Best Smartphones for July 2020 – The Complete List

This is my complete lists of best smartphones to date. In this brand new list, you will find

  • Top 5 Best premium smartphones.
  • Top 5 Best Mid-range smartphones.
  • The top 5 budget smartphones.
  • Features of smartphones that we consider to rank a smartphone.

Let’s see the lists.

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Best Smartphones in the Premium segment

This segment of the smartphone industry is the top-notch of all. This is where you get no regrets if you buy one of these devices. No compromise with any of your requirements. You will find the Flagship processor, top-notch camera quality, amazing battery and most of all the experience.

I mean, the experience or the feel you get when you use any premium phone is marvelous. It is a dream for many of us to get a premium phone one day.

I picked 5 best smartphones for this category as mentioned below.

1. iPhone 11 Pro/ Pro Max

My top pick is the Apple iPhone 11 pro. Apple Inc has been dominating the tech industry since its establishment. Now its the apple ecosystem we are talking about. Apple’s ecosystem is only till now, while other companies like Samsung are trying to make their ecosystem.

iPhone 11 Pro
Photo by David Švihovec on Unsplash

This smartphone has the most advanced processor A13 Bionic chip of Apple with Machine Learning capabilities. The new triple camera system offers a lot of functionality. 12MP Ultra Wide, Wide and Telephoto camera setup on the back. When cones to video capturing, it is one of the best.

The battery of iPhones is always less in numbers when we compare. It comes with fast charging and wireless charging capabilities. You get up to 50% charge in around 30 minutes with an 18W adapter included in the box. You get two variants of this pro series.

  • iPhone 11 Pro (5.8 inches with a 2436×1125-pixel resolution at 458 PPI and 188 grams weight)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max (6.5 inches with a 2688×1242-pixel resolution at 458 PPI and 226 grams weight)

Other specifications are the same for both of the devices.

Specifications – 

  • Processor: A13 Bionic chip
  • Camera: 12MP (ƒ/2.4 aperture and 120° field of view) +12MP (ƒ/1.8 aperture wide) + 12MP (ƒ/2.0 aperture telephoto)
  • Operating System: iOS 13
  • SIM Card: Dual SIM (nano‑SIM and eSIM)
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Battery: 3190 mAh
  • IP68 Splash, Water and Dust Resistant.

2. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Samsung launched the Galaxy S20 series last month. The Galaxy S20 Ultra is big, has 5G, 108MP camera with three other cameras, and a high refresh rate. So basically, this device is a beast with a starting price of $1399.

Samsung galaxy S20 ultra
Photo by Jonas Leupe on Unsplash

It has Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 865 SoC with Adreno 650 GPU for the USA variants and Samsung’s very own Exynos 990 SoC with Mali-G77 MP11 GPU for global variants. Three different variants based on memory –

  • 128GB internal storage 12GB RAM
  • 256GB internal storage 12GB RAM
  • 512GB internal storage 16GB RAM

Let’s come to the camera department. S20 Ultra features a massive 108 MP camera with three other cameras. You can zoom in to phenomenal 100x times, which is digitally acquired named as “Super-Resolution Zoom”, but up to 10x, it is hybrid optical zoom. The hybrid optical zoom is all because of the Periscope 48 MP sensor.

S20 Ultra comes with a huge 5000 mAh battery 45W fast charging. It also supports 15W fast Qi/PMA wireless charging and 9W wireless reverse charging. That means you can charge your other devices using this phone. For example, just place your Galaxy Watch Active on the backside of your S20 Ultra to charge.

Specifications – 

  • Processor: Exynos 990 (7 nm+) – Global or Qualcomm SM8250 Snapdragon 865 – USA
  • Camera: 108 MP ( f/1.8 with OIS) + 48 MP (f/3.5 with OIS and 10x hybrid optical zoom) + 12MP (f/2.2 ultra wide sensor) + 0.3MP (depth sensor)
  • Secondary camera: 40MP + 0.7μm
  • Operating System: One UI 2 on top of Android 10(Q)
  • Battery: 5000 mAh
  • IP68 Water and Dust Resistant.

3. HUAWEI P30 Pro

Huawei was in an odd place being banned in the USA, but how can I ignore such amazing smartphones they made.

The P30 Pro with a 6.47-inch OLED screen, rapid Kirin 980 central processor, long-lasting 4,200 mAh battery and excellent camera systems helping to deliver a premium flagship experience.

p30 pro
Image Source – Kārlis Dambrāns  on Flickr

According to Huawei “The Kirin 980 is the world’s first 7nm mobile process chipset with stronger performance and lower power consumption”. The performance of the Huawei’s Kirin 980 is compared to Qualcomm’s latest flagship processor.

Now, with Leica Quad Camera setup, this smartphone produces some amazing photography results. You get 5x optical and 10x optical zoom to click a perfect shot. The color sense is enhanced by using RGGB to RYYB technology. Which results in amazing night captures.

Specifications – 

  • Processor: HUAWEI Kirin 980 Octa-core Processor
  • Camera: 40 MP (Wide Angle Lens, f/1.6 aperture,OIS) + 20 MP (Ultra Wide Angle Lens, f/2.2 aperture) + 8 MP (Telephoto, f/3.4 aperture,OIS)
  • Secondary camera: 32 MP, f/2.0 aperture
  • Operating System: EMUI 9.1 (Based on Android 9)
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
  • RAM: 6GB/8GB
  • Batter: 4,200 mAh

4. Google Pixel 4

The Google Pixel flagship phones have a lot going for them and this time the Pixel 4 didn’t launch globally as some of the phone’s features are not supported in those regions. Driving the route again, obviously, is the camera: Google has included a second focal point this time around, which means far better shots and even photos of the stars.

Google pixel 4
Photo by Daniel Romero on Unsplash

A few cool highlights are Face Unlock, which makes it simpler than at any other time to get in your smartphone, and Motion Sense, which lets you control music playback, quiet alerts, and more with a wave of your hand. As you can see in the photo of Pixel 4, there is a huge forehead bezel, this is where Google put project SOLI technology.

With Google’s Pixel phone you can get the clean stock Android experience. Well, the Google Assistant can now do some tremendous task, which is exclusive to Pixel only. Moreover, you will get the latest updates on your pixel device before others.

Specifications – 

  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Camera : 12.2MP f/1.7 + 16MP f/2.4
  • Secondary camera : 8MP f/2.0
  • Operating System : Android 10
  • Display : 5.7 inches P-OLED, 1080 x 2280 pixels, 19:9 ratio (~444 ppi density)
  • Storage : 64GB/128GB
  • RAM : 6GB

5. OnePlus 8 Pro

Recently, last year OnePlus launched its premium flagship smartphone range. OnePlus 8 Pro is one of the best looking and optimally designed smartphone.

I have always been a fan of OnePlus. The products they deliver are always the combination of outstanding hardware and perfect software. This phone is powered by Snapdragon 865 SoC.

Oneplus 8 pro

The operating system, OxygenOS that OnePlus puts on its phones, it features some really good ideas, and somehow or another enhances the stock Android that Google provides. Put in a couple of hours utilizing it and you’ll understand.

Other flagship smartphones may beat the OnePlus 8 Pro in the camera department, but I have faith in OnePlus that very soon they will bring the best. They have drastically updated the camera department of this phone compared to last year’s OnePlus 7t Pro.

Another thing I love about OnePlus is its fast charging technology. Previously it was named Dash Charge. Now it’s called Warp charge. Whatever it named but it is one of the best fast charging technology out there in the industry.

This year, with OnePlus 8 Pro, OnePlus brings the wireless charging technology and IP68 certification. A massive 30W wireless charging dock, that you can buy to take advantage of this fast wireless charging capability.

Specifications –

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • Camera: 48MP f/1.78 + 8MP f/2.44 + 48MP f/2.2 + 5MP f/2.4
  • Secondary camera: 16MP f/2.45
  • Operating System: OxygenOS based on Android 10
  • Display: 6.78 inches
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB UFS 3.0 2-LANE
  • RAM: 8GB/12GB LPDDR5
  • Battery: 4510 mAh, Warp Charge 30T Fast Charging (5V/6A)

Best Smartphones in the Mid-range segment

This segment of the smartphone industry is what you call the “Flagship Killers”. The best possible utilization of technology and user experience at an aggressive price tag is what makes this segment.

Now, recently in India people are more interested in this category.

Obviously, who does not want a value for money product? So, after buying a phone from this range you get the vibe that – “Yes, this is best at this price point.” Well, you don’t get everything that the premium phones offer though.

Here are my best smartphone picks for this category –

1. OnePlus 7T

The company, OnePlus first brought the idea of a flagship killer phone with their OnePlus 1 on 23 April 2014. Back then they offered Snapdragon’s flagship processor just for US$299. When comes to this budget premium segment, I always prefer what OnePlus offers to other companies.

The OnePlus 7T comes with Snapdragon 855 plus Soc with a 90 Hz fluid display. You won’t face any issue with performance as they quickly update the bugs if found. I would say the software department of OnePlus is one of the best you get.

oneplus 7t

The triple camera setup at the back, work in concert for versatility, clarity, and correct color reproduction. Both day and night photographs are simply amazing.

The battery capacity of 3800 mAh with Warp Charge 30T power brick, charges the phone up to 70% in just 30 minutes.

Specifications – 

  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • Camera : 48 MP f/1.6 + 12 MP f/2.2 Telephoto Lens+ 16 MP f/2.2 Wide Angle Lens
  • Secondary camera : 16MP f/2.0
  • Operating System : OxygenOS based on Android 10
  • Display : 6.55 inches AMOLED 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Storage : 128GB/256GB UFS 3.0 2-LANE
  • RAM : 8GB LPDDR4X
  • Battery: 3800 mAh

2. Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite

You like Samsung phones and always wanted to buy a flagship of Samsung but you’re short on budget. Now, you can get the Galaxy S10 Lite, and trust me you won’t get disappointed. From Flagship grade performance to stunning camera, it’s a complete Samsung experience package.

Galaxy s10 lite

The Galaxy S10 Lite comes with Snapdragon 855 SoC. Usually, I don’t prefer non-premium Samsung phones, because Samsung put their Exynos processors. But this one is a bit different.

Three pro-grade camera sensors at the back capture stunning landscapes. A macro sensor is also there to uncover the finest details. This phone comes with a Super Steady Mode for smooth and steady video capture, basically the OIS.

A massive 4500 mAh battery is housed with fast charging support.

Specifications – 

  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Camera : 48MP (f/2.0) Main Camera with 2x Crop Zoom + 12MP (f/2.2) Ultra wide Camera + 5MP (f/2.4) Macro Camera
  • Secondary camera : 32MP (f/2.2)
  • Operating System : Android 10
  • Display : 6.67 inches Super AMOLED
  • Storage : 128GB
  • RAM : 8GB
  • Battery: 4500 mAh

3. iQOO 3

iQOO is a smartphone company that I never heard before until they launched iQOO 3 in India. Featuring the latest Snapdragon 865 processor, 8 GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and a quad-camera arrangement, this iQOO phone is an extraordinary gadget. Having updated all the components and some interesting ideas, this phone earned a position on my best smartphones list.

This iQOO3 is powered by the Snapdragon 865 processor. This Flagship processor features a 7 nm chipset and is equipped with the A77 architecture, which ensures blazing-fast performance. This new smartphone from iQOO houses the latest LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 storage. So, performance is not an issue here.

IQOO 3

With a quad-camera arrangement at the back, this phone lets you click decent pictures effortlessly.

Another main highlight of the phone is “Monster Touch buttons” on the right edge. There are two touch-sensitive buttons placed, which are excellent for gaming use cases.

The iQOO 3 packs a 4440 mAh battery and 55W SUPER FlashCharge technology. The massive 55W guarantees your phone’s battery is charged up by 50% in pretty much 15 minutes. The Capsule data cable ensures no compromise with your gaming performance while charging the phone.

All I can say about this phone is that this is a completely updated and user-friendly smartphone in early 2020.

Specifications – 

  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • Camera : 48MP + 13MP (Telephoto-20X Digital ZOOM) +13MP (Wide Angle)+ 2MP (Bokeh)
  • Secondary camera : 16MP f/2.45
  • Operating System : iQOO UI 1.0 based on Android 10.0
  • Display : 6.67 inches Super AMOLED
  • Storage : 128GB/256GB
  • RAM : 8GB/12GB
  • Battery : 4440mAh

4. Realme X50 Pro

Realme has a pretty good grip on the budget segment of the smartphone market. Recently they came forward to this mid-range section with Realme X2 Pro. Their latest X50 Pro offers brilliant potential.

realme x50 pro

Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 processor, the Realme X50 Pro can reach clock speeds of up to 2.84 GHz. Also, this smartphone features the first-ever updatable GPU driver on a mobile. When comes to performance, with the latest LPDDR5 RAM this smartphone can be a real deal.

X20 Pro’s battery capacity of 4200 mAh can be charged with an enormous 65W charger, which Realme calls Super Dart Charge. Realme claims that with only 3 minutes of charge is enough for a 100-minute movie to watch. Though to complete 100% charge it takes only 35 minutes. This phone also supports 18W QC/PD charging and 30W Flash Charge, making it even handier.

The Realme X50 Pro comes with a quad-camera at back and dual camera at the front. Whatever the object is, you have a lens to capture it flawlessly. The Ultra Nightscape Mode ensures beautiful pictures at night. To stabilize the video, UIS is used.

And again, this phone also made to attract the mobile gaming community. With five-dimensional Vapor Cooling System enables higher heat draining securing high performance all the time, even while heavy gaming.

Specifications – 

  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
  • Camera : 64MP + 12MP + 8MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera : 32MP + 8MP
  • Operating System : realme UI based on Android 10
  • Display : 6.44 inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED
  • Storage : 128GB/256GB UFS 3.0+Turbo write+HPB
  • RAM : 6GB/8GB/12GB LPDDR5 Quad-channel
  • Battery: 4200 mAh

5. Asus ROG Phone II

Here comes the true gaming phone Asus.

Housing the 2.96 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus SoC and the Adreno 640 GPU, ROG Phone II will boost your gaming experience to the next level. This smartphone’s fast processor, along with the UFS 3.0 storage, will ensure a smooth, consistent, stable, and lag-free smartphone experience.

ROG phone II

This smartphone is designed with an efficient and 3D vapor chamber cooling, along with a multi-layer copper heat spreader. It is built to deal with thermal throttle via the functional heat vents situated on the back of the phone.

Thanks to its high-capacity 6000 mAh battery, you can now be gaming without worrying about running out of juice. Supports the ASUS ROG HyperCharge for the fast-charge of the device. It also supports USB-PD which allows you to plug in any high Fast USB-C chargers easily.

On the other hand, It also supports dual USB-C ports. With this specification, you can charge (up to 30 W) on either of the ports and even connect other supported peripherals at the same time.

Though it is a gaming phone, the dual-camera system will let you capture decent photographs, I would say.

You can buy these extra add-ons like Kunai GamePadTwinView dockAeroActive CoolerPro Dock, etc to experience God like Gaming.

Specifications – 

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • Camera: 48MP + 13MP
  • Secondary camera: 24MP
  • Operating System: ROG UI based on Android 9
  • Display: 6.59 inch Full HD+ AMOLED
  • Storage: 128 GB UFS 3.0
  • RAM: 8GB LPDDR4X
  • Battery: 6000 mAh

Best Smartphones in the Budget segment

So, You are too tight on your budget and don’t want to regret after buying a smartphone.

Let me pick the top budget smartphones for you.

This list shows the phones respective to ascending order of price.

1. Realme C2(3GB) – Best Smartphone under 7,000 Rupees

Why Realme over others? My answer to this question is that Realme pushes updates faster and relatively high performance than the rest. Realme C2 is powered by a 2.0 GHz MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor. 

realme c2

Having endured about 10000 drop tests, 10000 USB tests and 10000 button tests, this phone is pretty sturdy. It packed with the Corning Gorilla Glass and is also splash- and sweat-proof.

Specifications – 

  • Processor : MediaTek P22 Octa Core 2.0 GHz
  • Camera : 13MP + 2MP
  • Secondary camera : 5MP
  • Operating System : ColorOS 6.0 (Based on Android 9.0)
  • Display : 6.1 inch HD+
  • Storage : 32GB
  • RAM : 3GB
  • Battery : 4000mAh

2. Redmi Note 7 Pro(4GB) – Best Smartphone under 10,000 Rupees

Redmi dominates the Budget Smartphone section in India. The best of the Smartphones you find, which falls under this category are from Redmi. This Redmi Note 7 Pro is powered by a 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 processor and 4 GB of RAM, which lets you experience flawless performance and control.

redmi note 7 pro best smartphone under 10000

With a dual-rear camera and features like Face Unlock and 4K Video Recording, the Redmi Note 7 Pro truly puts a new spin on your smartphone experience. 

Specifications – 

  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 675
  • Camera : 48MP + 5MP
  • Secondary camera : 13MP
  • Operating System : MIUI 11 (Based on Android 9.0)
  • Display : 6.3 inch FHD+
  • Storage : 64GB
  • RAM : 4GB
  • Battery : 4000mAh

3. Vivo Z1 Pro(4GB) – Best Smartphone under 13,000 Rupees

vivo z1 pro

Vivo is making some quality products these days. Unlike their old days, They are putting some decent hardware in their devices. This Vivo Z1 Pro housing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE processor and 4 GB of RAM, can handle any task seamlessly. 

Powered by a 5000-mAh battery, this phone has enough juice to give you 2 days of usage. Also, it supports the OTG reverse charging function.

Specifications – 

  • Processor : Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 AIE
  • Camera : 16MP + 2MP + 8MP
  • Secondary camera : 32MP
  • Operating System : Funtouch OS 9.0 based on Android 9.0
  • Display : 6.53 inch FHD+
  • Storage : 64GB
  • RAM : 4GB
  • Battery : 5000mAh

4. POCO F1(6/128GB) – Best Smartphone under 15,000 Rupees

Okay! Now, this phone is the Flagship Killer. Better if I use the term the Budget King. 

You get the Flagship 800 series processor from Snapdragon powering POCO F1. The POCO F1 is packed with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, supported by 6 GB of LPDDR4X RAM.

It is integrated with a LiquidCool Technology that allows the device to sustain peak performance as long as you need it.

POCO f1

On the back, it has an AI dual camera setup. The main camera sensor highlights Dual Pixel Autofocus and Multi-frame noise reduction technology. On the front, it features a 20 MP sensor and IR Face unlock.

POCO F1 also sports of a 4000 mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0 to keep you going all day long.

Specifications – 

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 84
  • Camera : 12MP + 5MP
  • Secondary camera: 20MP
  • Operating System: MIUI for POCO
  • Display : 6.18 inch FHD+ IPS LCD
  • Storage : 128GB
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Battery : 4000mAh

I wanted to feature another smartphone for this category, but after the last entry of POCO F1, I don’t find any successor. If I pick any other phone after this then it would be showing disrespect for an amazing product like POCO F1, which comes at this range. 

Conclusion

By this time, you must have realized that, the basis on which I am ranking the phones.It is obvious that Performance, power utilization, camera quality and in essence of user experience is the main highlight.

My idea to provide these lists is not to make you buy one of these phones, but instead, provide you with the information for what you’re getting for the price you’re going to invest.

Moreover, your intuition and reasoning skills will have a base to find the smartphone you want using all these lists.

Whenever new phones released and compete with the phones mentioned here, we’re going to update and provide you the best out there.

So, which of these phones grabbed your attention? What is your Best Smartphone for the day?

About Rupjyoti

A Programmer and Developer. He loves to work on recent trends in Computer Science. Moreover, he is the creator of ETECHDNA. He helps others to make their online presence.

2 thoughts on “Best Smartphones for July 2020 – The Complete List”

  1. For me, iQOO 3 is the best smartphone in the midrange segment atleast for the time being.
    And for the budget segment under ₹15000, I agree with you about Poco F1.
    ?

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    • Yes, iQOO3 has the potential to be the best smartphone in the mid-range segment. Let’s see how iQOO confronts all other factors like user experience and post-sales services.

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