Best of 2021: Top 10 smartphones launched this year in India


As in the previous year, the Covid-19 continued to wreak havoc, especially in India. The second wave of the pandemic claimed many lives and also caused distress to millions of people due to the implementation of the lockdown.

Strict measures had to be taken to control the spread and with nationwide vaccination luckily, Covid-19 cases declined significantly in the second half of the year. It has been almost two years since the pandemic began and now work / home study has become the new normal. Amid the shortage of mobile processor chipsets, there was a huge demand for smartphones. This year, we’ve seen high-end phones like the versatile Samsung Galaxy Note series dropped, and OnePlus had to skip the OnePlus T series in the second half of the year as well.

However, companies still managed to fill the void and introduce new feature-rich phones to India.

DH lists the best mobile phones which have excelled in categories like performance, camera, utility, value for money, etc.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3, Flip3 (Best Multi-Utility Phone)
The Samsung Galaxy Note21 series was supposed to launch with the Galaxy Z Fold3 and Flip3, but as said before, the first one failed to hit the market. Nevertheless, the high-end Galaxy Z3 Fold and Z3 Flip set the new benchmark in the industry.

While other brands present only concept models, Samsung’s new Z Fold3 and Flip3 series have made foldable phones mainstream in the market. They come with a durable design that can survive the rigors of everyday life like any other high-end phone and also have a powerful processor and decent camera hardware.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G series. Credit: DH Photo / KVN Rohit

Plus, with S Pen support, the Galaxy Z3 Fold is arguably the best multi-utility phone in the industry. Even the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra (review) also supports the stylus and can be called the second best Android phone of the year.

Must read | Samsung Galaxy Z Fold3 5G review: the foldable phone has finally become mainstream

Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max (Best all-rounder)


Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max. Credit: DH Photo / KVN Rohit

Apple has done a terrific job with the iPhone 13 Pro Max. It excels in everything from performance, top build quality, great photography gear and the battery life is just top class and you really have to go for it. extreme to empty it completely. Under normal conditions of use, it can easily last two full days.

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The iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at Rs 1,29,900. It is available in the colors graphite, gold, silver and sierra blue. Additionally, consumers get four storage options: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and the all-new 1TB.

Vivo X70 Pro Series (Best Innovative Design Language)


Vivo X70 Pro. Credit: DH Photo / KVN Rohit

It excels in terms of photography and premium build quality. The most impressive aspect of the device is the well-designed surface, which has a visually appealing and effective fluorite AG coating on the back. It does a commendable job of repelling fingerprint stains.

Must read | Vivo X70 Pro review

It should be noted that the X70 Pro comes in two variants – X70 Pro and X70 Pro + – with prices starting at Rs 46,999 and Rs 79,990,

iQOO 7 (Premium phone at the best price-performance ratio)


IQOO 7 5G series. Credit: DH Photo / KVN Rohit

It has a beautiful two-tone design language and houses a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 octa-core chipset. The camera is also pretty good for the asking price. In addition, iQOO 7 offers excellent battery life and the ultra-fast 66W charger is a big bonus.

Must read | IQOO 7 review: affordable flagship phone

The iQOO 7 comes in three configurations – 8 GB of RAM + 128 GB of storage, 8 GB of RAM + 256 GB of storage and 12 GB of RAM + 256 GB of storage – for Rs 31,990 and Rs 33,990 and Rs 35,990, respectively. It is available in two colors: Storm Black and Solid Ice Blue.

Oppo Reno6 5Gseries (good build quality)
Oppo Reno6 displays the Reno Glow design language and I have to say the device looks solid with a flat edge form factor. I came to understand that the company applied 20 patented craft technologies to create this phone.


Oppo Reno6 5G. Credit: DH Photo / KVN Rohit

The Aurora model looks beautiful in the sun and reflects visually pleasing colors when viewed from different angles. The most impressive aspect is its ability to repel fingerprint stains. It’s the prettiest phone I’ve seen in 2021 so far.

This uniquely-looking phone case is created using the new Diamond Spectrum processor, which involves multiple films featuring different textures and colors, the company explains.
In addition, the flat edge is ergonomically designed for a good grip, so that the fingers can catch on the phone without worrying about dropping it.

Must read | Oppo Reno6 5G review

Oppo Reno6 5G is available in two colors – Aurora and Stellar Black – for Rs 29,990,

Realme GT Neo 2 (Good mid-range camera phone)


Realme GT Neo 2. Credit: DH Photo / KVN Rohit

The device ticks all the boxes when it comes to smooth performance, impressive camera, and a day’s battery life. In addition, the display and build quality are also noteworthy. Overall, this is a well-balanced premium phone in the market.

Must read | Realme GT Neo 2 review

Realme GT Neo 2 5G comes in two configurations – 8GB RAM + 128GB storage and 12GB RAM + 256GB storage – Rs 31,999 and Rs 35,999, respectively.

Poco F3 GT (Best Value Mid-Range Gaming Phone)
It sports a wake design language that is not only visually pleasing to the eyes, but also delivers a premium tactile experience. The two additional ergonomically placed buttons, one each placed at opposite ends on the right side, make gaming an even more enjoyable experience.


Poco F3 GT. Credit: DH Photo / KVN Rohit

In addition, the camera material of the Poco F3 GT is remarkable. Overall, the smooth running ability thanks to the vapor chamber cooling technology makes the Poco F3 GT a compelling phone for gamers.

Must read | Poco F3 GT review: an impressive gaming phone

Poco F3 GT is available in three RAM options – 6GB, 8GB and 12GB – for Rs 26,999, Rs 28,999 and Rs 30,999.

Samsung Galaxy F62 (better battery life and suitable for online lessons for long hours)
It comes with a massive 6.7 inch Full HD + super AMOLED plus display and is powered by an Exynos Exynos 9825 processor with a huge 7000mAh cell. Consumers can play games, stream videos, attend virtual class for several hours without having to worry about straining their eyes.


Samsung Galaxy F62. Credit: DH Photo / KVN Rohit

It has an adaptive display feature that automatically heats the screen in low light conditions and there is a permanent eye protection option to reduce eye fatigue.

Must read | Samsung Galaxy F62 review

The Samsung Galaxy F62 comes in two configurations – 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage – for Rs 23,999 and Rs 25,999, respectively.

Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G (best stylish phone)


Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G. Credit: DH Photo / KVN Rohit

The company has done an impressive job with the Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G design and the two-tone colorway. In addition, the construction material used for the device gives off a premium experience in terms of feel to the touch. And, it excels at photography, even more so in natural sunlight and difficult overcast conditions.

Must read | Xiaomi 11 Lite 5G review

The Xiaomi 11 Lite NE 5G is available in four colors: Tuscan Coral, Diamond Dazzle, Jazz Blue and Vinyl Black.

It comes in two variations – 6GB RAM + 128GB storage and 8GB RAM + 128GB storage – for Rs 26,999 and Rs 28,999, respectively.

Redmi 10 Prime (best budget phone)
It is the phone with the best value for money in 2021. It is the true successor to the Redmi 9 Prime. It has a premium look, solid build quality, a good big screen, great photography gear, a reliable processor setup, and most importantly, lasts more than a day, even under extreme usage conditions.


Redmi 10 Prime. Credit: DH Photo / KVN Rohit

Must read | Redmi 10 Prime review: top notch budget phone

The Redmi 10 Prime is available in three colors: Phantom Black, Astral White and Bifrost Blue. It comes in two variations – 4GB RAM + 64GB storage and 6GB RAM + 128GB storage – for Rs 12,499 and Rs 14,499.

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