List of Upcoming Phones in March 2023
March 2023 sees the launch of many excellent smartphones. February was exciting, with the Galaxy S23 series and the OnePlus 11 as key highlights. Some of the phones coming up in February are already available for purchase in China.
In this article, we have a list of all the upcoming smartphones in March. The post only contains smartphones with clear confirmation about the launch dates, not just speculation.
These phones will launch in March 2023
These phones were launched in February 2023
1. Samsung Galaxy S23 series
The S23 lineup is one of the most exciting ones in February. Samsung announced that the S23 series would launch on 1st February 2023.
You can watch the Spring Galaxy Unpacked event live at 11:30 PM IST on the official YouTube channel. Once the embargo lifts, we’ll see several short-term impressions.
The S23 and S23 Plus will share similar specifications, with 1080P 120Hz AMOLED displays that go up to 1750 Nits in brightness. The 8 Gen 2 SOC powers them, and the primary camera will mostly remain the same 1/1.57″ GN5 50MP sensor.
Interestingly, both the S23 and S23+ might ship with a periscope telephoto camera that replaces the existing 3X zoom camera, but we can’t say for sure. The phones will also have a larger battery than the S22 and S22+.
Battery life and heating problems were the major complaints, which won’t happen since the new 8 Gen 2 SOC does not hit high temperatures.
It remains cool, and it’s more efficient too. Paired with the larger battery, it should give better battery life.
The S23 Ultra will remain nearly identical to the S22 Ultra except for two aspects. The 8 Gen 2’s performance and efficiency bumps, thanks to TSMC’s 4nm node, should translate to something in real-world use.
The S23 Ultra’s primary sensor is the Samsung ISOCELL HP2 sensor, a 200MP 1/1.3″ sensor. It’s slightly bigger than the 1/1.33″ 108MP sensor on the S22 Ultra but has a much higher resolution.
The HP2 also brings better shutter speeds, faster autofocus, better HDR, and better video recording. The phone might have other minor updates, but the new primary camera is the major focal point.
Vivo X90 Series
It’s official, the global launch of the Vivo X90 series is on February 3rd. The X90 series already made it to Chinese markets and were very well-received phones. Now that they’re making it globally, they should compete well against the current top flagships.
The show’s star is the Vivo X90 Pro+, with a 2X zoom camera for portraits, 3.5X periscope telephoto with AI for excellent zoom range, and a 1″-type uncropped Sony IMX989 (50.3MP) primary sensor.
While heavily camera-focused, the phone does not compromise on other areas. It has a 2K 120Hz E6 AMOLED screen with Dolby Vision HDR. This is one of the best solar panels you can get on a smartphone.
The 8 Gen 2 SOC powers it, so there are no problems with performance either. It’s a solid all-rounder, with the only potential deterrent as FunTouchOS.
FunTouchOS gets updates in India quickly, but the optimization, UI design consistency, and stability leave much to be desired. The software is also filled with bloatware, advertisements, and recommendations.
The X90 family also includes the base X90, which has a smaller 1/1.49″ 50MP primary sensor and the TSMC fabbed 4nm Dimensity 9200 chip. It’s a complete triple camera system with an ultra-wide and 2X zoom lens for portraits.
The X90 Pro is nearly the same as the X90 Pro Plus, except it drops the periscope camera and has only a regular telephoto. It shares the same 1″-type IMX989 sensor
Oppo Reno 8T
This is not one of the most exciting launches of the month. In many ways, it’s worse than its own preceding Reno 8. It ships with the Snapdragon 695 SOC at a rumoured price of 28,000 INR, which is downright unacceptable.
The phone will launch on February 8th. In other specs, we have a 120Hz AMOLED screen with a 108MP primary camera (no OIS) and no ultra-wide angle lens. We have a useless 2MP depth and a 2MP macro camera.
Infinix Zero 5G 2023
The Infinix Zero 5G 2023 will launch on February 4th. It’s expected to carry a price tag of under 20,000 INR. Still, the specifications aren’t all that impressive. We have a 120Hz IPS LCD panel with only 500 Nits of peak brightness.
It uses the Dimensity 1080 chip, which isn’t bad, but it’s nothing to be proud of either. It still ships with Android 12 out of the box and has one 50MP primary sensor. No OIS, of course, and you get a 2MP depth and 2MP macro sensor.
iQOO Neo 7
The Neo 7 will launch in the third week of February, on the 16th. Most of the specifications look good, except for the fact that this phone drops the ultra wide-angle lens. Even the previous iQOO Neo 6 had one, but this does not.
It has a 120Hz 1080P AMOLED screen and the MediaTek Dimensity 8200 SOC (4nm). This is a recommended choice for gamers.
The OnePlus 11, which will launch on 7th February 2023 at the Cloud 11 event, marks OnePlus’ epic comeback to the flagship killer territory. Every single spec here is well thought out.
It uses the 8 Gen 2 SOC, has a 120Hz 2K E4 AMOLED display, has a 100W charger in the box (80W for the USA), and a 5000 mAh battery. According to the current samples, the 50MP 1/1.56″ Sony IMX890 sensor with Hasselblad tuning takes epic photos.
The phone has a good, usable ultra wide-angle camera and a 2X zoom camera for portrait mode photos. It’s very balanced, and the price determines whether it wins the category.
The OnePlus 11R is also coming out on 7th February alongside the OnePlus 11. This will be a gaming-centric phone but shares the same IMX890 primary camera. Since reports conflict, we don’t know for sure whether it’s an 8MP Ultrawide or a 13MP one.
It obviously won’t have a telephoto and drops it for a useless 2MP sensor. The 11R uses the 8+ Gen 1, which is still a great chip. The 8+ Gen 1 is fully clocked, unlike the Oppo Reno 9 Pro Plus.
The display resolution might bump to 1.5K and feature the alert slider. There’s confusion on the overall specifications, so none of this is final.
OnePlus Ace 2
We expect this phone’s announcement to happen on 7th February. The Ace 2 is the same as the OnePlus 11R for Chinese markets. They share the exact same design and specifications.
Poco X5 Series
The Poco X5 series will launch in India on 6th February 2023. It’s official. The phone looks interesting, with a classic yellow colour and the Poco design flair.
The X5 Pro is primarily a rebadged Redmi Note 12 Pro Speed Edition. It has a 120Hz AMOLED screen and carries the 778G+ chipset. It has a triple 108MP+8MP+2MP classic setup. The standard X5 looks like a slightly worse Redmi Note 12.
It uses the Snapdragon 695 SOC instead of the 4 Gen 1 and also uses a 120Hz AMOLED screen with a 48MP+8MP+2MP setup.
Realme GT Neo 5
The Realme GT Neo 5 is a gaming and performance-centric smartphone which shares the exact same specs as the OnePlus 11R. However, it drops the alert slider and could carry a slightly cheaper price tag. We already saw this happen with OnePlus 10R and the Realme GT Neo 3. The phones were the exact same, but the OnePlus was priced slightly higher; since their software has no bloatware or advertisements in the UI.