2022 saw the launch of several hundreds of smartphones, some more successful than others. Now that we bid farewell to the year, it’s time to have a look back at some of the best models as measured by a very important metric – their popularity among you, our readers.
Here are the Top 20 phones that you searched for the most over the last 12 months. We included some phones that technically debuted in 2021, but it didn’t feel fair to exclude those that started shipping on December 31.
The Top 5 most popular phones in 2022
Like last year, Samsung Galaxy phones hold 9 positions in the Top 20. The clear leader (by a wide margin) is the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra 5G. However, the other two S22 members fell behind the Galaxy S21 FE, so Samsung may want to reconsider the fate of the Fan Edition series. Also, note that of the 9 Samsung phones there are 5 Galaxy A models and four from the S-series.
Xiaomi holds 6 spots in the chart – the Redmi Note 11 secured third place, just behind the Galaxy A53 5G. Its siblings, the Redmi Note 11 Pro 11 Pro 5G, while not as popular, are on the list as well. The Xiaomi 12 Pro and Xiaomi 12 (the December 31 phones we mentioned) were also some of 2022’s most popular phones, the 12S Ultra might have been too if it had launched earlier or became global.
Most popular phones of 2022: #6 through #10
The iPhone 14 Pro Max is the most popular Apple phone from this year, it’s not even close with the rest of the 14 series. The affordable iPhone SE is Apple’s second entry in the Top 20 chart, though it didn’t place as high as its predecessor did in 2020.
OnePlus is historically one of the more popular brands in our database so it’s no surprise that the OnePlus 10 Pro made the list. No Nord this year, however. Still, not a bad showing for a company that’s younger than most other brands on the list. Most, but not all – the Nothing Phone (1) is the brainchild of OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei and it managed to draw enough interest to place in the Top 10.
Most popular phones of 2022: #11 through #15
Google also gets some recognition this year, though not for the well-reviewed Pixel 7 series – it is the humble Pixel 6a that represents the Google phones this year (we hear there is a Pixel 7a coming soon).
Finally, a few noteworthy things. We don’t know how many Sony Xperia Pro-I units have been sold, but the phone lit up people’s imagination and almost cracked the Top 20.
Then there is the iPhone 14 Plus, the newcomer in the family after the departure of the mini. It ranked way lower than any other iPhone 14 series model (the 14 Pro isn’t far outside the Top 20).
Most popular phones of 2022: #16 through #20
Another thing of note is the lack of any foldables in the Top 20. In fact, the most popular foldable is the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold4, but that is outside even the Top 50. As you can tell from the number of affordable phones in the chart below, price is still a major factor and foldables aren’t ready for mass adoption. Maybe in 2023 – we’ll meet you here in 12 months to discuss.
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Oppo Reno8 T 4G Sunset Orange model poses for the camera, revealing key specs – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
Oppo will launch the Reno8 T 4G in the Philippines on February 8, and we already know what it looks like since Oppo has listed it on its online store. The company hasn’t divulged the Reno8 T 4G’s specs, but rumors claimed it will be powered by the Helio G99 SoC. We can confirm that Reno8 T 4G will have the Helio G99 chip at the helm, thanks to live images of the smartphone we received from an anonymous tipster.
We received three pictures, one of which shows us the “About device” screen of the Reno8 T 4G (CPH2481), displaying the smartphone’s specs: Helio G99 SoC, 6.43″ screen, and Android 13-based ColorOS 13. The smartphone has 8GB RAM (+8GB virtual RAM) and 256GB storage, but there could be more memory options that are yet to be officially confirmed.
The Oppo Reno8 T 4G will come with four cameras – a 32MP selfie camera inside the display’s punch hole and a 100MP primary camera on the rear joined by two 2MP units.
Another image shows us the screen refresh rate settings, which confirm the Reno8 T 4G will pack a 90Hz screen, and you’ll have the option to choose between 60Hz and 90Hz refresh rates. However, there is no Auto option on the Reno8 T 4G, which can automatically switch refresh rates depending on the apps and content displayed on the screen. This picture also shows the NFC icon in the status bar, meaning the Reno8 T 4G will have an NFC chip onboard.
The third photo shows us the Reno8 T 4G’s rear. We are looking at the Sunset Orange version with a leather design, but it’s unclear if this is the Fibreglass-Leather design we’ve previously seen on F21 Pro 4G or something different.
We know the Oppo Reno8 T 4G will also come in Midnight Black color with the Oppo Glow design, and it remains to be seen if there will be more color options or just these two.
There’s also a 5G variant of the Oppo Reno8 T, which packs a curved screen with a centered punch hole. It’s rumored to come with the Snapdragon 695 chip, and we are expecting it to be launched in the first or second week of February.
Oppo Reno8 T 5G
Thanks for the tip, anonymous tipster!
OnePlus 11R confirmed to have Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 at the helm – GSMArena.com news – GSMArena.com
OnePlus is having a big event on February 7, where it will launch the OnePlus 11 and Buds Pro 2 for the global markets in addition to unveiling new products. One of them is the OnePlus 11R which is officially confirmed to have the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 SoC at the helm.
— OnePlus India (@OnePlus_IN) January 27, 2023
OnePlus hasn’t divulged any other specs of the OnePlus 11R yet, but rumors claim the smartphone will come with up to 16GB RAM and 512GB storage, a 6.7″ 120Hz AMOLED screen, and 5,000 mAh battery with 100W wired charging.
The OnePlus 11R will have a 50MP primary camera on the rear and sport a 16MP camera on the front for selfies and video calls.
You can expect OnePlus to reveal a few more details about the OnePlus 11R in the days leading to the February 7 event.
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