Best new Upcoming phones – The first wave of 2021 phones has arrived, with new flagship hardware from Samsung, Xiaomi, OnePlus, and others, as well as a slew of budget and mid-range handsets – but there’s still more to come.
While the most of the spring releases have passed us by, we predict another round of large releases in the autumn of 2021. That’s when the Pixel 6 and iPhone 13 will be unveiled, as well as the next generation of Samsung Galaxy foldables.
However, there are plenty of other launches in the meanwhile, including the Sony Xperia III series, Realme GT, and Asus ZenFone 8 and 8 Flip, as well as a number of phones that have been announced but have not yet gone on sale internationally. Huawei has merely teased the Huawei P50 series, and we’re still waiting for BlackBerry’s long-awaited comeback.
Foldable designs are getting more affordable and sturdy this year, and battery technology is improving as well. We’ve seen software improvements as well, which makes us even more enthusiastic about Android 12 and iOS 15, as well as Huawei’s new HarmonyOS software, which will power its forthcoming phones and tablets.
Top 10 Best new Upcoming phones in 2021
01. iPhone 13 range
The iPhone 13 series is definitely the most eagerly awaited of the new phones, but you’ll have to wait a while for them, since they’re unlikely to arrive before September.
High refresh rate displays, 1TB of storage, on-screen fingerprint sensors, and a reduced notch are all expected to be included in these latest versions. Improved cameras and larger batteries are also being discussed.
However, the majority of current speculations point to this year’s models being slight improvements to the iPhone 12 range overall, with comparable screen sizes and styles.
We’re not sure about any of these things yet because the phones are still a long way off at the time of writing. What you can count on is that they’ll be powerful, and Apple will most likely provide the same lineup of phones as the iPhone 12 – that is, an iPhone 13, an iPhone 13 small, an iPhone 13 Pro, and an iPhone 13 Pro Max.
02. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is unlikely to be as popular as the majority of the phones on this list, but it may be more exciting, since foldable phones are the way of the future, and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 is likely to be the greatest yet.
Apart from having a large, folding screen, the primary Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 rumors so far indicate that it will support Samsung’s S Pen pen, feature an in-screen camera, and potentially even feature an RGB light strip on its hinge.
However, with rumours of a somewhat smaller screen and battery size than its predecessor, it sounds less impressive elsewhere.
We haven’t heard much else as of this writing, but anticipate more rumors to surface in the weeks leading up to the film’s release, which is expected to take place around July or August if reports are to be believed.
03. Huawei P50
In the past, we’d been far more thrilled about new Huawei P series phones, which normally offer among of the finest cameras on the market, as well as overall great hardware and competitive power.
The Huawei P50 is likely to be no exception, but the firm has been unable to provide Google’s applications or access to the Google Play Store on its phones since the ban, severely limiting the software side of things.
Still, if you can live with it, the Huawei P50 could be worth your time. We don’t know much about it yet, but it’ll almost certainly feature the high-end Kirin 9000 CPU featured in Huawei’s Mate 40 smartphones, and sources say the Huawei P50 Pro will have a 6.6-inch curved screen. However, the camera is expected to be the show-stopper, with leaks indicating a big sensor and an unique housing.
It might also be the company’s first phone to run HarmonyOS instead of Android, but it’s unclear whether that OS will be available in all locations.
With the Huawei P50 series likely to be released in June, we should find out more soon.
04. iPhone SE 3
While the iPhone 13 series is perhaps the most anticipated of Apple’s forthcoming phones, a successor to the iPhone SE (2020) might be released in 2021.
We’ve heard very little about the iPhone SE 3 so far, and it’s possible we won’t see it until next year, but if it does come out this year, it’ll almost certainly sport an A14 Bionic CPU (the same as the iPhone 12 range).
There’s also rumor of an iPhone SE Plus, which might be nothing more than an iPhone SE 3 in disguise. This is expected to sport a bigger 5.5 or 6.1-inch screen while maintaining the iPhone SE’s basic cost. What’s not clear is whether the iPhone SE 3 will keep the physical home button and big bezels – a design that’s becoming increasingly dated.
05. Nokia 10
We’ve been waiting for the Nokia 10 for a long time, to the point where it’s gone by several names since it was first speculated — it was first expected to be debuting as the Nokia 9.1, but as time passed, that changed to Nokia 9.2, 9.3, and finally Nokia 10.
It’s unclear whether 2019 will be the year it launches, especially because we don’t know much about it yet. However, speculations suggest an in-screen selfie camera, sapphire glass display, stainless steel frame, and a high-end Snapdragon 888 CPU, implying that this might be a high-end phone.
06. Samsung Galaxy Note 21 range
The greatest concern surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 range is whether it will ever arrive, with speculations circulating that Samsung is intending to retire the Note series – something that now appears more likely now that the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra with S Pen support has released.
Not only that, but owing to processor shortages, a Samsung official has stated that the Galaxy Note 21 may not be released this year.
That doesn’t definitely mean it’ll be canceled, but there’s a good possibility it’ll be postponed until next year at the absolute least, and the Note series’ days seems to be limited in general, but a Samsung Galaxy Note 21 might still be released at some time.
There isn’t much information on what it will have just yet, but you can anticipate a S Pen pen, a large screen to make the most of it, and plenty of power. If the Samsung Galaxy Note 21 does come out in 2021, it will most likely be in August.
07. Sony Xperia 1 III Compact
The Sony Xperia 1 III has already been released, but there are reports that the firm will also release a Sony Xperia 1 III Tiny, which we’re enthusiastic about because there aren’t many high-end compact phones available these days.
However, because it didn’t arrive alongside the flagship Xperia 1 III, we’re not sure if it will be released at all.
According to reports, the Sony Xperia 1 III Compact will sport a 5.5-inch screen and an upper mid-range CPU, while we hope for a high-end one. Aside from that, it might take features from the Xperia 1 III, such as a variable aperture telephoto camera, but that’s just conjecture at this point.
08. Google Pixel 6 – Q3
Because Google usually launches a new Pixel flagship every fall, the Pixel 6 is projected to arrive sometime around autumn 2021.
We don’t know much about the phone yet, but a move to a 120Hz refresh rate seems likely, and it’s definitely time for Google to replace its main camera sensor, which has been unaltered for a few years, to keep its photographic crown. It’s also rumored that, like Apple and Samsung, it’ll forsake Qualcomm in favor of an in-house processor.
Leaks also indicate to a dramatic overhaul, along with a stunning new camera module, although it’s too early to determine whether or not those rumors are true.
09. Oppo X 2021
The Oppo X 2021 is slated to launch…well, some time in 2021, as the name suggests.
This Oppo rollable phone was first unveiled last year and appeared to be only a concept phone, but subsequent Oppo announcements suggest that the phone may launch as a consumer product after all – though expect it to be prohibitively expensive, with both a scrolling display and new wireless air charging technology built-in.
10. Poco M3 Pro
Poco’s next affordable phone, the M3 Pro, will be on sale in late June, with early bird discounts available now.
The M3 Pro is one of the cheapest 5G phones on the market, with a large 5000mAh battery and 90Hz refresh rate display starting at around €179 (about £155/US$218).
Although the camera arrangement is restricted (a single 48MP primary lens with just macro and depth sensors accompanying it), NFC, a headphone port, and 18W fast charging should help to make this attractive, especially at such a low price.