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Best Smartphone 2021: Flagship Killer, Best Budget Smartphone, Best Premium Smartphone and more


2021 has been a hectic year for the tech industry as the smartphone brands launched so many models of smartphones in Nepal. Also, this year found lots of improvements this compared to the previous. Along with the development in the tech industry worldwide, the Nepali market also saw many amazing devices in 2021. So, here in this article, we will be talking about the best smartphone of the year 2021 with different categories.

Best Budget Smartphone 2021:

Samsung Galaxy F22

This year, there were many smartphones under the budget segment. So, it was quite a task to choose the best budget smartphone for 2021. After comparing all those budget smartphones, Samsung Galaxy F22 fitted the best for this category: the best budget smartphone for 2021. This device is quite popular among the budget segment. It comes with a 90Hz Super AMOLED display, capable Helio G80 processor, and a massive 6000mAh battery and thus the Galaxy F22 is our pick for the best budget smartphone of 2021.

Galaxy F22 Best Budget Smartphone 2021

Also, the device doesn’t disappoint us with the camera quality. You can get a decent picture under daylight. 

Best Mid-Range Smartphone 2021:

Redmi Note 10 Pro:

Redmi Note 10 Pro is the perfect device for the category of the best budget mid-range device of 2021. This device is one of the best smartphones to get under Rs. 30,000. This device is excellent overall, as it features an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Also, talking about the processor, this device sports the Snapdragon 732G processor which gives an awesome user experience. We get three different variants of the device, with the most affordable one starting at just Rs. 30,000. Even though the device was launched earlier in 2021, it still outperforms many of the competition devices at this price point. 

Redmi Note 10 Pro Best Midrange Smartphone 2021

Further, this device made its best debut along with its launch. In addition, if you get deeper into this device, it clearly exceeds the qualifications for being a budget midrange device. 

Honorable mention:

Samsung Galaxy M52 5G:

Samsung Galaxy M52 5G is one of its hits in Nepal from Samsung. Even a better device after the massive price drop. The device features a Super AMOLED Plus display with a 120Hz refresh rate. And that is one of its main reasons for being the spotted phone under the best Mid-ranged smartphone. Likewise, the device also comes with Snapdragon 778G processor giving an awesome user experience. In addition, this device also gives an amazing gaming experience.  Samsung has done a great improvement this year in their mid-range devices, competitive pricing, high refresh rate displays, as always the excellent cameras in its particular price bracket, and much more and Samsung Galaxy M52 5G is a perfect example of all those improvements. 

Galaxy M52 5G Honorable Mention Mid Range Smartphone

Best Premium Mid-Range Smartphone 2021: 

Realme GT Neo 2:

Coming next is the award for Premium Mid-range smartphone of 2021 which officially goes to Realme GT Neo 2. This device was launched in Nepal as the first flagship device of Realme. Being the Premium midrange phone, it features an AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Along with the display, the device features Snapdragon 870 providing an amazing gaming experience. The device also has an amazing camera with which you can click impressive photos even under low light.

Realme GT NEO 2 Best Premium Mid Range Smartphone 2021

Even though this was the first device from Realme to launch with a flagship SoC in Nepal, they nailed it with the pricing. And the deal was much more compelling during the launch if we include all those Daraz 11.11 offers. Realme has a long way to go in the premium segment in Nepal, but they have put their legs on the accelerator with the Realme GT Neo 2. We account for this as the best premium mid-range smartphone of 2021 from our side after being launched at the price of Rs 54,199.

Best Premium Smartphone 2021:

iPhone 13 Pro Max:

iPhone 13 Pro Max takes away the Premium smartphone 2021 award as this is the most reviewed device for premium phones. Apples have been developing premium devices for ages. Yet again, with the launch of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, the brand has taken away the title for best the premium smartphone of 2021. 

iPhone 13 Pro Max Best Premium Smartphone 2021

The device comes with a Super Retina XDR OLED along with a 120Hz refresh rate. iPhone 13 Pro Max is also the candidate for the best camera 2021. It is premium in all factors where you can also experience the best gaming performance. This time Apple has increased the battery capacity of the iPhone making the device whole better. Apple has tried to fix everything that the users were complaining about the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and with the 13, Apple has pulled off a victory here. The device outperforms almost every device that is currently available in the market and with that it takes the crown for being the most premium smartphone of 2021.

Honorable mention:

Samsung Galaxy S21 ultra:

This device is definitely second on the list after the iPhone. Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra back in January of 2021, which is almost a year old now but still, the S21 Ultra was among the best android device you could buy throughout the year. It had a lot of improvements compared to its predecessor, the S20 Ultra, and was fixed in every way possible.

Galaxy S21 Ultra Honorable Mention Premium Smartphone

The Samsung Galaxy S21 ultra might not be as good as the iPhone 13 Pro Max but, this device is as powerful as the Apple brand making it mandatory to mention this device under Premium device 2021. The device is still expensive even after the price drop compared with the S20s model but, if money is not a concern for you, purchasing this device is worth the money. 

Best Innovative Device 2021:

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G:

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 has been an amazing device this year. As we would also like to give a title of the most innovative device of 2021. The device comes with a premium foldable device where it is a Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a 120Hz display even when it is folded. Likewise, it can be used as a small tablet when unfolded. Further, there is an under-display camera on the front screen.

Galaxy Z Fold 3 Best Innovative Smartphone 2021

Talking about performance, the device performs great as it is featured with Snapdragon 888. This time we saw a lot of improvement on the hinge also the device was IP certified waterproof, which is kinda amazing. Overall, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G has the quality to be listed as the best innovative device of 2021.

Honorable mention:

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G: 

At our honorable mention of the innovative device 2021, there is this beast Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G. This device has a separate fanbase in Nepal as it looks cool and is cool. The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G is featured with a Foldable Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a 120Hz refresh rate. This time we got a larger and much more usable cover screen on the front, we got IP rating, 120Hz display, and more. With the premium looks, it is an honor to mention this device in our most innovative device of 2021.

Galaxy Z Flip 3 Honorable Mention Innovative Smartphone

Best Budget Gaming Smartphone 2021:

Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro:

Under the best budget gaming smartphone, there is the Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro that absolutely killed the platform with its performance efficiency. On top of that, it supports a display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The gaming platform was totally changed when this device was launched as it was the first budget device that supported gaming especially PUBG Mobile in 60fps. In the context of the Nepali market, this device was sold in tons with its launch. If a user wanted a powerful gaming device with a large 120Hz display, great battery life and smooth perform he/she couldn’t go wrong picking the POCO X3 Pro. With that, the Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro is the best budget gaming phone of 2021.

Poco X3 Pro Best Budget Gaming Smartphone 2021

Flagship killer smartphone 2021:

Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro:

The title of flagship killer surely goes to Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro. when you are getting a device supporting Snapdragon 888 at the price under Rs 65,000. Like the powerful processor, the device also supports a Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. Along with that, there is a powerful 108MP main camera that takes pictures that is amazing. At that price point, we couldn’t see any device out there in the market-beating the Mi 11X Pro. With the cost, we are getting the latest processor available in the market which plays a huge role for Xiaomi Mi 11X Pro to take the title of flagship killer smartphone 2021.

MI 11X Pro Flagship Killer Smartphone 2021

Wrapping it Up

Obviously, these were not the only smartphones that launched in the year 2021. And since there were so many smartphones to launch we decided to categorize them. In our view, 2021 has been a productive year for the smartphone market. New and better foldable came to the market signifying that the foldable are here to stay and grow. New mobile platforms like the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 and Mediatek Dimensity 9000 have also arrived teasing a more powerful future for smartphones. All in all, we’re glad that we got to see all these amazing devices and see what they were capable of.

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