Some tech corporations aren’t letting the previous couple of weeks of 2021 go to waste, even launching new smartphones within the run-up to Christmas.
Whereas some new telephone releases are confirmed occasions, others are rumors which will or could not occur within the subsequent few weeks. Accordingly, we have created an inventory of recent smartphone launches primarily based on the chance they will truly occur in December of 2021.
In fact, none of those releases shall be as huge as what we’ll see within the first few months of 2022. The enormous tech conferences, CES in January and MWC in late February/early March, will doubtless coincide with huge telephone launches just like the releases of Samsung Galaxy S22, OnePlus 10 and Oppo Discover X4. It is arduous to not get excited by these!
Nonetheless, there are telephones in our December 2021 checklist which might be intriguing sufficient to entice quite a lot of tech followers.
Telephones we’ll nearly positively see
We all know the Honor 60 is launching, and it is occurring very quickly: December 1, to be actual.
This China-only launch of the telephone will doubtless be adopted by a worldwide launch in just a few weeks’ time. Which means we’ll quickly see the telephone in all of its technical glory, however may not know its worth till the worldwide launch.
The Honor 60 is the model’s subsequent mid-range telephone, following within the footsteps of the just lately unveiled Honor 50. We do not anticipate the 60 to come back with too many upgrades because it has solely been six months for the reason that final iteration was first launched.
Sony Xperia Professional-I
That is one other confirmed December launch, however we already noticed the official launch of Sony’s Xperia Professional-I earlier in 2021.
The Sony Xperia Professional-I is a super-premium cell designed particularly for photographers. This telephone has improbable cameras and likewise works as a second show for a lot of of Sony’s cameras. The Xperia Professional-I is launching on December 2 within the UK and December 10 within the US.
The telephone shall be costly, at $1,799 / £1,599 (round AU$2,400), however take into account that it is designed for skilled photographers, and never your common telephone fan.
Motorola’s subsequent smartphone
Whereas this launch hasn’t technically been confirmed, we have heard so many rumors about Motorola’s plan to launch a top-end smartphone by the top of 2021 that we needed to embody it on this part.
High chipset maker Qualcomm is predicted to quickly launch its new premium processor, and we have heard rumors that Motorola is keen to launch the primary telephone utilizing it. This implies they could launch a brand new telephone by the top of this yr, in shut competitors with Xiaomi, who additionally has a telephone on this checklist.
We do not know if the brand new gadget is the Moto G200 or the Motorola Edge 30 Extremely, each of that are rumored to launch within the subsequent few months. Both means, we would be very shocked if Motorola did not launch one other smartphone by the top of the yr.
Telephones we’ll probably see:
The Xiaomi Mi 11 was launched within the final days of 2020 at a China-only occasion earlier than getting a worldwide unveiling in February of this yr. We expect it is potential Xiaomi will repeat that timing with their Xiaomi 12, however there are others who suppose the cell may launch in January. For that reason, we have put this gadget within the ‘probably’ part.
That is Xiaomi’s subsequent flagship telephone, and the primary main-series gadget because it dropped its ‘Mi’ branding. We’re anticipating prime specs and a premium design, however we do not truly know all that a lot concerning the gadget but.
Both means, of all of the telephones on this checklist, the Xiaomi 12 will doubtless find yourself as one of many greatest releases of the yr — no matter which yr it launches. When it does present up, it is positively a telephone we’ll be reporting on so keep tuned.
Oppo foldable telephone
There was a rumor that Oppo would launch its first foldable telephone in November 2021. Clearly, that did not occur, nevertheless it’s potential the launch was simply delayed by just a few weeks.
A December Oppo launch would line up with the corporate’s annual Inno Day, the place it exhibits off new tech improvements that later function on its units. Inno Day was in December in 2019, November in 2020, and we nonetheless have but to listen to about 2021’s Inno Day.
It would not be a shock to see the Oppo foldable telephone at Inno Day 2021, however we’ve low expectations the discharge will occur earlier than the top of the yr.
The Nokia X50
Early in 2021, we heard a few flagship telephone from HMD World referred to as the Nokia X50, which was more likely to observe 2019’s Nokia 9 PureView rather than the rumored Nokia 10. In accordance with the rumors we heard, this X50 would launch by the top of 2021.
Rumors about top-end telephones from HMD World not often pan out, which suggests this whisper alone is not sufficient to maintain an X50 launch on the ‘probably’ checklist. However, we additionally know that in some unspecified time in the future throughout 2021, HMD World modified the way in which it named its telephones.
At present, there are Nokia C, G and X telephones, with entries at every degree being respectively extra premium. Taking this into consideration, a mid-range Nokia X50 is much extra doubtless than a premium one. So if there may be one other Nokia telephone out this yr, there is a good likelihood it is an X50 with mid-range specs and a low worth.
Admittedly, that is not rather a lot to go on, however a Nokia X50 launch remains to be extra doubtless than releases for among the different units on this checklist.
Telephones we most likely will not see:
Samsung Galaxy S22
Earlier in 2021, just a few rumors instructed we might see the Samsung Galaxy S22 in late December, which might buck the standard pattern of Samsung’s telephones launching in January or February of every yr.
A December launch may need made sense as a response to the cancellation of the Galaxy S21 FE, whereas positioning the S22 as a extra formidable rival of each the iPhone 13 and the Xiaomi 12. However scrapping the Galaxy S21 FE was additionally solely a rumor, and it appears doubtless that handset will launch in spite of everything.
We do not suppose the S22 will launch in December, however due to some discuss within the area, we needed to embody it on this checklist.
Google Pixel Fold
We heard fairly just a few rumors concerning the Google Pixel Fold within the build-up to the Pixel 6 launch, and we had been excited concerning the potential coming of Google’s first foldable smartphone. However sadly, that by no means got here to be.
Nonetheless, it is unimaginable to completely rule out the existence of this telephone since a number of big-profile leakers mentioned the gadget was coming. A type of leakers additionally anticipated different corporations, like Oppo, Xiaomi and Vivo, to launch foldable telephones by the top of 2021, however with the continued chipset scarcity affecting the tech world, we’re not holding our breath.
Vivo foldable telephone
As talked about above, Vivo is one other smartphone maker that was anticipated to launch a foldable telephone in 2021, however of all the brand new telephone rumors we have heard, we would say this launch is the least more likely to occur. The first cause is that Vivo will not be a longtime sufficient smartphone firm to start out engaged on a flashy foldable.
Nonetheless, we cannot rule this potential telephone launch out utterly since Vivo is owned by BBK Electronics, which additionally owns Oppo, OnePlus and Realme, corporations we have seen share tech developments. It is potential that by collaborative work, Vivo may simply shock us with a foldable smartphone sooner than anticipated. However over the following few weeks? Hardly doubtless.