Best Smartphones – Mid 2022 Update

Xiaomi’s flagships are packed with powerful hardware, but you don’t need to pay flagship money when even the company’s mid-range and budget offerings pack enough high-end features to make them an amazing bargain. The Poco F3 is one of these models which, despite being over a year old, is still an attractive 5G phone for $300. Xiaomi recently released a high-end GT version of its successor, but the regular F4 is yet to be announced.

Powering the Poco F3 is Qualcomm’s SD 870 5G SoC, paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. These specs shine on a large and bright 120Hz 6.67-inch 1080p AMOLED display with Android 11-based MIUI inside a well-built, well-designed glass and plastic body. The Poco F3’s triple-camera array is big on the megapixel count, though expect to see decent results (and not much else) from its 48MP primary shooter.

It also comes with a chunky 4,520mAh battery with 33W fast charging support, so you’ll end up charging less. A microSD slot and 3.5mm jack are probably the only notable omissions, which can be found on all of our remaining budget selections. Still, there are other niceties to both of them, like stereo speakers, a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and an IR blaster.

For the price, the Poco F3 offers an excellent performance thanks to the material consumption, long battery life and solid build quality. Xiaomi’s highly customizable MIUI skin can be a bit quirky at times, but the company does offer good software support, which means you’ll receive either monthly or quarterly security patches for Android 13 and up to 2024.

oneplus nord ce 2 5g

OnePlus mid-rangers have become more exciting than the company’s flagships, as they align more with OnePlus’ core philosophy of giving the best bang for the buck. That’s why the Nord series has expanded rapidly over the years, with the Nord CE 2 5G being the best value OnePlus currently available.

The 2022 model is essentially an Oppo Reno 7 outfitted with a slightly different design and OnePlus branding, but don’t let that get you down. Beneath its sleek 7.8mm clean looking shell is a capable Dimensity 900 SoC along with 6GB of RAM that runs Oxygen OS 11 on a smooth and sharp 6.4-inch 90Hz AMOLED display. Although OnePlus’ iconic alert slider is absent, this model adds microSD expansion over the original Nord CE and retains the 3.5mm jack.

Nord’s triple-camera system performs admirably for a mid-ranger, especially thanks to the primary 64MP wide lens. While it matches the aforementioned Samsung rival in terms of battery capacity, the 4,500mAh unit in the Nord CE 2 supports reverse charging as well as very fast 65W SuperVOOC charging, generous enough for OnePlus to include an adapter in the box. Is.

OnePlus lags behind Samsung in terms of software and security support. 2022 Nord CE 2 is expected to get just two major OS updates (up to Android 13) along with three years of security support. Although another year will greatly increase its value proposition, the mid-range price point of this adept all-rounder will ultimately make it easy to upgrade when needed.

Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G

Phone buyers looking to get the best value out of their next purchase should consider the Galaxy A52s 5G. In some ways, this mid-ranger is even better than its successor, the A53 5G. Not only does the older A52 have nearly identical specs in terms of display, camera, and memory/storage, it powers these components with an improved Qualcomm chip instead of Samsung’s own Exynos SoC used in the new model, and it always has Includes a useful 3.5mm audio jack.

For just over $300, buyers get 5G connectivity, a sharp 6.5-inch 120Hz AMOLED display, 64MP triple-camera array, and 4GB/128GB of storage (base model) with microSD expansion.

The 4,500mAh battery will easily last a day of normal use, though it will take a few hours to charge with the provided 15W adapter. The phone also supports fast 25W wired charging, so users can fix the problem by getting a more powerful adapter.

Being an older model, the 2021 Galaxy A52s comes with Android 11 out of the box and will result in less software support down the line. Three more years of major OS updates means the phone will be eligible for Android 14, while you’ll receive monthly patches until 2025 for four years of security support.

Apple iPhone SE 2022

In many good and bad ways, the iPhone SE 2022 offers what no other phone on this list can. A really compact, yet powerful package with 5G connectivity (sub 6GHz) for $429 that not only easily beats out similarly priced competition, but will also give more expensive Android flagships a run for their money. On the other hand, you won’t find such a dated display and bezel-heavy design on a $400+ phone.

The iPhone SE 2022 uses the same A15 Bionic chip as the iPhone 13, which means blazing iOS performance and industry-leading software support. The single-lens 12MP camera with OIS, while not as versatile as dual- or triple-lens systems, is still a solid performer. What’s disappointing is that you’ll experience this hardware and all the other features on a 4.7-inch 750p 60Hz display. The inclusion of large bezels at the top and bottom doesn’t help either. Perhaps the only thing here for it is the return of the iconic Home button with Touch ID, which some Apple users still prefer (and remember) over Face ID.

Due to its smaller size, the iPhone SE 2022 also impresses in terms of battery life. Despite its efficient SoC and software, the 2,018mAh battery is almost half the capacity of mid-range Android rivals these days, so expect it to charge regularly throughout the night (more with 5G enabled).

If you really want a compact phone that will last you years, the iPhone SE 2022 with all its compromises is still the best bet. It’s also the most affordable way to experience iOS since it looks modern iPhone 12 Mini ($599) And 13 Mini ($699) They are very expensive for what they offer.

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