With winter past behind us, we asked the NextPit community which was the main phone launch in Q1 2022. The results showed an impressive mindshare from one particular Android manufacturer, with a mix of expected results and surprises in the different language communities.
With a very vocal readership, NextPit's readers usually have their favorite brands and models but tend to have a very good general idea of the smartphone market, even though some were noble enough to admit they don't know enough in segments they are not really invested in, like Louis in the French community.
Anyway, straight to the results:
The result really took me by surprise, with the S22 family taking the top spot in all three domains. Even Xiaomi with its 12 family didn't get close enough to challenge the South-Korean model, even among the French readers, who have a polarizing reaction to the Chinese brand but still have lots of #mifans.
Only the 2022 Oppo Find X5 family managed to get close to the Galaxy S22 range in the French NextPit community, and among the German readers, the Oppo line fell to fourth place, behind the Xiaomi 12 line and the OnePlus 10 Pro.
In the mid-range and entry-level segment, Samsung also received more votes in total, with the Galaxy A53 taking the top spot in the German and French communities. Even so, Pierre Aubry remembered that the Galaxy A52S probably offers a better bang-for-the-buck, also highlights the model that received the most votes in the English community:
"I find that the Galaxy A52S is still the best mid-range for the moment, and not really confident in the autonomy of the Galaxy s22 Exynos, my choices are focused on the Realme GT in both categories." - Pierre Aubry
The only model outside the options listed in the poll that was mentioned in the comments was the Nokia G21, a very competent phone with long battery life, and a reasonable update policy for the market segment. And of course, the "BlackBerry 5G" model was obviously a (bad) attempt at an April's Fool joke, which I expect those who voted on it enjoyed.
Thanks to all the readers that commented and voted on this week's poll. Feel free to share your opinion on the results in the comments and join my enthusiasm for the only big release expected for Q2.
Happy April’s Fools day! With the first quarter of the year over, it is time for us to look back at the main mobile launches of the trimester. Which phone do you think was the highlight of Q1?
The first quarter usually is when the Android market has its biggest launches, with Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, Oppo, Realme, and other brands announce their flagship phones.
Between April and June, we don’t usually see big releases — unless you share my excitement for the XCover Pro successor. The next big releases — outside of some gaming models and maybe a new Sony Xperia.
The next season of blockbuster phone launches is expected to start around July or August, usually kickstarted by a Samsung Unpacked broadcast, and has its climax with the annual September iPhone event, followed by the new Snapdragon unveil and Xiaomi being the last (or first) to the party.
Before I continue babbling:
Of course, not all launches were in the flagship segment, as we also had some important releases in the mid-range and entry-level segment, including the successor to what some analysts said was the best-selling smartphone in 2021.
Naturally, we didn’t include all the phones launched in Q1 — thanks Redmi family and BBK’s badge swaps — so feel free to vote “Other” and share your opinion in the comments section.
As always, we will return to this poll on Monday to analyze the results and see whether the NextPit community had different views on the three websites.