We are in the last month of the year 2021. Time to rewind and celebrate the very best of the year. Looking back, Samsung, Xiaomi, Vivo, OnePlus, Apple, Vivo and Realme launched smartphones that stand out. While some boast of premium features, others offer the best value for money and more. Here’s a look at the smartphones that deserve a special mention.
Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max: Starting at Rs 1,29,900
What Makes It Special: Best iPhone of 2021
Apple’s most expensive iPhone is powered by the company’s own A15 Bionic chipset. The smartphone comes with an all-new Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion with an adaptive refresh rate of up to 120 Hz, making the touch experience faster and more responsive. The camera system on the iPhone 13 Pro Max includes an all-new Ultra Wide, Wide, and Telephoto cameras.
Apple iPhone 13: from Rs 1,19,900
What Makes It Special: Probably the Most Popular iPhone 13 Series Phone
This is the iPhone that will probably be the best-selling phone of the series, similar to its predecessors iPhone 11 and iPhone 12. Apple iPhone 13 is available in five colors and has a 6.1-inch screen with a ceramic shield on the front. The smartphone runs on iOS 15 and is powered by the company’s own A15 Bionic chipset. The device also promises to offer improved battery life compared to iPhone 12. Apple says it will offer 1.5 hours more battery life compared to iPhone 12.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra: from Rs 96,999
What Makes It Special: Best Galaxy S Series Phone of 2021
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the top model in the S21 series and comes with stylus support. The smartphone is powered by 5nm-based Exynos 2100 5G SoC and runs on the Android 12 operating system.
The high-end smartphone has a quad-camera setup and is supported by a 5000mAh battery with 25W fast charging, 15W Qi wireless charging.
OnePlus 9 Pro: from Rs 64,999
What makes it special: the first-ever OnePlus smartphone with a price tag of over Rs 70,000
OnePlus 9 Pro is the company’s most expensive smartphone and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor. The smartphone comes with a Hasselblad camera and has a 4,500 mAh battery with 65 W Warp Charge support. The smartphone runs on Android 11 and has a 6.7-inch curved Quad HD+ screen.
OnePlus 9R: from Rs 37,999
What Makes It Special: New Affordable Option For OnePlus Fans With Several Flagship Features
The most affordable smartphone in the OnePlus 9 series is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor and has a 6.55-inch full HD+ display. The smartphone is available in two variants: 8 GB + 128 GB and 12 GB + 256 GB and runs on the Android 11 operating system. The device has a 48MP quad-camera setup on the back and is backed by a 4,500mAh battery with support for 65W fast charging.
OnePlus Nord 2: Starting at Rs 27,999
What makes it special: Successor to OnePlus’ most popular phone of 2020
OnePlus Nord 2 5G comes with a 6.43-inch full HD+ display and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chipset. The smartphone runs on Android 11 and has a triple rear camera with 50 MP main sensor, 8 MP ultra-wide angle lens and 2 MP mono camera. The mid-range smartphone has a 4500 mAh battery with support for 65 W fast charging.
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra: Available for Rs 69,999
What Makes It Special: Xiaomi’s 2021 ‘Superphone’
Xiaomi’s most expensive smartphone comes with a dual display. Mi 11 Ultra has a 6.81-inch main display and a 1.1-inch secondary display on the back. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, the smartphone has a triple rear camera with 50 MP main sensor. The Mi 11 Ultra is backed by a 5000 mAh battery with support for 67W fast charging. The smartphone also offers reverse wireless charging.
Mi 11X Pro: from Rs 36,999
What makes it special: Value for money premium phone from Xiaomi
The Mi 11X Pro has a 6.67-inch FHD+ display and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor.
The smartphone runs on Android 11 and has a battery from 4,250 mAh with support for fast charging of 33 W. The smartphone houses a triple rear camera and dual speakers tuned by Dolby Atmos
Nokia XR20: Available for Rs 46,999
What Makes It Special: First truly rugged 5G smartphone
Nokia XR20 is the company’s first smartphone with a military design. The smartphone is said to withstand extreme temperatures ranging from 55 degrees to 20 degrees Celsius, be dropped from 6 feet (1.8 meters) high and submerged for up to an hour. Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 SoC, the smartphone packs a 4,630mAh battery with 18W wired and 15W wireless charging options. It runs Android 11 and has a 48MP dual rear camera.
Xiaomi Mi 10i: from Rs 20,999
What Makes It Special: The first to bring a 108MP camera to sub-Rs 20,000 phones
Xiaomi Mi 10i is the most affordable smartphone with a 108MP camera. The smartphone has a 6.67-inch FHD+ display with a 120Hz refresh rate and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G processor. It runs on Android 11 and is backed by a 4,320 mAh battery with support for 33 W fast charging.
Vivo X70 Pro+: Available for Rs 79,999
What Makes It Special: Brings the Gimbal Camera Back to Smartphones
The most expensive Vivo smartphone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ processor and has a quad-gimbal camera on the back. Vivo X70 Pro+ comes with IP58 rating and runs on the Android 11 operating system. It features a Quad HD+ display and houses a 4500 mAh battery with 55W fast charging, 50W wireless fast charging, 10W wireless reverse charging.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3: Available for Rs 1,57,999
What Makes It Special: Claimed to be the ‘most durable’ foldable smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 comes with a 6.2-inch HD+ Dynamic AMOLED cover display with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. When you unfold the device, you get a 7.6-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED main display. The water-resistant smartphone comes with a total of five cameras and is powered by a 5nm 64-bit octa-core chipset along with 12 GB of RAM and internal storage options of 128 GB or 256 GB. It runs on the Android 11 operating system and is powered by a 4,400 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3: Available for Rs 88,999
What Makes It Special: Makes Foldable Smartphones Affordable
The cover screen of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 measures 1.9 inches and is a Super AMOLED panel. The device unfolds and displays a 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED main display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The device is powered by a 5nm 64-bit octa-core chipset with 8GB of RAM and internal storage options of 128GB or 256GB. It runs on the Android 11 operating system and is powered by a 3,300 mAh battery.
Realme GT: Available for Rs 37,999
What Makes It Special: Cheapest Flagship Smartphone Powered by Snapdragon 888
Realme GT is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 5G SoC and has a 4,500 mAh battery with 65W SuperDart Charge support. The Realme GT offers a 6.43-inch 120Hz Super AMOLED display and features a triple rear camera, with the primary camera being a 64MP sensor, which is paired with an 8MP ultra-wide angle camera and a 2MP macro lens.
Asus ROG Phone 5: Starting at Rs 49,999
What Makes It Special: The first phone in India to launch with 16GB of RAM
Asus ROG Phone 5 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon processor coupled with 16GB of RAM. This is the first gaming smartphone to be launched in India with 16 GB of RAM. The smartphone offers a 144Hz display. It is equipped with a 6.78-inch Samsung AMOLED panel. ROG Phone 5 features two symmetrical 7-magnet 12×16 Super Linear speakers tuned by Dirac Audio. It houses a 6000 mAh battery and supports 65 W fast charging.
iQoo 7 Legend: Available for Rs 39,990
What Makes It Special: The Powerful Gaming Phone
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 processor, iQoo Legend 7 is available in two variants: 8 GB + 128 GB and 12 GB + 256 GB. The smartphone runs on Android 11 and has a 48 MP triple rear camera. It features a Full HD+ AMOLED display and is backed by a 4000 mAh battery with support for 66W fast charging.
JioPhone Next: Available for Rs 1,999
What Makes It Special: First smartphone co-developed by Google and Reliance Jio
The JioPhone Next is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 215 processor. It is the company’s first phone to be launched jointly with Google. The smartphone runs on PragatiOS based on Google’s Android operating system. The smartphone has a 5.5-inch HD+ screen and is supported by a 3500mAh battery.
Oppo Reno 6 Pro: Available for Rs 38,393
What Makes It Special: The Affordable Camera Phone
Oppo Reno 6 Pro offers a 6.5-inch AMOLED curved FHD+ display and is powered by MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC. The camera phone has a four-camera setup. This includes a 64MP main sensor, an 8MP wide-angle sensor, a 2MP macro sensor and a 2MP mono sensor. On the front is a 32MP sensor. It is backed by a 4500mAh battery with 65W SuperVOOC 2.0 fast charging support.