Can you believe the new year is almost here? Seeing 2021 on the calendar really makes it feel like we’ve entered the future. If you’re feeling dated, there’s nothing like holding a sleek new phone in your hand.
Android or iPhone, the phones of 2021 will take a huge leap forward in terms of tech. Get ready for better everything—screens, cameras, apps, looks, and more. Here are the best smartphones for 2021.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold E
A cheaper, more affordable Fold model? Yes, please! Samsung’s foldable smartphones were all the rage last year, but their price tag put the above budget for most of us. Now maybe we can all enjoy the pleasure of a bigger external display. Innovative bigger screens have been on demand since social media went video crazy. If you can’t stop scrolling Instagram, TikTok, or Youtube, this might be the phone for you.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
No fold here, but the one thing this phone has—a battery that outperforms all others. Apparently, the Samsung’s hefty 5,000mAh battery can go for days even with heavy use, and what smartphone doesn’t get heavy use? We use them for everything, literally. This is an all-around great phone, with a great display, design, and camera. However, it’s definitely not on the cheap side.
Huawei P30 Pro
For all the smartphone photography enthusiasts out there, the camera in this phone is top-notch. It also has a massive display so you can see what you’ve shot. The one drawback? The P30 Pro has neither speakers nor an audio port, so wireless headphones are a must-have.
OnePlus 7T Pro
It’s fast, it’s fast, and it’s fast. This is the fastest phone you’ll ever use, with one of the nicest screens. Users claim it’s so fast that going back to another phone feels like a direct ticket back to the dark ages of dial-up. The only con is that it’s a big phone, making it kind of awkward to hang onto. Nothing a pop socket can’t fix.
In case you were starting to worry that you wouldn’t be able to get a new smartphone without mortgaging your house, relax. The Moto G10 is the newest in the company’s budget line—and it’s actually pretty good! If you use your phone as a phone, have basic camera needs and appreciate solid functionality, then the Moto should be your go-to.
New BlackBerry Phone
BlackBerry is back to the future with its (rumored) new smartphone. We don’t know a lot about this one yet since it’s still in the works, but we can't wait to see it. And yes, it will have a physical keyboard.
Apple iPhone 13
Not one, but two new iPhones in 2021? Well, probably. This one’s still just a rumor, but if there’s one thing Apple loves to do, it’s a rapid release of new products. And this will be that, especially because there will be four of them, ranging from a Mini up to a Pro Max, all powered by a new A15 Bionic processor. Get in line, or do people still get excited about the new iPhone release?
Google Pixel 6
Google will probably release its new flagship phone later in the year, to take advantage of any new tech that pops up along the way. No longer a cult favorite, the Pixel is gaining mainstream appeal for its no-nonsense functionality and top-notch speed and design. The pixel is a workhorse, and an all-around good smartphone pick.
Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
We bet you haven’t heard of this one before, but we thought we’d include it because it is a beautiful phone if you like to try new things. Its main feature is in the name—the unique pop-up front camera has a 10x optical zoom on par with a real live camera—remember those?
Xiaomi Flip Phone
This cool little foldable phone—which is still just a rumor—is as small as a pocket square. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, the Xiaomi will fold horizontally—what an innovation! Anyone remember the old flip phones? Looks like everything old is new again.
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