It certainly seems like we’re getting a new phone every other week, doesn’t it? With all the announcements of new phones, it can be hard to keep track of what’s coming out and when.
We have early spring releases or revamped last-season devices, and then we have the tech-infused autumn with the latest and greatest from all the leading smartphone manufacturers.
But, the latest and greatest sounds rather cheesy, and if you’re not a tech-head, that just seems like a bunch of baloney to you, doesn’t it? So, what does “latest and greatest mean in terms of smartphone tech?
Well, that’s a hard question to answer because the phone tech gets redesigned every year, and whenever a major company makes a breakthrough – it sets a trend every other company seems to follow.
So, what are the trends to follow in 2022? Let’s find out!
1. In-House Chipsets
One of the most common complaints about Android phones is that they’re lagging behind Apple’s iPhones in terms of speed and performance.
Whether that’s true is up for debate, but here’s the reasoning behind it.
Most Android phone makers use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets in their devices, while Apple designs its own processors. Apple’s current M1 chip has certainly raised the standards quite high.
However, this trend of “Apple is better than Android because of processors” could change in 2022 as more and more Android phone manufacturers begin designing and producing their own chipsets.
This trend started a while ago with Samsung’s Exynos and Huawei’s HiSilicon (Kirin processors), but the biggest thing of 2021 that will probably translate to 2022 is Google’s own Tensor chip now found in their Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro devices.
So, which company’s next to design their in-house chipset? We’ll find out soon enough.
2. Foldable And Bendable Screens
We’ve seen a few phones with foldable screens in the past year or so, and it’s safe to say that this trend is here to stay.
The biggest players in this game are Samsung with their Galaxy Fold and Flip series and Huawei with their Mate X line. And while these phones are still quite expensive (that’s putting it mildly), we’re bound to see more affordable options in the near future as the technology becomes more refined and mass-produced.
All in all, we’re definitely poised to see more flexible smartphones in 2022. But, what we’re even more excited about is taking a peek at the potentially ground-breaking crossbody phone case from keebos.com for these foldable, bendable phones.
3. Under-Display Front Cameras
We’ve seen a few phones with under-display front cameras in the past year or two, but the tech’s still not there. The images are a bit foggy and “washed-out” because the sensor’s under the display, shooting through “turned off” pixels – but we’re sure something new is cooking behind the scenes.
So far, we’ve seen this tech from companies like Oppo, Xiaomi, and Vivo, but it’s likely that more will join the race in 2022, so we’re keeping our eyes peeled for that.
4. 5G Connectivity And Ultra-Fast Network Speeds
This one’s a no-brainer – 5G support and blazing internet speeds are something that every leading smartphone manufacturer is going to include in their devices from now on. In fact, it’s already becoming the standard in 2022.
We’re seeing phones with 5G support from all the big players like Samsung, Huawei, Apple, OnePlus, and more. Not to mention, a plethora of 5G networks are being rolled out globally, so it’s only a matter of time before everyone’s on board.
5. Ultra-Fast Charging Or No-Charger
One of the most talked-about smartphone trends of 2021 is the extremely fast charging that some of the latest phones support. Some of the phones rolled out in 2022 are charging at 120W. That’s 15 minutes from 0 to 100! We’re witnessing blazing charge speeds, but instead of being excited – we’re scared. Well, we’re not, but some people are.
Namely, people worry about their batteries exploding, phones overheating, or batteries depleting faster over time. But, hear us out – neither of those concerns are legitimate. Enjoy charging your phone from 0 to 100 while you take a shower. You deserve it.
On the other hand, we have Apple and Samsung excluding the chargers from the box. Eco-conscious? Green initiative? What kind of lame excuse is that? Just admit you’re cutting costs and maximizing profits. Nobody’s buying your heartfelt “zero carbon emissions” bull-stuff.
So, on the one hand, we have manufacturers shipping literal bricks with their phones, and on the other – we have nothing but cables and paperwork. Which team you’re on?
6. Budget Phones & Mid-Range Devices Overtaking The Market
In recent years, we’ve seen a shift in the market, with mid-range priced devices slowly but surely overtaking the smartphone domain.
One of the main reasons for this is because major players have settled around the 1000-dollar mark for their entry-level flagship devices, and it seems like they don’t intend to budget from that mark. However, this stubbornness allowed the competitors to launch premium spec devices at around 500-600 bucks.
This has resulted in a lot of people opting for the latter, especially when you consider that there’s very little difference between the two in terms of performance. Just look at Pixel 6. It’s a $500 phone that can go toe-to-toe with devices double the price.
Or even better – look at Oppo and Poco. They’re doing incredible stuff at $300 or so.
So, the way we see it is – this trend is here to stay, and we’re bound to see even more competitive, mid-range priced devices over the next few months.
7. Biometric Security Features
Biometric security features are due for an upgrade, and we see it happening this year.
One of the reasons for this is that people are becoming more and more conscious about security, especially when it comes to their personal data. And, when people need something, phone manufacturers usually deliver.
Another reason is that biometric security features are becoming more and more accurate and convenient to use. With tech getting better, it’s becoming much easier to develop ultra-fast and ultra-safe fingerprint sensors and facial recognition software, so we’re pretty confident we’ll see something like that sometime soon.
There you have it – the top seven smartphone trends to jump on in 2022.
Although some of these trends may seem like a given – nothing’s for certain. We may be wrong about all of these. Well, apart from 5G. That thing’s pretty much locked.
Be that as it may, we truly believe these seven are the ones to watch out for. But, what do you think? Which one’s your favourite? Are you excited by any? Let us know!