The 10 best smartphones of 2022: photography is still the key

As the year ends, we take a look at the best top-tier smartphones released in 2022, to understand the underlying design trends and what really moves the market.

For a few years, smartphones have been on a persistent path to reaching higher quality in mobile photography. Led by the iPhone, the trend is renewed every year with incremental changes that are mostly evolutionary and heavily rely on software optimization.

2022 marks no difference in how phones manufacturers are tying the fortunes of their flagships to computational photography enhancements. Cameras are still a significant design element in shaping devices that have become virtually indistinguishable when lying flat on a desk, with their display pointed upwards. 

Display quality is also a big selling point for almost all of the top-tier Android phones of 2022, with curved screen edges experiencing a surprising comeback after a couple of upgrade cycles. Last but not least: size. All Android manufacturers still believe that flagship means larger, bigger, heavier, and Apple axing the iPhone mini lineup in favor of a new plus model just confirmed the trend. All the top-tier smartphones of 2022 feature massive bright screens and large batteries, and weight often more than the pocket-safe threshold of 200g. 

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