Welcome to our recap of the top news articles of 2022. Having covered the first two quarters of the year it’s now time to go over the most interesting stories of Q3.
In Q3, we got probably the biggest smartphone announcements of the year, not counting the Galaxy S22 series. The months of July, August, and September saw the announcement of the iPhone 14 series, the new Galaxy Z series, the Nothing phone, the Xiaomi 12S series, the Asus Zenfone 9 and ROG Phone 6 and 6 Pro, among others.
Apple’s event was the most anticipated. The iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max brought the Dynamic Island replacement for the notch, as well as the first 48MP camera on an iPhone, and the A16 Bionic chip. The iPhone 14 and 14 Plus matched the Pros in size (this is the year Apple made a Plus instead of a mini), had the same autofocusing selfie camera, but kept the A15 Bionic chip.
Xiaomi once again made the world cast envious looks at Chinese customers with the 12S Ultra. The flagship brought a 1-inch type main camera sensor with Leica tuning, as well as a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip.
The Nothing phone (1) went official but there really wasn’t that much left to uncover – the months of heavy teasing had laid it all bare.
In mid-Q3, Samsung announced the Galaxy Z Fold4 and Z Flip4 alongside the new Galaxy Watch5 series, and the Galaxy Buds2 Pro.
The Galaxy Z Fold4 got a main and zoom camera upgrade, IP water and dust rating (the first on a foldable), as well as support for a special kind of S Pen with a retractable tip. The Galaxy Z Flip4 got a slight battery increase and a much-needed charging speed bump. It also got a new main camera and an IP rating.
Huawei and Sony held major announcements – the Mate 50 series and the Xperia 5 IV. Motorola unveiled the Razr 2022, taking the device back to flagship status with a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. Moto also announced the Edge 30 Ultra with a 200MP camera and the Edge 30 Fusion with a 50MP camera.
The earliest Galaxy S23 series rumors also got started in Q3. We learned that the series will comprise the same S23, S23+, and S23 Ultra, and carry mostly the same design.
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The two models improve the camera hardware and software compared to the 12 and 12 Pro and bring a more efficient chipset.
Both use the 8+ Gen 1 chip, in fact, in addition to the custom V1+ chip that helps with image processing from the GPU and the camera.
There is no larger Flip model, at least not this year. But for fans of small phones, this is one of the few Android flagship options.
The aspect ratios are now more manageable, but the phone itself is less bulky than its predecessor. It is powered by the SD 8+ Gen 1 and charging is faster.
The Pro model has a titanium body, but all three get the premium sapphire crystal, which is more resistant to scratches.
The Redmi K50 Ultra boasts a rare 12-bit AMOLED panel and a 5,000mAh battery with fast 120W charging.
That’s right, the new 6.7″ non-Pro model is called “Plus”. It and the 6.1″ model use the A15 chip from last year and have improved cameras on the front and back.
The Fusion is powered by the Snapdragon 888+, the Neo uses the more modest 695. The Fusion also has a better main camera with a 50MP 1/1.55″ sensor.
The larger battery capacity combined with the more efficient chip bring tangible improvements to endurance.
The Moto Razr 2022, X30 Pro and S30 Pro will be unveiled in China tomorrow and will go on sale later that same day.
A full review of the 12S Ultra is on the way, but we thought you would appreciate a quick look at the capabilities of the new Leica-branded camera.
The update improves GPS stability. This was unexpected since the S8 series received its supposedly final update a year ago.
The 12T Pro will be Xiaomi’s first 200MP phone and will use the SD 8+ Gen 1 chipset. The vanilla 12T will go for a MediaTek chip instead.
The Nokia 110 (2022) can play MP3s from a 32GB microSD, can receive FM radio, there is a camera and flashlight, it will even play a game of Snake.
It looks just like the Redmi Note 10 Pro, except that one had the more powerful Snapdragon 732G chipset.
If you go peeking really close, you will notice some minute differences, but otherwise they’re practically identical.