The last few months have been intense for the Xiaomi it’s at Samsung. In 2021, the manufacturers presented more than 90 cell phones, with around 50 from the Chinese brand and 40 from the South Korean brand. Among the models announced are the Mi 11 Ultra, Redmi Note 11, Galaxy S21 and Galaxy A52. The data comes from a survey carried out by the Techblog based on the phone list of the GSMArena.
This is another edition of our annual analysis that takes into account cell phones launched by manufacturers with relevance in the Brazilian market. In 2021, 93 models from Samsung and Xiaomi debuted around the world. The survey also takes into account the Chinese market, which has exclusive options.
The analysis was performed using the cell phone list of the GSMArena. The data were collected by the Techblog this Wednesday afternoon (15): the models of the two brands that were premiered from January 1st, 2021 until yesterday were chosen. The list also brings relaunches, such as the Redmi Note 11 5G that arrived in India as Redmi Note 11T.
Check the results for each brand below:
Xiaomi launched 53 cell phones in 2021
Let’s start with Xiaomi, which, of the duo, was the most active company in 2021. In all, the company introduced 53 cell phone models this year. Compared to the previous year, which had 49 debuts, there was an increase of almost 8% in the number of launches in recent months.
In other words: considering that 2021 has 52 weeks, it’s basically one cell phone a week.
The period was the stage for other models in the Mi 11 line, which had its first cell phone announced in December 2020. Among them is the Mi 11 Ultra, which was introduced in March with a secondary screen and a 50 MP triple camera. There was also the launch of the Mi 11 Lite 4G, Mi 11 Lite 5G and the Mi 11i in the first half.
After the change of the company that left the “Mi” brand aside, the line received new members. This is the case of the Xiaomi 11T and 11T Pro, unveiled in September. The year also saw the new Mix 4 with under-screen camera, in August, and the Mi Mix Fold, in March, the company’s first folding cell phone (and one of the most expensive, too).
The other families of the Chinese manufacturer gained new members. In the Redmi brand, there was the debut of the Redmi Note 11 5G in October, which later hit stores in India in November under the name Redmi Note 11T 5G. The smartphone was also relaunched as Poco M4 Pro 5G in the same month.
As usual, Xiaomi has announced some exclusive options for the Chinese market, such as the Mi 11 Pro. There was also a presentation of the Xiaomi Civi in September. In addition, following last year’s strategy, the company has yet to unveil one more cell phone in 2021 to succeed the Mi 11: the Xiaomi 12.
Samsung released 40 phones in 2021
Samsung took the opposite path. The South Korean brand announced 40 cell phones in 2021, five models less than the previous year (-11%). This is also a break in the trend compared to previous periods, as, like Xiaomi, the manufacturer had been increasing the number of launches from year to year since 2018.
The year has already started tumultuous for Samsung. In January, the company announced three new additions to its premium cell phone line: the Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21+ and Galaxy S21 Ultra. The big surprise was the removal of the charger from the trio’s box and the S Pen pen holder that was taken to the Ultra variant.
The Galaxy Note line, however, has not received a new generation. Instead, Samsung unveiled two folding phones at the August event: the Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Galaxy Z Flip 3. In addition, the company also did not reveal the Galaxy S21 FE, despite rumors that it would be unveiled in the second half. The smartphone is expected to be introduced in January 2022.
Samsung even took the 5G to more mid-range phones in 2021. This is the case with the Galaxy A52, which debuted in March, which also gained a variant with support for fifth-generation networks. In August, there was also the relaunch of the cell phone with the arrival of the Galaxy A52s 5G, which changed only the Snapdragon 750G processor to the Snadpragon 778G. Also, the Galaxy A13 5G was unveiled in December.
In the Galaxy M line, surprises. I say this because the Galaxy M62 is an intermediate cell phone with a premium attitude, as it reaches the consumer with the same processor as the Galaxy Note 10+, the Exynos 9825. The smartphone also has a 7,000 mAh battery (!), 64 quad camera megapixels and 8GB RAM memory.