2020 Phones: 10 of the Most Admired Smartphones of this Year

The best phones of 2020 mesmerize everyone with amazing hardware performance, impeccable shooting capability and outstanding battery life. With a plenty of great handsets seeing their debut this year, choosing the best ones can be really daunting. After analyzing the overall performance and user feedback extensively, we have managed to create this 2020 phones list. It covers 10 of the most admired handsets of this year. Take a look at these amazing devices.

Which are the best phones of 2020?

  1. Samsung Galaxy Note 20/Note 20 Ultra 5G
  2. Samsung Galaxy S20/S20 Plus/S20 Ultra
  3. iPhone 11/iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Pro Max
  4. OnePlus 8/8 Pro
  5. iPhone SE (2020)
  6. LG V60 ThinQ 5G
  7. Google Pixel 4A
  8. OnePlus Nord
  9. Sony Xperia 1 II
  10. Motorola Moto G Power

1. Samsung Galaxy Note20 Note20 Ultra 5G – The Best Overall Phone of 2020

1. Samsung Galaxy Note20/Note20 Ultra 5G – The Best Overall Phones of 2020

Reasons for being admired:

  • Gorgeous display
  • Outstanding camera performance
  • Incredible battery life

If you are looking for phablets with immense processing power, Galaxy Note20 and Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G are the best options for you. Both of them feature the latest Snapdragon 865+ chipset, 8 GB RAM and Adreno 650 GPU. As a result, they can run all the high-end games and apps of 2020 and beyond with an incredible smoothness.

The camera performance is outstanding. The colors in each of the daylight images are universally appealing. Even under the low light, the shooters of both of the devices capture stunning photos. In every shot, you will notice well-preserved color saturation and a high amount of details. However, the camera of the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G has an edge over its counterpart. Its 108-MP main sensor is really superior to the 64-MP shooter of Galaxy Note20.

Both of Samsung’s 2020 phones feature gorgeous displays. However, being more premium, the Galaxy Note20 Ultra 5G has a larger screen size of 6.9-inch. Also, it has a higher resolution of 1440 x 3088 pixels. Moreover, it supports 120 Hz refresh rate. On the other hand, Galaxy Note20 have a slightly smaller 6.7-inch display. It offers 1080 x 2400 pixels resolution.

The two phablets have an outstanding battery life. The Galaxy Note20 Ultra has a larger 4500 mAh battery. In GSMArena’s endurance rating test, it survived 100 hours in standard refresh mode. Its counterpart, Galaxy Note20, sports a slightly smaller 4300 mAh battery. It can make two days pretty comfortably.

All these things make Galaxy Note20 and Note20 Ultra 5G the best phones of 2020.

2. Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, S20 Ultra – The Best Camera Phone of 2020

2. Samsung Galaxy S20/S20 Plus/S20 Ultra – The Best Camera Phones of 2020

Reasons for being admired:

  • Blazing fast performance
  • Amazing shooting capability
  • Stunning display

In February 2020, Samsung introduced the new Galaxy S20-series smartphones. They have won critics from all over the world. Thanks to the stylish design, high performance hardware and an impeccable shooting ability.

The Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus and S20 Ultra come with 6.2-inch, 6.7-inch and 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED displays. All of them have a high-resolution of 1440 x 3200 pixels. They look absolutely stunning. The colors look really punchy. Also, they support 120 Hz refresh rate.

Under the hood, all the of S20-series phones contain the Snapdragon 865 processor. However, the capacity of RAM is different. For Galaxy S20 and S20 Plus, the capacity is 8 GB. However, being more expensive device, the Galaxy S20 Ultra features the massive 12 GB RAM. Nonetheless, the overall performance of all of the S20-series is pretty identical. They offer a blazing pace.

The shooting capability of all the three 2020 phones is very impressive. In the low light condition, the cameras deliver highly detailed shots. The noise is well contained. The dynamic range is really great. The performance on the bright outdoors is mind-blowing. You will get satisfyingly vivid colors in each of the daytime shots.

With all these things, the S20-series devices have become the hottest phones of 2020.

3. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max – The Best Apple Smartphones of 2020

3. iPhone 11/iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11 Pro Max – The Best Apple Phones of 2020

Reasons for being admired:

  • Bright display
  • Super-fast hardware performance
  • Impeccable camera performance

Once again, Apple has won the heart of the millions with iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Both of the devices boast powerful hardware and outstanding camera setup.

All of the three 2020 phones are powered by the Apple A13 Bionic processor. It is one of the fastest smartphone chipsets of all time. It is able to outperform Snapdragon 865, the processor of the flagship Android phones, by a significant margin. In Geekbench 5 (multi-core) test, the devices posts over 3150 points, leaving behind the mighty Galaxy S20-series phones.

The standard variant, iPhone 11, has dual camera setup (12-MP + 12-MP). On the other hand, the other two counterparts have triple camera setup (12-MP + 12-MP + 12-MP). All of the three devices have dual selfie shooters. The shooting capability of all the cameras is mind-blowing. All the captured images have exemplary details, extremely low noise and pretty high dynamic range.

The iPhone 11 has a 6.1-inch Liquid Retina IPS LCD display. The iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max have 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch Super Retina XDR OLED displays. All of them are gorgeous. However, with the new XDR technology, the displays of both Pro and Pro Max variants are able to offer significantly better brightness (up to 1200 nits) and contrast levels.

The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max sports 3110 mAh, 3046 mAh and 3969 mAh batteries respectively. They have solid endurance ratings of 94 hours, 86 hours and 102 hours.

With all these things, the three devices take the third spot in our list of the most admired phones of 2020.

4. OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro – The Best Premium Phones of 2020

4. OnePlus 8/8 Pro – The Best Premium Phones of 2020

Reasons for being admired:

  • Outstanding performance
  • Phenomenal 120 Hz display
  • Solid shooting capability

Earlier in 2020, OnePlus released two new 2020 phones, known as OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro. By including the best features while keeping the price tag reasonable, the company has transformed the handsets into jaw dropping devices.

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro have 6.55-inch and 6.78-inch Fluid AMOLED displays. Their resolutions are 1080×2400 pixels and 1440×3168 pixels respectively. They have refresh rates of 90 Hz and 120 Hz, delivering you an extremely responsive experience.

OnePlus 8 has a triple camera setup. It consists of 48-MP main sensor, 16-MP ultrawide sensor and 2-MP macro sensor. It captures vibrant photos at daylight. The counterpart, OnePlus 8 Pro, features quad camera setup. It has 48-MP main sensor, 48-MP ultrawide sensor, 8-MP telephoto lens and 5-MP color filter lens. From taking distant shots to capturing stunning low light photos, it excels in every area.

Both of the 2020 phones are powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset. Also, they feature Adreno 650 GPU and 8/12 GB RAM options. Right now, they are the best performing Android phones in the ranking of Geekbench 5.1 benchmark test. OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro post 3296 points and 3238 respectively. The score is higher than any other Android phones in the current market.

The batteries of OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro can last ridiculously long. The endurance ratings of 108 hours and 103 hours say it all.

If you emphasize on hardware and battery performance, you can’t find better devices than the OnePlus flagship phones of 2020.

5. iPhone SE (2020) – The Best Budget Friendly Apple Smartphone

5. iPhone SE (2020) – The Best Budget Friendly Apple Phone of 2020

Reasons for being admired:

  • Powerful chipset
  • Low price for iPhone
  • Decent camera performance

The iPhone SE (2020) is Apple’s hottest budget friendly phone of 2020. The device has won critics from all over the world. Thanks to the perfect balance of features, quality performance and attractive price point.

iPhone SE is really powerful with respect to the affordable price tag of $335. It is able to deliver flagship level performance. Apple A13 Bionic, the same processor used on iPhone 11, runs the device. It is paired with 3 GB RAM and the Cupertino company’s own GPU. In Geekbench 5.1 (multi-core) test, the iPhone SE scores 3,237 points, which is really impressive.

There is only one 12-MP sensor on the rear camera. Nonetheless, it manages to capture really natural looking photos. The dynamic range and the contrast level are outstanding. You will not see any noise at daytime shots. The 7-MP selfie camera is amazing. In terms of quality, it can go toe to toe with the 20-MP front cameras of the Android phones.

iPhone SE features a 4.7-inch display borrowed from iPhone 8. So, it’s larger than the predecessor. However, it remains one hand friendly.

All these things transform the iPhone SE into the hottest compact phone of 2020.

6. LG V60 ThinQ 5G – Best for Capturing Footage

6. LG V60 ThinQ 5G – Best for Capturing Footage

Reasons for being admired:

  • Great video recording capability
  • Impeccable battery life
  • Snappy performance

The V60 is LG’s flagship phone of 2020. The company has built it specifically for the video recording enthusiasts.

The LG V60 has everything for capturing high-quality footage. Its camera support 8K video recording. Also, it can capture 4K footage at 60 fps. You will be amazed by the sheer sharpness and smoothness. Also, LG V60 comes with four microphones, ASMR and Voice Bokeh audio technology. All these things have transformed the V60 into an ultimate video recording device.

The device comes with a 6.8-inch P-OLED display. It has 1080 x 2460 pixels resolution. It supports Always-on and HDR10+ technology. The screen is not as bright as iPhone 11 or Galaxy S20. Nonetheless, it’s pretty decent.

Just like the other Android flagship phones, LG V60 ThinQ 5G comes with the Snapdragon 865 processor, Adreno 650 GPU and 8 GB RAM. Also, it has triple camera setup. The rear shooter has three lenses – 64-MP standard lens, 13-MP ultrawide lens and 0.3-MP TOF sensor.

The impeccable battery performance is one of the major selling points. In GSMArena’s endurance rating test, the 5,000 mAh battery survived 106 hours. It supports Quick Charge 4.0 technology. So, you can charge the battery to 50% in just 30 minutes. Also, it supports Qi wireless charging.

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7. Google Pixel 4A – The Best Google Phone of 2020

7. Google Pixel 4A – The Best Google Phone of 2020

Reasons for being admired:

  • Colorful and bright OLED display
  • Fast hardware performance
  • Great shooting performance

The Pixel 4A is one of Google’s newest 2020 phones. It offers the best camera for the money. At $350, you get an amazing camera phone that helps you to take stunning photos without much effort.

Pixel 4A has a single 12.2-MP lens on the rear. In comparison with the other 2020 phones on this list, it might not sound impressive. But practically, it shows an amazing performance by capturing dazzling photos at daylight. Thanks to Google’s clever software optimization feature. With the company’s HDR technology, you don’t need major hardware to get fabulous shots.

Under the hood, Pixel 4A has everything that an under $400 phone should have. It features the Snapdragon 730G processor, Adreno 618 GPU and 6 GB RAM. With all these components, it is able to deliver a solid mid-range performance. Google has a great reputation for producing super-fast smartphones, even without premium hardware. The Pixel 4A is no different.

The 5.81-inch display is pretty good in terms of price. It has OLED panel and a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels. With adaptive brightness turned on, it delivers a maximum brightness 803 nits. So, you will have no problem using the device under direct sunlight.

The Pixel 4A sports a 3,140 mAh battery, up from 3,000 mAh on last year’s Pixel 3A. It has a decent endurance rating of 76 hours. With the 18W Power Delivery charger, you can top it up to 45% in 30 minutes.

8. OnePlus Nord – Best for Mid-Range Phone Enthusiasts

8. OnePlus Nord – Best for Mid-Range Phone Enthusiasts

Reasons for being admired:

  • Strong specification with respect to affordable price tag
  • Solid mid-range hardware performance
  • Amazing low light shooting ability

Nord is OnePlus’ one of the hottest 2020 phones. By wrapping up all the cool features in an affordable package, the Chinese company has made an emphatic return to the mid-range market.

Nord features Snapdragon 765G processor. The solid mid-range chipset is coupled with Adreno 620 GPU and 6 GB/8 GB/12 GB RAM options. By scoring 1953 points in Geekbench 5 (multi-core) test, it outpaces almost all the devices in its class, including Galaxy A71 and Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite.

There is a 6.44-inch Fluid AMOLED display. It is really bright. The maximum brightness rating of 756 cd/m2 says it all. The display supports 90 Hz refresh rate mode. Once turned on, you will experience a tangible effect on snappiness and responsiveness.

OnePlus Nord features a quad camera setup. It comprises with 48-MP wide sensor, 8-MP ultrawide sensor, 5-MP depth sensor and 2-MP macro shooter. The performance is really good. In good light, there is plenty of detail in each of the shots. Also, in low light, it delivers one of the best performances in its class.

The 4115 mAh battery is really solid. In the endurance rating test, it survived 100 hours. There are only a few 2020 phones that can go toe to toe in terms of battery life.

It’s really difficult to find a better phone than OnePlus Nord at £349. If you want to make the most of your hard earned money, it’s the smartphone to get.

9. Sony Xperia 1 II – Best for Shooting Enthusiasts

9. Sony Xperia 1 II – Best for Shooting Enthusiasts

Reasons for being admired:

  • Versatile camera system
  • Powerful built-in apps for photo and footage capture
  • Fantastic hardware performance

Xperia 1 II is Sony’s best phone of 2020. The device comes with a gorgeous 6.5-inch, 21:9 OLED display. It makes the handset ideal for watching movies and TV shows.

Xperia 1 II has a quad camera setup. It consists of 12-MP wide sensor, 12-MP telephoto lens, 12-MP ultrawide lens and 0.3-MP depth sensor. Also, it comes with a whole bunch of camera apps, like Cinema(tography) Pro and Photo(graphy) Pro. With all these things, the Xperia 1 II helps you to capture stunning photos and crystal-clear footage.

Under the hood, Xperia 1 II contains the Snapdragon 865 processor, Adreno 650 GPU and 8 GB RAM. All these components enable the device to deliver a solid performance consistently. By scoring 3318 points in Geekbench 5.1 (multi-core) test, it manages to outpace several big names, including Huawei P30 Pro.

Xperia 1 II features a 4,000 mAh battery. It is not the strongest in its class. Nonetheless, it’s pretty decent. In the endurance rating test, it survived 83 hours.

10. Motorola Moto G Power – Best for Battery Life

10. Motorola Moto G Power – Best for Battery Life

Reasons for being admired:

  • Powerful battery
  • Highly affordable
  • Great performance in terms of price

The Moto G Power is Motorola’s best phone of 2020. It comes with everything that a cost-conscious smartphone enthusiast wants. In fact, it’s the best handset that you can get under $250.

Moto G Power has a 6.4-inch LCD display supporting Full HD display. The screen is pretty standard in terms of relatively low price tag. It is not as vibrant as the IPS display. Nonetheless, the colors on the display are highly accurate. Also, the brightness level is more than satisfactory. You will not face any issue reading texts under direct sunlight.

The device has a solid mid-range hardware. The Snapdragon 665 processor powers the device. Also, there is Adreno 610 GPU and 4 GB RAM. So, you will experience no lagging while playing all the popular games, including PUBG and Asphalt 9: Legends. On Geekbench 5.1, the smartphone posts 1,387 points. In terms of mid-range specs, the score is really decent.

The most impressive feature of Moto G Power is the massive 5,000 mAh battery. It is really powerful. In CNET’s testing, it survived four days, which is very impressive. If you are looking for a budget friendly device with an outstanding battery performance, it’s the best phone that you can find right now.

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