When thinking about smartphones, the year 2012 hardly springs to mind as a game-changer. Back then, people were still calling the handsets "smartphones," but they were not all that smart. Sure, they could stream music and surf the Internet, but they could not take selfies, not to mention pay for purchases, unlock doors, and use apps.

Now, a decade later, the 2023 smartphone market is looking very exciting, with a mix of big tech giants and new startups releasing innovative new devices.

Here are some of the most anticipated phones releasing in 2023 so that you can stay ahead of the curve:

1. Apple iPhone 15

Apple fans are eagerly awaiting the release of the iPhone 15 in 2023. Rumors are already swirling about the new features and design elements the phone will include.

The new iPhone 15 is set to include a new OLED display and enhanced processing power. The camera is also said to be getting an upgrade with a new sensor and improved optics.

2. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5

As you move closer to 2023, there are a few phones that are already generating a lot of hype. One of them is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5. The phone is said to be a true successor to the Galaxy Fold, and is expected to come with a lot of improvements.

Some of its features include an in-display fingerprint sensor, an improved folding mechanism, and a better camera. The phone is also said to be more durable and easier to use than its predecessor.

3. Samsung Galaxy S23

The Samsung Galaxy S23 is one of the most highly anticipated phones to be released in 2023. Samsung has a reputation for releasing some of the best smartphones on the market, and the S23 is expected to be no different. The phone is said to have an all-new design, an upgraded camera, and the latest in mobile technology.

4. Google Pixel 7A

If Google keeps up with its yearly tradition, users might see a cheaper version of the Pixel 7, called the Pixel 7A, launch sometime in spring or summer. Right now, there aren't many rumors about the Pixel 7A. However, researcher Kuba Wojciechowski says he found details in the Android codebase that might be related to the Pixel 7A, which suggests that there could be some pretty big upgrades coming.

5. Google Pixel 8

Just a couple of months after Google released the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, rumors are already swirling about Google's next generation of smartphones. German tech blog WinFuture claims to have found references to two unreleased Pixel smartphones in publicly available code.

The findings indicate that these two devices are codenamed "Shiba" and "Husky," and that they're powered by a new processor codenamed "Zuma." The code also suggests these devices will run on Android 14 and include 12GB of RAM, according to WinFuture.

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