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The launch of the latest iPhone model is always big news in the tech world and fortunately, Apple is pretty consistent with its release dates, so we’re not kept on tenterhooks for long. So, when does Apple release new phones? Usually, the latest iPhone series is launched every September.
Currently, Apple’s latest iPhone is the 14 Series - iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max - released in September 2022. New features include Crash Detection and Emergency SOS via Satellite, and for the Pro models, an upgraded primary camera and the new Dynamic Island feature. We can expect the newest Apple phone - the iPhone 15, maybe? - in September 2023.
Probably the most exciting new phone release of 2023 so far, was the latest Samsung phone - the flagship Galaxy S23 Ultra - in February. With its incredible 200MP main camera, ultra-wide lens, and two telephoto lenses - for 3x and 10x optical zoom - it’s often cited as the best camera phone on the market. But it’s not just about the flagship models, also released this year were the newest mid-range Samsung phones - the Galaxy A14, Galaxy A34, and Galaxy A54.
So what’s the next big Samsung phone release? Historically, the next new Samsung phone release date in the calendar has been the newest Samsung foldable from the Z Flip series in August.
If you’re looking for one of the latest Android phones, there are so many options to consider from well-known brands such as Google and Motorola, to brands you might not have heard of, like Xiaomi, OPPO, and Honor.
Google phones may not rival the giants of Apple and Samsung in terms of sales, but its phones are consistently well reviewed and are growing in popularity - probably, in part, due to their smaller price tags. The latest Google Pixel phones - the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro - regularly appear in ‘best of’ lists, especially when it comes to photography. With no new phone releases scheduled, there are rumours of the Pixel 7a launching in the summer, and possibly Google’s first foldable, the Pixel Fold at some point in the future.
Like Samsung, Motorola offer handsets across all price points, so there’s something for everyone in the latest Motorola phone releases. So far in 2023, Motorola have launched five budget phones, from the super wallet-friendly Moto E13, through to the Moto G13, Moto G23, and Moto G53 5G, to the most expensive - but still easily affordable - Moto G73 5G. The newest Motorola phone for Spring 2023 is the Motorola Edge 40 Pro - the brand’s flagship model.
The newest Xiaomi phones on the market are the Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro, released at the end of 2022 in the brand’s home country of China, and released globally in February 2023. Also released this year, is OPPO’s latest phone - and its first flip phone - the OPPO Find N2 Flip. Stylish, powerful and impeccably made, it’s significantly cheaper than its closest rival, the Samsung Z Flip 4. Honor’s latest mobile phone offering - the Magic 5 Lite - will be joined in Spring 2023 by the Magic 5 Pro.