Best Android Phones: May 2020


In our sequence of finest product guides, right here’s the newest replace to our really useful Android Smartphone record. All numbers within the textual content are up to date to mirror pricing on the time of writing (June 30th).

We’ve practically accomplished the spring launch cycle of units, and which means that most distributors have now launched their flagship units for 2020, introducing model new telephones with the latest applied sciences to the market.

The brand new gadget era considerably combine up the aggressive panorama, and it seems to be like 2020’s flagship telephones are all about excessive refresh-rate screens in addition to new complicated digicam setups.

Samsung was amongst the primary to launch their merchandise in 2020, with the Galaxy S20’s showcasing the corporate’s new digicam era, and attempting to one-up the ecosystem with the tremendous high-end Galaxy S20 Extremely. Over weeks following that we noticed outstandingly good units from Xiaomi, Huawei, LG, and particularly OnePlus. The brand new OnePlus eight Professional actually modified issues up for the corporate as the brand new gadget can not be known as a “flagship-killer”, however relatively an outright flagship – with no compromises in options, but in addition with the next price ticket.

Let’s evaluation which units make most sense at this cut-off date within the yr, throughout completely different worth segments:

On the top-end, it seems to be like OnePlus’ selection of truly delivering a flagship this yr has paid off, because it’s our best choice when it comes to the very best no-compromise Android cellphone on the market. Samsung’s S20 sequence are nonetheless respectable, and the smaller S20 remains to be the one viable possibility in its form-factor.

On the mid-range, ever because the new 2020 upgraded A-series, Samsung competitiveness on this vary has drastically improved over previous iterations, and the brand new A71 and A51 appear extraordinarily well-balanced telephones sporting a ton of options for affordable costs..

When it comes to this month’s replace, we’ve changed the low-end selection with Xiaomi’s brand-new Redmi Word 9 Professional which was solely launched a number of weeks in the past.

Finest Flagship Units:  OnePlus eight Professional & Galaxy S20/S20+

The high-end flagship market is the place issues have modified probably the most over the previous few months. There had been some actually massive expectations with this era of telephones, however the one vendor that personally stunned me probably the most when it comes to seemingly with the ability to ship the very best all-round package deal was OnePlus, within the type of the brand new eight Professional.

Learn: Our OnePlus 8 & 8 Pro Review


The OnePlus eight Professional primarily checks each single function field in a cellphone right this moment, starting from a brand new era 1440p 120Hz to a brand new Snapdragon 865 that gives the very best efficiency and energy effectivity amongst Android units right this moment.

The cellphone’s new design – though some would name it perhaps boring or uninspiring, is for my part a superb evolution over final yr’s 7 Professional because it’s now extra light-weight and thinner.

Significantly on the digicam aspect we noticed OnePlus shock us with a digicam setup that not solely retains up with the competitors, however controversial is amongst the best implementations this year so far.

The largest argument for the OnePlus eight Professional is that even at the next worth level than typical, beginning at $/€899, it’s a significantly better worth cellphone than the rest on the market as primarily it has no apparent weak spot. Significantly European and different markets the place Samsung gives the Exynos 990 S20’s, the OnePlus eight Professional with its Snapdragon chip appears a significantly better selection.

Learn: Our Galaxy S20+/S20 Ultra Review


Samsung this yr made a giant kerfuffle with its new S20 sequence, significantly the ultra-high-end Galaxy S20 Extremely and its digicam capabilities. Sadly, I don’t actually assume the Extremely was capable of carve itself anywhere available in the market, particularly at its $1399 worth level.

The S20+ and S20 however appear fairly affordable units. From a {hardware} perspective, these are glorious telephones, however Samsung’s digicam software program processing this yr actually held their potential again. Particularly the Exynos 990 primarily based variants of the S20 sequence are worse units, incurring efficiency and effectivity compromises in comparison with the Snapdragon 865 fashions in markets such because the US.

Nonetheless, they’re good telephones, even when outshone by the OnePlus eight Professional. The smaller Galaxy S20 significantly stays fairly a uncommon gadget available in the market as there’s not many distributors left placing out flagship telephones in such form-factors, and costs have already began dropping because the S20 may be had for 699€ should you go for the 4G model.

Finest Mid Vary Smartphones: Galaxy A71 – Maintain eye out for 5G variant

Within the mid-range, often it’s all the time been one of many Chinese language distributors who held the highest place right here when it comes to providing the very best worth proposition smartphones. Samsung’s newest 2020 iterations of the A-series seemingly modifications this case, and the brand new Galaxy A71 is uncharacteristically a fairly aggressive cellphone for the corporate.


Sporting a Snapdragon 730 SoC within the 4G variant, the cellphone nonetheless gives loads of efficiency for every-day duties in addition to gentle gaming. What’s actually convincing concerning the A71 is the remainder of the options of the cellphone. The 6.7” OLED screens with a 2400 x 1080 decision delivers on what you’d count on, and there’s a correspondingly massive 4500mAh battery for a cellphone this measurement.

The digicam setup is powered by a 64MP foremost sensor that seemingly is of the identical massive 1/1.72” measurement and capabilities because the secondary wide-angle of the Galaxy S20, capable of seize glorious daylight footage in addition to low-light, augmented by computational pictures Evening Mode. A 12MP ultra-wide is the secondary correct digicam unit, and we see two further 5MP sensors for restricted use-cases corresponding to macro pictures and depth sensing.

The largest draw-back of the A71 proper now’s that seemingly it’s not at present formally out there within the US, and meaning you’re relegated to purchasing the worldwide fashions (with no help for Verizon networks) – at round $399. In Europe, it’s at present out there for 369€.

The lately introduced 5G variants of the A71 and A51 improve the SoC from the Snapdragon 730 to a more recent Exynos 980 which ought to deliver a really massive efficiency increase in addition to clearly 5G connectivity. We’ll have to attend a number of extra months for availability of those fashions, however they seemingly will provide the identical form of worth than the 4G variants.


Finest Finances Smartphone: Xiaomi Redmi Word 9 Professional

This class of units may be very onerous for me to write down about as a result of sheer measurement of the market and explicit regional segmentation. Particularly the US market is totally barren of viable choices as a result of the truth that many OEMs don’t formally launch their merchandise on this area. That is extremely irritating because it’s on this price range phase the place we see the overwhelming majority of competitors from Asian distributors, offering a number of the extra unbelievable worth propositions.

Customers who’re on CDMA carriers (Verizon, Dash) are simply pure out of luck. It’s a tricky scenario and sadly as a result of geopolitical in addition to dangerous US service scenario I feel the very best sub-$200 telephones are most likely refurbished earlier era flagship units.


Within the month of Could, we changed our low-end suggestion from the Redmi Word eight Professional to the newly released Redmi Note 9 Pro and proceed this suggestion by June. Like its predecessor, it brings to the desk some unbelievable worth at a worth level of at present solely 269€. The brand new cellphone upgrades the SoC to a Snapdragon 720 which homes two Cortex-A76 cores as its efficiency cores, paired with 6GB of LPDDR4X. The one actual factor actually betraying the cellphone as a low-end unit is the truth that it nonetheless homes an LCD IPS show in a time the place most have transitioned to OLED screens.

The digicam system is dominated by a brand new 64MP foremost digicam sensor that punches far above its weight on this worth phase. There’s additionally an 8MP ultra-wide-angle lens in addition to a 5MP macro lens; these latter two aren’t of the highest quality however hey, at this worth we gained’t complain. Lastly, the 5020mAh battery rounds this cellphone off as a fairly excellent worth proposition and Xiaomi actually steals the highlight but once more additionally on this phase. The very best factor concerning the Word 9 Professional is the truth that’s it’s available within the US and Europe on Amazon which makes it a simple buy.


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