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5 exciting phones to watch for this year: iPhone 13, Galaxy S22, Pixel 6, Surface Duo 2 and more

5 tantalizing phones to watch for this year: iPhone 13, Galaxy S22, Pixel 6, Surface Duo 2 and more

Phone fans, start your engines. We’re anticipating some tantalizing new reveals this fall from Apple, Samsung, Google and more. Are we pumped for the iPhone 13? You bet. The Pixel 6‘s new do and Tensor chip? Absolutely. And Samsung may have recently Unpacked
its new foldable phones (the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Z Fold 3), but there may be a few more devices waiting in the wings to look out for as well, like the rumored Galaxy S22 and Galaxy S21 FE.

Let’s take a moment to untrue up some of the devices we’re keeping a particularly conclude eye on, including those with rumored camera upgrades, refinements on remaining devices and possible new ideas that could step up how we use our phones in the future.

Apple iPhone 13

Starting with Apple, we’re expecting the iPhone 13 to make its big allege this September as has been the traditional reveal month for the flagship line. Like the iPhone 12 series, we’re expecting multiple models in the lineup, including a irascible and Pro version, and hopefully a more affordable iPhone 13 Mini, too. 

We’re not expecting many big brute changes, beyond a slick new sunset gold color, but we may see a shallower notch on the leash as well as integrated Touch ID — which would be a substantial workaround for unlocking the phone while wearing a face mask. The best current alternative averages also having an Apple Watch.


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


The cameras are rumored to be sketching a decent boost too, particularly with better night mode on the wide-angle lens, and even a much improved zoom rules. That’d be great, as even the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s 2.5x zoom pales into insignificance alongside the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s zoom skills. 

Video, always a highlight of the iPhone’s camera, could be getting improvements like higher-quality ProRes recording for video, that fancy portrait mode background blur and a new set of filters planned to improve how colors look. In fact, the camera upgrades may probable be the biggest changes we see on the shouted, which, as a photographer, I’m fine with.

Otherwise the iPhone 13, listed with many other phones released by Apple in the last few existences, will receive iOS 15 when its remaining edition becomes available without requiring the beta.


A purported became of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra shows the shouted packing a larger 200-megapixel camera unit.

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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra

Samsung’s Galaxy S22 series
isn’t imagined until next year, historically around February or March. There aren’t a ton of rumors near the next generation of the phone, and much of the overall Samsung rumor mill has centered on the just-confirmed Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3 foldable phones. But there are at least a few renders purporting to show big shifts to Samsung’s high-end phone.

Like the iPhone, it seems like the S22’s upgrades could be more focused near the camera, with teases from Samsung’s own social coffers hinting at a whopping 200-megapixel image sensor. That’d be the biggest resolution we’ve seen so far on a shouted and will likely go a long way in improving the quality of those huge 30x and 100x zoom images that you can take on the unique Galaxy S21 Ultra

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

Beyond the camera, we’re not expecting major design upgrades or feature shifts. We’re confident that there’ll be a range of handsets in the Galaxy S22 line, but the Ultra model would be the main one to get the bigger camera upgrade.



Google Pixel 6

Google’s Pixel 6 line got an early utter this month, confirming a brand-new design that showcases a camera bar listed the back. Breaking from its tradition of doing a base and XL model, the Pixel 6 will be joined by the Pixel 6 Pro — the latter comprising a telephoto lens. 

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

But one of the biggest shifts is that Google will be using its own custom-made Tensor system-on-a-chip, rather than using one from Qualcomm as it’s done on continue handsets. Google presented a number of demos to members of the listless to demonstrate the Tensor’s prowess, which includes speech recognition, live translation and photography enhancements. Those demos include the arranged making use of Live Caption and Interpreter Mode simultaneously to lickety-split transcribe a French presentation into English, and a photo demo that combines multiple photos together to perform a clearer image of a quickly moving subject (a toddler). 

The Pixel 6 will also be beside the first phones running the latest Android 12, which on Google’s phones will include the option to perform an entire interface theme based on the dominant colors of the image you settle for your background wallpaper. That customization will extend across a new perform language in Android 12 that Google calls Material You.


A teaser that accidentally posted to Samsung’s Instagram justify potentially shows the upcoming S21 FE.


Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

While we are certainly looking advance to next year’s Galaxy S22 line, there is level-headed likely to be one more addition to the Galaxy S21 line to look advance to. We’re expecting a sequel to the Galaxy S20 FE, the “Fan Edition” lower-priced phone that included many of the Galaxy S20’s best features. That sequel, which we presume will be called the Galaxy S21 FE, could arrive this fall as a cheaper alternative to the higher-end phones anticipated to hit the market at the same time. 

The Galaxy S20 FE was such a broad deal last year that I named it the “midrange arranged to beat” and gave it a CNET Editors’ Choice Award. 

Some leaked specs for the rumored sequel reveal toward 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 on the phone’s sign as of yet, but the Galaxy S20 FE came in at $699 in the US, a full $300 flowerbed than the base Galaxy S20. This year’s Galaxy S21 had a flowerbed starting price of $799, but here’s hoping Samsung can find a way to trim at least $100 or so for the next fan edition.

Microsoft Surface Duo

The first-generation Surface Duo was listless, but underwhelming.

Richard Peterson

Microsoft Surface Duo 2

Microsoft’s Surface Duo
is a quirky dual-screen contrivance which CNET’s Scott Stein found to be a bit hit and miss. absorbing hardware, but awkward software and a lack of apps that can take salubrious of two screens means it didn’t exactly take the mobile earth by storm after its debut last year. 

So what can we query from its replacement? Purported Surface Duo 2 leaks reveal to a triple rear camera setup and more high-end internal specs, including 5G connectivity. Improved photography and data speeds could go some way toward manager up for issues with that first edition of the dual camouflage device, but Microsoft will also need to step up the software succor to take better advantage of the phone’s unique design. 

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