CES is normally a quiet trade show for smartphone fans, with launches focussed on cars, TVs, and the smart home – but 2022 has decided to buck some trends, with major phone launches taking place at the show.
First up, Samsung finally launched the long-awaited (and much-rumoured) Galaxy S21 FE. This mid-range successor to the S21 line packs strong specs and a really sleek design, but after months of delays can it really command Samsung’s $699 asking price?
We also know a lot more than we expected to about the OnePlus 10 Pro. The phone’s design and specs were revealed at CES this week ahead of a full launch in China next week, and we like a lot of what we’ve seen of the phone. OnePlus will have an uphill battle to win its fans back over though, and the absence of a regular OnePlus 10 isn’t likely to help matters.
Finally, Realme didn’t attend CES, but did go ahead and launch the GT 2 series anyway – in China at least. The heavily leaked GT 2 Pro was joined by a regular GT 2, but it’s still the Pro that held our attention thanks to the appearance of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and other specs that mark this out as the true flagship that Realme promised.
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