2020 has in many ways been an unusual year. The global pandemic threw a wrench in the implementation of plans of smartphone brands, especially in countries where a total lock-in was imposed on all forms of non-important economic activity. However, these obstacles were not enough to sustain the strong momentum in the smartphone industry that witnessed an almost normal release schedule – although production and sales worldwide were undoubtedly affected. Despite this handicap, the smartphone industry saw great innovation and some of the best smartphones to buy in 2020. If you had to choose your absolute favorite smartphone for 2020, which would it be? Let’s discuss!
CES 2020, which was the first and last major technical event to take place this year, inaugurated the accursed year with some great launches. At the tech gala, OnePlus presented the Concept One, an overhauled version of the OnePus 7T Pro McLaren Edition, but with an invisible camera module on the back. Samsung dipped its feet in the affordable flagship power with the Galaxy S1
In February, Samsung announced its first vertically foldable phone – the Galaxy Z Flip – alongside the Galaxy S20 series, which featured Samsung’s 108MP cameras and up to 100x hybrid zoom using the Periscope camera on the Galaxy S20 Ultra. Meanwhile, OPPO, the largest company from China’s BBK Electronics Corporation, announced Find X2 and Find X2 Pro with stunning display and cameras. Right after Huawei announced this year’s camera-centric flagship – the Huawei P40 series.
At the same time, budget brands like Xiaomi and OnePlus left their comfort zone for flagship killers and moved closer to real flagships with devices like the Mi 10 Pro and OnePlus 8 Pro. Meanwhile, relatively affordable brands jumped on the 5G bandwagon with devices such as the Realme X50 Pro and iQOO 3. Xiaomi’s beloved POCO brand eventually re-emerged with the POCO X2 and then launched the POCO F2 Pro after almost two years of waiting.
As the doomed year progressed, smartphone brands continued tirelessly and announced some great devices. Samsung launched its flagships for the second half of 2020, including the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, as well as the next generation foldable phablet – the Galaxy Z Fold 2, which happens to be the best phone in my opinion.
Google launched its second affordable Pixel – Pixel 4a. A few months later, the technology giant unveiled the much-improved Pixel 4a 5G along with the company’s first flagship Pixel without a flagship chipset – the Pixel 5.
And in case you missed it, XDA also launched its first phone, and it runs either LineageOS or Ubuntu Touch OS out-of-the-box. Developed in collaboration with F (x) tec and called Pro1-X, the smartphone exceeded the 10X crowdfunding target.
When it came to regular brands, OnePlus came up with news and dominated the marketing scene with OnePlus Nord – their first non-flagship device since OnePlus X. Later that year, they launched the OnePlus 8T with a more conservative flagship killer engine design and good performance. Meanwhile, Samsung launched its improved flagship killer – Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) to compete with the likes of OnePlus. Vivo also brought optical image stabilization inspired by Gimbals with the Vivo X50 Pro.
Technologies, especially fast charging, also received enormous attention in 2020. While 65 W fast charging was made common by devices such as OPPO Reno 4 Pro, Realme X50 Pro and OnePlus 8T, OPPO also announced its 125 W GaN fast charging sister company iQOO became the first brand to launch a smartphone with 120W fast charging technology. Variable refresh rate (VRR) technology was also seen on devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra and Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro. All of these provide good choices for people’s favorite smartphone.
Of course, there were many other amazing smartphones launched this year, and we have not even started talking about Xiaomi’s obsession with number 9. But if you could just pick one phone out of the whole party, which would it be?
Comment with your favorite smartphone in 2020 and let us know why!