The latest iteration of Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip is among the phones to look for in 2021.
Although smartphone shipments are witnessing a slack due to the COVID-1
Shipments are estimated to grow by 4.4% in 2021, according to IDC, with an impressively rapid supply chain recovery and significant incentives from both OEMs and channels on new 5G products that are likely to boost growth. 5G, according to the company, is likely to drive business growth in the near to medium term. The company expects 5G smartphone shipments to reach around 19% of global volume by 2020, and this share is said to increase to 58% by 2024.
Devices that use QUALCOMM, Inc.‘s (NASDAQ: QCOM) new SoC (System On a Chip) – Snapdragon 888 – are the ones to look for, as the chip will appear on top Android devices in the coming year. It has an integrated 5G modem and is built on a 5-nanometer scale, the latest level is achieved in chip manufacturing for mass production.
Here are some of the smartphone models that are likely to be launched in 2021.
Apple inc (NASDAQ: AAPL) came out with 5G models of iPhones in late 2020, with analysts citing the lineup as a crucial moment in the company’s history.
iPhone 13 on the way? Apple is likely to launch four devices in 2021, including two high-end Pro models, while the remaining two will be positioned as budget models, according to Macrumors.
In terms of design and function, no major changes are expected, the report states. There is some controversy over how the company can name the new lineup, with some reports suggesting it may be called the iPhone 12S.
One of the four models could come without ports, and the company instead relied on its MagSafe wireless charging technology.
The South Korean electronics giant Samsung is the market leader in smartphones, and has about a fifth of sales. It is likely that the company will have an announcement regarding the smartphones in January, based on a blog post by TM Roh, head of mobile communications at Samsung. He discussed the achievements in 2020 and gave a sneak peek at what lies ahead for 2021.
“I look forward to sharing more in January,” Roh said. “And while we are already known for our revolutionary cameras, we will never stop trying to outdo ourselves – so look for super-intelligent, pro-grade camera and video capabilities in 2021.”
Some potential launches from Samsung’s stable include:
Samsung Galaxy S21, Galaxy S21 +, Galaxy S21 Ultra: It is rumored that both may come in January, contrary to Samsung’s usual practice of unveiling in February and making the product available in March, according to Pocket-lint.com. The company can price the latest version of the flagship phones a little cheaper, a move that was caused by softer sales of the Galaxy S20 in 2020.
Galaxy Z Flip 2, Galaxy Z Fold 3, Galaxy Z Fold Lite: Samsung’s foldable phone panoply boasts three foldable phone variants in 2021. Fold Lite is expected to come out first and is seen as an affordable phone, with a 7-inch internal screen and a 4-inch external screen.
Galaxy A22 5G: Samsung is also expected to release a budget-friendly A22 5G, the successor to the A21 launched in April 2020.
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There is much speculation that LG, also based in South Korea, will launch three phone models in the first half of 2021.
LG Rainbow, LG Rollable, LG Q83: Its flagship LG Rainbow smartphone is expected to be unveiled in March, according to Korea IT News. The LG Rollable, the second product developed during the company’s Explorer project, could be extended to 7.4 inches from 6.8 inches. It will probably be launched in the first half of the year.
A budget phone, the LG Q83, is also expected to hit the market.
Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro: Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi plans to launch its flagship Mi 11 series phones, the Mi 11 and Mi 11 Pro, on December 28, the company confirmed on Weibo. These phones, which are expected to be available in 2021, will be the first to come with the new Snapdragon 888 SoC. It can also be a Lite version of the phone. It is also speculated that Xiaomi will launch a foldable folding phone, codenamed Cetus, in the new year.
The year could also launch the next iteration of Xiaomi’s other models, such as the Redmi Note 10 and Redmi Note 10 Pro.
The Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo also has some tricks up its sleeve.
Oppo X 2021, Reno5 Pro + and more: Oppos X 2021, unveiled in November, has a scrollable screen, with a 6.7-inch panel that can extend up to 7.4 inches when needed. This is expected to be available next year.
The company plans to launch Reno5 Pro + 5G, which will have a Snapdragon 865 chipset on board and a curved Super AMOLED screen with a hole in the corner.
Alphabet Inc Class A (NASDAQ: GOOGL) is probably not far behind.
Pixel 5A, Pixel 6 models, collapsible Pixel Everything in the mix: A collapsible Pixel Phone, codenamed Passport, plus a Pixel 5A, speculated to be a lower mid-year offering, and two more devices, codenamed Raven and Oriole, are among the likely launches in 2021, according to 9to5 Google.com. Pixel 5A may be released in the second quarter, and the other two devices in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Nokia 9.3 PureView: Nokia’s new flagship smartphone, 9.3 PureView, will probably be launched in the first half of 2020. The launch was postponed from the original plan for November 2020.
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