We’re about to end one of the most challenging years in recent memory, and what better way to finish up than by investing in a new smartphone? Here, then, is our shortlist of the best smartphones of 2020, as well as why we think each is deserving of inclusion on this list. Check it out now, and consider picking up the one that suits you best.
The Samsung S20 is low man in the standout S20 range, in which the S20+ and S20 Ultra are more illustrious, but that’s not to say it’s worthy of being ignored. Samsung’s distilled most of the goodness of this excellent smartphone range into the S20—from its standout display to powerful performance—making it a more pocket-friendly alternative to its bigger siblings.
Up for an Android phone but want to try something a little different? The OnePlus 8 Pro is a compelling choice—a true flagship for the OnePlus range thanks to key features like a 90Hz AMOLED display, 5G connectivity, and rapid charging—at a price that won’t break the bank, especially compared to other flagships.
Apple’s iPhone 12 range continues to be at the forefront of consumer technology. These latest and greatest iPhones feature cutting-edge tech, including some of the best cameras available in any device today. In addition, Apple’s refreshed its iPhone design philosophy to keep these phones feeling premium and very desirable—few other manufacturers can keep up.
The Reno4 represents quite an improvement from its predecessor the Reno3. You get far improved performance including rapid charging, a much more attractive and modern design, and a much improved camera set. All this at a price that’s a little bit less than what many competing phones cost.
The Note 20 Ultra is Samsung’s top-of-the-line device in 2020, and as such, showcases the best Samsung has to offer—from its gigantic and gorgeous display and design, inclusion of its S Pen, range-topping software, and top-level specs. A true range-topper for those for whom only the best will do.
With the Note 10, Xiaomi’s pulled out all the stops to offer a phone that you can’t ignore if you’re in the market for a flagship or near-flagship unit. It’s a true leader in terms of most of its specs and features, most especially its 108MP five-lens main camera module, and won’t cost you all that much in true Xiaomi fashion.
Apple has taken forward the concept of a tried-and-tested smartphone design (in this instance, that of the iPhone 8), but running on the vastly powerful and capable A13 Bionic chip that takes pride of place in its top phones. It’s a heady combination—the smartphone world’s most powerful chip in an older body, conferring fabulous value whether you’re into iOS or not.
The Vivo X50 Pro is a true standout, even in a market that’s chockfull of great phones, thanks to its imaging chops—most especially a unique gimbal camera stabilization system which helps guarantee blur-free photos and video. A must-check-out phone for imaging and video aficionados, whether pro or beginner or at all points in between.
Realme has well and truly established itself as a leading smartphone brand, thanks to phones such as the 7 Pro. It’s a midrange unit featuring eye-catching design touches and features from higher-end phones such as 65W rapid charging and a vibrant AMOLED display. A worthy addition to our list.
Huawei P40 Pro
Last but far from least on our list is the Huawei P40 Pro, which is a standout thanks to features such as beautiful and sleek design, an outstanding Leica-co-branded camera set featuring a 50MP main snapper, satisfyingly fast performance, 5G connectivity, and long battery life. A flagship phone par excellence.