2021 is not rich in innovation in the smartphone industry. In 2018, the Huawei P20 Pro took night photography to a new level, in 2019, the Huawei P30 Pro surprised us with its periscope zoom, and in 2020, the iPhone 12 Pro Max impressed with its sensor shift stabilization. In 2017, the iPhone X launched the global trend for bangs under the front camera, in 2018, an O-neck appeared, and in 2019, foldable smartphones.
Such significant events cannot be recalled in the past year. Nevertheless, there are decent smartphones. Below are the top five models this year.
Best flagship – iPhone 13 Pro Max
Apple took key technologies from last year’s 12 Pro Max, and that’s enough to launch the no-compromise photo flagship in 2021. Larger pixels to let in more light, TSC, HDR video, flawless ultra-wide-angle, the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max combine cameras.
Night photography is worthy of special attention. In 2021, all smartphones have learned to shoot in low light conditions, only they are processed differently. On an Apple smartphone, they are as natural as possible. This seems to be the best option to get a spectacular night photo.
Innovation of the Year – Huawei P50 Pro
The iPhone 13 Pro Max is the best photo flagship of the year thanks to its versatility, while the Huawei smartphone has every chance to take mobile photography to the next level. Visually, it stands out with a giant rear camera. This is technically explained.
The camera of the device has a Sony IMX800 sensor with a diagonal of one Vidicon inch (2/3 of the usual inch, that is, 16.93 mm), this is the largest size among current smartphones. Cameras of this size are commensurate with the matrices of compact cameras or even “DSLRs”.
A large sensor allows you to increase the quality of images. For example, larger pixels will collect more light, which will allow for less ISO sensitivity, and as a result there will be less noise in the picture. This development will take mobile photography in conditions of a lack of light to a new level – such a camera is better suited to shooting in such scenarios at the hardware level.
Potentially most popular phone – Samsung Galaxy A52
The most popular series of Samsung smartphones has risen in price along with purchasing power. The A50 and A51 have become the most popular smartphones in, and the A52 also has chances.
This smartphone has four camera modules, the resolution is 64 + 12 + 5 + 5 MP. According to the characteristics, the main feature of the camera is optical stabilization. With it, the quality of the video increases. The picture shakes less, fine details in the frame are seen more clearly.
The Galaxy A52 also surprises with its screen. There is an AMOLED matrix with a refresh rate of 90 Hz and a brightness of 800 nits. With the first parameter, the screen gets a spectacular color reproduction, with the second it gets smoother, with the third it turns out to be one of the brightest on the market. The smartphone has a Snapdragon 720G processor. This is a pre-flagship chip. It is also in realme 6 Pro, which surprised us with its high performance. In the Galaxy A52, he also did not disappoint. PUBG Mobile and Call of Duty Mobile, both games ran at high graphics settings, there were no fps issues in the process, and the case did not overheat.
Best Semi-flagship – Honor 50
The novelty of the company, with which she returned to herself Google services. This innovation makes the phone more versatile and convenient. However, it also has more noticeable advantages.
The smartphone is highlighted by the camera. There are four of them, the resolution is 108 + 8 + 2 + 2 MP. This is the main module, ultra wide-angle, a sensor for analyzing depth of field and creating a bokeh effect, as well as a macro module for shooting small objects up close.
The main advantage of the camera is the main module with a resolution of 108 MP. You can take a close-up landscape shot, and then crop it in every possible way without losing detail. If it is available, the smartphone gives a high-quality result in terms of other parameters: high sharpness and minimum noise during night shooting, high-quality equalization of proportions when shooting from an ultra-wide-angle module, interesting photo and video modes.
Performance at the price level. The smartphone is powered by Snapdragon 778G processor. This is a pre-flagship chip, and nevertheless, it runs games and applications without restrictions – any and at maximum settings.
The company also did not regret the memory. There are three configurations of the smartphone – 6 + 128 GB, 8 + 128 GB and 8 + 256 GB. 6 GB is the minimum for an Android smartphone to use it comfortably. This allows you to run two resource-intensive applications at the same time, such as a game and a browser. All in all, a versatile phone with no software restrictions and an excellent camera.
Best affordable smartphone – realme 8i
Imagine that you bought a smartphone for 15 thousand rubles, and it launches demanding games at maximum graphics settings and does not overheat or lag in the process. This is reality – realme 8i reproduces PUBG: Mobile, Call of Duty: Mobile, Asphalt 9 and other demanding mobile games this way.
The Helio G96 processor is responsible for the performance. In Antutu, he is gaining 350 thousand points. For comparison, its closest competitor is Redmi Note 10 with 240 thousand points. In terms of performance, it is ahead of the competition for the same price.
Its other feature is the screen refresh rate of 120 Hz. This is the highest value in its price category – for comparison, Redmi 10 and Samsung Galaxy A32 have 90 Hz, Galaxy A22 and Redmi Note 10 – 60 Hz. The camera is not bad. Its main advantage is the resolution of 50 MP. At the main module, It allows you to take larger images. This makes it possible to crop them in post-processing without losing quality. Convenient: I took a picture and cut off unnecessary elements.