Android Planet chooses: the 5 best high-end smartphones of 2021

After a fascinating year with a lot of competition Android Planet the 5 best high-end smartphones of 2021 among them. Devices that will continue to be worth buying in 2022 as well, because they will remain top models and they will only fall in price.

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Best high-end smartphones of 2021

The editors of Android Planet test many smartphones from all kinds of brands with different prices. In this overview, we discuss our five favorite high-end smartphones of 2021, ie devices from 500 euros. We also publish reviews of the best budget smartphones and best mid-range smartphones of the year.

Do you prefer to look? Then check out our video below in which editor Wouter briefly discusses the five devices below. Time to nominate – in random order – the tops of this year.

The best high-end Android smartphones of 2021!  (from 500 euros)

1. OnePlus 9 Pro

OnePlus 9 Pro

With the OnePlus 9 Pro, you can bring home a beautiful high-end smartphone with very fast hardware and a super-fast charger. You can also shoot impressive photos with the different cameras with this device.

The highlights of the OnePlus 9 Pro are the shorter battery life and the fact that OnePlus and Oppo will be merging their software. The new software experience will arrive later on an update on OnePlus devices.

We tested the smartphone extensively at the end of November, eight months after its release. In our OnePlus 9 Pro review update, you can read how the device performs.

OnePlus 9 Pro

2. Samsung Galaxy S21

samsung galaxy s21 review

The Samsung Galaxy S21 is the most advantageous of the three, with the S21 Plus and S21 Ultra as larger and more expensive variants. For the general public, the S21 is the best choice because of its price-quality ratio.

The device has a beautiful screen, is relatively handy and as fast as the other S21 models. Samsung also leaves a positive impression with its long software support. That is partly why the S21 can last for years.

At the beginning of December, the S21, then on sale for ten months, tested again extensively. In our Galaxy S21 review update, you can read how good the smartphone is at the end of 2021.

Samsung Galaxy S21

3. Google Pixel 6 Pro

Google Pixel 6 Pro

The Google Pixel 6 Pro is not only Google’s best smartphone of 2021, but the best that the company has delivered so far. Finally, Google can seriously compete with the well-known competition.

The Pixel 6 Pro has an excellent screen, an innovative and powerful processor and three impressive cameras. They blow away other smartphone cameras, especially in the dark and when it comes to portrait mode. Google also offers longer updates and rolls out five-year security patches.

You can read all about the smartphone in our comprehensive Google Pixel 6 Pro review.

Google Pixel 6 Pro

4. Oppo Find X3 Pro

Oppo Find X3 Pro

The Oppo Find X3 Pro is Oppo’s top smartphone of 2021 and a worthy alternative to the more well-known names. This is due, among other things, to the entire beautiful screen, the spacious storage memory (256GB) and the super-fast charger. Wireless charging can also be very smooth.

The device also has special cameras, including an innovative microscope camera. It’s not equally useful for everyone, but it’s a cool feature. Oppo has tightened its update policy after the launch of the Find X3 Pro from three to four years. So the smartphone can last a long time.

Learn more about the device in our comprehensive Oppo Find X3 Pro review.

Oppo Find X3 Pro

5. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

samsung galaxy s21 ultra review

If you want the best Samsung smartphone of 2021, then you have come to the Galaxy S21 Ultra. It is also immediately the largest and most expensive device, including a beautiful screen and advanced cameras. The dual zoom camera in particular is a very handy addition.

The S21 Ultra also has a good battery life, is very fast and gets years of updates. In our Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra review update, we therefore strongly recommend the smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

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