The best flagships and flagship killers to get for the Holiday season 2021

27 November 2021
Check out which phones made our list.

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For iOS Users:
- iPhone 13 Mini
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Max
.....all of these are great handsets, flagships, and differ by the physical size.

For Android Users, it's a lot more complicated.
It depends on factors like: your budget, screen size, headphone jack, waterproofing, processor speed, and other specific needs.

My shortlist recommendation would be:
Samsung A52s-5G (best value overall)
Samsung S21+ (luxury, Black Friday discounts)
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE version (Clearance sale!!)

OnePlus 9 Pro (great but very imperfect)
Pixel 6 (non-pro version)
Pixel 5a (cheap option for USA residents only)

Sony Xperia 1 mk 3 (best large phone)
Sony Xperia 5 mk 3 (best small phone)
Motorola G200 (new, decent value)

ASUS RoG Phone 5 (best speakers)
ASUS Zenfone 7 Pro (best selfie camera)
ASUS Zenfone 8 (best value compact)

Redmi Poco F3 (cheap option)
Xiaomi X3 Pro (very cheap)
Redmi Note 10 Pro (stupidly cheap, I wouldn't go lower)

  • AlienKiss

Flagship killer = will trick you with the same CPU and GPU, but will fool you with bad quality display, bad resolution, low DPI, plastic materials, plastic back, outdated memory etc.
No thanks! I'd rather buy a 1-2 year old high-end flagship and it would still outperform the latest 'flagship killer'.

Z, 28 Nov 2021You are deluded. Isnt the iphone that phone which loses 40%... moreGuy just hates on everything xiaomi for whatever reason.

  • Z

Anonymous, 28 Nov 2021If the iPhone 13 Pro is full of compromises then GsmArena w... moreYou are deluded. Isnt the iphone that phone which loses 40% of its performance while playing Genshin Impact at full load? It has annoying microstutters and all that.

Don't get me wrong, the Mi 11 Ultra is not necessarily a gaming phone, but if you think the A15 Bionic doesn't throttle, you need to do more research.

The ROG Phone 5 outperforms any other device when it comes to sustained performance, including any iPhone.

It is one of the best, but still has more compromises than the other flagships.

Almost 15 years it took GSMArena to list an iPhone as flagship phone of the year. What a journey!

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 28 Nov 2021Lol the 13 pro series is full of compromises. MI 11 ultra ... moreIf the iPhone 13 Pro is full of compromises then GsmArena won’t recommend it.

The iPhone is one of the best smartphone on sale. People who complain probably have never seen it and tried an iPhone. Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra is just overhyped thanks to power of marketing.

Front camera still locked at 1080p on Xiaomi while practically almost any other flagship does 4K, and the quality is not good either. Battery life on Xiaomi is horrendous thanks to MIUI, not the SD888 chipset. And also can get very hot because it doesn’t thermal throttle, only shuts down running apps.

  • Anonymous

Motorola G200 5G?

  • Norwegian Gangster

Anonymous, 28 Nov 2021Lol the 13 pro series is full of compromises. MI 11 ultra ... moreI chose Mi 10t pro over iPhone 12 last year. The iPhone 12 was just a rebranded iPhone 11 with newer chip.
Apple doesn't command the same attention anymore.
They are busy playing catchup to Android. Their phones are utterly forgettable with nothing new to offer, same old boring design and interface, nothing innovative.

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 28 Nov 2021Best flagship is the iPhone 13 Pro for me.Lol the 13 pro series is full of compromises.
MI 11 ultra is the best phone of the year as it is better almost everywhere.

Surprised gsmarena mentioned pixel 6 Pro and S21 Ultra as runner up but didn't mention vivo X70 Pro Plus.

Nice vid! Poco F3 and 13Pro Max for the Win! (have them both!)

  • Anonymous

Best flagship is the iPhone 13 Pro for me.

S21 ultra top spec it's the only flagship that can do them all, nothing on the market compares with it.

  • AnonF-1009694

All flagships were good this year, can't go wrong with any of these picks

  • Sorny and Magnetbox

Sony gets my vote! Followed by iPhone 13 Mini.

Too bad the iPhone 13 Pro is being held back by iOS...

  • Anonymous

Anonymous, 28 Nov 2021i would pick xperia 1 iii if it is on the list... but sinc... morei mean x70 pro +... ha!

  • Anonymous

i would pick xperia 1 iii if it is on the list...
but since it is not, i would settle for vivo v70 pro +...
second choice, oppo find x3 pro...