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The best smartphones for 2021 plus some upcoming releases to get excited about

With so many powerful smartphones to choose from, we really are spoilt for choice.

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Ah the smartphone, most of us can’t remember a time when we lived without it. How did we surf the web? Pay for our products? Order our Ubers? No one really knows. There are so many smartphones to choose from, so if you’re in the market for a new one there’s plenty of choices.

Let’s explore some of the most popular smartphones of 2021 so far, plus some upcoming new releases to get excited about.

1 . iPhone 12 Pro Max

Everyone loves an iPhone, the iPhone 12 Pro Max has been one of the most popular smartphones of 2021. The iPhone 12 Pro isn’t so different from the standard iPhone 12, and for this reason, many aren’t willing to pay the higher price tag.

Yet the iPhone Pro Max does have some nifty extras. The iPhone Max has a screen of 6.7inches, and improved battery life compared with its predecessor. The phone features a Super Retina XDR OLED Display, with a 1284 x 2778 pixel resolution.

2. Xiaomi Mi 11

The Xiaomi flagship phone features a 6.8-inch screen and a resolution of 1440 x 3200. Other key features include the Snapdragon 888 CPU. The Xiaomi Mi 11 is popular for its fast performance and excellent photography modes.

Users will benefit from a top-end processor and an incredible display. Gamers will love the 120Hz refresh, for a super smooth experience. The battery life is average, however, that hasn’t stopped Xiomi from becoming one of the most popular smartphones this year. (It’s competing with a whole lot of big names too)!

3. Oppo Find X3 Pro

The Oppo Find X3 Pro has a 6.7-inch screen and a 1440 x 3216 resolution, it features an attractive display and a set of excellent cameras. The display is considered one of the best options on the market, and you’ll also benefit from fantastic battery life.

You’ll find that the camera captures plenty of detail, and produces beautiful and colorful photos. The Oppo Find X3 is considered one of the top-end phones, giving names like Samsung and Apple a run for their money.

4. Motorola Edge Plus

The Motorola Edge Plus has been gaining plenty of attention this year. The handset includes a waterfall display, three cameras, and a class design. It has a 6.7 inch-OLED display, a 2340 x 1080p resolution, and a 90Hz refresh rate. The phone has great battery life and isn’t too expensive compared to some other smartphones of this standard.

Upcoming smartphone releases 2021

5 . iPhone 13 Pro Max

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The iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max were first revealed on Sept 14th, along with the iPhone 13 mini and the iPhone 13 (the less expensive versions).

The iPhone 13Pro Max is the next step up from the iPhone 12 Pro Max, it has a similar design including the flat edges and the frame of stainless steel. One key difference is that the new model is slightly thicker. You can purchase the iPhone 13 Pro in Graphite, Gold, Silver, or Sierra Blue. 

The iPhone 13 Pro features an OLED Super Retina Display, and a resolution of 2778×1284, where one inch of space contains 458 pixels. All these cool features sound pretty tempting, so the question is, are you in the market for an upgrade?

6. OnePlus 9T

Rumour has it that OnePlus is working on a new version of the OnePlus 9, the device will be named the ‘OnePlus 9T’. The new phone will have a display of 120Hz with a Hasselblad camera (50MP). The idea is that the OnePlus 9T is a less expensive version of the OnePlus 9.

The OnePlus 9T is scheduled to launch between September and October 2021, and the price is still to be confirmed. The phone is likely to have a newer chipset and improved battery life.

7. Google Pixel 6 Pro

The Google Pixel 6 could land in a matter of weeks, along with the Google Pixel 6 Pro. The phone has an improved chipset called ‘Google Tensor’, it’s specially made by Google, meaning it’s exclusive to these phones only. The new phone comes with a refresh rate of 120Hz, and a 6.7-inch screen.

It has a triple-lens camera, including an optical zoom (4x). These specifics are confirmed, and it’s been rumored that the Pro may arrive with several cameras, including a telephoto 48MP. As you can imagine we’re all pretty hyped about the release of this phone!

8. Nokia X50

Rumors are flying around that Nokia is set to release a new smartphone called the ‘X50’. It’s believed that the phone may run on the 700 series Snapdragon software, complete with a main camera of 108-megapixels, and 4 other cameras. It’s believed that the phone will arrive with a 6.8-inch screen and a 720 x 1600 resolution.

According to Nokia X50, ‘ The phone is speculated to be launched in India on August 31, 2022.’ Though some believe the launch could be much earlier, in just a few months. Originally it was suggested that the new phone would be called the Nokia 10.

9. Samsung Galaxy S21 FE 

According to Techradar, the new Samsung Galaxy S21 FE ‘would be a cheaper, lower-end alternative to the S21.’ It’s expected that the price reduction won’t be huge (but it’s better than nothing)!

There have been some speculations about when the phone might launch, the latest rumors indicate that it should drop in the US and Europe around October time. The phone received Bluetooth SIG certification in mid-August, meaning that we can expect the launch pretty soon.

Once you’ve chosen the right smartphone for you, you’ll need to decide on the best network. It’s best to check out a guide to mobile networks, to help you make the right decision. With so many powerful smartphones to choose from, we really are spoilt for choice. Let’s hope these upcoming smartphones drop pretty soon!

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