While 2021’s new crop of phones is still fresh, some tech analysts are already getting excited about 2022’s lineup. Some reviewers felt like 2021 was full of minor upgrades and iterative improvements. Next year looks revolutionary, by contrast. What can we look forward to in the realm of smartphone tech for 2022?
Some users prefer enormous phones that straddle the line between handsets and tablets. The Galaxy Note is a prime example of this style, sporting compatibility with the proprietary S-Pen and a tablet-like design. Samsung fans who want something a bit smaller turn to the S21 Ultra. This “medium-large” design impressed some reviewers in 2021, but the first pass missed the mark in a few ways.
For one thing, the S21 doesn’t come with an S-Pen. It also has no slot to house the Pen when not in use, making it a somewhat compromised device. Recent reports indicate that next year’s S22 Ultra might remedy this by including a slot for the productivity-enabling Pen.
OnePlus doesn’t have the same brand-name recognition that Apple and Samsung enjoy, but the company makes some of the best smartphones on the market. Analysts expect next year’s OnePlus 10 Pro to bring a redesigned camera array and a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen to the table.
The redesigned camera would address most reviewers’ only complaint with the OnePlus 9 Pro. Users looking for a high-end smartphone that doesn’t break the bank should look into OnePlus in 2022.
Apple’s iPhone SE proves that good things come in small packages. Some users prefer a smaller profile and a lower price tag. The first two iPhone SE models were massive hits with reviewers and consumers alike. The $400 iPhone SE 2 is Apple’s most budget-friendly phone, making it a hit with smartphone shoppers who don’t want to shell out $1000 for a new handset.
Analysts expect the SE 3 to bring 5G compatibility to the smaller iPhone. It’ll also reportedly run on the same A15 Bionic chip that powers the iPhone 13. That’s a substantial upgrade from the SE 2, which runs on the aging A13 processor.
Some reviewers expect the SE 3 to include Apple’s Face ID unlocking technology. It’s unclear whether the SE 3 will boast a physical home button like its predecessors. It might get a redesign to bring it in line with the iPhone X’s full-screen style.