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The best smartphones in summer 2022: Testing 26 smartphones

All the current smartphone tests in comparison. Those who are looking for a trusty smartphone companion for the hot days have had many interesting choices from smartphone manufacturers in the last few months. In this article, you can find out which devices are personal favorites of our testing team for more than just a day at the lake.


The best of the best: These smartphones received the best grades overall

In the last three months, five phones received a "very good" overall rating from us. 

The best smartphone (once again) comes from Samsung. The Galaxy S22 as a compact and affordable representative of the flagship series finally impresses with decent nighttime pictures and a higher quality glass surface. We also like the display even better than that of its predecessor. At this point, the price has also dropped significantly, and you can get the smartphone for US$760 from Amazon at the time of writing this article.

In terms of the rating, Google's Pixel 6 Pro follows right behind the Samsung smartphone. With its unusual design — a slim band with the cameras goes across the case — and great display, the Pixel 6 Pro can be quite convincing. At the same time, it is also fast and will receive updates for a long time. On the other hand, it is annoying that the refresh rate of the screen cannot be adjusted in many steps.

The next smartphone following in our ratings is from Samsung again. The Galaxy S22+ also shines with a very bright AMOLED screen and good battery life. Other positive characteristics include great workmanship and accurate GPS. However, the smartphone throttles under load.

The OnePlus 10 Pro is another one of the best smartphones, offering very good workmanship, a beautiful 120-Hz display, and a lot of power. On the other hand, we continue to find the lack of a DC Dimming mode in the OnePlus 10 Pro incomprehensible, since this mode would help limit display flickering.

Another smartphone that we considered "very good" is the Oppo Find X5. Even though it doesn't have an IP certification, and the locating accuracy isn't very high, it still offers a great AMOLED display, a long battery life, and a quick-charge function. The camera is convincing as well.

Our favorites: Editors Choice Awards in summer 2022

Based on our test results during this time period, we take a vote in our testing and editing team to pick the Editors Choice Award. We select those smartphones that stand out with a successful overall package, absolute top performances in particular evaluation areas, or an especially good price-performance ratio, thereby presentin an attractive choice for our editors and testers in their respective category.

realme GT 2

Much more affordable than the realme GT 2 Pro, you can get the realme GT 2 with a slightly older SoC and a few limitations in the camera. On the other hand, the phone charges lightning fast, offers good battery life, elegant case, and sufficient power for almost all the apps.

What remains is the unusual design that is reminiscent of paper, at least in the white or green models. This affordable model also doesn't support wireless charging, and there is no microSD card reader either. However, these shortcomings are acceptable considering the price. 

Notebookcheck Editors Choice Award
Notebookcheck Editors Choice Award
realme GT 2
realme GT 2

Apple iPhone SE 2022

Apple would do their best to quickly update their designs. Even if you manage to find any other iPhone for barely more than €500 (~US$509) (for example at Amazon.com), the iPhone SE 2022 with its wide display bezels looks very dated at this point. Especially, considering that Apple currently also offers more modern looking smartphones in its portfolio with the mini models such as the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 mini.

However, no other phone offers so much power, the many 4G frequencies allowing you to use the smartphone worldwide, and the 5G communication standard for so little money. On the other hand, you will also have to live with the 60 Hz display and the not-so-flexible single camera.

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Notebookcheck Editors Choice Award
Apple iPhone SE 2022
Apple iPhone SE 2022

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The best smartphones in summer 2022

Overall Rating
Model
Image
Price From
Case Rating
Size
Thickness
Weight Rating
Weight
Display Rating
Display Type
Resolution
Pixel Density
Side Ratio
Screen-to-Body-Ratio
Display Brightness
DeltaE Colorchecker
Refresh Rate
Camera Rating
DeltaE Colorchecker lowlight
DeltaE Colorchecker daylight
Application Performance Rating
PCMark for Android Work 2.0 Score
Gaming Performance Rating
3DMark for A. Sling Shot Ext. (ES 3.1) Un.
GFXBench Aztec Ruins H.T. Onscreen
PUBG Mobile HD
Battery Life Rating
Battery Life WiFi 150 cd/m²
Temperature Rating
Top Idle
Top Load
Audio Rating
max. Audio Output (dB)
Touchscreen Input Rating
Connectivity Rating
77 %Nokia G11
T606, Mali-G57 MP1
Nokia G11
82.3 %6.50"8.5 mm88.9 %190 g82.7 %IPS1600x720270 PPI20:982 %486 cd/m²5.73090 Hz48.6 %46.0410.1663.9 %9.5 %969691.7 %1053 min87.2 %30.8 °C43 °C72 %82.6 dB92.8 %44.2 %
78.8 %realme 9i
SD 680, Adreno 610
realme 9i
84 %6.60"8.4 mm88.9 %190 g84.7 %IPS2412x1080400 PPI20:984 %513 cd/m²3.68090 Hz56.2 %46.9513.7465 %14.3 %13535.191.7 %1056 min88.3 %31.7 °C40.9 °C66 %88 dB94.4 %45.8 %
87.8 %Oppo Find X5
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
Oppo Find X5
90.5 %6.55"8.7 mm88.3 %196 g90.7 %AMOLED2400x1080402 PPI20:992.7 %718 cd/m²1.3120 Hz78.2 %23.394.5788.6 %1276956.2 %8029513091.4 %937 min91.3 %29.6 °C37.5 °C72.2 %88.7 dB95 %51.6 %
86.1 %Apple iPhone SE 2022
A15, A15 GPU 5-Core
Apple iPhone SE 2022
82.6 %4.70"7.3 mm92.8 %144 g90.4 %IPS1334x750326 PPI16:967 %647 cd/m²1.44060 Hz63.8 %35.1710.8890.7 %59.8 %605989.2 %769 min88.4 %29.4 °C40.5 °C71 %85.9 dB93.9 %48.5 %
89 %Google Pixel 6 Pro
Tensor, Mali-G78 MP20
Google Pixel 6 Pro
91.3 %6.70"8.9 mm87.8 %210 g92.4 %LTPO-OLED3120x1440513 PPI19.5:989 %801 cd/m²0.9120 Hz81.4 %47.124.7881.1 %61.6 %77423288.7 %667 min92.9 %27.6 °C37.3 °C76 %84.6 dB93.9 %67.7 %
87.9 %OnePlus 10 Pro
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
OnePlus 10 Pro
87.4 %6.70"8.6 mm88 %200.5 g92.6 %AMOLED3216x1440526 PPI20.1:990 %776 cd/m²0.79120 Hz75.8 %20.169.1286.4 %68.6 %10323576090.2 %767 min85.9 %31.8 °C43.2 °C80.6 %88.1 dB95 %53.3 %
84.5 %realme GT 2
SD 888 5G, Adreno 660
realme GT 2
83.6 %6.62"8.6 mm88 %199.8 g85 %AMOLED2400x1080398 PPI20:987 %756 cd/m²2.14120 Hz70.2 %24.3410.5775 %55 %4291 %964 min86.5 %24.7 °C45.4 °C75 %85.7 dB94.4 %46.7 %
89.1 %Samsung Galaxy S22
Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920
Samsung Galaxy S22
92.3 %6.10"7.6 mm90.8 %167 g91.3 %AMOLED2340x1080422 PPI19.5:989 %858 cd/m²1.9120 Hz78.6 %42.765.3785.2 %1223358.3 %8268513089.1 %675 min93.5 %28.6 °C33.7 °C73.2 %89.5 dB93.3 %66 %
77.6 %realme C35
T616, Mali-G57 MP1
realme C35
82.3 %6.60"8.1 mm88.9 %189 g83.9 %IPS2408x1080400 PPI20:984 %558 cd/m²4.4060 Hz56 %41.9413.6866 %11.1 %11093.43090.9 %958 min90.2 %25.3 °C40.9 °C60 %85.5 dB92.8 %44 %
75.1 %Motorola Moto G22
Helio G37, PowerVR GE8320
Motorola Moto G22
78.6 %6.50"8.5 mm89.3 %185 g81.6 %IPS LCD1600x720270 PPI20:984.2 %431 cd/m²5.82090 Hz55.2 %46.366.0538.7 %5.8 %536591.7 %1101 min92.4 %27.5 °C35.9 °C69 %86.9 dB87.2 %44.4 %
88.7 %Samsung Galaxy S22+
Exynos 2200, Xclipse 920
Samsung Galaxy S22+
92.4 %6.60"7.6 mm88.3 %196 g91 %AMOLED2340x1080390 PPI19.5:990 %1097 cd/m²2.5120 Hz78.6 %24.835.7485.2 %1257157.3 %9105543090 %788 min93.5 %27 °C35.3 °C74.6 %91.3 dB93.3 %66.9 %
76.5 %Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP1
Samsung Galaxy A13 4G
78.3 %6.60"8.8 mm88.4 %195 g85.3 %PLS2408x1080400 PPI20:982 %506 cd/m²4.64060 Hz49.6 %44.3215.2755.1 %10.1 %9163.32190.4 %864 min93 %26.6 °C34.8 °C68 %83.3 dB92.8 %44.5 %
80.2 %realme 9 5G
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
realme 9 5G
80.7 %6.60"8.5 mm88.8 %191 g84.6 %IPS2412x1080400 PPI20:983 %561 cd/m²4.33120 Hz54.8 %45.8516.8171 %36.9 %30981291.5 %1029 min87.9 %25.8 °C43.1 °C60 %84.1 dB92.2 %47.2 %
79.8 %Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
SD 680, Adreno 610
Xiaomi Redmi Note 11
81.9 %6.43"8.09 mm89.9 %179 g91.3 %OLED2400x1080409 PPI20:985 %701 cd/m²1090 Hz60.4 %47.185.3563.6 %14.7 %1372590.4 %842 min93.5 %30.1 °C32.8 °C77.8 %89 dB87.2 %51 %
83.5 %Oppo Find X5 Lite
Dimensity 900, Mali-G68 MP4
Oppo Find X5 Lite
80.1 %6.43"7.81 mm90.3 %173 g87 %AMOLED2400x1080409 PPI20:985 %583 cd/m²3090 Hz65 %47.176.185.5 %41.8 %38431590.3 %877 min93.4 %29.1 °C33.4 °C79.2 %91.5 dB87.2 %53.7 %
77.7 %Oppo A76
SD 680, Adreno 610
Oppo A76
80.7 %6.56"8.4 mm88.9 %189 g87 %IPS1612x720269 PPI20:985 %562 cd/m²2.16090 Hz48.8 %46.6710.5960 %16.1 %13521191.2 %993 min92.2 %23.8 °C38.7 °C64 %82.9 dB91.7 %47.9 %
74.6 %Samsung Galaxy A03
T606, Mali-G57 MP1
Samsung Galaxy A03
78.1 %6.50"9.2 mm88.3 %196 g82.6 %PLS1600x720270 PPI20:981 %419 cd/m²4.99060 Hz46 %43.613.6450 %11.5 %9626.292 %1097 min88.9 %29.5 °C41.3 °C54 %81.9 dB91.1 %38.7 %
83.2 %Samsung Galaxy A53
Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4
Samsung Galaxy A53
85.6 %6.50"8.1 mm88.9 %189 g89.9 %AMOLED2400x1080405 PPI20:985 %730 cd/m²1.62120 Hz65.9 %32.8513.6972.1 %982439.7 %3746152890.7 %886 min88.5 %25 °C44.2 °C70 %86.1 dB93.9 %46.4 %
81.1 %Samsung Galaxy M23
SD 750G 5G, Adreno 619
Samsung Galaxy M23
81.6 %6.60"8.4 mm88.2 %198 g84.9 %IPS2408x1080400 PPI20:983 %525 cd/m²4.57120 Hz62.2 %46.1311.1165 %34.6 %29101191.3 %1004 min87.5 %28.6 °C42.9 °C68 %89.3 dB94.4 %49 %
85.4 %Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
83 %6.67"9.5 mm87.7 %220 g85 %AMOLED2400x1080395 PPI20:985 %637 cd/m²3.19144 Hz71 %41.319.8784 %60 %5859.889.4 %752 min85.1 %25.7 °C46 °C76 %86.2 dB95.6 %48 %
83.4 %Vivo V23 5G
Dimensity 920, Mali-G68 MP4
Vivo V23 5G
86.7 %6.44"7.55 mm89.6 %181 g88 %AMOLED2400x1080409 PPI20:988 %606 cd/m²2.3090 Hz61 %46.5310.0474.3 %44.8 %4249174090.4 %887 min94.8 %26.6 °C30.8 °C75 %91.6 dB89.4 %51.9 %
80.3 %Huawei Nova 9 SE
SD 680, Adreno 610
Huawei Nova 9 SE
87.4 %6.78"7.94 mm88.8 %191 g89.2 %LCD2388x1080387 PPI19.9:990 %523 cd/m²0.6090 Hz63.8 %46.835.0867 %16.3 %13674.889.7 %795 min94 %30.5 °C31.2 °C80.6 %94 dB88.3 %46.3 %
85.1 %OnePlus Nord 2T
Dimensity 1300, Mali-G77 MP9
OnePlus Nord 2T
83.6 %6.43"8.2 mm88.9 %190 g86.9 %AMOLED2400x1080409 PPI20:987 %573 cd/m²2.67090 Hz71.8 %31.398.3476.7 %910152.9 %3139.991 %949 min87 %25.7 °C45.7 °C72 %87.4 dB94.4 %50.9 %
85.7 %Xiaomi Poco F4 GT
SD 8 Gen 1, Adreno 730
Xiaomi Poco F4 GT
86 %6.67"8.5 mm87.8 %210 g90.6 %AMOLED2400x1080395 PPI20:986.3 %806 cd/m²1.2120 Hz61.8 %43.3613.6987.9 %56.9 %9873566089.7 %747 min91.9 %28.7 °C37.1 °C74.2 %86.6 dB95.6 %54 %
86.1 %realme GT Neo 3
Dimensity 8100, Mali-G610 MP6
realme GT Neo 3
82.7 %6.70"8.2 mm89 %188 g91.2 %AMOLED2412x1080394 PPI20:987 %758 cd/m²1.3120 Hz67 %31.919.8384.3 %1287159.6 %424091.3 %989 min84.8 %32.3 °C45 °C75 %82.5 dB93.9 %51.8 %
83 %Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
Exynos 1280, Mali-G68 MP4
Samsung Galaxy A33 5G
85.4 %6.40"8.1 mm89.2 %186 g90.3 %Super AMOLED2400x1080411 PPI20:984 %695 cd/m²1.3090 Hz60.6 %44.29.2369.8 %39.3 %3683163090.3 %771 min92.4 %30.2 °C36.1 °C72 %88.7 dB93.9 %50.4 %

The table above shows all the smartphones tested during the time period with their overall and partial ratings in our detailed tests, together with a selection of important measurements and benchmarks. You can find all the results and details in the linked reviews.
You can order the table by each of the columns by clicking on the respective column header, such as "Weight," for example.

Additional interesting smartphones in summer 2022

Of course, it is always interesting when Samsung updates its bestseller from the Galaxy A5x series. The Galaxy A53 5G (available from Amazon starting from US$314 at the time of this writing) brings a bright AMOLED display with fast response times, which is surely one of the highlights of the smartphone. The camera performance in low-light scenarios is significantly more convincing than it used to be. However, Samsung shot itself in the foot again with the SoC selection, whose performance capabilities are rather mediocre. The smartphone is also unable to keep up with the competition in terms of WLAN speeds.

Those looking for a gaming smartphone can choose from two different models from Xiaomi: The Poco F4 GT is an affordable gaming smartphone with a great vibration motor and its own triggers, but you should also consider the high heat development and lack of OIS in the camera before purchase. The Black Shark 5 Pro is a bit more expensive, but it also offers slightly better camera equipment and an OS that has been optimized particularly for gaming.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Xiaomi Black Shark 5 Pro
Xiaomi Poco 4 GT
Xiaomi Poco 4 GT
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Florian Schmitt, 2022-07- 6 (Update: 2022-07- 7)