In all divisions, here are the top smartphones that will be available in 2021.
Smartphones had a strange year in 2021. Despite supply-chain challenges created by the semiconductor scarcity, Apple and Samsung had a successful year, with much fewer discoveries. Realme’s ascent was evident, despite the Nord series’ popularity, while OnePlus had a quiet year. Vivo’s X70 Pro Plus, on the other hand, showcased the company’s growth in the imaging arena. However, the blockbuster smartphones that we had all been anticipating were scarce. This year’s best cellphones are listed below.
The Most Expensive Ultra Premium Flagship in the World (Above Rs 60,000)
The winner is the Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.
The iPhone 13 Pro Max wasn’t quite the breath of new air we had hoped for, but it was a sincere attempt to improve an already fantastic smartphone. The iPhone 13 Pro Max doesn’t look all that different from the iPhone 12 Pro Max in terms of style, but it boasts enough new capabilities to join the ranks of the greatest smartphone of the year.
From the adaptive 120Hz display to the enhanced cameras to the new A15 Bionic CPU, the iPhone 13 Pro Max was designed with care.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the runner-up.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra has a lot going for it in 2021 when it comes to winning the title of greatest Android smartphone. The Galaxy S21 Ultra isn’t cheap; it’ll set you back over a lakh rupees. However, for that type of money, you get a smartphone that not only looks fantastic but also has all of the functionality you’d expect from a high-end Android device. Its design has been significantly changed, and the OLED display is fantastic.
On the rear of the phone, there were four cameras, one of which was ultra-wide, and the 108MP lens recorded sharp details. Another advantage of the S21 Ultra is its zoom lens. The result was more balanced with the Exynos 2100. On the other side, the battery could have been better. It was also a great choice to provide support for the S Pen. The note’s fans could not have wished for anything more.
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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3 are two new models from Samsung.
Both the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and the Galaxy Z Flip 3 showed that foldable phones have the potential to replace regular phones. Samsung’s Fold 3 is the company’s third-generation smartphone, as well as its best attempt at building a forward-thinking foldable phone with little compromises. The Fold 3 is neither tiny nor light, but it has always been known for the way it opens on the inside to show a tablet-sized 7.6-inch display.
It is unquestionably more expensive, but it is also more durable, features a 120Hz display, and supports the S Pen. In the meanwhile, the Flip 3 aims to make foldable electronics more accessible to the general public. The flip-style, water-resistant phone feels snappier than its predecessor, aside from its above-average cameras. By combining the proper price and elegance, the Z Flip 3 stands out in a congested smartphone market.
The Vivo X70 Pro+ is a smartphone from Vivo
Only Vivo, a premium brand, was able to create an effect. Vivo’s X60 series was already impressive, but the X70 Pro+ took it a step further. The Zeiss camera on the X70 Pro+ was the most significant change, and the camera performance was on par with a premium flagship phone. It also comes with top-notch specifications, a brilliant display, and lots of RAM and storage for Rs 79,990. As a result, the phone has been included to the list of ultra-high-end devices.
OnePlus 9 Pro is a smartphone developed by OnePlus
OnePlus smartphones aren’t revolutionary, but they are less expensive than Samsung and Apple’s equivalent offers. This year, the OnePlus 9 Pro, a phone with many of the top-tier flagship features you’d expect from an Android phone, followed a similar path. It crammed in every feature you could think of, including a QHD Fluid AMOLED display, Snapdragon 888 processor, and a basic yet attractive design.
Despite the fact that a collaboration with Hasselblad has improved cameras, there is still potential for development. The OnePlus 9 Pro is a capable high-end smartphone, but it lacks the secret sauce that sets OnePlus devices apart.
The best phone in the mid-price range (Rs 30,000 to 45,000)
OnePlus 9R is the winner
The OnePlus 9R was a new model from the company this time. While the OnePlus 9 and 9 Pro were ultra-premium devices, the 9R provided the same OnePlus experience for Rs 40,000.
While it didn’t have the fancy Hasselblad label on the camera, it delivered an excellent overall experience. As a result, this is the champion in the mid-premium phone category.
The Realme GT was a watershed moment for the company this year. The phone not only boasted premium specs like the Snapdragon 888 engine, a 64MP quad-camera array, and UFS 3.1 storage, but it also had a fantastic simple back design, making it one of the year’s best-looking phones.
The phone also had 65W fast charging, dual speakers, and a 120Hz AMOLED display, making it a full package.
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Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G
In recent years, Samsung has had great success positioning its A-series smartphones, and the Galaxy A52s 5G maintains that trend. The Galaxy A52s is no exception to Samsung’s policy of squeezing high-end features into premium mid-range phones.
The Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G demonstrates that a premium mid-range phone may be a solid buy without sacrificing too much. It includes all of the essential functions, as well as a 120Hz AMOLED screen, IP67 water and dust resistance, and stereo speakers. It features everything a smartphone user might want: good performance, a good screen, long battery life, and a fair pricing.
Best Smartphone in the Upper Mid-Range (Rs 20,000 to 30,000)
OnePlus Nord 2 5G is the winner
The OnePlud Nord series has established itself in the sub-Rs 30,000 sector, and the Nord 2 5G model continues this trend in India. The camera impressed us the most, as we noted in our review, because it integrated a capable performance, design, and battery life into one package. The OnePlus Nord 2 became a trusted package as a result, giving the brand’s steady and reliable performance at a significantly lower price.
Poco F3 GT was the runner-up
Although the Poco F3 GT was the brand’s most costly phone in India to date, it was still an excellent value for money handset, especially for gamers. The Poco F3 GT was a low-cost gaming phone featuring a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 processor and the only phone in its class with built-in gaming triggers. Furthermore, the phone has a well-designed back panel with RGB lighting on the camera island.
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Samsung Galaxy M52 5G (Samsung Galaxy M52 5G)
The Galaxy M52 5G is Samsung’s newest attempt to produce a mainstream phone without sacrificing specs or features, striking the perfect combination of affordability, performance, and looks. The phone has a 120Hz AMOLED screen, 5G capability, a bigger battery, and a Snapdragon 778G engine, among other features. Even the cameras don’t disappoint. For ordinary users who demand a large screen and a huge battery, the Galaxy M52 5G is a fantastic choice.
The iQOO Z5 addressed every flaw in the iQOO Z3, resulting in a superb device with a fair balance of competitive specs such as the Snapdragon 778G, variable refresh rate, and UFS 3.1 storage, as well as attractive looks and a great camera. The phone was also the first in the series to remove Vivo’s Jovi-branded bloat, resulting in a skin that was significantly cleaner yet still filled with important customisation capabilities.
Best Smartphone in the Mid-Range (Rs 15,000 to 20,000)
Redmi Note 10 Pro Max is the winner
The Redmi Note series continues to give reliable performance, and the Note 10 Pro Max offered the best value for money that a budget phone could supply. In the right lighting circumstances, the 108MP camera, as well as the AMOLED display and the 5MP macro camera, were all outstanding. The Redmi Note 10 Pro Max remains the phone to beat in this category.
Poco X3 Pro is the runner-up
When it first came out, the Poco X3 Pro was the quickest phone in its class, and it still is months later. The phone is still the most affordable Snapdragon 800-series handset under Rs 20,000, with a huge battery, fast charging, stereo speakers, UFS 3.1 storage, and surprisingly good thermals and gaming performance. The device’s only drawback is that it does not support 5G.
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5G Samsung A22
On the front, the Samsung Galaxy A22 boasted a brilliant and vibrant AMOLED display, and on the back, it had a great quad-camera configuration. The phone excelled in practically every other category, including a big 5000mAh battery, 90Hz refresh rate, and NFC connectivity, despite the MediaTek Helio G80 chip’s poor performance.
5G Realme X7
For a long time, the Realme X7’s base variant was the only phone under Rs 20,000 that supported 5G. It also has a number of other enticing features, like an AMOLED display, dual 5G sim compatibility, a decent battery, and quick charging. To finish off the package, the phone included a 3.5mm headphone connection and a 64-megapixel primary camera.
On a budget, the best smartphone (Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000)
Redmi Note 10S is the winner
Under Rs 15,000, the Redmi Note 10S was the budget mid-range gadget to beat this year. The phone included a MediaTek Helio G95 processor, a 5000mAh battery, 33W fast charging, stereo speakers, and a 64MP quad-camera configuration, which aren’t common in this price category. The IP53 certification and a fast and accurate fingerprint scanner completed the package, giving it a superb value for the money.
Poco M3 was the runner-up.
The Poco M3 did a lot of things right for a device in its class. With a textured back that made it impossible to cover with a case, it was also the best-looking phone in the segment. The Snapdragon 662 processor, a 64-megapixel rear camera, a massive 6,000mAh battery, and a Full HD+ screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 were all retained.
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Realme 8i: At Rs 13,999, Realme’s 8i was a great bundle with a 50MP triple camera, a huge 5000mAh battery, a 120Hz display, and the Helio G96 engine. The phone featured a lot of outstanding features and characteristics for under Rs 15,000 in pricing.