January 2023

Smartphones: MetaRanking

This page highlights the aggregate summary of Smartphone rankings posted by key online experts, as of January 2023.

Summary

Between 3 Jan 2023 and 4 Jan 2023, ReviewFinder team examined a total of 88 Smartphone endorsements from 10 reputable publishers.

38 Smartphones were endorsed in total, only 18 made it into this month's ranking (ReviewFinder requires a minimum of 2 endorsements to be included).

As of 4 Jan 2023, iPhone 14 Pro takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed smartphone with 6 expert endorsements. 4 experts out of 6 recommended it as the '#1 smartphone' this month. It is followed by Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra and iPhone 14 Pro Max , with 8 and 4 expert endorsements respectively.

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Price breakdown
As can be seen in the chart below, lowest high-ranking smartphones start at $114.99 (Samsung Galaxy A42 5G) and go up to $1399.99 (Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4). Median smartphone costs $638.55 (Apple iPhone 13 Mini).
$114.99
$1399.99

At a glance - January 2023 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Smartphone
TechRadar
IGN
Tom's Guide
Creative Bloq
Pocket-lint
T3
The Verge
Laptop Mag
Digital Trends
Consumer Reports
1
- Check price
iPhone 14 Pro
1
3
3
-
1
-
1
-
1
-
2
- $989
Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
4
6
2
1
3
2
4
-
4
-
3
- Check price
iPhone 14 Pro Max
-
-
1
-
-
1
-
-
3
1
4
+1 $749
Google Pixel 7 Pro
3
4
5
-
2
3
2
-
-
-
5
+1 $359
Google Pixel 6a
-
2
4
-
-
-
6
4
-
3
6
+1 $429
iPhone SE
9
-
8
-
-
-
-
5
8
4
7
-3 $595
OnePlus 10 Pro
8
-
9
-
-
4
-
9
5
-
8
- $527
Google Pixel 7
6
1
-
-
-
-
-
-
7
-
9
+4 $899
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4
5
-
-
-
6
-
7
-
10
-
10
-1 $1400
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
-
7
11
-
-
-
8
-
9
-
11
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iPhone 14
7
-
6
-
-
-
-
-
2
-
12
- $889
Oppo Find X5 Pro
-
-
-
5
4
5
-
-
-
-
13
+2 Check price
iPhone 13 Pro Max
-
-
-
2
-
-
-
6
-
-
14
+2 $340
Samsung Galaxy A53
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
6
-
16
+2 $829
iPhone 13
10
-
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
-
17
+2 Check price
iPhone 14 Plus
-
-
7
-
-
6
-
-
-
-
18
-4 Check price
Xiaomi 12 Pro
-
-
-
-
-
8
-
10
-
-
19
+1 $700
Samsung Galaxy S22
-
-
10
-
-
9
-
-
-
-

Sorted by price:

Position in ranking Price Smartphone
#14 $339.99 Samsung Galaxy A53 [buy] [more info]
#5 $359 Google Pixel 6a [buy] [more info]
#6 $429 iPhone SE [buy] [more info]
#8 $526.99 Google Pixel 7 [buy] [more info]
#7 $594.99 OnePlus 10 Pro [buy] [more info]
#11 $689 iPhone 14 [buy] [more info]
#19 $699.99 Samsung Galaxy S22 [buy] [more info]
#4 $749 Google Pixel 7 Pro [buy] [more info]
#16 $829 iPhone 13 [buy] [more info]
#12 $889 Oppo Find X5 Pro [buy] [more info]
#9 $899 Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 [buy] [more info]
#2 $989 Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra [buy] [more info]
#10 $1399.99 Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 [buy] [more info]

We ranked iPhone 14 Pro #1 in January 2023 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 4 experts ranked iPhone 14 Pro as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

Apple's top iPhones

Pros
Familiar design
Improved cameras over last year

Cons
No USB-C
Limited zoom photography

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IGN

Best iPhone

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Tom's Guide

The best smaller phone ever

Pros
Best-in-class cameras
A16 Bionic blows away Android phones
Brighter display
Cool Action mode

Cons
Charging could be faster

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Pocket-lint

Best smartphone

Pros
Dynamic Island is very cool
Excellent camera system
Exceptional build/design

Cons
No USB-C
ProRAW capture is laggy
Expensive

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The Verge

Best iPhone to buy in 2022

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Digital Trends

Best overall smartphone

Pros
Camera improvements mean great photos
Always-on display looks fantastic
Powerful A16 Bionic processor
Vibrant screen and clear speakers
Long-term software support

Cons
One-day battery life
Modest charging speed

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra #2 in January 2023 because:

  • 8 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The most versatile phone

Pros
Incredible cameras and zoom
Excellent little S Pen

Cons
No microSD slot
Battery life could be better

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IGN

Best Phablet

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Tom's Guide

Samsung's best phone

Pros
Best-in-class display
Built-in S Pen
Improved cameras with better Night mode
Faster 45W charging

Cons
Shorter battery life than S21 Ultra
Very expensive
Less RAM than previous model to start

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Creative Bloq

The best do-it-all smartphone

Pros
Brilliant pen tech
Excellent camera zoom

Cons
Big and bulky

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Pocket-lint

Pros
Superb build and display
Camera performance is elite

Cons
Battery life slightly lets it down
Charging speeds could be quicker

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T3

The best flagship Android phone right now

Pros
Seriously powerful hardware
Versatile camera with AI features
S Pen comes in a handy slot

Cons
It's pricey
No microSD card slot
S Pen stylus won't be for all

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The Verge

The Phone that does Everything

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Digital Trends

Best Android phone

Pros
S Pen is convenient and highly accurate
Versatile camera takes great photos
The latest processor for power
Long software support
Beautiful high refresh rate screen

Cons
Not very fast battery charging
Large and heavy

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Smartphones.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Smartphones, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for January 2023 ranking

We ranked iPhone 14 Pro Max #3 in January 2023 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 3 experts ranked iPhone 14 Pro Max as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The best phone overall

Pros
Superb 48MP camera
Very smart Dynamic Island
Best-in-class battery life
Impressive Action mode

Cons
Still 20W charging

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T3

The best Apple phone you can buy

Pros
48MP camera is the best yet
Dynamic Island rather than notch
New always-on display

Cons
Most expensive option
Always-on display costs battery
Still no USB-C or fast charging

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Digital Trends

Best big screen iPhone

Pros
Exquisitely premium design
Beautiful 120Hz display
Dynamic Island is a joy
Always-on screen is gorgeous
Incredible camera system
Blistering performance
Outstanding battery life
Robust iOS 16 software

Cons
One of the heaviest phones you can buy
Expensive

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Consumer Reports

Best iPhone

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We ranked Google Pixel 7 Pro #4 in January 2023 because:

  • 6 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best Pixel phone

Pros
Intuitive and easy to use
Photo Unblur truly fixes older photos
Snappy and responsive interface

Cons
Lacks the deep feature set of best competition
Battery and charging time could be better
Macro Focus didn’t blow us away

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IGN

Best Android Phone

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Tom's Guide

The best Android cameras

Pros
Incredible cameras
Brighter display
More powerful chipset
Awesome Tensor features

Cons
Only 3 years of Android updates
Slightly dull colors on telephoto camera
Bad battery life

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Pocket-lint

Pros
Excellent camera performance
Clean software experience
Strong display
Competitive price point

Cons
HDR sharing is limited
Limited face unlock
Not many changes from Pixel 6 Pro

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T3

The best phone for most people

Pros
Great camera experience
Bold and distinctive design
Savvily priced

Cons
Not the fastest charging tech
Aluminium finish scuffs too easily

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The Verge

The best Android phone to buy in 2022

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We ranked Google Pixel 6a #5 in January 2023 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
IGN

Best Budget Smartphone

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Tom's Guide

The best phone under $500

Pros
Excellent cameras
Bright display
Tensor-powered features for a low price

Cons
Subpar battery life
Noticeably cheap materials

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The Verge

The best phone under $500

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Laptop Mag

Best affordable Android smartphone

Pros
Excellent software support
Unique AI software features
Bright and colorful display
Affordable $449 price
Solid performance

Cons
Older camera sensors
Lacks wireless and true fast charging
60Hz display

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Consumer Reports

Best Low-Priced (Under $500) Android Phone

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We ranked iPhone SE #6 in January 2023 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best budget phone

Pros
Powerful for the cost
A 5G iPhone that's still affordable

Cons
Starts at only 64GB storage
Screen is cramped

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Tom's Guide

The most affordable iPhone

Pros
Fastest performance for the money
Very good photo quality
More durable design

Cons
No Night mode for camera
No mmWave 5G support

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Laptop Mag

Best budget iOS smartphone

Pros
Performance beast
Portable, compact form factor
Satisfying Touch ID
Decent price

Cons
Obsolete design
No Night mode
Middling battery life

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Digital Trends

Best small smartphone

Pros
Compact and light
Very powerful
Touch ID works really well
Wireless charging
IP67 water resistance

Cons
Poor battery life
60Hz screen
64GB won't be enough

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Consumer Reports

Best Low-Priced (Under $500) iPhone

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We ranked OnePlus 10 Pro #7 in January 2023 because:

  • 5 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best phone for fast charging

Pros
Fantastic screen
Undercuts its rivals

Cons
Cameras aren’t perfect
Slower charging speed in US

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Tom's Guide

Another great Android value

Pros
Excellent battery life
Beautiful new design
Best OnePlus cameras to date
Lower price than last year

Cons
Telephoto is just 8MP

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T3

A great Android phone without a massive price

Pros
6.7-inch QHD+, 120Hz display
Powerful efficient performance
Seriously fast charging

Cons
Other phones have a better battery life
Camera can be a bit inconsistent

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Laptop Mag

Best affordable flagship phone

Pros
Versatile triple camera array
Aggressively priced
Outstanding battery life and fast charging
Bright 120Hz display
Powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor

Cons
Limited to 128GB of storage
Camera can't quite match top flagships

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Digital Trends

Runner-up best Android

Pros
Attractive and well made
Interesting camera features
Fast battery charging
Bright and colorful AMOLED screen

Cons
Unreliable software
No water resistance

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We ranked Google Pixel 7 #8 in January 2023 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Google Pixel 7 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best Pixel for less

Pros
Unique color options and design
Same Tensor G2 performance as Pixel 7 Pro
Great camera with creative features

Cons
90Hz display feels dated at this level
Lacks the zoom camera of the Pro
Faster charging would be nice

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IGN

Best Smartphone

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Digital Trends

Best value

Pros
Superb camera
Long battery life
Eye-catching design
Vibrant screen
Years of software updates
Fantastic price

Cons
Slow charging
Software bugs
Poor gaming performance

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 #9 in January 2023 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best clamshell foldable

Pros
Larger battery & faster charging
Excellent performance

Cons
Occasional camera inconsistencies
Minor year-on-year upgrades

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Pocket-lint

Pros
Premium design
Great display
IPX8 water resistance

Cons
Display durability remains a long-term concern
No zoom camera

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The Verge

Best flip phone of 2022

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Digital Trends

Best mainstream foldable

Pros
Flatter design looks and feels fantastic
Bespoke customization is unmatched
Excellent main display
Blazing fast performance
Good, fun cameras

Cons
Battery still only lasts a day
Limited cover screen functionality

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 #10 in January 2023 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
IGN

Best Foldable Phone

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Tom's Guide

The best phone with a foldable screen

Pros
Better multitasking with task bar
Improved cameras
Brighter display
Slimmer hinge

Cons
Very expensive
Still heavy and bulky

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The Verge

Best folding phone of 2022

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Digital Trends

Best foldable smartphone

Pros
Usable cover screen
Excellent multitasking features
Inner screen is great for games and video
Reliable and fun camera
Water resistant and durable materials

Cons
Heavy use kills the battery
Slow charging

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We ranked iPhone 14 #11 in January 2023 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best basic iPhone

Pros
Emergency satellite communications
New camera tweaks

Cons
Very minor upgrade
Last-gen chipset

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Tom's Guide

The best phone for the money

Pros
Excellent cameras
Vibrant display
Fast A15 Bionic performance
Impressive Action mode video

Cons
Still just 60Hz refresh rate

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Digital Trends

Runner-up best iPhone

Pros
Comfortable, high-end build
OLED screen looks fantastic
A15 chip performs great
Good camera upgrades
Dependable battery life
Helpful safety features

Cons
60Hz display
No telephoto camera
eSIM might be a pain for some

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We ranked Oppo Find X5 Pro #12 in January 2023 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Creative Bloq

The best smartphone for an incredible camera

Pros
Unique, sleek design
Stunning display
Excellent camera

Cons
Expensive
Poor zoom on camera

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Pocket-lint

Pros
Durable, beautiful design
Incredible display
Excellent charging speeds

Cons
The punch-hole camera is quite stark
The camera software isn't that intuitive

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T3

The best Android phone design

Pros
Stunning QHD+ screen with 120Hz refresh
Long-lasting battery and fast-charging
Impressive camera system

Cons
No MicroSD card slot or headphone jack
Expensive

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We ranked iPhone 13 Pro Max #13 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Creative Bloq

The best iPhone ever

Pros
Superb camera
Great battery life

Cons
Very expensive
Bulky

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Laptop Mag

Best big screen iOS smartphone

Pros
Beautiful, premium chassis
Excellent performance
Great battery life
Gorgeous display with 120Hz refresh rate
Stellar cameras

Cons
Really expensive no matter the config

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy A53 #14 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best budget Samsung phone

Pros
Good cameras for price
Good-looking screen

Cons
Slow to charge
Slow to navigate

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Digital Trends

Best cheap smartphone

Pros
Pretty design
IP67 water-resistance
Camera is great for social media
Vibrant screen
Two-day battery life

Cons
Performance can be sluggish
Not an upgrade to the A52 and A52S

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We ranked iPhone 13 #15 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
TechRadar

The best mid-range iPhones

Pros
Strong battery life
Powerful internals

Cons
Minimal design changes
No 120Hz screen

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The Verge

Best iPhone for most people in 2022

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We ranked iPhone 14 Plus #16 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

Apple’s cheapest big-screen phone

Pros
Big screen for a good price
Long battery life
Great cameras with Action mode video

Cons
No 120Hz display
No telephoto lens

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T3

A more affordable iPhone with a big screen

Pros
Great big screen
Easy-to-use and capable cameras system
Last-gen power but it's still highly capable

Cons
Not everyone wants a 6.7-inch screen
No always-on display
Still has a notch

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We ranked Xiaomi 12 Pro #17 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
T3

One of the best screens in an Android phone

Pros
Superb screen for entertainment
Strong triple rear cameras

Cons
Battery life fairly weak
Some software quirks

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Laptop Mag

Best alternative Android phone

Pros
Unmatched charging and battery life
Impressive triple 50MP camera array
Solid software support
Bright adaptive 120Hz display
Powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor

Cons
Occasional stutters in OS
Weak telephoto versus competitors
Generic design

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We ranked Samsung Galaxy S22 #18 in January 2023 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Smartphones” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Tom's Guide

The new low-cost Galaxy flagship

Pros
Most affordable Galaxy S22 model
Improved zoom and low-light photos
Solid performance

Cons
Below-average battery life
Cameras still trail Pixel 6, iPhone 13

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T3

The best small-scale Android flagship phone

Pros
Stunning Dynamic AMOLED 2X display
Loads of new AI-based camera features
Powerful hardware

Cons
Not that different to the S21
S22 Plus and S22 Ultra exist

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