In a blink of an eye, 2021 has come to an end and the smartphone industry had a lot of additions. A series of innovative technologies such as autonomous systems, chips, under-screen camera technology, etc. hit the road this year. We had the likes of Huawei’s HarmonyOS, Vivo’s  V1 imaging chip, Google’s Tensor chip and so on. As the year comes to an end, Fast Technology 2021 Annual Awards take stock of outstanding smartphones that hit the market in 2021.

The award has six categories which includes Flagship Performance Award, Technology Innovation Award, Most Watched Award, Best Price-Performance Ratio Award, Best Camera Award, and Best Design Award. Lets take a look at the devices that makes the award list. You may also want to check out the mobile processor and system software awards.

1. Flagship Performance Award: Xiaomi 12 Pro

The flagship performance award is naturally focused on performance. Xiaomi 12 Pro comes with Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen1 flagship processor and it deserves to win this award. The overall score of this device on AnTuTu exceeds 1 million points, making it the most powerful mobile phone in the Android camp. This chip is based on Samsung’s 4nm process. It uses a three-cluster which includes a Cortex X2 super large core + Cortex A710 large core + Cortex A510 small core. The GPU is Adreno 730.

Compared with Snapdragon 888, Snapdragon 8 Gen1 GPU has a 25% increase in energy efficiency. It is the most powerful mobile graphics processor in the Android camp.

2. Flagship Performance Award: iPhone 13 Pro Max

In the iOS camp, the flagship performance award belongs to the iPhone 13 Pro Max. Of course, the performance of this device is because of its top-notch A15 Bionic processor. This chip is based on TSMC’s 5nm process and has 15 billion transistors. It has a 6-core CPU including two high-performance cores and four efficiency cores. Furthermore, this chip also comes with a 4-core GPU. It is the most powerful mobile phone chip in Apple’s history.

Looking at the running points, the GeekBench 5 multi-core score exceed 4300 points, far surpassing the Android camp. PS: The latest Snapdragon 8 Gen1 GeekBench 5 multi-core score is about 3800 points. In addition, A15 Bionic also has a neural engine that can perform 15.8 trillion operations per second (15.8TOPS), helping A15 Bionic to sit on the throne of mobile phone chips.

3. Most Watched Award: Huawei P50 Series

We can also call this award “Most Anticipated Award”. Huawei’s flagship smartphones will always clinch this award for well-known reasons. After the ban on Huawei, the company’s “hands” are tied. Thus, whenever there are reports of an Huawei upcoming flagship, the entire industry is interested in what it has to offer. The Huawei P50 series clearly got more attention this year even more than the iPhone 13 series.

Although Huawei released this smartphone in the midst of several limitations, the P50 series shows its strength. The Huawei P50 Pro currently sits on top of DxOMark ranking for smartphone main camera. It scores 144 points on DxOMark.

In addition, the Huawei P50 series is the first Huawei flagship phone to use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC. This chip is the 4G version of the SD888 but it has exactly the same performance as the 5Gversion.

4. Best Price-Performance Ratio Award: Redmi K40

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