A new year is almost upon us, and as much as the sun shines, it will bring us new smartphones. 2021 gifted us the iPhone 13 series, new Samsung Galaxies, the Google Pixel 6 duo, and even sneaked in a high-quality foldable from Oppo in the last minutes, even though only a tiny percentage of the human population could buy it.
Looking forward to 2022, we can’t wait to see what new magic the usual suspects bring. This article covers what we already know and wish for in the phones coming in 2022!
Apple iPhone SE 3
According to revered analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone SE 3 could launch next year, even before Apple’s usual period for releasing new iPhones. The budget iPhone model got a refresh last in 2020, exactly four years after it launched.
The new SE should get an upgrade that will add 5G connectivity and swap the A13 Bionic processor for the latest A15 powering the 2021 iPhones, according to information got by Nikkei Asian Review.
The phone is also rumored to get Face ID. As to whether it will get a design refresh, analysts don’t seem to agree, so don’t keep your hopes up.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung will still be in the business of making phones next year and will bless us with the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Fans mourned the loss of the Galaxy Note this year, with the South Korean company offering the S21 Ultra as a replacement. The replacement was not perfect, though, as the Ultra did not even have a hole for storing the S-Pen.
Hopefully, the Ultra will grow into a worthy successor to the Note next year, with leaks already showing an S-Pen slot on the Ultra S22. It also suggests the pen will come in the box.
Apple iPhone 14 Max
Of course, the iPhone 14 is coming next year, although it has been reported that it will not come in precisely the form of 2021. We have heard that Apple will introduce an even bigger version, called the iPhone 14 Max.
The Cupertino giant is expected to cancel the iPhone Mini and add another 6.7inch model, going by a report from Nikkei Asian Review.
While the iPhone Max will have a large screen, it is not necessarily getting the best specs because it is meant for people that just need a large screen. As such, it might not cost as much as the Pro Max.
Across the now thoroughly complicated iPhone lineup, Apple might finally say goodbye to the notch, a feature it made famous. In its place would be a hole punch cutout housing the selfie camera. So if the notch had always frustrated you, Kuo says you need to hang in only a few months.
OnePlus 10 Pro
Oppo is the king of offering high-specs at lower prices, drawing attention away from the flagships of other brands. The OnePlus 9 Pro impressed both fans and reviewers, and there is no reason to believe the 10 Pro will drop the ball.
Rumors have it that the 2022 version will come with camera upgrades, which might be the reason for the bigger camera bumps seen in leaks. They have an arrangement similar to what is on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra.
Other features include a 6.7 AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, 5,000 mAh battery, 128GB or 256GB storage options.
Zouton claims the phone will start selling in the first half of 2022.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
The S20 FE got a lot of things right, offering 5G, a great camera, and superb performance to price-conscious buyers. Samsung will launch the sequel in 2022, according to reports from the South Korean DDaily news website. It may have a 6.4-inch screen with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution.
The ‘Fan Edition’ might sport three cameras (32-megapixel, 12-megapixel, and 8-megapixel lenses) on the back and Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. Leaks by Evan Blass show renders that make them identical to the S21. It could cost between $600 and $700.