This year has been an exciting one for phone releases, including those from Samsung and Apple, but there’s still more to be released from a range of companies. With a variety of mobile phone rumours doing the rounds, we’ll be looking at the most talked-about phones set for release at the end of 2021 and beginning of 2022, potential prices, and the devices we were expecting to make an appearance but haven’t just yet!

Honor Magic 3

The Honor Magic 3 is set for global release, but we don’t have a date yet. You can expect the Magic 3, 3 Pro and Pro+, with the Pro models featuring a Snapdragon 888+ chipset and quad rear cameras. 

All three models will have Google support, 6.67-inch curved OLED displays, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+ support and a 4600mAh battery. The company has announced a partnership with IMAX Enhanced, a format that allows 4K HDR content to be played on HDR10+  displays.

The Magic 3 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 chipset and a triple camera, including a 50MP main lens, 13MP ultrawide and 64MP mono. 

The Magic 3 Pro has some upgrades compared to the Magic 3, including 50W wireless charging. You’ll also get two extra sensors, including a 64MP 3.5 zoom periscope lens and the front camera has an additional 3D ToF sensor. 

The Magic Pro+ has even more upgrades, including a ceramic rear and a redesigned camera which is hexagonal instead of round. Plus, it has a Nano Crystal Shield screen which apparently has 3x more drop resistance. The Ultrawide camera is 64MP but the main camera stays at 50MP, the same as the Pro.

Sony Xperia I

The Xperia Pro I is due to launch in early December with a huge price tag of £1,599, which could possibly put people off. The device has been pitched by Sony as camera first, phone second and has similarities to the Xperia III. 

Sony is taking things to the next level with the camera as the new release is said to be designed for content creators, with features you would associate with photography equipment. Apart from the main camera, the rear cameras are similar to the Xperia III and you can expect a 12MP Telephoto camera and Ultrawide lenses, plus an 8MP selfie camera. 

The Xperia Pro I also has a 6.5-inch OLED display, super fast 5G-enabled Snapdragon 888 processor, 12GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage.

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Oppo X

The Oppo X 2021 was expected to launch at some point this year after it was unveiled last November as a concept phone with a scrollable screen, but it may launch as a consumer product instead. 

It’s difficult to guess the pricing of this device, but phone rumours suggest it will be on the expensive side. 

In terms of display, the OLED panel has the ability to go from 6.7-inches to 7.4-inches which is achieved by technology allowing the screen to be curved under the sliding frame of the phone. This is controlled by the side-mounted button which also has a fingerprint sensor.

Oppo explained that it uses linear caterpillar track patterns on the underside of the display to move it in and out. The company also used this device as an example to unveil wireless air charging which allows the phone to charge from a compatible charger when it’s not in physical contact.

We can expect Oppo X to have a 48MP camera with twin Spot TOF 3D cameras and it will most likely run on the Snapdragon 888+.

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Google Pixel Foldable

Google Pixel Fold phone rumours have been circling for years, but lately, there’s been talks of Google’s first foldable phone landing at the end of 2021 or early 2022. If the device was to launch any time soon, we would have had more details by now - but anything is possible. 

Samsung is currently dominating the market on foldable phones with the release of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 but it could soon have some competition. 

In terms of the design and display, there have been countless claims that Google has ordered foldable OLED panels that are around 7.6-inches from Samsung Display. 

This is the same size as the main screen on the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. However, a Google patent shows a screen that opens up to tablet size and Patently Mobile has spotted additional Google Pixel foldable phone patents. It looks as though Google may be experimenting with a variety of foldable designs and we can’t wait to see the final product. 

There are suggestions that the camera could be similar to the Pixel 5 and there have been no leaks about hardware. It could potentially run the same chips as the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, which uses the Tensor chip, but there’s also potential to use a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset. 

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iPhone SE 3

After the release of the iPhone 13 series, Apple fans are now waiting for the much anticipated iPhone 14 but the iPhone SE 3 may get released first! 

The fine details aren’t clear at the moment as we don’t know when it will officially launch, but reports suggest if it launches soon, the device will have an A15 Bionic chip, the same as the iPhone 13, and will support 5G. However, similar to the iPhone SE 2020, it could potentially have a heavy design and a small screen. 

There’s also phone rumours circling about an iPhone SE Plus which could in fact be the iPhone SE 3. The different iPhone leaks also suggest it will be released in 2022 or 2024 and have a price point of just over £400.  

There’s a lot of if and buts surrounding the iPhone SE 3, we could be waiting a few years for a launch or as Apple likes to keep its audience surprised, we could have a new third generation of the SE next year.

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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE was left out of the Samsung Unpacked event in October however, there have been hints that it has been cancelled due to the global chipset shortage.

In terms of pricing, the Samsung S20 FE was cheaper than the Samsung S20 which could mean the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE will be cheaper than the S21 range. 

Apparently, a listing on a Chinese certification database has revealed a few likely features of the S21 FE, including a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen, 120Hz refresh rate and an IP68 rating. According to other mobile phone rumours, the device will be slightly taller and wider than the S21.

When it comes to the camera, there are rumours of a 32MP front-facing camera and the certification database mentioned a 12MP main and Ultra-wide camera, plus an 8MP Telephoto camera. 

Also, a leaked manual for the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE mentions it won’t come with a charger, and that wall chargers are sold separately.

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Huawei P50

The Huawei P50 and P50 Pro were released in China in August, but we’re yet to see a global launch, with talks of an early 2022 release. 

There have been a few known problems with the production of the P50 series due to a chip shortage. The side effect of this is a split between Huawei’s Kirin 900 chips and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 chips, both can be found in the SKUs for the P50 Pro. 

However, if you were hoping to use 5G, then you may be disappointed to hear that the P50 series doesn’t have it. Even though 5G has grown in popularity, there are still places outside of Europe and China where it isn’t established, but you will still have access to 4G. 

In terms of pricing, Huawei has only released prices for China that have been converted but they don’t fully reflect international prices. Here’s a guide of some of the P50 series estimated prices: 

  • P50 8GB RAM and 128GB Storage = £500 
  • P50 8GB RAM and 256GB Storage = £550
  • P50 Pro 8GB RAM and 128GB Storage = £665
  • P50 Pro 8GB RAM and 256GB Storage = £720
  • P50 Pro 12GB RAM and 512GB Storage = £885 

Both models run on the new HarmonyOS operating system and include the XD Fusion Pro engine, which aims to deliver better light and colour reproduction.

Here’s what features we can expect from each model:

Huawei P50

You can look forward to a larger screen from the P50, with a 6.5-inch OLED display and the choice of 128GB or 256GB of storage. It also has faster refresh rates, including 90 Hz, 66W fast wired charging and 8GB of RAM.  

You can also look forward to Dual Matrix Cameras, including a 13MP Wide camera and a 12MP Telephoto Camera, plus a 13MP front-facing hole-punch camera. 

The Huawei P50 comes in a range of colours to choose from, including Cocoa Black, Cocoa Gold and Pearl White. 

Huawei P50 Pro

The P50 Pro has a slightly larger screen size compared to the P50, with a 6.6-inch curved OLED Display. It also has more options for storage, including 128GB, 256GB or 512GB and the choice of 8GB or 12GB RAM. 

The P50 Pro also has 66W fast wired charging and includes 50W wireless charging too. In terms of camera, it has Rear Dual Matrix Cameras, including 40MP True-Chroma monochrome camera, 13MP Ultrawide Camera and 64MP periscopic telephoto. 

There’s even more colour choices compared to the P50 model including, Cocoa Gold, Pearl White, Charm Pink, Golden Black, and Dynamic Sky Blue. 

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New Blackberry Phone

Yes, you heard it right, a new Blackberry Phone is set to launch! However, mobile phone rumours have suggested a device would arrive in the first half of 2021, but we’ve still not heard anything about a new release.

According to Onward Mobility, the company which licensed the Blackberry name, the new phone will have 5G capabilities and also a physical keyboard. But apart from that, there isn’t much indication of any other features which may be included. 

The new Blackberry phone is expected to be released in North America, Asia, and Europe but there isn’t an exact date when this will be. 

There are a lot of details that are unclear about the new Blackberry phone, but we’re excited about its arrival and to see the upgrades that come along with it!

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