A Look at the Hottest Smartphones in 2021
Smartphones are always changing, adapting, upgrading and featuring new technology. Hot new smartphones hit the market annually, with some companies releasing new phones bi-annually or more. What are the hottest smartphones in 2021? What are their prices and new features?
What are their prices and new features? Buying a new smartphone is not always about the phone itself for many U.S. consumers. People want the best cameras available. People also want the fastest Wi-Fi connections and largest amount of storage space for music or pictures. What makes each smartphone so unique?
Each available smartphone in 2021 has some similarities to others on the current market. Each new smartphone also has its own benefits and special features. Read ahead for a look at the hottest smartphones in 2021 and the benefits of each.
The Smartphone Giants
There are two main companies considered to be the giants of the smartphone industry. Apple and Samsung manufacture the two most popular and longstanding smartphone ranges with the iPhone and Galaxy models respectively. The first iPhone was released in 2007. The first Galaxy was put on the market not much later in 2009. Both these companies set the trends when they initially released their highly popular smartphones and continue to do so in 2021. For example, the iPhone 13 is one of the most anticipated range releases of the year. Samsung also has two high-quality foldable/flip phones being released with much anticipation in 2021.
Android vs. iOS
There are two giant smartphone manufacturers in the industry and there are also two main smartphone operating systems. Apple provides its proprietary iOS operating system with apps purchasable and downloadable from the Apple Store. Google created the original Android operating system and has apps purchasable and downloadable via its proprietary Google Play Store. The iOS system is only available on applicable Apple devices such as iPhone, iPads and iPod models. The Android systems, however, are usable on a wide variety of phones and devices. There are consumer loyalists who support each system. Which system is right for you? The truth is both iOS and Android operating systems provide high quality experiences. Choosing an operating system has a lot to do with the type of smartphone you prefer as a consumer.
2021’s Hottest Smartphones
2021’s hottest smartphones all have high-powered features and advanced technology. Some are already on the market and others are being released at some point during 2021 The hottest and/or most anticipated smartphones of 2021 are:
- Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max.
- Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G.
- One Plus 8 Pro.
- Google Pixel 4a 5G.
- Apple iPhone 13.
1. Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
The Apple iPhone has set the standard for consumer anticipation and superb quality smartphone performance since the release of the first model in 2007. The Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max continues to set the bar for consumer expectations and quality features. Priced at $1,099 before trade-in or $45.79/mo with qualifying credit, the Pro Max comes in four different brilliant finish options and storage capacity up to 512GB. The Pro Max runs iOS 14, which includes widgets, expanded messaging features and more. There is a 5G-enabled Qualcomm modem and a superbly functional camera. The battery life on the iPhone 12 Pro Max lasts all day even with heavy use, which is perhaps one of the hottest features of this excellent 2021 smartphone.
2. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is another strong contender for the hottest smartphone of 2021. The S21 is available from only $499 with a qualified trade-in. Prices without a trade-in start at $1,099. The S21 has a large 6.8-inch screen and an Octa-core 2.84GHz processor. One of the hottest aspects of this smartphone is its impressive rear quad camera with wide angle, telephoto 1-2 and ultra wide lens options. There is a dual zoom lens, a 10MP dual telephoto lens and a proprietary Zoom Lock feature allowing you to stabilize your shots for clarity while zooming. Storage size options range from 128GB to 256GB and 512GB and the refresh rate is 120Hz. More of the hottest features on the S21 include the all-day battery life in 5G, the Dynamic AMOLED 2X display and S Pen support.
3. OnePlus 8 Pro
The OnePlus 8 Pro is selling from $799 with 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage capacity. Free OnePlus backpacks are currently included as gifts with each purchase directly through OnePlus. This smartphone has 280+ software optimizations and a refresh rate of 120Hz, making it a literal pleasure to use. The 6.78-inch QHD+ display is only 2/10th of an inch smaller than the Galaxy S21. The 8 Pro features a 10-bit color display capable of reaching 1300 nits, which makes images clearly visible even in the brightest of direct sunlight. Some of the hottest features on the OnePlus 8 Pro include 4096 adaptive brightness levels, fifty-percent charge in approximately twenty-three minutes and the proprietary Warp Charge 30 Wireless charging technology.
4. Google Pixel 4a 5G
The Google Pixel 4a 5G is simply one of the hottest smartphones available in its $499 price range. The 4a 5G is priced $200 lower than the newer Pixel 5 even though most technology and features are the same in both smartphones. The screen size is 6.2 inches and the picture quality on its OLED display is comparable to the much more expensive iPhone 11 Pro Max. The CPU in the 4a 5G runs Snapdragon 730G and the battery lasts a solid eight hours before needing to be recharged. Perhaps the hottest feature of the Pixel 4a 5G is its dual SIM-capability
5. Apple iPhone 13
In spite of the stellar quality and brilliant features of the iPhone 12 Pro Max, the upcoming iPhone 13 is the most highly anticipated 2021 smartphone release. The iPhone 13 is expected to be released in September of 2021 and include higher refresh rates plus 1TB of storage space. There are also rumors of in-screen fingerprint scanners and a periscope camera inside the iPhone 13 models.