Best top-of-the-line phones of 2021 (so far)

Are you looking for a “zero” cell phone with great specs and don’t mind paying a higher price for it? We have good news. With the arrival of July – and consequently the second half of the year – we have already started the best of the year lists (so far, of course).

So, in case you fit the above question, check out the list we’ve prepared with the best top-of-the-line phones from 2021 so far.

Check out the best top-of-the-line phones launched in 2021

The list includes devices that were officially launched in Brazil after December last year.

With that in mind, don’t be surprised to see devices that became famous during the year 2020 on the list. Some of the models, unfortunately, arrived late in Brazil and are still “new” in our market.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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Surely the S21 Ultra, released in January, could not be missing from the best of the list. Even with the controversy caused by the absence of the charger in the box, the model is one of the most complete Android smartphones on the market. Among the main differentials are the set of cameras, support for the S Pen and a super battery. The Brazilian version doesn’t have the Snapdragon 888, but it has the Exynos 2100 chip, which isn’t bad.

– Screen: 6.8” AMOLED, with Full HD+ resolution (3200 x 1440, 120 Hz);

– Processor: Exynos 2100 or Snapdragon 888, with eight cores (2.5 GHZ)

– Storage: 512GB, no expandable memory

– RAM: up to 16 GB

– Drums: 5000 mAh with 25W charger (not in box)

– Cameras: 108 MP (main), 12 MP (ultrawide) and 2 MP (macro); 40 MP (selfie)

– Software: Android 11 with One UI 3.1

– Extras: certification against water, NFC, 5G connectivity, Gorilla Glass Victus

Image: Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  • Back camera: 108 MP (f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.33″, 0.8µm) + 10 MP (f/4.9, 240mm, 1/3.24″, 1.22µm) + 10 MP (f/2.4, 70mm, 1/3.24″, 1.22µm) + 12 MP (f/2.2, 13mm, 1/2.55″, 1.4µm)

  • Frontal camera: 40 MP (f/2.2, 26mm, 1/2.8″, 0.7µm)

  • Video: 8K@24fps, 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/240fps, 720p@960fps, HDR10+

Xiaomi Mi 11

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The Xiaomi Mi 11 was originally launched in December of last year in China and drew attention for being the first smartphone with Snapdragon 888 in Brazil. The model has an ultra-resistant screen, a powerful set of cameras and an improved battery.

– Screen: 6.8″ AMOLED Full HD+ (3200 x 1440, 120 Hz)

– Processor: Snapdragon 888, with eight cores (2.2 GHZ)

– Storage: 256 GB, no expandable memory

– RAM: up to 8 GB

– Drums: 4600 mAh with 55W charger

– Cameras: 108 MP (main), 13 MP (ultrawide) and 5 MP (macro); 20 MP (selfie)

– Software: Android 11 MIUI 12.5

– Extras: dual chip, NFC, 5G connectivity, Gorilla Glass Victus

Lenovo Legion Phone Duel

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In the list of the best smartphones of 2021, there could be a cell phone aimed at gamers, right? Lenovo’s Legion Phone Duel draws attention for its powerful hardware, which despite being a Snapdragon 865 Plus, can run even the heaviest games at up to 144 Hz.

– Screen: 6.6″ AMOLED Full HD (1080 x 2340, 144 Hz)

– Processor: Snapdragon 865 Plus, with eight cores (3.09 GHz)

– Storage: 256 GB, no expandable memory

– RAM: up to 12 GB

– Drums: 5000 mAh with 45W charger

– Cameras: 64 MP (main), 16 MP (ultrawide and macro); 20 MP (selfie)

– Software: Android 10 ZUI 12 Legion OS

– Extras: dual sim, NFC, 5G connectivity

Top of the line, but not so much

In addition to the robust cell phones mentioned above, some smartphones launched in 2021 in Brazil stand out for further blurring the line between the premium intermediate and top-of-the-line segments.

Check out some of the models, which focus mainly on cost-effectiveness:

Moto G100

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That the Moto G line is one of the most famous in Brazil comes as no surprise to anyone. The launch of the Moto G100, however, brought a big news to the family: specifications from a top-of-the-line model to an intermediate smartphone. In it, the big highlight is the hardware, in addition to the Ready For mode, the “Samsung Dex from Motorola”.

– Screen: 6.7″ Full HD+ (1080 x 2520, 90 Hz)

– Processor: Snapdragon 870, with eight cores (2.2 GHz)

– Storage: 256 GB, with the possibility of expansion with a Micro SD card

– RAM: up to 12 GB

– Drums: 5000 mAh with 20W charger

– Cameras: 64 MP (main), 16 MP (ultrawide), 2 MP (macro), 16 MP (selfie)

– Software: Android 11

– Extras: dual sim, NFC, 5G connectivity

Image: Motorola Moto G100

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE

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The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE is sold in two versions: one with Snapdragon 865 and one with Exynos 990. Despite offering more modest specifications, the phone is great for everyday use.

– Screen: 6.5″ Full HD+ (1080 x 2400, 120 Hz)

– Processor: Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990, with eight cores (2.3 GHz)

– Storage: 128 GB, with the possibility of expansion with a Micro SDXC card

– RAM: up to 8 GB

– Drums: 4500 mAh with 25W charger

– Cameras: 12 MP (main), 12 MP (ultrawide), 8 MP (telephoto); 32 MP (selfie)

– Software: Android 11 Samsung One UI 3.0

– Extras: dual sim, NFC, 4G connectivity

Image: Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
  • Back camera: 12 MP (f/1.8, 26mm, 1/1.76″, 1.8µm) + 8 MP (f/2.4, 76mm, 1/4.5″, 1.0µm) + 12 MP (f/2.2, 123˚, 13mm, 1/ 3.0″)

  • Frontal camera: 32 MP (f/2.2, 26mm, 1/2.74″, 0.8µm)

  • Video: 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60fps,

Well F3 5G

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Another model aimed at the gamer audience, the Poco F3 was developed for users who are looking for better performance, but do not want to spend as much.

– Screen: 6.6″ Full HD+ (2400 x 1080, 120 Hz)

– Processor: Snapdragon 870, with eight cores (2.2 GHz)

– Storage: up to 256 GB, no expandable memory

– RAM: up to 8 GB

– Drums: 4520 mAh with 25W charger

– Cameras: 48 MP (main), 8 MP (ultrawide), 2 MP (macro and depth) 30 MP (selfie)

– Software: Android 11 MIUI 12

– Extras: dual sim, NFC, 5G connectivity, IP53 certification

Galaxy A72

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In March, Samsung launched the Galaxy A72, which stood out for having specifications typical of a top-of-the-line phone from the brand, but with some cuts to improve cost-effectiveness. Among the main differentials is the superpowerful set of cameras.

– Screen: 6.7″ AMOLED Full HD+ (2400 x 1080, 120 Hz)

– Processor: Snapdragon 720, with eight cores (1.9 GHz)

– Storage: up to 128GB, with expandable memory

– RAM: up to 6 GB

– Drums: 4520 mAh with 25W charger

– Cameras: 64 MP (main), 12 MP (ultrawide), 5 MP (depth) 32 MP (selfie)

– Software: Android 11 Samsung One UI 3.1

– Extras: dual sim, NFC, 4G connectivity, Gorilla Glass 3, IP67 certification

So, what’s your favorite 2021 smartphone so far? Leave your opinion in the comments! And stay tuned for TechWorld to check out, soon, our selection of smartphones for other market segments.

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