The best smartphones of 2020: top ranking

Not so long ago, smartphone makers showed something revolutionary – devices with a flexible screen! But in reality, everything turned out to be not as wonderful with them as we would like, and the high cost of such smartphones, to put it mildly, is impressive. I want to believe that soon the technology will be brought to perfection, and its cost will drop significantly. In the meantime, the planned evolution: better displays, more powerful platforms, cameras of the “DSLR” level, the appearance of new chips (for example, screens with a refresh rate of 90 Hz). So 2020 is extremely interesting for new sensor devices and technologies. Which phone is better to buy in 2020? We’ll find out now! Here is our traditional rating..

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

There are three devices in the fresh flagship line of Samsung: S20, S20 + and S20 Ultra. The most interesting model on this list is the top-end S20 Ultra. What is interesting in it?

We must say right away that revolutionary developments have not appeared – this is an evolutionary device, but it is still able to surprise with something. For example, the main module of the rear camera received a resolution of 108 MP and allows you to receive photos of excellent quality. 8K shooting became available (recording is carried out at a frequency of 24 frames per second). Simultaneous photo and video shooting on all modules of the main camera is possible, and artificial intelligence will offer the best option. There was a Quick Share function for quickly transferring files to other Galaxy devices nearby, as well as supporting a refresh rate of 120 Hz – but with one feature: the 120 Hz mode is still available at Full HD resolution, which, in general, is also good.

Needless to say, the chic 6.9-inch AMOLED screen, 5G support, the top-end Exynos 990 chipset and 12 GB of RAM, water protection, wireless charging, and a powerful 5000 mAh battery?

  • Screen diagonal: 6.9 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 3200 × 1440
  • Weight: 220g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 990
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 12 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5000 mAh
  • Rear camera: four modules 108/48/12 MP + DepthVision
  • Front camera: 40 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Huawei P40 Pro

Huawei introduced its new flagship. What’s new?

The first thing that catches your eye is the color – now it is by no means so bright, and the device itself looks stricter. Design as a whole is evolution, the smartphone is eye-catching. At the back is a very large module of the main camera, which received 4 sensors: the main (50 MP), ultra wide-angle (40 MP), telephoto (12 MP) and 3D Depth. Since the P30 Pro lifted the bar very high in terms of taking photos, many compare these smartphones with each other. And it cannot be said that the P40 Pro is far ahead, but it is noticeably better in terms of video shooting. At the time of this writing, is in first place in the ranking of cameras DXOMARK.

Other features include a 6.58-inch screen, the most powerful HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G chip, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of RAM, fast and wireless charging, IP68 water protection, 40 W fast charge.

But there are no Google services. Are they needed? It is up to you to decide – as a buyer.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.58 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2640 × 1200
  • Weight: 209g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4200 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 50/40/12 MP + 3D Depth modules
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Mi 10 8 / 128GB

The new Xiaomi Mi 10 went on sale, only now you can’t say about it that it is one of the cheapest flagships on the market – it has seriously risen in price. Why?

Because it uses expensive solutions. For example, this is one of the best AMOLED matrices that is only found today (refresh rate – 90 Hz), the latest top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor and a camera with 4 modules, the main of which is capable of shooting at a resolution of 108 MP (it shoots really well ) There is a quick and wireless charging function, and the battery capacity reaches 4780 mAh. There are stereo speakers.

Given the cost, some points are surprising. For example, there is no protection against water, and the wide-angle module did not receive autofocus.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.67 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 208g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4780 mAh
  • Rear camera: four modules 108/13/2/2 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max 256GB

A new generation of top-end smartphone from Apple. However, some of the details remained the same, for example, a huge “bang” in the display, which most manufacturers managed to abandon. The dimensions remained practically the same, but the design is 100% recognizable. For which, incidentally, it is worth thanks also to the new triple camera. Note that the same camera is used on the iPhone 11, but in this case a third module is added – a telephoto lens. It removes the device perfectly, and almost the main feature was support for night mode – in it the camera takes several pictures at once with different exposures, and then combines them into one frame, which turns out to be the most successful.

The display has improved, a new powerful Apple A13 Bionic chipset has appeared (according to various estimates, the most powerful in the world of mobile technology), there is fast and wireless charging, IP68 water resistance, new body shades.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2688 × 1242
  • Weight: 226g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2 (nano SIM + eSIM)
  • Processor: Apple A13 Bionic
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3500 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 12/12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 12 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Honor View 30 Pro

Honor flagships are traditionally one of the most inexpensive on the market. Another proof of this is the View 30 Pro. Looking ahead, we note that this is one of the best offers for your money.

There are many reasons: a chic 6.57-inch IPS screen, a top-end HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G chip with a huge power reserve, a 4100 mAh battery with fast and wireless charging, a triple main camera with a main module, ultra-wide-angle and zoom: it shoots at the level of one of the best camera phones of the planet Huawei P30 Pro, and this, you see, is worthy of praise.

There is no protection against water, but considering the price, this fact is not surprising. No Google Services.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.57 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2400 × 1080
  • Weight: 206g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4100 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 40/12/8 MP
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 6 / 128GB

Mi Note 10 can not be called a flagship, if only for the simple reason that it does not have the most top-end processor on the market – Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G is used. However, in conjunction with 6 GB of RAM, the power is enough with the head.

The rear camera is of most interest in Mi Note 10: it consists of 5 modules, the main of which received a resolution of 108 MP! Marketer’s tricks? No, because if you need as much detail as possible in the picture when you zoom in, high resolution will work for you. But in normal mode, there is no special need for 108 MP – therefore, by default, the module removes at a resolution of 27 MP. Mi Note 10 is one of the best camera phones on the planet, it is compared with the Huawei P30 Pro, while it is a relatively inexpensive smartphone..

Other chips include a large display and a very powerful battery with a capacity of 5260 mAh.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.47 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 208g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5260 mAh
  • Rear camera: 5 modules 108/12/20/5/2 MP
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro is a smartphone with one of the best main camera in the world. And if during the day the quality of pictures can be compared with individual competitors, then at night, as experts say, the P30 Pro shoots almost better than anyone else. It uses a triple module (main, wide-angle, telephoto lens) + TOF. Although this is already a model of the past generation, it will definitely not disappear from the sale in the coming months.

Like other competing flagships, here you will find fast and wireless charging, a powerful battery with a capacity of 4200 mAh, and water resistance level IP68. HiSilicon Kirin 980 is used as a chipset, RAM capacity is 8 GB.

P30 Pro is much cheaper than its more famous competitors, although it, for example, does not have stereo speakers or autofocus front camera. However, it is definitely one of the best camera phones on the planet. Well, or a smartphone with the best camera and battery – if you want.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.47 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 192g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4200 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 40/20/8 MP
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 12 / 256GB

One of the coolest smartphones on the market. First of all, an excellent design catches your eye – stylish, fashionable, expensive. This version uses a 6.8-inch display, of course, AMOLED. Its resolution is 3040 × 1440 pixels..

Inside is hidden the most powerful processor of its own production Exynos 9825 and as much as 12 GB of RAM! That is, in terms of power reserve Galaxy Note 10+ leaves far behind many home PCs and laptops! The amount of internal memory in this version is 256 GB.

The smartphone will appreciate the powerful 4300 mAh battery with support for fast and wireless charging. As for the cameras, the front module is single – with a resolution of 10 MP, and rear – triple: the main sensor, wide-angle and telephoto. There is also a fourth module – a 3D ToF camera. The front camera is almost the best on the market, and the main one is one of.

Water resistance (IP68), high battery life, excellent sound are noted. And also – a stylus, which is hidden inside the case.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.8 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 3040 × 1440
  • Weight: 196g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 9825
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 12 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4300 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 12/16/12 MP modules + 3D depth camera
  • Front camera: 10 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Google Pixel 4 6 / 64GB

The new Google Pixel 4 can safely be called a compact flagship – this version received a relatively small 5.7-inch screen with high resolution.

As before, there is no support for memory cards, and there is only one SIM card, however, support for the eSIM electronic SIM card has appeared.

The device operates on the basis of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, the memory capacity is 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM. The battery capacity is small – 2800 mAh, but it supports fast and wireless charging.

Pixel 4 is still considered one of the best camera phones, but experts say that in terms of shooting, the smartphone still lags behind the iPhone 11 Pro Max or Samsung Galaxy Note 10+.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.7 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1080 × 2280
  • Weight: 162g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2800 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12.2 / 16 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Samsung Galaxy A51 64GB

An updated version of one of the most popular smartphones both in the Russian market and in the world – Galaxy A51. What’s new?

First of all, the case design has seriously changed: the main camera now consists of 4 modules, and the front camera is “built-in” in the display. Changed and colors.

The diagonal of the screen was slightly increased to 6.5 inches, a fresh Exynos 9611 processor is used, and the NFC chip and powerful battery are still here..

In general, another bestseller.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2400 × 1080
  • Weight: 172g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Exynos 9611
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 48/12/5/5 MP modules
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro 6 / 64GB

This time, Xiaomi decided to release several varieties of Note 8, and the older version received the prefix Pro. How is she better? Amazingly much more than that: a 64 MP main camera, a liquid-cooled gaming processor, a powerful 4,500 mAh battery, 5 generation Gorilla Glass front and rear, a cool different case design, an excellent 6.53-inch display, and also an NFC module and even infrared. Of course, Note 8 Pro costs a little more than the younger version, but is it worth the overpayment of money, the buyer decides.

But what users and experts note: chic design, excellent shooting quality for their price group, decent display, powerful hardware platform. It may not arrange the location of the fingerprint scanner – right under the main camera at the back, you can touch the camera’s glass with your finger.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.53 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 200g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio G90T
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4500 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 64/8/2/2 MP modules
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

OnePlus 7T 8 / 256GB

A major update of OnePlus 7, henceforth – with the prefix T. One of the top flagships, and with a very nice price (of course, when compared with the main competitors).

What’s new? The first thing that catches your eye is the updated design of the back cover – now there is a round camera module with three sensors: the main, wide-angle and telephoto lens, and the glass on the back of the case is frosted. OnePlus 7T also received a display with a frame frequency of 90 Hz, stereo speakers and even a new vibromotor! The processor is the well-known top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus, and the memory capacity in this version is 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of the main one. Android version at release – 10.

A very interesting purchase for your money. And already traditionally – one of the most powerful smartphones in the world.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.55 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2400 × 1080
  • Weight: 190g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • Memory capacity: 256 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3800 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 48/12/16 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Honor 9X 4 / 128GB

Novelty from Honor, which received a retractable front camera. Of course, today this will not surprise anyone, but, nevertheless, for whom it is important – who wants to get a FullView-display without any unnecessary cutouts. Also noteworthy is the unusual pattern on the back of the case – in the light it seems to shimmer, it looks interesting. True, as far as we know, this is not relevant for the version in black.

The novelty is based on the well-known HiSilicon Kirin 710 processor, the memory capacity is 4 GB of RAM and 128 GB of ROM, and the battery capacity reaches 4000 mAh. The fingerprint scanner is located on the back of the case, there is also a clearly visible dual camera – the main module (wide-angle) and to create a digital side. Judging by the reviews, the camera shoots well, but some competitors for similar money are better. But Honor 9X got a retractable front-end, which, you see, is a good help for buying.

By the way, there is an NFC module.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.59 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 197g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 710
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 48/2 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Mi 9T 6 / 64GB

Mi 9T turned out to be very successful for Xiaomi. Want to know the reasons?

The main feature is a frameless display, because the front camera is hidden inside the case and only leaves when necessary. On it, by the way, is the notification indicator – an unusual solution.

Want more? Please: bright case design, excellent 6.39-inch AMOLED matrix, high-quality platform based on Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 chip and 6 GB of RAM, capacious 4000 mAh battery, NFC, fast charging support, triple main camera, good for its price.

Scanner – Onscreen.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.39 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 191g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 48/8/13 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Samsung Galaxy A30s 32GB

The real hit from Samsung is a budget device, which boasts not budget solutions at all. For example, this is an excellent case design, a large 6.4-inch display with a drop-shaped cutout at the top of the display, the presence of an NFC module, a triple main camera, a powerful 4000 mAh battery, and a fingerprint sensor mounted on the screen.

It is worth noting that according to the characteristics, the camera copies that in the older A50 model, it also shoots – that is, at a very good level for its price. It is also worth noting good performance (chip – branded Exynos 7904 + 3 GB RAM + 32 GB ROM), decent battery life, nice price.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.4 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1560 × 720
  • Weight: 169g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 7904
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 25/5/8 MP
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Nokia 7.2 64GB

A real dude from Nokia. Pay attention to the cool design with frosted glass on the back cover and the unusual round module of the main camera.

The camera received three sensors: the main, wide-angle and for blurring the background. Optics – ZEISS firms. The camera as a whole shoots well – taking into account the cost of the smartphone.

The screen has a diagonal of 6.3 inches, the chip is a fairly powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 660, the RAM capacity is 4 GB. The fingerprint scanner is located behind, and the average battery capacity is 3500 mAh. There is NFC – Nokia generally prefers not to save on this important sensor.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.3 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2280 × 1080
  • Weight: 180g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3500 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 48/5/8 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Apple iPhone 11 64GB

If you want an cheaper iPhone, you should consider buying an iPhone 11 without the Pro box – it costs a lot less, but is it worse?

The cameras in both devices are the same, except that the older version has a telephoto lens. They shoot at about the same level – very high. The design of the back of the case is almost the same, except for the lack of a third camera module. Plus – other body shades. But in terms of power – everything is the same, including the top-end Apple Bionic A13 processor.

The battery capacity is slightly less (3110 mAh), but the display is a 6.1-inch IPS versus the 5.8-inch AMOLED on the iPhone 11 Pro. Supports fast and wireless charging, has water protection (IP68).

  • Screen diagonal: 6.1 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1792 × 828
  • Weight: 194g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2 (nano SIM + eSIM)
  • Processor: Apple A13 Bionic
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3110 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 12 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Honor 20 6 / 128GB

Honor 20 can be called a relatively inexpensive smartphone in its class, while it shoots very well for the current price. For this, you can thank the module, which uses 4 sensors at once: the main, wide-angle, for creating bokeh and a separate one for macro shooting. Although experts say that the last module could be safely abandoned. However, this does not affect the quality of shooting.

Of the features, we note a 6.26-inch IPS display, not AMOLED, as it is now fashionable, a rather powerful battery with a capacity of 3750 mAh, a nice case design, a front camera built into the display. But the fingerprint scanner is located in the side Power button – in our opinion, this is not the most convenient location, especially since most competitors have a fingerprint sensor built directly into the display.

The rest is a very worthy purchase.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.26 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 174g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: HiSilicon Kirin 980
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3750 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 48/16/2/2 MP modules
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Memory card support: no

vivo V17

vivo is part of BBK Electronics, one of the largest smartphone manufacturers in recent years. Model V17 represents the middle class.

Of the unusual, we can note the diamond-shaped module of the main camera (4 modules: main, wide-angle, for depth of field and macro photography). The main module shoots well, and in the evening and at dusk – excellent (taking into account the cost of the device).

vivo V17 has a 6.38-inch AMOLED screen, a good platform based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset and 8 GB of RAM, a capacious 4500 mAh battery, fast charging and an NFC module.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.38 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2340 × 1080
  • Weight: 187g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4500 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 48/8/2/2 MP modules
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Redmi Note 9S 4 / 64GB

Xiaomi continues to expand the Redmi line and in front of you is another newcomer.

9S received a completely new design of the back cover, where a new module about 4 sensors catches your eye: the main, wide-angle, depth sensor and for macro photography. The main module received a resolution of 48 MP and it shoots easier than Redmi Note 8 Pro, but “shirik” is better.

Redmi Note 9S will please with a large display (IPS), a powerful platform based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G processor and 4 GB of RAM, a smart scanner in the power key, a powerful 5020 mAh battery. But the NFC module is not here, which is surprising.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.67 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2400 × 1080
  • Weight: 209g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 5020 mAh
  • Rear camera: four 48/8/5/2 MP modules
  • Front camera: 16 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Sony Xperia 1

Flagship from Sony. It seems that the image shows what the main feature of this smartphone is in its elongated case. Thanks to this idea, the device with a 6.5-inch screen turned out to be relatively narrow (only 72 mm wide), but long (167 mm in height). It looks cool, especially in purple.

This is definitely the flagship – Sony Xperia 1 received the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, the amount of memory – 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of ROM. Fingerprint Scanner … Where would you think? That’s right, on the side of the shutdown button – like many other models of the company. Also returned a separate mechanical key to call the camera – great.

The main module of the camera is triple (main, wide-angle, telephoto lens) and it removes, judging by the reviews, really solidly. Separately, the night shooting mode is noted. Water resistant (IP65 / 68), quick charge.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1644 × 3840
  • Weight: 191g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Memory capacity: 128 GB
  • RAM capacity: 6 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3330 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 12/12/12 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes