In 2021, we saw many amazing smartphones. Of course, the fiercest competition was between the Snapdragon 888 Android phones and the Apple iPhone 13. But there were too many models that made a tough competition in their segments as well. During the past 11 months, we introduced the best smartphones for students. And now, we are going to talk about the latest mobile phones that have been launched recently and are considered to be the best options for students.
Best Budget Smartphones For Students
Samsung Galaxy A13
Currently, there are tons of smartphones on the market that support 5G networks. But finding a true 5G model that costs a penny and comes with good features is troublesome. That’s why we decided to include the newly-announced Samsung Galaxy A13 into the list.
Honestly, the Samsung Galaxy A13 has all chances to be among the best smartphones for students. It comes with an outstanding camera in comparison to other models in the segment. However, apart from the 50MP shooter, there is also a 90Hz refresh rate support and a massive 5000mAh battery.
In terms of price, the phone could be yours for $249.
Besides the mentioned selling points, the Samsung Galaxy A13 also sports a 6.5-inch HD+ display that features a waterdrop-notch. The latter hosts a 5MP selfie camera. The 50MP main sensor is also accompanied by 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensors.
Under the hood, there is nothing to boast of. But the MediaTek Dimensity 700 SoC with 4GB RAM is capable of handling main tasks. The 5000mAh battery supports 15W charging. And lastly, the phone runs OneUI 3 on top of Android 11 out of the box.
Best Mid-Range Smartphones For Students
Honor 60 Pro
There is a wrong perception as students are looking either for entry-level smartphones or for premium models. The Honor 60 Pro breaks this stereotype. It’s among the best smartphones for students though it doesn’t belong to any of those niches.
The phone comes with a 6.78-inch screen, which has an eye-catching 2652*1200 pixels resolution, 429PPI pixel density, screen contrast of 500W:1, DCI-P3 100% wide color gamut, HDR10+ certification, 1.07 billion color display, 120Hz screen refresh rate, etc. Moreover, this phone supports 4096-level hardware dimming and 1920Hz high-frequency PWM dimming. That’s not difficult to guess that the display has passed the Rheinland TUV low blue light certification.
This is the world’s first smartphone featuring the Snapdragon 778G Plus processor. It uses TSMC’s 6nm process technology. Under the hood, there is also a 4800mAh large battery. It comes with an original smart power-saving engine, which can bring a long battery life experience. At the same time, it also supports 66W wired fast charging. In effect, it will charge to 60% in 15 minutes. In other aspects, the Honor 60 Pro supports the latest technologies such as WiFi 6, NFC, dual 5G, and Bluetooth 5.2.
One of the selling points of the Honor 60 Pro is the camera. It includes a 100MP ultra-clear main sensor, a 50MP ultra-wide-angle lens (122°), and a 2MP depth of field lens. The front camera has a 50MP resolution.
Lastly, our protagonist comes at 3699 yuan ($581).
Redmi Note 11T
This is another good mid-range smartphone for students. It comes with a 6.6-inch IPS display that has a FullHD+ resolution and a refresh rate of 90Hz. Apart from this, the display can boast of a 240Hz touch sampling rate and a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
Under the hood, we can find a Dimensity 810 chip. It’s an octa-core 6nm processor (Dual 2.4GHz Cortex-A76 + Hexa 2GHz Cortex-A55 CPUs) integrating the Mali-G57 MC2 GPU. There are various storage options, including 6GB LPDDR4X RAM + 64GB / 128GB (UFS 2.2) storage and 8GB LPDDR4X RAM + 128GB (UFS 2.2) storage. By the way, you can expand the storage to up to 1TB through a dedicated card slot. It runs Android 11 (MIUI 12.5). The 5000mAh battery supports 33W fast charging
As for the camera, the rear shooter consists of a 50MP main sensor with an f/1.8 aperture and an 8MP ultra-wide camera with an f/2.2 aperture. The front camera has a 16MP resolution and an f/2.45 aperture.
The lowest-configuration version costs $226.
Best Flagships For Students
Sony Xperia Pro-I
Sony doesn’t launch smartphones frequently. But when it does, you can’t resist and not fall in love with those phones. The Sony Xperia Pro-I is one of them.
The first outstanding feature of the Sony Xperia Pro-I is the screen. It comes with a 6.5-inch (1644x3840pixels) 4K OLED HDR display. The latter has a number of amazing parameters, such as a 21:9 aspect ratio, 120Hz refresh rate, 100% DCI-P3 color gamut, X1 for mobile, illuminant D65 white point, 10-bit tonal gradation, Corning Gorilla Glass Victus protection, and so on.
Another flagship-level feature is the Snapdragon 888 chip, which uses a 5nm process node and integrates the Adreno 660 GPU. The chip is paired with 12GB RAM and 512GB (UFS 3.1) internal storage. The 4500mAh battery supports 30W (USB PD) fast charging, Xperia Adaptive Charging, Battery Care, STAMINA Mode, Qi Wireless charging, and a battery share function. Android 11 is responsible for these features’ optimal performance.
Third, the phone comes with a camera that you can’t pass by. There is a 12MP 1.0-type 24mm Exmor RS sensor, which has an f2.0/f4.0 variable aperture, 85° FoV, Hybrid OIS/EIS, ZEISS Tessar Optics. Another 12MP 1/2.5″ Exmor RS for mobile sensor comes with a 124° ultra-wide angle. The third 12MP 1/2.9″ 50mm 2x telephoto Exmor RS for the mobile sensor has an f/2.4 aperture, 48° FoV, 3D iToF sensor, ZEISS T* coating, Real-Time Eye AF (Human, Animal), Real-Time Tracking, Cinematography Pro “powered by CineAlta”, Videography Pro, 4K HDR Video recording up to 120fps, Optical SteadyShot with FlawlessEye, SteadyShot with Intelligent Active Mode (5-axis stabilization), Slowmotion (720p 120fps), Intelligent wind filter and many more.
The 8MP front-facing camera features an f/2.0 aperture and comes with a 1.12μm pixel size and an 84° wide-angle lens.
The rest of the features include 360 Reality Audio, 360 Reality Audio hardware decoding, 360 Spatial Sound, Full-stage stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos, DSEE Ultimate, Stereo Recording, Qualcomm aptX HD audio, etc.
Well, if you like what you’ve read above, then get ready to fork out. It costs $1799.99.
Motorola Edge X30
The world’s first smartphone that sport the new Qualcomm flagship chip is here. The Moto Edge X30 comes with the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chip. But apart from this, there are many other features that you should take a look.
The phone features a 6.7-inch OLED display with a Full HD+ resolution and a 144Hz refresh rate. The Special Edition of the phone will come with an under-screen camera. However, the vanilla version packs a tiny punch hole cutout below the earpiece for the 60MP camera. No zero is added. You read it correctly.
The phone also has a powerful camera on the back. The main 50MP sensor is a 1/1.55″ CMOS with OIS. It has 2.0um sized pixels when 4-in-1 pixel binning is applied. The second sensor has a 50MP resolution as well. But unlike the first sensor that comes our way from Omnivision, this one is an S5KGM1 ISOCELL ultrawide shooter. The third sensor is a 2MP depth of field module. In effect, users can record up to 8K resolution images.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset is paired with up to 256GB of native storage and up to 12GB of RAM. The device draws powers from a 5,000mAh battery supporting 68W fast charging. This is the first flagship from Motorola to break the 40W+ charging barrier. The device runs Android 12 in a close-to-vanilla form.
Its price starts at CNY 3,199 ($501).