While CES 2021 is certainly different from the usual, numerous phones were introduced this year that are coming on the market – and some futuristic concepts have also been spiced up. Find all the phones at CES 2021 here, from today’s best ideas to tomorrow’s most promising ideas.
Let’s limit your expectations ahead of time: Many phone manufacturers have effectively turned off CES 2021. So don’t expect lineups or teasing from LG, Xiaomi, Huawei or others. However, other brands have not been deterred. Motorola and TCL reveal new budget and mid-range phones – including the cheapest 5G phones we’ve seen in the US so far.
And of course, Samsung has exceeded its typical release schedule to introduce its new line of flagship phones. Rumors have it that we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy S21, S21 Plus and S21 Ultra on January 14th. These will be the first top of the line devices of the year and will set the tone for the best phones of 2021.
But there are also some nice phone concepts at CES 2021 – mostly in the form of rollables that extend the display sideways to get the kind of screen space we’ve only seen on leaflets. Several phone manufacturers are showing their rollables at CES, and it’s not surprising that they are the same brands that introduced full-size rollable televisions years ago.
So here they are: the biggest phones at CES 2021, and despite this year’s all-digital show, we actually got our hands on some of them.
Motorola’s complete budget phone offering
Motorola showed off this year’s G-series phones, some of which had already been released in other regions in some form as the G9 line. But we’re seeing the others for the first time, like the Moto G Stylus 2021 and the Motorola One 5G Ace.
The latter is an evolution of the Motorola One 5G, but with some limited features, the Motorola One 5G Ace is one of the most affordable 5G phones we’ve seen, with a starting price of $ 399 (around £ 294 / month) AU $ 514). With a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chipset, 6 GB RAM (in the US version), a triple rear camera (48 MP main / 8 MP ultra-wide / 2 MP macro) and a 5,000 mAh battery, it is the 5th -G mid-range phone to beat.
The Moto G Stylus has some minor improvements to the 2019 model (the first G-series stylus phone from Motorola): a larger 6.8-inch Full HD Plus display (presumably LCD like its predecessor), Snapdragon 678 Chipset, the same size 4,000 mAh battery and a similar triple rear camera array (48 MP main, 8 MP ultra-wide, 2 MP macro). However, the software has been enhanced with other features (e.g. splitting the screen to draw in half with an app open in the other half).
The other two models are different versions of phones that were launched in other regions in late 2020: For example, the Moto G Power costs $ 199 (around £ 146 / AU $), making it a bit cheaper than the £ 179 more expensive Moto G9 Power price. Likewise, the Moto G Play is priced at $ 169 (around £ 124 / AU $ 217), which is less powerful but cheaper than the G9 Play’s price of £ 159 (around $ 210, AU $ 290).
TCL brings the first of its 2021 phones
TCL unveiled its first line of branded phones at CES 2020 last year and continues its new TCL 20 line of handsets – but only two out of five are set to be announced in the near future. These two are the leading affordable model as well as the new cheap 5G phone that is likely to compete against the Motorola One 5G Ace and other phones in an increasingly competitive 5G mid-range niche.
The TCL 20 5G has a 6.67-inch LCD full HD display, a Snapdragon 695G chipset, 6 GB RAM, 128 GB storage, a 4,500 mAh battery and a triple rear camera (48 MP main , Ultra-wide and depth sensor). And of course 5G connectivity.
The TCL 20 SE also presented is an affordable phone with a Snapdragon 460, 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage, but a huge 6.8-inch display with a triple rear camera (48 MP main, 5 MP wide-angle and 117-degree -FoV) and 2MP Macro) with a 2MP depth sensor and a 5,000 mAh battery make it a great, affordable option.
Unfortunately, we don’t know how much the TCL 20 5G or 20 SE will cost, and we don’t know when we’ll see the other phones in the TCL 20 range.
Here’s a real-life look at the TCL AMOLED rollable display (you’ll feel like you’re at a CES booth again!): # CES2021 pic.twitter.com/RRVM5QAqwcJanuary 11, 2021
CES 2021: the year of the rollable
Foldable are so passe; the new sharpness that TCL and Oppo have teased in concepts until 2020 rollable telephonesthat are introduced to expand the display of a phone so that it supposedly doesn’t wrinkle. At CES 2021, we not only heard about new rollables, but also one that might come out year.
This is the LG Rollablefeatured in the brand’s CES video and what sources told it CNET LG itself would not confirm or reject the message, just making an unofficial statement: “LG Rollable was previewed at CES 2021. For more information on LG Mobile’s exciting 2021 portfolio, click here.”
During a preview of the TCL 20 phone series, TCL confirmed that the rollable phone is still in development – and during the presentation at CES 2021, the brand showed off two New rollable concepts: one that rolls up to make the phone bigger and a wide scroll-like display that unfolds into a 17-inch display that would reach screen dimensions the size of a laptop.
And … no more tech shows for months
CES 2021 will be the last big tech show we know for months MWC 2021 – which we would expect in a normal year at the end of February – will not take place until the end of June. That means we won’t have another big event for Phonemaker to plan their device announcements for half a year.
Instead of the usual publish window, brands just have to release phones on their own schedule. We’ve already seen this with the Moto G phones, which were previously unveiled during or after MWC but were being demonstrated at CES 2021 – and this could be a boon for smaller phone makers who usually struggle for attention during Mobile World Congress, the biggest phone event of the year.
Conversely, this could put pressure on brands to speed up their announcements and disrupt the entire press instead of waiting for the usual February launch window. This seems to be what Samsung is doing this year as it plans to reveal its Galaxy S21 phones on January 14th, when CES 2021 comes to an end. Which leads us to …
Samsung Galaxy S21: the first flagship of the year
Yes, the Samsung Galaxy S21 phones will be showcased during CES. While it is not at the CES, or not specifically affiliated with it, it’s no coincidence that one of the biggest phone companies is rolling out their new line of flagship phones on the final day of the tech show … that’s more than a month earlier than expected.
We expect three phones to emerge from the January 14 launch event: the standard Samsung Galaxy S21, the larger Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus, and the fastest-speed Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra. Samsung own teases Point to a new design that inserts a camera block into the rear cameras for an entire glossy corner – in a vertical line for the S21 and S21 Plus and a double column for the S21 Ultra.
It is rumored that phones all cost fewer than last year’s Samsung S20 series, but could also compromise on some functions – the displays in the S21 and S21 Plus in particular may have a maximum of Full HD, with only the S21 Ultra having a screen with WQHD resolution. Conversely, the Premium S21 Ultra may have even more features that justify its price, e.g. B. running the WQHD resolution and the 120 Hz refresh rate at the same time as well as packing one S pen Pen.
We’ll know for sure what the S21 line will bring when it launches on January 14th. This makes Samsung’s new phones the first flagships to arrive in 2021, setting the standard (and expected) Prices) for the handsets of the year.
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