5 smartphones that we're most excited about in 2021

With some luck, 2021 will be much better than it was in 2020, but there are plenty of exciting smartphones to look forward to at least. 

There should be something for everyone, from high-profile handsets such as the iPhone 13 to oddities like the LG Rollable. Below, ten of the most exciting choices that we hope to see before the end of the year have been highlighted. 

These are phones that are probably fine in most situations, and should be interesting, unique, or creative at the very least.

1. Samsung Galaxy S21 range

The most highly awaited Android phones are possibly the Samsung Galaxy S21 and its likely relatives, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. Waiting for them shouldn't be long either, as it is rumored that the Samsung Galaxy S21 series could be released as early as 14 January.

So what are you going to expect from the three phones? It goes almost without saying that they will have cutting-edge power, with reports suggesting that either the Snapdragon 888 chipset (in the United States) or the Exynos 2100 (in most other places) will be packed, both of which are likely to be among the most powerful of the year.

Support for the S Pen stylus on the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra, a rumored move that could put the phone even closer to the Galaxy Note range, may be the most exciting update, though. We're also hearing about high-spec cameras, with the S21 Ultra offering 10x optical zoom potential.

2. iPhone 13 range

The iPhone 13 series is likely to be even more highly awaited than the Samsung Galaxy S21 range, but the waiting period for these phones is much longer, as they are unlikely to arrive before September.

For these latest models, with high refresh rate displays, 1TB of storage, in-screen fingerprint scanners, and a smaller notch, all rumored, there could be some major improvements. There is also talk of the installation of a periscope camera, which would allow an improved optical zoom range.

However, with the phones being a long way off at the moment of publishing, we are not yet sure of these things at all. What you can be assured of is that they are going to be very powerful, and that Apple is likely to offer the same range of handsets as in the iPhone 12 range, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

3. OnePlus 9

In March or April, the OnePlus 9 series is likely to land and deliver a slightly cheaper way to get the sort of cutting-edge tech that we expect to see in phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S21.

There is definitely going to be a OnePlus 9, a OnePlus 9 Pro, and possibly a brand new model called the OnePlus 9E as well.

As for what to expect, the top-end Snapdragon 888 chipset will be used by all three models, and they'll probably also have high refresh rate displays, with at least 120Hz probably provided by the Pro model.

But reports say that the regular OnePlus 9 will have a 48MP main camera, a 48MP ultra-wide one, and an undisclosed third lens, as well as 8GB of RAM and 128GB of storage, while the OnePlus 9 Pro is likely to be the only one of the three with IP68 water and dust resistance certification.

4. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is not likely to be as mainstream as most of the phones on this list, but it may be more interesting than most of them, as the future is likely to be foldable phones, and the best one yet is likely to be the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3.

The primary Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 rumors so far indicate that it might support Samsung's S Pen stylus, have an in-screen camera, and probably even have an RGB light strip on its hinge, in addition to having a wide, foldable screen.

At the time of writing, we have not heard anything else, but expect more reports to roll in before release, which could be in June if leaks are to be believed - although some sources expect it will not land until the second half of the release.

5. LG Rollable

The LG Rollable is a wild card to a great degree, not least because we're not even sure it even exists. But there is some proof that LG is creating a rollable screen phone, and that sometime in 2021 it could be out.

This could be a device based on a patent that allows you to stretch the edges of the left and right screen, but because it rolls rather than folds, and because the mechanism is compactly hidden within the handset, when the screen is not extended, it could look more like a regular smartphone. It could range from 6.8 inches to 7.4 inches, according to another leak.

In the meantime, a patent application for the name 'LG Rollable' contains a description of "electronic touch screen pens," so you might be able to get a stylus for it with the Galaxy Z Fold 3.

The LG Rollable sounds optimistic and we haven't learned anything about it yet, so there's every possibility it's not going to land in 2021, and it's definitely going to be really costly if it does, but it sure sounds interesting. So far, the only speculation of the release date for it mentions that it could arrive in the first half of the year.

source: techradar.com

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