These 2022 smartphones already look exciting

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We’re wanting ahead to what Apple and Samsung have in retailer for 2022. 

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We are only some weeks away from the brand new yr, and most of the smartphones that debuted this fall simply made CNET’s listing of greatest smartphones. 2021 introduced the Google Pixel 6 and Apple iPhone 13 (this is how the 4 new iPhone fashions evaluate), however we’re excited to see what 2022 has in retailer by way of smartphone launches. 


There’s already a lot to look ahead to in 2022 — together with new budget-friendly telephones from Samsung and Apple which will launch within the first half of the yr. A large new model of the usual iPhone and a Samsung cellphone that might really feel like an actual successor to the Galaxy Note are additionally reportedly within the pipeline for later within the yr. 

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Here’s a look on the smartphones we’re wanting ahead to most in 2022 based mostly on rumors and stories which have surfaced thus far. 

Apple iPhone SE 3



The 2020 iPhone SE

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Apple refreshed its $400 price range iPhone for the primary time in 4 years in 2020, however it seems to be like we can’t have to attend that lengthy for the third-generation mannequin. The iPhone SE 3 might launch within the first half of 2022, in accordance with a be aware from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that MacRumors reported. 

It’s anticipated to get 5G help and a lift in efficiency, due to the addition of Apple’s A15 Bionic chip, the identical processor that powers the iPhone 13, in accordance with Nikkei Asian Review. The present iPhone SE, by comparability, runs on Apple’s older A13 Bionic processor from the iPhone 11. 


The next-generation iPhone SE may also be the first to get Face ID, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman wrote in his Power On publication. The 2020 iPhone SE and 2016 model each have Touch ID since they nonetheless have the bodily residence button. But stories are conflicted over whether or not the subsequent iPhone SE will get a makeover or retain its retro look. Kuo says it’ll doubtless have an identical design that is the identical measurement as the present mannequin, in accordance with MacRumors, whereas the Chinese tech website MyDrivers suggests it’ll look more like the iPhone XR

The second-generation iPhone SE stands out for its steadiness of nice efficiency, affordability and portability. Based on the stories which have circulated thus far, it seems like Apple plans to develop on that by giving the iPhone SE some extra fashionable options whereas hopefully retaining the qualities which have made it so interesting within the first place. 

Apple iPhone 14 Max


The iPhone 13 Pro Max

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The iPhone 13 is only a few months previous, however that does not imply it is too quickly to start out speaking in regards to the iPhone 14. The largest upgrades we’re anticipating to see from subsequent yr’s flagship iPhone come right down to the digital camera, design and display screen measurement choices. But it is the reported iPhone 14 Max that I’m most enthusiastic about, which is claimed to be a super-size model of Apple’s normal next-gen iPhone.

Apple will ditch the iPhone Mini and as a substitute add one other 6.7-inch iPhone to the combination subsequent yr, in accordance with Nikkei Asian Review. That means the iPhone 14 lineup might encompass two 6.1-inch fashions (the iPhone 14 and that iPhone 14 Pro), and two 6.7-inch variations (the iPhone 14 Max and that iPhone 14 Pro Max). 

Apple’s iPhone 14 Max will seemingly be geared toward those that need a bigger display screen however do not essentially care in regards to the different upgrades that include Apple’s Pro line, like a triple-lens digital camera and Lidar sensor. It may very well be an awesome alternative for iPhone followers which were ready for a huge show however do not need to splurge on the $1,099 iPhone 13 Pro Max. 

There are another exciting upgrades reportedly in retailer for the remainder of the iPhone 14 lineup that might make it really feel like extra of a leap than the iPhone 13. The Pro and Pro Max variations of Apple’s 2022 iPhone might have a 48-megapixel vast rear digital camera, stories Kuo in a be aware reported by 9to5Mac. That’s a noticeable soar from the iPhone 13 Pro’s 12-megapixel digital camera system. 

In phrases of design, 2022 may be the yr Apple says goodbye to one of many iPhone’s most polarizing bodily traits: the notch. Kuo additionally notes that the iPhone 14 lineup might have a gap punch cutout for the entrance digital camera, however solely on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max fashions. That falls in step with a previous report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman which stated Apple has been engaged on a notch-free design for future iPhones.

The iPhone 14 lineup will doubtless launch in September, as is often the case with Apple’s main smartphone releases. 

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra


The Galaxy S21 Ultra 

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With its spacious display screen and S-Pen help, the Galaxy S21 Ultra is a worthwhile different for Galaxy Note followers. But on the identical time, the S-Pen expertise felt somewhat half-baked in comparison with the Note’s performance. For one, the S21 Ultra does not include an S-Pen within the field, there isn’t any slot constructed into the cellphone for storing it, and it lacks Bluetooth and gesture help for the S-Pen.

But Samsung might deal with no less than a kind of considerations with the Galaxy S22 Ultra. A leak from Front Page Tech suggests the Galaxy S22 Ultra might include a storage slot for the S-Pen, making it a lot simpler to maintain observe of Samsung’s stylus with out dropping it. A built-in slot additionally hints that the S-Pen might come within the field with the S22 as a substitute of being offered individually as an non-compulsory accent.

Otherwise, rumors counsel that the Galaxy S22 Ultra can have a digital camera system with steady optical zoom, in accordance with leaks from Ice Universe. That would lead to a crisper, uncropped zoom when switching between focal lengths. 

All instructed, the upgrades we’re anticipating to see might make the Galaxy S22 Ultra an much more compelling alternative for Galaxy Note loyalists, or for these looking for a super-powerful digital camera cellphone. Samsung usually reveals its new Galaxy lineup within the January by means of March time window, so we doubtless will not have to attend for much longer to be taught extra. 

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE


Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE

Samsung’s budget-friendly Galaxy S20 FE earned a CNET Editors’ Choice Award in 2020 for the unimaginable worth it supplied for the worth. With 5G, nice efficiency, and a multilens digital camera, it was a much-needed price range choice that match properly alongside the premium Galaxy S20 lineup.

Now, Samsung is planning to launch a sequel referred to as the Galaxy S21 FE in January, in accordance with the Korean new web site DDaily. However, if that report seems to be true, the cellphone will solely be accessible in Europe. That can be a loss for the US, the place Samsung is the second-largest smartphone maker behind Apple.

Another facet I’m inquisitive about, although, is how Samsung plans to distinguish this yr’s “Fan Edition” cellphone from different midrange choices just like the $500 Galaxy A52 5G, which gives comparable options. There’s an opportunity Samsung might worth it someplace in between the $800 Galaxy S21 and $500 Galaxy A52 5G, probably touchdown it within the $600 to $700 vary. That might make it a pleasant choice for individuals who need a cellphone that feels a bit premium however is not fairly as costly because the S21 household.

As for what we are able to anticipate from the Galaxy S21 FE, Samsung’s subsequent midrange cellphone might have a 6.4-inch display screen with a 2,340 by 1,080 decision and three cameras that embody a 32-megapixel, 12-megapixel and 8-megapixel lenses, in accordance with specs that appeared on China’s TENAA Certifications web site, which MyFixGuide reported. 

It might additionally include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, in accordance with a leak that surfaced on the Google Play Console, which was additionally noticed by MyFixGuide. That may very well be a technique by which Samsung distinguishes the Galaxy S21 FE from the Galaxy A52 5G, which comes with a much less {powerful} Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G chip. The Galaxy S21 FE can also be anticipated to be comparable in look to the Galaxy S21, as proven in renders printed by prolific leaker Evan Blass

OnePlus 10 Pro


The OnePlus 9 Pro

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OnePlus made a reputation for itself by providing telephones with {hardware} capabilities that might compete with the likes of Samsung at cheaper costs. More just lately, its premium “Pro” lineup has gained notoriety, with CNET’s Andrew Hoyle calling the OnePlus 9 Pro “the perfect cellphone OnePlus has ever made.”

If the rumors maintain true, the identical could also be stated for the OnePlus 10 Pro, which is anticipated to return with some digital camera updates. Renders from high-profile leaker OnLeaks and offers web site Zouton declare to point out a redesigned digital camera bump on the OnePlus 10 Pro. The digital camera system seems to incorporate three lenses just like the OnePlus 9 Pro, however with a brand new association that extra intently resembles the quadruple-lens digital camera setup on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. 

Otherwise, the cellphone is anticipated to return with a 6.7-inch 1,440 pixel AMOLED display screen with a 120Hz refresh price, a 5,000 mAh battery and 128GB or 256GB of storage, in accordance with Zouton, which additionally stories it’ll launch within the first half of 2022. 

It’s too quickly to know the way vital of an improve the OnePlus 10 Pro might be over its predecessor. But if digital camera upgrades really are in retailer for OnePlus’ subsequent high-end cellphone, it might deal with one among our solely complaints. While the OnePlus 9 Pro’s digital camera is nice, in accordance with CNET’s Andrew Hoyle, there’s undoubtedly room for enchancment.

Looking for extra recommendation in regards to the cellphone you presently have? Check out our information to the Galaxy S21’s greatest options, the iOS 15 settings you need to change in your iPhone, and the best way to get probably the most out of your Pixel 6. 

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