Top stories of 2022: Q3

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.

Ok, on to Q4!

Apple iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max arrive with pill notch, Always-On Display, and new cameras

There’s a new chipset too, unlike the iPhone 14 and 14 Plus.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra brings 1-inch sensor, Leica optics and Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1

Along with a 6.73-inch E5 AMOLED display, 4,860mAh battery with 67W charging.

Nothing phone (1) is finally fully official

No more teasers, we now have all of the details.

Xiaomi 12S and 12S Pro debut: Leica cameras, Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset

The two models improve the camera hardware and software compared to the 12 and 12 Pro and bring a more efficient chipset.

Xiaomi 12 Pro gets a Dimensity 9000+ version

The chipset is new, but also the camera setup and battery.

Asus ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro debut with SD 8+ Gen 1 and up to 18GB RAM

The latest ROG Phone installments bring new chipsets, 165Hz screens and better cameras.

Xiaomi 12 Lite arrives with 108MP camera, 120Hz OLED display

The phone brings 67W fast charging and a 108MP main camera.

Realme GT2 Explorer Master arrives with Travel Trunk design, SD 8+ Gen 1

The phone offers some neat features like a dedicated GPU chip and LPDDR5x RAM.

iQOO 10 brings SD 8+ Gen 1 chip, iQOO 10 Pro adds 200W fast charging

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.

Redmi K50i 5G goes official with Dimensity 8100 and 144Hz LCD

It’s joined by the Redmi Buds 3 Lite.

Asus Zenfone 9 unveiled: still small, but faster, longer lasting and with a better 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.

iQOO 9T arrives with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 and V1+ chip

The phone also brings 120W fast charging and a big VC liquid cooling chamber.

OnePlus 10T debuts with Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, 150W charging

Not everyone will be able to charge at 150W, though.

Samsung Galaxy A23 5G unveiled with 6.6

Besides the chipset and connectivity, most of the specs are the same as the 4G Galaxy A23.

OnePlus Ace Pro announced, a OnePlus 10T for the Chinese market

Open sales in China start on August 15.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4 unveiled with better cameras, refined design

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.

Samsung Galaxy Buds2 Pro unveiled with 24-bit Hi-Fi sound and ANC

They are advertised to offer up to 29 hours of total playback.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 is here with redesigned hinge and larger battery

A flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and a main camera that captures brighter photos and videos.

Galaxy Watch5 and Watch5 Pro unveiled with sapphire crystals and bigger batteries

The Pro model has a titanium body, but all three get the premium sapphire crystal, which is more resistant to scratches. 

Motorola Razr 2022 arrives with flagship chipset, improved 6.7” foldable OLED

The new phone starts from CNY5,999 (less than $900) but is available only in China for now.

Motorola announces X30 Pro with 200MP camera and S30 Pro

Motorola X30 Pro is the first phone with a 200MP main camera.

Xiaomi Mix Fold 2 announced with sleek design and Leica optics

It also gets the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset and improvements across the board.

Redmi K50 Ultra with SD 8+ Gen 1 and Xiaomi Pad 5 Pro 12.4

The Redmi K50 Ultra boasts a rare 12-bit AMOLED panel and a 5,000mAh battery with fast 120W charging.

Sony Xperia 5 IV is official with bigger battery, wireless charging

The Xperia 5 IV doubles down on environmental impact by removing all accessories from the box.

Poco M5 arrives with Helio G99, M5s tags along

Both midrangers have a 5,000 mAh battery, competitive prices.

Huawei Mate 50 series debuts with SD 8+ Gen 1, variable aperture camera

And a notched display with advanced facial unlock.

Qualcomm announces the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 and Snapdragon 4 Gen 1

The Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 offers big jump in performance, photo and video capture and connectivity.

Huawei Mate 50E debuts with SD 778G chip and flagship cameras

It’s the lowest standing member of the new Mate 50 series.

Apple Watch Ultra debuts with 49mm case and bigger battery, Watch  Series 8 and new SE also official

The new watches bring a temperature sensor, crash detection, and low-power mode.

Apple iPhone 14 and 14 Plus unveiled: satellite messaging, eSIM only in the US, old A15 chipset

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.

Motorola Edge 30 Ultra is here: 200MP cam, SD 8+ Gen 1 chipset, 125W charging

The headline-grabbing 200MP sensor is optically stabilized and can do 16-in-1 binning.

Motorola Edge 30 Fusion arrives with 144Hz OLED display, Edge 30 Neo joins

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.

Asus ROG Phone 6D debuts with Dimensity 9000+, 6D Ultimate adds unique AeroActive Portal

The ROG Phone 6D Ultimate comes bundled with an AeroActive attachment.

vivo X Fold+ goes official with SD 8+ Gen 1, improved battery and new colorway

The larger battery capacity combined with the more efficient chip bring tangible improvements to endurance. 

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11R unveiled: Dimensity 700, 90Hz screen, and 5,000 mAh battery

It’s a rebranded Poco M4 5G.

Upcoming Oppo A17 leaks with renders and specs

The next budget device won’t be that different from the current A16.

Samsung Galaxy S23 and S23+ renders leak showing new design

The floodgates have officially opened.

Motorola reveals the price of the Moto Razr 2022 a day ahead of the launch

The Moto Razr 2022, X30 Pro and S30 Pro will be unveiled in China tomorrow and will go on sale later that same day.

HMD announces Nokia 2660 Flip, 5710 XpressAudio and 8210 4G feature phones

New minimalist takes on classic Nokia phones form the past.

Xiaomi 12S Ultra vs. Mi 11 Ultra shootout

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.

Ice Universe: the Galaxy S23 series will have basically the same dimensions, unchanged screen stats

Or in other words, the leakster is saying no QHD+ resolution for the Galaxy S23 and S23+. 

iPhone 14 could be delayed due to growing China-Taiwan tension

Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan is most likely the culprit.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 SE price confirmed

It’s identical to last year’s Redmi Note 10S but without a charger in the box.

Infinix Note 12 Pro 4G quietly goes official with store listing

This is the first device to come out with the MediaTek Helio G99 chipset.

Samsung Galaxy S8, now 5.5 years old, receives a new firmware update

The update improves GPS stability. This was unexpected since the S8 series received its supposedly final update a year ago.

Apple to release the iPhone 14 on September 7,  ads coming to Maps

In an attempt to boost iPhone sales for Q4 2022.

Google Pixel 6a in for review

We put Google’s 2022 Pixel through its paces to find out if it’s a worthy buy.

Poco F4 5G teardown ends with an average repairability score

The camera modules can easily be swapped but the charge port is cumbersome to get to.

Apple diversifies iPhone 14 suppliers ahead of the launch

The company has been diversifying its suppliers to avoid delays in launch.

Exclusive: First look at the Amazfit GTR 4 and GTS 4

Check out the successors to last year’s GTR 3 and GTS 3.

Leaked live iPhone 14 clip shows how the new dual notch will work

Apple might be bringing back the classic battery percentage as part of the new status bar.

Oppo F21s Pro series is coming soon with Microlens camera, design revealed

The F21s Pro’s 4G model will feature a 64MP primary camera.

Xiaomi 12T and 12T Pro specs and prices leak - slightly cheaper than the 12 series in Europe

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.

OxygenOS 13 brings new water-inspired look and Android 13

OxygenOS 13 will premiere on the OnePlus 10 Pro, then the new 10T.

Infinix Note 12 Pro 5G announced with Dimensity 810 and 108MP camera, Note 12 5G tags along

These are the first Note 12 series smartphones having 5G connectivity.

Apple iPhone 14 cases leak showing 2022 lineup sizes, Pro Max has a slightly larger camera island

The iPhone 14 ‘Plus’ is shown as well, sporting the same size as the Pro Max at a lower price.

The Nokia 110 (2022) is a cheap phone that does the basics, 8210 4G launches in India

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.

Redmi Note 11 Pro (2023) with Snapdragon 712 spotted at the Google Play Console

It looks just like the Redmi Note 10 Pro, except that one had the more powerful Snapdragon 732G chipset.

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra to look just like the S22 Ultra

If you go peeking really close, you will notice some minute differences, but otherwise they’re practically identical.

iPhone 14 Pro Max dummy shows the dual punch hole design on the front

A pill shaped opening will house the Face ID system, a round hole will hold the upgraded FaceTime camera.

Source link

Author: Rafael