In 2022, there’s already a lot to look forward to, including new budget-friendly phones from Samsung and Apple, which might debut in the first part of the year. Later this year, a large new version of the basic iPhone and a Samsung phone that might feel like a true successor to the Galaxy Note are both expected.
We’re less than a month away from the start of the new year, and several of the smartphones that came out this autumn easily made CNET’s best smartphone list. The Google Pixel 6 and Apple iPhone 13 were released in 2021 (here’s how the four new iPhone models compare), but we’re looking forward to what 2022 has in store for smartphone debuts.
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Apple refreshed its $400 budget iPhone for the first time in four years in 2020, but it looks like we won’t have to wait that long for the third-generation model. The iPhone SE 3 could launch in the first half of 2022, according to a note from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo that MacRumors reported.
It’s expected to get 5G support and a boost in performance, thanks to the addition of Apple’s A15 Bionic chip, the same processor that powers the iPhone 13, according to Nikkei Asian Review. The current iPhone SE, by comparison, runs on Apple’s older A13 Bionic processor from the iPhone 11.
The next-generation iPhone SE might also be the first to get Face ID, Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman wrote in his Power On newsletter. The 2020 iPhone SE and 2016 version both have Touch ID since they still have the physical home button. But reports are conflicted over whether the next iPhone SE will get a makeover or retain its retro look. Kuo says it will likely have a similar design that’s the same size as the current model, according to MacRumors, while the Chinese tech site MyDrivers suggests it will look more like the iPhone XR.
The second-generation iPhone SE stands out for its balance of great performance, affordability and portability. Based on the reports that have circulated so far, it sounds like Apple plans to expand on that by giving the iPhone SE some more modern features while hopefully retaining the qualities that have made it so appealing in the first place.
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