Welcome to our recap of the top news articles of 2022. We will now be looking back on the most popular stories from the secod quarter of the year with each subsequent quarter getting its own story.
There was a heap of announcements in Q2. We got a pair of foldables – the vivo X Fold and the Huawei Mate Xs 2. We also got the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, which was 10% faster, and 30% more efficient than the SD 8 Gen 1.
The vivo X80 and X80 Pro arrived with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, and Dimensity 9000, respectively.
The Nothing phone (1) started leaking and Nothing started its very successful teaser campaign. Google also teased the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro, as well as the Pixel Watch, and Pixel Tablet, revealing their design. Google also launched the Pixel 6a for $449 – the phone would prove to be a big hit!
Apple announced the M2 chipset with an 18% faster processor and 35% faster graphics over the M1. The first laptop to get the new silicon was the MacBook Air M2, which also got a new thinner design with a bigger 13.6-inch Retina display with thin bezels.
Sony announced the WH-1000XM5 wireless noise-canceling headphones, the Xperia 10 IV with a bigger battery in a smaller body, and the Xperia 1 IV with a unique zoom camera.
Speaking of unique cameras, the ZTE Axon 40 Ultra debuted with a 35mm main camera, offering a tighter perspective that we just loved here at the office. It’s now an all-time favorite among us.
Other key announcements were the OnePlus 10R, the Poco F4 GT, the Poco M4 5, the REalme Narzo 50i Prime, the Infinix Note 12 VIP (which turned out to be more of a showcase for Infinix’s 120W charging tech), and the Realme 9.
Those are just some of the highlights of Q2, you can find the full list of top stories below.
There is also the Infinix Note 12 (G96), which is a refresh of the original Note 12 with a new chipset (you guessed it, it’s the Helio G96).
The X30 launched in China, the X9 in Malaysia, the Magic4 Lite is going to France. Also, the Honor Play 6T series will be unveiled tomorrow.
The 4G version of the Realme 9 has a better camera and build quality than the 5G model, arguably a better display too.
The X4 GT is the first Poco with a 144Hz display. The F4 is the first to have optical stabilization on its main camera.
And the 6.7″ 120 Hz AMOLED display, though it loses some goodies like OIS and an in-display fingerprint reader.
The vivo X Note has a 21:10 display with 120 Hz refresh rate on the front and a quad camera with ZEISS lenses on the back.
The Ultra uses two custom IMX787 sensors for the main and ultra wide cameras and a periscope for the telephoto module.
The outward design of the phone may look mostly the same, but Sony also upgraded the screen, speakers and the other cameras on the Mark 4.
Reno8 Pro and Pro+ get the same 50MP Sony IMX766 sensor and MariSilicon X NPU as on the Find X5 Pro.
Along with 50MP ultra wide, 8MP tele (3x) and 50MP selfie cameras. Also, charging speed increased to 100W and gets to 100% in half an hour.
Note that this is the 5G version with Snapdragon 865 and is available only on KT and LG Uplus in Korea for now.
This will be a major upgrade over the regular Note 12 that launched last week. It had a 50MP main camera and supported 33W charging.
And a dual 50MP camera on the back, similar to the one in the Edge 30 Pro. The phone costs about half as much as the Pro, however.
Demand for the S22 in South Korea has reportedly decreased after the throttling scandal. Carriers are increasing subsidies to increase demand.