MKBHD’s Smartphone Awards 2021 – Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra comes out on top

YouTuber MKBHD has dropped the video for his highly-anticipated 2021 smartphone awards. Brownlee annually picks the best smartphone in nine different categories like best battery, best camera, etc, ending with the overall ‘Phone of the Year.’


MKBHD’s Smartphone Awards 2021

Here are the nine categories and their respective winners:

  • Best Big Smartphone – Galaxy Z Fold 3. The Galaxy S21 Ultra and Asus’ ROG Phone 5 earned honorable mentions in the category.
  • Best Small Smartphone – iPhone 13 mini. Samsung’s Z Flip 3 received an honorable mention in the category.
  • Best Camera Phone – iPhone 13 Pro. Pixel 6 Pro named runner-up, and the Pixel 5a as an honorable mention alongside the Vivo X70 Pro Plus.
  • Best Battery – iPhone 13 Pro Max. The Asus ROG Phone 5 was the runner-up in the category
  • The Design Award – Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra. Runner-ups include Oppo Find x3 Pro, the Oppo Reno 6, and the Legion Phone.
  • The Value Award – Google’s Pixel 6. Other mentions were the Poco F3, Samsung A52, and Realme GT.
  • Bust of the Year – Microsoft’s Surface Duo 2.
  • Most Improved Award – Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra. Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro earned an honorable mention in this category alongside Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3.
  • Phone of the Year – Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra.

The phone of the year for MKBHD was Samsung’s Galaxy S21 Ultra. The YouTuber notes his decision is subjective meaning it is not just “straight up the best phone to come out during the year,” but it can be considered the MVP.

Despite being launched early this year, the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s price has steadily dropped from its original $1,199 price tag to somewhere in the $600-$700 range making it a great flagship choice for consumers at its price point.

Apple’s iPhone 13 Pro came in the runner-up position with Google’s Pixel 6 receiving an honorable mention.

Check out MKBHD’s full video down below:

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