5 exciting phones to look out for this year: iPhone 13, Galaxy S22, Pixel 6 and more

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Phone followers, begin your engines. We’re anticipating some exciting new reveals this fall from Apple, Samsung, Google and more. Are we pumped for the iPhone 13? You wager. The Pixel 6‘s new design and Tensor chip? Absolutely. And Samsung might have just lately Unpacked its new foldable phones (the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3), however there could also be a number of more units ready within the wings to look out for as effectively, just like the rumored Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 FE.

Let’s take a second to spherical up a few of the units we’re protecting a very shut eye on, together with these with rumored digital camera upgrades, refinements on earlier units and attainable new concepts that might step up how we use our phones sooner or later.


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Apple iPhone 13

Starting with Apple, we’re anticipating the iPhone 13 to make its large reveal this September as has been the normal reveal month for the flagship line. Like the iPhone 12 collection, we’re anticipating a number of fashions within the lineup, together with a typical and Pro model, and hopefully a more reasonably priced iPhone 13 Mini, too. 

We’re not anticipating many large bodily adjustments, past a slick new sundown gold shade, however we might even see a shallower notch on the entrance in addition to built-in Touch ID — which might be an excellent workaround for unlocking the telephone whereas carrying a face masks. The greatest present various requires additionally having an Apple Watch.


Apple may add a brand new “sunset gold” shade to the iPhone 13 lineup.


The cameras are rumored to be getting an honest increase too, notably with higher night time mode on the wide-angle lens, and even a a lot improved zoom system. That’d be nice, as even the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s 2.5x zoom pales into insignificance in opposition to the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s zoom abilities. 

Video, all the time a spotlight of the iPhone’s digital camera, may very well be getting enhancements like higher-quality ProRes recording for video, that fancy portrait mode background blur and a brand new set of filters designed to enhance how colours look. In truth, the digital camera upgrades might seemingly be the most important adjustments we see on the telephone, which, as a photographer, I’m superb with.

Otherwise the iPhone 13, together with many different phones launched by Apple in the previous few years, will obtain iOS 15 when its closing version turns into obtainable with out requiring the beta.


A purported render of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra exhibits the telephone packing a bigger 200-megapixel digital camera unit.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 collection is not anticipated till subsequent yr, traditionally round February or March. There aren’t a ton of rumors concerning the subsequent technology of the telephone, and a lot of the general Samsung rumor mill has centered on the just-confirmed Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 foldable phones. But there are no less than a number of renders purporting to present large adjustments to Samsung’s high-end telephone.

Like the iPhone, it looks like the S22’s upgrades may very well be more targeted across the digital camera, with teases from Samsung’s personal social accounts hinting at a whopping 200-megapixel picture sensor. That’d be the most important decision we have seen up to now on a telephone and will seemingly go a good distance in bettering the standard of these large 30x and 100x zoom photos that you would be able to tackle the present Galaxy S21 Ultra

Speaking of zoom, the S22 Ultra can also be rumored to get a steady optical zoom, fairly than static 3x or 10x optical zoom lenses to change between. 

Beyond the digital camera, we’re not anticipating main design upgrades or function adjustments. We’re assured that there will be a spread of handsets within the Galaxy S22 line, however the Ultra mannequin could be the principle one to get the larger digital camera improve.



Google Pixel 6

Google’s Pixel 6 line bought an early reveal this month, confirming a brand-new design that showcases a digital camera bar alongside the again. Breaking from its custom of doing a base and XL mannequin, the Pixel 6 might be joined by the Pixel 6 Pro — the latter together with a telephoto lens. 

The Pixel 6 has some main digital camera upgrades of its personal, together with a greater picture sensor that may seize 150% more gentle. More gentle typically means higher images, notably in low-light conditions. The Pro mannequin can also be confirmed to embody a 4x optical zoom.


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But one of many largest adjustments is that Google might be utilizing its personal custom-made Tensor system-on-a-chip, fairly than utilizing one from Qualcomm because it’s completed on earlier handsets. Google offered a lot of demos to members of the press to reveal the Tensor’s prowess, which incorporates speech recognition, dwell translation and images enhancements. Those demos embody the telephone making use of Live Caption and Interpreter Mode concurrently to rapidly transcribe a French presentation into English, and a photograph demo that mixes a number of images collectively to create a clearer picture of a rapidly transferring topic (a toddler). 

The Pixel 6 will even be among the many first phones working the most recent Android 12, which on Google’s phones will embody the choice to create a complete interface theme based mostly on the dominant colours of the picture you select for your background wallpaper. That customization will lengthen throughout a brand new design language in Android 12 that Google calls Material You.


A teaser that by accident posted to Samsung’s Instagram account doubtlessly exhibits the upcoming S21 FE.


Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

While we’re actually wanting forward to subsequent yr’s Galaxy S22 line, there’s nonetheless seemingly to be one more addition to the Galaxy S21 line to look ahead to. We’re anticipating a sequel to the Galaxy S20 FE, the “Fan Edition” lower-priced telephone that included lots of the Galaxy S20’s greatest options. That sequel, which we presume might be referred to as the Galaxy S21 FE, may arrive this fall as a less expensive various to the higher-end phones anticipated to hit the market on the identical time. 

The Galaxy S20 FE was such an excellent deal final yr that I named it the “midrange phone to beat” and gave it a CNET Editors’ Choice Award. 

Some leaked specs for the rumored sequel level towards a 6.4-inch show, a triple rear digital camera with an improved 32-megapixel major digital camera decision, quick charging and an in-display fingerprint scanner. There aren’t any particular rumors on the telephone’s value as of but, however the Galaxy S20 FE got here in at $699 within the US, a full $300 decrease than the bottom Galaxy S20. This yr’s Galaxy S21 had a decrease beginning value of $799, however this is hoping Samsung can discover a method to trim no less than $100 or so for the following fan version.

Microsoft Surface Duo

The first-generation Surface Duo was fascinating, however underwhelming.

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Microsoft Surface Duo 2

Microsoft’s Surface Duo is a unusual dual-screen system which CNET’s Scott Stein discovered to be a bit hit and miss. Interesting {hardware}, however awkward software program and an absence of apps that may reap the benefits of two screens means it did not precisely take the cellular world by storm after its debut final yr. 

So what can we anticipate from its substitute? Purported Surface Duo 2 leaks level to a triple rear digital camera setup and more high-end inner specs, together with 5G connectivity. Improved images and information speeds may go a way towards making up for points with that first version of the twin display screen system, however Microsoft will even want to step up the software program assist to take higher benefit of the telephone’s distinctive design. 

Still, Microsoft’s Surface Duo gives a unique thought within the rising folding telephone house, following Samsung’s new Z Fold 3 and efforts by Motorola’s Razr line. Hopefully within the coming months we are able to get an official look at the place that line is heading.