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In 2022, the smartphone market began to recover after a long stagnation caused by the pandemic. Manufacturers are actively releasing new products, delighting the consumer with top flagships and budget devices. Our today’s rating is formed by the best of the best new products in 2022 – the most productive and modern gadgets of such well-known brands as Samsung, Apple, Xiaomi and others.

The wide range of smartphones on the market makes it difficult to choose the best one. Photo: techadvisor.com

iPhone 14 Pro Max is the top smartphone of 2022 from Apple
Galaxy S22 Ultra is the most stuffed Android smartphone of 2022
Google Pixel 6a is the top camera phone in the budget line
OnePlus 10 Pro is a flagship with a recognizable design
Galaxy Z Fold 4 – a huge clamshell from Samsung
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is a new compact “frog”
ZenFone 8 is a compact flagship from ASUS
Xiaomi 12 Pro is the company’s top flagship
Huawei P50 Pocket Premium is a stylish clamshell that looks like
cigarette case
Honor X7 is a budget flagship
Results

iPhone 14 Pro Max is the top smartphone of 2022 from Apple

The novelty was presented on September 7, 2022. The main difference from its predecessor is the absence of the usual and boring wide bangs. Instead, it now has an oblong Dynamic Island cutout, which hides the face recognition sensors and the front camera. Another Apple innovation that fans of the brand have been waiting for is the customizable Always-On Display function.

The usual curtain was replaced with a neat Dynamic Island cutout. Photo: computerworld.com

The hardware has also been updated. The gadget is based on the new A16 Bionic processor. It also has an improved 48-megapixel camera built into it. In general, it shoots almost the same as the 12-megapixel camera in the iPhone 13 Pro, but in low light it produces better detail. There is a downside: night shots are sometimes too sharp and look unnatural.

Night portrait quality taken on 14 Pro Max and 13 Pro Max. Photo: YouTube, Techno Arena channel

There are questions about processor performance, as it is not much higher than the previous A15 Bionic (by 8% in GeekBench 5 tests and 4% in 3DMark). In fact, the iPhone 14 Pro Max has become a kind of remix of last year’s 13 Pro Max model. The smartphone has become a little better in all respects, although the gadgets of the previous generation are still relevant. For example, in terms of photo capabilities, they are superior to many competitors.


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Galaxy S22 Ultra is the most technologically advanced Android smartphone of 2022

The top version of the latest flagship Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra in design is almost an exact copy of the last year’s Note20 Ultra model. The top and bottom of the smartphone has straight edges, and the side ends are rounded. The phone has a large 6.8-inch display with a maximum frequency of 120 Hz.

From a technical point of view, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the most advanced Android flagship in the first half of this year. The smartphone was equipped with an Exynos 2200 processor with 5G support and moderate power consumption. The battery charge is enough for the whole day.

The quality of the cameras in the Galaxy S22 Ultra is excellent. The gadget has a 108-megapixel main sensor, a good 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens and two modules with 3x and 10x optical zoom of 10 megapixels each. The smartphone produces high-quality pictures in any conditions, and laser autofocus works instantly.

Comparison of pictures taken on the Galaxy S22 Ultra and iPhone 13 Pro Max. Photo: YouTube, Danny Winget channel

Another feature of the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the presence of a stylus that is inserted into the bottom end of the case. It allows you to create quick notes, control the camera and player, translate text on the screen and perform other actions.

Google Pixel 6a is the top camera phone in the budget line

Google released the Pixel 6a in 2022, which has become one of the top camera phones in its price segment – ​​it costs about 37,000 rubles. In Russia, the phone has been on sale since August 2022.

The smartphone has a 6.1-inch OLED display and a powerful Google Tensor processor that supports 5G. On board 128 GB of permanent and 6 GB of RAM.

The manufacturer installed a dual camera with a main sensor of 12.2 megapixels and a wide-angle of 12 megapixels. Implemented optical stabilization. The camera produces high-quality pictures in any conditions – during the day, at dusk, at night and even against the light.

Even at night, the smartphone allows you to create high-quality pictures. Photo: petapixel.com

With the release of the Google Pixel 6a smartphone, the company has managed to achieve the perfect balance of performance and price. In the mid-budget segment, it is difficult to find a gadget that can create better quality pictures.

OnePlus 10 Pro is a flagship with a recognizable design

The latest flagship of OnePlus, sold in Russia since the spring of 2022. In it, the manufacturer installed an AMOLED display with a diagonal of 6.7”, operating at a frequency of 120 Hz. The technical equipment is impressive: a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of permanent memory. In this configuration, OnePlus 10 Pro costs about 55,000 rubles, but there is also a simpler version – 8/128 GB for 47,000 rubles.

Comparison of photos taken on OnePlus 10 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro and Galaxy S22 Ultra. Photo: cnet.com

A feature of the smartphone that the manufacturer is proud of is the camera setup in conjunction with the Swedish company Hasselblad, which has been producing photographic equipment for more than 180 years. The main camera module of OnePlus 10 Pro has a resolution of 48 megapixels and is equipped with optical stabilization. It is complemented by an 8MP telephoto lens and a 50MP wide-angle lens. The resolution of the front camera is 32 megapixels.

Among the interesting features of the camera is the XPan mode. When it is activated, the aspect ratio changes to 65:24, and a couple of additional profiles are added: with the effect of film and b / w.

During the day, the OnePlus 10 Pro camera shoots well. At night, the quality is expected to decrease, but the result is still decent – the main thing is not to forget to switch to night mode.

Galaxy Z Fold 4 – a huge clamshell from Samsung

The fourth generation of the foldable smartphone has received a lot of improvements over its predecessor. When unfolded, the diagonal of the screen is a record 7.6”. The user of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 actually gets a mini-tablet on which it is convenient to watch movies, read books, view photos and play games.

Like its predecessor, the front camera is hidden under the screen. The top-end Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor and the Adreno 730 graphics core were built into the smartphone, which are complemented by 12 GB of RAM and a built-in storage of 256, 512 or 1024 GB.

When unfolded, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 looks like a small tablet. Photo: sammobile.com

The resolution of the main camera has been increased from 12 to 50 megapixels. Pictures from it are bright and clear – both during the day and at night. Even at night in conditions of poor visibility, the gadget does not fail. The Galaxy Z Fold can be considered the best folding smartphone to date, and its main drawback is the price – it costs about 120,000 rubles for the 12/256 GB version.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is a new compact “frog”

Galaxy Z Flip 4, compared with the previous generation, received a number of important changes. For example, using a small 1.9-inch external screen, sending template text messages became possible. The main display is 6.7” and is a modern 120Hz AMOLED display.

Galaxy Z Flip 4 can be used in a semi-unfolded state. Photo: androidcentral.com

The device runs on a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, has 8 GB of RAM and 128, 256 or 512 internal memory. The body is made of aluminum, and the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass Victus+. The fingerprint scanner is placed on the side.

Image quality is excellent in all conditions. The main unit includes two modules of 12 megapixels – one main with optical stabilization and the second wide-angle. As a photo and video smartphone is only slightly inferior to the flagship Galaxy S22.

ZenFone 8 is a compact flagship from ASUS

In 2022, ASUS released a flagship unlike its predecessors – a small but powerful ZenFone 8. The smartphone case has no sharp corners. The perimeter frame is aluminum and the back panel is glass.

Compact ZenFone 8 equipped with a 5.9-inch display with a frequency of 120 Hz. The flagship was equipped with a powerful Snapdragon 888 5G processor, and the amount of RAM depends on the version – 8 or 16 GB. The size of the built-in storage also varies – 128 or 256 GB.

The compact ZenFone 8 fits comfortably in even the smallest hand. Photo: pocket-lint.com

There are two modules in the main camera unit – the main one at 64 megapixels and the ultra-wide-angle one at 12 megapixels. There is also a 12MP front camera. The picture quality is acceptable. With good lighting, the smartphone takes excellent pictures, but at dusk and at night the situation worsens – the photos are blurry and with a lot of noise.

Do not forget that ZenFone 8 is not a camera phone. This is a quality compact smartphone with good performance and a good display, but for reasonable money – about 55,000 rubles.

Xiaomi 12 Pro is the company’s top flagship

This is the new flagship of the Chinese manufacturer, which is equipped with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, a 6.73” AMOLED display with a frequency of 120 Hz, a good camera and 12 GB of RAM.

In Xiaomi 12 Pro, three camera modules were installed on the back of the case – each with 50 megapixels. Daytime shots look great – all colors are natural and natural. With the onset of darkness, the sharpness and brightness of the photo decreases, but not critically.

The Chinese gadget falls short of the flagships of Apple and Samsung quite a bit, but the image quality is still decent. The newer iPhones and Galaxy S shoot almost perfectly in automatic mode, and Xiaomi sometimes misses. For example, portrait photos are sometimes given in yellowness.

An example of a portrait shot taken on Xiaomi 12 Pro. Photo: www.gsmarena.com

Compared to its predecessor, Xiaomi 12 Pro turned out to be more balanced in terms of price and quality. This is a real flagship with a high-quality AMOLED screen and a powerful processor, suitable for games, taking photos and other tasks.

Huawei P50 Pocket Premium is a stylish clamshell that looks like a cigarette case

In 2022, sales of Huawei P50 Pocket Premium, a smartphone with a flexible display, started in Russia. This is a clamshell with a powerful Snapdragon 888 processor, 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal memory. When unfolded, the display measures 6.9″. The body of the smartphone is made of metal and has transparent glass lining on both halves.

When the gadget is unfolded, it cannot be distinguished from ordinary smartphones. The edges of the case are rounded and they are slippery – because of this, the smartphone is uncomfortable to hold in your hand, it seems to slip out.

On the back of the case, under the round block with cameras, there is a mini OLED display with a diagonal of 1 “. It displays information about incoming calls and notifications. You can also use it to switch tracks in the player and use the camera. The fingerprint scanner is built into the power button on the side of the case.

Huawei P50 Pocket Premium looks like a cigarette case. Photo: techadvisor.com

Huawei P50 Pocket Premium has three cameras built into the round block:

  • the main one at 40 MP;
  • ultra wide-angle 13 MP;
  • ultraspectral at 32 megapixels.

The latter has UV illumination and is designed to photograph details that are invisible to the human eye. A fun technology allows you to highlight the teeth and even control the uniformity of the application of the cream on the face. An interesting feature, but almost useless in practice.

The main module creates good shots, the quality of which pleasantly surprises: accurate color reproduction, wide dynamic range, fast focusing and high detail. In the dark and in rooms with poor lighting, the situation worsens a little, but the quality is still on top.

Honor X7 is a budget flagship

Among fans of Honor gadgets, the X series is very popular – this is due to the successful combination of technical characteristics and affordable price. Honor X7 is a novelty of 2022, which was equipped with a HiSilicon Kirin 659 processor that is not the most powerful by modern standards. There is also only 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of permanent memory on board, but it is possible to install a microSD card.

The smartphone was equipped with a large 6.74 ”IPS screen with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. The main camera with a resolution of 48 megapixels in the daytime allows you to create good pictures, and in poor lighting the quality drops sharply – noise appears, detail deteriorates.

Honor X7 is only capable of high-quality shots in daylight. Photo: camerajabber.com

In addition to the main module, a 5 MP ultra-wide-angle and a 2 MP depth-of-field sensor were installed to blur the background in portrait shots.

Honor X7 is knocked out of our rating, but it got into it thanks to its low price in the region of 15,000 rubles. This is just a high-quality smartphone that can work on a single battery charge for up to two days. But do not expect high performance and high-quality images from it.

Results

Our top 10 includes a variety of smartphones, and it is impossible to single out the best among them. Some users want to have a gadget with the largest possible display – in this case, you should definitely buy the Galaxy Z Fold 4. If compactness is a priority, you should take a closer look at the ZenFone 8, and you can also buy a Galaxy Z Flip 4 mini clamshell or Huawei P50 Pocket Premium.

For users who are just looking for a good modern flagship, Xiaomi 12 Pro, Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra or iPhone 14 Pro Max will do. When the quality of the photo is in the first place, but you don’t want to overpay, the choice is obvious – this is the Google Pixel 6a for 37,000 rubles.

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