Year after year, smartphone companies keep coming up with exciting models to keep the momentum going. While 2020 was a dull year because of the pandemic, manufacturers picked up pace in 2021 and we witnessed the launch of some exciting smartphones like Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 3 (Review) and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 (Review), and many promising ones that did not make it to India such as Google's Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.

Huawei P50 Pocket

Huawei is going to be launching the P50 Pocket - a flip phone - on 23 December. Although Huawei doesn't offer Google services, it's great to see another folding phone from Huawei. It's being firmly launched towards fashion fans, having featured in Harper's Bazaar.

Xiaomi 12

Xiaomi has dropped the Mi from its phone naming, so the next flagship device will be the Xiaomi 12. This new flagship phone will be revealed on 28 December in China, with suggestions of a 12 Pro and 12 Ultra too. It's confirmed to be powered by Snapdragon 8 Gen 1

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE didn't launch as expected in 2021 - with some suggesting it will launch early in 2022 on 4 January - prior to the launch of the Galaxy S22. You can expect it to offer value for money and prove to be a popular model, with a 6.4-inch display and a camera system the same as the Galaxy S21+.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

OnePlus 10 Pro

The next-gen OnePlus phone has shown us what it might look like but we've heard little else. But we'd predict Snapdragon S8 Gen1, a 2K 120Hz LTPO display and more attempts to improve that camera. We're expecting it to be revealed in January 2022, perhaps launched in China before getting an international launch.

Nokia X50

Although there have been many rumours surrounding a Nokia 9 PureView replacement, the trail seems to have gone cold, instead suggesting that Nokia might launch a Nokia 8.3 replacement with five cameras - and possibly called the Nokia X50. This could have a 6.5-inch display, run Snapdragon 700 series hardware and have a 108-megapixel main camera. We're now looking at a 2022 launch.

Samsung Galaxy S22

The Samsung Galaxy S22 family of devices - the S22, S22 Plus and S22 Ultra are expected to launch in January 2022, running from a 6-inch device up to 6.81-inches. The Ultra will have a 108MP main camera and 12x optical zoom; the smaller phones will have a 50MP main camera. We might also see the Exynos 2200 with AMD GPU available for these devices.

Oppo Find X4

It has been confirmed that Oppo will feature the new MediaTek Dimensity 9000 in a future Find X product, but we don't know which. It's a slightly confusing picture, because Oppo has also been pushing its own NPU hardware, MariSilicon, as the hardware for the next-gen Find X flagship, so it might use both elements.

Apple iPhone SE Plus

As soon as the 2020 iPhone SE was announced, rumours started circulating about a larger model. With the iPhone SE essentially taking the iPhone 8 body, there's those wondering if a Plus model will be launched to slot into the iPhone 8 Plus space. With the new iPhone 12 mini costing much more than the SE, will Apple fill this cheap-but-big gap?

Google Pixel 6a

The Google Pixel 6a has seen its first leaks, using a similar design to the Pixel 6 models. It looks as though this model could offer a dual camera, but the main aim would be to offer a cheaper model. There's no telling what might power it, or how much it will cost - and we doubt we'd see it launch until Google I/O at the earliest - so May 2022.

Google Pixel Fold

News of a folding Pixel first appeared in 2019, with a second leak in 2020 suggesting that the codename was Passport, and that it would be launched in Q4 2021. Plenty of rumours surfaced, but no actual leaks of a production model, raising the question of whether we'll actually see it launch at all.

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