In the smartphone market, between November and January is usually the peak sales season. Thus, many brands prefer to release their smartphones either just before the peak sales season like Apple or just after the peak sales season like the Samsung Galaxy S series. As the Chinese Spring Festival approaches, major smartphone brands are also preparing for a new wave of mobile phones in 2022.
From the speculations so far, five or six smartphones with the new Snapdragon 8 Gen1 will launch in February. We have the likes of the Redmi K50 series, Samsung Galaxy S22 series, etc. Of course, several brands will use the new flagship processor for their gaming smartphones. Redmi K50 e-sport version, Nubia Red Magic 7 series, Lenovo Legion Y90 gaming phone will all use this chip
Now, let us take a look at the top 7 smartphones that we expect to launch next month
1. Samsung Galaxy S22 series
As a major mobile phone manufacturer, Samsung Galaxy S22 series have been exposed for many months. It’s a norm for the full specs of the Galaxy S series to hit the web before its launch. This time is not any different.
The screen sizes of the three (Galaxy S22, S22+, and S22 Ultra) models are 6.06, 6.55, and 6.81 inches respectively, and the highest is equipped with a QHD+ high-definition screen. The Ultra version will be equipped with a 1/1.33-inch 108-megapixel HM3 improved main camera, f1.8, FOV 85. There is also a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens + two 1-megapixel telephoto lenses. This smartphone will also come with a built-in 5000 mAh battery that supports 15W fast charge.
Samsung has just announced the new Exynos 2200 mobile platform recently, but it is reported that only the European version is equipped with this chip. The U.S. and Chinese markets will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 SoC as usual. This series will be official on February 9 and its starting price may be 4999 yuan ($789).
2. Redmi K50 series
The Redmi K50 series is a very diverse series that will have four models all with different processors. This series will have the Redmi K50, K50 Pro, K50 Pro+ and K50 gaming edition. These models will use the Snapdragon 870, Dimensity 8000, Dimensity 9000, and Snapdragon 8 Gen1 chips respectively.
Just like the flagship Xiaomi 12 series, the Redmi K50 series will also support 120W fast charging. However, not all models will have this feature. Nevertheless, the Redmi K series is mainly cost-effective and its starting price will be around 1999 yuan ($315).
From the information so far, the Redmi K50 gaming edition will arrive first. In addition to the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 SoC, this smartphone will also use a 6.67-inch center punch-hole screen.
The dimension is 162 x 76.8 x 8.5 mm and it weighs 210g. In terms of appearance, it will be the same as the Redmi K40 gaming edition. However, this smartphone will come with a built-in 4700 mAh battery that supports a 120W fast charge. This device will also have the JBL dual speakers, a new generation AAC 1016 ultra-wideband X-axis motor, as well as shoulder keys. It will be the most expensive model in the series and its price should exceed 3000 yuan ($473).
All the smartphones in this series will use a side fingerprint sensor as well as up to 12GB of RAM. The Redmi K50 score on GeekBench is 963 (single-core score) and 3123 (multi-core score).
3. Realme GT Neo3
From the speculations so far, the Redmi GT Neo3 with Dimensity 8000 SoC will be official next month. This smartphone comes with a 6.5-inch FHD+ screen that supports a 120Hz refresh rate. In the camera department, this smartphone comes with a 64MP main camera as well as two 2MP cameras to make up its triple rear camera setup. The price may be less than 2,000 yuan ($316), which is very cost-effective.
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The previous Realme GT Neo was the first to launch the Dimensity 1200 mobile platform. The Realme GT Neo2T is also the world’s first Dimensity 1200 AI smartphone. According to the usual practice, there is a high possibility that the GT Neo3 will be the first smartphone to use the Dimensity 8000.
4. Vivo NEX5 & Vivo Pad – the return of technological innovation
Vivo NEX5 has been officially confirmed and this smartphone will be official in February. In addition to the confirmed Snapdragon 8 Gen1 SoC, this smartphone adopts a 2K E5 screen with a punch-hole of about 7 inches. Furthermore, this flagship smartphone will come with a built-in 5000 mAh dual-cell battery that supports an 80W fast charge.
At the same time, there is also a tablet product, Vivo Pad, which has a built-in 7860 mAh battery that supports a 44W fast charge. This tablet will probably debut in the same event as the Vivo NEX5. This tablet comes with the Snapdragon 870 which has a good reputation.
5. ZTE Z40 series & Nubia Red Magic 7 series – a new generation of Snapdragon 8 Gen1 phones
On January 20, ZTE officially announced that it will release two flagships on the same day. These smartphones are the Nubia Red Magic 7 series and ZTE Z40 series. Both smartphones will use the new Snapdragon 8 Gen1 processor. The Red Magic 7 will come with a 6.8-inch 2400 x 1080 resolution OLED screen, a front 8-megapixel lens, a rear 64-megapixel triple camera, and support 165W fast charging.
The Nubia Z40 series focuses on super image strength. It claims to be “the first customized optics in the mobile phone industry”. It adopts the industry’s only 35mm main camera, and the world’s first joint customized Sony IMX787. In addition, it supports SLR-level optical blur, f/1.6 large aperture, OIS, full-pixel focusing, etc., and the heat dissipation effect is equally strong.
6. Lenovo Legion Y90 dual-engine air-cooled gaming phone
This gaming smartphone will be official next month. It has a mid-frame structure design and will use a 6.92-inch FHD+ 144Hz symmetrical non-punch hole E4 OLED full screen. This smartphone also comes with a rear center lens as well as a built-in cooling fan. Just like other gaming smartphones, the Lenovo Legion Y90 will use the Snapdragon 8 Gen1 SoC.
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7. iPhone SE3
The iPhone SE3 is the most recently exposed smartphone from Apple. Although many expect this smartphone to arrive in February, there is no certainty that this is a February device.
This is Apple’s usual “cheap” smartphone which comes with a small screen. The iPhone SE3 is equipped with a single camera on the back, a 4.7-inch screen on the front, an A15 bionic chip, and a 5G connection.