Last year was another fantastic one for smartphones, but 2020 is sure to be even better once all is said and done.
Granted, there's only a couple months left in the year, but there's still a few big handsets set to release. Here's a look at what's still coming in 2020 and all of the phones we've already reviewed from this year.
Apple iPhone 12
The iPhone 12 is officially official, and most of the leaks proved true: there’s four of ‘em this time around, ranging in size from 5.4in to 6.7in in screen dimensions and all packing OLED displays. They also all have A14 Bionic processors, 5G support, flat iPad Pro-esque frames, and a new MagSafe magnetic attachment point behind the back glass for accessories.
The iPhone 12 is the core device of the lineup at £799 with a 6.1” display at 2532x1170 - finally, no more sub-1080p screen. The iPhone 12 Mini cuts the screen size down to 5.4” at 1080p resolution, delivering comparable crispness at a £699 price point. Both phones have a pair of back cameras and the same TrueDepth/Face ID camera as before.
Meanwhile, the 6.1” iPhone 12 Pro and 6.7” iPhone 12 Pro Max (shown in gold) both boost the screen size compared to their predecessors, and each has stainless steel on the frame rather than aluminium. They each have enhanced triple-camera setups too, with the iPhone 12 Pro Max delivering an even larger main sensor and more advanced image stabilisation feature.
Those sell for £999 and £1,099 respectively, and each has twice the storage at 128GB in the base model. The iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro have already rolled out, while the Mini and Pro Max come a few weeks later on 13 November.
OnePlus Nord N10 5G/N100
The OnePlus Nord is more than just a phone now: it’s a whole line of budget alternatives to the company’s increasingly-pricey flagship models. OnePlus has just announced the Nord N10 5G and Nord N100, a pair of phones that are both less expensive than the standard Nord model, yet both still provide better perks that you typically see in that price range.
The OnePlus Nord N10 5G (seen up top) is an upper mid-ranger powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 690 and 6GB RAM, plus a 6.49in 1080p LCD display at 90Hz. It has a quad-camera main setup and 30W wired charging, and will sell for £329 when it releases sometime in November.
Meanwhile, the OnePlus Nord N100 (above) skimps on 5G and uses a lower-end Snapdragon 460 chip, but keeps the overall look of the N10 thanks to its 6.52in HD+ LCD screen at 60Hz. It has three back cameras and a beefy 5,000mAh battery, but slower charging at 18W. Still, that seems like a lot of phone for £179, and it releases on 10 November.
Huawei Mate 40
As expected, Huawei’s Mate 40 series has been announced, and it spans four phones this time around. The Mate 40 Pro is the core flagship of the bunch, with a beefed-up Mate 40 Pro+ and a seriously premium Porsche Design Mate 40 RS at the top of the heap. Of course, there’s a trimmed-down base Mate 40, as well.
The three highest-end models all have a 6.76in OLED screen at 2772x1344 with a 90Hz refresh rate, alongside a Kirin 9000 chip and a beefy 4,400mAh camera. The Mate 40 Pro has a triple-camera setup with a 5x telescopic zoom, while the pricier models have four back cameras (including 10x telescopic zoom) plus a 3D time-of-flight sensor.
Unfortunately, Google services and apps are still missing in action, so we’ll have to see how viable the phone is compared with other top-end flagships. We’ll see the Mate 40 Pro launch in the UK on 13 November at £1099, with UK availability for the other models yet to be confirmed.
Google Pixel 4a 5G
The standard Google Pixel 4a came out in late summer and the Pixel 5 actually just released, but there’s one more Pixel on the calendar for 2020: the Pixel 4a 5G.
Curiously, it’s rather similar to the Pixel 5 in feature set, packing in 5G support and the upper mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, while the 6.2in screen is actually larger than both of those other Pixels. It sticks with a standard 60Hz display, however, and has plastic backing like the cheaper Pixel 4a. The Pixel 4a 5G will release in the UK on 19 November at a price of £499.
Already reviewed in 2020
We're always testing the latest and greatest smartphones and dropping our verdicts, and these are the phones we've reviewed so far in 2020. This list will continue to expand each time we update this article, so keep an eye out for many more additions.
Samsung Galaxy S20 5G: All the features you'd want in a top-end Android... and a few more. Brilliant.
Samsung Galaxy S20+: It's a larger GS20, if you're into that sort of thing.
OnePlus 8: Pricier than past models, but one of the best 5G phones today.
Sony Xperia 5 II: Sony finally hits the sweet spot between flagship design, features, and price point.
Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G: The second-gen phone-to-tablet foldable is pretty great, although still insanely expensive.
Realme X50 Pro 5G: One of your best options for a powerful, yet reasonably-priced 5G phone.
Oppo Find X2 Lite 5G: Sensible sacrifices make for an appealing, affordable 5G handset.
Oppo Find X2 Pro: Paying this much for an Android you've never heard of? You might want to...
Motorola Edge: Moto's mix of flagship looks and mid-range power impresses.
OnePlus 8T: Another great OnePlus, but the earlier OnePlus 8 is a slightly better overall experience.
OnePlus 8 Pro: The price is pushing it, but the perks are aplenty. Lots to like here.
Google Pixel 4a: Another budget Pixel winner with a brilliant camera, but not much flash.
OnePlus Nord: Finally, another affordable OnePlus - with 5G and a 90Hz screen, no less.
Google Pixel 5: Gets the essentials right, but some comparable rivals are much more affordable.
Apple iPhone SE (2020): An affordable, impressive iPhone, but just a bit weak on battery life.
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: Seriously top tier... except for the battery life.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G: Both the best you can get and far too much for most buyers.
Motorola Moto G8 Power: Another budget battery beast, even if the G8 Plus is better.
Realme X3 SuperZoom: Definitely the best camera you'll find on a phone this affordable.
Motorola Moto G8: One of the best sub-£200 budget phones you can buy today.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: Today's best flip smartphone has great design, but is fragile and pricey.
Sony Xperia 1 II: One seriously premium handset, but a little weak on shooting skills.
LG Wing: A clever, one-of-a-kind phone that feels fragile and definitely won't appeal to most.
Huawei P40 Pro+: The world's best camera phone is again hobbled by a lack of Google onboard.
Xiaomi Mi 10: A beautiful phone that lacks optical zoom and has some UI gremlins.
LG V60 ThinQ 5G: "Nice but niche" pretty much sums up this dual-screen option.
Realme 5 Pro: A familiar, but fantastic budget handset.
Oppo Reno 4 Pro: A bit too expensive, but a strong premium mid-ranger.
Realme 7 Pro: Undercuts the Pixel 4a and OnePlus Nord but nearly as satisfying.
Oppo A5 (2020): Want a big phone on the cheap? This 6.5in Oppo can fit the bill.
LG Velvet: Something honestly new from LG, although not currently in the UK.
Oppo A72: So-so performance, but a strong pick for just over £200.
Samsung Galaxy A51: Not high-end like the S20, but still a super slick mid-ranger.
Huawei P40: No Google in sight, but nice hardware and performance at least.
Samsung Galaxy Fold: A super cool concept, but too expensive and fragile to recommend.
Honor 9X Pro: Good hardware, but not very useful without Google services onboard.
Motorola Moto E6 Play: Yes, it's under £100 – but it's a very rough experience.