The year 2020 has been a difficult year, but it did not stop smartphone companies from launching some great products. We saw a plethora of phone launches amidst the ongoing pandemic, albeit virtual. Brands experimented with new technologies, fresh form factors, and new innovations. The year also saw the rise of 5G phones, and a majority of them, particularly in the premium and the affordable premium segment are powered by chipsets rocking 5G modems. We also saw some great innovations with new foldable smartphones from Samsung and swivelling phones from LG.
Like every year, there are a lot of great smartphones available at any given moment, but only a few are considered the best of the best. These phones stand out in almost all areas ranging from performance, camera, experience, and more. This year, we have a handful of phones that are nominees of the Best Phone of the Year title of our upcoming Indian Gadget Awards 2020. Check it out.
Nominees for Best Phone of the Year for the Indian Gadget Awards 2020:
- Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
- Apple iPhone 12
- Samsung Note 20 Ultra
- OPPO Find X2
- Xiaomi Mi 10
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- Motorola Edge+
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max is one of the best phones you can get right now if your wallet allows it. The top-end model of the iPhone 12 series offers one of the best camera experience you can get in a smartphone. The iPhone 12 Pro Max offers a triple-camera setup with standard wide, ultrawide, and telephoto lens that is combined with Apple’s image processing to produce some excellent results. And with the addition of a LiDAR scanner, the iPhone 12 Pro Max can click some great portraits along with other use cases. This coupled with the latest Apple A14 Bionic chipset along with a premium design and large display, is the ultimate iPhone money can buy right now.
Apple iPhone 12
Although iPhone 12 Pro Max is still restricted to a niche market, the iPhone 12 is bound for the masses. The iPhone 12 comes with some great improvements as compared to its predecessor, the iPhone 11. You get 5G connectivity, an OLED display, a retromodern build and improved performance with the new iPhone 12. The iPhone 12 strikes the right balance between price and features and surely packs a class-leading chipset. You get a reliable camera system that surpasses professional cameras, especially with the addition of native Dolby Vision HDR video capture, which is a first in a smartphone, or any other camera. The battery life has increased to a good extent over its predecessor, and you get a decent 6.1-inch screen that offers looks far better than what Apple shipped with the iPhone 11. Overall, the iPhone 12 is one of best iPhone you can get right now.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a complete package in the truest sense. You get a giant screen with 120Hz refresh rate for the smooth experience; triple-rear camera setup that is one of the most advanced camera systems available in the market right now; and the latest Exynos 990 chipset that gives you good performance in every aspect. Additionally, you get the support for S Pen to show your creative side. This coupled with good battery life, stylish design language, and tons of new features make it a performance powerhouse.
OPPO Find X2
The OPPO Find X2 is the only flagship smartphone from OPPO to launch in India this year. The handset comes loaded with a premium design language and the display seems to be one of the best you can get right now. It features a QHD+ display along with a 120Hz refresh rate, 800nits brightness, HDR10+ support, AI Adaptive Eye protection, and more. OPPO Find X2 comes with the O1 Ultra Vision Engine that enhances the video playback and reduces motion blurs. It also features dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos for an immersive audio experience. This coupled with decent camera performance and top-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, makes it probably one of the best flagship smartphones from OPPO.
Xiaomi Mi 10
With the Xiaomi Mi 10, the company made another attempt to enter the affordable flagship segment and nailed it. The smartphone is loaded with some flagship-grade features and the star of the show is the 108MP rear camera. Xiaomi has focused on the cameras this time and added a plethora of options to get the best possible camera experience from this smartphone. You get AI Pixel optimisation, new professional modes like LOG Mode, RAW Mode, 8K video recording, Movie Mode, and more. The phone is also the first from the company to come loaded with a high-refresh rate AMOLED display. This coupled with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, fast wired and wireless charging, and premium design language makes it a worthy option in its price segment.
OnePlus 8 Pro
The OnePlus 8 Pro is the best phone you can get from OnePlus. The latest smartphone from the company gives a stiff competition to the likes of Samsung and Apple with its top-of-the-line features. It is also the most expensive OnePlus smartphone ever, but the good thing is it it does not cut corners. You get a blazing fast chipset along with smooth 120Hz Fluid display along with a great set of cameras, and more. Furthermore, the latest OnePlus 8 Pro comes with super-fast wireless charging, a feature that was missing in most of its smartphone range. This coupled with ease of use of OxygenOS and reliable performance, makes it one of the best Android smartphones you can get without spending a fortune on it.
Motorola Edge+ is the first genuine flagship from the company in years. The latest smartphone is loaded with the top-grade specifications along with a beautiful design language. The waterfall display is one of the major highlights that comes with support for HDR10+ and 90Hz refresh rate. The phone gets its power from the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor that offers fast and reliable performance. It also features a triple-camera setup with 108MP primary lens that deliver some good results. However, when compared to the likes of Galaxy Note 20 Ultra or iPhone 12, it does not quite hit all the right ticks.