Top 10 5G Smartphones of 2021

Technology is getting upgraded and becoming better super fast. 5G Smartphones are becoming the need of every person. Everyone loves to upgrade themselves and their devices to the latest technology. We are also loving to move from 4G to 5G technology. We are waiting eagerly to move to 5G smartphones from 4g and outdated-looking mobile phones. 5G Smartphones are being launched almost in every price range and in every country where 5G is not yet available.

Here are some best 5G smartphones according to the below categories:-

  1. 5G Smartphones for Camera Lovers
  2. 5G Smartphones for Gaming
  3. 5G Smartphones at Lower Price
  4. 5G Smartphones for Watching and Streaming Media
  5. 5G Smartphones Small in Size
5G Smartphones
5G Smartphones

Best 5G Smartphones for Camera Lovers

There are many 5G phones are launched but some of them are particularly focused on cameras. Smartphones have made our life very easy because we don’t need a separate camera while we have a smartphone. Smartphone companies used the best technology to provide us super camera experience even without digital cameras. We have shortlisted some of the best 5G phones for camera lovers to take a look at and choose the best for them.

1. ZTE AXON 30 Ultra 5G

ZTE Axon 30 Ultra 5G was announced on April 15, 2021, and launched on April 19, 2021. This phone is a flagship-level phone and has the best camera setup. This device comes with a quad-camera setup with 8k video recording and it supports 4k recording with the front camera.

Based on Android 11, MyOS 11, and powered with Snapdragon 888 5G (5nm), GPU is Adreno 660. It has 4 storage variants and supports UFS 3.1. It also has an under-display fingerprint sensor. There are 4 color variants and it has Quick Charge 4+ which supports 65W fast charging. The price of this device is 749$.

ZTE AXON 30 Ultra 5G in Black Color
ZTE AXON 30 Ultra 5G in Black Color (source)

2. iPhone 12 Series

iPhone 12 series is the most premium smartphone series by Apple. There is no doubt iPhone is the world’s best smartphone and everyone loves it but not everyone can afford it. Apple is a premium brand and provides its products at very high rates. iPhone 12 series also comes with premium features and at a high price.

iPhone 12 comes with A-14 bionic chips the fastest chips by Apple and iPhone is the best camera phone. There is no comparison with iPhone’s camera. iPhone 12 series is best to watch movies as well but the camera experience is next level.

iPhone 12 Series Prices

iPhone 12 Series Specifications

3. Samsung Galaxy S21 Series

Samsung S21 is based on Android 11 and One UI 3.1. This device comes in 4 different colors Phantom Gray, Phantom White, Phantom Violet, and Phantom Pink. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is a 5G smartphone based on Exynos 2100 (5nm) technology. This device has a Dynamic AMOLED 2X Capacitive Touchscreen display, 6.2 inches, 1080 x 2400, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus. More display features are 120Hz, HDR10+, Eye Comfort Shield, Always-on display, and 1300 nits.

Samsung Galaxy S21 comes with a triple camera setup with super steady video recording mode. The camera setup is 12 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 64 MP, f/2.0, 28mm (telephoto) with 1.1x optical zoom, 3x hybrid zoom and 12 MP, f/2.2, 13mm, (ultrawide). If we talk about the series the higher the variant the higher the better the camera features. This series provides you with a premium photo and video experience.

The price of Samsung Galaxy S21 5G is 1,69,500/- PKR ($1000), Samsung Galaxy S21+ 5G is 1,84,000/- PKR ($1100) and Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G is 2,24,999/- PKR ($1350).

Best 5G Smartphones for Gaming

The smartphone industry is taking over the camera industry and now the main focus of the smartphone industry is to take over the computer industry by providing the best and smooth gaming experience on smartphones. In the past, we could only play ping pong type of games on the mobile phone, who else has thought about the PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty Mobile, Freefire, and Battlefield Mobile (upcoming).

The smartphone industry is focusing on providing the best gaming smartphones for a better gaming experience. Definitely, the mobile gaming experience cannot replace the computer’s gaming experience but most people can’t spend extra money on very expensive graphic cards, so they purchase a better mobile to enjoy and fulfill their gaming requirements. Below is some good 5G gaming smartphones are listed.

Best 5G Smartphones for Gaming
Gaming Smartphones

1. Lenovo Legion Duel

Lenovo Legion Duel was released on October 15, 2020, and it’s still a very good 5G device with a great gaming experience. This device comes with a glass front, glass back and aluminum frame with water-repellent coating. The display of this device is AMOLED, 144Hz and HDR10+, 1080 x 2340, and has a 6.5-inch screen.

This device comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ (7nm) technology and GPU Adreno 650 for a great gaming experience. The price of the Lenovo Legion Duel is $920.

Lenovo Legion Duel 4 different color smartphones
Source: gsmarena

2. Nubia Red Magic 5G

Nubia Red Magic 5G was introduced by ZTE in March 2020 with a glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), and aluminum frame also with an RGB light panel (on the back). This device was introduced with a built-in cooling fan to keep the device cool while playing games.

This device is 6.65 inches, 1080 x 2340 and the display is AMOLED with a 144Hz refresh rate. This device is based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G (7nm) and GPU is Adreno 650. The gaming experience was enhanced and at the beginning of 2020 smartphone industry focused on gaming phones and started manufacturing them. The price of Nubia Red Magic 5G is $599.

ZTE nubia red magic cover image from front back and sides.
Source: gsmarena

3. Asus ROG Phone 5s

Asus ROG Phone 5s comes with a Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass 3), aluminum frame, RGB light panel (on the back), and Pressure-sensitive zones (Gaming triggers). The display of the device is AMOLED, 1B colors, 144Hz HDR 10+, 1080×2448 with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 888+ (5nm) makes it the fastest smartphone and provides an ultra-smooth gaming experience. The refresh rate of 144Hz makes it more unique and gaming to the next level. It has a big Li-Po 6000mAh battery with 65W fast charging and also supports reverse charging at 10W.

It comes with a triple camera setup as a 64MP main camera, 13MP ultra-wide camera, and 5MP macro camera. The video recording is 8K@30fps, 4K@30/60/120fps. This phone is also good for camera lovers as well but gaming is also very smooth and amazing due to its latest snapdragon processor. The price of the Asus ROG Phone 5s is $700 (1,16,410/- PKR).

Asus ROG Phone 5s
Source: gsmarena

Best 5G Smartphones at Lower Price

We have categorized some mid-range or lower-priced 5G smartphones. 5G is next-gen technology that comes at an expensive rate and not everyone can buy it at a higher price. We are providing you with a list of low prices for 5G smartphones.

1. Motorola One 5G

This device was introduced on 14th September 2020 and comes with a glass front, plastic back, and plastic frame with water-repellent coating. The display of this phone is LTPS IPS LCD, 90 Hz, HDR10, 6.7 inches, and 1080 x 2520.

This phone comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 (7nm) with Adreno 620 GPU. The camera setup comes as a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide, 5MP macro, and 2mp depth sensor. Video recording is 4K@30fps and 1080p@30/60fps with 16MP wide and 8MP ultrawide front camera. This phone is powered by a 5000mAh battery with 15W fast charging. The price of the Motorola One 5G is $500.

2. Oppo Find X2 Lite

Oppo Find X2 Lite was released on 21 May 2020 featuring with Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), glass back (Gorilla Glass 5), aluminum frame, AMOLED display, 6.4 inches, and 1080 x 2400. This phone comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 (7nm) with Adreno 620. The camera setup of this device is a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, and 2MP depth with LED flash.

The front camera comes with 32MP wide, HDR, and video recording 1080p@30fps. The back camera video recording is 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps. This phone is powered with a Li-Po 4025 mAh battery with fast charging of 30W. The battery capacity is not impressive because most smartphones are now being introduced with at least a 5000mAh battery. The price of Oppo Find X2 is $550 (Rs.91900/- PKR).

3. Google Pixel 5a 5G

Google Pixel 5a 5G comes with Android 11, Snapdragon 765 5g (7nm), and Adreno 620. This device comes with a 12.2 MP main camera, 16MP ultra-wide camera, and 8MP front camera. The back camera can record 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, and the front camera can record 1080p@30fps. Google Pixel 5a 5G is already reviewed on techtaalk and you can see the complete detailed review here. The price of Google Pixel 5a 5G is $449 (Rs.73000/- PKR).

4. LG Velvet 5G

Another low-budget 5G device is LG Velvet 5G comes with a Glass front, glass back, and aluminum frame. The display of this device is P-OLED, 6.8 inches, 1080 x 2460, and Android 10, upgradable to Android 11 and LG UX. The processor of this device is Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G (7nm) and GPU is Adreno 620.

The camera setup of this device is a 48MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide, 5MP depth sensor, and LED flash with panorama HDR feature. Video can be recorded at 4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps. The front camera is 16MP and video recording 1080@30fp, powered with Li-Po 4300mAh, fast charging of 25W, and reverse charging of 9W. The price of LG Velvet 5G is $270 (Rs.45000/- PKR).

Best 5G Smartphones for Watching and Streaming Media / Movies

The smartphone industry is the future of everything your notes, your tv, your gaming devices, your computers, your radio, your camera, your mic, and almost everything is coming together in just a single device. We should appreciate the great effort of the smartphone industry for such a great revolution.

We can watch movies and stream online media from our phones and can enjoy not less than a tv. We are focusing on buying bigger TVs to watch movies and streaming because we can enjoy the smaller TV on our phone, we don’t need a separate small tv. Below are some devices focused on such a purpose.

1. iPhone 12 Pro Max

We are not going to discuss the A to Z features of this device because we are reviewing it. We have to focus only on the display quality and screen size of the device. iPhone 12 pro max comes with a Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), stainless steel frame, and IP68 dust/water resistance (up to 6m for 30 mins).

The display of the device does have Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR 10, Dolby Vision, and 6.7 inches widescreen. This device is Scratch-resistant ceramic glass, has an oleophobic coating, and has true tone. The battery capacity is 3687 mAh with fast charging support of 20W. Apple needs to work on its battery capacity and fast charging technology. The price of the iPhone 12 pro max is $1099 (1,90,000/- PKR).

2. Sony Xperia 1 III

Sony Xperia 1 III comes with a Glass front (Gorilla Glass Victus), glass back (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum frame, and IP65/IP68 dust water resistance (up to 1.5m for 30 mins). The display of the device is OLED, 1B colors, 120Hz HDR, 6.5 inches, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection, and 1644 x 3840 based on Android 11 and Snapdragon 888 (5nm). The audio is 24-bit/192kHz audio and a Dynamic vibration system. The price of the Sony Xperia 1 III is $1257.99 (Rs.2,10,000/- PKR).

Best Small 5G Smartphones

There are few people who really like the small devices to hold and we are mentioning some of the mini or small 5G smartphones.

1. iPhone 12 mini

iPhone 12 mini is a 5G smartphone device that comes with a Glass front (Gorilla Glass), glass back (Gorilla Glass), aluminum frame, and IP68 dust/water resistance (up to 6m for 30 mins). The display of the device is Super Retina XDR OLED, HDR10, Dolby Vision, 625 nits (typ), 1200 nits (peak) and the screen size is 5.4 inches, 1080 x 2340 Scratch-resistant ceramic glass, oleophobic coating.

The Operating System of the device is iOS 14.1, upgradable to iOS 14.7 and the chipset is A14 Bionic (5nm), the fastest chip until the A15 was introduced. The cameras of the device are 12MP main, 12MP ultrawide, and video recording at 4K@24/40/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps, HDR, Dolby Vision HDR (up to 30fps), stereo sound rec.

The front camera is 12MP and video recording 4K@24/30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, gyro-EIS. This phone is not a battery-efficient phone because it is very small to insert a big battery in it. The battery capacity is 2227mAh only with 20W fast charging support and also comes with Qi magnetic fast wireless charging 12W. The price of the phone is $639.99 (Rs.1,07,000/- PKR).

2. Google Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5 was released on 15 October 2020 with a display size of 6.0 inches which is not very small but as compared to the latest releases it looks small. This device is featured with a Glass front (Gorilla Glass 6), aluminum back, aluminum frame, IP68 dust/water resistance (up to 1.5m for 30 mins), and its display comes as OLED 90Hz HDR10+, 6.0 inches, 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~432 PPI density) and always-on display with Corning Gorilla Glass 6 protection.

This device is based on Android 11 and powered with Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G 5G (7nm). The GPU of the device is Adreno 620 for a better gaming experience. The camera setup is 12.2 MP main, 16MP ultrawide with LED flash, pixel shift, Auto-HDR, and panorama. It records the video 4K@30/60fps, 1080p@30/60/120/240fps; gyro-EIS. The front camera of the device is 8MP, Auto-HDR and the video recording is 1080p@30fps.

The battery capacity of the device is 4080mAh with 18W fast charging and 12W wireless charging support. It also supports reverse charging at 5W. The available colors of the device are Just Black and Sorta Sage. The price of the Google Pixel 5 is $630 (Rs.1,05,000/- PKR).

Final Words

This is the best list of the top 10 5G smartphones released in 2021, you will be able to purchase the top 10 5G smartphones that were launched in 2021 and they are still valued for money devices. These smartphones will have almost everything which you may dream of. You can use these smartphones as your personal computers. They will have a dual sim, dual camera, fingerprint sensor, and also face unlocking. Some of these smartphones will be foldable.


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