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Poll of the week: Which was the best phone launched in Q1?

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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:

Which was the main phone launch in Q1
Not even the yearly Exynos vs Snapdragon debate stopped the Galaxy S22 line's popularity among European readers / © NextPit

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.

Which was the best basic mid range phone launched in Q1
Overall, the Galaxy A53 got more votes, but the OnePlus Nord CE 2 in Germany, the Redmi Note 11 line in France, and the Realme GT Neo 3 were also highly voted / © NextPit

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.

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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:

Which was the main phone launch in Q1?
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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.

Which was the best basic/mid-range phone launched in Q1?
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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.

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Rubens Eishima

Rubens Eishima

Having written about technology since 2008 for a number of websites in Brazil, Spain, Denmark, and Germany, I specialize in the mobile ecosystem, including various models, components, and apps. I tend to not only value performance and specifications, but also things like repairability, durability, and manufacturer support. I tend to prioritize the end-user's point of view whenever possible.

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