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Best Android phones 2022: which Google-powered phone should you buy in the UAE and Saudi Arabia?

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Finding one of the best Android phones isn't always easy, as there are a huge number of options and everyone has different needs - so the best handset for one person won't be the top choice for someone else. But that's where our guide comes in.

Below you'll find a list of what we consider in our expert opinion to be the best Android phones. We've extensively tested and reviewed hundreds of smartphones, including those in this guide, looking in detail at their screens, battery life, performance, cameras, and more, so we know exactly what's good and bad about each model.

There's a lot of overlap with our best smartphones guide, since that simply adds iPhones to the mix, and you'll find several models from our best Samsung phones guide below too, such as the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra, since Samsung is the king of Android.

But if you're specifically interested in Android phones and not any one brand, then this is the list for you.

For each entry we've given an overview of exactly what we like about it, so give them all a read, as our number one pick might not be the perfect fit for you personally.

And if you're still in need of inspiration, then consider our best iPhone or best cheap phone guides for some alternate options. Check back soon too, as this list is constantly updated as new Android phones launch.

Best Android phones 2022: which is for you?

A Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra held in someone's hand, with a fountain in the background

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The best Android phone

Specifications

Release date: February 2022
Weight: 228g
Dimensions: 163.3 x 77.9 x 8.9mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.8-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3088
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 / Exynos 2200
RAM: 8GB / 12GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB/1TB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 108MP + 10MP + 10MP + 12MP
Front camera: 40MP

Reasons to buy

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Incredible cameras and zoom
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Excellent little S Pen

Reasons to avoid

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No microSD slot
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Battery life could be better

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is seemingly designed to be the ultimate Android phone – or at the very least the ultimate Samsung phone – and it succeeds at both, by building both on the impressive Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, and taking the essence of the Samsung Galaxy Note range.

You can see this in the two things we liked most about this phone in our 4.5-star review. It has what we described as zoom capabilities that “simply blow away anything we’ve ever seen before from a mobile phone camera,” thanks to 10x optical zoom and up to 100x digital zoom – which actually delivers usable shots.

The other highlight is the S Pen stylus, which for this model is included with the phone, and also has its own slot, just like on a Galaxy Note. It’s a useful feature for productivity and creativity, while beyond that the Galaxy S22 Ultra has a superb screen, oodles of power, and more tech and features than you’ll probably ever use.

The battery life could be better and it sure is expensive, but Android excellence comes at a cost, and for power users it’s well worth the price tag.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra review

OnePlus 10 Pro held in someone's hand

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The best ultra-premium phone for budget-conscious buyers

Specifications

Release date: March 2022
Weight: 201g
Dimensions: 163 x 73.9 x 8.6mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.7-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3216
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM: 8/12GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 48MP + 50MP + 8MP
Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic screen
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Super-fast charging

Reasons to avoid

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Cameras aren’t perfect
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Too big for all users

With a price that undercuts key rivals and even undercuts the launch price of the OnePlus 9 Pro, it’s easy to recommend the OnePlus 10 Pro.

You’re getting a whole lot of phone for that price too, with incredibly fast 80W charging (or 65W in the US), a big, bright, and beautiful 6.7-inch 1440 x 3216 screen, top-end power, and a distinct design.

Where it struggles a little is the cameras, which we found were great at times but inconsistent. Portrait mode would often be overzealous with its blurring, the color profile noticeably changed when jumping between lenses, and the 8MP telephoto lens struggles once you move beyond 3.3x optical zoom.

Still, most of the time – and particularly when sticking to the 48MP main and 50MP ultrawide cameras – photos come out well, so even these are small complaints really.

Given the cost and everything that the OnePlus 10 Pro does get right, it comes highly recommended, and is one of the very best Android phones.

Read more: OnePlus 10 Pro review

Huawei does it again

Specifications

Weight: 195g
Dimensions: 158.8 x 72.8 x 8.5 mm
OS: EMUI 12
Screen size: 6.6-inch
Resolution: 1228 x 2700
CPU: Snadgradon 888
RAM: 8GB/12GB
Storage: /256GB/512GB
Battery: 4,360mAh
Rear camera: 50MP + 64MP + 13MP + 40MP
Front camera: 13MP

Reasons to buy

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Excellent primary camera
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Fast wired and wireless charging

Reasons to avoid

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No 5G capabilities
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No Google services

Huawei is no stranger to producing excellent camera phones and thus it's no surprise to see the Huawei P50 Pro land on top of our list of best camera phones.

There's plenty of tech here- four AI-powered Leica cameras. The primary wide camera has a 50MP sensor, and this is teamed with a 64MP periscope telephoto lens capable of 3.5x optical zoom, a 13MP ultra-wide lens, and a 40MP monochrome sensor.

Given this hardware, it comes as no surprise that the P50 Pro can take stunning images. We were rarely left disappointed with the cameras, especially during the day. Pictures came out sharp, detailed and with a wide dynamic range. 

When it comes to video capture, the P50 Pro can record up to 4K video at 60fps. Both the primary wide lens and the periscope telephoto lens have optical image stabilization.

Read our full Huawei P50 Pro review

A Samsung Galaxy S22 held in someone's hand, against a background of foliage

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The best small Android flagship

Specifications

Release date: February 2022
Weight: 167g
Dimensions: 146 x 70.6 x 7.6mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.1-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2340
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 / Exynos 2200
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB / 256GB
Battery: 3,700mAh
Rear camera: 50MP + 10MP + 12MP
Front camera: 10MP

Reasons to buy

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Small and solidly built
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Attractive design

Reasons to avoid

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Not a major update
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Camera system pales in comparison to its Ultra cousin

The Samsung Galaxy S22 isn’t a major improvement on the Samsung Galaxy S21 – so if you have that phone, it’s probably not worth upgrading, but this is still an excellent handset in its own right.

It’s especially good for fans of compact phones, as with a 6.1-inch screen, small bezels, and a slim build, this is definitely on the small side by modern Android phone standards.

It’s a good-looking phone too, and significantly more affordable than the rest of the Galaxy S22 range – or than many other high-end phones. That’s despite packing in flagship power, so the Samsung Galaxy S22 won’t hold you back.

Its cameras can’t touch those on the Galaxy S22 Ultra, and that small screen may feel cramped for some users, but for everyone else this is one of the best Android phones – and at a surprisingly great price.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S22 review

A Xiaomi 12 Pro from the front in someone's hand

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Xiaomi's best phone right now

Specifications

Release date: April 2022
Weight: 205g
Dimensions: 163.6 x 74.6 x 8.2mm
OS: Android 12
Screen size: 6.7-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3200
CPU: Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
RAM: 8GB/12GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 4,600mAh
Rear camera: 50MP + 50MP + 50MP
Front camera: 32MP

Reasons to buy

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Sleek finish
+
Incredibly fast charging

Reasons to avoid

-
Limited optical zoom
-
No IP rating

The Xiaomi 12 Pro is a ‘Pro’ handset at a slightly lower price than that suffix usually leads to, but that doesn’t mean this has skimped on specs, as with a display that we described as “brilliant” in our review (and found to offer great color accuracy), plus ridiculously fast 120W charging, the Xiaomi 12 Pro is brimming with highlights.

Other aspects that stood out to us include its sleek, well thought out design, its powerful Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset, and its large 5,000mAh battery.

The restrictive 2x optical zoom of the telephoto camera lets it down a little, as does its slightly bloated software, but these are small niggles in an otherwise exceptional package and are all the more forgivable given that the Xiaomi 12 Pro undercuts most of the competition.

Read more: Xiaomi 12 Pro review

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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A top tier smartphone, and it takes our best crown

Specifications

Release date: January 2021
Weight: 227g
Dimensions: 165.1 x 75.6 x 8.9 mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.8-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3200
CPU: Snapdragon 888 / Exynos 2100
RAM: 12GB / 16GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 108MP + 10MP + 10MP + 12MP
Front camera: 40MP

Reasons to buy

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The best camera zoom
+
Mesmerizing design

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive at any level
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No microSD card slot

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is Samsung’s top, premium flagship for 2021, and what a phone it is. For the first time Samsung has offered S Pen support on an S-range handset here, meaning that you can optionally get the Galaxy Note range’s best feature.

But even without that, this is a stunning handset, with a brilliant quad-lens camera capable of 10x optical zoom. In fact, in our review we called it the best camera zoom on any readily available Android phone.

The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra also looks great, with a smooth Gorilla Glass back that has a matte finish that looks better than the reflective Galaxy S20 range, while around the front there’s a curved edge-to-edge 6.8-inch screen.

And speaking of that screen, for the first time on a Samsung phone you get both a QHD+ resolution and a 120Hz refresh rate at the same time. And being a high-end Samsung screen this is one of the best around.

There’s also oodles of power of course, and while obviously very expensive, this actually has a cheaper starting price than the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra did at launch.

Read more: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review