It’s that most wonderful time of the year… The time to pick up a hot new gadget for oneself or for a loved one, to end 2020 right and start 2021 on new footing! And if you’re thinking this way, how about making that new gadget a smartphone?
There’s plenty of great brands and models to choose from. Here’s our list of the top 10 smartphones in 2020—at least at this end of the year and moving forward into 2021.
Apple iPhone 12
The just-launched iPhone 12 is for many people the best smartphone overall—even if it hasn’t yet launched over here—and no wonder. Four versions are available including a new iPhone 12 mini, all featuring a design honoring that of the celebrated iPhone 4; powered by the ultrafast A14 Bionic chip; featuring magnetic MagSafe accessories, supertough Ceramic Shield glass, OLED displays and Night Mode across the board; and available in Black, Blue, Green, Product Red, and White. The Pro adds a LiDAR scanner for more powerful augmented reality, as well as an even more competent camera, especially on the range-topping Pro Max model, and Pacific Blue, Gold, Silver, and Graphite colors.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
OK, if you’re not into iOS, how about Android? The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is among the best Android phones available today. It’s Samsung’s range-topper and a true-blue power broker of a phone that comes in one massive size—6.9”—and runs on the powerful Exynos 990 processor. It also features 64MP telephoto and 12MP main cameras, an improved S-Pen (both hardware and software), and 8GB of RAM. The Note 20 Ultra is available in the unique new Mystic Bronze and Mystic Black.
Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
Similar to what Apple does with its own iPhone range, the Galaxy S20 FE showcases some of the higher-end specs of the Galaxy S20 and Note 20 range, for less. The FE retains the Exynos 990 chip and 8GB of RAM and combines it with other features such as a 6.5” screen, quad-camera main snapper set and 32MP selfie lens. The FE is available in Cloud Lavender, Cloud Navy, Cloud Red, Cloud Mint (an exclusive color for Smart buyers), and Cloud White and Cloud Orange (exclusive for online buyers).
OPPO Find X2 Pro
Launched earlier this year along with its Find X2 stablemate, the X2 Pro is OPPO’s top of the line handset. It features a gigantic and gorgeous 6.7” OLED display, comes powered by the Snapdragon 865 processor and has a whopping 12GB of RAM, and eschews OPPO’s pop-up front-facing camera for a 32MP punch-hole selfie snapper. Its main camera set boasts two 48MP lenses. You can buy the Find X2 Pro in Ceramic Black or a striking Vegan Orange Leather shade.
OPPO Reno 4
OPPO’s Reno4 also makes it to our shortlist. It sits a couple of rungs down the ladder than the Find X2 Pro, but is still well worthy of consideration thanks to good features like its powerful Snapdragon 720G processor and 8GB of RAM. The Reno4 features dual selfie cameras (32MP main, 2MP depth sensor) and a four-lens main camera set headlined by its 48MP main lens. OPPO has chosen to make the Reno4 available in Glacier Blue and Space Black in the Philippines.
Vivo X50 Pro
The X50 Pro is the first high-end phone Vivo’s seen fit to launch in the Philippines, and Vivo’s made up for that in a big way, primarily with the inclusion of a miniature three-axis gimbal stabilization system for its main camera. This intriguing system stabilizes the camera by keeping its lens “floating”, such that videos will be less prone to jolts. The X50 Pro is powered by the Snapdragon 765G processor and 8GB RAM. Vivo’s chosen to go the conservative route by offering the X50 Pro only in Alpha Grey.
Huawei P40 Pro+
The Huawei P40 Pro+ is Huawei’s feature-packed entrant into the top-level smartphone market. The Pro+ is all about its camera—a camera set centered on its 50MP Ultra Vision Leica-powered Penta Camera that features 100x superzoom functionality—and also showcases a stunning 6.58” display. Driving this is the phone’s Kirin 990 5G chipset and 8GB RAM. The P40 Pro+ also boasts a new ceramic body and is only available in one color option, White Ceramic.
OnePlus 8 Pro
OnePlus has a history of manufacturing and offering very desirable phones for reasonable prices, and the flagship 8 Pro is no exception. The phone’s 6.78” Fluid AMOLED display makes the most of its Snapdragon 865 processor. Its main quad camera set showcases twin 48MP lenses (primary and ultrawide/macro). OnePlus is also introducing wireless charging with the 8 Pro, which really rounds out this phone’s feature set. The 8 Pro can be had in Onyx Black, Glacial Green, and Ultramarine Blue.
Realme X3 SuperZoom
With its introduction of the X3 SuperZoom, Realme has jumped on the high-powered-camera smartphone bandwagon. As a matter of fact the X3 SuperZoom also happens to be Realme’s (still affordable) first attempt at selling a flagship phone in the Philippines. This phone boasts a powerful Snapdragon 855 Plus processor and 12GB of RAM, but its main feature is its powerful camera set—especially its periscope-style 8MP lens. Get this phone in Arctic White or Glacier Blue.
Last but not least on our list is the POCO X3, which is the latest version of Xiaomi’s popular and powerful gaming-centric smartphone that offers true bang for your buck. This phone boasts the Snapdragon 732G processor as well as liquid cooling heat dissipation technology, and quite an eye-opening camera set: the main set showcasing a 64MP main lens and 13MP ultrawide lens, and a 20MP selfie snapper. The POCO X3 can be had in either Cobalt Blue or Shadow Gray.