Best smartphones in 2020
Design, photo, performance…. the models in our selection are certainly the best smartphones of the moment. If they all have a very solid technical data sheet, they each excel in different fields. We help you identify the phone adapted to your needs among the cream of the crop.
You want the Rolls of the smartphone? The best of the best? Look no further, we’ve selected the best smartphones on the market today: ultra high-end devices that make absolutely no compromises and offer, today, some of the technologies of tomorrow. Are you attached to Samsung or are you ready to succumb to Oppo’s charms? Can Huawei’s excellent photo experience convince you to let go of the software experience? Your priorities will determine which model is right for you. We’ll help you decide!
Galaxy S20 Ultra / Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: The Editor’s Choice
Even though the year 2020 will have been full of pitfalls, Samsung has stuck to its usual plan and delivered new models of its two flagship lines: the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note. The Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20+ and Galaxy S20 Ultra were introduced earlier this year, and this summer the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra were introduced. And since we’re in the premium category, we’re going to focus here on the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Samsung’s two ultra high-end smartphones that bury all the competition.
On the Galaxy S20 Ultra side, we find a sublime 6.9-inch AMOLED 120 Hz screen, and above all an impressive photo block with four optics in the back, and capable of small feats, including the ability to film in 8K. Not only have the sensors been enlarged this year and are therefore much more comfortable in poor lighting conditions, but we even find a zoom capable of going up to the X100. A real concentrate of technology.
On the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra side, we find most of the features of the S20 Ultra – although a little less versatile on the photo side – but with the specificities of the Note range. There’s a large 6.9-inch AMOLED screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate, but also and especially the S-Pen, a Samsung stylus that allows you to use your Galaxy Note like a small notebook. Aesthetically, it was also found to be much more successful than the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but it will above all remain a matter of taste.
Its strong points? Its magnificent screen and its ultra-practical S-Pen for those who like to take handwritten notes.
Galaxy Z Fold 2: the future folding at your fingertips
How can we talk about Samsung’s premium smartphones without saying a word about the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold 2, the manufacturer’s two folding smartphones. While the first one offers a “flip phone” design, the second one allows us to enjoy both a smartphone and a tablet in a single object that fits in a pocket. In both cases, Samsung has done well and delivers two products that dare to change the usual form-factor of the smartphone. We obviously had a bigger crush on the Galaxy Z Fold 2, but we’re now entering the ultra-premium smartphone category, beyond 2,000 euros. Unfortunately, this is the price to pay to enjoy a device well ahead of its time.
Its strong points? Its foldable screen, of course, and the ability to enjoy the future today.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro / Huawei P40 Pro: cameras that make phone calls
Like Samsung, Huawei’s release schedule went smoothly throughout the year, despite the health crisis and the US embargo that still prevents it from equipping its devices with Google services. The company launched the Huawei P40 Pro at the beginning of the year, before presenting, more recently, its Huawei Mate 40 Pro, two magnificent devices that once again demonstrate the innovative capabilities of the Chinese giant.
The Huawei Mate 40 Pro
Alas, it remains difficult to advise them as is, unless you are really sure you can do without Google (it even means to write off Uber, Deliveroo, etc), or if mobile photography is really the most important point for you. On the photography side, the Huawei P40 Pro and Huawei Mate 40 Pro are indeed the best smartphones of the moment. It’s a bit sad to see them deprived of the classic Android ecosystem, so much so that they are crushing the competition. In terms of power, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is currently the most powerful smartphone in the Android world thanks to its Kirin chip engraved in 5 nm. To date, only Apple’s iPhone 12 can stand up to it. If you’re not too dependent on Google, these two smartphones are excellent choices with huge arguments.
Their strong points? Their photo capabilities, unmatched by the competition, and the power of the Mate 40 Pro.
Oppo Find X2 Pro : more than complete
With the Find X2 Pro, Oppo has made a strong comeback on the premium market, backed up by an upgrade. And what a comeback for the brand! The Oppo Find X2 Pro is clearly the right challenger for smartphones from Samsung, Huawei and others. Of course, some might find the price out of line for a brand like Oppo, but make no mistake: the Oppo Find X2 Pro is definitely a premium smartphone. In an impeccably designed chassis, Oppo delivers a near-perfect copy with a gorgeous 6.7-inch (120 Hz, QuadHD+) AMOLED panel, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC coupled with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage, a massive 4260 mAh battery coupled with a 65W ultra-fast charge (100% in less than 40 minutes), and a triple rear camera sensor including a 48 MP wide-angle, 13 MP x5 optical zoom and 48 MP ultra-wide-angle. Don’t look: Oppo has simply put the best of technology into its Find X2 Pro, without making any concessions. If you’re not afraid of Oppo, this smartphone is definitely a beautiful beast that has everything of a premium.
Its strong points? Its almost perfect balance between screen, performance and photo capabilities.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: the move upmarket
It’s hard not to mention here the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro, the first real excursion of the Chinese firm into the premium smartphone sector. For this first attempt in this sector, Xiaomi did not go there with the back of the spoon. We find all the features of a premium smartphone of 2020: AMOLED screen of 6.67 inches at 90 Hz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 coupled with 8 GB of RAM, main sensor of 108 MP (! ) accompanied by an 8 MP 10X phone, a second 12 Mp 2X phone and an ultra-wide-angle 20 MP, under-screen fingerprint reader, ultra-fast 50W wired load… The manufacturer did not skimp on resources and offers its Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro all that we have the right to expect from a premium. Above all, with MIUI 12, you can now enjoy a particularly refined software experience on the brand’s smartphones, further enhancing the exceptional experience provided by this Mi 10 Pro.
Its strong points? MIUI 12, a real success, and its superb curved AMOLED screen.