The Best Phones 2021
Every year it becomes more difficult to choose a smartphone. The release of new products regulates not so much the demand as the appearance of new component parts, including chips, camera modules, and other trends. For one quarter, leading gadget manufacturers update their product lines several times, and insiders reveal their characteristics even before the release of new generations. Luckily for you, we follow the news and update our tops regularly. When compiling the current rating of the best smartphones of 2021, we took into account customer reviews, the personal opinion of the editorial authors, as well as data from the following resources:
- Nano review is a service that provides an opportunity to compare two specific models for various technical parameters;
- AnTuTu Benchmark – a resource that allows you to get data on the actual performance of any smartphone, regularly presents ratings of the most powerful mobile phones;
- DXOMARK – experts of this organization evaluate cameras on the basis of many tests, make up the general top of camera phones as new products are released;
- DisplayMate is a resource for evaluating the parameters of displays, as well as smartphone screens.
- Mobile-review is a review portal where you can find information about many smartphones (full and detailed).
Best Budget Smartphone
This section contains phone models that represent the intermediate link between the entry-class and mid-budget smartphones. The price range of these gadgets varies from 15,000 rubles to 22,000, taking into account the current rate rating against the dollar at the time of writing. The presented models have sufficiently high technical characteristics for shooting high-quality videos and good photographs, they have optimal power for 3D applications, have a good level of battery life, and are equipped with full functionality for comfortable operation (NFC, fast Wi-Fi, processor, etc.). The leaders in this niche today are Chinese brands and a well-known South Korean company.
The Top 20 smartphones are opened by the model of the Samsung A51 series, presented last year, but this does not contradict the relevance of the gadget. The model has an excellent screen with clarity of 405 PPI. AMOLED matrix guarantees excellent color gamut, viewing angle, brightness level. The design of the model matches the S10 Lite and A71. Good ergonomics and a decent camera are good news. Responsible for performance is the Exynos 9611, built on a 10nm process technology. The power consumption is pleasant, but the power has not changed in relation to the A50, which cannot be said for the camera. So, for example, the resolution of the main sensor has changed from 25 to 48 megapixels. Phase autofocus has appeared, and the resolution of the ultra-wide lens has been increased from 8 to 12 megapixels. Added one more 5-megapixel module for macro photography.
Xiaomi POCO M3 Pro
This time we are talking about a budget smartphone with a good battery and a camera, which was not released by Xiaomi itself, but by its subsidiary POCO. At the same time, the M3 Pro model immediately became a hit of sales due to its technical characteristics and price/quality ratio. The good performance of this device is due to the use of a rather powerful processor of the MediaTek Dimensity 700 series. The display size is 6.5-inches, and it is built on an IPS matrix with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. For the entry-level, this is a great result. The screen resolution is 2400 x 1080 pixels. At the same time, the camera deserves special attention, which includes a large matrix with a resolution of 48 megapixels. It is also worth noting the fast charging power of 18 watts.
If you are looking for a good inexpensive smartphone with a powerful battery, we recommend that you pay attention to the Samsung M31 model with a 6000 mAh battery. This device runs Android 10 with One UI 2.0. The screen size is 6.4 inches with a resolution of 2340 by 1080 pixels. The aspect ratio of the Super AMOLED display is 19.5 by 9. The model runs on an Exynos 9611 processor in conjunction with a Mali-G72 graphics accelerator and 6 gigabytes of RAM. The amount of permanent memory can be 64 or 128 gigabytes, depending on the modification. In this case, we are interested in the first option. The camera is represented by four blocks, which includes a 64-megapixel module with ƒ / 1.8 aperture, an 8-megapixel wide-angle sensor with ƒ / 2.2, a 5-megapixel macro camera with ƒ / 2.4 aperture and a 5-megapixel depth sensor with ƒ / 2.2. Of the useful options, it should be noted Always On Display, NFC support,
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Apparently, to date, an inexpensive smartphone with the best camera is the Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC model, and in the near future, competitors can hardly be expected for such a price. The device has a crisp 6.67-inch display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The gaming screen boasts a discrediting frequency of 240 Hz, which is clearly inferior to all analogs. Responsible for performance is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 732G, which is clearly enough power for modern games. As a graphics accelerator, a subsidiary of Xiaomi decided to use Adreno 618. The camera is equipped with four sensors, including a 64-megapixel sensor, a 13-megapixel wide sensor, and additional 2-megapixel matrices.
Realme 8 Pro
The best budget smartphone of 2021 is the Realme 8 Pro, which features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen at 2400 x 1080 pixels. The design of this gadget includes a sharp optical fingerprint scanner. Inside you can find a Snapdragon 720G processor from Qualcomm. The chip is supplemented with an Adreno 618 accelerator. 6 or 8 gigabytes are used as RAM. The main camera has a 108-megapixel lens. In addition, there is an 8-megapixel sensor, a 2 megapixel wide sensor, and a 2 megapixel macro lens. It is worth noting the presence of fast charging, the power of which is 50 watts. Thus, we are talking about an excellent budget employee with a good camera, powerful processor, and decent battery life.
THE BEST SMARTPHONES IN TERMS OF PRICE / QUALITY RATIO
This category is the most diverse in terms of the assortment of different classes of smartphones: protected, gaming, classic models, costing up to 40,000 rubles, are presented here. We tried to collect models for different target audiences in one place, starting from the optimal price/quality ratio. In fact, this class includes gadgets that are leaders in their segment. So, for example, the S95 Pro is the leader among rugged “off-road vehicles”, and the Mi Note 10 Pro has no competitors in this price in terms of photo and video quality.
Samsung Galaxy A72
Samsung Galaxy A72 joins the list of mid-budget smartphones with a good display and processor. This device includes a 6.7-inch panel based on a Super AMOLED matrix with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. In addition to the smooth picture, a good level of clarity is pleasing, argued by the resolution of 2400 by 1080 pixels. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 720G chip is responsible for the performance of this phone. The camera fits the category and has a 64-megapixel header module. Of course, available fast charging and NFC module for contactless transactions. The front camera has a 32-megapixel lens.
Honor 30 Pro +
If you are looking for a Chinese camera phone at an adequate price, we recommend paying attention to the Honor 30 Pro +. This model has no support for Google services, and that’s where the drawbacks end. The powerful processor of the HiSilicon Kirin 990 series is responsible for the performance of this gadget. The model runs on Android 10 with the proprietary Magic UI 3. Naturally, it supports the most modern communications, including Wi-Fi 6+ and Bluetooth 5.1. The main camera supports 2160p shooting at 60 fps. The photo unit includes a large Sony IMX700 sensor with a resolution of 50 megapixels with an aperture of f / 1.9. The size of this matrix is 1 / 1.28 ″. By default, the camera allows you to shoot at 12.5 with the function of intelligently combining four pixels into one. The 50x magnification is worth noting.
If you don’t know which smartphone to buy with a good value for money, you should probably check out the OnePlus Nord. Responsible for the performance is the Snapdragon 765G processor, which includes Kryo 475 Gold cores with a frequency of up to 2.4 GHz. Paired with the specified processor (developed as a budget alternative to the 800th generation) is a powerful graphics accelerator of the Adreno 620 series from Qualcomm. The main camera received a powerful 48-megapixel photo sensor. The module allows you to shoot 4K at a frequency of 30 frames per second. The screen is created on an AMOLED matrix. 6.44-inch display with 90Hz refresh rate and 414 PPI clarity. I am attracted by the high-quality protective glass Gorilla Glass 5, as well as the speed of Wi-Fi 5, which showed better performance than all other competitors on Android 10.
Another well-balanced mobile phone that attracts with a good camera and powerful battery. A good smartphone in all respects from Samsung received a stylish design, a powerful hardware base, and a good camera. Let’s start with a 6.7-inch display built on a Super AMOLED matrix. Judging by the pixel density and brightness, this screen is at the level of the entry-level flagships, and it definitely costs more than the declared value. The Snapdragon 730 chip is responsible for the performance, and the battery capacity is 4300 mAh. The camera made it to DxOMark, although experts rarely do analytics for this segment (under $ 400). For the photo, the model received 89 points, which is an excellent indicator considering that the P40 Pro has around 120 points.
Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro
The best smartphone of 2021 for price and quality is the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro. The model has balanced characteristics, against which the Penta camera stands out. This is the flagship of the middle class with gorgeous photo capabilities, which is justified by the support of 5 sensors at once: 108 Mp, 12 Mp, 5 Mp, 20 Mp, and 2 Mp. There is a fast charge of 30 W, an NFC module for performing contactless financial transactions. A decent performance is guaranteed by the mid-range Snapdragon 730G chip, complemented by the Qualcomm Adreno 618 accelerator. It is worth noting a good 32-megapixel front camera, which is located in a neat cutout of a really clear screen. The premium display is built on an AMOLED matrix. Its physical size is 6.47-inches with a resolution of 2340 by 1080 pixels.
BEST CHINESE SMARTPHONES
And earlier (according to the list) we considered good cheap and mid-range smartphones from manufacturers from China. This heading contains the Chinese flagships. These models have long been a worthy competitor to branded gadgets from such major competitors as Samsung and Apple. In terms of cameras, Xiaomi and Huawei have achieved success. In turn, OnePlus has learned how to create excellently balanced camera phones that are good in all respects at once, including the screen. Oppo and Vivo also offer interesting and powerful gadgets, which are increasingly taking proper positions in the ratings, despite certain problems in the software part. Let’s talk about this in order.
Oppo Reno 4 Pro
If you are looking for a powerful smartphone as a gift for a teenager, for sure, everyone will appreciate the multifunctional model of the Oppo Reno 4 Pro series. On the one hand, this is a camera phone, and on the other, it is a gaming model with an AMOLED screen with a frequency of 90 Hz and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chip. The processor complements the graphics accelerator Adreno 618. The camera includes 4 sensors, including a 48-megapixel lens, 8 megapixel, a 2 megapixel macro lens, and an additional 2 megapixel sensor. It is worth noting the gorgeous portrait shots with the bokeh effect. The front camera in Oppo Reno 4 Pro has a large 32-megapixel matrix, provides face recognition. Implemented fast charging for a sufficiently capacious 4000 mAh battery.
The Vivo X50 joins the rating of smartphones in 2021, which received an excellent 6.56-inch screen with a resolution of 2376 by 1080 pixels with a refresh rate of 90 Hz. As you can imagine, the display is built on an AMOLED matrix. Judging by the comments of buyers, the screen is distinguished by an elegant calibration, a clear picture. In the settings, you can set three profiles, and for each to build the optimal color temperature. The proprietary shell Funtouch 10.5 based on the Android 10 operating system is implemented well, but there are questions about the software part of the cameras. Of the merits, the Ultra Gaming Mode can be noted. As for the technical characteristics of the cameras, there are no complaints here. The photo unit received four modules, including a wide-angle sensor with an aperture of ƒ / 1.6, a 13-megapixel portrait camera with an aperture of ƒ / 2.5, an ultra-wide-angle camera with a viewing angle of 120 degrees and a 5-megapixel macro camera with a ƒ / 2.5 aperture. The front camera has a 32 Mp proto module. The 4200 mAh battery is recovered by fast charging in 75 minutes.
Huawei P40 Pro +
Another Chinese camera phone, ranked first in the rankings of smartphones with the best camera, according to DXOMark. Other parameters of this flagship are quite consistent with competitors, with the exception of the fact that there are no Google services – this, of course, is a strong blow to the functionality. It is worth noting that the Extreme edition has a camera of 5 modules, where the main module is a Sony IMX700 with a resolution of 52 megapixels. The width is 40 megapixels, and this is the famous Sony IMX650 sensor with an aperture of F / 1.5. The periscope camera received 8 megapixels with an aperture of f / 4.4. Optical stabilization deserves special attention, as well as 10x zoom. It is worth noting a gorgeous ToF camera for determining depth. This model features 20x hybrid zoom and 100x digital zoom. There is a dual-tone LED flash and the ability to record video in 4K at a frequency of 60 frames.
OnePlus 9 Pro
We are talking about a balanced Chinese smartphone with a good camera, a capacious battery and a powerful processor from Qualcomm – this is Snapdragon 888. This processor is complemented by an Adreno 660 graphics accelerator. Among other things, this gadget has a huge amount of memory, but these are far from the strongest points of the model. The key advantage is the stunning 6.7-inch screen, built on LTPO Fluid2 AMOLED technology, which has a resolution of 1440 by 3216 pixels. The battery capacity in this gadget is 4500 mAh. The main camera received a brand new sensor from Sony with a resolution of 48 megapixels. It is complemented by an 8MP telephoto lens, a 50MP ultra-wide lens and a 2MP depth sensor. The model runs on the Android 11 processor with the brand new OxygenOS 11 shell.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
The best Chinese smartphone of 2021 is the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra, which is a real revelation through the use of the world’s first Samsung GN2 sensor, which surpasses Sony (the latest generation). The model received a gorgeous zoom, stabilized slow-motion shooting. Implemented support for 8K, and very good quality at night – at the level of Apple 12 Pro Max. The model has full support for Google Mobile Services. Separately, it is necessary to praise the quality of the large 6.81-inch AMOLED display with peak brightness. The novelty works on the basis of Snapdragon 888. Among other things, a capacious 5000 mAh battery is implemented, supplemented by support for fast charging at 67 W. Thanks to a special mode, you can use the gadget for 55 hours without charging.
THE BEST BRANDED SMARTPHONES
You should not consider this category of our rating as a benchmark, because in the section of the best Chinese flagships there are stronger camera phones that are not inferior in terms of technical parameters, in terms of the screen, and other points. Here we decided to highlight the leaders who delight with their technologies in other countries. Therefore, we are talking about the American company Apple, the South Korean brand Samsung and the Taiwanese company Asus, which last summer successfully updated its gaming flagship segment with one of the most powerful gaming flagships – ROG Phone 3. The list of manufacturers is not final, but we have a limited one. the number of positions for leaders – in our opinion.
Asus ROG Phone 5
Today, the undisputed leader in the gaming segment is the Asus ROG Phone 5. This is one of the most powerful smartphones with a gorgeous AMOLED screen. The display has a refresh rate of 144 Hz with a brightness of 1200 nits. The body of the flagship is made of plastic and metal, which are emphasized by stylistic RGB lighting. Among other things, the model supports HDR10 + certification. The most powerful processor for today is responsible for the performance – this is Qualcomm Snapdragon 888, working in conjunction with the Adreno 660. By the purpose of the gadget, you can understand that it is not included in the list of advanced camera phones, but the camera is still quite good: 64 megapixels, 13 megapixels, and 5 megapixels … Selfie photography is provided by a 24-megapixel sensor.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
We are talking about the flagship, which became the successor of the S20. As a reminder, it was voted the smartphone with the best screen last year by DisplayMate. The novelty has a screen based on Dynamic AMOLED 2X technology with a peak brightness of 1500 nits. The size of this display is 6.8-inches. The panel has a resolution of 3200 by 1440 pixels at a refresh rate of 120 Hz. It is worth noting the support for the proprietary S Pen, which is typical for the Note-line. Good power is guaranteed by the Exynos 2100 chip. The front camera has a 40-megapixel sensor. The main camera received 4 lenses, including a 108-megapixel module. The lens allows you to shoot video in 8K format. The shooting frequency of 960 frames per second deserves special attention. There is an excellent operating mode for Samsung DeX.
Apple iPhone 12 Mini
Apple iPhone 12 mini is a novelty of last year, which was a pleasant surprise for all fans of powerful compact smartphones. The device nicely expands Apple’s lineup with the addition of a 5.4-inch device. Apple iPhone 12 mini fully follows the updated design with strict corners of the aluminum frame. He received bright colors, thanks to which will help to emphasize the style of the owner and delight in use. The OLED display is covered with specially designed protective ceramic glass for better protection against drops and bumps. The high performance of the smartphone is provided by the new A14 chip. A nice feature of the model is support for new generation 5G networks. The changes affected the camera system, the module has an improved portrait mode and shooting at night. Additionally, Apple iPhone 12 mini received a magnet on the back cover – MagSafe. It allows you to hold your smartphone on a wireless charger, a car holder, and a huge list of new accessories.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
With all the understanding of the reasons for admiration for the new generation of iPhones, we believe that the branded smartphone of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20+ series is a full-fledged competitor to the premium flagship, and occupies at least the second position in this section of the rating. Like the S20, this gadget has a more advanced 6.9-inch screen with a 120Hz refresh rate. In addition, the flagship received a proprietary stylus for remote control, a stylish metal body, and also quite a durable glass of the Corning Gorilla Glass Victus series. Communication speed deserves special attention, including the built-in Wi-Fi Optimizer, which significantly reduces latency. The camera allows you to shoot professional videos in 8K format. Responsible for performance is a new optimized processor, albeit of the same Exynos 990 series.
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
The best smartphone of 2021 (in the premium segment) is the iPhone 12 Pro Max with a 6.7-inch OLED screen. The design turned out to be really bright: strict steel edges, expressive colors, and preserved ergonomics. The display with a resolution of 1284 by 2778 pixels received a ceramic protective glass, and the case is protected according to the IP-68 standard. Special attention should be paid to the new proprietary processor based on the 5nm process technology, thanks to which it was possible to reduce the battery capacity while maintaining the battery life from its predecessor. The company has developed a completely new photo format (Apple ProRAW) and equipped its iPhone with built-in LiDAR, which can scan objects in a room with incredible accuracy. This is a very useful option for shooting virtual reality. A magnet can be found behind designed for the use of a magnetic case and a range of new accessories. The gadget works on Apple iOS. The top camera received 3 modules, including a 12 megapixel with f / 1.6, an ultra-wide-angle lens with 120 degrees, and a 2.5x telephoto lens with an aperture of f / 2.2.
HOW DO I PICK A GOOD SMARTPHONE?
It should be noted right away that in order to answer the question: how to choose a smartphone, you need to build on your preferences. Obviously, for a gaming phone, the parameters of the cameras are not so much relevant as the power, equipment, and characteristics of the screen. We will not consider all kinds of technologies and production features of different brands. Let’s consider the basic things so that uninformed users can get the opportunity to somehow navigate the modern market:
Comparison of the best mobile processors
If a few years ago, monopolists such as Qualcomm and Mediatek were considered equal competitors, today the first brand has many more buyers (smartphone manufacturers). MediaTek chips are mainly used by Chinese manufacturers for the production of budget and mid-budget phones. For the lower end, Helio P20 (16nm) and Helio P40 (12nm) are considered popular processors. For flagships, the most popular chip is considered to be MediaTek Density 1000. Qualcomm produces Snapdragon of different series, where 400 chips are intended for the entry-class, 600 and 700 are for the middle class, and the flagships are based on 800-series chips. Only some flagship brands can compete with the latter, the parameters of the processors of which we will consider in our table:
|Name||Power by AnTuTu||Accelerator||Technical process||Manufacturer||Stability|
|Snapdragon 870||654 823||Adreno 650||7 nm||Qualcomm||10/10|
|Kirin 9000||695,284||Mali-G78 MP24||5 nm||HiSilicon||6/10|
|Exynos 2100||689,464||Mali-G78 MP14||5 nm||Samsung||7/10|
|A14 Bionic||616,924||Apple GPU||5 nm||Apple||10/10|
|Snapdragon 888||726 359||Adreno 660||5 nm||Qualcomm||10/10|
Which screen for a smartphone is better to choose?
Today, all smartphones are already phablets (have large screens), and for their production, they can use a variety of TFT technologies (for budget class and secure smartphones), LCD (inexpensive phones), OLED (there are varieties), QLED, and others. It should be noted right away that OLED matrices based on organic light-emitting diodes are increasingly used in the premium and even middle class. Such screens have an increased viewing angle, excellent color rendering. The most popular type of this matrix is AMOLED (there are subclasses) used by Samsung. According to many resources, the displays of this company are the best in the premium segment. At the same time, in order to choose a smartphone with a good screen, a number of parameters must be taken into account:
- Permission. Starting at a price of 15,000 rubles, FullHD (1920 by 1080 pixels) is already considered the standard, regardless of the aspect ratio. 4Kin phone screens are not yet used, and there is, in fact, no need for such. For budget smartphones, the cost of which is below 10,000 rubles, HD (1280 by 729 points) and PB + are still used.
- Size. Classic smartphones range in size from 6.2 to 6.7 inches. Gaming smartphones such as “Black Shark” can be larger, up to 7 inches and above. It should be understood that the larger the screen, the more massive the smartphone, which not everyone likes.
- Screen refresh rate. This parameter is responsible for the smoothness of the picture. Since last year, many branded phone manufacturers have adopted the 120Hz standard. At the same time, it is still difficult to notice the difference between the indicated value and the frequency, for example, 90 Hz. Whether it is worth overpaying is up to you.
- Peak brightness. For the middle class, a brightness of 400-600 nits is still considered a good indicator. The flagships OnePlus and Samsung boast over 1000 nits.
- HDR support. Extended range technology is indicated by many brands in the description of their smartphones, but only those gadgets that have a high brightness value work out it fully. On a 300-nit phone, HDR support is most likely just a marketing gimmick.
Smartphone battery tests
This indicator is determined not only by the battery capacity (mAh), but also by the level of energy efficiency of the processor (depending on the production technology, where the smaller the nanometer process, the better), screen size, proprietary software, and a number of other parameters. For example, the iPhone Mini 12 on a 5nm processor with a capacity of 2227 mAh provides battery life for 10 hours while listening to music, while many budget counterparts on a 16nm chip are able to show this result with a 3500 mAh battery. and higher. Let’s compare the indicators of the autonomy of the most popular smartphones:
|Model||Web surfing time||Watching a video||Talk time|
|Samsung A51||13 hours||12 hours||22 hours|
|Poco M3 Pro||18 hours||16 hours||32 hours|
|Samsung M31||22 hours||18 hours||36 hours|
|Poco X3 NFC||17 hours||14 hours||31 hours|
|Realme 8 Pro||17 hours||18 hours||31 hours|
|Samsung A72||15 hours||16 hours||40 hours|
|Honor 30 Pro +||14 hours||17 hours||23 hours|
|Oneplus nord||13 hours||18 hours||25 hours|
|Samsung A71||13 hours||18 hours||30 hours|
|Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro||15 hours||16 hours||33 hours|
There are no indicators of battery life of premium smartphones in the table since the indicators differ insignificantly. In this class, it is more important to focus on the speed and power of fast charging, since energy is consumed very quickly due to powerful chips and screens.
Camera comparisons of the best camera phones
To compare smartphone cameras, it is advisable to use resources like DXOMARK. Why? Because the data specified in the description of any camera phone is not enough to get a reliable picture. At the same time, it is not uncommon for the presence of the same lens with different software and technologies of two different manufacturers to seriously affect the final result of a photo or video. However, you should understand that camera resolution and aperture (which is always indicated in the product description) are not as important parameters as the following characteristics:
- Number of lenses;
- Matrix size;
The list is far from definitive, so we suggest comparing the tests of the best camera phones from the experts of the previously mentioned laboratory. We will consider only models with premium cameras:
|Model||Selfie camera||Main camera||Dxomark score|
|Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra||20 MP, f / 2.3, (Full HD) at 30 FPS||(108 MP + 13 MP + 5 MP); 8K video up to 30fps||120|
|Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra||40 MP, f / 2.2, (4K) @ 60 FPS||(108 MP + 10 MP + 10 MP + 12 MP); 8K video up to 24fps||123|
|Apple iPhone 12 Mini||12 MP, f / 2.2, 4K @ 60 Fps||(12 MP + 12 MP); 4K video up to 60 frames||122|
|Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra||10 MP, f / 2.2, 4K @ 60 Fps||(108 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP + 0.3 MP); 8K up to 24 frames||120|
|Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max||12 MP, f / 2.2, 4K @ 30 FPS||(12 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP + 0 MP; 4K @ 60 frames||130|
RATING OF THE BEST SMARTPHONE MANUFACTURERS
It is quite possible that among the presented devices, you could not find a suitable phone. For this reason, we would like to highlight the best smartphone manufacturers, in our opinion, by telling a little about the lines and features of the top companies:
- The best manufacturers of low-cost smartphones. Chinese companies have been considered the best firms for many years. These include Xiaomi, Vivo, Realme. In recent years, inexpensive Samsung smartphones from the A- and M-lines have looked good. Nevertheless, in our opinion, the leadership in this category still belongs to Xiaomi. In particular, the manufacturer is reaping the benefits of the effective work of its subsidiary Poco, which has been pleased with budget solutions, the characteristics of which are much higher than competitors.
- The best manufacturers of rugged smartphones. It is important to understand that this is a completely different sector of gadgets, which has its own leaders. Among the manufacturers of classic phones, shock-resistant “SUVs” are produced only by Samsung. It is also necessary to differentiate protected devices into several price categories: shock-resistant models AGM, Blackview, Oukitel look good in the budget class. In the premium segment of shockproof models, the leaders are Сaterpillar and Doogee.
- The best premium smartphone firms. Until recently, the leadership was shared by Apple, Samsung, and Huawei. After the US sanctions, the latter company has already lost its position due to the lack of Google services. At the same time, the Chinese competitor, Xiaomi, managed to achieve serious success. Definitely, it is difficult to say which of these manufacturers is better. The fact is that periodically new components for cameras, screens, processors appear, which brands use as new generations of flagships are released. Therefore, competition between them is constantly observed, personifying insignificant, as well as temporary differences in parameters and characteristics.
WHICH SMARTPHONE IS BETTER TO BUY IN 2021?
Thus, the modern smartphone market is extremely diverse. Leading manufacturers continue to chase the maximum in various parameters, a restart of the foldable phone form factor is being prepared, and the segment of gaming gadgets is dynamically developing. Leaders in the field of camera phones change regularly, new records appear in terms of performance, fast charging power. It is not surprising that many buyers today do not know which smartphone to buy this year to keep it in line with the trends. Therefore, you should immediately identify the key tasks. Taking into account different parameters, we are ready to select leaders at our discretion:
- Inexpensive smartphone with a powerful battery – Samsung M31;
- A budget smartphone with a good camera – Xiaomi POCO M3 Pro;
- Powerful gaming smartphone – Asus ROG Phone 5;
- In terms of price/quality ratio – Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro;
- Best flagship smartphone – iPhone 12 Pro Max
- The smartphone with the best camera is the Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.