With multiple phones launched from smartphone giants, this is another great year to upgrade your smartphone models. Due to the global chip shortage, the prices of most smartphone models launched this year are high. Premium phones including iPhone 13 Pro Max and Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G now cost over $1,000. However, there are some budget-friendly models along with high-price feature-filled smartphones out in the market for 2022.
Have a look at the best smartphones of 2022.
Google Pixel 6
The Pixel 6 ( 5G Android Phone - Unlocked Smartphone with Wide and Ultrawide Lens - 128GB - Sorta Seafoam) features a 6.4-inch FHD+ display, 1080p resolution, and a 90 Hz refresh rate. The smartphone highlights a dual-camera setup featuring a 50MP main camera and a 12MP ultrawide lens. The camera is capable of recording 4K video at 30 and 60fps and 1080p video at 30, 60, 120, and 240fps. The 8 MP selfie camera features auto-HDR and 1080p video recording at 30fps.
Equipped with Android 12, the phone comes with Google's Tensor chipset based on a 5nm process. There are two versions available the 128GB 8GB RAM and the 256GB 8GB RAM version. This phone is the best in terms of camera quality, overall performance, and battery life. Also, the Pixel 6 is roughly $200 less than its rivals giving it great value for money.
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The Apple iPhone 13 features a 6.1-inch display with an XDR OLED panel. It has a peak brightness of 1200 nits and is fitted with a 60 Hz response rate. The device is fitted with dual 12MP sensors with one wide-angle lens and one ultra-wide lens. The selfie camera is an equal 12 MP as well.
iPhone 13 sports Apple's proprietary A15 Bionic chip with 4GB of RAM. Powered by iOS 15 software, the new software comes with improvements to FaceTime, a new Notification Summary and Focus feature. FaceTime upgrade includes support for a new feature that uses the phone's selfie camera to zoom in on the user and follow them around during calls. On the storage side, it features 512GB, 128GB, and 256GB configurations. The improvements in battery life, the faster A15 chip, and the camera updates make iPhone 13 a worthy buy.
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is Samsung's 2022 flagship smartphone. Styled after the ‘Galaxy Note series, this phone is famous for its included S-pen capability. The S22 features the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Exynos 2200, depending on the region of the user. It has 8/12GB RAM options and is based on Android 12.
It features a 6.8-inch display with dynamic AMOLED 2x technology, Quad HD Plus resolution, and a 120 Hz refresh rate. The adaptive refresh rate can go down up to 1 Hz making the phone more efficient. It sports a camera array comprising 108MP f/1.8 wide lens, 10MP f/2.4 3x telephoto lens, 10MP f/4.9 10x telephoto lens, and 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide lens. The 40MP f/2.2 selfie camera is on the front.
The excellent camera features, faster processor, and adaptive refresh rate makes the phone the best smartphone of 2022. However, do note that the S22 is expensive with the prices starting at $799.
Asus ROG Phone 5S
The ROG Phone 5S is one of the best gaming phones of 2022. Featuring a 6.78 inch AMOLED display, the resolution stands at 2448 x 1080 pixels. With a 144 Hz refresh rate and 24 ms touch latency, the phone is equipped to be fast and responsive.
It features triple rear cameras with 64MP f/1.8 main camera, 13MP f/2.4 wide lens, and 5MP f/2.0 macro lens. There is a 24MP front-facing camera. It can record at 8K/30fps or 4K/60fps. The gadget is powered by Snapdragon 888+ 5G platform and is available in four RAM options, 8GB/12GB/16GB/18GB, and three storage options, 128GB/256GB/512GB.
The graphics quality, battery life, camera quality, and touchscreen response are the reasons to pick this phone. However, note that the Asus ROG phone 5 offers the same specs at a lower price rate. The only notable difference is that the 5S features the Snapdragon 888+ 5G processor while the ROG Phone 5 houses Snapdragon 888 without the 5G capability.
There are other options like the Google Pixel 6 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S22 and you can even bet on the yet-to-be-released Lenovo Legion Duel 3. Since the smartphone prices are higher than ever, ensure that you carefully compare the features and prices of multiple models.