New specifications, 5G updates, and reduced costs are among the phone announcements at CES 2022

New specifications, 5G updates, and reduced costs are among the phone announcements at CES 2022

We’ll wrap together many of this year’s big phone highlights here, with links to our coverage so you can dive into more analysis and reporting of these announcements.. Samsung’s latest Galaxy phone sounds a lot like the Galaxy S21, and that’s entirely on purpose. Continuing on from last year’s Galaxy S20 FE, the $700 S21 FE is $100 cheaper than the original S21 but keeps many of its best features. In her ongoing Galaxy S21 FE review, my colleague Lisa Eadiccio says the phone has a solid camera, battery life and speedy performance. You may be more tempted by the $600 Pixel 6, however, for its comparable specs and flashier design. Or you could be better off waiting for the rumored Galaxy S22.

OnePlus then dropped its camera details Thursday night, unveiling that its rear cameras will be similar to the OnePlus 9 Pro with 48-, 50- and 8-megapixel lenses. The front-facing camera will get a bump up to 32MP, up from the 9 Pro’s 16MP. Many other details about the OnePlus 10 Pro are still to be confirmed, and there are only a few days left until the phone’s Jan. 11 launch in China. Discover the latest news and best reviews in smartphones and carriers from CNET’s mobile experts.

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  • This post is part of CNET’s coverage of CES, where we bring you the most up-to-date information on the most astonishing technology on the horizon. The phone unveilings and announcements at CES 2022 are giving us a sneak glimpse at what the next wave of flagships will look like. We’ve also seen a slew of intermediate devices with 2021 specs that are aimed at cheaper pricing, as well as information on how carriers plan to strengthen up their 5G networks. TCL and Samsung were among the first to launch midrange phones, while OnePlus teased the OnePlus 10 Pro by announcing that it would be powered by a new chip.

  • oneplus-10-pro-green-whole-phone. While the Galaxy S21 FE lowers the cost of one of 2021’s best phones, the OnePlus 10 Pro showed off new refinements for 2022. OnePlus spread out its 10 Pro reveals throughout the week, starting off with an initial tease of the phone’s design, then a day later confirming the phone will feature the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, the Android 12-based OxygenOS 12, a 5,000-mAh battery and 80-watt wired fast charging.