2022 has been a big year when it comes to smartphone innovation. In recent months, brands like Apple, Samsung, OnePlus, Oppo and Xiaomi have surprised the world with groundbreaking innovations in their flagship devices.
From smartphones that offered maximum photographic capabilities to those with superior gaming capabilities, the end user is spoiled for choice. When it comes to design, the year saw some of the most amazing designs that were not only cutting edge but also defied convention when it comes to mobile phones.
Here’s a look at the smartphones that turned heads with their top-of-the-line features in 2022.
iPhone 14 series
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Cupertino-based tech giant Apple unveiled its next-generation iPhones: the iPhone 14 series on September 7 at its highly anticipated ‘Far Out’ event. This time, Apple ditched the iPhone Mini that it released in 2020 as part of the iPhone 12 series. However, Apple added a new device, the 6.7-inch iPhone 14 Plus in its latest lineup. While the standard iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus retained the A15 Bionic chip, higher-end iPhone 14 Pro models are powered by Apple’s latest A16 Bionic chip. The new Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro models was one of the highlights of the Pro models this year. In addition, the iPhone 14 Pro models come with the first 48 MP camera, collision detection and emergency SOS via satellite.
OnePlus 10 Pro
Chinese smartphone brand OnePlus launched its flagship device, the OnePlus 10 Pro, in April this year. The latest device from the OnePlus stable comes with Hasselblad branding and the blazing-fast Snapdragon 8 Gen 1. The 5G-enabled device runs on Android 12 with ColorOS 12. Also, it packs a 5,000mAh battery with 80W fast charging support. On the camera front, the OnePlus 10 Pro comes with a triple rear camera module headed by a 48MP main camera, a 50MP ultra-wide lens, and an 8MP macro camera. The futuristically designed device also flaunts a 32MP selfie camera.
Samsung Galaxy S22 series
The premium Android smartphone brand, Samsung, made a splash in the international market with the launch of its flagship smartphone in the Samsung Galaxy S22 series. The lineup introduced in February this year includes the Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22 Plus, and Galaxy S22 Ultra. The S22 series is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 for the Indian market. Low-light photography is one of the key facets of the Galaxy S22 series. Samsung Galaxy S22 and S22 Plus come with a 50MP wide lens, a 12MP ultrawide lens, a 10MP telephoto lens on the rear panel, and a 10MP front camera. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra comes with a built-in S-pen. The top-end model comes with a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with a 120Hz display. The S22 Ultra features a 108MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and two 10MP telephoto sensors. Up front, the Ultra features a 40MP selfie camera.
Phone Nothing (1)
Carl Pei-led smartphone brand Nothing debuted in global markets with the launch of its first device, the Nothing Phone (1). The device with its unique design and Glyph interface LEDs became the talk of the town. The phone (1) comes with a 50 MP dual camera module on the rear and an OLED screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate. The device is made with a 100% recycled aluminum frame and about 50% recycled aluminum. its plastic components are made from recycled materials. The device is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G+ chipset and runs on Nothing OS. The 6.5-inch OLED screen supports HDR 10+ and has a 4,500mAh battery with 33W fast charging.
Vivo X80 Pro 5G
Chinese smartphone brand Vivo introduced its premium Android device, the Vivo X80 Pro 5G, in April this year. The device is equipped with the upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC which is paired with Vivo’s V+ 1 image slice. The device comes with a 6.78-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 2K resolution. The device packs a 4700mAh battery with an 80W charger and 50W wireless charging support. The device comes with impressive camera specifications with a 50MP+48MP+12MP+8MP module on the rear and a front facing camera. of 32MP.
Xiaomi 12 Pro
The Chinese smartphone manufacturer launched the Xiaomi 12 Pro in April. It features a 2K+ AMOLED display with a maximum brightness of 1,500 nits and a refresh rate of 120Hz. The smartphone that has been praised for its design also offers stellar photography capabilities. The Xiaomi 12 Pro comes with three 50 MP cameras on its rear panel and a 32 MP front camera. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and runs on MIUI 13 on top of Android 12. The 120W Hypercharge charger supporting a 4500mAh battery is among the highlights of this device. The Xiaomi 12 Pro also supports 50W wireless charging and 10W reverse charging.
Google Pixel 7 Pro
Google introduced its long-awaited Pixel 7 series seven back in October. The Pixel Pro has been one of the most anticipated flagship devices of the year. The premium device is powered by the 2nd generation Tensor G2 processor, a 4nm chipset with 2 cortices. The Pixel 7 Pro features a triple rear camera module with a 50MP primary camera, a 12MP secondary camera, and a 48MP telephoto lens. It comes with a 6.7-inch Quad-HD LTPO OLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Google claims that the device can offer up to 72 hours of battery life with Extreme Battery Saver mode turned on.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Z Flip 4
South Korean smartphone brand Samsung also made headlines in 2022 after launching its premium line of foldable devices. The brand launched the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4 worldwide in September. Both devices are powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset. The Z Flip 4 comes with a 1.9-inch AMOLED Cover Screen and a 6.7-inch FHD+ 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED display. It has 12MP main and ultra-wide cameras and is powered by a 3700mah battery with support for 25w charging. On the other hand, Galaxy Z Fold 4 sports a 7.6-inch main AMOLED screen and a 6.2-inch cover screen. The device is also compatible with S PEN. It comes with a triple rear camera module headed by a 50MP camera, a 12MP ultra-wide sensor, and a 10MP 3X telephoto lens. It also features a 10MP selfie shooter and a 4MP under-display camera.