Best of Android: Mid-2020 – The best Android phone of 2020 so far is…

Best of Android: Mid-2020 – The best Android phone of 2020 so far is…

As an trade – and in addition as shoppers – we regularly calculate the “finest” as an apparent reply to a easy equation: extra equals higher. More cameras, extra RAM, extra examine marks on a specs sheet. We flip flop between considering the very best is no matter’s costliest and an identical product we by some means anticipate to be priced decrease than it price the producer to make it.

Sometimes you get what you pay for – or extra – and typically you overpay. Never has that been extra evident than when a worldwide pandemic coincides with the arrival of 5G silicon. These two components, together with smartphones’ commodification, have conspired to push flagship costs even additional northward.

As with many issues, although, to get to the center of the matter it’s a must to dig a bit of deeper.

The finest on paper isn’t a lot good if all of it goes to items as soon as it’s out of the field, and the most costly factor isn’t essentially the very best. That’s why this yr the uncooked knowledge of Android Authority‘s goal testing has been mixed with real-world issues that may and infrequently do have an effect on what’s actually the very best.

Read extra: The finest Android telephones

How we determined and why

To assist us resolve how goal efficiency suits within the grand scheme of issues, we posed some extra questions to find out our general Best of Android: Mid-2020 winner.

Is the product extensively obtainable by means of respected channels? Can it’s purchased unlocked, by means of carriers, or each? Does the corporate have any significant customer support and help in place if one thing goes unsuitable? How possible are bugs to be fastened? Are there better-priced choices obtainable that do a lot the identical factor or much more? What’s the construct high quality like? Are you assured OS and safety updates and the way good, steady, and user-friendly is the software program?

To calculate our general winner, we mixed the outcomes of our goal testing with the admittedly difficult solutions to the questions above. (If you’d prefer to see how the accrued goal outcomes performed out, head to the underside of this submit) Once we mixed the outcomes of each goal and real-world issues, we had sufficient knowledge factors to confidently crown the general Best of Android: Mid-2020 winner.

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Editor’s observe: If you’re questioning why you don’t see your favourite telephone right here, do not forget that solely main telephones launched within the first half of 2020 had been included. Phones from late 2019 and people hitting cabinets after June 30, 2020, weren’t eligible.

Best of Android: Mid-2020 Editor’s Choice winner – OnePlus 8 Pro

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When all was stated and finished, we had a transparent winner: the OnePlus 8 Pro. Sometimes the Best of Android comes right down to a photograph end, however not this yr. OnePlus’ controversially more-expensive 2020 flagship posted a convincing lead, even over the telephone in second place general, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus.

As in earlier years, Samsung ranked nicely not essentially by successful something outright however by constantly rating very extremely throughout the board.

But OnePlus was equally constant, gives a greater worth proposition, and claimed outright victory in each our show and efficiency classes. That’s a really exhausting act to observe. The OnePlus 8 Pro additionally ranked very extremely for software program, design, and construct high quality (usually solely simply forward of the S20 sequence).

Sometimes it comes right down to a photograph end, however not this yr. The OnePlus 8 Pro gained convincingly.

The S20 Plus did outrank the OnePlus 8 Pro in a few of our extra classes, nevertheless, together with availability and model repute/buyer help. With any luck, these shortcomings would possibly assist present a roadmap for what OnePlus ought to tackle sooner or later.

(If you wish to see the highest outcomes for every of the extra classes we thought of with the intention to crown our general winner, head to the underside of this submit. You also can revisit every of our goal class posts, linked on the very backside, for extra on the rankings inside these classes.)

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Related: How OnePlus costs have modified through the years

What all of it means

OnePlus 8 Pro screen in hand

For an organization that acquired its begin by throwing every little thing it might at a specs sheet whereas sustaining a low worth, the OnePlus 8 Pro proves that the very best telephone is extra than simply the sum of its elements. While many people initially balked on the greater price ticket, it’s exhausting to say it wasn’t justified with a consequence like this.

OnePlus promised a flagship killer years in the past however by no means actually delivered on that promise till now. The OnePlus 8 Pro could price 3 times greater than the OnePlus One, however it’s nonetheless considerably cheaper than the Galaxy S20 Plus and to our reckoning, represents the higher alternative proper now.

OnePlus promised a flagship killer years in the past however by no means actually delivered on that promise till now.

The OnePlus 8 Pro taking out Best of Android: Mid-2020 is a testomony to OnePlus’ rise from underdog fanatic model to world-class mainstream producer. Few would have severely anticipated OnePlus to go toe-to-toe with Samsung and win in simply six quick years. Samsung should dominate on a worldwide scale, however OnePlus clearly has a successful technique on its arms.

  • In case you missed it, try our OnePlus 8 Pro evaluation

Because nobody ever agrees on every little thing – Oscar winners, Yanny/Laurel, the ending of The Sopranos, burgers vs. pizza – we’d love to listen to what you suppose ought to’ve gained or what different components we should always have thought of. As smartphones evolve, so too should our analysis of them, so your options would possibly simply make it into the end-of-year awards.

But first, get able to solid your vote in your favourite telephone launched within the first half of 2020 when our Best of Android: Mid-2020 Reader’s Choice voting kicks off on Sunday, July 19!

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OnePlus 8 Pro
Killer flagship

OnePlus is all grown up. With the OnePlus 8 Pro, you get an unabashed flagship, with all of the bells and whistles. Powerful specs, an incredible show, quick wi-fi charging, and water resistance make the OnePlus 8 Pro an excellent different to the Galaxy S20 Plus, and it is as much as $300 cheaper.

  • $999 at Amazon
  • $999 at OnePlus
  • £799 at OnePlus
  • Rs.54999 at OnePlus

Since the June 30 closing date for eligibility in Best of Android: Mid-2020, we’ve already acquired the Sony Xperia 1 II, the Asus ROG Phone 3, Google Pixel 4a, OnePlus Nord, and new releases from Oppo and Vivo on the horizon, to not point out the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and extra. As all the time, our full-year Best of Android awards are going to be hotly contested!

Here are the highest 5 finishers for every extra class in BoA: Mid-2020:

Overall worth:

  1. Poco F2 Pro
  2. OnePlus 8 Pro
  3. OnePlus 8
  4. Realme X50 Pro
  5. LG V60


  1. OnePlus 8 Pro/OnePlus 8
  2. Samsung Galaxy S20 sequence
  3. Moto Edge Plus
  4. Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro
  5. Oppo Find X2 Pro/Huawei P40 sequence (tied)

Availability (unlocked+provider):

  1. Samsung Galaxy S20 sequence
  2. OnePlus 8 Pro/OnePlus 8
  3. LG V60
  4. Huawei P40 sequence
  5. Moto Edge Plus/Oppo Find X2 Pro (tied)

Design/Build Quality:

  1. OnePlus 8 Pro/OnePlus 8
  2. Samsung Galaxy S20 sequence
  3. Huawei P40 sequence
  4. Oppo Find X2 Pro
  5. LG V60

Reputation/customer support:

  1. Samsung
  2. OnePlus
  3. LG
  4. Motorola
  5. Huawei

Objective testing:

  1. Poco F2 Pro
  2. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  3. Huawei P40 Pro Plus
  4. LG V60
  5. OnePlus 8 Pro

Overall mixed consequence:

  1. OnePlus 8 Pro
  2. Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
  3. OnePlus 8
  4. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  5. Samsung Galaxy S20

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Revisit the Best of Android: Mid-2020 awards for every goal class:

  • Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Audio
  • Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Display
  • Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Battery
  • Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Performance
  • Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Camera
  • Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Value
  • Best of Android: Mid-2020 — Reader’s Choice (coming quickly)


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