The year 2020 has been a tough year all around but this has not barred smartphone manufacturers from launching new awesome products. Most of the smartphones after being tested, have come out as good and worth recommending, disregard of their price. It is really difficult when it comes to picking the best of the best.
To give details about the best smartphones of 2020, we have broken it into the most popular categories and picked a winner in each of them. It is not necessary that winners are the most expensive flagships, although a few are, but we picked the smartphones which have performed exceedingly well in terms of competition.
Best Camera Smartphone 2020 (iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max)
In this category, selecting a winner is tough. Samsung’s impressive 100x Space Zoom in the Galaxy S20 Ultra is difficult to let go but the ultimate winners are the iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max because of one extraordinary feature like Dolby Vision HDR video recording.
The Pro models in the iPhone 12 series are consistent and reliable performers in terms of shooting stills and video. They have excellent image quality, wide dynamic range and the spot on autofocus. The iPhone 12 Pro Max comes with a bigger sensor and with a more advanced stabilisation system, which does not click better pictures in the daytime but make images captured in low-light a much easier. Both the phones also come with LiDAR scanners which helps in nailing the focus for close-up and low-light photography.
Best Gaming Smartphone 2020 (Asus ROG Phone 3)
Any mobile phone having a Qualcomm 700-series processor and above MediaTek SoC can be considered suitable for gaming and multi-tasking because even the demanding titles are very playable on such smartphones. However, the best gaming smartphone must have gaming-specific features which could give an advantage when you are playing a game competitively.
If we talk about gaming smartphones then we came across only one name and that is the Asus ROG Phone 3. Asus has managed to enhance the already successful formula of the ROG Phone 2 and by making this third revision sleeker and even more powerful. It is among the few phones in India with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ SoC which is the most powerful chip available for Android phones in 2020.
The gaming-specific features of this phone included an AMOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate. Apart from this, it comes with improved cooling, cutting-edge RAM and storage technologies, more feature-rich Air Triggers, a variety of accessories and RGB lighting. Apart from the excellent gaming features, the Asus ROG Phone 3 performed general-purpose duties too very well, giving a very good battery life and cameras to boot.
Best Ergonomic Smartphone 2020 (iPhone 12 mini)
The phone which topped in this category is iPhone 12 mini and is currently the best option available in India. Basically it is an iPhone 12 with a smaller body and this is something many people have been waiting for.
You can compromise a bit on battery life since it has such a small space. After keeping all the things in mind, this is not a big deal-breaker considering the great cameras, speedy performance and all which you get such as proper water-proofing and wireless charging.
Best Productive Smartphone 2020 (Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G)
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G is simply among the finest Note experience which Samsung has delivered till date. The S Pen has many features including the cameras with top-notch, and overall design simply looks premium, especially in the Mystic Bronze colour.
Samsung is way ahead in terms of successfully developing the hardware and software in order to make a stylus useful and that too with one of its most expensive offerings.
Best Value for Money Smartphone 2020 (OnePlus Nord)
Value for money is a very subjective topic and the phone which offered good hardware at a relatively low price and could be considered as future-proof is the OnePlus Nord.
Its price range starts from Rs. 25000 to Rs. 30000. It provides a lot of flagship-level features in a well-made and good-looking body. It also has 5G which is all set for future high-speed networks. The display is good, and the cameras are versatile. It has a very excellent battery life.
Best Battery Life Smartphone 2020 (Samsung Galaxy M51)
Having excellent battery life without compromising with the display and SoC is the sign of a successful smartphone and the Samsung Galaxy M51 is one of them.
It is backed by a 7000mAh battery. The phone lasts up for two full days before you even think of charging it. Samsung has not compromised much in other areas and features a large, high-resolution AMOLED display. It is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G SoC hence making it a powerful smartphone for even demanding apps and games.
Most Popular Smartphone 2020 (Redmi Note 9 Pro)
Xiaomi’s Redmi Note series phones have been overachievers usually and often been very high in demand because of its great hardware and very aggressive pricing. The Redmi Note 9 Pro is turning out to be the most popular smartphone in 2020.
It is certainly not perfect and lacks many of the features which we would like to have today like a 90Hz display and fast charging. It launched back in May and Xiaomi’s aggressive pricing coupled with the then-unique design helped it to stand out. Apart from this, the powerful specifications, decent cameras for daylight shooting and a strong battery life made it very popular in this segment.