June is about to end, and we are here to bring a new edition of our “Top 10 smartphones for Media Consumption” listing. With the next quarter knocking on our doors, we’ll know there will be many new smartphones to agitate the market. However, what stands right nows as the best offerings for media consumers? For some users, media consumption is basically one of the reasons for pushing forward the smartphone market. Especially in these days of pandemics when people are forced to stay at home and need to find ways to kill boredom.
We’ve been passing countless hours watching movies through online video streaming or gaming services, we’ve been navigating through social media feeds or we’re playing games with our handsets to kill boredom. If you need a good smartphone for media consumption’s sake, then you will need to look at some important factors – Display, Battery Capacity, and certain aspects of the hardware. We hope that on this list, you will get the necessary help to get a good smartphone. Hopefully, any of these devices will meet your needs in this particular department. We’ve elaborated a list of the top 10 smartphones for media consumption you can get in June 2021.
We’re back after one-month hiatus, with many new smartphones to make this list good.
TOP 10 SMARTPHONES FOR MEDIA CONSUMPTION – DISCLAIMER
The devices in the list are, in our opinion, the best devices for watching Netflix and other streaming platforms such as YouTube, Twitch, etc. Moreover, they also deliver great performance and are ideal for trending apps such as TikTok, Instagram, and even Clubhouse. They can also play demanding games without much stress. So if you’re needing a device that will meet all your “multimedia needs” check out our list with good recommendations. Take in mind that these are just the best 10 devices in our opinion. For the next month, there will be more options, and a new list with our best ten picks.
Redmi Note 10 Pro 5G / POCO X3 GT
We start our list of top 10 smartphones for media consumption with one of Xiaomi’s recent releases, the Redmi Note 10 Pro 5G. The handset was released only in China so far but is gearing up to make its global debut as POCO X3 GT. The device brings 5G connectivity and other impressive specifications such as 67W fast charging. Once it arrives on global markets, we know it will become another of POCO hits.
The Redmi Note 10 Pro 5G flaunts a 6.6-inch IPS LCD with a Full HD+ display with 2,400 x 1,080 pixels resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, and Corning Gorillas Glass Victus. Note the Gorilla Glass Victus here, which is something often associated with the premium flagship. The handset offers HDR10 and a 120Hz refresh rate. It also has 450 nits of typical brightness.
Under the hood, the smartphone brings the excellent MediaTek Dimensity 1100 SoC which brings Cortex-A78 cores and a powerful Mali-G77 MC9 GPU. Apart from the obvious 5G connectivity that this smartphone brings, it is a powerhouse. You can easily play games with this smartphone without any hassle. Even the most demanding ones with high graphics. The handset is available in variants with 6 GB and 8 GB of Internal Storage. In terms of storage, we have 128 GB or 256 GB UFS 3.1 storage.
The device has a triple-camera setup comprised of a 64MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture, PDAF. Ther is also an 8MP ultrawide module with an f/2.2 aperture. Finally, the third camera is a 2 MP macro module with an f/2.4 aperture. The camera has HDR and gets aided by a Dual-LED Dual-tone flash. The device brings a center-aligned punch-hole selfie camera with a 16 MP and an f/2.5 aperture.
Other notable features NFC, Stereo Speakers, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.2. The Redmi Note 10 Pro aka POCO X3 GT features a huge 5,000mAh battery with 67W fast-charging support. The device will hit global markets pretty soon as POCO X3 GT and will certainly fit as one of the most interesting devices for media consumption. For that reason, it gets a place in the Top 10 smartphones for media consumption.
Redmi K40 Gaming Edition / POCO F3 GT
The next device in this list is also a smartphone that isn’t available in any market other than China. The Redmi K40 Gaming Edition arrived as the long-promised gaming smartphone under the Redmi series. The device will hit other markets pretty soon alongside the POCO X3 GT. It will come under POCO branding with a POCO F3 GT moniker.
The POCO F3 GT as a gaming smartphone will have the best possible features for extensive gaming sessions. Consequently, gaming smartphones are also excellent products for watching media. The Redmi K40 Gaming Edition will flaunt a 6.67-inch display. It’s an AMOLED screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate, 500 nits of brightness, 1B colors, HDR10+ support. The device has a Full HD+ resolution with 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, a 20:9 aspect ratio, and a 339 ppi density. On top of the display, we also have Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Under the hood, the POCO F3 GT packs a MediaTek Dimensity 1200 SoC (6nm) which also brings Cortex-A78 cores but has a single one clocked at up to 3 GHz. The device also packs a Mali-G77 MC9 GPU which offers the best possible gaming performance on mobile games. The device comes alongside 6 GB, 8GB, and even 12 GB of RAM. We’re not sure yet if these RAM options will be available on global markets. Anyway, the device has 128 GB or 256 GB of Internal Storage.
The device packs a triple-camera setup with a primary 64 MP camera with an f/1.7 aperture, PDAF, and 0.7um pixel size. The camera also brings an 8 MP ultrawide snapper with an f/2.2 aperture. Finally, we have a 2 MP macro camera with an f/2.4 aperture. On the front, the device has a 16 MP selfie that sits inside of a centered punch-hole. The device has stereo speakers but unfortunately lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack. The audio is tuned by JBL.
Other notable features include Wi-Fi 6 support, dual-band, with Wi-Fi Direct. The device also has Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, and other navigation systems. The smartphone has a 5,065mAh battery with 67W fast charging. It supports Power Delivery 3.0 and Quick Charge 3+. The handset runs Android 11-based MIUI 12.5 straight out of the box.
The POCO F3 GT will be a powerhouse for users and certainly deserves a place in the top 10 smartphones for media consumption gang.
Realme GT 5G (Global)
The Realme GT 5G finally reached global markets this month. The smartphone is Realme’s top offering this year and has a nice set of specifications that fully make it a notable device to take part in this list.
The Realme GT 5G flaunts a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,400 x 1,080 pixels of resolution ( Full HD+), 20:9 aspect ratio, and 409 ppi density. The GT also offers a high refresh rate of 120Hz and it packs an in-display fingerprint scanner.
Under the hood, we have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 888 SoC which is based on a modern 6 nm architecture. It brings a cutting-edge Cortex-X1 core in addition to the Cortex-A78 cores. This chipset offers the best performance you can get in the Android market right now. That along with the high-quality display, make the Realme GT 5G one of the best solutions for watching media, playing with Instagram or Tiktok, and even when playing graphics-demanding games.
In terms of optics, the Realme GT 5G packs a 64 MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture with a 0.8um and PDAF. The device also has an ultrawide module with 8 MP resolution and an f/2.3 aperture and a 1.12um pixel size. Finally, the device has a 2 MP macro camera with an f/2.4 aperture. This camera setup isn’t the most advanced in the market but still delivers. The Realme GT 5G is an affordable flagship with a huge appeal for gaming and media consumption, the camera setup is probably the least impressive part, but you will still achieve satisfactory results with it. The device also has a top-left aligned punch-hole snapper with a 16 MP resolution.
Other notable features include stereo speakers, a 3.5mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi 6, and Bluetooth 5.2. It also comes with GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, and GALILEO. It also introduces NFC, USB Type-C and Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0.
Vivo V21e 5G
The Vivo V21e 5G was launched recently in India as the missing 5G version of the Vivo V21e 5G. We assume that will reach other markets under different branding or even carrying this 5G branding. The device flaunts a 6.44-inch Super AMOLED display with 430 typical brightness and 600 nits peak brightness. This panel comes with Full HD+ resolution with 2,400 x 1,080 pixels resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, and 409 ppi density.
Under the hood, the Vivo V21e 5G packs a MediaTek Dimensity 700 5G SoC which 2×2.2 GHz ARM Cortex-A76 & 6×2.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A55 cores. This chip also has a Mali-G57 MC2 dual-core GPU. The device is paired with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of Internal Storage with UFS 2.1 standard. The device runs Android 11 with Funtouch OS 11 on top which also ensures an extended virtual RAM feature.
In terms of optics, the device packs a 64 MP camera with f/1.8 aperture, 0.8 um, PDAF. The device features an 8 MP ultrawide module f/2.2 aperture, with a 1.12um pixel size. It’s not common to see smartphones with dual-camera setups in the premium mid-range and mid-range departments nowadays. However, this is a useful camera setup. Vivo could add fancy AI, depth, or macro shooters, but decided to stick with two modules that its users will actually use.
The device has a single loudspeaker and a 3.5mm headphone jack. Other notable features in the Vivo V21e 5G include GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, and QZSS. The device packs Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1, FM Radio and a USB Type-C 2.0. Moreover, it has an in-display fingerprint scanner. Last but not least it draws power from a 4,000mAh battery with 44W fast charging.
The device may not be the most impressive in terms of battery capacity. However, the charging tech will make charging times quite small. The big focus in this device is on the powerful camera setup that will make it a great option for social media and capturing selfies. For that reason, it deserves a place among the top 10 smartphones for media consumption.
Realme Narzo 30 5G
We have one more device in the list from Realme, the recently released Realme Narzo 30 5G. The device is more cost-efficient than some smartphones in this list. It offers a great opportunity for those who can’t spend much right now but still want to get proper performance and decent battery life.
The Realme Narzo 30 5G flaunts a huge 6.5-inch LCD with a 90 Hz refresh rate, 480 typical brightness, and 600 nits peak brightness. The device also has a Full HD+ resolution with a 20:9 aspect ratio and 405 ppi density.
Under the hood, the Realme Narzo 30 5G is equipped with a MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC which offers 5G connectivity and balanced performance. The device is paired with 4 GB of RAM, and 6 GB of RAM. It has 128 GB of Internal Storage no matter the variant you’ve selected.
In terms of optics, the Realme Narzo 30 5G comes with a triple-camera setup. It comprises a 48MP shooter with an f/1.8 aperture, PDAF. The secondary sensor is a 2 MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture and the third is a 2 MP depth sensor with an f/2.4 aperture. Selfie lovers will be served with a 16 MP snapper with an f/2.1 aperture.
This handset does not bring stereo speakers but still keeps its 3.5mm headphone jack. Other notable features include Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 5.1 with A2DP and LE, GPS with GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO and etc. It lacks NFC but brings a USB Type-C port that offers 18W of fast charging. The device draws powers from a huge 5,000mAh battery.
The Narzo 30 5G runs Android 11-based Realme UI 2.0.
POCO M3 Pro 5G
The POCO M3 Pro 5G was unveiled in the last month as the first POCO smartphone to reach India with 5G connectivity. The device also has a very affordable price tag and a decent set of specifications.
The POCO M3 Pro 5G flaunts a 6.5-inch IPS LCD with a 90Hz refresh rate, 400 nits of typical brightness, 500 nits of peak brightness. The device also has a Full HD+ resolution with 2,400 x 1,080 pixels and a 20:9 aspect ratio. The panel is covered with Gorilla Glass 5 and has a centered-punch hole design.
The POCO M3 Pro is yet another smartphone based on the MediaTek Dimensity 700 chip. This chip has been the industry’s favorite choice for the cost-effective 5G segment. We assume that MediaTek is giving Qualcomm a run in this particular niche of smartphones. The POCO M3 Pro chipset is aided by 4 GB of RAM and 6 GB of RAM. It also sits alongside 64 GB and 128 GB of Internal Storage. You can easily expand that amount via the use of a good microSD card.
In terms of optics the POCO M3 Pro 5G sports a 48 MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture with PDAF. There is also a 2 MP macro camera with an f/2.4 aperture and a 2 MP depth-sensing snapper with an f/2.4 aperture. The device has a centered-punch-hole camera with an 8 MP resolution and f/2.0 aperture.
The POCO M3 Pro brings Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1 with A2DP and LE, GPS with GLONASS, GALILEO, and BDS. It also brings NFC, an IR Blaster, an FM Radio feature, and a USB Type-C port. The device draws powers from a huge battery with 5,000mAh capacity and 18W fast charging.
The POCO M3 Pro 5G has a big battery and a decent set of specifications. It also brings 5G connectivity at a very low pricing point. For that reason, it deserves a place among the top 10 smartphones for media consumption.
Samsung Galaxy A22 5G
The Samsung Galaxy A22 5G stands as Samsung’s most affordable offering in the 5G department. Still, the device has a nice set of specifications that will really bring some benefits for those who can’t spend much on a 5G smartphone. Due to its large battery and blazing-fast 5G, the device deserves a place as one of the top 10 smartphones for media consumption.
The device flaunts a 6.6-inch display with a Full HD+ resolution with 2,400 x 1,080 pixels, 339 ppi density, and a 20:9 aspect ratio. It also packs a 90Hz refresh rate. The device has a waterdrop notch comprising its selfie camera.
Under the hood, we have another smartphone that sports the Dimensity 700 from MediaTek. The device has a big plethora of variants starting with 4 GB, 6GB, and even 8 GB of RAM. In terms of storage, you can pick 64 GB on the base variant or 128 GB in all other options. In terms of optics, the handset has a Quad-Camera setup. It is led by a 48 MP shooter with f/1.8 aperture, PDAF. There is also a 5MP f/2.2 ultrawide camera and a 2MP f/2.4 depth-sensing module.
The handset has dual-band Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0 with A2DP and LE, GPS, GLONASS, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. It draws power from a huge 5,000mAh battery complete with 15W charging.
OnePlus Nord CE 5G
OnePlus returns to the list of top 10 smartphones for media consumption with one of its recent releases, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G. The device comes as a sequel for the last year’s OnePlus Nord N10 and brings great specifications, 5G connectivity for a low pricing point.
The OnePlus Nord CE 5G flaunts a 6.43-inch Fluid AMOLED display with a 90 Hz refresh rate. The device also has 2,400 x 1,080 pixels of resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio with 410 ppi density. It comes with HDR10 support and has a top-left aligned punch-hole. The device boasts a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G chipset with Adreno 619 GPU handling the graphics tasks. The OnePlus Nord CE 5G comes in variants with 6 GB, 8 GB, and even 12 GB of RAM. Storage-wise it’s 128 GB for the first two and 256 GB which is exclusive for the top RAM option.
In terms of optics, the OnePlus Nord CE 5G packs a 64MP camera with an f/1.8 aperture and PDAF. It also brings an 8MP ultrawide snapper with f/2.3 aperture and a 2MP depth-sensing module with f/2.4 aperture.
Apart from the excellent 5G connectivity, the device also has Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1 with A2DP, LE, and aptX HD, and full GPS support. It also brings NFC and USB Type-C port with 30W fast-charging support. Lastly, on connectivity, we have a 3.5mm headphone jack which is not something common among OnePlus smartphones anymore.
The device draws power from a huge 4,500mAh battery and has Android 11-based OxygenOS 11 straight out of the box.
Oppo Reno6 5G
The Oppo Reno6 5G was released earlier this month by Oppo and for that reason is exclusive to its starting Chinese market. However, rumors already suggest that the device will make its arrival on global markets shortly. For that reason, global customers can pay attention in this smartphone due to its prowess.
The Oppo Reno6 5G flaunts a 6.43-inch Super AMOLED display with a 90 Hz refresh rate. It has 430 nits typical brightness, 600 nits on HDR mode, and 750 nits of peak brightness. It comes with a Full HD+ resolution with 2,400 x 1,080 pixels and is covered with a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 coating.
Under the hood, the Oppo Reno6 5G has a brand new MediaTek Dimensity 900 SoC. This is a brand new chipset that has 2 x Cortex-A78 cores clocked at up to 2.4GHz and six power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores clocked at up to 2.0Ghz. It also brings a Mali-G78 MC4 GPU. After the Dimensity 1000 series, we can say that the Dimensity 900 is MediaTek’s take on the Snapdragon 700 series. The Reno 6 is paired with 8 GB of RAM or 12 GB of RAM. These variants will come alongside 128GB and 256 GB of storage respectively.
In terms of optics, the Reno6 has a 64MP camera with PDAF and an f/1.7 aperture. The secondary 8 MP camera is an ultrawide module with an f/2.2 aperture. The third and final sensor is a 2 MP macro shooter with an f/2.4 aperture.
The Reno 6 has Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 with A2DP, LE, and aptX. Moreover, it comes with a USB Type-C 3.1 port, full GPS support, and Android 11-based ColorOS 11. The device draws power from a 4,300mAh battery with 65W fast-charging support. Due to the quality of these specifications, we believe that this handset deserves a place among the top 10 smartphones for media consumption.
Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G
The Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G stands as a more premium offering in the Reno6 Pro series, not to mention the Reno6 Pro+. The device flaunts a larger 6.55-inch AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate and HDR10+ support. It has 500 nits of typical brightness and 800 nits of HDR brightness. The device has a Full HD+ resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Under the hood, the Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G packs MediaTek Dimensity 1200 chip. This is the Taiwanese chipmaker’s top offering in the segment. The horsepower is aided with 8 GB or 12 GB of RAM. Storage-wise we have 128 GB or 256 GB of Internal Storage.
In terms of optics, the Oppo Reno6 Pro has a 64MP camera with PDAF and an f/1.7 aperture. The secondary snapper is an 8MP ultrawide module with an f/2.2 aperture. There are two additional 2MP cameras with f/2.4 aperture for macro and depth sensing. There is a 32MP unit sitting on the top-left-aligned punch hole for selfies and video calls.
The Oppo Reno6 Pro 5G offers Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 with A2DP, LE, and aptX HD. The device also has dual-band A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, and GALILEO. The smartphone packs NFC and has a USB Type-C 3.1 port offering 65W of fast charging for its 4,500mAh battery. The device runs with Android 11 OS.