New smartphones 2021: top 21 best expected phones, their review

The year 2021 has given us a lot of new smartphones that are able to surprise you with innovative features, as well as value for money and features. Recently a lot of models from different price categories had time to come out. So we suggest taking a look at the new popular smartphones of 2021 with a detailed description of the characteristics, all the advantages and disadvantages.


Asus ROG Phone 5s Pro

ASUS rarely releases new models, so each fresh smartphone attracts increased attention. ROG – a series of gaming devices, in the development of which the manufacturer focused on gamer chips.

The device is based on the most powerful processor, has a screen with a frequency of 144 Hz and can offer the game character controls in shooters. That said, the cameras are in line with the mid-budget level.


  • Gamer features;
  • powerful chipset;
  • 6000 mAh battery;
  • flagship screen.


  • Modest cameras.


ASUS Zenfone 8.

This model is positioned as a flagship, but has a number of features. Zenfone 8 is the most compact smartphone of the flagship segment in 2022, if we do not take into account the iPhone 12 mini.

The Zenfone series of phones last year was a rotating camera, but this year only the Pro-model has such a feature. The classic “eight” has a front-facing camera embedded in the screen. The smartphone does not complain about the quality of photos and videos, but is not impressed by its autonomy.


  • SD 888;
  • a decent quality of photo;
  • miniature body;
  • Smooth and bright display.


  • Need to recharge often.


Galaxy Z Fold 3

Hot novelty, which was a continuation of the series of folding smartphones Samsung. Z Fold 3 is a representative of the increasingly popular class of transformers that can turn from a phone into a tablet.

The news that preceded the release of the third generation has been confirmed, and the smartphone has a sub-screen front camera. However, it works poorly, producing mediocre pictures. Saved by the external screen, where there is its own front camera of higher quality.


  • form factor;
  • photographic capabilities;
  • display;
  • “hardware”.


  • Not capable of surviving the rest of the day without recharging.


Google Pixel 6 and 6 Pro

Soon on the market should arrive updated series of smartphones Google Pixel 6. According to unconfirmed information, the devices should get an SD 888+ chipset and a dual camera. Despite the fact that the full list of specifications is still unknown, we can make intermediate conclusions.

Google is finally preparing to release a smartphone with narrow screen frames. Previously, we had to compromise in this regard. The camera will not undergo major changes, but the software should traditionally provide superiority over the competition.


  • Google Software;
  • design;
  • powerful stuffing.


  • Battery life remains in question.


Infinix HOT 10S.

Unlike Google, the little-known brand Infinix has already introduced its novelty. This smartphone belongs to the budget class, and for this class it has good characteristics.

The only disappointment is the HD screen, which at a diagonal of 6.82 inches received a low resolution. But there are no questions about photo quality, performance, or battery life.


  • long-lasting powerless operation;
  • 48-megapixel photosensor;
  • impressive battery.


  • HD screen.


iPhone 13 Pro

Apple also unveiled its novelty, but in comparison with the Infinix smartphone you can see almost ten times the difference in price and features.

Compared to the previous generation, the iPhone 13 Pro received a noticeable upgrade of the cameras, which are 2 times better at night. There was a screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz and, of course, the processor was updated. The A15 became the most powerful chip for mobile platforms.


  • gaming performance;
  • night shooting;
  • smooth OLED screen;
  • premium body.


  • Biting price;
  • questionable autonomy.


Motorola Edge 20.

It is difficult to understand whether Motorola is positioning this smartphone as a flagship or just wants to release a top-end mid-budget. Until the official price is announced, it’s hard to draw final conclusions. But we can take a look at the confirmed specs.

The phone has a contrasting 144Hz screen and a 108-megapixel camera, hinting at the flagship segment. The mid-budget nature of the device gives off a Qualcomm processor from the 700-series, but this chipset shows performance on par with 2019 flagships.


  • AMOLED display at 144 Hz;
  • 108 megapixel resolution pictures;
  • optimized firmware.


  • not the best battery life.


Nokia 5G

At the end of the year Nokia should present a new 5G flagship, but so far the Finnish brand is releasing one of the most affordable smartphones that support fifth-generation networks called Nokia G300.

The smartphone has a fairly fast processor, allowing it to perform any task. The cameras don’t grab the stars from the sky, and the HD screen can be disappointing at all. But the G300 is ready to boast of pure Android without Chinese add-ons, like most competitors.


  • affordable price;
  • fast chipset with 5G;
  • three cameras.


  • Low quality display.


Nubia RedMagic 5S from ZTE

ZTE’s gamer device with chips to optimize gameplay.

Similar to other competitors in the class RedMagic 5S has a trigger to control characters in shooters. You can also use them in other gameplay projects, but it is better to connect a wireless gamepad. The phone is notable for its performance, but it cannot compete with the flagships in photo part.


  • A high-frequency screen;
  • The stuffing, optimized for games;
  • sticks.


  • Mid-budget level cameras.


OnePlus 9T.

The long-awaited novelty for fans of the OnePlus series should be the model 9T. The manufacturer has not yet confirmed information about the characteristics, but some parameters are already known.

For the first time in the lineup smartphone will get a 108-megapixel camera, which will complement one of the best wide-angle lenses on the market. For the performance of the device is responsible SD 888, and the screen does not cause criticism neither in terms of smoothness, nor in terms of color rendering.


  • 10-bit screen;
  • new camera with a 108 MP sensor;
  • Qualcomm chipset.


  • The price may not be a pleasant surprise to fans.


OnePlus Nord 2.

Unlike OnePlus 9T, OnePlus Nord2 has already gone on sale and collected a bunch of positive customer reviews.

This model represents a return to the roots when OnePlus offered the best value for money. This smartphone has a high-performance design with a 50-megapixel camera and a smooth display. And among the cons, only the case materials stand out.


  • copes with any tasks;
  • takes good pictures;
  • Has a good display.


  • budget build.


Realme GT 5G

An excellent model who wants the best performance for your money. Realme GT is based on a high-performance flagship chipset and has a good screen for gaming and viewing content.

In preparing for the release of this smartphone, the manufacturer had to save money on the cameras. Otherwise, the price would have been higher. It has mid-budget sensors for basic photo scenarios.


  • The flagship display;
  • high-end chipset;
  • attractive price.


  • Build quality.


Realme X9 and Realme X9 Pro

Medium-budget novelties Realme, which also offer a fairly productive stuffing. However, it should be noted that the Realme X9 and Realme X9 Pro are designed for the Chinese market, that is, in Russia smartphones will not be sold (at least officially).

Models attract attention with a combination of characteristics and support for fifth-generation mobile networks. Otherwise, in front of us just the optimal ratio of price and stuffing.


  • 50-megapixel camera;
  • SD 870;
  • Smooth picture on the screen.


  • Not available for the Russian market.

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Samsung Galaxy A03s

This model is officially introduced to Russian consumers, and therefore the Galaxy A03s can be bought in any electronics store. The smartphone has modest characteristics, but this is always the case when it comes to ultra-budget Samsung smartphones.

The device has decent parameters for its price and can please with a fingerprint scanner, which is rarely found in the class of affordable phones. Also, the device is ready to boast a high-capacity battery and a triple camera.


  • The name brand;
  • The work time without recharging;
  • fingerprint scanner.


  • mediocre screen;
  • phone lacks the NFC-chip.


Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

A smartphone whose release has not yet been confirmed, but specs are already known to insiders. Samsung had planned to introduce a new generation of its FE lineup in August 2022, but the timing has been postponed. Now there are big doubts as to whether the smartphone will be available.

If the release does happen, the Galaxy S21 GE will be able to please with a relatively low price and flagship features. True, in a case made of cheap plastic.


  • functional camera;
  • AMOLED-display with a high hertz;
  • Qualcomm processor.


  • Assembled from plastic.


Tecno Camon 17P

This model is already on sale, so there is no doubt about its release. Tecno Camon 17P is sold in most stores, but its characteristics raise questions.

Yes, for its price the device has a decent camera with 64 megapixel sensor resolution, and the G85 processor copes with most modern tasks. But the quality of the display is very poor due to insufficient pixel density.


  • holds a charge;
  • takes clear pictures;
  • Is based on a powerful for its price chipset.


  • Has a mediocre screen.


Vivo S10.

A mid-budget model for the Chinese market, which traditionally for vivo products offers a catchy design. In this smartphone surprises the presence of “bangs”, because previously most manufacturers refused such a design of the front camera unit.

Vivo S10 is characterized not only by a daring design, but also by cool stuffing. Modern applications are not able to set an impossible task for a smartphone, and the camera is not bad for a mid-budget class. At the same time, the autonomy is embarrassing.


  • Appearance;
  • 5G processor for resource-intensive tasks;
  • The quality of the screen matrix.


  • small battery.


Xiaomi Mi 12.

The expected flagship of Xiaomi, whose release is scheduled for the very end of 2022. So far we only know that Mi 12 will be the first smartphone on the SD 898 processor with a 200-megapixel camera.

Since the remaining specs are classified, no conclusion can be drawn regarding the Mi 12. Developers are also expected to wow with advanced screen capabilities and possibly integrate support for 120-watt charging.


  • 200-megapixel camera;
  • new SD chipset;
  • charging speed.


  • High price is expected.


Xiaomi Mi CC11

Another novelty, but this time only for the Chinese market. But don’t worry that the Mi CC11 won’t appear in Russia. After all, its characteristics exactly copy the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite 5G NE.

The smartphone is distinguished by its compactness and balanced characteristics. Mi CC 11 has support for fifth-generation cellular networks and can be considered a good option from the mid-budget segment to buy for 2022 or even 2022.


  • Lightweight body;
  • balanced parameters;
  • fresh design.


  • Copies Mi 11 Lite 5G NE.


Xiaomi Mi Mix Fold 2.

Along with the Mi 12 at the end of the year, the Chinese company Xiaomi should present an updated version of the foldable smartphone Mi Mix Fold. As is expected of a major brand, Xiaomi carefully hides detailed specifications, and therefore insiders know only some parameters.

If the previous model was sold only in China, then the novelty will come to most global markets. In this case, the changes compared to the previous generation will be minimal. There will be a sub-screen front camera, as well as a 108-megapixel photo sensor with a liquid lens.


  • The camera’s liquid lens;
  • folding body;
  • High-performance hardware.


  • Availability.


ZTE Blade V30.

Completes the selection of new products in 2022 inexpensive smartphone company ZTE on a rare processor Tiger T618.

Before the appearance of the Blade V30 on the market about this single-chip system was not known exactly nothing, and therefore the performance of the novelty raises questions. Synthetic tests show a decent result, but how the “iron” will behave in practice remains a mystery. So far about the ZTE Blade V30 can only say that it has good, but not impressive parameters. Just the best ratio of features and price.


  • balanced parameters;
  • body design;
  • screen with narrow bezels.


  • Questionable chipset.


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