Greatest Android Telephones to Purchase in 2021 – CNET

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New Android phones are popping up all the time, and we’re expecting even more devices from Google, Samsung, and other phone companies using Android 11 or Android 12 this fall. Features like vivid Super AMOLED displays, fast 5G connectivity and 120 Hz refresh rate screens have become commonplace in the high-end space, and those with even deeper pockets can access cutting-edge, futuristic technologies such as: foldable displays.

Tons of great Android phone options are available at different prices, from Budget Android Phones to high-end flagship phones. We looked at all of them and put together our favorites. These phones all generally have great cameras, battery life, screens, or all of the above. We also considered features such as wireless charging and 5G. Read on to see our top tips for the best Android phones and check out our tips too How do I buy a new phone?, even. We will update this list regularly as we review new products.

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As Samsung’s elite flagship for 2021, the Galaxy S21 Ultra has a brilliant 6.8-inch AMOLED display with an ultra-smooth refresh rate of 120 Hz, which also supports Samsung’s S-Pen pen, a fantastic rear camera with incredible zoom capabilities and 5G connectivity for super-fast data. This is the best mobile technology Samsung has to offer, and it is the Android phone to go for when you want to put cutting-edge technology in your pocket.

Read our Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G review.

Best Android phone for affordable 5G

Google Pixel 5A 5G


Google’s Pixel 4A 5G was our top Android pick if you want 5G cheap, and its successor, the Pixel 5A 5G, is a solid replacement. The phone has good battery life and great rear cameras, and at $ 449, it’s one of the best and cheapest ways to get 5G when it goes on sale on August 26th.

Read our Google Pixel 5A review.

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Pixel smartphones have a loyal following, and for good reason. Without considering the price, Google’s Pixel 4A Android phone offers top-notch camera performance that takes brilliant photos. But this Android device is an even better deal as the budget smartphone costs $ 349 (£ 349, A $ 599). The 5.81-inch handset also has a headphone jack, 128GB of storage, and better battery life than last year’s Pixel 4.

Read our Google Pixel 4A review.

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OnePlus may not be as well known as Apple or Samsung, but the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Pro offer a premium experience at a relatively cheaper budget phone price than their competitors. Both phones are 5G-capable, run with the most powerful Qualcomm processor and have multilens cameras. The OnePlus 9 is our favorite of the two, with all the features we love from the series but at a cheaper price and with better battery life. It’s a solid option if the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s high prices are out of your reach.

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Samsung’s Galaxy S20 FE does much of what we would expect from its premium S line of phones, including multiple rear cameras, great performance, and 5G connectivity, but it has been packaged in cheaper materials and lowered the price to a cheaper phone. This Android phone has won the coveted CNET Editors’ Choice Award and is the phone if you want a great Samsung phone but don’t want to empty your bank account to get it.

Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition review.

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Foldable phones haven’t really made it into the mainstream, just staying within reach of those willing to spend the highest price on the latest mobile innovations. Samsung’s brand new Galaxy Z Fold 3 is the best folding phone ever, offering top notch performance, a great camera setup, and a host of tweaks to its folding technology that make this Android phone more desirable than its predecessor.

Read our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 review.

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The Motorola Edge Plus has pretty much everything you could hope for in a premium 5G phone: a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, huge battery, high refresh rate OLED screen, and multiple rear cameras with rugged specs. Motorola has taken features found on other top-of-the-line Android phones, given them a Moto spin of their own, and incorporated them all into one of our favorite Android phones of the year.

Read our Motorola Edge Plus review.

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