Whether ultra-compact or large, high-end smartphones benefit from the latest technology and deliver the best performance. Here are the top ten models tested by the lab. In this ranking, Samsung occupies a leading place with its Galaxy S10 and Note 10, as does Huawei with its P30 and Mate 20.
For the first time in several years, Apple is making a comeback with the iPhone 11, finally delivering a beautiful battery life. Between these telephony, behemoths are a few nuggets like the OnePlus 7T, the Asus Zenfone 6 or the Google Pixel 3.
Why buy the best high-end smartphone in 2021?
Low-cost smartphones are on the market, at less than 200 euros, with constantly improved performance and 4G compatible. Why then pay triple or more for high-end? Simply because the flagship models are distinguished both by a sophisticated design, often ultra-thin with larger and better screens, but also by a real versatility. Very powerful, they excel in 3D games, photos, and video and often offer some exclusive features such as wireless charging or facial recognition.
High-end smartphones benefit from the latest technological advances and a recent version of the system that drives them, or even the latest one. Their batteries are usually high-capacity, giving the mobile and endurance beyond the day. The processors chosen by manufacturers are among the newest. In photography, the quality – including in low lights – keeps flying. The vast majority of models in our selection film, for example, in “4K” (3840 x 2160 pixels).
These are the Top 10 best phones to buy in 2021;
- Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
- Google Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL
- Asus Zenfone 6 (8 Go)
- Apple iPhone 11
- Huawei Mate 20 Pro
- OnePlus 7T / 7T Pro
- Huawei P30 / P30 Pro
- Apple iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Max Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 / Note 10
- Samsung Galaxy S10 / S10
10. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
Oppo, newcomer to France, shows with this smartphone that he is ready to fight with the best. Power and autonomy are at the rendezvous and, on the side of the photo, this Reno comes to hunt on the land of the P30 Pro with its optical zoom x6 and hybrid x10.
- Overall rating: 8.98/10
- Builder price: 799 euros
9. Google Pixel 3 / Pixel 3 XL
The first Google smartphones to have landed in France, the Pixel 3 excels in just about every field. Few smartphones offer such smooth navigation and impressive photo quality. Everything seems easy for these devices, a true demonstration of Google’s software know-how.
- Overall rating: 9.03/10
- Manufacturer’s price: from 859 euros (Pixel 3) and 959 euros (Pixel 3 XL)
8. Asus Zenfone 6 (8 Go)
Beyond an affordable price (a 6GB version of RAM and 64GB of storage is available at 499 euros), the Zenfone 6 seduces with its large screen without ultra-immersive edges, its shock endurance as well as its rotating camera to say the least original. In particular, it allows you to get selfies as successful as the main photos.
- Overall rating: 9.05/10
- Builder price: 599 euros
7. Apple iPhone 11
Released in September 2019, the iPhone 11 is the most affordable device of the new generation of Apple smartphones. Available in six different colors, this mobile targets a wide audience and offers a very good photo quality thanks to its new dual-camera module. Very tough and equipped with Apple’s latest A13 processor, the iPhone 11 is without a doubt one of the best smartphones of the moment. Only flaw: it is the only mobile in this ranking without an OLED screen, Apple once again favoring LCD.
- Overall rating: 9.09/10
- Builder price: starting at 809 euros
6. Huawei Mate 20 Pro
With its Mate 20 Pro, Huawei has multiplied innovations at the end of 2018. OlED screen with curved edge, 3D facial recognition, fingerprint sensor under the screen, ultra-fast charging… This smartphone equipped with all superlatives is a demonstration of the Chinese manufacturer’s know-how. On its back is an exceptional triple camera module, with wide-angle, ultra wide-angle and telephoto x3.
- Overall rating: 9.18/10
- Builder price: 749 euros
5. OnePlus 7T / 7T Pro
The OnePlus 7T offers one of the best Android experiences on the market. Thanks to its large OLED display with a refresh rate of 90 Hz and its extremely ergonomic OS (Oxygen OS – Android 10), this smartphone is one of the most enjoyable to use. For a little more expensive, OnePlus is marketing the 7T Pro, a smartphone whose only differences are a curved screen and a pop-up camera. Instead, we recommend the classic, cheaper model.
- Overall rating: 9.18/10
- Builder price: OnePlus 7T 599 euros and OnePlus 7T Pro 759 euros
4. Huawei P30 / P30 Pro
The world’s first smartphone with a periscopic zoom, the Huawei P30 Pro is a photographic monster. Able to take sublime night shots and zoom without loss of quality (x5 optical, x10 hybrid), this mobile puts an incredible slap in the face to the competition. Its curved OLED screen and strong autonomy also help it position itself in the leading quartet. For a little less, we find the classic P30 which has a flat-screen.
- Overall rating: 9.48/10
- Manufacturer’s price: from 899 euros for the P30 Pro, from 699 euros for the P30
3. Apple iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Max Pro
Apple’s most expensive smartphone, the iPhone 11 Pro is also the best mobile ever released by the brand. For the first time in more than a decade, Apple offers the most enduring high-end smartphone on the market, dethroning Huawei and Samsung. In addition, the iPhone 11 Pro also puts the photo on thanks to its triple camera module (wide-angle, ultra-wide-angle and telephoto x2) and its new night mode. Its 5.8-inch (11 Pro) or 6.5-inch (11 Pro Max) OLED display is also one of the best performing on the market.
- Overall rating: 9.52/10
- Manufacturer’s price: from 1159 euros for the 11 Pro, from 1259 euros for the 11 Pro Max
2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Always accompanied by its iconic stylus, the Galaxy Note 10 is Samsung’s ultimate smartphone. With its huge 6.8-inch screen, this device is one of the largest on the market. It is perfect for people who spend a lot of time on their mobile. Thanks to its very high capacity 4300 mAh battery and Its Exynos 9825 processor, it offers shock endurance and is very powerful. Its quadruple-camera module also gives it excellent photo capabilities. Only downside, it is also the first Samsung device to abandon the jack. Note that Samsung also offers a smaller version of the device, called Galaxy Note 10.
- Overall rating: 9.54/10
- Manufacturer’s price: from 1109 euros for the Note 10, 959 euros for the Note 10
1. Samsung Galaxy S10
The latest additions to Samsung’s flagship lineup, the Galaxy S10 put the package on design. Samsung hides their front cameras in one corner of the screen to eliminate borders, allowing the Galaxy S10 to enjoy one of the best designs on the market. Other new features include the appearance of a triple camera module with ultra-wide-angle and inverted wireless charging. The Galaxy S10 also has the advantage of being able to replace your ticket regardless of your carrier.
- Overall rating: 9.66/10
- Manufacturer’s price: Galaxy S10 from 909 euros and Galaxy S10 from 1009 euros
These are not in the top 10 but not necessarily less good
To develop its top 10, the webbspy laboratory performs numerous measurements. Performance, screen or camera… we rate each point individually in order to average. The autonomy of smartphones is one of the points most rewarded by the scale put in place. Un good smartphone should be able to be used without having to recharge it before the end of the day. This explains the absence of some high-end mobiles, yet very efficient.
Some will be surprised not to find in this ranking the Xiaomi Mi 9. The model we tested is sold 499 euros, it does not enter this top exclusively turned to smartphones at more than 500 euros. But know that his excellent rating does not place him very far from the smartphones of this selection.
Finally, still on the market today, Samsung’s Galaxy S9, S9 and Note 9 as well as Huawei’s P20 and P20 Pro remain excellent smartphones and even a very good deal given their falling prices. Because of the rating they were given at the time of their release, they could even be in this top.