Top 10 Smartphones to buy in (early) 2020

Hello guys, we are gonna check out the top 10 smartphones to buy in 2020. This list is based on my personal opinion; I have tried to list them based on their price, quality, durability and more.

#1. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G

Key Specifications

Launch date : August, 2019
Storage : 256 GB/ 512 GB (Expandable upto 1 TB)
RAM : 12 GB
Processor : Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9825
Front Camera : 10 MP
Rear Camera : 12 MP + 16 MP + 12 MP + 0.3 MP
Operating System : Android 9.0
Screen size : 6.80 inches
Charging : Wireless Charging|Proprietary fast charging
Battery Capacity : 4300 mAh
Sim : Dual (nano)
Color : Aura Black, Aura Glow, Aura White.
Price : $1099 /Rs 79,000 (approx.)

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ is a super stylish smartphone that arrives with brilliant and pretty neat s-pen that dignifies the overall Note 10+ experience. It supports air gestures which will allow you to zoom camera or change volume by waving pen in air. The narrowest Note 10+ comes with biggest screen ever on Note therefore a very small bezel display. Phone has an impressive sound quality and amazing display with superior viewing experience.  Possible drawbacks would be having no headphone jack, slightly smaller battery life and being expensive.

Buy Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ on Amazon

#2. Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5G

Huawei Mate 30 Pro 5g

Key Specifications

Launch date : September, 2019
Storage : 128 GB/ 256 GB/ 512 GB
RAM : 8 GB
Processor : Octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 990
Front Camera : 32 MP
Rear Camera : 40 MP + 40 MP + 8 MP
Operating System : Android 10.0
Screen size : 6.53 inches
Charging : Wireless Charging|Proprietary fast charging
Battery capacity : 4500 mAh
Sim : Dual (nano)
Color : Space Silver, Emerald Green, Cosmic Purple,
Black, Vegan Forest Green, Vegan Orange
Price : $960 /Rs 69,000 (approx).

Huawei Mate 30 Pro is technically my favorite phone this year in terms of hardware, camera, battery and color. To start with, I love the way it looks. I thought it looks pretty good in renders but its better in-person. The asymmetrical design on the front is a little less to my liking. But Mate 30 pro has everything you desire to have in pro phones. It has top-of-the-line camera, almost as capable in the night as it is during the day. It has got the new Kirin 990 chipset and aggressive battery capacity of 4500mAh which offers 2 days of easy use.

Buy Huawei Mate 30 Pro on Amazon

#3. Samsung Galaxy S10 +

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Key Specifications

Launch date : February, 2019
Storage : 128 GB/512 GB/ 1 TB
RAM : 8 GB / 12 GB
Processor : Samsung Exynos 9820
Front Camera : 10 MP + 8 MP
Rear Camera : 12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP
Operating System : Android 9.0, upgradable to Android 10.0
Screen size : 6.40 inches
Charging : Wireless Charging|Proprietary fast charging
Battery capacity : 4100 mAh
Sim : Dual (nano)
Color : Ceramic Black, Ceramic White, Flamingo
Pink, Prism (Black/Blue/Green/White)
Price : $850 /Rs 61,000 (approx).

I can safely say that S 10+ is one of the best smartphone displays in the market, the bezels around the screen look razor thin. Samsung’s new UI software is much better than the one replaced. The camera started off good but has been consistently getting better with updates so much so that it kept track with all the phones that released after it. Finger print sensor is under the display which offers better anti-spoofing measures than traditional optical sensors. The battery life is an improvement over S9 series.

Buy Samsung Galaxy S10+ on Amazon

#4. iPhone 11 max Pro

iPhone 11 max Pro

Key Specifications

Launch date : September, 2019
Storage : 64 GB /256 GB/512 GB
RAM : 6 GB / 8 GB
Processor : Apple A13 Bionic- hexa-core
Front Camera : 12 MP
Rear Camera : 12 MP +12 MP +12 MP (auto focus)
Operating System : iOS 13
Screen size : 6.5 inches
Charging : Wireless Charging|Proprietary fast charging
Battery capacity : 3969 mAh
Sim : Sim1 (nano), Sim2 (e-sim)
Color : Gold, Midnight Green, Silver, Sp ace Grey
Price : $1452 /Rs 103,900 (approx).

Apple iPhone 11 max Pro is the Cupertino tech giant’s smartphone where every feature has a very clear purpose and works really well when compared to standard iPhone 11. The battery life is raised from slightly “below average” to literally “record breaking”.  It’s the first iPhone to come with triple camera setup. In addition to primary wide angle and tele-camera there’s now also an ultra-wide camera. But there’s also few things missing which I would like to see on a pro phone like USB-C port for better compatibility and 120 Hertz or even a 90 Hertz fluid display. A high refresh rate screen would have made it more competitive.

Buy iPhone 11 Max Pro on Amazon

#5. Huawei P30 Pro

Huawei P30 Pro

Key Specifications

Launch date : March, 2019
Storage : 128 GB/256 GB
RAM : 6 GB / 8 GB
Processor : HiSilicon Kirin 980
Front Camera : 32 MP
Rear Camera : 40 MP +20 MP +8 MP (auto focus)
OS : Android 9.0, upgradable to Android 10.0
Screen size : 6.47 inches
Charging : Wireless Charging|Proprietary fast charging
Battery capacity : 4200 mAh
Sim : Single or Dual (nano)
Color : Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal, Black.
Price : $789 /Rs 56,000 (approx).

I loved Huawei P30 pro when it came out in 2019. It has got crazy hybrid 50 times zoom feature which is so powerful that you can literally spy on what’s happening down your street. It shoots incredible night shots and can grab more details in low light. Even 11 months later, there are very few phones that can come close to the night time images it captures. It comes with huge 4200mAh battery which is excellent, lasting for about two days. The only thing that interrupt here is the U.S ban on Huawei which makes their future with google little uncertain.

Buy Huawei P30 Pro on Amazon

#6. Google Pixel 4 XL

Google Pixel 4XL

Key Specifications

Launch date : October, 2019
Storage : 128 GB/256 GB
RAM : 8 GB / 12 GB
Processor : Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 plus
Front Camera : 16 MP
Rear Camera : 48 MP +16 MP +8 MP (auto focus)
Operating System : Android 10.0, OxygenOS 10.0.4
Screen size : 6.6 inches
Charging : Wrap Charging | Proprietary fast charging
Battery capacity : 4085 mAh
Sim : Dual (nano)
Color : Haze Blue.
Price : $749 /Rs 53,600 (approx).

Google Pixel 4 XL, which to me makes a lot more sense than the Pixel 4. It feels high quality, sturdy and minimalistic. Its got a similar clear google software and a similar google camera. There are few emissions and additions that Google has decided to go with and their pixel line including some motion tracking, only two camera lenses instead of three. Google has taken a new direction to be a first phone with a square camera bump. It has got a matte rear finish combined with matte black sides and a orange colored power key which looks pretty voguish. Its slightly less good at everything but a lot cheaper with a better battery life.

Buy Google Pixel 4XL on Amazon

#7. One Plus 7T Pro

One Plus 7T Pro

Key Specifications

Launch date : October, 2019
Storage : 128 GB/256 GB
RAM : 8 GB / 12 GB
Processor : Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 plus
Front Camera : 16 MP
Rear Camera : 48 MP +16 MP +8 MP
Operating System : Oxygen OS based Android 10.0
Screen size : 6.39 inches
Charging : Wrap Charging|Proprietary fast charging
Battery capacity : 4085 mAh
Sim : Dual (nano)
Color : Frosted Silver, Glacier Blue/ Papaya Orange.
Price : $599 /Rs 42,600 (approx).

When the company started, they were in the league of their own in terms of offering the absolute best hardware at a much lower price. But recently this whole category of cut price flagship has become congested. They are no longer one of the cheapest phones to have the best hardware but they are becoming one of the better ones. This phone has got really light, fast and an up to date software plus a lot of love has gone into the display, its dazzling. As its becoming of bit of trend this year, it flew it with 90 Hertz refresh rate. Even though its far from the cheapest now, the one plus 7T Pro is a lot cheaper than lot of its competitors.

Buy One+ 7T Pro on Amazon

#8. Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

Xiaomi Mi 9 Pro

Key Specifications

Launch date : March 2019
Storage : 64 GB, 128 GB, 256 GB.
RAM : 6 GB / 8 GB.
Processor : Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 730 plus
Front Camera : 20 MP
Rear Camera : 48 MP
Operating System : Android 9.0, upgradable to Android 10.0
Screen size : 6.39 inches
Charging : Wireless |Proprietary fast charging
Battery capacity : 4000 mAh
Sim : Dual (nano)
Color : Carbon Black, Flame Red, Glacier Blue
Price : $319 /Rs 22,820 (approx).

It is one of the devices which we call a flagship killer. It is priced very competitively but at the same time it peaks a punch. It has so much power that it will make you question a need to buy a Rs 50,000 flagship device. This phone can be called as a gaming beast which comes with 6.4 inch AMOLED display that will make you feel immersed in the game that you are playing. Phone is made from glass with an aluminium frame, glass back is curved and tapered edges gives the phone an elegant look. One of the special feature of Mi 9T Pro is motorized pop-up selfie camera. Unlike other similar pop-up modules we have seen, this one is accented with eye catching LED strips. Phone comes with lightning-fast under display fingerprint reader, the solid battery life, fast charging and great cameras. Overall, Mi 9T is a feature pack upper mid range device that a lot of people would be happy with.

Buy Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro on Amazon

#9. Nokia 9 PureView

Nokia 9 PureView

Key Specifications

Launch date : February 2019
Storage : 128 GB (non-expandable)
RAM : 6 GB
Processor : Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Front Camera : 20 MP
Rear Camera : 12MP + 12MP + 12MP +12MP +12M
Operating System : Android 9.0
Screen size : 5.99 inches
Charging : Wireless | Proprietary fast charging
Battery capacity : 3320mAh
Sim : Dual (nano)
Color : Midnight Blue.
Price : $699/Rs 39,000 (approx).

The phone looks great, feels premium, has an excellent display and covers all the basics in terms of high end features. The highlight of the phone is the back camera array which is super eye-catching and definitely clicks amazing pictures I have ever seen from a smart phone. I really enjoyed the display of the phone, particularly the colors and brightness saturation however I do feel like the bezels are a bit thick. There is no option for expandable memory which is bit odd in my opinion also the fingerprint sensor was tough for me to use but i will really appreciate Nokia for trying to come up with amazing camera.  

Buy Nokia 9 PureView on Amazon

  #10. Sony Xperia 1   

Sony Xperia 1

Key Specifications

Launch date : February 2019
Storage : 128 GB (Expansion up to 512 GB)
RAM : 6 GB
Processor : Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Front Camera : 8 MP
Rear Camera : 12MP + 12MP + 12MP (auto focus)
Operating System : Android 9.0
Screen size : 6.50 inches
Charging : Wireless | Proprietary fast charging
Battery capacity : 3300mAh
Sim : Single or Dual (Nano sim)
Color : Black, Grey, Purple, White.
Price : $999/Rs 73,990 (approx).

There was a time when Sony would launch premium and crowd pleasing smartphones. Lately it had failed to gain the enough attention and popularity due to its high prices with inadequate features. But I genuinely think this is the most exiting phone Sony has launched in years. Xperia 1 is all about “4k OLED HDR 21 by 9 ultra-wide screen”. It’s basically everything you want for watching movies and playing games. It comes with a 3840 x 1644 resolution, which is crazy sharp. I really appreciate Sony for trying something a bit different and offering genuinely unique feature.

Though the phone looks tall when using in portrait mode, you won’t have much problem with this as you can swipe down from anywhere on the home screen to get to the navigation bar. There’s also an easy one handed mode feature which you can enable in settings and double tap the home button to shrink the screen. The extra height on screen is much suited for multitasking and having two apps side by side in split view. Unfortunately, there’s no headphone jack and face unlock option which is bit disappointing. The camera is not as reliable as Samsung or Apple’s and battery life is just weak.

Buy Sony Xperia 1 on Amazon

Which smartphone do you think is best for you. Do let us know in the comment.

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