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The most anticipated new smartphones coming in 2022

Upcoming smartphone releases to keep on your watchlist

Like to follow every new smartphone launch like a hawk? Your diary will be busy in 2022: from affordable blowers to fresh flagships to folding phones, there’s no shortage of upcoming phones on the horizon.

While the silicon shortage isn’t totally solved, mobile makers do at least seem to have a handle on the chip sitch. Which is welcome news for smartphone fans: with production plans looking a little less wobbly, 2022 is shaping up as a bumper year for new handsets.

Keen to stay on top of what’s around the corner? We’ve rounded up the confirmed releases, probable launches and rumoured reveals down below, so you’ll know exactly which smartphones you can expect to see in 2022. And we’ll keep this list regularly updated with news of upcoming phones.

The biggest smartphones released so far in 2022

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

After the success of last year’s Galaxy S20 FE – or ‘Fan Edition’ – the follow-up model treads a finer line between affordable flagship and mid-range wingman to the full-fat Samsung Galaxy S21. Buy the S21 FE here

Samsung Galaxy S22 Series

Samsung’s latest line-up of flagship smartphones features three models. The S22 and S22 Plus follow closely in the footsteps of last year’s S21, while the top-end S22 Ultra takes up the phablet mantle from the now-defunct Note series – complete with S Pen support. Buy the S22/Plus here | Buy the S22 Ultra here

RealMe GT 2 Pro

RealMe’s latest release is gunning for the big-name blowers. The first handset to land in the UK with Qualcomm’s mighty Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 silicon inside, it’s set to be a proper powerhouse. Buy the RealMe GT 2 Pro here

Oppo Find X5 series

Oppo unveiled the Find X5 and Find X5 Pro in February. With a natty ceramic back and sizeable 6.7in AMOLED screen up front, the flagship Pro comes powered by the latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor. Dual Sony sensors and Hasselblad optimisation also mean it’s got no shortage of photography potential. Buy the Oppo Find X5 Pro here

Apple iPhone SE (2022)

Apple’s third-gen SE sticks firmly to the mould set by its predecessors: it’s an entry-level iPhone in a throwback shell, still styled like the iPhone 8. But it also adds a few key upgrades, including 5G connectivity, improved battery life and Apple’s A15 Bionic processor for rapid performance. Buy the Apple iPhone SE (2022) here

Xiaomi 12 series

Xiaomi’s first devices to ditch the ‘Mi’ branding, the 12 series launched globally in March. Flanked by the vanilla 12 and more affordable 12X, the 12 Pro leads the line-up: sharp design, premium build quality and a gorgeous display make it a true flagship, complete with three 50MP camera sensors. Buy the Xiaomi 12 here

OnePlus 10 Pro

True to specs revealed early in the year, the latest OnePlus flagship is a top-tier contender. With Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 silicon running the show, the 10 Pro uses Hasselblad imaging tricks to complement its sensor trio. The 5000mAh cell inside is sizeable, while 80W wired charging means rapid refuelling. Buy the OnePlus 10 Pro here

Sony Xperia 1 IV

Picking up from its predecessor, Sony’s fourth-gen Xperia 1 delivers a world-first optical zoom experience for smartphone photographers: instead of fixed telephoto focal lengths, its 12MP main camera can zoom continuously between 85 and 125mm. Buy the Sony Xperia 1 IV here

Sony Xperia 10 IV

Sony’s mobiles have never been heavyweights, but the Xperia 10 IV is a true 5G featherweight. In fact, at 161g, it’s the lightest 5G smartphone you can buy right now. Despite the diet, it still packs a sizeable 5000mAh cell, plus benefits from uprated cameras, an improved screen and a new CPU.

Huawei Mate Xs 2

Successor to last year’s Mate Xs, the Mate Xs 2 is an improvement in all the right places, with an uprated screen, sleeker design and added stylus support. It’s also one of the few to adopt an outward-folding design, with an upgraded hinge offering promising greater durability and no visible crease.

The best upcoming 2022 phones

Nothing Phone 1

There’s been much ado about Nothing over the last 12 months. Project of OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei, Nothing’s already made a splash with its Ear 1 wireless earbuds. Now, the tech upstart has officially announced that it will produce a long-rumoured smartphone.

Set to arrive this summer, we know that the handset will be powered by unidentified Qualcomm Snapdragon hardware. We also know that its OS will be based on Android, but overlayed with an interface called Nothing OS. Pei has made clear that he wants to produce an alternative to Apple’s integrated software/hardware ecosystem, and the Nothing phone looks likely to be the first time we see that attempt in action.

A barebones preview of the phone’s launcher has been released to certain Android phones. We also have a name – phone (1) – and confirmed network partners. O2 will stock the Nothing smartphone exclusively in the UK, with sales expected to start this summer.

Beyond that, concrete info about the Nothing smartphone is in pretty short supply. There’s little clarity as to the look of the incoming mobile – although Nothing’s known for bold, transparent design, so we’d expect to see that continue with the phone (1).

Google Pixel 6a

Upcoming smartphones 2022: Google Pixel 6a
Render source: OnLeaks / 91Mobiles

Google’s Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro handsets launched in October 2021, with top-notch internals, revamped designs and improved camera hardware which signalled a return for the Pixel family to flagship status.

As with the previous three Pixel generations, it’s widely believed that a mid-range version will launch in 2022. Leaks indicate that the cheaper Pixel 6a will still ship with Google’s own Tensor processor, plus a design similar to its premium siblings – including the distinctive rear camera bar.

The savings seem likely to come courtesy of impressive shooting skills, with some sources suggesting that the Pixel 6a will have camera kit equivalent to what was found on the Pixel 3.

Previous Pixel ‘a’ devices have generally broken cover in August, but recent intel suggests the 6a could be seen as early as May, at Google’s I/O event. As for pricing, a tag around the £350 / $450 mark would fit the established trend.

Huawei P60 Pro

Upcoming smartphones 2022: Huawei P60 Pro

Launched last year, the Huawei P50 Pro was a bit of an odd one. A photography powerhouse, it benefited from a quartet of capable cameras with plenty of megapixels between them – including a periscope lens which offered a stellar 200x digital zoom. Trouble was, ongoing trade restrictions meant the flagship took an age to make it out of China.

Will its successor fair any better? Only time will tell. The Huawei P60 Pro and Pro Plus are expected to arrive in the middle of 2022, with recent rumours indicating a September release date. Based on the evolution of previous Pro mobiles, the P60 Pro will probably pack some properly powerful camera kit, plus a sizeable full-screen experience.

But little is known about firm specs for the P60 Pro, let alone when – or if – it will ever make it to Blighty (or beyond).

OnePlus Nord 2T

OnePlus Nord 2T leaked renders

With a classy design, solid performance and vibrant primary camera, the OnePlus Nord 2 was one of our favourite mid-range Android mobiles last year. And if you’re looking for a more affordable flagship alternative in 2022, there’s good news: its successor is set to arrive this summer.

Unlike the pre-announced 10 Pro, OnePlus hasn’t officially confirmed the Nord 2T’s specs, look or release date. But if the previous two generations are anything to go by, we’d expect to see the Nord 2T hit shelves in June or July.

Radical upgrades are unlikely: leaks indicate that the Nord 2T will ship with the same 6.43in OLED display as its predecessor. Instead, we’d expect minor improvements, including slightly faster silicon and speedier charging. The jury’s out on whether we’ll also see camera enhancements or any design tweaks.

That same rumour also indicates that the OnePlus Nord 2T will stick with the 4500mAh battery capacity of the Nord 2 before it. Given that staying power was one of the few limitations we encountered with the Nord 2, here’s hoping OnePlus will implement some software tweaks to eke it out.

Google Pixel 7

Upcoming smartphones 2022: Google Pixel 7

Google’s Pixel 6 saw the search giant return to making genuine flagships, after its predecessor’s mid-tier detour. We don’t have any concrete info about its successor, but the Pixel 7 is likely to continue that trend. That means it should offer top-tier smartphone features, yet still undercut rivals from Apple and Samsung by a meaningful margin.

We know that it’s likely to arrive in September or October, which is when Google’s phones have traditionally broken cover. It’s also widely expected to ship with the second generation of Google’s Tensor chip, which got its first outing with the Pixel 6.

Beyond that, it’s pretty much all to play for. We’d be surprised to see a major design overhaul, given that the Pixel 6 was a step-change from the Pixel 5 before it – and certain sources suggest that camera hardware could remain the same. That said, some internet murmurings have mooted whether Google might merge the standard and Pro models to offer just a single version of the Pixel 7, which could mean more significant internal changes.

Motorola Frontier

Upcoming smartphones 2022: Motorola Frontier
Render source: EV Leaks

Motorola’s recent mobiles have offered high-end specs for mid-range money. Its next handset looks set to take that a step further: early leaks show the Frontier – rumoured to be arriving this summer – equipped with a huge camera housing, home to what’s alleged to be a whopping 194MP main sensor. Those same sources indicate that it’ll be flanked by 50MP ultrawide and 12MP telephoto cameras.

Other specs are no less impressive, if the rumours turn out to be true. They point towards a 6.7in OLED panel up front, a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 Plus chip inside, as well as 125W fast charging and support for 5G connectivity.

Latest intel indicates that a July launch is possible, but there’s no word yet on pricing. Motorola’s recent devices have tended towards the mid-range, but if the cost hike from the Edge 20 Pro to the new Edge 30 Pro is anything to go by, the Frontier could have a price tag to match its massive megapixel count.

Google Pixel Fold

Upcoming smartphones 2022: Google Pixel Fold
Render source: MacRumours

What about the elusive Pixel Fold? Depending on who you ask, you’ll hear a whole range of answers. Some thought the Pixel 6 would be bendable. Others predicted a separate Pixel Fold device would launch by the end of 2021. Now, the latest info indicates that Google won’t launch the Fold at all – at least, not in its current form.

Does that mean we won’t see a folding Pixel phone in 2022? Not necessarily. More likely, it means that Google has canned its first attempt at a foldable, in order to focus on a fresh handset for release later in the year. That would certainly fit with industry intel that claims Google won’t launch a foldable in the first half of 2022.

What will the spec sheet of Google’s foldable have in store? That’s even less certain – although if it follows the mould set by the Pixel 6, you can expect a neat, premium design with a vanilla Android interface that’s optimised for a folding setup.

Nokia 10/X60

Upcoming smartphones 2022: Nokia 10

Rumours about a Nokia 9 PureView replacement have been circulating roughly since that device launched at MWC back in 2019. Despite the long wait, there’s still little certainty about if, when or how the multi-lens mobile might be succeeded.

Nokia 9.3, 10, X50, X60…various names have been suggested for the elusive device. One thing that’s clear is that the new handset would be a flagship to set a fresh bar for Nokia, likely to pack all kinds of clever camera tech.

Some sources suggest its delay is due to difficulties sourcing a suitable processor. Whether Nokia has now solved that possible problem isn’t clear. Nor is how much the long-awaited device might cost. Smartphone pricing has escalated significantly since its predecessor launched at £549 / $699. As you can tell, this isn’t one to bet on – but we’re still hoping to see a new Nokia 10 in 2022.

Xiaomi 12 Ultra

Render source: Let’s Go Digital / Technizo Concept

Xiaomi’s twin-screen 11 Ultra launched last year with enough megapixels between its three rear cameras to satisfy a battalion of smartphone photographers. And its successor looks set to raise the photography bar even further.

Rumoured for a May release in China, with a global rollout expected to follow later in the year, certain sources indicate that the Xiaomi 12 Ultra could ship with Leica camera hardware. Other intel points towards a larger 50MP 1/1.1in – or even full 1in – Sony sensor for the main camera, which would give the 12 Ultra some serious low-light chops. The ultra wide and telephoto lenses look likely to remain unchanged.

Whether the secondary rear display will still occupy a spot in the camera bump isn’t certain. Online chatter also talks of a 120Hz OLED display, 120W fast-charging and the incoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ silicon inside. We’d be keen to see software gimmicks trimmed back, processor heat better handled and a fair few pounds shaved off the price tag.

Asus ROG Phone 6

Upcoming smartphones 2022: Asus Rog Phone 6

A beefcake of a blower, the Asus ROG Phone 5 (and its 5s Pro follow-up) was our favourite gaming phone of 2021. With impeccable performance, a gorgeous display and no shortage of gaming-focused features, it ticked all the boxes for playing on the go.

Firm word about the ROG Phone 6 is thin on the ground, but there’s every reason to suspect that Asus is working on a follow-up. And like every ROG upgrade before it, you can be it’ll deliver faster performance, slicker tricks and an even more delicious screen.

Assuming Asus is indeed developing a ROG Phone 6, when can you expect to see it? Apart from the ROG Phone 5, all other ROG Phones have launched in autumn. We’d tentatively expect the ROG Phone 6 to continue that trend, so keep your eyes peeled around August 2022.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 & Z Flip 4

Upcoming smartphones 2022: Samsung Z Fold 4

An early and eager advocate for foldable phones, Samsung shows no sign of staying flat in 2022. Having launched the hugely expensive Z Fold 3 and funkier, marginally more affordable Z Flip 3 in 2021, there’s every chance we’ll see successors to both devices arrive this year.

There’s little concrete intel circulating about the specs or design of either smartphone, but we’d hope to see Samsung focus its efforts on reducing the visible crease that currently plagues the centre of its foldable devices. Improved cameras would also be nice, as would somewhere to stash the S Pen on the Z Fold 4. What we’d like most? A lower price tag, at least for the Flip.

If we do see two new folding Z phones from Samsung, we’d hazard a guess that autumn 2022 would be the most likely launch window, given that previous Galaxy Fold devices have launched in August or September.

Apple iPhone 14

Upcoming smartphones 2022: Apple iPhone 14
Render source: Jon Prosser / Front Page Tech

Like clockwork, Apple is expected to unwrap a fresh batch of iPhones in 2022. And like both the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 before it, the iPhone 14 family is likely to include a standard, a Mini, a Pro and a Pro Max model.

Traditionally, Apple only gives its flagship iPhones a major upgrade every other year. That trend was continued with the iPhone 13, which retained broadly identical dimensions and designs from the iPhone 12, while also tweaking the camera hardware and performance.

So we’d expect significant shooting and performance upgrades with the iPhone 14. But could we also see a substantial design overhaul? Besides a shift to flat-panel aluminium edges for the iPhone 12, Apple hasn’t strayed too far from the design language established with the iPhone X. At the very least, we’d hope for the long-overdue removal of the selfie camera notch – while some early leaks indicate that Apple might also flatten the rear camera bump.

When will the iPhone 14 (and its siblings) break cover? Apart from 2020, when its schedule was disrupted by the global pandemic, Apple routinely launches its latest flagships in September – which is exactly when we’d expect to see the iPhone 14.

Our 2022 phone reviews so far

Looking for a smartphone you can buy right now? Here’s an overview of every phone we’ve already reviewed in 2022. Click the link to read each review in full.

  • Sony Xperia Pro-I: an impressive camera phone that’s made niche by its high price.
  • Huawei P50 Pro: despite a great camera and sleek design, no Google and no 5G make this one a tough sell.
  • Samsung Galaxy S21 FE: a more affordable Galaxy mobile which doesn’t scrimp on camera specs.
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Plus: a reliably good phone, with a great screen, premium design and nippy internals.
  • Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra: not cheap, but easily the most fully-featured smartphone you can buy.
  • Xiaomi 12 Pro: a refreshingly gimmick-free flagship, although performance hiccups hold it back
  • Vivo V21 5G: a decent mid-range phone with a turbocharged selfie camera.
  • Redmi Note 11: a capable handset at a decent price, let down at times by sluggish performance.
  • Realme 9 Pro Plus: there are better mid-range all-rounders, but few with the same flagship camera specs.
  • Oppo Find N: a responsive flagship that shows folding phones can be pocketable.
  • Realme GT 2 Pro: a winning package of flagship specs and impressive value.
  • Oppo Find X5 Pro: a slick design, punchy screen, formidable camera and power in spades…this is one of the best smartphones we’ve used to date.
  • Poco F4 GT: a gamer-friendly phone with a low profile and a fair price tag.
  • Poco X4 Pro 5G: a well-rounded package with solid battery life and a stellar screen.

Last year’s biggest phone reviews

Wondering how this year’s smartphones compare to what came before? Below is a round up of our biggest smartphone reviews from 2021. Click the link to read each review in full.

Apple iPhone 13 Mini: Outwardly similar to the iPhone 12 Mini, this upgrade meaningfully improves the camera and battery life of Apple’s most pocketable iPhone.

Apple iPhone 13: No poor relation to the Pro, there’s so much to love about 2021’s mainstream iPhone.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro: Apple’s most accomplished phone in 2021, with a beefy A15 Bionic chip, a battery to last at least a full day and the best camera system on any smartphone.

Apple iPhone Pro Max: Camera and battery improvements alone make the iPhone 13 Pro Max a significant upgrade for fans of the biggest iPhone.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Too pricey for most of us, but good enough to turn hardened folding phone sceptics into firm believers.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: The world’s most affordable folding phone is beautifully made, delightfully quirky and a lot of fun to use.

Google Pixel 6 Pro: Ambitious, uncompromising and with incredible photographic ability, the Pixel 6 Pro is the best Google phone yet.

Redmi Note 10 Pro: Budget smartphones don’t get better than this. Provided you can live with a few interface gremlins, this is a 108MP value bonanza.

Motorola Edge 20 Pro: Want high-end specs for half the cash? This is one of the most affordable ways to get 5x zoom on a smartphone.

Xiaomi 11T Pro: A mid-tier marvel that puts pricier phones on notice with its rapid charging, smooth performance and capable camera.

Sony Xperia 5 III: Not much of an improvement over last year’s model, but still a feature-packed media machine.

Oppo Find X3 Pro: Not the biggest brand, but this is a fantastic flagship with killer specs and a cool microlens perk.

ASUS ROG Phone 5: Do you need a gaming phone? Probably not, but if so, this is the best one you’ll find right now.

Sony Xperia 1 III: This top-end stunner might not be for novices, but it really is brilliant.

OnePlus Nord 2: Another flagship killer from OnePlus, with a nice build, excellent main camera and powerful performance – as long as you don’t need two-day battery life.

OnePlus 9: Camera upgrades balance out a design downgrade, but still a phone that’s easy to recommend to most.

Motorola Moto G50: A totally solid £200 5G phone for those on a budget.

Huawei Mate X2: An awesome foldable device, albeit one held back by the lack of Google services.

Nokia G50: A big screen and 5G support make the G50 an ideal phone for stream fiends trying not to break the bank.