The best phones in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and the Middle East

Our phone experts have spent years reviewing phones, and we’ve tested all the best around to come up with this definitive list of the best phones you can buy in 2021. The top phone on the list is the iPhone 12 Pro. / iPhone 12 Pro Max. But if it’s not for you, we have a lot more to choose from.

This is our guide to the best phones currently available in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the rest of the Middle East. If you’ve already set your mobile OS alliance, you’ll want to check out our ranking of the best Android phone or best iPhone. We are constantly updating our list of the best cell phones to make sure you are buying the best phone for your needs.

Buying a cell phone is a complicated decision and you need options. That’s why we’ve put together a list of top recommendations rather than just a “best phone” recommendation. We weigh the pros and cons of each model on our list based on performance, cameras, price, and other metrics.

If what’s offered in our best smartphone list is a bit too expensive for your liking, then fear not, because we also have a list of the best cheap phones available right now.

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The best phones at a glance

  1. iPhone 12 Pro / iPhone 12 Pro Max
  2. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
  3. Samsung Galaxy S21 / S21 Plus
  4. iPhone 12 / iPhone 12 Mini
  5. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  6. iPhone 11
  7. Huawei p40 pro
  8. Motorola Edge Plus
  9. iPhone SE
  10. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
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iPhone 12 Pro

IPhone 12 Pro (Image credit: Apple)
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iPhone 12 Pro Max

IPhone 12 Pro Max (Image credit: Avenir)

2.iPhone 12 Pro / iPhone 12 Pro Max

Our favorite pair of iPhones


Weight: 189g / 228g

Dimensions: 146.7mm x 71.5mm x 7.4mm / 160.8mm x 78.1mm x 7.4mm

YOU: iOS 14

Screen size: 6.1 inch / 6.7 inch

Resolution: 1170 x 2532/1284 x 2778

CPU: A14 bionic


Storage room: 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB

Drums: Unknown

Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 12MP

Front camera: 12MP

Reasons to buy

+Choice of various colors +Clear and dynamic display

Reasons to avoid

No charge block in the box 5G still an expensive luxury

The iPhone 12 Pro takes everything great with the iPhone 12 and elevates it. Then there’s the iPhone 12 Pro Max which offers better battery life and a slightly more powerful camera as well as a giant screen. The extra for the iPhone 12 Pro might not be worth the noticeable price hike up to $ 999 for everyone, but this phone pairing is undeniably the best Apple has ever released.

Why they are ranked 2nd: The iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max are the most powerful iPhones yet, and they are also the company’s most expensive. While the same amount of money might buy you a Samsung phone with a bigger screen and more storage at the base level, most iOS users don’t want to deal with Android. Instead, they can expect a few key upgrades over the iPhone 11 Pro, like 5G and MagSafe to clip in accessories (as well as wireless chargers) easily and securely.

Filter: Apple’s 6.1-inch OLED display on the iPhone 12 Pro really caught our eye. Yes, the notch cut out at the top is still there, but we find it easy to ignore it after a while, even though other phones do just fine with punch holes in screens.

Battery Life: It’s some of the best battery runs we’ve ever seen on an iPhone, with additional optimizations in iOS and a bigger cell inside the phone itself. It still isn’t a game-changer, but it’s better than other Apple handsets and the iPhone 12 Pro Max is particularly noteworthy.

Camera: The triple camera setup on the iPhone 12 Pro is fantastic. While the three rear cameras aren’t too different from the iPhone 11 Pro, except for the added LiDar sensor which supposedly allows portrait mode shots even in night mode. The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the one for you if you want the best camera on an Apple device.

Read our in depth IPhone 12 Pro review
To buy
iPhone 12 and 12 Pro in the United Arab Emirates.
To buy
iPhone 12 and 12 Pro in Saudi Arabia

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