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All the best new smartphones from MWC 2022

Wondering which companies have released new smartphones during Mobile World Congress 2022? Due to several launches happening just before the show itself, it has been difficult to keep track, so we’ve collected the best of them here.

Oppo Find X5 Pro

The Oppo Find X5 Pro is made from ceramic and metal.
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Announced a few days before the start of Mobile World Congress 2022, the Oppo Find X5 Pro is one of the top flagship phones at the show. The sequel to the Find X3 Pro (don’t go looking for a Find X4, as it doesn’t exist), the phone is made from ceramic and metal and has two Sony IMX766 50-megapixel cameras on the back along with a 13MP telephoto camera.

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Oppo’s new MariSilicon X Neural Processing Unit (NPU) powers the camera, and it’s the first phone to showcase Oppo’s partnership with Hasselblad. We’re expecting great things from it, and our early impressions are positive. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 powers the phone with a 5,000mAh battery, which takes 50% charge in just five minutes.

The Find X5 Pro will be released on March 24 in the U.K., and will cost 1,049 British pounds or about $1,485. A U.S. launch almost certainly won’t happen.

Honor Magic4 and Magic4 Pro

The Honor Magic4 Pro comes in five colors.

Honor, once part of Huawei before being sold off, has announced its major flagship phone for 2022 — the Magic4 Pro. Equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor, 5G connectivity, and a feature-packed camera, the Magic4 Pro has all the latest technology you want inside a sleek design.

The unusual circular camera module on the back contains a pair of 50-megapixel cameras and a 64MP periscope zoom, along with plenty of computational photography enhancements for great zoom photos. The non-Pro version has a different camera system, but the same overall design and processor. Honor has only said the phones will be released before the middle of the year, but not where or exactly when. It has put a 1,099 euro/$1,227 price on the Magic4 Pro. A U.S. launch is highly unlikely.

Realme GT 2 Pro

The Realme GT 2 Pro features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and a 50-megapixel camera.
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Realme has used MWC 2022 as the setting for the global launch of the Realme GT 2 Pro, which had already made its first appearance in China at the beginning of the year. The phone is notable for its low price, 599 British pounds, or about $800, but still features the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 processor and a fun 50-megapixel camera that takes wide-angle photos with a 150-degree field-of-view.

We’ve put the camera to the test and have been impressed by the results so far, as it takes fun and highly shareable photos in a way that can’t be achieved by the competition. The rather ordinary design has been elevated by a special biopolymer rear panel modeled to look like high-quality paper. It’s especially pretty in the Paper Green color. The Realme GT 2 Pro will be released in the U.K. on March 8, but we aren’t expecting a U.S. release any time soon, unfortunately.

Poco X4 Pro

Poco X4 Pro color choice.

Poco marked its Mobile World Congress debut with the Poco X4 Pro, a take on the existing Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G. This means it has a radical new design, but the internal technology is the same as the Xiaomi phone. Available in a stunning yellow or blue color, along with a more ordinary black, the rear panel is dominated by a massive camera module.

The main camera itself is similarly massive as it has 108-megapixels, which is impressive on a phone that costs just 299 euros, or about $336. The Poco X4 Pro will be released in the U.K. on March 2, but Poco has not released its phones in the U.S. officially before, so don’t expect much to change this time.

Motorola Edge Plus (2022)

The Motorola Edge Plus 2022 features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip and a 6.7-inch OLED screen.
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A Motorola flagship phone is a rare beast. The Motorola Edge Plus (2022) is a follow-up to last year’s Moto Edge, and it has all the right specs, including a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip, a 6.7-inch OLED screen with a 144Hz refresh rate, stylus support, and a pair of 50-megapixel cameras on the back. It’s pricey at $999, though, but at least it’s getting a release in the U.S., unlike many of the phones announced at MWC this year. We’ve already had a chance to try the phone out.

TCL 30 series

TCL unveiled five phones at MWC 202, and they are all reasonably priced.

TCL didn’t hold back on its MWC 2022 announcements, as it unleashed five modestly priced new models into the world. The TCL 30 5G is the top model, and is joined by the TCL 30+, the TCL 30, the TCL 30 SE, and the TCL 30E. We go into the differences between them in detail in this article, but what you really need to know is how reasonably priced they all are.

The most expensive model, with a 6.7-inch AMOLED, a MediaTek Dimensity 700 processor, 5G, and a 5,000mAh battery, is 249 euros, which is less than $300. That’s decent value, and TCL knows how to build decent hardware too. The other models are cheaper with lower specs. All are available to buy in Europe now, and a global release is possible later on this year.

Nokia C21, C21 Plus, and C2 2nd Edition

The Nokia C21 is available in several colors.
Nokia C21

Like TCL, HMD Global, which owns the license for Nokia-branded hardware, came to MWC 2022 with some low-cost smartphones. There are three new models, the C21, C21 Plus, and C2 2nd Edition, and none cost more than 119 euros, or about $132. These cheap devices are aimed at people exploring smartphones for the first time, and have a basic set of specs, but crucially, the latest Android 11 Go Edition software and several years of updates are included.

That’s all the big phone releases from MWC 2022 so far, but if you still want more, you can also take a look at TCL’s concept folding phones to get an idea of what may come in the future, and also learn more about the impending global arrival of the OnePlus 10 Pro.

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Honor pulls the Magic4 Pro out of its hat at MWC 2022
Honor Magic4 Pro colors.

Honor’s Magic4 and Magic4 Pro smartphones are the company’s big flagship phones for 2022, and have been announced at Mobile World Congress, the industry trade show taking place in Barcelona, Spain, this week. These two phones are packed with camera technology, the latest Qualcomm processor, and Google Mobile Services, making them very exciting. We just hope the opportunity will come for global fans to actually buy one.
Price and availability
Honor hasn't provided a final release date or any indication of availability for the Magic4 Pro or Magic4, but it has said how much they will cost. The Magic4 Pro with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage space will be 1,099 euros which is around $1,227, and the Magic4 with the same memory specs will cost 899 euros, or about $1,005. Honor's only indication of when the Magic4 phones will be available is sometime between the end of March and the end of June this year.
Magic4 Pro
The Magic4 follows the Magic3 series announced by Honor in mid-2021, and despite it being called a global launch at the time, the devices have not made it out of China yet. Now it seems likely that the Magic3 will be quickly forgotten as Honor focuses on the Magic4, but the lack of final release details makes us a little concerned the same fate awaits it.

Let’s look at the devices in detail, starting with the Honor Magic4 Pro. Like the Magic3, it is styled using Honor’s distinctive "Eye of Muse" camera module design on the back, where four sensors surround the central main camera inside a circular housing, making it look a bit like an eye. There are three cameras in total, a 50-megapixel main camera, a 50MP 122-degree wide angle camera, and a 64MP periscope zoom camera with a 3.5x optical zoom and up to 100x digital zoom. The array also has a time-of-flight sensor and a flicker sensor.

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Poco’s X4 Pro will look familiar to fans of another phone
Poco X4 Pro cameras close up.

Poco, the smartphone company that started out life as a part of Xiaomi but has since mostly gone its own way, has announced the Poco X4 Pro 5G, a midrange phone with a truly monster camera. But before you start thinking this an all-new, never-seen-before smartphone from Poco, understand that it's only new on the outside, because inside it appears to be identical to the Xiaomi Redmi Note 11 Pro 5G. This is the first time Poco has joined in the fun with a new phone at Mobile World Congress, the industry trade show taking place in Spain this week.

The Poco X4 Pro certainly has an eye-catching look due to the huge camera module taking up almost a third of the back panel, and it comes in two very bright colors: Laser Blue and Poco Yellow. You can settle on a basic Laser Black version if you’re not much of an extrovert, though. Once you’re past the look of the phone, the specifications will be familiar to anyone who has looked at the Mi 11 Pro 5G.

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Nokia goes low-cost crazy with 3 new cheap phones at MWC
Nokia C21 colors.

HMD Global, which owns the license to produce Nokia smartphones, has added another three new models to its rapidly growing portfolio. Announced at Mobile World Congress, which is taking place in Barcelona, Spain, this week, are the Nokia C2 2nd Edition, the Nokia C21, and Nokia C21 Plus. These are all entry-level models, designed to entice people into the world of smartphone ownership and potentially upgrade from a feature phone for the first time.

Nokia C21 Plus

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