Week 1 in review: Galaxy S21 FE is here, CES 2022 in the books


Welcome back and Happy New Year! It may only have been seven days in but 2022 started off with a slew of announcements so let’s recap the most noteworthy ones.

Samsung finally unveiled the long-anticipated Galaxy S21 FE and it wasn’t that big of a surprise. It boasts a Galaxy S21 series-inspired design, Snapdragon 888 chipset in most regions (Australia being one of the exceptions) and One UI 4 with Android 12 out the box. The camera setup looks to be recycled from last year’s FE model as is the 4,500 mAh battery and 25W charging. Pricing is a bit of head-scratcher at €750/£700 but we’ll have to wait and see if it can come close to matching the sales results of last year’s FE model.

CES 2022 passed us by with a multitude of announcements from Intel, AMD, HMD and TCL among others. Another pair of new phones came from vivo which announced its V23 and V23 Pro with their color-changing backs. We got review units of both and were impressed with the Pro model’s design – head over to our in for review articles to read more about it.

Realme and its GT2 series also went official. The pair bring a newly developed bio-based polymer back design with a paper-like feel. The Pro model gets the fancy new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset while the vanilla relies on last year’s Snapdragon 888.

Xiaomi brought its 11i HyperCharge to India with 120W charging while OnePlus confirmed its launching the 10 Pro flagship on January 11. The iQOO 9 series also debuted with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chips and BMW M styling.

That’s all the important bits from the first week of 2022, tune in exactly seven days from now to see what came to be in week 2.

The Galaxy S21 FE 5G comes in White, Graphite, Olive, and Lavender.

Mark Gurman: Apple is bringing a punch hole display to the iPhone 14

A new MacBook Air with M2 chip and iPad Pro with wireless charging is also incoming this year.

Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra to introduce a SuperClear lens

The tech is developed by Corning.

vivo V23 and V23 Pro can change color, have dual selfie cameras

The V23 and V23 Pro equip Dimensity 920 and 1200 chipsets and pack five cameras each.

Xiaomi 11i HyperCharge arrives in India with 120W charging, 11i tags along

These are the Indian names of the Redmi Note 11 Pro+ and Redmi Note 11 Pro.

Realme GT 2 goes official with paper-like back, Pro model adds SD 8 Gen 1

Both phones are going on sale in China from January 11.

OnePlus 10 Pro's specs detailed by TENAA

Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, 48MP + 50MP + 8MP 1x + 0.5x + 3x cameras, 5,000mAh battery with 80W charging.

HMD launches four new Nokia C and G-series smartphones at CES 2022

Coming to the US later in Q1.

OnePlus 10 Pro teasers confirm January 11 launch, design

The company has already set up a landing page on its website.

Xiaomi Black Shark 4S Pro keeps its AnTuTu title in December

Oppo Find N is the best-performing Android with a plain Snapdragon 888.

OnePlus 9RT is going global soon

The Indian division of OnePlus posted a morse code, which simply said “OnePlus 9RT”.

Lava is offering a free Agni 5G for everyone who returns their Realme 8s 5G

That’s right, the company is targeting one specific device of its more popular rival.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G infographic highlights key specs and design

The latest Fan Edition phone is scheduled to go on sale from January 11.

vivo V23 Pro in for review

vivo’s color-changing phone with the Dimensity 1200 SoC, 108MP camera, and 50MP selfie shooter has landed at our office for full review.

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 5G will indeed have an Exynos 2100 in certain markets

Australia, for one, will get the Exynos variant.

iPhone SE (2022) will apparently still look like something from 2017

The previously rumored redesign has been delayed until 2024!

iQOO 9 and iQOO 9 Pro get official with Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, BMW M versions

The Pro has a curved screen and wireless charging.

Xiaomi 12 Ultra will stick to 50MP main camera, mold confirms design once again

The company is going to upgrade the sensors, but the resolution is likely to remain the same.

Oppo shares updated ColorsOS 12 rollout schedule

A bunch of Oppo phones will get the stable build in January, with more to follow in the coming months.

Honor Magic V officially arriving on January 10

The company’s first flagship will be unveiled next week.

AMD announces Ryzen 6000 mobile platform, Ryzen 5800X3D CPU, and Radeon 6500 XT graphics card

Also gives a quick look at the upcoming Ryzen 7000 series desktop CPU based on Zen4.