The flagship smartphones to beat in 2022

Over the last decade, the debate of which smartphone is the best has been a lively and robust one. Manufacturers such as Apple, Huawei and Samsung are consistently upping the ante on what products they put out. To remain competitive, smartphone brands have enhanced factors like build quality, camera capabilities and constantly improved battery life.

With this much choice, consumers might feel a bit stuck about what to choose. We compare our top three options for consumers looking at top brand’s flagship models, and unpack the benefits of each flagship model.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

Samsung’s latest flagship model boasts a 6.8-inch screen with a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate and Quad HD resolution, making it one of the most powerful and crystal clear smartphone screens available. It also has one of the strongest batteries around, which will see anyone through an entire day at the very least on a full charge.

One of its most favourable features, though, is its 108MP camera, which is one of the best on any smartphone in the world. It can take 100x zoom photography, with significantly improved photo quality over its predecessor Galaxy S20 Ultra.

iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max

As one of the most unrelenting contenders in the smartphone market, Apple has released its flagship iPhone 13 Pro/ Pro Max models this year, which are undoubtedly the best iPhones produced so far. The new models, while seemingly similar to the iPhone 12 Pro/Pro Max, have substantially improved in power, cameras, refresh rate and lasting battery life.

Both models boast one of the sharpest OLED displays in any smartphone, and its improved processor is unlikely to affect your all-day battery life in any way. Although the camera lenses are the same as the previous models, both now come with larger pixels and improved shooting and filming modes, such as macro photography.

Nokia 8.3 5G

Nokia, which is owned by HMD Group, recently rejoined the South African cellphone market and released their smartphone range in 2020. Their flagship model, the Nokia 8.3 5G, has an impressive array of features that make it worth considering. The 8.3 5G comes equipped with a 64 megapixel camera with Zeiss optics, along with a 6.81-inch Full HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G mobile chipset, optimised for 5G.

While the 8.3 5G falls in the mid-range segment, it’s definitely a strong contender against more premium flagship models built by Samsung and Apple for a better price. It’s 4,500mAh battery will see you through an entire day without any hassles, and it seamlessly runs the latest Android 10 software.


These offerings are highly unlikely to disappoint anyone looking to spend on a flagship smartphone. While most consumers have their set preferences, it’s worthwhile considering the benefits each model brings to the market, and how these could be uniquely beneficial to your unique lifestyle.