The best smartphones on pure Android + Android One 2020

Google branded smartphones use the stock (unmodified) version of Android. Most manufacturers based on Android create their own firmware, while some users like just “clean” Android. Google understands this, so they created the Android One program, which involves the use of an unmodified version of Android for smartphones from other manufacturers. So, what is interesting on the market based on “pure” Android?

Google Pixel 3 XL 64GB

Of course, you need to start with a device from Google – Pixel 3 XL, the older version is now the penultimate generation.

Regarding the design, there are no revelations – the Pixel 3 XL looks familiar and even boring. However, it is interesting to others: the very high speed of the system, the magnificent main camera (and let the single module not bother you – as for the Pixel 3 XL photo, it leaves most competitors behind), a powerful platform based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chip and 4 GB of RAM. The latter, by the way, is currently not so much, but in this case, optimization plays a decisive role.

There is water resistance, fast and wireless charging, a fingerprint sensor on the back cover.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.3 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2960 × 1440
  • Weight: 184g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3430 mAh
  • Rear camera: 12.2 MP
  • Front camera: dual 8/8 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Google Pixel 4 6 / 64GB

But this is the latest generation of Google smartphones. Pay attention to the main camera module, which is very similar to that in the iPhone 11 Pro, but at the same time, Pixel 4 photos appeared on the network much earlier – long before the premiere of the smartphone and iPhone 11 Pro.

This is the youngest compact version, which received a relatively small 5.7-inch display. The device is based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, the memory in this version is 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM.

Note the cool dual rear camera (one of the best in the world), IP68 water protection, support for fast and wireless charging. Just remember that there is one physical SIM card, the second is electronic eSIM.

  • Dimensions (WxHxT): 68.8 × 147.1 × 8.2 mm
  • 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

Xiaomi Mi A3 4 / 64GB Android One

The latest generation of Xiaomi Mi Series A is the same series where for the first time stock Xiaomi was used for Xiaomi. And these smartphones appealed to users. That’s only in the last generation, not everything is so wonderful. Yes, the screen diagonal has grown and is 6.09 inches, but only the resolution “dropped” to 1560 × 720 pixels.

The main camera is triple, it shoots well, but look at the price. Processor – Qualcomm Snapdragon 665, memory – 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of ROM. A rather powerful battery is installed – 4030 mAh. Fingerprint Sensor – Display.

There are no revelations regarding the design – everything is in the spirit of the latest devices from Xiaomi.

  • Screen diagonal: 6.09 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1560 × 720
  • Weight: 174g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 665
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4030 mAh
  • Rear camera: triple 48/8/2 MP
  • Front camera: 32 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Nokia 5.1 Plus Android One

Inexpensive and pretty nice device from Nokia. It looks great, but it seems to be glass at the back (it was not possible to find the exact information, but according to users’ feelings this is glass).

It uses a 5.8-inch display with a resolution of 1520 × 720 pixels, a dual main camera (it shoots well during the day – for your money), the MediaTek Helio P60 chipset, 3 GB of RAM.

Of course, there is a fingerprint scanner. Considering the price of Nokia 5.1 Plus with discounts, this is one of the best deals in the class.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.8 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1520 × 720
  • Weight: 162g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio P60
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3060 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/5 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Nokia 4.2 3 / 32GB Android One

Another budget device from Google, which may surprise with two features: first of all, it is an NFC module, which is still not so common on budget smartphones, and secondly, it is a separate mechanical button (!) For calling Google voice assistant.

The design is familiar to Nokia, there are several shades to choose from. In this case, a 5.71-inch IPS-display with a resolution of 1520 × 720 pixels, a dual main camera, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 processor and 3 GB of RAM are used. Not bad for a budget model.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.71 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1520 × 720
  • Weight: 161g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 439
  • Memory capacity: 32 GB
  • RAM capacity: 3 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 13/2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Xiaomi Mi A2 4 / 64GB Android One

The previous generation of the A series from Xiaomi based on Android One. Despite this, that this is by no means the newest device on the market, it is still recommended to purchase – one of the best price-quality ratios.

Here you will find a metal case (many shades to choose from), an excellent 5.99-inch high-resolution IPS display, a very decent dual main camera, a powerful platform based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 660 chip and 4 GB of RAM. Fast charging is supported, although the battery capacity is not impressive – 3010 mAh.

There is no NFC module …

  • Screen diagonal: 5.99 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 168g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 660
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3010 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/20 MP
  • Front camera: 20 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Google Pixel 3 64GB

You can say the same Pixel 3 XL, only smaller.

This model has a 5.5-inch display, and the battery capacity is 2915 mAh. Of course, smaller dimensions and weight. But the rest of the characteristics are identical – this also applies to a powerful platform or the excellent main camera.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 148g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2915 mAh
  • Rear camera: 12.2 MP
  • Front camera: dual 8/8 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Xiaomi Mi A2 Lite 4 / 64GB Android One

The younger version of Xiaomi Mi A2 received the prefix Lite. It seriously differs not only in characteristics, but also in design – in this case, the back cover is made of plastic. Interestingly, at the time of writing, the devices were almost equal in cost, but at the time of publication there was a serious price difference between them.

Mi A2 Lite has a 5.84-inch screen, Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 chip and 4 GB of RAM, a powerful 4000 mAh battery, a smart fingerprint sensor. And yes, like the older model, there is no NFC module.

  • Screen diagonal: 5.84 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2280 × 1080
  • Weight: 178
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 625
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Rear camera: dual 12/5 MP
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Nokia 2.2 16GB Android One

Another low-cost device from Nokia based on Android One. It has several interesting features: a separate mechanical button for calling the Google Assistant, as well as the ability to replace the back panel. Panels sold separately.

The screen received a diagonal of 5.71 inches, the processor – MediaTek Helio A22, the memory capacity – 16 GB ROM and 2 GB ROM, the main camera – single, the battery capacity – 3000 mAh. There is no fingerprint sensor, but face unlock is supported..

  • Screen diagonal: 5.71 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1520 × 720
  • Weight: 153g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: MediaTek Helio A22
  • Memory capacity: 16 GB
  • RAM capacity: 2 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 13 MP
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes

Google Pixel 3a 64GB

The younger version of the flagship Pixel 3 received the letter a in the name. At the same time, the smartphone itself looks almost the same, but it has a slightly larger display – 5.6 inches.

As for the camera, it still shoots great – it’s proven by users. The chipset is simpler here – it’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 670. However, given the speed of the system, it is enough with a large margin.

  • Screen Size: 5.6 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2220 × 1080
  • Weight: 147g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 12.2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Google Pixel 3a XL 64GB

The Pixel 3a XL is slightly larger than the Pixel 3a version due to the enlarged display to 6 inches. Of course, the dimensions, weight, and also the capacity of the battery increased to 3700 mAh. Otherwise, these are identical devices, except that the Pixel 3a XL costs a little more.

  • Screen diagonal: 6 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 2160 × 1080
  • Weight: 167g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 1
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
  • Memory capacity: 64 GB
  • RAM capacity: 4 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3700 mAh
  • Rear camera: 12.2 MP
  • Front camera: 8 MP
  • Memory card support: no

Xiaomi Redmi Go 1 / 8GB

An ultra-budget smartphone that runs on Android Go – a version of the operating system designed for smartphones with a maximum memory capacity of 1 GB.

What does the buyer get? Nice case design, 5-inch display with a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, two single cameras (front and back), Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of ROM, 3000 mAh battery.

Needless to say, no fingerprint scanner or NFC module.

  • Screen diagonal: 5 inches
  • Screen Resolution: 1280 × 720
  • Weight: 137g
  • SIM Card Quantity: 2
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 425
  • Memory capacity: 8 GB
  • RAM capacity: 1 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh
  • Rear camera: 8 MP
  • Front camera: 5 MP
  • Support for memory cards: yes