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Guys, we’re getting deliciously close to a big emoji upgrade. Appropriately named Emoji 5.0, the new batch of silly symbols includes several very specific items as well as some long sought-after essentials. Do you have a favorite? We do.

Emojipedia recently updated its page for Emoji 5.0 with mockups of all the proposed emoji. Don’t freak out if you don’t like the selection. For now, the candidates are in draft status, meaning they still need the final sign off from the emoji overlords at Unicode. In the meantime, here are the very best new emoji candidates, ranked and presented without explanation. Please argue in the comments.

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Update 4:20pm 06/20/2017 - Unicode just announced the official list of new emoji in Unicode 10.0. All 69 of the candidates made the cut! That means you’ll be getting a T. Rex and daggum hedgehog on your smartphone keyboard very soon. Also zombies.

Update 11:40 07/17/2017 - Apple just released its final designs for the new emoji. The zombie and barfing emoji are wonderfully detailed!

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You can download them all here.


1. Grinning Face With One Large and One Small Eye

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2. T-Rex

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3. Man Zombie

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4. Woman Zombie

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5. Merman

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6. Mermaid

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7. Shocked Face With Exploding Head

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8. Sandwich

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9. Person With Headscarf

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10. Flying Saucer

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11. Giraffe Face

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12. Breast-Feeding

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13. Cricket

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14. Serious Face With Symbols Covering Mouth

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15. Woman Mage

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16. Man Mage

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17. Brain

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18. Woman Vampire

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19. Man Vampire

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20. Grinning Face With Star Eyes

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21. Broccoli

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22. Sauropod

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23. Man Fairy

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24. Woman Fairy

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25. Bearded Person

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26. Palms Up Together

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27. Woman Genie

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28. Man Genie

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29. Pretzel

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30. Face With Monocle

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31. Curling Stone

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32. Man Elf

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33. Woman Elf

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34. Hedgehog

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35. Cut of Meat

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36. Woman Climbing

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37. Man Climbing

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38. Dumpling

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39. Face With One Eyebrow Raised

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40. Woman in Lotus Position

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41. Man in Lotus Position

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42. Wales

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43. Face With Finger Covering Closed Lips

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44. Face With Open Mouth Vomiting

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45. Coconut

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46. Scotland

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47. Man in Steamy Room

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48. Woman in Steamy Room

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49. Takeout Box

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50. Chopsticks

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51. Smiling Face With Smiling Eyes and Hand Covering Mouth

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52. Child

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53. Adult

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54. Older Adult

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55. England

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56. Fortune Cookie

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57. Zebra Face

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58. I Love You Hand Sign

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59. Pie

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60. Billed Cap

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61. Canned Food

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62. Gloves

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63. Bowl With Spoon

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64. Coat

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65. Cup With Straw

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66. Sled

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67. Scarf

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68. Socks

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69. Orange Heart

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[Thanks Lindsey!]