If you’re in the market for a new mobile phone, it can be hard to know where to start. The marketplace is saturated with an overwhelming number of options, at every price point. Whether you’re looking for the best phones on the market or you’re after a budget option, it’s vital that you do as much research as possible. What’s more, you must establish some criteria to help make your decision easier.
The following list contains some of the best phones that have been available throughout 2020. We have outlined phones at different prices, from the highest performers to the value options. The main factors taken into account are value for money, performance, ease of use, camera quality, and battery life.
It’s important to note that prices vary significantly depending on your purchase deal. If you buy from your service provider, you may get a discount for signing up for a specific contract. For example, an unlimited data sim package might have a different price point to a more limited option.
Make sure to take a look through this list comparing the top mobile phones of 2020 before making your final decision.
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
The most recent elite smartphone release from Samsung is the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. As a premium device, this phone is high performing but pricey. It has a myriad of amazing features, a high-resolution screen (1440 x 3088), and comes equipped with the S Pen stylus.
This phone typically retails at around £1,200, making it one of the most expensive options on this list. However, if you like a high-performance phone, this could be a great option.
The triple rear cameras are 108MP, 12MP, and 12MP. The front camera is 10MP.
With a 4,500mAh battery, you can expect a good runtime from a full charge.
2. One Plus 8 Pro
The One Plus 8 Pro is, without doubt, one of the phones of the year. While its features can compete with the biggest names of the smartphone industry, you can pick up a One Plus at a lower price.
The standard price for a One Plus 8 Pro is around £900.
This phone is a great performer and it’s backed up with a lightning-fast refresh rate (up to 120Hz). Performance settings can be adjusted to optimize battery life. With the right settings, users can expect 11 hours of battery life from a full charge.
The camera specs are as follows:
Rear cameras: 48MP wide, 48MP ultrawide, 8MP 3X telephoto, and 5MP color filter.
Front camera: 16MP.
3. iPhone 11
It’s hard to put together a list of the year’s best phones without including an iPhone model of some sort.
As far as iPhones go, this device is very reasonably priced, starting out at around £699.
Although the 6.1 inch LCD screen doesn’t live up to the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra or the One Plus 8 Pro, the iPhone 11 boasts a powerful processor and good battery life.
The iPhone 11 is built with a dual rear camera and an excellent front camera. Both have a night mode, allowing for quality low-light photos. Here are the specs:
Rear camera: 12MP wide and 12MP ultrawide.
Front camera: 12MP.
4. Google Pixel 4a
The Pixel 4a from Google packs a serious punch for a more budget-friendly phone option. It’s Snapdragon 730G chipset means that it stands up to some of the market leaders with regard to performance.
At a price point of around £400, it’s tough to beat the Pixel 4a as a mid-priced all-round phone.
The one knock on the 4a, when compared to more expensive options, is the battery life. It can’t compete with any of the phones mentioned above.
The camera is high performing for the price. Here are some further details:
Rear camera: 12.2MP.
Front camera: 8MP.
5. Sony Xperia 5 II
This phone is a more affordable version of the flagship Sony Xperia 1 II. At around £950, the Xperia 5 II is by no means cheap. However, there is a lot of bang for your buck with this model.
The phone doesn’t lack power, has a beautiful 6.1-inch screen, and a rapid refresh rate (120Hz). While it doesn’t quite match the more impressive counterpart, the Xperia 1 II, you probably won’t notice the difference. Unless you’re a technology fanatic, this is a much better value option.
The 4,000mAh battery provides long life, even with frequent use.
Sony is becoming renowned for its camera excellence. The specs of the Sony Xperia 5 II are:
Rear camera: 12MP, 12MP, and 12MP.
Front camera: 8MP.