Probability are you could be looking out for a brand new cellphone. The excellent news is, our present checklist of the finest telephones options a terrific choice of choices, together with lower-cost fashions that will not put a dent in your checking account. However there’s dangerous information, too — the smartphone market is about to get a fairly radical shake-up with an inflow of recent handsets.
Now that we’re within the second half of 2021, we’re on the verge of seeing a spate of smartphone launches, as cellphone makers jockey for place to get their gear in entrance of buyers previous to the vacation season. Trade leaders Apple and Samsung are all however sure to point out off new telephones within the coming months, they usually’ll be joined by the likes of Google, OnePlus and others.
You will discover in-depth seems to be in any respect the upcoming telephones elsewhere on Tom’s Information, however here is the place you will get a abstract of when to anticipate the large cellphone releases anticipated throughout the second half of the yr. Use this information to plan out your smartphone purchases — or possibly see if there is a smartphone it is best to maintain out for. In spite of everything, when 2021 wraps up, subsequent yr’s Samsung Galaxy S22 can be proper across the nook.
Google Pixel 5a
- When to anticipate it: August 2021
- What you may pay: $349 to $499
- Learn extra in our Google Pixel 5a hub.
Earlier this yr, we thought we would have already got the Google Pixel 5a in hand by this level. In spite of everything, two years in the past, Google launched its lower-priced price range cellphone lineup throughout its Could developer convention. That did not occur this time round, however the Pixel 5a remains to be very a lot on the horizon. Numerous business observers are pointing to an August launch for the Pixel 5a, and Google has stated to anticipate a brand new model across the similar time that the Pixel 4a debuted final yr. The month of that debut? August.
When it does arrive, anticipate the Pixel 5a to characteristic an improved processor with 5G connectivity — one thing you would solely get from the costlier Pixel 4a 5G final yr. Google could lastly add a second rear digital camera lens to its price range cellphone, going by leaked photos allegedly shot by the Pixel 5a.
In consequence, the brand new cellphone is unlikely to match the Pixel 4a’s value-heavy $349 price ticket, however you by no means know the place Google will handle to maintain the prices down. Nonetheless, we would anticipate a value between $349 and the Pixel 4a 5G’s $499 price.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3
Of all of the anticipated telephones on this checklist, we’re most likely most assured concerning the ship date for the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the successor to Samsung’s top-of-the-line foldable cellphone. Samsung all the time holds a Galaxy Unpacked product launch within the August time-frame. And with the Galaxy Word 21 rumored to be a casualty of the continued processor scarcity, it sounds prefer it might be the Galaxy Z Fold 3’s time to shine, with Samsung putting the highlight on foldables this yr.
After early rumbling that Samsung would possibly transfer up its launch occasion to Could — it did not, clearly — rumor mongers have settled on an early August date for the subsequent Unpacked occasion, with the Galaxy Fold transport earlier than the top of the month.
So what are you able to anticipate from this revamped foldable? Moreover assist for the S Pen that was once the unique accent for the Galaxy Word sequence, the Z Fold Three seems to be to be the primary Samsung cellphone with an under-display digital camera. (That’d be the entrance digital camera on the cellphone’s 7-inch plus inside show.) In any other case, Samsung seems to be to be persevering with to refine the design of its foldable cellphone. It may additionally get a value minimize by as a lot as 20% off the present $1,799 price of the Galaxy Z Fold 2.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
- When to anticipate it: August 2021
- What you may pay: $1,249
- Learn extra in our Galaxy Z Flip 3 hub.
The one factor cooler than releasing one folding cellphone at an August launch occasion is releasing two. And everytime you hear a rumor concerning the Galaxy Z Fold Three launch drawing nearer, the Galaxy Z Flip Three is generally part of that dialog, too. (We bought a better take a look at the Galaxy Z Fold Three vs. Galaxy Z Flip 3 and the totally different approaches they take to being a foldable machine.)
The Galaxy Z Flip Three is a follow-up to final yr’s unique Galaxy Z Flip. No, you did not miss a mannequin. Samsung likes to get the numbers of cellphone releases to align, and technically, that is the third model of the Flip since a 5G version has additionally shipped.
Just like the Galaxy Z Fold 3, the concentrate on the Galaxy Z Flip appears to be fine-tuning the options which might be there just like the cameras and the outer notification show which was just a little slender for the tastes of some customers. Samsung could also be seeking to supply this cellphone for a lower cost, too, although the rumored $1,249 price is definitely $50 greater than the lowered charge the Z Flip 5G is at present promoting for.
Most anticipated telephones: iPhone 13
- When to anticipate it: September 2021
- What you may pay: $699 to $1,099
- Learn extra in our iPhone 13 hub.
That is the large one. Whether or not you are an iPhone fan or not, no matter Apple does with its telephones units the stage for the remainder of the business. And the iPhone 13 is wanting like a fairly large deal.
It is also wanting like a return to Apple’s regular manner of doing issues after a pandemic-scrambled scheduled for the iPhone 12 rollout in 2020 that noticed telephones make an October debut and others arrive in November. From what we all know, all of the telephones can be launching in September, and whereas nothing concrete has leaked out of Cupertino, simply glancing at a calendar and remembering Apple’s manner of doing issues may help you make a fairly good guess as to when the iPhone 13 will ship.
We’re anticipating 4 fashions this fall, the identical as final yr, and with the identical costs, too. Meaning the iPhone 13 mini will begin at $699 — sure, Apple’s reportedly protecting that cellphone round regardless of the iPhone 12 mini’s struggles — and scaling as much as the iPhone 13 Professional Max at $1,099.
The Professional fashions are rumored to be getting essentially the most sought-after characteristic — fast-refreshing shows that match what one of the best Android telephones supply. All 4 iPhone 13 fashions are prone to see their notches shrink, and iPhone 13 digital camera enhancements are anticipated throughout the board.
Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Professional
- When to anticipate it: October 2021
- What you may pay: Unknown
- Learn extra in our Google Pixel 6 hub.
This is one other fall cellphone ship date that claims extra about what a cellphone maker’s achieved up to now. Google sometimes releases its telephones in October — even the uncommon exception just like the Pixel 5 launched on Sept. 30 final yr, hours forward of the standard October time-frame. So we would anticipate Google to stay to that schedule this yr.
We’re much less sure about value, particularly with the rumors that Google will launch two telephones — the usual Pixel 6 and a bigger Pixel 6 Professional. Leaked Pixel 6 specs give us a fairly good concept of what Google has within the works — that Professional mannequin is getting a telephoto lens and a large battery to energy its rumored 6.7-inch display. The telephones is also powered by a Google-designed chip, similar to Apple makes use of its personal processors for the iPhone. So the Pixel 6 may maintain the road on value, as Google has tried to do with current telephones, whereas the Pixel 6 Professional enables you to splurge just a little.
Google is not shy about tipping its hand on telephones — it is already basically confirmed the Pixel 5a, for example. So we might be listening to extra of an official phrase on when to anticipate this machine between now an October, possibly in a teaser on the Pixel 5a’s launch.
Samsung Galaxy S21 FE
This cellphone is up within the air. Unique rumors had the Galaxy S21 FE becoming a member of the Galaxy Z Fold Three and Galaxy Z Flip on stage at Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Unpacked launch occasion, at any time when that takes place. (We stated August, and we’re sticking to that.) However subsequent stories say the S21 FE has been delayed. Samsung stated nothing’s been set on whether or not its halting the venture, and not less than one rumor monger expects the cellphone to reach in October.
We hope that is the case. The FE fashions launched final yr, when the Galaxy S20 FE delivered lots of the similar options discovered within the Galaxy S20 lineup, however with out the excessive price. With Samsung decreasing the value on the Galaxy S21 this yr, you would argue that there is not a lot of a requirement for that type of cellphone any extra. Nonetheless, if Samsung may reduce a number of options and decrease the value to $599, that is one thing plenty of buyers would welcome.
There are many Galaxy S21 FE renders to we all know the cellphone exists someplace if solely on Samsung’s drafting board. Let’s hope that Samsung can carry us a successor to the well-received Galaxy S20 FE and that will probably be a cellphone price ready for.
- When to anticipate it: September – October 2021
- What you may pay: Unknown
- Learn extra in our OnePlus 9T want checklist
This is one other cellphone whose launch date hinges closely on what the cellphone maker’s achieved up to now. OnePlus tends to roll out its flagship gadgets each six months or so, and with the OnePlus 9 and OnePlus 9 Professional (pictured above) arriving on the finish of March, that places this yr’s T Collection machine on observe for a launch in late September/early October.
We want we had been as assured concerning the cellphone’s rumored specs, however proper now, a lot of the hypothesis round OnePlus appears to concentrate on the brand new entries to its Nord sequence, just like the OnePlus Nord 2. Nonetheless, going by OnePlus’ observe file, the OnePlus 9T ought to characteristic modest tweaks from the spring telephones. We would wager that OnePlus can be seeking to roll out extra digital camera enhancements to make some hay of its introduced partnership with Hasselblad. We may see an upgraded processor, too, now that Qualcomm has introduced the Snapdragon 888 Plus.
Anticipated telephones: Outlook
That is only a half-dozen or so of essentially the most extremely anticipated fashions anticipated to reach this fall. Motorola seemingly has some releases within the works, as does HMD International underneath the Nokia model. So there might be much more telephones becoming a member of this checklist as smartphone rumors bubble to the floor.