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Top stories of 2022: Q4

Welcome to our recap of the top news articles of 2022. We will now be looking back on the most popular stories from the fourth quarter of the year, having already covered the first nine months.

We’re now at Q4 of 2022 and the final major announcements of the year. By this time, the rumors of the Galaxy S23 series are pretty much a weekly occurrence and their credibility is getting higher and higher. We now know that Samsung will announce the Galaxy S23, S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra in early February, and most of their specs. The trio will be the first to not feature an Exynos chipset at all – only Snapdragon 8 Gen 2’s.

Speaking of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, it was announced in Q4, and the first phones with it premiered shortly after – the iQOO 11 and 11 Pro (we even got to review the 11).

The Oppo Find N2 made it just in time for 2022 (we got to review it too). It made improvements to the displays – the cover got bumped up to 120Hz, while both got slightly wider. The foldable’s body shed some of the weight, thanks to a new hinge. The only downside of the Find N2 is that it used the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 instead of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.

In this quarter Google announced the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro along with the new Pixel Watch. The new phones use the Tensor G2 chipset, and the cameras got updated – the Pixel 7 Pro got a new autofocusing ultrawide, and a new sensor behind the zoom camera, while the Pixel 7 got slightly smaller than the 6.

Finally, we closed the year with the Xiaomi 13 series announcement. The focal point of the China-only (for now) series is the Xiaomi 13 Pro, which has a 1-inch type main camera sensor, and a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. But outside of the main camera, the Xiaomi 13 Pro also got a 50MP 3x camera with a wide f/2.0 aperture, which might shake things up in the world of smartphone zoom cameras.

Well, that’s it for the major stories of 2022. Be sure to check in with us in 2023! Thanks for reading!

Hot take: Google Pixel 7, 7 Pro lack in innovation, Pixel Watch has big shoes to fill


Xiaomi 13 and 13 Pro announced with SD 8 Gen 2, new Leica cameras

The Xiaomi 13 Pro flaunts a ceramic design and new 1.0″ main sensor.


Xiaomi 13 renders reveal flat sides and display

Also features a familiar new camera redesign.


Oppo AirVOOC 50W Wireless Flash Charger test

How fast can an Oppo Find X5 Pro charge?


Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro review

Band 7 Pro comes with a few key upgrades over the regular Band 7 and a notable price increase.


Samsung Galaxy A54's design revealed through leaked images

It’s expected to go official in early 2023.


Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra details appear on TENAA, confirm major specs

The phone will be essentially the same size as its predecessor and will feature the overclocked version of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.


Samsung Galaxy S23 series dummies pictured

Design from previous leaks checks out.


Qualcomm confirms Samsung Galaxy S23 series will use only Snapdragon chipsets

Qualcomm execs confirmed all models in the Galaxy S23 series will use Snapdragon chipsets going forward.


Pixel 7 and 7 Pro unveiled with Tensor G2 and camera improvements

They look mostly the same, though there are some changes inside and out. Pre-orders start today with a free Pixel Watch or Pixel Buds Pro as a bonus.


Galaxy S23 Ultra camera samples appear, compared to S22 Ultra and Pixel 7 Pro

The Galaxy S23 Ultra will move past the 108MP resolution of its predecessors and will feature improved image processing.


Xiaomi 12T Pro arrives with 200MP camera and SD 8+ Gen 1, 12T gets a 108MP cam

And a Dimensity 8100-Ultra chipset. Other than that, the phones are similar with 5,000mAh batteries with support for 120W charging and 120Hz 12-bit AMOLED displays.


Xiaomi Smart Band 7 Pro unveiled, Redmi Pad debuts in Europe

The Smart Band 7 Pro comes with a built-in GNSS and offers up to 12 days of battery life.


Google Pixel Watch announced with 1.2

The watch has a stainless steel body with a domed GG5 glass and you can customize its look with various bands.


MediaTek announces Dimensity 1080 with bump in CPU and efficiency

The Dimensity 1080 also gets beefed up photography capabilities.


Apple's iPad 10th gen brings USB-C, A14, new design and price

The old entry-level iPad hangs around, keeping the entry price low.


Apple updates iPad Pro models with M2 processor and Apple Pencil hover

Also includes faster connectivity and new camera features.


OnePlus Nord N300 goes official with Dimensity 810 and 33W charging

The first OnePlus device with a MediaTek chipset in the US.


Huawei Pocket S is the cheapest foldable yet, comes with Snapdragon 778G

The device has a downgraded camera setup but retains the footprint.


MediaTek Dimensity 9200 is here - TSMC N4P node, Arm Cortex-X3 and ray tracing

The first Dimensity 9200-powered phones are expected to launch by end of 2022.


Realme 10 announced with Helio G99, 6.4

A lot of the specs sound like the Realme 9 – the display, the battery (with small improvements), but not everything is an upgrade compared to the previous model. 


Realme 10 5G brings Dimensity 700 and 50MP camera

The phone is already up for sale in China.


The vivo X90 Pro+ packs a 1

The cameras use Zeiss know-how throughout. Also, there is a roomy 6.78″ LTPO 4 display on the front, plus a fast-charging battery inside.


vivo X90 and X90 Pro announced with Dimensity 9200 and 120W charging

Both phones are already on pre-order in China.


Snapdragon 782G is here as a SD778G+ replacement

It brings a 5% CPU improvement and 10% better graphics performance over the Snapdragon 778G+.


Honor Magic Vs arrives with improved hinge, lighter body

The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset.


Tecno unveils Phantom X2 with Dimensity 9000, X2 Pro with retractable portrait lens

Both phones are nearly identical besides the rear cameras – both use the same chipset, same 6.8″ 120Hz display and 5,160mAh battery with 45W fast charging.


iQOO 11 and 11 Pro are official with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, UFS 4.0 storage, 200W charging

The iQOO 11 is going global, the iQOO 11 Pro is China-only for now.


Oppo Find N2 is thinner, lighter and with better screens, the Find N2 Flip is going global

Oppo learned from the Find N and improved its hinge design significantly to make the phones light, durable and to make the crease smaller.


Realme 10s unveiled: Dimensity 810, 50MP camera, and 5,000 mAh battery

It’s up for pre-orders in China.


nubia Z50 announced with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chip and 35mm main cam

The 35mm main cam features a Sony IMX 787 sensor which should be ideal for natural-looking bokeh shots.


Leica Leitz Phone 2 launches in Japan

It’s a rebadged Sharp Aquos R7.


Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra's first leaked camera sample shows great improvement over S22 Ultra

It’s just a crop from a full photo, but it shows a massive improvement in resolved detail.


Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 series debuts, Pro+ gets 200 MP camera

The Pro models are equipped with MediaTek’s new Dimensity 1080 chipset while the vanilla model gents Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 4 Gen 1.


Samsung Galaxy A54 is getting a 50MP main camera

The current Galaxy A53 is using a 64MP sensor.


Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 unveiled: faster, more efficient, with ray tracing and Wi-Fi 7

There are performance improvements on all fronts, but Qualcomm stayed focused on efficiency. There are also AI and modem improvements. 


Samsung Galaxy S23 is coming with a bigger battery, to keep the 6.1” screen

It will have a 3,900 mAh charge.


OnePlus Nord Watch is official with 1.78” OLED screen and up to 30 days of battery life

The wearable arrives in India, other markets remain to be announced.


vivo V21s arrives with Android 12 and waterdrop notch

This is the vivo V21 5G, simply named V21 in LTE-only markets.


Samsung details One UI 5 top features

One UI 5 is coming to users in the upcoming weeks.


Leaked Samsung Galaxy S23 specs speak of incremental upgrades over the S22

New design, new chipset, new battery, but that may be where the upgrades end. 


Xiaomi 13 series and MIUI 14 launching on December 1

Xiaomi is also gearing up to launch its Watch S2 smartwatch and Xiaomi Buds 4 TWS earphones as well as its first desktop computer and a projector.


Yaber Pico T1 projector review

A very slim Android TV pico projector.


The Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 Explorer sets a new benchmark for fast charging - 210W

Save for the faster charging and different battery capacity, the Explorer is identical to the Redmi Note 12 Pro+ (yes, including the 200MP camera).


Infinix Zero Ultra, Zero 20 go official

Zero Ultra brings a 200MP Samsung HP1 sensor and 180W charging while the Zero 20 boasts an industry-first 60MP slefie cam with OIS and autofocus.


Samsung Galaxy S23 with Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 tested by Geekbench

This is a preview of the performance we can expect from Qualcomm’s next flagship chip, which has an unusual CPU configuration.


Google reveals its upcoming Black Friday deals for Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel 6a

The price cuts are substantial.


MIUI 14 announced with improved system architecture and refined design

A lighter and visually refined rendition of MIUI.


Google shares gallery with Pixel 7 Pro 30x Super Res Zoom samples

The 30x zoom looks mighty impressive.


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