We reassure you right away: “best smartphone” does not mean “most expensive smartphone on the market”. Obviously, the most premium models have their place in this ranking but others smartphones, much more affordable have managed to fare well with other sometimes subtle advantages. Some stand out for their excellent value for money, others for their originality.
You will therefore find in this guide a top 10 of the best smartphones of the market in 2020. All the models mentioned have been tested by the editorial staff. In addition to the technical aspect of each smartphone, we have attached importance to the needs they meet as well as their positioning on the market. Below is our full comparison guide.
Ranking of the best smartphones in 2020:
- Samsung Galaxy S20 / S20 +
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11
- OnePlus 7T
- Galaxy Note 10+
- Huawei P30 Pro
- Pixel 4 XL
- Pixel 3a
- Samsung Galaxy A51
- Redmi Note 8 Pro
- Galaxy Fold (bonus)
Below, here is the detail of each of these smartphones.
Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 +: excellence
Launched in February 2020, the latest high-end products from the Korean giant Samsung stand out as the manufacturer’s best offer. If all eyes were on the Galaxy S20 Ultra (brings together the best of Samsung), we on our side preferred the balance of S20 and S20 +.
The two models embed in a few details the same technologies as the Ultra version. But they cost almost 300 euros less. Is the price difference worth choosing the Ultra? In our opinion, no. We therefore advise you to focus on the Galaxy S20 and S20 +, just as powerful, more enduring (for the S20 +) and much easier to handle on a daily basis.
If the S20 Ultra dominates them in photos, the difference remains slim to accept the price difference and its few weaknesses (format, autonomy). If however you want to use the top of the top, the Ultra version remains the reference. Below, our comparison tables to find the best price for these smartphones in 2020.
iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max: the best ofApple
Aside from its aging design and the few stinginess ofApple (a 64 GB version in 2020, really?) what can we blame the iPhone 11 Pro (and its Max version)? Not much. This is for us the best smartphone of the moment for those who appreciate the apple brand.
Apple continues the adventure with these 2 models substantially identical to the previous ones and some aesthetic improvements (matt glass) as well as the integration of a highly anticipated triple photo sensor. The American giant, formerly master of smartphone photography, was left behind by the competition. At the end of 2019, not only did he catch up, he managed to place his iPhone 11 Pro among the best photophones on the market.
From the screen (simply sublime OLED) to performance through audio quality and fluency of iOS, all the elements of a reference smartphone are combined to make these iPhone 11 Pro the new benchmarks in 2020.
Cherry on the cake, Apple finally solved the problems of autonomy of the iPhone. Again, the manufacturer does not do things by halves. From one of the worst, the iPhone is becoming one of the most enduring models on the market. Still, its fairly high price (more than 1100 euros) is not within the reach of all budgets. But the iPhone 11 Pro is for many the best smartphone in 2020.
iPhone 11: the darling of the public
Is the iPhone 11 Pro too expensive? No problem. As in 2018, Apple offers a more “affordable” version of their smartphone. The iPhone 11 combines the best of the Pro version but costs almost 400 euros less. Necessarily, Apple had to make some technical sacrifices.
So, the iPhone 11 only integrates 2 photo sensors and has to do without the OLED screen. Instead of, Apple provides an LCD panel whose definition does not reach Full HD. One could fear the worst, it is not so. The screen of the iPhone 11 remains of good quality. Under the hood, Apple retains the A13 Bionic chip and a comfortable battery.
Thanks to this strategy, the iPhone 11 quickly established itself as the darling of the general public. Finally, those who want to buy an iPhone of course. In the end, if we focus on the value for money, the iPhone 11 is perhaps the best premium smartphone in 2020. As a reminder, it not only saw its price drop compared to the iPhone Xr model, but in it is also more powerful. In short, you gain on all fronts.
OnePlus 7T: all in balance
At the end of 2019, OnePlus also launched two new models. Despite communication focused on the OnePlus 7T Pro, it was the 7T that got our favors. Why ? Just because this version really contrasts with the previous one and embodies the OnePlus philosophy (the best of technology at a fair price).
The Pro version, it changes little compared to its predecessor, remains massive, has too many weaknesses (including less good autonomy) for too high a price. The OnePlus 7T is also distinguished by its original design. The manufacturer opts for a circular photo module which (whatever our tastes) illustrates a certain audacity.
More compact and lighter, the OnePlus 7T is more pleasant to use on a daily basis. Its AMOLED screen has nothing to envy the best smartphones of the market, its performance reaches new heights and it retains a very good autonomy.
Only regret: the absence of wireless charging. Although the fast recharge of the Chinese OnePlus remains a reference, we would have liked to have had the choice. But considering its price, this is a shortcoming that we are ready to accept.
Finally, the OnePlus 7T shines with its software interface. With Oxygen OS, the rising brand has managed to establish itself as a benchmark in this area. Oxygen OS is fluid, fast and well thought out. The best version of Android right now. The arrival of the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro could reshuffle the cards, and raise OnePlus in this ranking and comparison of the best smartphones in 2020.
Galaxy Note 10+: stylus like never before
Launched in September 2019, the Galaxy Note 10+ remains one of the best to date smartphones of the market. Although it never stands out as the absolute benchmark (there are better photophones, more enduring models etc.), the Galaxy Note 10+ excels at all levels.
From its design to exemplary finishes to its sublime AMOLED screen through its talents as a photographer, everything seduces us on the Galaxy Note 10+. Very full, it stands out from the competition thanks to its S-Pen. Korean is the only manufacturer on the market to offer a stylus experience to the delight of aficionados.
To spoil nothing, the Galaxy Note 10+ embeds One UI, the best version of Android with Oxygen OS. Samsung has also integrated exclusive features to make the most of the S-Pen.
Its large size could represent the main obstacle to purchasing for some consumers. But for them, Samsung offers the Note 10, a more compact version but just as attractive. Below, the price comparison for this Korean smartphone.
Huawei P30 Pro: the best of Huawei with Google
Launched in early 2019, the Huawei P30 Pro remains one of the best a year later smartphones of the market. If the Chinese giant launched two other high-end models (Mate 30 Pro, P40 Pro) more recently, the lack of Google services remains an obstacle, despite the efforts of Huawei.
Behind its particularly neat design, the P30 Pro contains high-end components ensuring excellent performance and autonomy of about two days. And what about its sublime curved AMOLED screen?
Mostly, the Huawei P30 Pro is a benchmark in photography. Thanks to its four photo sensors it stands out for its versatility and the quality of the shots, including in low light. Far ahead of its time, the Huawei P30 Pro still rivals the best on the market today when its price has dropped considerably. Under Android, in terms of value for money, this device is always among the best smartphones in 2020.
Google Pixel 4 XL: king of photography
If Huawei, Apple or Samsung design very good photophones, Google pushes the limits of smartphone photography every year. Unlike its competitors, the Californian giant does not rely on the multiplication of sensors but on the processing algorithms. And it works !
With the famous Pixel 4 and 4 XL, Google further improves the already excellent photo quality on previous models. With half the number of sensors (only two), the American achieves impressive results. The sharpness, the contrasts, the colorimetry, the delicacy of the bokeh, Google perfectly masters the photo processing.
However, the presence of 2 sensors makes it lose versatility. It’s impossible, for example, to get ultra wide-angle shots, the new trend of 2019. We forgive him.
If our choice is on the Pixel 4 XL rather than the smallest model, it is primarily because of its autonomy, much too low. The Pixel 4 will have to go through the recharge box at the very end of the afternoon when the Pixel 4 XL will support more than a whole day. It’s not flamboyant, but it’s still acceptable.
For the rest, the Pixel 4 XL is efficient and integrates Motion Sense, a facial recognition technology (and movement) unprecedented on the market. Add to this an excellent OLED screen and a fluid and ergonomic interface and we get a very attractive result. It is also much more affordable than when it came out, it will satisfy smartphone photography enthusiasts. Below, price comparison tables for these best smartphones.
Google Pixel 3a: Photo Excellence at a Low Price
Aware that not all consumers can afford a smartphone for more than 600 euros each, Google launched the Pixel 3a last year, a lighter version of its excellent Pixel 3. Offered at less than 500 when it was released, it is available early 2020 for a cost below 400 euros.
For this price, you have all of Google’s photography know-how. Although it has only one sensor, Pixel 3a shoots high-quality shots and is positioned at the top of the basket. No model at this price can boast of providing such photo quality. From this point of view, it is the best smartphone in our comparison in 2020.
If the integration of a mid-range processor does not allow it to compete in terms of performance, it remains powerful enough for the most common uses. Above all, the less energy-consuming chip allows use up to two days, a great performance for such a compact model. Finally, like the other Pixels, the 3a has a version of Android designed by its creator and has exemplary update tracking.
Samsung Galaxy A51: the mid-range Deluxe
Hustled in the mid-range segment, Samsung came back in force in 2019 with six new Galaxy A. In 2020, the South Korean puts back the cover and proposes a Galaxy A51 good in all respects. Difficult to find a real fault with this compact and versatile smartphone.
Behind its premium design are hidden particularly well optimized mid-range components. The Galaxy A51 is powerful enough for everyday use, multitasking and even gaming. Its autonomy of a day and a half positions it among the very good students and One UI 2.0 stands out as one of the best versions of Android.
add to that a Super AMOLED screen of which Samsung has the secret and a very good photo quality for an Android smartphone of this range. No, really, we do not see what we could fault this Samsung Galaxy A51.
Redmi Note 8 Pro: best value for money
Landed in France in May 2018, the Chinese Xiaomi has managed to establish itself as the reference quality-price. With the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the Chinese manufacturer proves it in the best way.
Launched at less than 300 euros, this entry-level model should not be ashamed of its technical sheet, quite the contrary. Helio G90T gaming-oriented processor, LiquidCool cooling system, 4500 mAh battery and quadruple photo sensor on the back, all the standards of premium models are met here.
Daily, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is particularly effective. Without achieving the performance of smartphones high-end, it allows extensive use and even resource-intensive 3D gaming sessions without ever overheating.
Its 6.53-inch IPS LCD screen displays content in Full HD + and its autonomy of 2 days ranks it among the most enduring models on the market. Xiaomi even pays the luxury of providing an 18 W fast charger in the box.
Finally, note that its quadruple 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 megapixel photo sensor proves to be effective in good light conditions. If night shots remain average, the presence of an ultra wide-angle lens, a portrait mode and a macro mode give it welcome versatility. In short, another name that we retain in this ranking of the best smartphone in 2020.
(Bonus) Galaxy Fold : best smartphone of the future
If you follow tech news, you certainly did not miss the arrival of the Galaxy Fold, the first folding smartphone sold in France. With this model, Samsung offers a concept of tablet that folds to become a smartphone.
More recent, the Galaxy Z Flip uses the flip-flop smartphone format, plus the foldable screen. In our opinion, this second model still responds less to the needs of users and reveals more of a technological feat than anything else.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold remains a product of tomorrow, it is therefore sold at a stratospheric price of more than … 2000 euros. However, some passionate and / or wealthy users may be interested. Far from perfect, this model remains the best folding smartphone on the market at the moment. Until the Fold 2, planned for the end of 2020.
So much for our comparative guide to the best smartphones of the market in 2020. We will update this list as we go out. Xiaomi’s Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, for example, are not in this list since we haven’t tested them yet. Stay tuned to follow the news on the phones of tomorrow.
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Frequently asked questions about these smartphones
Below we have listed some of the most common questions about the best smartphones. If you have any left, don’t hesitate to ask us in the comments for more information. We carry out many tests on these phones, we will do our best to answer you.
📱 How to choose your smartphone in 2020?
While the smartphone market is invaded by Asian and American manufacturers, you have to know how to sort it out. We have set up in this comparison a selection that will allow you to find the right compromise between price, autonomy, power, photo offer or even the design and quality of the screens. So many parameters that must be taken into account to find the right product.
🏆 Who are the best phone manufacturers?
For years, Samsung and Apple are fighting a battle over who will release the best high-end smartphone. That said, they are not the only two manufacturers. In recent years, Asian outsiders have entered the market: OnePlus, Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo are real competitors. They are positioned on all ranges, from entry to the top of the range.
💡 Which operating system to choose?
Today, there are two main operating systems. On the one hand, there is iOS which is used only on the iPhone. Depending on the smartphone model you choose, there may be a different version. Older versions are not compatible with the latest version of iOS. The other manufacturers are for the majority of them under Android (Samsung, OnePlus, Xiaomi …). They use overlays to customize the interfaces.
📸 Which smartphone makes the best photos?
In recent years, the photo quality of the best smartphones has improved significantly. Some are even more efficient than conventional cameras. If Google took the advantage with its Pixel 3 then Pixel 4, it was caught up by Samsung and its Galaxy S20 and Apple and his iPhone 11 Pro. Huawei, although banned from Android, has a pretty incredible photo offer with its P40 and P40 Pro.