The latest Apple iPhones are here and the lineup is headlined by the all-new iPhone 13 Pro Max. This time around, Apple has finally furnished its top dog with a 120Hz high-refresh rate display along with a more powerful custom silicon in the form of the A15 Bionic SoC. It also helps that the smartphone offers newer imaging sensors that click stunning images come night or day. Apple has also incorporated some new features with the iPhone 13 lineup including a Cinematic Video mode, as well as Photographic styles that will undoubtedly elevate a user’s photography and cinematography experience.
Mi 11 Ultra is a spec-loaded beast that makes compromises at no front. Although Xiaomi is known for offering great mid-range phones, Mi 11 Ultra shows that the brand can even offer great value-for-money premium phones as well. Whether its performance, battery life, charging speeds, or even build quality, this phone will likely exceed your expectations. While Samsung hardly has hardly had any serious competition in past when it comes to premium Android smartphones, Mi 11 Ultra seems ready to give the brand a run for its money. You can even go for Mi 11X Pro as a budget option to this phone.
Vivo recently forayed into the premium segment with the X-series of phones. We have already been mighty impressed with the company’s X60 Pro Plus and this year, the brand one-upped the competition with the X70 Pro Plus which improves upon its predecessor and offers both, wireless charging as well as IP rating. What’s more, the device also comes with a phenomenal camera setup that is headlined by a 48MP Gimbal camera and a 50MP main sensor. Rest assured, if you want a capable Android that can do justice to stills as well as videos, then you cannot go wrong with the X70 Pro Plus.
Can a flagship foldable phone actually justify its price tag despite its clear durability issues? The answer is still no, but Samsung Galaxy Fold3 is closest to achieving this feat. The phone comes with top-of-the-line processor, S-Pen support, under-display selfie camera, and beautiful immersive displays (both inside and out). The crease in the middle of the display is still visible and the phone can easily give up on you in tough environments but that’s the price you will have to pay if you want this futuristic piece of tech that you can buy right now.
Every single year we wonder if the new iPhone would continue to top this list or be overtaken by the Android counterparts but yet again, iPhone 12 Pro Max proves that Apple has still not lost its touch with the consumers. The latest and greatest handset from the Cupertino-based company offers massively improved camera performance, the most powerful mobile chipset in the market, HDR video recording, and 5G connectivity. If you want to go for an affordable option, you can choose the Pro or regular variants and still get most of these great features.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the best Android phone that you can currently buy in the market. If you’ve used any Samsung flagship in the last 5-7 if not 9-10 years, you would already know that the brand offers the best displays in the market that do not compromise on any front. On top of that you get major improvements in the camera department over the last year, a long-lasting battery life, and a distinguished design that makes the handset look more premium than ever. With the added support for S Pen, Galaxy S21 Ultra might now be the go to device for even professionals from this year onwards.
On paper, the iPhone 13 might not seem as equipped as some other competing devices on this list. That said, the smartphone is still backed by the fastest mobile processor from Apple in the form of A15 Bionic SoC. Lastly, the smartphone’s cameras are a notch above what you’d get with the iPhone 12. In fact, the iPhone 13 clicks sharper images during the day and at night, the shots have lesser noise in them too. It also helps that the phone benefits from Apple’s sensor shift technology and supports photographic styles and cinematic video mode too.
Samsung went the slightly less ambitious route with the Galaxy Flip3 compared with the Galaxy Fold3 but that might have been the brand’s best decision in years. With an affordable price point, great hardware, and a foldable form factor that actually makes your daily driver more compact than ever, Galaxy Flip3 is probably the first foldable phone you should consider buying. Keep in mind that no phone with a foldable form factor can be described as particularly durable, and you would be good to go.
OnePlus has been criticised for increase in phone prices over the years but does OnePlus 9 Pro justify its price tag? The short answer would be – Yes. The handset comes with a crisp QHD+ LTPO AMOLED display with 120Hz refresh rate, industry-leading chipset, and blazing-fast charging. These are all highly coveted features and improve the user experience by a great degree. On the software side, OnePlus has been offering one of the best custom UI in the market as well. All things said, OnePlus 9 Pro is one of the best Android phones you can buy in 2021.
Vivo X60 Pro Plus is an exception to the norm as earlier premium phones from the brand never really managed to hit all the marks. The X60 Pro Plus, however, delivers and impresses in some of the most crucial departments. The camera performance offered by the handset is worthy of the flagship tag and thankfully, the brand has included a top-tier chipset, that makes sure you don’t get any issues, even while multitasking through some demanding tasks. You can opt for the regular variant as well, which comes at a more affordable price point.