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Best 5G phones 2021: Top handsets [Updated Frequently]

The Best 5G phones in 2021
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The best 5G phones 2021 – Top Smartphone recommendation list. Please, note that some listed phones are currently only available in China!

Also check out our top smartphone cameras for year 2020/1

OnePlus Nord

Earlier this month, Android Central mentioned OnePlus Nord N10 5G in an article. If the news is reliable, the new Nord 10 5G may be launched in the United States after the OnePlus 8T flagship new product launch event expected on October 14 (later in October).

OnePlus seems to have announced the arrival of a new 5G phone called Nord N10 through OnePlus.Nord’s Instagram account. Given the company’s upcoming OnePlus 8T flagship new product in October, Nord N10 is also expected to closely follow a listing price of less than US$400 (about 2729 RMB / 30,000 Indian rupees).

It is reported that OnePlus selected Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 chipset (the first Snapdragon 6xx series SoC that supports 5G) for the new Nord N10 5G codenamed Billie, a 6.49-inch @ FHD+ resolution 90Hz fluid screen, supplemented by 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM.

In terms of photography, it is said that the Nord N10 5G uses a 64MP main camera + 8MP wide-angle + two 2MP sensors for the rear four-camera combination. Although the exact launch date has not been disclosed, it is expected that the price of the Nord N10 5G released after OnePlus 8T will not exceed $400.

Rumors say that the Nord N10 5G is more affordable than the OnePlus Nord launched a few months ago, and Android Central has revealed some key specifications of the new machine.

Finally, given that the OnePlus Nord, which was released earlier this year, is not listed in the US, we can also expect this new affordable 5G smartphone to be available in the Indian market.

OnePlus Nord 5G
OnePlus Nord 5G

Main Features:

  • Display: 6.44-inch 90Hz fluid AMOLED display with 2400 x 1080 pixels resolution (408ppi)
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620 GPU
  • Cameras: 48MP+8MP+5MP+2MP quad rear camera with 1080P Video at 30/60 fps, 4k 30fps | 32MP+8MP front dual camera with 4K video capture at 30/60 fps and 1080 video capture at 30/60 fps
  • Memory & Storage: 8GB RAM / 128GB internal memory
  • SIM: Dual SIM (nano+nano) | OnePlus Nord currently supports dual 4G SIM Cards or a Single 5G SIM.
  • OxygenOS is based on the Android 10 operating system.

OnePlus 8 /Pro

Currently, the OnePlus 8 Pro version of the flagship smartphone has 12 GB of RAM and 256 GB of flash memory, and the price is $900, which is $100 lower than the price. The 8GB version dropped from $900 to $800.

The OnePlus 8 smartphone with 8GB RAM and 128GB flash memory is now on sale in Glacial Green for $600. The OnePlus 8 version is equipped with 12GB RAM and 256GB flash memory, and the price is $700 instead of $800.

At this price point, the basic version of OnePlus 8 seems more attractive than the new low-cost flagship Samsung Galaxy S20 FE priced at $700. However, Samsung smartphones have better 120Hz screens, wireless charging, larger batteries, and excellent cameras.

Main Features:

  • Display: 6.55 inch Full HD+, 120 Hz
  • CPU: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12 GB
  • Storage: 128 GB/256 GB
  • Battery: 4500 mAh, 65W fast charge
  • Camera: Front: 32 MP; Back: 48 MP + 16 MP ultrawide + 5 MP Macro + 2 MP Bokeh
  • Connectivity: 5G, WiFi 6
OnePlus 8
OnePlus 8

Nokia 9.3 PureView

Expected to be launched at the end of 2021. t is said that Nokia 9.3 PureView is equipped with a 6.29-inch P-OLED screen that supports a high refresh rate of 120Hz and an under-screen fingerprint sensor.

Built-in Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset (integrated Adreno 650 GPU), supplemented by 8 / 12GB RAM + 256GB ROM, pre-installed Android 10 or the latest Android 11 mobile operating system.

In photography arena, Nokia 9.3 PureView is expected to adopt a front 48MP single camera, a rear 64MP main camera (supporting optical image stabilization) + 108 million pixels wide-angle + telephoto + portrait + macro five-camera module. The handset also has a 4500 mAh battery, which supports wired fast charging and Qi wireless charging.

Nokia 9.3 PureView
Nokia 9.3 PureView

Main Features:

  • Display: 6.7-inch P-OLED 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • CPU model: Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865, Adreno 650 GPU
  • RAM: 6GB / 8GB RAM
  • Storage: 128/256 GB ROM  
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax.
  • Battery: Li-Po 5000 mAh,  Fast charging + Fast wireless charging
  • Camera: Quad-camera that consists of 108 MP (wide) + 8 MP (telephoto) + 13 MP (ultrawide) + TOF 3D (depth) on rear side and on the front, there is 24 MP (wide) + TOF 3D (depth).

HUAWEI nova 7 Pro

In terms of technical specifications, Huawei nova 7 Pro 5G is expected to be equipped with HiSilicon Kirin 985 chipset, up to 8GB of memory, up to 128GB of internal storage, a 10.4-inch display, and a large 7250mAh battery. As for the camera, the technical specifications are still unknown so far.

Double-curved glass front design, nova 7 Pro thinnest at 6.57 mm, weight 178 g. 1. Slim and light, round, and comfortable to hold. The double-film and double-plating process have been upgraded to create a new and transparent “color 7”. Like a crystal, light and shadow are intertwined, like moon shadow and quicksand, dreamy and smart.

huawei nova 7 pro 5g
huawei nova 7 pro 5g

Main Features:

  • Display: 6.57 inch OLED FHD + 2340 x 1080 pixels
  • CPU model: HUAWEI Kirin 985 (Kirin 985) , Mali G77 GPU
  • NPU: Large-core NPU + micro-core NPU (Neural Network Processing Unit)
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 128/256 GB ROM
  • Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, WLAN: support, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac (wave2), MIMO, VHT160, 2.4G and 5G.
  • Battery: 4000 mAh, Support maximum 10 V/4 A super fast charge, compatible with 5 V/4.5 A super-fast charge.
  • Camera: Rear Leica three-camera: 40 MP (wide angle, f/1.8 aperture) + 20 MP (ultra wide angle, f/2.2 aperture) + 8 million pixels (telephoto, f/2.4 Aperture), support auto focus (laser focus/phase focus/contrast focus), support AIS anti-shake.

Vivo X50 Pro

Based on this idea, the Vivo X50 Pro does bring better-than-expected picture quality, and the video aspect has become particularly stable due to the anti-shake blessing. Even with the Snapdragon 765G chip, this phone achieves the picture quality comparable to a flagship camera, and it itself can be called a camera flagship. But in terms of performance, this phone is not so powerful. After all, the Snapdragon 765G is only a mid-range chip. In terms of price, the initial price is at 4298 yuan also seems a bit high, but now it has updated to 3998 yuan.

In addition to taking pictures, the appearance of the phone is also an excellent selling point. Worthy of praise, and other aspects of the phone are also quite good. For example, the 6.56-inch 90Hz screen can guarantee the gaming experience and image quality, 4315mAh battery, and 33W fast charge. It can also guarantee battery life. Besides, the 32MP high-spec camera and the selfie is also quite good.

vivo X50 Pro
vivo X50 Pro

Main Features:

  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, Adreno 620 GPU
  • Display: 6.56 inch, 2376×1080 pixels1080P HD
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 128/256 GB ROM
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.1, WLAN: support, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G and 5G.
  • Battery: 4315mAh, Support super-fast charge 33W.
  • Camera Array:
  • 32MP Rear camera
  • 48 MP micro-head super-sensitive main camera (IMX598 custom sensor, micro-head anti-shake, closed-loop motor, 7P lens, 12.3EV backlight dynamic value)
  • 13 MP portrait lens (50mm equivalent focal length).
  • 8 MP periscope telephoto lens (60x superzoom).
  • 8 MPl wide-angle macro lens (120° super wide-angle, 2.5cm super macro; the angle of view is 108° after wide-angle correction is turned on).

HUAWEI Mate 20 X

Announced in May 2019, Powered by the Balong 5000, HUAWEI’s first 7nm multi-mode 5G chipset with the Kirin 980, HUAWEI Mate 20 X (5G) is now ushering in the 5G mobile world and setting the industry’s benchmark with ubiquitous technology.

HUAWEI Mate 20 X 5G
HUAWEI Mate 20 X 5G

Main Features:

  • Display: 7.2 inch OLED FHD + 1080 x 2244 pixels
  • CPU model: HUAWEI Kirin 980 (Kirin 985), Mali G77 GPU
  • NPU: Large-core NPU + micro-core NPU (Neural Network Processing Unit)
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 256 GB ROM
  • Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, WLAN: support, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, 2.4G and 5G.
  • Battery: Li-Po 4200 mAh, non-removable (support 40W fast charge).
  • Camera Array:

Features Leica optics, dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama, HDR
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SELFIE CAMERA Single 24 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.9µm

  • 40 MP, f/1.8, 27mm (wide), 1/1.7″, PDAF, Laser AF
  • 8 MP, f/2.4, 80mm (telephoto), 1/4.0″, PDAF, OIS, 3x optical zoom
  • 20 MP, f/2.2, 16mm (ultrawide), 1/2.7″, AF

Huawei P40 Pro+

The king of smartphones, at least top of the line in-camera photography, Huawei P40 Pro continues to explore more refined imaging effects based on the RYYB main camera, bringing us a brand new 1/1.28-inch RYYB sensor 50 million main camera + the world’s first RYYB array 12 million telephoto lens + The 40-megapixel movie camera + 3D deep-sensing camera makes it once again break through the DxO mobile phone camera score, refreshing the upper limit of mobile phone image capabilities with a high score of 128 points. It is not an exaggeration to say that Huawei P40 Pro is the mobile phone image benchmark in 2020.

In addition to the imaging system, this mobile phone also has four overflow screens, 40W fast charging, Kirin 990 5G, with a brand new EMUI 10.1.

huawei p40 pro 5g
huawei p40 pro 5g

Main Features:

  • Display: 6.58 inches(~91.6% screen-to-body ratio) 2640×1200 pixels
  • CPU model: HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali -G76 GPU
  • NPU: Large-core NPU + micro-core NPU (Neural Network Processing Unit)
  • RAM: 8 GB RAM
  • Storage: 128/256/512 GB ROM
  • Supports dust and water resistance (IP68)
  • Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 5.1, WLAN: support, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi 6+ technology, 2.4G and 5G.
  • Battery: 4200 mAh, Support 40W super-fast charging.
  • Ultra-long distance optical zoom system – The industry’s first 10x optical zoom!
  • Cameras: 50MP + 40MP + 8MP + 8MP + 3D deep camera, 32MP + depth-of-field camera.

Xiaomi Redmi K30

Launched on December 2019, Xiaomi released the new modern looking Redmi K30 series. The K30 series screen adopts a dual-hole full-screen design with a great display in 1080 x 2400 pixels and 395 PPI pixel density.

Xiaomi Rdemi K30 comes with a respectable 20MP+2MP selfie dual camera, similar to the Samsung S10. On the backside ,Xiaomi incorporated four camera sensors: 64.0MP (Wide)+ 8.0MP (ultrawide) + 2.0MP (macro) + 2.0MP (depth) that are capable producing high resolution images up to 2400 x 1080 pixels. 

The K30 5G uses the 7nm EUV process to integrate the Snapdragon 765G with the Snapdragon X52 modem and radiofrequency system, superior to the non-integrated Kirin 990 used on the Honor V30.

Xiaomi Redmi K30 (Blue)

xiaomi redmi k30
xiaomi redmi k30

Main Features:

  • OS: MIUI 11 (Android 10.0)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G Octa-core processor, Adreno 618 GPU.
  • Display: 120Hz with a 20: 9 screen ratio, which combines both grip and visual comfort.
  • MicroSD up to 256GB
  • Front-camera: 20MP AI dual camera
  • Back-camera: 64.0MP + 8.0MP + 2.0MP + 2.0MP
  • Battery: 4500mAh large power with 27W fast charge, charging efficiency is greatly improved.

Xiaomi Mi 10 /lite

The Mi 10 lite handest is equipped with a 6.67-inch screen with FHD + resolution and a refresh rate of 90 Hz of the Super OLED convex side. Powered with the a snappy octa-core Snapdragon 865 chip that runs alongside support for 5th generation networks. The main phone photo array includes an impressive 108-megapixel sensor worth exploring.

xiaomi mi 10
xiaomi mi 10

Main Features:

  • Display: 6.67-inch Curved AMOLED punch-hole display – 90Hz refresh rate + 180Hz sampling rate.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 5G Octa-core processor, Adreno 650 GPU.
  • 108MP+8MP+12MP+20MP rear cameras, a 20MP AI front camera.
  • 8GB/12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 256GB/512GB UFS 3.0 Storage.
  • Battery: 4500mAh battery, 50W wired charging, and 30W wireless charging, and 10W reverse wireless charging.
  • Connectivity: Dual-mode 5G + WiFi 6, multi-function NFC. Dual GPS.
  • MIUI 11 based on Android 10 OS.

Oppo Find X2 Pro


OPPO’s flagship product, Find X2 Pro, launched this year, can be said to be one of the best-performing flagship phones this year. Even in this year’s flagship market, OPPO Find X2 Pro, with its super performance configuration, excellent screen quality, and better overall performance, has also been praised by professional media as “one of the best mobile phones for 2020”.

Under the Find X2 Pro hood, you will find a powerful Snapdragon 865 5G, 512GB storage, and 12GB RAM. Besides, it also supports a 10bit color display. It can be said that in any aspect, the quality of this screen is the strongest among the current flagship mobile phones.

The OPPO Find X2 Pro is equipped with a 120Hz super-sensing screen, a 3168*1440px resolution 6.7-inch screen, a contrast ratio of 5000000:1, E3 luminous material screen default maximum brightness 500nit, strong light excitation brightness 800nit, local peak brightness 1200nit, support HDR10+, and TÜV Rheinland’s global eye protection certification. Oppo added fast charging support (65W) and a top-notch 48Mp camera with 10x hybrid zoom.

Oppo Find X2 Pro

Oppo Find X2 Neo Black
Oppo Find X2 Neo Black

Realme V5

Realme, Oppo’s subsidiary brand, launched the first phone in its new V series to the mid-range market. The phone, Realme V5 in its full name, is actually currently the cheapest 5G phone offered in general, with a price tag written on it for only about $ 215 for the lower memory version of 6/128 GB. There is also an option for 8 GB of working memory.

Realme achieved this by using the new chipset, the MediaTek MT6853V Dimensity 720 5G designed with a mid-range processor. The processor itself consists of eight cores at a maximum speed of 2.0 GHz and is integrated with a Mali-G57 graphics chip in a 3-core version. Its particular drawback is support for LPDDR4X working memory and UFS 2.1 storage memory which is already considered outdated and relatively slow.

Realme V5

Realme V5blu3

LG Velvet

LG Velvet is one of the thinnest smartphones on the market, powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G mobile platform. It comes with 6GB RAM / 182GB (internal storage) configuration with a thickness of 7.9mm. The handest comes with a high quality equipped with Teardrop P-OLED 6.8-inch Full HD+ display in resolution of 2,460 x 1,080 pixels, and it has a 4,300mAh capacity battery that should be enough for full-day use.

In the camera arena, you will find a triple camera array featuring a 48 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/2.0″, 0.8µm, PDAF, and 5 MP, f/2.4, (depth). For 5G connectivity, The handest supports 5G via Snapdragon X52 5G Modem-RF.

LG Velvet

Lg Velvet

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