Fold-able smartphones, 5G, always more photo and pixel sensors, ultra-fast charging, the year 2020 should be exciting on the mobile phone side. The CES 2020 (Consumer Electronic Show) in Las Vegas held from January 7 to 10 was unfortunately poor in announcements. We still got a glimpse of the Concept One from OnePlus and its cameras, which become almost invisible. TCL has also appeared with three smartphones: the TCL 10L, 10 Pro and 10 5G as well as a fold- able smartphone. Samsung did not wait for the opening of the famous high-tech show to lift the veil on its Galaxy Note 10 Lite, S10 Lite, A51 and A71. The South Korean firm also presented on February 11 its Samsung Galaxy S20 and its second fold-able smartphone, the Galaxy Z Flip.
While many manufacturers such as Xiaomi and Huawei were waiting for MWC 2020 to present some of their products, the coronavirus was right in the Barcelona high-tech fair since it was simply canceled. Huawei still unveiled its Mate Xs, a slightly improved version of its fold-able smartphone the Mate X. The Chinese firm continued in March with the renewal of its P range consisting of four phones. Honor maintained its conference in Barcelona with the aim of announcing the international launch of its 9X Pro and its View 30 Pro. The brand took the opportunity to unveil two new PCs, the Magic Book 14 and 15.6 inch, and a pair of wireless headphones. For its part, Sony has renewed its offers on the high and mid-range with the Xperia 1 II and the Xperia 10 II. After formalizing its Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro in China, Xiaomi unveiled its flagships in Europe, which were accompanied for the occasion by a Mi 10 Lite 5G. Finally, Apple could create a surprise by lifting the veil on the successor to the iPhone SE in April.
The end of spring and the beginning of summer should be quieter with, without doubt, some releases on the side of Xiaomi, OnePlus. and Honor to name a few. Samsung could unveil the successors to the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ in August.
Back to school, Apple is expected with new iPhones. Google, OnePlus, and Huawei are expected to follow and close the year with a new generation of Pixel, OnePlus T and Mate. Given the still tense situation between Huawei and the Trump administration, the Chinese brand’s smartphones could still be marketed without Google services like the Mate 30 Pro.
With a few variations, this is what the annual renewal cycle looks like:
- January: mid-range models are presented at CES
- February: Samsung Galaxy S and announcements on all floors at the Mobile World Congress (Xiaomi, Sony, LG and Nokia)
- March-April: Huawei P’s
- May-June-July: OnePlus 8, Honor “N”
- August-September: iPhone, Galaxy Note
- October-November-December: Google Pixels, OnePlus T, Huawei Mate
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: the best Android smartphone
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra ticks many boxes with its excellent 120 Hz screen, its titanic performance, its thoughtful interface and its competition photo arsenal but to take advantage of all its elements, you have to pay the price. Despite its 5000 mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra displays a range that is too fair compared to the competition and its form factor is not the most pleasant to take in hand. Difficult however to miss this almost impeccable technical sheet and the immersive experience that results from it.
- iPhone 11 Pro Max: the best iOS smartphone
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
This iPhone Cuvier 2019 offers more new features than it seems. Autonomy first, simply impressive for a smarpthones scratched by an apple with more than two and a half days far from a catch. Quite simply one of the most autonomous smartphones on the market. The photo / video skills then that box or even exceed the best photophone under Android. With the iPhone 11 Pro Max, Apple finds its place on the podium of the best premium smartphones at the end of 2019. The most successful iPhone that we have tested in a long time.
- Huawei P30 Pro: a more accessible reference on the photo
Huawei P30 Pro
Like its “P” series predecessors, the P30 Pro focuses mainly on photography. This year, Huawei’s great innovation is the integration of a photo sensor corresponding to a 5x optical zoom which offers frankly impressive results. To complete the picture, this provides a 10x hybrid magnification of unsurpassed quality. The photo part is THE great success of this smartphone. However, it is not done without consideration, particularly in terms of the weight of the product and the design, which is not exceptional. It still benefits from a beautiful 6.4-inch curved OLED screen, a significantly above-average autonomy and a footprint sensor under the screen.
- Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: the most powerful smartphones
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro
The Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro is a Mi 9T doped with Snapdragon 855. It takes up most of the data sheet of its little brother which makes it a very good smartphone which is also sold at a particularly aggressive price. A quality full borderless AMOLED screen, high-performance, comfortable autonomy, the Xiaomi smartphone delivers an excellent performance.
- Google Pixel 3a: the best mid-range photophone
Google Pixel 3a
The Pixel 3a is the first smartphone in the range to target the mid-range segment. Evidenced by its technical sheet which is certainly balanced and effective, but has nothing to thrill. Its OLED screen is a very positive point, however, its main strength lies elsewhere. As a worthy heir to the Pixel 3, the photographic talents of the Pixel 3a promise to be unique in this price range.
- Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T: the most complete of cheap smartphones
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T
If it does not really take risks, the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T allows the Chinese company to offer one more reference in its catalog. A worthy replacement for the Redmi Note 7, it ticks all the boxes and shows great versatility. It will be criticized, however, for its lack of visible originality, particularly in terms of its design, almost unchanged from the previous generation. Its interface is also far from being pleasant to navigate since it is too busy.
- Xiaomi Mi A3: the best smartphone on Android One
Xiaomi Mi A3
With the Mi A3, Xiaomi still manages to climb on tiptoe to overtake the competition in the entry level. It will delight users looking for a durable smartphone, which can last up to two days in mixed use. Just like those looking for a smartphone capable of taking beautiful photos in broad daylight for an affordable price. And who do not want their photos to be distorted by an overly interventionist artificial intelligence.