For smartphones, the cycle of innovation is relentless. And however racked you might be with buyer’s remorse, as you watch your shiny new phone inevitably outclassed by newer models, this frenetic pace is a good thing. It means faster processors, which enables more beautiful screens and less staring blankly at loading pages and buffering video.
The frantic state of competition in this corner of the consumer electronics world also produces a welcome supply of weirdness, from BlackBerry‘s attempt to bring back physical buttons to a wood-backed disc that will turn heads faster than any new iPhone (or Apple Watch). Here are our picks for the most promising phones coming soon, including official announcements and pure speculation.