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Snapdragon 888 and 108 MP main camera sensor make up part of the predicted specsheet for a typical flagship smartphone in 2021

Not all 2021 flagship smartphones will follow the typical trends though. (Samsung Galaxy Note rollable concept - LetsGoDigital/Concept Creator)
Not all 2021 flagship smartphones will follow the typical trends though. (Samsung Galaxy Note rollable concept - LetsGoDigital/Concept Creator)
A noted tech leaker has offered up a specsheet for a typical flagship smartphone in 2021. Unsurprisingly, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC is on the list as is a 108 MP main camera sensor. The tipster also believes that premium phones in 2021 should offer a 120 Hz display and 50 W and above wired charging rates.

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Digital Chat Station is widely followed on both Weibo and Twitter for constantly informing tech lovers about the latest and greatest tips and leaks. A week before 2020 is completed, the well-known tipster has offered up a sort of specsheet that could be typical for flagship smartphones in 2021, and considering the kind of information the leaker regularly shares, it seems fair to presume Digital Chat Station is particularly clued in as to what we can expect next year in general.

So the Snapdragon 888 will be a must-have in many flagship smartphones, which is hardly a shock. The new processor from Qualcomm will feature in Xiaomi’s upcoming Mi 11 series and is likely to be one of the key phrases shoppers utilize when searching for a new premium phone in 2021. The main camera system selected by the leaker goes by a 50 MP + 64 MP + 108 MP configuration with either an ISOCELL HM2 sensor from Samsung or a new Exmor lens (“IMX78x”) from Sony being the star of the photographic equipment show.

Naturally, a 2021 flagship smartphone should feature the heady combination of LPDDR5 RAM (“full blood” even) and speedy UFS 3.1 type storage. The display should be FHD at least (with 2K likely to feature on a regular basis) and a 120 Hz refresh rate could be implemented, although it’s safe to say some OEMs are eventually going to want to push for more, especially with gaming smartphones. Unfortunately, the tipster seems to think that under-display camera technology for the front-facing shooter is still not quite ready for most companies, as there is mention of a “single-hole screen” in the specs list.

Lastly, Digital Chat Station focuses on the charging aspects of this not-too-shabby typical 2021 flagship smartphone. Wired charging should be powered at 50 W and above while wireless charging for a premium phone should start at 40 W and above. Obviously these are just predictions for a typical device and OEMs are going to shake things up by offering higher refresh rates and display resolutions and utilizing rival high-end chipsets. Now it’s just down to those all-important price tags.

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Typical 2021 flagship. (Image source: @StationChat - machine translated)
Typical 2021 flagship. (Image source: @StationChat - machine translated)

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Daniel R Deakin, 2020-12-24 (Update: 2020-12-24)