Best Flagship Smartphone ($1000$1800) in 2021

Moderators at OzBargain are now running yearly polls to decide the best products in popular categories that get asked repeatedly in the forum. Our aim is to have a central thread where users can vote on the items, suggest options and also change their vote throughout the year. For more information on how these polls work, or if you want to suggest a new poll that isn't covered already, please refer to our announcement thread here.


What is your favourite flagship smartphone (up to $1800) in 2021?

(edit: ceiling price raised to $1800 to accommodate the ultra-premium class of flagships like the iPhone 12 Pro Max / Galaxy S21 Ultra.

Remember: You can change your votes at anytime, and suggest more than 1 product over the course of the poll.

How do I suggest products to What Should I Buy polls?

If you have a product that you would like to suggest for the poll (that is currently not in the Poll Options), you'll need to make a top-level comment (i.e. not replying someone else's comment) and fill up "Suggestions" text box just above your comment:

Suggestion box

Do try to make a sensible suggestion (e.g make sure the phone is still available to purchase) and include a brief argument as to why you would recommend the product. You can only suggest 1 product at a time.

Poll Options Sat, 01/01/2022 - 00:00



    Sony Xperia 1 III is technically a good phone, but without local repair/support it's hard to justify over Samsung S21 Ultra.


      Sony, once a leader turned fossil maker overall just part of Japanese culture!

    Suggested Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra

    note 20 ultra still has a comparable camera system to the new note 21 ultra whilst offering an spen and an sd card slot

    Suggested Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro

    Cant decide between these 3 phones to upgrade to.

    Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
    Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra
    Asus ROG Phone 5 Pro

    I really want WiFi 6e, 12GB ram but 16GB would be nicer, 256GB storage but 512GB would be nicer.
    I dont really take that many photo's but want something powerful to edit videos and photo's from my Gopro and DJI drone through their apps while out and about.


      They all perform similarly I doubt you would notice a difference unless youre rendering the video. Where you may take a few secs less than the other flagships on gaming phones

    Suggested Google Pixel 5

    great phone


      Not really flagship though hey.


    There's no Mi 11 pro for Global market. Otherwise I think they are doing a great job and providing more value.
    Samsung is often not that honest and they use different quality parts on the same models. What you get is nowhere near what youtubers show to you. Especially in their cameras.
    Google pixel isn't that especial this year. Pixel 6 could be my first choice but not released yet.


    P30 pro and P40 pro take nanoSD which is proprietry to huawei. Expensive and only 256gb max capacity


    BB to the moon.


    I would not spend more than $800 on a phone

    Suggested Asus Zenfone 8

    New Asus phone coming out. Base model is ($999 at JB Hi Fi)[] (apparently coming out today, but as of 8:30AM AEST it's still awaiting stock - hopefully later today it will be available)

    SD888, Adreno 660, 8gb/16gb RAM, 128gb/256gb storage (depending on model), headphone jack (!!!) and more, while fitting into a 5.9" screen!

    As soon as the 16gb/256gb option is available in store for me to walk in and pick up, I'm definitely getting this phone