I am lucky enough to get my hands on and review hundreds of different smartphones and, as a result, I often get asked by a lot of you guys, what’s the best smartphone what’s good for camera, what’s good for battery etc. So, instead of answering everyone individually, I thought what I would do as we come up to the turn of the year. I would go over my top 5 smartphones that are available to buy right now and going into early 2020, and we would go over 5 upcoming smartphones in early 2020 that you might possibly want to wait for if you’re not quite sold on that’s available. Right now, and if that’s not enough I’m, also going to chuck in two more smartphones that deserve a mention but didn’t quite make the list and I’ve got the giveaway announcement. So without further ado, let’s get straight to it. Music right now, you may or may not have seen my video a couple of weeks ago on my top seven smartphones that you might never have known, existed the underdog story, if you will the non flagships that didn’t get the line like they deserved, and I strongly Recommend you watching that after this video, if you’re interested in that, but in today’s video it’s, all about the big hitters, they will range in price, but they all have a big reputation so straight into it. The first phone on the list is the latest in a series which is often referred to as the pinnacle of the Android smartphone world.
No compromises full featured pure unadulterated flagship. It is, of course, the Samsung Galaxy Note, 10 time with the note 10. They actually split the device into two tiers and move that at the time, and still now, I didn’t and don’t think was a is a great idea, but out sort of that and the fact that they didn’t increase the display refresh rate from 60 Hertz to match The likes of 1 plus and a Zeus of real me, this phone is true beast Snapdragon 855 or the in house Exodus, 9, 8 to 5 up to 12 gigabytes of RAM 512 gigabytes of storage and a micro SD card slot for additional external storage. It’S got an industry leading 6.8 inch, quad HD, dynamic AMOLED display a hefty 4300 mAh battery capacity with wireless charging, power share and up to 45 watts fast charging, which is crazy, quick great stereo speakers, ip68, water and dust resistant and a camera that, while not the Best in every situation performs very solidly across the board and gives you great customization that will suit a lot of people it’s, also the only real, solid device on the market that comes with stylus integration. The s pen allows you to control music, take photos and much much more, all with the stroke of a pen or an air gesture which, as I stated in my launch, video over in New York I’m. Not a massive fan of you also have the added bonus of Dex compatibility.
So if you want to hook your phone up to a monitor for that almost full office experience, you can do that. One final feature that’s a little bit bittersweet for me is software. I love Samsung’s 1u. I what they’ve done with it, how they’ve changed it from recent TouchWiz etc is brilliant, but with all Samsung devices they are late to upgrade that software. The note 10 range launched almost that pretty much the same time as Android 10. Yet it launched with Android 9 and you won’t be seeing Android 10 until probably spring in 2020. If other Samsung devices are anything to go by so it’s a beautiful looking phone and if you don’t mind the punch hole cut out all the substantial price tag. It’S, a full featured powerhouse that’s, really hard to argue against next up is the latest and greatest from a company who kind of started up as a bit of a cult brand, with a focus to deliver the best possible smartphone for the best possible price to change. The status quo in the industry shake things up and upset the applecart with the big boys. I am, of course, talking about oneplus smi is on and the landscape has changed slightly for them. As with a continuous rise in price, they can no longer really be classed as a flagship killer, but there’s one thing for sure: they now make killer flood ships, yeah flagship killer, killer yeah. So in this video I am of course talking about the one 70 pro but it’s the McLaren Edition we’ve got here, which is the pinnacle with a few shortcomings like no wireless charging and no IP rating to drive the price down a little.
There is still so much phone here for the price that still just about undercuts the competition it’s, not dragon, eight, five, five plus twelve gigabytes of RAM and IMAX 256 gigabytes of storage. Now a key selling feature with this device is, of course, the much hyped 6.67 quad HD plus Samsung fluid AMOLED display, with his 19 Hertz refresh rate and buttery smooth oxygen OS over the top of Android 10. It is my favorite phone to use to navigate through social media browse the Internet and just generally use the phone as a phone really by a mile, if it’s triple camera setup, comprising of a wide telephoto and ultra wide angle lens, which is good, but not industry. Leading was better at point and shoot speed like the pixel, for this would probably be my daily Drive well into next year and with its max 4k at 60 frames. A second capabilities, video again does the job for most people, but it can’t really match what Apple have done with the iPhone range. The 70 Pro McLaren Edition is propped up by a 4000 and 85 million power battery with walk charge, 30 T providing in full day’s use in about 30 minutes charge, and this combined with ufs 3.0 stereo speakers it’s a hell of a phone now from a company That provided flagship killers, we’re gon na, go to the complete opposite Apple, the traditional flagship provider, great products for some people, not everybody, but everybody can agree that they price themselves right at the top end, rightly or wrongly, but the phone I’m actually talking about today is Not believe it or not their latest flagship it’s, not the iPhone 11 Pro or the 11pro Maxx, which I do use a lot alongside my Android contingent.
The phone I’m talking about is the standard iPhone 11 and that’s because starting from 729 pounds in the UK, it’s not cheap, but it’s significantly cheaper than the pro and the pro max with not a great deal of compromise. The only real camera sacrifice from the pro model is the lack of a telephoto lens, but you still get the primary and the ultra wide angle, which I personally think is the two lenses that I would choose over a telephoto lens subjectively. It takes some of the best photos around and is particularly popular for great landscape shots with good HDR and it’s portrait shots and selfies, but objectively, the iPhone 11 range has the best video capture capabilities of any smartphone on the planet for cat 60 frames. A second on both the rear and the front cameras is the highest available at the time of recording this video and the audio quality is really excellent as well. If you are a pro video, ography and you’re looking to add some quick shots using just your smartphone, if you don’t have your proper DSLR, for example on you, then can’t look past the iPhone 11 range for that need. The battery is also pretty respectable, not as good as the pro and certainly doesn’t match the insanely good battery of the pro max, but again for a standard days use it usually gets me comfortably through the day. The weakness in battery over the pro and pro max is mainly down to the fact that the phone has an LCD panel and not OLED like it’s, more expensive brothers, sisters we’re, you know an equal right channel after hall, so because it’s LCD, the backlight, is always On even when parts of the display are showing black so for the fact the screen is LCD and only a 1792 by 828 resolution is probably the phones biggest weakness for me.
It’S, probably not a deal breaker for large portions of the average consumer. But if you are a pixel peeper and displays incredibly important to you, then this is not for you. It’S got 4 gigabytes of RAM, which may not seem a lot based on today’s standards, but this combined with iOS 13 and Apple’s a 13 Bionic chip. The phone performs brilliantly well and the benchmarks will be right at the top, even going quite a long way into 2020 stereo speakers, ip68, water and dust resistant, wireless charging round off a very competitive phone and if you’re, one of these people that is heavily ingrained in The Apple ecosystem, you’ve got an iPad, you’ve got a MacBook. You’Ve got air pods, for example, then it’s another. It is another selling point. Next up is a hugely controversial one. This is the huawei mate 30 pro. In my opinion, this is one of the most striking phones this year and feels the nicest and most premium in the hand, not sucide, which has a purpose: housing, a 3d facial recognition system. This is one sexy phone with its beautiful waterfall edges. The immersion levels here are off the chart. The six point: five three inch display is only full HD plus and it’s, only 60 Hertz refresh rate, but this OLED panel is still something of beauty, it’s very similar in design to the vivo. Next, three, which I did a video on quite recently – and if aesthetics is one of the big selling points for you, then look no further, but this phone does way more than just look good it’s, one of the most sophisticated camera setups on the market.
Quad lenses, including a 40 megapixel primary, a 40 megapixel ultra wide and an 8 megapixel telephoto and a depth sensing time of flight lens to wrap it up night mode is industry leading the point and shoot nature of this phone is on point and overall, if we Forget video for a second because that’s, certainly an area where, while we could improve in the future it’s, probably one of the most advanced camera setups available. The 4500 mAh battery cell is so well optimized by the in house, Kirin 990 SOC and Huawei’s emui software it’s. One of my go to devices for that kind of more of a day’s play phone, and even if you do run out of juice, while way unknown for their rapid, fast charging technology, which means for battery lovers, who want a really nice package. This might be the phone for you. Battery lovers are also usually power users, so with 8 gigabytes of RAM and 256 kilobytes of storage should have you covered now, there’s, one reason, and one reason only that this device is being held to ransom in terms of sales, and that is the fact that it Had to ship without Google services, now you may be thinking hang on. You’Ve got Google Apps installed and, yes, I do, as there are workarounds that almost bring this device up to speed. But there are a few glitches and security wise it’s, not really the best as you’re relying on third party installations, and you just don’t really know, potentially, where your informations going probably scaremongering a little bit but it’s.
Just the honest truth, right now, that’s the third party workarounds not far away themselves, in my opinion and it’s, of course, all an opinion game right now. Unfortunately, this trade friction as men that the phone right here in front of you is, in my opinion, one of the best this year has to offer. But I can’t recommend it and the world is much worse off because of it slightly dramatic but it’s, just painful to see such a great device not getting into enough consumers hands next up is a device rightly or wrongly, like it or not. That is different and deserves great credit. It is, of course, the Samsung Galaxy fold it’s the first mass marketed big branded folding device to launch. I feel they got a few key things wrong, mainly the 4.6 inch front display because it’s simply not practical for everyday use. It’S just too small, and while I love the fact I can go to a larger seven point, three inch when folded out, I feel the way it’s been designed. I have to go into tablet mode for any real usage and sometimes using a tablet is simply impractical, but forgetting that for a second it’s, truly amazing that in a stagnating smartphone market that this product actually exists, it’s open the door not only to Samsung to produce Refined versions but it’s also, given other manufacturers, validation to experiment in this way, because, even though Samsung weren’t the first company to deliver a concept like this into a product and release, it Samsung have given it mass market appeal and as far as I’m aware, the sales Figures have done better than expected, especially considering what happened with that first group of devices, all top specs good battery life.
A note 10 esque camera array means that if you can afford the expensive price tag and love experimenting with a first gen product, then this might be the way to go for you now before we get on to my top. Five upcoming smartphones to honorable mentions number one the Google pixel for excel for planing, simply as you would expect the camera it’s the reason why, no matter how good other phones have been before or since I still find myself creeping back to this little cheeky. Other phones actually have a more complete camera setup. Coff COFF wink wink ultra wide angle, lens Google. What but no phone has the point and shoot capabilities of the pixel for the post processing quality. Google have at their disposal means the run and gun approach. You can add to your photography is absolutely impossible to match. If you want a phone that gives you the most reliable chance to capture life’s magical moments, then don’t look anywhere else other than a pixel seriously. Google on your next device. All you have to do is create a phone that has this camera, add an ultra wide angle lens, give it a battery which matches other flagships that are in 2020 and just fix up that design and bring it into 2020. Just a tiny bit and your sales will literally go through the roof it’s, so frustrating watching, pixel launches their potential is so big and it just hasn’t happened. The second honorable mention goes to the real me x2 Pro.
In a short time, I’ve had hands on with it and knowing the specs it offers means the product you get for. The price is absolutely insane: Snapdragon. 805, 5 plus 12 gigabytes of RAM 90 Hertz AMOLED display quad camera 4000 mAh battery 50 watts fast charging. All for around three to four hundred US dollars, it’s, absolutely ridonculous and that’s, not a word. It is now now let’s turn our attention to the upcoming and what we know right now: the first device which is launching imminently, if you believe the leaks, is the xiaomi redmi k 30 pro the phone that’s following on from the incredibly successful K 20 Pro, and That would have made my early list had it not been for the imminent launch of the 30 it’s due to feature the brand new upcoming Snapdragon 86 5. Have a quad camera set up a 4500 mAh battery capacity and a full screen display with a punch all cut out next up is the oneplus 88 pro slash an unconfirmed by one plus eight light: a cheaper wallet friendly version, the oneplus equivalent to the Samsung S? 10 II, if you will, we believe oneplus, are adding this and continuing their other two tier trend, even though at times it got a little bit confusing last year, especially with the immense improvements of the 70 and the incrementals of the 70 pro, but potentially three devices On launch again, the snapdragon 865 punch all cut out in the AMOLED display and if early links are to be true, the eight will have a single punch hole and the pro will have a dual punch hole cutter.
The latest renders appeared to show the camera setups on the top left in a rectangular fashion, on certain models again unconfirmed and also the pro model is tipped to be ever so slightly smaller than last year’s. Seven pro and 70 pro improve the form factor for a strong pet peeve of people that have small hands. Samsung are up next, and the triple T is set to continue here as well: s11 s 11 plus and the S 11 e, with a max capacity of the plus model expected to reach 5000 mAh expect a powerhouse. We are due to see a larger battery across the board from the STM range, so expect a larger chunkier phone as a result. Something else that will be larger is the camera sensors, with an exclusive custom sensor already in the works potentially exceeding what we’ve seen on the Xiaomi me Note, 10, that just got released expect a real step up in camera performance from Samsung, with all the top 2020 Specs also expect Samsung to skip the 90 Hertz and go straight to 120 Hertz in their display technology, which, in my opinion, is a real must considering. They were a little bit behind last year in that last year, this year, we’re at the turn of the year, who knows next up is a mysterious one in the form of the Xiaomi me mix for the mixer is, is one of my favorite series of any Brand striving to push design to the forefront of everything the phone is about elegant, stylish and just a beautiful bit of kit.
It was a series that pretty much started this bezel less wave in mainstream phone design, but it’s now gone mysteriously quiet. The last phone was the me mix 3a Mac got launched in October 2018 over a year ago, so you’d be forgiven for thinking that Xiaomi had forgotten about this series, but fresh leaks have hinted at the four coming in the not too distant future. My guess would be probably around MWC. In February, there have been leaked photos of the apparent mix for supporting under the display front cameras, which would be the first in a commercially available smartphone and could give the series a much needed new lease of life in a market that has caught them up. No leaks have been confirmed, of course, from Xiaomi with an apparent 120 Hertz display all the top specs, including the snapdragon 865 and 5g compatibility. This could be huge and then we have another from huawei. The p40 pro expect 5 cameras, including a similar periscope, set to the p30 Pro, which is going to enable it to have optical zoom up to ten times and even better sensors, taking the 2020 smartphone camera game to the limit wow. That was a juicy video and I hope you did enjoy it. Let me know in the comment section below what you think about all of the phones you’ve heard today: ones that are available ones that are coming.
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