couple of weeks – here’s why.
We’re approaching that time of year when the big Android phone update begins. There will be new devices at all price points, and previous models from last year are likely to be heavily discounted – either due to official price cuts or because retailers want to make room for shiny new options.
In just two weeks, we’ll see what Samsung has in store for its first Unpacked event of the year. Here we are likely to see many new smartphones in the first half of the year, with Galaxy S23Galaxy S23 Plus and Galaxy S23 Ultra everything is expected to arrive.
While it flows have shown off pretty much everything we’ll see with these new devices, they are certainly not only striking characteristics. Judging by previous years, this line of S-series devices is likely to be one of the most popular Android phones of the year. I’d also expect to see the flagship of the group, the Galaxy S23 Ultra, contend for the title best android phone and the best camera phone 2023 year.
A week after Samsung, OnePlus is holding its own event to fully reveal the OnePlus 11 – the successor of last year is very good OnePlus 10 Pro. OnePlus has gone a step further than Samsung by revealing many details about the device, including the return of the notification slider (which was absent on OnePlus 10T), Hasselblad cameras and a quirky rear design.
Once these two launches are complete, it’s only a matter of weeks until the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the smartphone trade show in Barcelona, will feature numerous phones from a wide variety of brands.
MWC is where we can see big new devices from brands like Oppo, Nokia, Xiaomi, Honor, Huawei and possibly Sony. It won’t just be flagships either, as there will be budget and mid-range variants as well.
Of course, not every brand follows the same release cycle. If you’re tempted by Google’s Pixel phone, either Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro, then go ahead and shoot it. Judging by previous years, the newest Pixel phones will arrive much later this year, probably in September or October. It’s a similar story if you’re in the market for a Samsung Z Fold or Z Flip — these fancy folding devices likely won’t be replaced until the summer months.
If you want to hang on a few more weeks, you can get a newer, better device for the same price as today, or you can get a huge discount on a phone from last year.