The smartphone has ushered in a revolution for communication and productivity, and in today’s world, it’s critical that we keep an eye on the developments in smartphone technology to ensure workers stay competitively productive and ahead of the game. Let’s examine three of the flagship smartphone devices for early 2022.

Google Pixel 6 Pro

Google has been known to produce solid smartphones, but the Pixel 6 Pro is the first real “flagship” phone it has released over the past several years. With a 6.7-inch LTPO AMOLED display and a polished aluminum body, it’s a sleek device that will impress any techie. It also comes equipped with a new processor using the Tensor chip, a collaboration between Google and Samsung that is specifically made for the Pixel series of phones. This Tensor chip makes software and hardware optimization allows it to run the new Android 12 operating system extraordinarily well.

Pixel phones are also used by some of the best content creators, as they sport impressive cameras and software optimization for next-level pictures and videos. It has three main cameras: a 50 MP wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization (OIS), a 48 MP telephoto lens with OIS, and a fixed 12 MP ultrawide angle lens. Other features include a 5,003 mAh battery for 84 hours of life, an under-display fingerprint sensor, and 23W fast-charging. With three colors available (Cloudy White, Sorta Sunny, and Stormy Black) and a price tag of $899, you’ll be sure to find a Pixel 6 Pro that fits your needs.

Google Pixel 6 Pro
Body: Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass Victus front and back
Display: 6.71-inch LTPO AMOLED; 1,440 x 3,120 (~512 ppi); 120 Hz
OS: Android 12
Chipset: Google Tensor
Memory: 12 GB RAM; 128, 256, 512 GB of onboard storage
Expandable Memory: None
CamerasRear – 50 MP 25mm; 48MP 104mm telephoto with 4x optical zoom; 12 MP 17mm. Front – 11.1 MP 20mm 
Sounds: Stereo speakers, no headphone jack
Battery (battery endurance rating): 5,003 mAh (84 hours)
Security: In-display fingerprint sensor
Miscellaneous: IP68 water and dust resistant
Other versions: Google Pixel 6

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max

Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro Max is the next in their incredibly popular iPhone series. Built with a stainless steel frame and Gorilla Glass on the front and back, the build quality has never been better. Furthermore, with a 1,284 x 2,778 resolution, 6.7-inch Super Reina XDR OLED display, it is impressive on the visual front, as well. In terms of processing power, this device runs iOS 15.2 on Apple’s proprietary 15 Bionic chipset. While this device only has six gigs of RAM, Apple’s signature software optimization is on-point here as well, so you get more for less.

The 13 Pro Max sports three rear-facing cameras, including a 12MP wide-angle lens with sensor-shift (a technology used in many high-end cameras that stabilizes the sensor rather than the lens), a 12 MP 77 telephoto lens with traditional OIS, and a 12 MP ultra wide-angle lens. It also has sensor-shift technology and optimization for iOS 15.2, making it perhaps one of the best content creation smartphones on the market. Other features include a 4,352 mAh battery (a life of about 121 hours) and 27W fast-charging capabilities. It does not, however, have a fingerprint reader, instead opting for the Apple Face ID software for security, along with IP68 protection against dust and water. The 13 Pro Max is available in Graphite, Gold, SIlver, and Sierra Blue for $1,099 from the Apple store and most wireless carriers.

iPhone 13 Pro Max
Body: Stainless Steel frame, Gorilla Glass front and back
Display: 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED; 1,284 x 2,778 (~458 ppi); 120 Hz
OS: iOS 15.2
Chipset: A15 Bionic
Memory: 6 GB RAM; 128, 256, 512 GB, 1 TB of onboard storage
Expandable Memory: None
CamerasRear – 12 MP 26 mm; 12 MP 77mm telephoto with 3x optical zoom; 12 MP 13mm; Front – 12 MP 23 mm
Sounds: Stereo speakers, no headphone jack
Battery (battery endurance rating): 4,352 mAh (121 hours)
Security: Face ID
Miscellaneous: IP68 water dust resistant
Other versions: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 mini

Samsung Galaxy s21 Ultra

Samsung has released some of the best devices on the market, and with the Galaxy s21 Ultra, this trend is not changing. The display is a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a 1,440 x 3,200 resolution housed in an aluminum frame with Gorilla Glass Victus on the front and back. The device also runs with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chip with either 12 GB or 16 GB, depending on the model. For its operating system, this smartphone uses Android 11 with Samsung’s One UI 3.1. There are rumors that Samsung’s latest UI, One UI 4.0, will run on Android 12 and will be available soon.

The camera setup is also quite impressive, offering four different camera experiences: a 108 MP wide-angle lens with OIS, a 10 MP telephoto lens with 10x optical zoom with OIS, another 10 MP telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and OIS, and a 12 MP ultrawide lens. The front-facing camera is a whopping 40 MP. In terms of security, there is an in-display fingerprint scanner. With a 5,000 mAh battery, this device houses 114 hours of battery life with 25W fast charging. The s21 Ultra is IP68 water and dust resistant and comes with s-pen capabilities for the first time. Available in a number of matte finishes: Phantom Black, Phantom Silver, Phantom Titanium, Phantom Navy, and Phantom Brown, the Galaxy s21 Ultra starts at $1,199.99 and can be purchased from Samsung or at one of the major carriers. 

Samsung Galaxy s21 Ultra 5G
Body:  Aluminum frame, Gorilla Glass Victus front and back
Display: 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED 2X; 1,440 x 3,200 (~515 ppi); 120 Hz
OS: Android 11; One UI 3.1
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 888
Memory: 12 or 16 GB of RAM; 256 or 512 GB of storage
Expandable Memory: No
CamerasRear – 108 MP 24mm; 10 MP 240mm periscope telephoto; 10 MP 72mm telephoto; 12 MP 13mm; Front – 40 MP 26mm
Sounds: Stereo speakers
Battery (battery endurance rating): 5,000 mAh (114 hours)
Security: In-display fingerprint sensor
Miscellaneous: IP68 water and dust resistant; s-pen compatible
Other versions: Samsung Galaxy s21, Samsung Galaxy s21+, Samsung Galaxy FE

These smartphones will dominate the U.S. smartphone market for the year of 2022, but there are other options. The OnePlus 9 Pro, Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, and Sony’s Xperia PRO-I are all strong contenders for best phone of the year. 

Check back next week when we cover some of the best valued smartphones on the market!