Best Smartphones of December 2022: The last month of the year turned out to be very busy with fascinating new products because many companies showed fresh flagships. Unusual devices were also noted: foldable OPPO Find N2 and OPPO Find N2 Flip, as well as TECNO Phantom X2 Pro with a retractable camera lens. Read more about these and other smartphones (best smartphones) below.
1. Motorola Moto X40
Motorola Moto X40, like its predecessors, offers top-end hardware at a relatively low price. The gadget was equipped with a 6.67-inch OLED screen with a 10-bit matrix, Full HD + resolution, and a 165 Hz refresh rate. Inside – the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, up to 12 GB of RAM, and high-speed storage UFS 4.0 up to 512 GB. The 4600 mAh battery supports wired charging (125W), wireless (15W), and reverses (15W). A selfie camera with a resolution of 60 megapixels was built into the display, and there are three more modules on the back: the main one (50 megapixels, OIS), ultra-wide-angle (50 megapixels, macro support) and telephoto (12 megapixels, 2x optical zoom).
2. Nubia Z50
The Nubia Z50 claims to be the most affordable phone with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. The rest of the specs are just as impressive. So, the device is equipped with a curved 6.67-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 2400×1080, 10-bit color depth, and a refresh rate of up to 144 Hz. Up to 16 GB of RAM of the new LPDDR5X standard and a high-speed UFS 4.0 drive of up to 1 TB are responsible for the speed. The manufacturer separately highlights the absence of any advertising in the MyOS 13 firmware based on Android 13. The 5000 mAh battery supports 80 W fast charging. The rear camera Nubia Z50 is represented by a Sony IMX787 sensor (64 MP, f / 1.6, OIS) and ultra-wide (50 MP, autofocus, macro). A multi-channel spectral sensor is responsible for color accuracy.
3. iQOO 11 Pro
iQOO 11 Pro is equipped with the most advanced components. The 6.78-inch device received the latest Samsung AMOLED E6 matrix with a resolution of 3200×1440, a refresh rate of 144 Hz, and support for LTPO 4.0 technology. The smartphone is built on a top-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, paired with LPDDR5X class RAM and a fast UFS 4.0 standard drive. Responsible for autonomy is a 4700 mAh battery with support for ultra-fast wired charging at 200 W and 50 W wireless. The main camera is represented by a 50-megapixel IMX866 sensor with optical image stabilization. It is complemented by an ultra-wide lens (50 MP) and a portrait module (13 MP) with an equivalent focal length of 50 mm.
4. OPPO Find N2
OPPO Find N2 is better than its predecessor in almost every way. The main achievement is a weight reduction of 43 grams. This made the gadget the lightest device in its class. Outside, there is a 5.54-inch AMOLED E6 screen with Full HD + resolution and a refresh rate of 120 Hz, and hidden inside is a 7.1-inch display with the same matrix, but with greater brightness and a dynamic refresh rate (from 1 to 120 Hz). The device opens and locks at almost any angle, switching to “laptop mode”. The Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor is responsible for performance. The 4520 mAh battery supports 67 W fast charging. The manufacturer refused wireless recharge, which was the only simplification in comparison with the original Find N. For the main camera, a 50-megapixel Sony IMX890 sensor with optical stabilization was chosen. There is also an ultra-wide (48 MP) and telephoto (32 MP, 2x optical zoom). Both screens have built-in 32-megapixel front cameras. In addition, specialists from the Swedish company Hasselblad participated in optimizing the camera.
5. OPPO Find N2 Flip
OPPO Find N2 Flip is the company’s first clamshell smartphone. One of the key features of the device is the almost complete absence of folds on the screen at the fold. The display itself is 6.8-inch, with Full HD + resolution, a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, and a brightness of up to 1600 nits. When closed, a 3.26-inch OLED screen is available to display notifications, perform quick actions, and take selfies with the main camera. The latter is represented by a 50-megapixel IMX890 sensor and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor. Photo processing is provided by the proprietary MariSilicon X processor. Inside the Find N2 Flip, the flagship MediaTek Dimensity 9000+ chip and a 4300 mAh battery with support for 44W fast charging are installed.
6. TECNO Phantom X2 Pro
TECNO Phantom X2 Pro stands out from the competition with an unusual rear side design, where there is a huge camera block. The emphasis on it is made for a reason, the novelty flaunts a unique portrait camera with retractable optics. It is a 50-megapixel ISOCELL JN1 sensor, whose lens can change the equivalent focal length from 35 to 65 mm, which provides 2.5x optical zoom, correct facial proportions, and natural background blur. A wide-angle module (50 MP, GNV ISOCELL 3.0 sensor, f/1.85), ultra-wide (13 MP, macro), and a depth sensor complete the picture. On the front is a curved 6.8-inch Full HD+ AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. As a hardware platform, the flagship MediaTek Dimensity 9000 processor is used, paired with 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM and a UFS 3 drive. 1 for 256 GB. The smartphone is powered by a 5160mAh battery with support for 45W fast charging.
7. Vivo S16 Pro
Vivo S16 Pro is a mid-range model with productive packing. The smartphone has a 6.78-inch curved OLED matrix with Full HD + resolution and a refresh rate of 120 Hz. System performance is guaranteed by the MediaTek Dimensity 8200 processor and 12 GB of LPDDR5 RAM. The 4600mAh battery supports 66W fast charging. Triple camera: main module (50 MP, Sony IMX766V, OIS), ultra-wide (8 MP), and macro (2 MP). Separately, the manufacturer highlights a circular flash, which is responsible for realistic color reproduction.
8. Xiaomi 13 Pro | Xiaomi 13
The Xiaomi 13 Pro features a 6.78-inch 2K AMOLED E6 display with dynamic hertz (1 to 120Hz) and an impressive PWM dimming frequency (1920Hz to reduce flicker). The device is built on the top Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset. The fastest memory is used: LPDDR5X RAM and UFS 4.0 drive. Responsible for autonomy is a 4820 mAh battery with support for wired charging (120 W), wireless (50 W), and reverse (10 W). Triple camera: main module (50 MP, Sony inch sensor, HyperOIS optical stabilization), telephoto (50 MP, 3.2x optical zoom), ultra-wide (50 MP, viewing angle 115 degrees). In addition, we note proprietary photo processing algorithms from Leica.
The standard version of Xiaomi 13 is made with a flat design and has a more compact size. The 6.36-inch AMOLED E6 display has Full HD + resolution and is devoid of dynamic hertz adjustment. The 4500mAh battery supports 67W wired, 50W wireless, and 10W reverse charging. The photo filling is simpler than that of the Pro modification: the main module (50 megapixels, Sony IMX800, HyperOIS), the camera (10 megapixels, 3.2x zoom), and ultra-wide (12 megapixels). Both smartphones are protected from water according to the IP68 standard.