Not interested in the iPhone SE? These Upcoming Phones Look Fantastic in 2022

Not Into the 2022 iPhone SE? These Other Upcoming Phones Look Great
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At Apple’s presentation earlier this week, the company unveiled the latest edition of the iPhone SE, but these affordable phones aren’t for everyone. If the iPhone 8-style body of the SE doesn’t appeal to you, don’t worry: a slew of additional phones are expected later in 2022.

Several new mobile devices have already been announced by Samsung, Apple, Motorola, and OnePlus.

Based on rumours and reports that have surfaced so far, here are the phones we’re most excited about in 2022. At the bottom of the page, we’ve included a section for phones that were previously on the list but have since been announced, such as Samsung’s Galaxy S22 Ultra.

Apple iPhone 14 Pro

Apple iPhone 14 Pro
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The iPhone 14 Pro will almost certainly include the normal enhancements you’d expect from a new iPhone, like a new Apple chipset and possibly some design changes. The new camera, though, appears to be the most fascinating perspective addition.

The iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max could sport a 48-megapixel main camera, according to reports. According to 9to5Mac and MacRumors, this is according to two reports from well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

Apple has upgraded the iPhone Pro camera in a number of ways over the years, including adding a third ultrawide camera lens with the iPhone 11 Pro in 2019 and increasing the telephoto camera’s zoom capability with the iPhone 12 Pro Max in 2020. However, even as far back as the iPhone 7, the resolution has stayed at 12 megapixels.

Resolution isn’t the only factor to consider. There’s a lot more to taking a stunning photo than meets the eye. The size of the sensor and the aperture of the camera, which is the opening that allows it to take in light, are both important factors in determining image quality.

Other internal advancements, like the enhancements to image processing algorithms and machine learning that Apple’s new CPUs provide, have an impact on on-camera performance. However, a substantial jump like this would signal that Apple’s upcoming pro-grade iPhone will receive considerable camera advancements.

The iPhone 14 Pro is expected to be released in September, in keeping with Apple’s typical release schedule. To replace the notch, the phone is rumoured to feature a new hole-punch shaped cutout for the front camera.

Apple iPhone 14 Max

Apple iPhone 14 Max
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The camera, design, and screen size are expected to be the most significant improvements in next year’s flagship iPhone. But it’s the rumoured iPhone 14 Max, which is thought to be a supersized version of Apple’s conventional next-gen iPhone, that has me most thrilled.

According to Nikkei Asian Review, Apple will drop the iPhone Mini in favour of a new 6.7-inch iPhone next year. That means there might be two 6.1-inch models (the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro) and two 6.7-inch models in the iPhone 14 lineup (the iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max).

Apple’s iPhone 14 Max appears to be intended for consumers who want a larger screen but aren’t interested in the other features found on Apple’s Pro line, such as a triple-lens camera and a lidar sensor. It could be a wonderful option for iPhone enthusiasts who want a large display but don’t want to spend $1,099 for the iPhone 13 Pro Max.

To hear more about Apple’s future intentions for the iPhone, we’ll have to wait until the fall.

Google Pixel 6A

Google Pixel 6A
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At $600, Google’s Pixel 6 is already a wonderful deal. However, if Google continues on its current path, we may see a Pixel 6A, a cheaper variant of the Pixel 6, later this year.

According to specifications obtained by 9to5Google, the Pixel 6A will sport a lower quality 12.2-megapixel main camera compared to the Pixel 6’s 50-megapixel wide camera. But, like its more expensive siblings, it will reportedly contain Google’s Tensor chip and a 6.2-inch display, making it somewhat smaller than the 6.4-inch Pixel 6. According to renders from blog 91mobiles and prolific leaker Steve Hemmerstoffer, who manages the Twitter account OnLeaks, the design may be similar to that of the Pixel 6.

Google isn’t a newcomer to the low-cost smartphone market. But, if the reports are real, I’m interested to see what its new Tensor chip can do for a phone at this price. With the Pixel 6, it appears like Google has finally struck the correct blend of price and premium features, and I’m optimistic that this strategy will be carried over to its next low-cost smartphone.

The Pixel 5A and Pixel 4A were released in August, so the Pixel 6A could be released around the same time. However, the corporation has a history of revealing new products during its I/O developer conference, which is held in May, or at its fall product launch event.

Google Pixel Fold (or Pixel Notepad)

Google Pixel Fold (or Pixel Notepad)
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Google hasn’t confirmed any intentions to release a foldable Pixel phone, although speculations have been circulating recently. The latest rumour comes from 9to5Google, which claims that Google’s first bendable phone will be known as the Pixel Notepad.

But, perhaps more intriguingly, the storey claims that this “Pixel Notepad” will be less expensive than Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3, which retails for $1,800. That’s a huge deal because one of the biggest drawbacks of today’s foldable phones has been their exorbitant pricing.

Google’s foldable phone will most likely resemble Oppo’s Find N rather than Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 in terms of appearance. According to animations discovered by 9to5Google in Android 12L, Google’s Android OS is built for larger-screen devices, like tablets.

However, as 9to5Google points out, the camera could be a step down from the Pixel 6’s. According to Google, the foldable phone may use the same camera sensors as the Pixel 5. The magazine claims to have discovered references to the Pixel Fold’s camera sensor in Google’s camera app’s Android package kit files (i.e. the files used to distribute and install Android apps).

If Google’s foldable does end up having a lower camera than the Pixel 6, it’s plausible that the tradeoff was made to keep the device small and keep the price low. According to 9to5Google, other files related to Google’s camera app have code that references a possible 2022 launch date, implying that the search giant may indeed announce its first foldable this year.

Foldable phones are still pricey and have a lot of drawbacks. But, given Google’s present attitude to smartphones, I’m optimistic that it will contribute something useful — or at the very least fascinating — to this market. Take the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, for example, which both come with exclusive Google Assistant features.

Wait Times, which shows estimated wait times before dialling a toll-free number, and Direct My Call, a tool for transcribing automated menus when dialling toll-free businesses, are two examples. Both of these features show that Google is considering methods to improve smartphone basic functioning. I’m hopeful it’ll use a similar approach to foldable devices, especially now that Google has begun manufacturing its own phone chips.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
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Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the most well-made folding phone I’ve seen, and it’s on the verge of becoming the first foldable phone I’d recommend. However, it is still far more expensive than the ordinary phone, and the Z Fold 3’s unique form makes it difficult to use as a standard phone.

Given Samsung’s recent advances in foldable phones, I’m interested to see how it addresses these issues in the future. We haven’t heard anything about Samsung’s intentions for foldable phones in the future. However, given that Samsung is on its third edition of the Z Fold after releasing the original in 2019, I wouldn’t be surprised if another version is released this year.

Samsung also claimed that the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 sold four times as many units as its prior foldable phones in 2020. That alone shows that demand for the Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 has been strong, giving Samsung the cause to move on at full speed.

If Samsung does release a new Galaxy Z Fold this year, we should expect the normal set of improvements, such as a faster chipset and a slightly enhanced appearance. Longer battery life, a reduced price, more software features that make the Z Fold’s larger screen more useful, and a revised design that makes the tablet less burdensome when folded are all things I’d like to see. It’d also be fantastic if Samsung included the S-Pen stylus with future Fold models instead of selling it separately.

Phones that piqued our interest and were released in 2022

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
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Fans of Samsung’s Galaxy Note lineup will be pleased to learn that there is something new to look forward to. The $1,200 Galaxy S22 Ultra is essentially Samsung’s Galaxy Note replacement, with an integrated stylus that can be stored inside the phone, a new design with more defined corners, and a quadruple-lens camera.

It, like Samsung’s predecessor Galaxy S21 Ultra, features a large 6.8-inch screen, making it excellent for folks who spend a lot of time reading, watching movies, or taking notes on their phone. In addition, Samsung has enhanced the way all three Galaxy S22 phones take images in low light.

However, at $1,200, it is one of Samsung’s most costly phones. The battery life, especially for such a high-priced phone, might be improved. However, for those who want one of the greatest cameras and largest screens available on a phone, we still suggest it.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
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Samsung’s $700 device The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, which was released in January, is essentially a slimmed-down version of the Galaxy S21. It boasts the same chipset as the Galaxy S21, as well as a larger screen and battery, but the telephoto lens is less crisp. On the front, there’s a 32-megapixel selfie camera that shoots more detailed photos than the 10-megapixel front camera on the Galaxy S22.

The gadget was released right before Samsung announced the Galaxy S22 series in February, which made for an awkward introduction. If you can’t decide between the two, the Galaxy S21 FE is the superior option if you want a larger screen and are willing to forego camera quality to save $100.

The Galaxy S22, on the other hand, features a newer CPU, a significantly improved camera that takes better photos in low light, and a more attractive appearance.

OnePlus 10 Pro

OnePlus 10 Pro

The OnePlus 10 Pro was announced in January, but it will not be available outside of China until March. Despite the fact that we haven’t tested it yet, the smartphone appears to be promising based on the information we’ve gathered regarding its camera, charging speed, and other features.

The OnePlus 10 Pro is powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 CPU and features a 6.7-inch OLED screen with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz and 80-watt wired charging, which should be substantially faster than the competition.

A triple-lens primary camera featuring a 48-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel telephoto camera, and a 50-megapixel main camera is also included with the phone. We’ll have to wait and see if it lives up to the anticipation once we get our hands on it.

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