If you are an avid tech fan, the chances are that you find the fast-paced smartphone world quite exciting, and you are likely interested in finding out which are the top 5 best phones in the world in 2020.
You would be surprised how fast smartphone technology has been changing lately. So much so that those who had purchased the best phone in the world in 2018 might be tempted to switch to the best mobile phone in 2020. Multiple manufacturers in the industry have been engaging in cut-throat completion as each tries to one-up the other and secure the top spot. They are so competitive that companies are usually done with unveiling their phones for a particular year by November of that year, and they are generally prepping the next generation of their phones to be launched in the following year.
Fortunately, the stiff competition benefits the end-user because smartphones keep getting better and better. It is because of top manufacturers such as Samsung, Apple Inc, Huawei, and others have each been pushing the limits of creativity as far as design, hardware, and software are concerned. Some of the features that the top phones have are outright ridiculous but in a good way, and it shows just how much smartphone technology has developed, especially over the past decade.
So many smartphones from different manufacturers are released annually and each year they come up with higher specs. This applies to 2020 and this is how we were able to come up with this short list of the top 5 best smartphones of 2020. Our criteria for selecting the smartphones included some online research, through which we came across sources like Techradar and Cnet. However, we also did some more research to identify whether the newer releases have a chance at securing a spot in the top 5. This involved the use of GSM Arena’s configurator to find the devices with the best features. We checked key features such as the processor with the race currently led by Apple’s A13 Bionic chip, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+, the Snapdragon 855, and Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset. We also considered the camera offerings, the design aspect, the battery capacity, RAM and internal storage. We also considered other special features that set the individual devices apart from the rest.
#5 The Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20 Plus
The Galaxy S series is one of the two high-end smartphone models that Samsung releases every year alongside the Note series. The South Korean company’s offering for 2020 features the Samsung Galaxy S10, which also features variants like the Galaxy S10E and the Galaxy S10 Plus. Rather than going with the much-hated notch, Samsung decided to go with a punch-hole design for its Galaxy S10 lineup, which it calls the Infinity O display.
It is supported by 12 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage. Other hardware features include a 4,000 mAh battery, a 12-megapixel wide-angle primary camera with a 64-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 12-megapixel dual aperture camera. The selfie camera has a 10-megapixel lens and an 8-megapixel debt sensor.
Samsung also offers the phone with expandable storage of up to 1 TB to sweeten the deal. The device also has one of the best selfie cameras in the industry, which makes it an ideal phone for those who love selfies. The only thing that can discourage you from purchasing this phone is the hefty price tag and the Infinity-O display, which it takes away from what would otherwise be an immaculate look.
#4 The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
The Galaxy Note 10 has one of the best designs that we have seen in 2020 phones. Everything looks right from the design lines, the camera set up, and even the centered single punch hole. The size of this device at 6.3 inches is also quite appealing to many primarily since it is marketed as a productivity handset. Speaking of productivity, the Note line offers a party piece, which is the stylus, and this year, the stylus underwent some changes. It includes a button that can be used to take selfies. The flagship features 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of storage. It comes with a 4300 mAh battery.
#3 The Oneplus 7 Pro
When The Oneplus 7 Pro hit the market by storm and made headlines for all the right reasons. The company hit a home run as far as the design goes because this device is the most beautiful handset on this list. The key highlights of the device are the 6.67-inch AMOLED display, which is slightly curved at the edges, giving it an even sleeker look. The party piece for this device is arguably the 90 Hz display, which offers one of the smoothest user interface experiences you can get on a phone.
The Oneplus 7 Pro comes with Oxygen OS layered over Android 9.0, which is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, 6GB/8GB/12GB of RAM, and the option of 128 GB or 256 GB internal storage. A sizeable 4,000mAh battery also powers it. Oneplus recently released an updated version called Oneplus 7T Pro, which features slight upgrades over the Oneplus 7 Pro. It includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ processor, and it ships with Android 10.
The phone also has a 48-megapixel primary camera on the rear, an 8-megapixel telephoto shooter, and 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera. It also has a front-facing pop-up 16-megapixel camera, which allows an uninterrupted beautiful display. You should probably avoid this phone if you do not like pop-up cameras. The Oneplus 7 Pro is an important achievement for Oneplus because it is the phone that allowed the company to secure a position in the list of the top 10 smartphones 2019.
#2 Huawei P30 Pro
This phone has an epic camera system, which some might say is overkill, but it contributes to the P30s position on this list. To put it to perspective, it can achieve 5X optical zoom and 10X hybrid zoom. Actual footage of the P30 Pro camera in action will blow your mind. It also has an amazingly good night mode, and overall, the camera setup makes it the ideal phone for photographers. The design of the handset is also balanced but nothing to write home about.
Under the hood, you have a Kirin 980 processor, 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB, 256 GB, or 512 GB of storage. The device comes with Android 9.0 and a 4,200 mAh battery. The primary camera setup includes a 40 megapixel, 20 megapixel, and 8-megapixel cameras. It also has a 32-megapixel selfie shooter. It also has reverse wireless charging to sweeten the deal.
#1 iPhone 11 Pro
The iPhone 11 is an overall better performer than its Android counterparts in many ways. For example, it manages to outshine the Huawei P30 Pro in the camera performance thanks to two 2 megapixel wide-angle cameras and a 12-megapixel camera on the back of the handset. It also has a 12-megapixel camera on the front with a 3D depth sensor. The secret to Apple’s win here with the iPhone 11 is the fantastic optimization in the device with only 4 GB of RAM and 3,046mAh battery. These features might be lower than those of Android competitors, but the iPhone 11 Pro still performs better.
The secret to the incredible performance of the iPhone 11 Pro is its A13 Bionic chip, which is currently the most powerful smartphone processor in existence. Thanks to this chip, the iPhone 11 Pro has superior graphics processing. It also records impressive footage and images. Unfortunately, Apple is still holding out on reverse wireless charging and 5G, but the lack of those features is not enough to deny it the position of the best smartphone overall. Interestingly, none of the above phones are the best selling smartphone 2020. That title is currently held by a Samsung midranger.