Year after year, smartphone companies keep coming up with exciting models to keep the momentum going. While 2020 was a dull year because of the pandemic, manufacturers picked up pace in 2021 and we witnessed the launch of some exciting smartphones like Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Review) and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 (Review), and many promising ones that did not make it to India such as Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
2022 is expected to keep the smartphone launch momentum going and Qualcomm’s recently announced Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoCs will play a big part. We are expecting fresh new designs from OnePlus, rumours about an iPhone model with a hole-punch camera from Apple, and an interesting foldable from Oppo, to name a few. While there are plenty of rumours already flying around, here are some of the upcoming phones we’re particularly excited about.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra (Review) and Galaxy Z Fold 3 embodied the spirit of a Galaxy Note device this year, as they both supported the S Pen and this will most likely continue with the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Samsung’s upcoming flagship has been getting the most attention in the rumour mill and could be the evolution of the Galaxy Note series, considering we’ve not seen a successor to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra yet.
The ‘Ultra’ is the most premium model available in Samsung’s Galaxy S21 series and the Galaxy S22 Ultra is expected to pack in the latest Snapdragon and Exynos hardware, some cool accessories and a new camera setup. There’s also a leaked video showing dummy units of the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus and the Galaxy S22 Ultra. The Galaxy S22 Ultra also appears to have a slot for an S Pen. Perhaps the most interesting rumour which recently landed is that India might finally get the Qualcomm Snapdragon variants of the Galaxy S22 models.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE was a great smartphone which offered features like an IP68 rating, a quality AMOLED display and good camera performance at the lower end of the premium segment. Samsung followed this up with a 5G model called the Galaxy S20 FE 5G and included a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, which turned out to be a very good all-rounder in our review. And now there’s news about its successor, tagged as the Galaxy S21 FE.
The phone in leaked renders appears similar to the Galaxy S21 series in terms of design but also takes some inspiration from the Galaxy A52s 5G’s (Review) camera module, with a finish that matches the back panel. Previous leaks have also revealed its expected US price tag and even a launch date. As per earlier rumours, we can expect the S21 FE to be announced in January 2022 in India, alongside the expected global launch.
Apple iPhone 14 Max
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