2021 had innovative smartphones and when it comes to the flagship or premium smartphone segment, we witnessed mind-blowing products and the companies were competing with each other to provide the fastest charging solution, the best camera, and performance. The flagship smartphones comes with a hefty price tag but the same provides you an amazing experience hello with a smooth and clean interface. Having said that, this year the pricing of the flagship smartphones was higher than ever and that was mainly due to the global shortage of the chipsets. Anyways, I welcome all of you to our last article of the Best of 2021 series and this will deal with the best flagship smartphones of this year.
As we told earlier, we bring the list in front of you after lots of research and that means we have listed the best products in this article. So guys without making any further delay let’s get into the article to check out the best flagship smartphones of 2021.
Google Pixel 6 Pro
The mountain view company Google is making smartphones since 2016 but this year the company introduced the real flagship smartphones with its latest and greatest Google Pixel 6 Series and the Google Pixel 6 Pro is our first choice for the best flagship smartphones of this year. It is coming with a 6.7-inch QHD+ LTPO OLED display with upto 120Hz and a punch-hole set up. Google has introduced the device with the power of the in-house Google Tensor SoC that makes the smartphone a real beast. It is coming with 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage.
The camera department is another highlighting area of the smartphone and this time, Google has introduced its flagship smartphone with a triple rear camera setup and you will get a 48-megapixel telephoto shooter along with a 50-megapixel wide-angle camera and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide shooter. The device also features an 11.1-megapixel front facing camera sensor with an f/2.2 lens. The camera department is also coming with some innovative features like a magic eraser and more.
It also features Titan M2 security chip along with an in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock. The device is running on Android 12 out of the box and it is coming with a 5,003mAh battery with 30W wired fast charging and 23W wireless fast charging.
iPhone 13 Pro
Apple has introduced its most advanced smartphone with huge improvements and you will get a superb video camera in this smartphone. The device has been introduced with a 120 Hz refresh rate and display and you will get the power of the A15 Bionic chipset. It is worth mentioning that the notch is 20% smaller this time around.
Now the biggest upgrade of the device is the camera. Though the resolution is still Apple’s beloved 12MP for all three sensors, the sensor quality is improved with some new useful features. The main sensor now has a big 1.9μm pixel size and f1.5 lens, which will improve the low light photography even more. The telephoto lens can now zoom up to 3X optically, thanks to new 77mm f2.8 lens. The Ultra wide angle lens is also improved 6 elements f1.8 lens with autofocus. And thanks to the autofocusing, the ultra wide sensor can shoot Macro shots as well. Moreover, the company has added support for telephoto lens as well. Regarding video recording, we now have support for recording ProRes videos (Apple’s professional video codec), which is used by studios and production house.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
The smartphone features a 6.8-inch WQHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x Curved HDR10+ display with an adaptable 120 Hz refresh rate. The company has also embedded an ultrasonic fingerprint reader for security in the display. It is powered by the Snapdragon 888 SoC from Qualcomm while India along with other markets like Europe will get the new Exynos 2100 SoC. It’s paired with up to 16GB of LPDDR5 RAM and up to 512GB of storage.
It rocks a quad rear camera setup and the device is having a 108-megapixel primary camera with f/1.8 aperture and can shoot videos in 8K resolution at 24 FPS. The camera department also features optical image stabilization. The device also comes with a 40-megapixel front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture. Moreover, the handset is certified with IP68 dust and water resistance. It is running on Android 11 with One UI 3.1 on top. The smartphone is powered by a 5,000 mAh battery and supports 25W USB PD 3.0 fast charging, 15W fast wireless charging, and 4.5W reverse wireless charging. Galaxy S21 Ultra also supports S-Pen just like the Note counterpart.
OnePlus 9 Pro
OnePlus is popular for flagship smartphones and this year the company delighted its fans with the latest OnePlus 9 series and we have selected OnePlus 9 Pro in our best smartphones of 2021 category. The smartphone features a 10-bit curved 6.7-inch Quad-HD+ Fluid AMOLED 2.0 display meaning it supports a 120Hz variable refresh rate. It is powered by the latest and greatest Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor and the same is paired with up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM along with 256GB of 3.1 storage.
OnePlus 9 Pro rocks a quad rear camera setup led by a 48MP Sony IMX789 primary sensor with an f/1.8 aperture lens and a sensor size of 1/1.43″ along with support for Optical Image Stabilisation. It is followed by a 50MP Sony IMX766 FreeForm Lens ultra-wide sensor, an 8MP telephoto sensor with an f/2.4 aperture that can offer zoom levels of 3.3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom. Finally, there is a 2MP monochrome sensor. The selfie camera is a 16MP Sony IMX471 sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. It is backed by a 4,500 mAh battery with 65W Warp Charging and 50W wireless charging. The software is based on Android 11 with Oxygen OS 11 on top.
Mi 11 Ultra
Xiaomi is the world’s fastest growing smartphone brand and the company has Mi 11 Ultra with impressive camera and premium specifications. The smartphone features a 6.81-inch AMOLED E4 display with a 120H refresh rate. It is powered by the Snapdragon 888 mobile platform and the device is paired with 8 GB / 12 GB of LPDDDR5 RAM along with 256 GB / 512 GB of UFS 3.1 storage.
There’s a secondary display placed near the rear camera module as well (for notification & camera check stuff). It is running on Android 11 out of the box. Mi 11 Ultra features a triple rear camera setup with a 50-megapixel primary sensor, 48-megapixel ultrawide sensor, and 48-megapixel periscope telephoto sensor. The device features a 20-megapixel front-facing camera. It also comes with an in-display fingerprint scanner and the device is having a 5,000mAh battery with 67W fast charging technology.
We also have three more flagship smartphones that are not spotted in the list (which are mentioned above) but we can’t ignore the devices, as it is also coming with impressive and innovative specifications.
Oppo Find X3 Pro
iQOO 8 Legend
Apple iPhone 13 Mini
So these are our best choices for the category and we believe to see more innovation in this particular segment. We would like to know your favourite flagship smartphone of 2021 in the comments section and don’t forget to check out our Best of 2021 series to know other popular devices of this year.
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