These smartphones are coming next year, and we’re already thrilled


We look forward to what Apple and Samsung have in store for 2022.

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We’re less than a month away from the New Year, and many of the smartphones who debuted this fall makes it easy CNET’s list of the best smartphones. 2021 brought the Google pixel 6 and Apple iphone 13 (here is how the four new iPhone models stack up), but we can’t wait to see what 2022 has in store for us in terms of smartphone launches.

There is already a lot to look forward to in 2022 – including new ones economic phones Samsung and Apple which could be launched in the first half of the year. A giant new version of the standard iPhone and a Samsung phone that might look like a true successor to the galaxy note phone would also be in preparation for later in the year.

Here is an overview of the smartphones we look forward to most of it in 2022 based on the rumors and reports that have surfaced so far.

Apple iPhone SE3


IPhone SE 2020

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Apple refreshed its iPhone at $ 400 for the first time in four years in 2020, but it looks like we won’t have to wait that long for the third-gen model. the iPhone SE3 could be launched in the first half of 2022, according to a note by analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that said MacRumors reported.

It should benefit from support for 5G and an increase in performance, thanks to the addition of Apple’s A15 Bionic chip, the same processor that powers the iPhone 13, according to Asian Nikkei Review. The current iPhone SE, by comparison, runs on Apple’s older A13 Bionic processor from the iPhone 11.

The next generation iPhone SE maybe also the first to get Face IDBloomberg’s Mark Gurman wrote in his Power On newsletter. The iPhone SE 2020 and the 2016 version both have Touch ID as they still have the physical home button. But there are conflicting reports as to whether the upcoming iPhone SE will get a facelift or keep its retro look. Kuo says he’ll likely have a similar design that’s the same size as the current model, according to MacRumors, while Chinese tech site MyDrivers suggests it looks more like iPhone XR.

The second generation iPhone SE stands out for its balance of excellent performance, affordability and portability. Based on the reports that have circulated so far, it looks like Apple is planning to expand on this by giving the iPhone SE more modern features while hopefully retaining the qualities that made it so appealing. in the first place.

Apple iPhone 14 Max


IPhone 13 Pro Max

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the iPhone 13 is only a few months old, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start talking iPhone 14. The biggest improvements we expect from next year’s flagship iPhone boil down to camera, design, and screen size options. But it’s the reported iPhone 14 Max that I’m most excited about, which is said to be a super-sized version of Apple’s standard next-gen iPhone.

Apple will give up iPhone mini and instead add another 6.7-inch iPhone to the mix next year, according to Asian Nikkei Review. This means that the IPhone 14 lineup may consist of two 6.1-inch models (iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro) and two 6.7-inch versions (iPhone 14 Max and iPhone 14 Pro Max).

Apples iPhone 14 Max will apparently be aimed at those who want a bigger screen but don’t necessarily care about the other upgrades that come with Apple’s Pro line, like a triple-lens camera and Lidar sensor. This could be a great choice for iPhone fans who have been expecting a gigantic display but don’t want to splurge on the $ 1,099. iPhone 13 Pro Max.

There would be other cool upgrades in store for the rest of the iPhone 14 lineup that might make it seem like it’s more of a jump than iPhone 13. The Pro and Pro Max versions of Apple’s iPhone 2022 may have a wide 48-megapixel rear camera, Kuo reports in a note reported by 9to5Mac. This is a notable leap from the iPhone 13 Pro 12 megapixel camera system.

In terms of design, 2022 could be the year Apple says goodbye to one of the iPhone’s most polarizing physical traits: the notch. Kuo also notes that the iPhone 14 line might have a cutout for the front camera, but only on the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models. This corresponds to a previous report from Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, who said Apple is working on a notch-free design for future iPhones.

The iPhone 14 line will likely launch in September, as is typically the case with major versions of Apple smartphones.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra


Galaxy S21 Ultra

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With its spacious screen and S-Pen holder, the Galaxy S21 Ultra it’s worth it alternative for Galaxy Note Fans. But at the same time, the S-Pen the experience felt a bit half-baked compared to the functionality of the Note. For one thing, the S21 Ultra doesn’t come with an S-Pen in the box, there’s no slot built into the phone to store it, and it lacks Bluetooth and gesture support. for the S-Pen.

But Samsung could address at least one of those concerns with the Galaxy S22 Ultra. A leak of Home page technology suggest it Galaxy S22 Ultra can come with a storage slot for the S-Pen, which makes it much easier to track Samsung’s stylus without losing it. A built-in slot also hints at the S-Pen may come in the box with the S22 instead of being sold separately as an optional accessory.

Otherwise, rumors suggest that the Galaxy S22 Ultra will have a camera system with continuous optical zoom, according to Ice Universe leaks. This would result in a sharper, uncropped zoom when switching between focal lengths.

All in all, the upgrades we’ve been waiting for could make the Galaxy S22 Ultra an even more compelling choice for galaxy note phone faithful, or for those looking for a super powerful camera phone. Samsung typically unveils its new Galaxy line in the January through March time window, so we probably won’t have to wait much longer to find out more.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE


Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

Samsung’s budget Galaxy S20 FE won a CNET Editors’ Choice award in 2020 for the incredible value it offered for the price. With 5G, great performance, and a multi-lens camera, this was a must-have budget option that paired perfectly with the top of the line. Galaxy S20 series.

Now Samsung plans to launch a sequel called the Galaxy S21 FE in January, according to the new Korean site Daily. However, if this report turns out to be true, the phone will only be available in Europe. It would be a loss for the United States, where Samsung is the second largest smartphone maker behind Apple.

Another aspect that interests me, however, is how Samsung plans to differentiate this year’s “Fan Edition” phone from other mid-range options like the $ 500 Galaxy A52 5G, which offers similar features. There’s a chance Samsung could price it somewhere between the $ 800 Galaxy S21 and $ 500 Galaxy A52 5G, maybe landing it in the $ 600 to $ 700 range. That might make it a good option for those who want a phone that feels a bit high end but isn’t as expensive as the S21 family.

As for what we can expect from the Galaxy S21 FE, Samsung’s next mid-range phone could have a 6.4-inch display with 2340 x 1080 resolution and three cameras that include 32-megapixel, 12-megapixel lenses. and 8 megapixels, according to specifications that appeared on the Chinese TENAA Certifications website, which MyFixGuide reported.

It can also be accompanied by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, according to a leak that surfaced on the Google Play console, which was also spotted by MyFixGuide. This could be a way for Samsung to distinguish the Galaxy S21 FE from the Galaxy A52 5G, which comes with a less powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G 5G chip. The Galaxy S21 FE is also expected to be similar in appearance to the Galaxy S21, as shown by the renderings released by prolific leaker. Evan blass.

OnePlus 10 Pro


The OnePlus 9 Pro

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OnePlus has made a name for itself by offering phones with hardware capabilities that could compete with Samsung at cheaper prices. More recently, its premium “Pro” line has gained notoriety, with CNET’s Andrew Hoyle calling it the OnePlus 9 Pro “the best phone OnePlus has ever made. “

If the rumors hold true, so do the OnePlus 10 Pro, which should come with some camera updates. High level leak rendering OnLeaks and offers site Zouton pretend to show a reimagined camera bump on the OnePlus 10 Pro. The camera system appears to include three lenses like the OnePlus 9 Pro, but with a new arrangement that is more like the four-lens camera setup on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Otherwise, the phone is expected to come with a 6.7-inch 1440-pixel AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, a 5,000mAh battery, and 128GB or 256GB of storage, according to Zouton, which also announces. that it will be launched in the first half of 2022..

It’s too early to know how important the OnePlus 10 Pro upgrade will be compared to its predecessor. But if camera upgrades are really planned for OnePlus’ next high-end phone, that might answer one of our only complaints. While the OnePlus 9 Pro’s camera is good, according to CNET’s Andrew Hoyle, there’s certainly room for improvement.

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