The position of “best phone” of the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is ready to face three big challenges

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We’ll run you through these three phones, in the order they’re set to launch, so you know what to expect. ZTE’s Axon 40 line is set to debut on Monday, May 9, and there’s said to be an Ultra member of the family coming along for the ride. This sounds like a giant phone which bears more than a passing resemblance to the S22 Ultra according to one leak, though with an in-display selfie camera so the screen looks unbroken. It’s said to have three 64MP rear cameras, 1TB of storage and 16GB of RAM, and a 2K 6.8-inch screen – so it sounds impressive in a range of ways.

It’s simple to understand why the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is at the top of TechRadar’s list of the finest phones on the market right now. There’s enough to enjoy whether you’re a photography enthusiast looking for a DSLR-rivaling smartphone, a frequent note-taker who loves the aesthetic of the S Pen stylus, or someone who spends a lot of time gaming or streaming video. The phone’s exorbitant price may turn some people off, which is why it’s wonderful that there are competitors to sway your interest. And three more ones will be released in the coming days that may tempt you away from the Galaxy.


  • Plus, they’re often just as powerful as Samsung’s phones, and the displays have a 4K resolution which gives them the trophy when it comes to high-res displays. We don’t know what Sony is planning to do new in the Xperia IV, but if we see some impressive improvements, the new handset could have the Galaxy beat. This is the Honor Magic 4 Pro, and due to it already part-launching earlier in the year, we already know lots about it. It’s set to have a 6.81-inch 120Hz screen, a powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and an eye-catching design.

  • We’ll have to see if this one becomes widely available because lots of ZTE Axon phones get launched outside the company’s home region of China, but not all of them. Sony’s flagship phones are often super-powerful – and super-expensive, and the company has confirmed that something is launching on May 11 – Sony Xperia 1 IV, perhaps? Xperia phones are designed for creative professionals, with camera lenses and sensors built by the same minds that create Sony’s Alpha cameras, and with extra tools lie the ability to use it as an extra viewfinder for photography.

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Perhaps the highlights, on paper, are its cameras: there’s a 50MP main, 50MP ultra-wide and 64MP telephoto trio on the back, and a 12MP camera and 3D Time-of-Flight sensor for selfies. We’ll have to see just how well it performs in action, but if it’s priced right, this could be a top contender for our ‘best phones’ title. Tom’s role in the TechRadar team is to specialize in phones and tablets, but he also takes on other tech like electric scooters, smartwatches, fitness, mobile gaming and more. He is based in London, UK.’