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5 Exciting Phones to Watch This Year: iPhone 13, Galaxy S22, Pixel 6, and More

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Phone fans, start your engines. We’re looking forward to some exciting new reveals this fall from Apple, Samsung, Google, and more. Are we excited for the iPhone 13? You gamble. the Pixel 6New design and Tensor chip? Absolutely. And Samsung may have done it recently Unpacked their new foldable phones (the Galaxy Z Flip 3 other Z fold 3), but there might be a few more devices waiting behind the scenes to pay attention to, such as the rumored Galaxy S22 other Galaxy S21 FE.

Let’s take a moment to summarize some of the devices we’re keeping a particularly close eye on, including those with rumored camera updates, improvements to previous devices, and possible new ideas that could improve the way we use our phones in the future.

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Apple iPhone 13

Starting with Apple, we expect the iPhone 13 to make its big reveal in September, as it has been the traditional reveal month for the flagship line. As the iPhone 12 series, we expect several models in the line, including a Standard and Pro version, and hopefully also a more affordable iPhone 13 Mini.

We do not expect many major physical changes, beyond a new fancy golden color at sunsetBut we might see a shallow notch on the front, as well as a built-in Touch ID, which would be a great solution for unlocking the phone with a face mask. The current alternative requires also having an Apple Watch..


Apple could add a new “sunset gold” color to the iPhone 13 lineup.


Cameras are rumored to be getting a decent boost too, particularly with a better night mode on the wide-angle lens, and even a much better zoom system. That would be great, since even the iPhone 12 Pro Max The 2.5x zoom becomes negligible against the zooming abilities of the Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Video, always the highlight of the iPhone camera, could get improvements like Higher quality ProRes recording for video, that elegant background blur in portrait mode, and a new set of filters designed to enhance the appearance of colors. In fact, the camera updates are probably the biggest changes we see on the phone, which as a photographer I’m fine with.

Otherwise, the iPhone 13, along with many other phones released by Apple in recent years, will receive iOS 15 when its final edition is available without requiring the beta.


A purported rendering of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra shows the phone with a larger 200-megapixel camera unit.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S22 Series it is not expected until next year, historically around February or March. There are not many rumors about the next generation of the phone, and much of the general rumors from Samsung have focused on the newly confirmed one. Galaxy Z Fold 3 other Galaxy Z Flip 3 folding phones. But there are at least a few versions that claim to show big changes to Samsung’s high-end phone.

Like the iPhone, it looks like updates to the S22 could focus more on the camera, with teasing from Samsung’s own social accounts hinting at a massive 200-megapixel image sensor. That would be the largest resolution we’ve seen on a phone so far and will likely go a long way in improving the quality of those huge 30x and 100x zoom images you can take on your current one. Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Speaking of zoom, the S22 Ultra is also rumored to get continuous optical zoom, rather than static 3x or 10x optical zoom lenses to switch between them.

Beyond the camera, we’re not expecting any major design updates or feature changes. We’re confident that there will be a variety of phones in the Galaxy S22 lineup, but the Ultra model would be the main one to get the biggest camera upgrade.



Google Pixel 6

Of Google Pixel 6 The line had an early reveal this month, confirming an entirely new design showing a camera bar along the back. Breaking its tradition of making a base and XL model, the Pixel 6 will be joined by the Pixel 6 Pro, the latter with a telephoto lens.

The Pixel 6 has some major camera enhancements of its own, including a better image sensor that can capture 150% more light. More light often means better photos, especially in low-light situations. The Pro model is also confirmed to include a 4x optical zoom.

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But one of the biggest changes is that Google will use its own Tensor system on a custom chip, instead of using one from Qualcomm like it was on previous phones. Google presented a series of demos to members of the press to demonstrate Tensor’s prowess, including speech recognition, live translation, and photo enhancements. Those demos include the phone that uses live captioning and interpreter mode simultaneously to quickly transcribe a French presentation into English, and a photo demo that combines multiple photos to create a clearer image of a fast-moving subject (a little boy).

The Pixel 6 will also be among the first phones with the latest Android 12, which on Google phones will include the option to create a full interface theme based on the dominant colors of the image you choose for your wallpaper. That customization will be rolled out to a new design language in Android 12 that Google calls Material You.


A trailer that was accidentally posted on Samsung’s Instagram account potentially shows the upcoming S21 FE.


Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

While we are certainly looking towards next year’s Galaxy S22 lineup, there is likely yet one more addition to the Galaxy S21 line that we look forward to. We expect a sequel to the Galaxy S20 FE, the lowest priced “Fan Edition” phone that packed many of the best features of the Galaxy S20. That sequel, which we assume will be called the Galaxy S21 FE, could arrive this fall as a cheaper alternative to the high-end phones that are expected to hit the market at the same time.

The Galaxy S20 FE was so good last year that I called it the “mid-range phone to beat” and gave it a CNET Editors’ Choice Award.

Some leaked specs for the rumored sequel point towards a 6.4-inch display, a triple rear camera with an improved 32-megapixel main camera resolution, fast charging, and an in-display fingerprint scanner. There are no specific rumors about the price of the phone yet, but the Galaxy S20 FE came in at $ 699 in the US, $ 300 lower than the base Galaxy S20. This year’s Galaxy S21 had a lower starting price of $ 799, but we hope Samsung can find a way to cut at least $ 100 or so for the next fan edition.

Microsoft Surface Duo

The first-gen Surface Duo was interesting, but disappointing.

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Microsoft Surface Duo 2

Microsoft Surface Duo it’s a quirky dual-screen device that CNET’s Scott Stein found to be a bit unpredictable. Interesting hardware, but awkward software and a lack of apps that can take advantage of two displays means it didn’t take the mobile world by storm after its debut last year.

So what can we expect from its replacement? Supposedly Surface Duo 2 Leaks aim for a triple rear camera setup and more high-end internal specs, including 5G connectivity. Improved photography and data rates could make up for problems with the first edition of the dual-screen device, but Microsoft will also need to increase software support to better take advantage of the phone’s unique design.

Still, Microsoft’s Surface Duo offers a different idea in the growing folding phone space, following Samsung’s new Z Fold 3 and efforts by Motorola Razr Line. Hopefully in the coming months we can get an official view of where that line is heading.



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