There are so many great phones to choose from right now, but which one is king of the castle? Is there even a winner? Smartphones come in all shapes, sizes and prices.
Here we have ranked and reviewed the three best 2021 smartphones money can buy today.
What can you expect from a new smartphone in 2021? There are many factors you need to consider but mainly the things you need to watch closely are; design, camera, battery life and charging speeds in addition to exciting features that spice up the user experience.
That said, trust us – these smartphones are all top notch and if you want to know more, just read on to find out how each shines in its own way.
HUAWEI nova 9
Display: 6.57-inch 120Hz curved OLED display
Camera configuration: Rear cameras: 50 MP + 8 MP + 2 MP + 2 MP – Selfie: 32 MP
Charging: 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge
Storage: 8GB RAM + 128GB internal storage
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G 6nm
Dimensions: 160mm x 73.7mm x 7.77mm
Huawei recently launched the HUAWEI nova 9, the latest addition to its popular and beloved HUAWEI nova series. Dubbed the Trendy Flagship Camera King, this latest hotshot from Huawei inherits the unique aesthetic and sophisticated design of the HUAWEI nova series, bringing powerful performance and features that help users capture and create. It’s a useful assistant for creating and sharing video content, especially when it comes to vlogging features!
Huawei’s latest smartphone debuts a new colorway – color #9 which is created with an all-new Starry Flash AG Glass process that adds a unique texture to the chassis and highlights the iconic camera module, giving it a greater visual emphasis. Color #9 is a mix of low saturation blue and purple hues that meticulously blend with the shimmering particles to form a dreamy color spectrum that exudes a touch of mystery.
Under different lighting, the color finish reflects vivid and colorful patterns. Under a projector, the whole device shines and sparkles. It reminds users of subtle moments in their lives, which are inspiring and uplifting.
The front and back sides of its body are slightly curved, which makes it thinner and more comfortable to hold. Featuring a 6.57-inch curved screen, the HUAWEI nova 9 remains elegant with a thickness of only 7.77 mm and a weight of approximately 175 g.
Speaking of the display, the HUAWEI nova 9 sports a 6.57-inch 120Hz original color curved screen that can render 1.07 billion colors delivering smooth visuals in every detail. The incredibly curved screen slides from the center to both sides just like a waterfall, which delivers immersive visuals and a comfortable grip at the same time.
The HUAWEI nova 9 follows the Star Orbit Ring design concept of HUAWEI nova 8 which is similar to the old look but comes with a nova ring emblem that highlights the Star Orbit ring, making it even more recognizable and catchy.
The HUAWEI nova 9 comes with an Ultra Vision AI quad camera system, which includes a 50MP Ultra Vision main camera with RYYB color filter array, an 8MP ultra wide-angle camera, a 2MP depth camera and a 4cm 2MP macro camera . Whether it’s city night shots, panoramas, portraits with bokeh effects, or close-ups, the HUAWEI nova 9 enables users to capture high-quality images and deliver pro-grade clarity.
Responding to the demand for an excellent vlogging experience, the HUAWEI nova 9 features a 32MP high-resolution selfie camera. The HUAWEI nova 9 supports 4K video recording at 30 fps with high definition and high frame rate, it provides an enjoyable video experience with fascinating details and smooth motion.
Additionally, HUAWEI nova 9 users can easily switch between front and rear cameras while filming to produce a single video containing both footage at once. Alternatively, you can use dual-view video to show both front and rear perspectives simultaneously, or to stitch together a magnified photo and a wide photo, both taken on the rear camera system, into a single frame. Again, this camera switching happens seamlessly, allowing you to create unique videos with just a tap of the record button.
Whatever the task, the HUAWEI nova 9 offers excellent battery life with the high-capacity 4300 mAh battery. Additionally, charging downtime is kept to a minimum, with the new smartphone supporting 66W HUAWEI SuperCharge for high-speed charging.
HUAWEI nova 9 also has some Super Device features, true to Huawei’s innovative spirit! For example, users can tap the HUAWEI MatePad icon to enable Smartphone-Tablet multi-screen collaboration; tap the HUAWEI MateBook icon for Smartphone-PC multi-screen collaboration or tap the HUAWEI FreeBuds icon to seamlessly switch their audio output to their Huawei headphones. With the distributed file system, the smartphone can also function as a wirelessly connected external storage unit for the PC, meaning users can access the files they want easier than ever.
This means that when users are writing an email on the PC, they can add smartphone files as attachment or when they see an image they like while browsing the internet on the PC, they can save that image directly on the smartphone. Using the HUAWEI nova 9, users can also transfer MeeTime calls to the HUAWEI Vision smart TV and make the call enjoying the larger screen, camera and speakers.
Running on EMUI 12, the HUAWEI nova 9 delivers an intelligent and seamless experience to users. The reliable, innovative and secure AppGallery is available on the HUAWEI nova 9, where users can download a wide range of high-quality apps.
Display: 6.2 inch 120HzDynamic AMOLED 2XDisplay
Camera configuration: Rear cameras: 12 MP + 64 MP + 12 MP – Selfie: 10 MP
Charging: Samsung 25W super-fast charging
Storage: 8GB RAM + 128/256GB internal storage
Chipset: 5nm Samsung Exynos 2100
Dimensions: 151.7mm x 71.2mm x 7.9mm
From the front, the Galaxy S21 comes with a 6.2-inch 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED display with a neat punch-hole selfie camera in the top center of the display. Take a closer look and you’ll see that the S21 ditched its predecessor’s curved display and opted for flat edges. However, in practice, the Galaxy S21’s display is excellent. Paste it in “Vivid” mode and you’ll see heaps of contrast and color. The screen is also great for watching videos and movies, or just scrolling through your photos or playing games.
Hardware-wise, the Galaxy S21 comes with a triple camera array that includes a 12MP main wide-angle lens, a 12MP ultra-wide lens, and a 64MP telephoto lens with 3x Hybrid Optic Zoom and 30x Space Zoom. On the video side, the Galaxy S21 covers a lot of bases. It offers up to 8K 24fps capture that lets you take high-quality photos while recording high-resolution video.
Other high-end features include 1080p video recording at 30/60/240 fps, which makes them super smooth. Speaking of smoothness, Super Steady mode, which uses AI to compensate for shaky recordings, works on 1080p 60fps video capture.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 comes with a 4000 mAh battery. Fast charging is offered on the USB-C PD standard, charging the battery to 55% in 30 minutes. Samsung only puts the USB-C cable in the box. If you don’t have a charger, you can buy a 25W charger.
The Samsung Galaxy S21 works on one user interface. The interface is sleek, with a redesigned quick panel and a less cluttered notifications screen. Users will especially appreciate the redesigned lock screen widgets as well as the ability to place widgets on the screen and adjust their transparency. One UI 3 still comes with plenty of options to tweak your Galaxy experience.
Samsung Galaxy A72
Display: 6.7-inch 90Hz Super AMOLED display
Camera configuration: Rear cameras: 64MP +12MP +8MP +5MP – Selfie: 32MP
Charging: Samsung 25W super-fast charging
Storage: 8GB RAM + 128/256GB internal storage
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G 8nm
Dimensions: 165mm x 77.4mm x 8.4mm
The front of the Samsung Galaxy A72 is dominated by a 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display. The screen is vibrant with color, excellent visibility in sunlight and great viewing angles. A layer of Gorilla Glass 5 protects the panel.
In terms of color, the Samsung Galaxy A72 is available in Awesome Black, Awesome White, Awesome Violet or Awesome Blue. It measures 165 x 77.4 x 8.4mm and weighs around 203g. The overall design includes a large camera block in the upper left corner of the rear and a hole-punch selfie camera in the top center of the screen.
The Samsung Galaxy A72 comes with a camera setup consisting of four lenses. There is a 64MP wide camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, an 8MP telephoto camera in addition to a 5MP macro camera. On the front, it comes with a 32MP camera to capture good selfies.
The Samsung Galaxy A72 houses a 5000mAh battery and supports 25W Samsung Super-Fast Charging for fast recharging. Fast charging capability lets you spend more time gaming, scrolling, and sharing and less time charging. The Samsung Galaxy A72 comes with One UI 3.1 based on Android 11 out of the box. As is usually the case with Samsung phones, the customization is more than enough.
Choose the right one
The final choice is up to you and your preferences. A variety of reasons including sleek design, display, photography, videography, charging speeds and of course cool features will be the ultimate deciding factors on what your next 2021 smartphone will be. However, among all The fashionable flagships of 2021, the HUAWEI nova 9 ticks all the boxes above and has a great design and some cool futuristic features!
Pre-order New Huawei Nova 9 for GHS 3099 from Huawei Experience Store Accra Mall and accredited retail stores and get free nova gift box, Bluetooth speaker, Band 4, flip and screen protector. Visit: https://consumer.huawei.com/gh/phones/nova9/ to pre-order online and learn more about the new Huawei Nova 9.