Best smartphones of 2021 - buyer’s guide
Last updated: May 20, 2021
Welcome to the always-up-to-date GSMArena Smartphone Buyer's Guide where we round up the best smartphones you can buy.
You will find the different categories of phones below with our top pick as a highlight. Click on the category to see the other suggested options.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
The Galaxy S21 Ultra gathers all the cutting edge tech Samsung can offer to the public, short of a foldable screen. A quad camera with advancements all around, a superb display with all the bells and whistles, including S Pen support, class-leading battery life - there's hardly anything missing.Continue reading
Xiaomi Poco F3
The Poco F3 is one of the hottest surprises this season. It's a proper flagship-killer, the catchy name behind all those overqualified mid-ranges. The F3 impresses with a 120Hz AMOLED screen and the second-best Qualcomm chip right now - the Snapdragon 870 with 5G.Continue reading
Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
Breaking a streak of Galaxy title holders, the Mi 11 Ultra is our latest Editors' choice for cameraphone. It packs a unique combination of top-class hardware and puts it to good use, producing great results across virtually all scenarios.Continue reading
Asus ROG Phone 5
Nobody does smartphone gaming quite like Asus. Four iterations into the ROG Phone line, that remains a fact. The ROG Phone 5 is a true powerhouse in every sense of the word - a phone that is specifically crafted to deliver the best possible gaming experience, with any other concern or consideration taking a back seat. It just so happens that when you make an excellent gaming flagship, you usually end up with an excellent all-around device in general that has plenty of appeal outside gaming.Continue reading
Battery life champions
Xiaomi Poco F3
The most recent Poco F3 replaces our previous top pick for a battery life champ - the Poco F2 Pro. It is currently one of the most powerful smartphones and the most dependable performer when it comes to battery life.Continue reading
Apple iPhone 12 mini
We sure thought Apple was done with the small iPhones this year after the new iPhone SE premiere. Yet, Apple managed to surprise us with a proper mini flagship with no missing features. Indeed, the new iPhone 12 mini is a smaller version of the iPhone 12 and it's lost nothing.Continue reading
Motorola Moto G100
- 128GB 8GB RAM $ 723.97
The Motorola G100 is replacing our previous Motorola pick for this category - the Moto Edge. It offers nice perks such as a smooth 90Hz LCD screen, one very powerful Snapdragon 870 chip and Ready For (DeX-like) desktop capabilities.Continue reading
Midrange all-rounders (up to €300)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 10 Pro
There is no better mid-ranger than the Redmi Note 10 Pro if your budget is around the €300 mark (MSRP of €279). The phone offers excellent screen and camera quality, plus splash resistant glass design . Its chipset may not be the fastest, but it's up to par.Continue reading
Midrange all-rounders (up to €250)
Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro
The €220 Poco X3 Pro is easily the best phone around the €250 mark. It has a large 120Hz display and one enormously powerful (for the class) Snapdragon 860 chipset with plenty of RAM and storage. The phone is IP53-rated for splash resistance and offers Gorilla Glass 6 screen protection.Continue reading
Midrange all-rounders (up to €200)
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
There is no better mid-ranger than the €189 Poco X3 NFC if your budget is around the €200 mark. It was, in fact, our previous top pick for the €250 category, but now it's even cheaper!Continue reading
Xiaomi Redmi 9
Our top pick to buy in the most affordable category is the Redmi 9. It is a great budget smartphone with a large 6.53" 1080p screen and powerful enough Helio G80 chip. It has four cameras on its back - wide, ultrawide, macro and depth.Continue reading
Best phones by category
I read comments that some features don't work properly and updates will be very rare from LG now so look into that before buying. If it's alright and you don't care about updates, I don't see a reason why V60 wouldn't be wort...
- 21 Jun 2021
Any thoughts about the lg v60 still worth buying?
- 21 Jun 2021
Use the Sony Xperia 5 II for 8 month now ... best phone I have ever had with a great battery life. Does all it promise and not even one problem.
- 12 Jun 2021