Best Old Flagship Smartphones That You Can Buy This Year


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There is no definitive answer, but some of the best smartphones of 2021 are likely to be the latest models from Apple, Samsung, and other leading manufacturers. They are likely to have the latest features and specifications, including high-resolution displays, powerful processors, and advanced cameras.

However, there are several factors to consider. In 2021, some of the best smartphones could be new designs from Apple and Samsung that redefine their brands. They might come with completely new features that become standards for all smartphones in the future. At the same time, most smartphone manufacturers will be trying to deliver better models than they do today. As a result, many consumers will have more choices than they did at the beginning of 2018 when they purchased their latest smartphones.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11

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Apple will likely introduce its next-generation iPhones in September 2022. These “new” models could bring back some popular features such as wireless charging and strong waterproofing along with advanced cameras capable of capturing feature films. The displays will be redesigned to reduce the “notch” that contains the front-facing camera. Finally, Apple may introduce a flexible display for its iPhone models, which could increase their durability and scratch resistance.

Samsung Galaxy 20 and Galaxy S20+

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Since Samsung typically introduces one high-end flagship smartphone every year, it is likely to announce its newest model in mid or late 2022. It might also unveil two new smartphones including an entry-level version with less powerful specs. The new flagships would come with several exciting features such as ultra-fast charging speeds and aggressive price points starting at $400 – $500. They might also have bendable OLED screens plus advanced cameras capable of capturing feature films thanks to multiple lenses that can zoom in on distant objects without creating distortions.

HTC 11 and HTC Edge 11 Pro

Recent rumors suggest that Taiwanese manufacturer HTC could unveil its next flagship smartphone in May or June 2021 with features like a powerful Snapdragon 855+ chipset, triple rear cameras, and 3D face scanning capabilities. The company might also introduce an upgraded version of the phone in October 2020 with improved specs including 6GB of RAM plus more advanced water resistance. However, some reports claim that HTC may decide to rebrand the model as the “Edge 11 Pro” instead of releasing two high-end flagships within six months of each other.

Moto XI / Moto Z3 Force Edition

Motorola released its best smartphones last year but it is likely to introduce a new flagship model in 2021. The design might be similar to current models but the specs will likely become more advanced. Consumers should expect it to have a powerful Snapdragon 855+ chipset, two or three rear cameras with on-sensor phase detection and optical zoom, and perhaps an ultra-durable shatterproof display.

OnePlus 7

The latest rumors suggest that Chinese manufacturer OnePlus may announce its 5G smartphone in June 2020 before releasing the standard version in late 2020/early 2021. Both models would come with a fast Snapdragon 855+ processor and rechargeable battery packs featuring up to 25W of power. However, the 5G model could feature more RAM plus larger storage options including 1TB of built-in memory plus advanced water resistance.

Huawei P13 / Huawei A2 Lite

The latest rumors suggest that China-based manufacturer Huawei may introduce its next flagship smartphone in June 2020 with a triple rear camera, powerful Kirin 985 chipset, and an all-new design. It might also release an entry-level version of the device with one rear camera in November 2020 for around $350. However, Huawei could decide to use its new Kirin 995 chipset instead which could perform better than the Snapdragon 855+ processor found on other premium models. Furthermore, it might offer lower prices than Samsung and Apple’s flagships while delivering 5G support at some point after 2021.

Sony Xperia XI / Xperia XZ3 Pro

Since Japan-based manufacturer Sony often releases a new flagship smartphone every September, it is likely to release its next high-end model in 2020. The company may also decide to unveil two models including an upgraded version with improved specs and a smaller version that lacks the premium features. Consumers should expect both models to feature a Snapdragon 855+ chipset capable of supporting 10GB of RAM plus 5G connectivity along with numerous other goodies found on other flagships including four rear cameras for capturing games or movies, 4K HDR OLED displays, and plenty of storage space for storing data from AR/VR experiences plus apps.

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