There is no shortage of what, but new phones. In 2021, too, manufacturers will show us more models. These are the ones that should prove extremely interesting for various reasons.
Mobile evolution in 2021
Today’s smartphones offer so much that they are no longer only very useful, but for some, they are even indispensable companions in everyday life. When buying a new model, everyone tries to choose the most interesting and best for themselves in a given budget. This is not always an easy task, because manufacturers systematically convince them that they are introducing extremely important novelties and it is worthwhile to reach for their proposals. Are you planning to change your phone this year? You might be interested in the following list.
In 2021, the mobile market should be subject to a trend that we have not seen since today. Manufacturers will be tempted by even greater efficiency, better cameras and batteries with fast-charge technologies, although at the same time, power supplies may be lost from the packaging. There will also be more smartphones with higher refresh rate screens and 5G network modules. Maybe a little more boldly, but folding constructions should still be in the second row.
Which smartphones should attract the most interest this year? Some of the designs below are unlikely to surprise anyone, but on the other hand, there are also those that do not necessarily come to mind in the first place. However, they are not here by chance. Each promises to be interesting for some reason.
The iPhone 13, or finally the 120Hz screen and even 1TB for data
Not everyone has to like it, but in fact, you can start with Apple’s smartphones every year. You don’t have to be a big fan of iPhones, but it’s not fair to deny that they are very popular and in the end, they are really good devices. In 2020, the manufacturer was exceptionally gracious when it came to new proposals because he released five of them. In 2021, the number may turn out to be a little more modest, but there should be more changes in terms of specifications. That is good because recently Apple was not Pro.
More and more boldly, the little surprising names of the iPhone 13 mini, the iPhone 13, the iPhone 13 Pro and the iPhone 13 Pro Max are falling. Suggestions that have been made about their possibilities suggest that the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max will be noticeably more advanced, mainly because of the displays and space for data. This is where Apple is finally going to use LTPO panels and a higher frame rate (120 Hz), and in the most expensive variants as much as 1TB of internal memory.
iPhone 13 mini – LTPS screen 5.4 inches, 60Hz
iPhone 13 – LTPS 6.1 inch, 60Hz screen
iPhone 13 Pro – LTPO screen 6.1 inch, 120Hz
iPhone 13 Pro Max – LTPO screen 6.7 inches, 120Hz
The first leaks also mention the fact that the whole series will be able to boast of a smaller note (there is no indication that it will be possible to give it up already this year) and the built-in LIDAR scanner. As every year, we are also awaiting amendments in terms of photographic possibilities. It is possible that this time they will focus mainly on ultra-wide-angle lenses. Total resignation from the physical connectors? Apple will do it, but probably not this year.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro with a charge of up to 120W
You can also put Xiaomi Mi 11, which was shown a few days ago, here, because its Polish Prime Minister is still ahead of us. And it has a lot to offer, because among other things, the AMOLED screen with 2K resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, it is also the first smartphone to use a very efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, it also has a 108 Mpix + 13 Mpix + 5 Mpix camera and a battery supporting fast charging 55W.
Only that Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro will have even more to offer. Although the quality of workmanship and most of the specifications will remain unchanged, two or three adjustments may be decisive for some people. This is not official information, but the Xiaomi Mi 11 Pro should bring even more photographic possibilities (among other things, but not only, because it has a telephoto lens), perhaps more memory resources and a battery that is impressive with its charging technology – a 120W wired and 80W wireless, which the manufacturer boasted about some time ago.
The long-waiting Nokia 9.3 PureView
If a longer wait increases the appetite, then the trailing reports about Nokia 9.3 PureView slowly dries the stomach to the spine. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a top smartphone with a logo that still has a good connection to the brand. It seemed that Nokia 9.3 PureView would make its debut at the end of last year, but this did not happen in the end. As announced, however, the work was not cancelled, but only delayed.
Perhaps one of the reasons for this was the desire to use a newer processor because initially there was talk of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip. This one will handle everything, but in terms of image, it would look worse than the competition’s flagship proposals. Almost all sources suggest that the Nokia 9.3 PureView will be equipped with an approximately 6.5-inch OLED display with 120Hz refresh rate and an advanced camera with up to five lenses and Zeiss optics. It should work under the control of pure Android. This one has its followers, who do not necessarily have to go with the often extensive overlays used by most manufacturers.
Moto Nio, or Moto G on steroids
But as far as pure Android is concerned, the new year will also bring more models from the Moto G series. It is associated with proposals that land on the lower shelf, but we are facing a change. There will be a Moto G model, which will have to be placed somewhere between the middle and top segment.
It is currently referred to as Moto Nio. The manufacturer has officially announced that it will use a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8xx processor. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chip, which is to work with 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of internal memory, will most likely be used. So in everyday work, few people should lack performance. This smartphone will also offer a Full HD+ 90Hz display and a large 5000 mAh battery. It is unlikely to impress with its design, but it may be characterised by relatively wide frames and additionally by two screen slots for a double self-contained camera. An interesting feature may turn out to be the DisplayPort Alternate Mode mentioned in the leaks, which allows you to connect your smartphone to external monitors.
LG Rollable, an innovation but expensive
Recently, we have been bringing you closer to the capabilities of LG Wing. It is a very original and really successful design, but less technologically advanced than folding smartphones, which Samsung or Huawei, for example, have been tempted to use. Only that these producers will follow the already chosen path and develop the ideas they have bet on (which does not mean that it is wrong), and LG is supposed to surprise us with something else.
Everything seems to indicate that, according to the name, LG Rollable will be equipped with a roll-up/roll-up screen, which will measure 7.4 inches at maximum extension. At the same time, this is to be the top design in terms of performance as well, most likely using a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and perhaps even 16 GB of RAM.
It is worth adding that LG Rollable is not a pipe dream. Work on than was confirmed by the LG during one of the presentations, and the official premiere should take place in the first quarter of this year. The price? There is speculation about PLN 9000. It is hard to be surprised, exactly the same amount as the Samsung Galaxy Fold for the launch.
The best new ASUS ROG Phone for players
All top smartphones allow for comfortable gaming fun, especially when they have higher refresh rate displays in addition to high performance. However, this does not mean that you can’t stand out, as ASUS has recently proved most successful. At this point in time, the best choice for mobile gamers is ASUS ROG Phone 3, and this name will probably be taken over by its direct successor.
There is no doubt that work on it is already underway. There is also no certainty as to the name under which it will make its debut. The numbering would suggest ASUS ROG Phone 4, but due to the tetraphobia among a large part of Asians, we can also expect a jump and the launch of ASUS ROG Phone 5.
Records from testing programs already appearing indicate that the manufacturer will bet on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, although this is probably in the most modest variant because it can be as much as 16 GB. Predecessors, however, were characterized not only by the most efficient components at a given moment, but also elements prepared especially for players, which are not found in standard constructions. These include configurable ultrasonic sensors/buttons AirTrigger 3, extensive cooling, support for a number of gaming gadgets and an exceptionally aggressive design with illuminated logo.
Sony Xperia 1 III Compact
There were times when people looking for an efficient but small smartphone were looking primarily at Sony’s range of models in the Xperia Compact series, but this one was bid farewell in 2018. After Apple became interested in similar designs, there were some suggestions that some manufacturers of Android smartphones, including Sony, could follow suit.
Unfortunately, this is not certain. While Xperia 1 III with Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor will undoubtedly appear as planned, the fate of the Xperia 1 III Compact remains a mystery. Let’s hope they don’t end up with just a few leaks, because they talked about a 5.5-inch screen and performance characteristic of mid-and high-end propositions and, as a standard for Sony, a waterproof casing or a strong emphasis on the photo.
realme 8 Pro, ideal medium?
Not everyone aims at the most advanced, but at the most expensive smartphones. Phones up to £300 are often great. If the manufacturer makes an effort, for many users a proposal from this price range is fully sufficient. Will it be a real 8 Pro? I do not know, but it is not a coincidence that it is here.
I was very impressed by realme 7 Pro, which was one of the most interesting smartphones that I tested last year and still remains one of the best proposals in the aforementioned budget. Super AMOLED Full HD+ screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G, 8 GB RAM, 4500 mAh battery with fast charging SuperDart 65W as well as NFC and stereo speakers. Very good connection.
In fact, the manufacturer has the base to prepare the perfect semicolon here. What can you improve? Use a slightly better camera, some people would also like to see a higher refresh rate (than 60 Hz), and I’ll have the camera tucked away in the pull-out module, although this is probably not going to happen.
Galaxy S21 series, perhaps with a stylus in Galaxy S21 Ultra
Although the Galaxy S21 series closes the list, it may be the most interesting one for some. And it is certainly the one that will make its debut as soon as possible because the premiere will take place in January. What to expect? Without any surprise, three models, namely Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra.
They will be very similar to each other in terms of design, and in its context, the only novelty is the way in which the main cameras will be set up. The whole trio will receive Dynamic AMOLED 120Hz displays (but with different resolutions) covered with Gorilla Glass Victus and waterproof housings, but they do not necessarily have to be made of the same materials. It is possible that plastic back panels will be used in the Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21+, but only in the Galaxy S21 Ultra Glass. Unrealistic? Then remember the Galaxy Note 20 series.
There is no doubt about two things. Firstly, the whole series will be very efficient, because it will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 and Exynos 2100 processors, which the Korean manufacturer will basically boast about any day now. Secondly, the Galaxy S21 Ultra will be the largest and most advanced. First of all in terms of available memory resources and photographic capabilities. A set of 108 Mpix lenses with OIS, 10 Mpix with OIS (telephoto lens), 10 Mpix with OIS (telephoto periscope lens) and 12 Mpix (ultra wide-angle) is expected here.
Galaxy S21 – 6.2″ Full HD+ screen, 8 GB RAM, triple camera, 4000 mAh battery
Galaxy S21+ – 6.7 inch Full HD+ screen, 8 GB RAM, triple camera, 4800 mAh battery
Galaxy S21 Ultra – 6.8-inch screen 1440 x 3200 pixels, stylus S Pen, 12 GB RAM, quad camera, battery 5000 mAh
The biggest mystery seems to be the handling of the S Pen stylus. Some sources say that the Galaxy S21 Ultra will be able to boast of this. If so, the boundaries between the Galaxy S and Galaxy Note series will be blurred very much.
And what smartphone are you waiting for?
Everyone has their own preferences and needs. Some of you may be waiting for the smartphones that are listed here, but there are certainly others that look different. Which ones? The comments section is at your disposal.