There are literally hundreds of phones to choose from today and dozens of trusted brands. However, the top spots are reserved for those that have gone that extra mile to beat out the competition. These flagships are just a cut above the rest.
Let’s go over some of these strong brands and their latest flagship smartphones.
1. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
The champion of the Samsung lineup is first up on our list of top 4 smartphones of 2021. It also includes support for an S Pen that is part and parcel of the Note series from Samsung. The beefy internals on this one make it an electronic monster. It has 5 image sensors, a 108-megapixel standard sensor, and 12 GB of RAM.
There may be no more impressive spec sheet out there.
- PRO-GRADE CAMERA: Zoom in close with 100X Space Zoom, and take photos and videos like a pro with our easy-to-use, multi-lens camera.
- SHARP 8K VIDEO: Capture your life’s best moments in head-turning, super-smooth, cinema quality 8K Video.
- MULTIPLE WAYS TO RECORD: Create share-ready videos and GIFs with multi-cam recording and automatic, professional-style effects.
- HIGHER RESOLUTION, 100X ZOOM: Get amazing clarity with a dual lens combo of 3X and 10X optical zoom and revolutionary 100X Space Zoom.
- ALL DAY INTELLIGENT BATTERY: Intuitively manages your cellphone’s usage, so you can go all day without charging.
2. iPhone 12 Pro Max
No best smartphones list can be complete without the iPhone. The biggest and beefiest iPhone iteration of the latest release is the best for a reason. While it has the same chip and internals as the rest of the lineup, it has better performance.
The iPhone 12 Pro Max has a bigger screen, a better camera, and much better video recording capabilities. In fact, it has the best camera system in any smartphone right now. Its 3 rear cameras, the standard wide, ultra-wide, and telephone lens combine with Apple’s great image processing.
While the squared edges may make you feel uncomfortable, the 12 Pro Max has an excellent design. Its screen is exceptionally bright and as color-correct as you can get.
- OFFER INCLUDES: An Apple iPhone and a wireless plan with unlimited data/talk/text
- WIRELESS PLAN: Unlimited talk, text, and data with mobile hotspot, nationwide coverage, and international reach. No long-term contract required.
- PROGRAM DETAILS: When you add this offer to cart, it will reflect 3 items: the iPhone, SIM kit, and carrier subscription
- Ceramic Shield, tougher than any smartphone glass
- A14 Bionic chip, the fastest chip ever in a smartphone
3. OnePlus 9
OnePlus have slowly but surely established their brand identity within the US and around the world. Once the budget kings, they’ve now grown to the full flagship category. They offer perhaps the cleanest and most well-optimized Android experience on any smartphone. They also offer great services and a sleek design.
With the 9 they’ve also fixed probably the one problem that they’ve struggled with, the camera. This one has a great ultra-wide camera and the latest Snapdragon 888 processor. It also offers 5G support on both Verizon and T-Mobile’s networks.
The device offers both a flagship feel and excellent performance. It’s one of the best smartphones of 2021.
- Hasselblad Camera for Mobile- Take your best shot with the OnePlus 9 5G’s Triple Camera system co-developed by Hasselblad, featuring a 48MP main camera, 50MP Ultra-Wide camera, and 2MP monochrome lens
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 - Powered by the most powerful Snapdragon platform yet, the OnePlus 9 5G delivers fast and smooth performance across every app
- A Day’s Power in 15 Minutes - Take wired charging to the next level with Warp Charge 65T. The OnePlus 9 5G also supports Qi wireless charging for those wanting to take their charging wireless
- 120 Hz Fluid Display - 6.55” Full HD display with a 120 Hz refresh rate. Scroll, swipe, and enjoy all your entertainment effortlessly on this stunning display
- 5G Capable – Experience faster upload and download speeds along with lower latency when connected to a 5G network only compatible with T-Mobile 5G
4. Google Pixel 4A
This is the best budget phone that you can buy today. It has pure Android installed, the perks of original Google software, and the best camera on a budget phone.
The design of the Google Pixel 4A is simple and beautiful. At just $349, you can get probably the best camera on any smartphone, and 3 years of support and security updates.
It’s definitely one of the 4 best smartphones of 2021.
- New unlocked Android phone gives you the flexibility to change carriers and choose your own data plan; works with Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, AT&T, Google Fi, and other major carriers
- Capture great photos using your cell phone on the 12 MP dual pixel rear camera with features like Live HDR+ Night Sight, and Portrait Mode; share photos directly from the viewfinder of your Pixel camera to Google and popular third party apps
- The Adaptive Battery lasts up to 24 hours  as it learns your favorite apps and reduces power to the ones you rarely use
- HDR+ makes your photos look better by automatically adjusting for color and lighting; Night Sight lets you capture rich detail and color even in the dark; Portrait Mode helps you take beautiful portraits with a DSLR quality look
- The custom made Titan M security chip helps secure the operating system and protect sensitive data like passwords; automatically receive the latest OS and security updates on your cell phone for at least 3 years. 
While there are other great deals out there, nothing beats these four titans of the smartphone world right now. Newer models coming out this year in October or November may put up a fight. However, these are the kings of the smartphone kingdom for now.
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