Phones for 2022 – The Flagships


The modern smartphone market is one of ingenuity, communication, and productivity, all of which are extraordinarily important in today’s business world. To help you stay apprised of the various developments in the smartphone market, we’ve put together a blog detailing the various flagship smartphone devices for early 2022.

Google Pixel 6 Pro

Google has always produced solid smartphones, but the Pixel 6 Pro is in a whole league of its own. It boasts a 6.7-inch LTPO AMOLED display and a polished aluminum body, and with its Tensor chip—a collaboration between Google and Samsung—software and hardware optimization is made much easier. It makes running the new Android 12 operating system a breeze.

It’s worth noting that Pixel phones are widely used by some of the best content creators, and with their impressive cameras and software optimization, it’s no surprise. The Pixel 6 Pro has three main cameras: a 50 MP wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization (OIS), a 48 MP telephoto lens with OIS, and a fixed 12 MP ultrawide angle lens. It also sports a 5,003 mAh battery with 84 hours of battery life, an under-display fingerprint sensor, and 23W fast charging. With three colors available (Cloudy White, Sorta Sunny, and Stormy Black) and a price tag of $899, you’ll be sure to find a Pixel 6 Pro that fits your needs.

Google Pixel 6 Pro

Body: Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass Victus front and back

Display: 6.71-inch LTPO AMOLED; 1,440 x 3,120 (~512 ppi); 120 Hz

OS: Android 12

Chipset: Google Tensor

Memory: 12 GB RAM; 128, 256, 512 GB of onboard storage

Expandable Memory: None

Cameras: Rear – 50 MP 25mm; 48MP 104mm telephoto with 4x optical zoom; 12 MP 17mm. Front – 11.1 MP 20mm

Sounds: Stereo speakers, no headphone jack

Battery (battery endurance rating): 5,003 mAh (84 hours)

Security: In-display fingerprint sensor

Miscellaneous: IP68 water and dust resistant

Other versions: Google Pixel 6

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

The iPhone 13 Pro Max is Apple’s next installment in the incredibly popular smartphone series. With a stainless steel frame and Gorilla Glass on the front and back, it’s a very sturdy device. Plus, it has an impressive 1,284 x 2,778 resolution, 6.7-inch Super Reina XDR OLED display, all powered by Apple’s proprietary 15 Bionic chipset. This device might only have 6GB of RAM, but Apple’s software optimization is so on-point that you certainly cannot tell.

The 13 Pro Max also comes equipped with three rear-facing cameras, including a 12MP wide-angle lens with sensor-shift (a technology used in many high-end cameras that stabilizes the sensor rather than the lens), a 12 MP 77 telephoto lens with traditional OIS, and a 12 MP ultra wide-angle lens. There is also a sensor shift technology and optimization for iOS 15.2, allowing for some impressive content creation. Some other features include a 4,352 mAh battery (about 121 hours of battery life) and 27W fast-charging capabilities. However, it does not have a fingerprint sensor like its contemporaries, opting instead for the Apple Face ID security software.

The iPhone 13 Pro Max also has IP68 protection from dust and water, making it quite durable and tidy. It is available in Graphite, Gold, SIlver, and Sierra Blue for $1,099 from the Apple store and most wireless carriers.

iPhone 13 Pro Max

Body: Stainless Steel frame, Gorilla Glass front and back

Display: 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED; 1,284 x 2,778 (~458 ppi); 120 Hz

OS: iOS 15.2

Chipset: A15 Bionic

Memory: 6 GB RAM; 128, 256, 512 GB, 1 TB of onboard storage

Expandable Memory: None

Cameras: Rear – 12 MP 26 mm; 12 MP 77mm telephoto with 3x optical zoom; 12 MP 13mm; Front – 12 MP 23 mm

Sounds: Stereo speakers, no headphone jack

Battery (battery endurance rating): 4,352 mAh (121 hours)

Security: Face ID

Miscellaneous: IP68 water dust resistant

Other versions: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 mini

Samsung Galaxy s21 Ultra

The Galaxy s21 Ultra is Samsung’s latest and greatest addition to the smartphone market. The display is a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a 1,440 x 3,200 resolution housed in an aluminum frame with Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back. It also runs with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip with either 12 GB or 16 GB of RAM, depending on the model. As for the operating system, it runs Android 11 with Samsung’s One UI 3.1, but there are rumors out there supposing that Samsung’s latest UI, One UI 4.0, will run on Android 12 soon enough.

The Galaxy s21 Ultra has four different camera experiences: a 108 MP wide-angle lens with OIS, a 10 MP telephoto lens with 10x optical zoom with OIS, another 10 MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and OIS, and a 12 MP ultrawide lens. The front-facing camera has an impressive 40 MP. As for security, the device includes an in-display fingerprint scanner. Furthermore, its battery is 5,000 mAh for up to 114 hours of life and 25W fast-charging. The device has additional features such as IP68 water and dust resistance, as well as s-pen capabilities. Available in a number of matte finishes: Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Titanium, Phantom Navy, and Phantom Brown, the Galaxy s21 Ultra starts at $1,199.99 and can be purchased from Samsung or at one of the major carriers.

Samsung Galaxy s21 Ultra 5G

Body:  Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass Victus front and back

Display: 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X; 1,440 x 3,200 (~515 ppi); 120 Hz

OS: Android 11; One UI 3.1

Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888

Memory: 12 or 16 GB of RAM; 256 or 512 GB of storage

Expandable Memory: No

Cameras: Rear – 108 MP 24mm; 10 MP 240mm periscope telephoto; 10 MP 72mm telephoto; 12 MP 13mm; Front – 40 MP 26mm

Sounds: Stereo speakers

Battery (battery endurance rating): 5,000 mAh (114 hours)

Security: In-display fingerprint sensor

Miscellaneous: IP68 water and dust resistant; s-pen compatible

Other versions: Samsung Galaxy s21, Samsung Galaxy s21+, Samsung Galaxy FE

These smartphones are expected to be the prominent choices in the United States’ smartphone market this year, but you should know that there are other options, too. The OnePlus 9 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, and Sony’s Xperia PRO-I are all strong contenders for best phone of the year.

Next week, we will cover some of the best value picks for your smartphone needs. If your company needs help with technology, reach out to Twintel at (888) 428-0599 or schedule a meeting today.

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