Best New Phones Coming Soon: Smartphones Worth Waiting For

2020 may be behind us, but its impact isn’t, with major shakeups to the smartphone release calendar making 2021 the least predictable year in the phone industry since…well, 2020.

Still, some things never change. They may be coming at slightly different times to normal but we’ve still got new flagships from Oppo, Xiaomi, OnePlus and more to look forward to in the next few months, and new iPhone and Pixel phones to follow later in the year.

We’re going to see 5G connectivity become a standard feature not only in flagships but also in mid-range and budget phones. We’ll see more screens that boast 144Hz refresh rates, which is good news for gaming and video, and camera phones continue to pile on the megapixels and extra sensors, unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.

Foldable designs are becoming cheaper and more durable, and battery technology is constantly improving too. We’ve also seen software enhancements too, making us even more excited for Android 12 and iOS 15, not to mention the first phones powered by the Snapdragon 888 chipset.

In this feature, we’ve outlined all the major smartphone launches expected to take place in 2021 and beyond, along with an outline of what new features and hardware specifications have been or are likely to be included.

Read on to ensure your next smartphone purchase is not immediately followed by the regret, tying you into a long two-year contract. (Remember that there is a chance you could upgrade your contract early.)

Pro tip: As these new phones edge closer, the outgoing flagships will fall in price and you’ll be able to scoop up some great deals. If you’re not bothered about having the very latest tech, check out our take on the best phones you can buy today.

Best new phones coming out in 2021

Huawei Mate X2 – 22 February

Xiaomi Mi 11 – March

Vivo X60 – Q1 2021

Honor View 40 – Q1 2021

Oppo Reno 5 – Q1 2021

Black Shark 4 – Q1 2021

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 FE – Q1 2021

OnePlus 9 – Q1 2021

Nubia Red Magic 6 – Q1 2021

Sony Xperia 1 III – Q1 2021

Sony Xperia 10 III – Q1 2021

Oppo Find X3 – Q1 2021

Huawei P50 – Q1 2021

Moto Edge S – Q1 2021

Realme Race – Q1 2021

Xiaomi Mi Note 11 – Q1 2021

Moto G10 – H1 2021

New BlackBerry Phone – H1 2021

OnePlus Nord 2/SE – H1 2021

Google Pixel 5a – H1 2021

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 2 – H1 2021

Apple iPhone SE 2 or SE Plus – H2 2021

Asus ROG Phone 4 – Summer 2021

Asus ZenFone 8 – Summer 2021

Samsung Galaxy Note 21 – Q3 2021

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 – Q3 2021

Samsung Galaxy S21 FE – Q3 2021

Apple iPhone 13 – Q3 2021

Google Pixel 6 – Q3 2021

Google Pixel Foldable – Q4 2021

LG Rollable – 2021

Sony Xperia Compact – 2021

Xiaomi Mi Mix 4 – 2021

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold FE – 2021

Foldable iPhone – 2022/2023


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