There are new phones arriving all the time, especially when it comes to the world of Android phones. Apple’s iPhone might be popular but handsets running Google’s mobile OS provide you with a wealth of choice.
2019 brought along some amazing handsets like the Galaxy S10, Xiaomi Mi 9 and Huawei P30 Pro. 2020 is shaping up to be a corker too (at least where phone releases are concerned), with offerings like the OnePlus 8, Galaxy S20 Series and even newcomers like the Realme X50 Pro.
Here at Tech Advisor we independently test each phone thoroughly so we can bring you the very best options you can buy at any given moment. Here we rank the top ten, but keep checking as new ones will be added regularly.
Clicking through to our in-depth reviews will help, as we have detailed benchmarks, test photography and more for you to explore.
Best Android phones 2020
1. OnePlus 8 Pro
The OnePlus 8 Pro is arguably the company’s first full flagship, finally incorporating long-requested features like wireless charging and an IP68 waterproof rating to make it a genuine contender with Samsung’s finest.
Understandably the price has gone up accordingly, but at £799/$899 for the base model – no slouch at 8GB RAM and 128GB storage – it still represents serious value by flagship standards, meaning you will save at least some money by opting for OnePlus over most other manufacturers. You can save even more with the £599/$699 OnePlus 8, though you’ll have to give up a few features and downgrade the display and cameras.
The 8 Pro camera is OnePlus’ best yet, and while it still lags behind rivals slightly in some software the hardware is among the best around, which has helped to close the gap considerably. Throw in 5G, a great design, and the best Android skin around and the OnePlus 8 Pro is easy to recommend to anyone who can afford it.
Read our full OnePlus 8 Pro review
2. Samsung Galaxy S20
The Galaxy S20 is the best phone in Samsung’s S20 series, and simply the best phone the company makes right now. It’s compact, powerful, and packs a versatile camera system that may not match the top-tier S20 Ultra on zoom or detail, but it meets – and sometimes beats – it across the rest of the board, which means it’s more than a match for just about any other phone out there too.
The wider 5G ecosystem isn’t quite there yet, but will be within the lifetime of this phone, making it almost worth the upgrade. And while battery life remains a slight concern, that’s really the only major fault here. The Android ecosystem offers more for less elsewhere, but usually without Samsung’s level of prestige or polish, and in this case we think that’s worth paying for.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S20 review
3. Oppo Find X2 Pro
The Oppo Find X2 Pro is a phenomenal phone by any measure. The 6.7in, 10-bit, 120Hz, QHD+ panel is the best display in any phone right now, and Oppo backs it up with the fastest wired charging around at 65W, and a top-tier camera that boasts two 48Mp lenses and up to 10x hybrid zoom.
You’ll have to live without wireless charging, and the choice between bland grey ceramic or garish orange vegan leather finishes might leave some struggling to find a design that suits their style.
For pure performance though, the Find X2 Pro can’t be beat right now, with all of the above plus a Snapdragon 865 5G, 512GB storage, and 12GB RAM – you just have to be willing to pay the price, as at £1,099 it doesn’t come cheap.
Read our full Oppo Find X2 Pro review
4. Realme X50 Pro
Realme’s first 5G flagship (and second-ever flagship phone) is an impressively affordable device that doesn’t skimp on high-end specs and features.
The Realme X50 Pro forgoes aspects like IP water resistance and a thin body, but in return sports the latest and greatest Snapdragon 865 chipset, 5G, up to 12GB of RAM, fast UFS 3.0 storage and insane 65W ‘SuperDart’ fast charging, which delivers 60% charge in just 15 minutes and a full charge in only 35.
Best of all, with an initial starting price of £569, the X50 Pro costs nearly half that of most top-tier Android flagships on the market in 2020.
Read our full Realme X50 Pro review
5. OnePlus 8
Colour quirks aside, the OnePlus 8 is a fantastic flagship smartphone at an amazing price. You rarely get this quality level of design, features and performance at such good value.
When the biggest let down is that the main camera can do a better job of close-ups than the macro lens, you know you have an excellent phone. The main thing is whether the Pro is enough to tempt you to splash out.
Read our full OnePlus 8 review
6. Samsung Galaxy Note 10+
It’s pretty clear the Galaxy Note 10+ is the phone that will satisfy fans of the series, by offering all the things that Note users love.
A big screen, a gorgeous design, and almost all the high-end specs you can throw at a phone. We particularly love the display and new cameras which just about distract from the missing headphone jack.
It is expensive though, so unless you really will make use of the real estate and S Pen, an S10 model might be a better choice – or even the smaller Note 10.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ review
7. Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
Due to it’s unusual release timing, the Galaxy S10 Lite doesn’t really feel like an S10. It has arrived around a year after the other S10 phones and therefore very close to the S20 range.
It also looks like an S20 so we’re a bit confused. Naming aside, this is an excellent phone for the money with an excellent screen, decent cameras and more powerful internals than you might expect. There’s also features like an in-screen fingerprint scanner, solid battery life and speedy charging
What you miss out on is things like wireless charging and waterproofing – oh and there’s no headphone jack. Unless you can find the S10 or S10+ at a similar price, this probably the model to get if you can’t afford an S20.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite review
8. Red Magic 5G
The Red Magic 5G is undeniably one of the best gaming phones on the market. Its 144Hz display and stereo speakers are among the best in their class, while the camera enjoys a notable upgrade over the Red Magic 3S.
The phone is targeted squarely at mobile gamers and as such, some aspects are less well suited to mainstream users. These include its imposing industrial design and some unimpressive software tweaks – the frustrating in-display fingerprint scanner chief among them.
All things considered, however, the Red Magic 5G offers everything budding gamers are looking for, not to mention 5G speeds, at a price that means it’s hard to resist.
Read our full Red Magic 5G review
9. Oppo Reno 10x Zoom
The Reno 10x Zoom feels a lot like the OnePlus 7 Pro, but trades that phone’s phenomenal screen for a better camera instead – a trade-off that’s likely to make sense for a lot of people. It’s got top 2019 specs, decent battery, and a slick design – as long as you don’t mind the shark fin.
Getting a Snapdragon 855 and a full-screen, notchless display for £699 is a good deal no matter which way you look at it, but the real sell is the triple camera array. With a 48Mp main lens and a 5x optical zoom that can simulate 10x thanks to software tricks, this is one of the few cameras on the market that can rival the Huawei P30 Pro.
The few downsides are that the AMOLED panel is only 1080p, the speakers are a bit wimpy, and ColorOS still feels like a bit of a work in progress – but for most people these will hardly matter at all.
Read our full Oppo Reno 10x Zoom review
10. Sony Xperia 1
The Xperia 1 goes for broke on being really, really Sony – and it pays off. By catering to a niche audience, this phone will please you if you want an amazing display with a cinematic aspect ratio, very capable cameras and excellent build quality.
The tall design is different but makes the phone slimmer and so easier to hold in one hand, while IP68 water resistance, dedicated camera shutter button and Cinema Pro manual video recording app make this a high-end phone for video and film enthusiasts.
Read our full Sony Xperia 1 review
Your buying guide for the best Android phones in 2020
You might still be considering an iPhone, but it’s worth checking out this amazing selection of Android phone before you make a final decision. While you only get to choose from a handful of Apple handsets, there’s something for everyone when it comes to Android.
The top Android phones are made by the likes of Samsung, Oppo and Google.
They come in all shapes, sizes, colours and each has selling points – whether it’s a sleek waterproof design, a massive display or no fewer than three cameras. Sometimes, you might get all of this in one phone.
Since you’re often paying in excess of £700 for these phones, you can expect to get tip-top build quality and the latest hardware and software features. Differences between devices can be minimal, so a lot will likely come down to personal preference.
If these are too expensive, then we also have dedicated charts for mid-range phones and budget phones. So you’ll find something no matter how much you have to spend.
We’ve done our best to rank the phones in order, taking into account build, value, performance and features. However, make sure you get the phone that’s right for your needs – it might not simply be the phone in the top spot.
Note that where phones are very similar – like the S20 and S20 Plus – we’ve picked the one we think is better to appear in the chart. This is so the ten phones are nicely varied, providing a wider choice, but the version not chosen still may be a valid option.
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