2020 was a roller coaster ride in the world of smartphones. It was the year when people were using their smartphones for the longest periods ever, and everyone felt the need to possess a capable smartphone. By the middle of the year, the smartphone’s country of origin, too, became an important factor while making purchases. This was when Micromax made a comeback with 2 bang-for-buck smartphones.
Xiaomi was a common name for budget devices, but this year, the brand ventured successfully into the flagship segment. Realme, as its tagline ‘Dare to Leap’ suggests, brought insane charging speeds to a wider audience.
While all this was happening, Samsung finally got tired of using the Exynos 9611 and introduced the Galaxy M51, which, arguably, leads the mid-range segment even today.
Best Mobile Phones Of 2020
Here we bring you a list of 7 smartphones that proved to be the game-changers of the Indian Market in 2020. If you have got any one of these, you are probably getting the best experience for what your money could get.
1. Micromax IN Note 1
The IN Note 1 marks the comeback of the Indian manufacturer. The brand re-entered the Indian Market just when the audience was demanding indigenous smartphones.
The In Note 1 has a 6.67-inch Full HD+ with a pixel density of 395 PPI. The phone runs on stock Android 10 version that offers a clean software experience and promises updates for 2 years. The phone generates its power from the Mediatek Helio G85 processor, paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage that is further expandable up to 256GB via a dedicated Micro SD card slot.
In the camera department, it features a quad-rear camera setup, that includes a 48MP (Samsung GM) sensor, 5MP wide-angle sensor, a 2MP sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor. On the front, the Note 1 gets a single 16MP camera for selfies, which is housed in a center-aligned punch hole. The phone packs a massive 5000mAh battery that can be juiced up by an 18W in-box charger via its type C charging port.
2. Poco M2 Pro
A rebranded version of the Redmi Note 9 Pro, the M2 Pro packs almost all the features that you would expect at a price tag of Rs. 12999.
The device has a large 6.67 inch IPS LCD panel with 1080p resolution. It packs a set of great rear cameras, with the primary sensor being a 48 MP lens, accompanied by an 8MP ultrawide lens and 2 other auxiliary lenses. The device’s USP is its crazy-good 33W fast charging brick that can fuel up its 5000mAh battery without any hassles.
Under the hood, the Poco M2 Pro is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G SoC, which is quite efficient and powerful for the price point. Other features include a Z-Axis motor for better haptics and a glass sandwich design for premium aesthetics.
Also Read: Poco M2 Pro Review
3. Realme 7 Pro
Realme finally managed to dethrone Poco in the mid-range segment by launching the Realme 7 Pro at Rs. 19999. The device is one of our top picks under the 20k segment.
The device has a bright 6.44 inches FHD AMOLED display on the front with a side punch hole. Its 64MP quad-camera setup gets the job done for most of the usage scenarios. The 32MP front shooter is a great performer too.
On the performance front, the device has got the Snapdragon 720G SoC with up to 8GB of RAM. Its 65W SuperDart charging is still one of the features that are still hard to believe in the mid-range price segment. Other than that, the device has got a set of dual stereo speakers, a beautifully designed back panel, and a decent 4,500mAh battery capacity.
Also Read: Realme 7 Pro Review
4. Pixel 4a
The Pixel 4a is a smartphone that is apart from the crowd. While Chinese brands are focused on marketing and the number game, Pixel 4a is just about pure experience. On paper, the device might look like a super overpriced smartphone, but it’s not what it actually is.
The Pixel 4a’s compact form factor is one of the key factors that anyone would buy it for. The device has a 5.8-inch FHD OLED display on the front, though it misses out on a high refresh rate. The software UX is probably the best that you can get on any Android smartphone right now. Frequent updates and a clean UI provide one of the most polished user experiences ever.
The Pixel 4a packs a decent 3080 mAh battery paired with 18W fast charging. Its well-optimized software coupled with the Snapdragon 730G chipset performs well too. There is no 108MP or 64 MP gimmicky camera on this one. Rather, the Pixel 4a relies on its 12.2 MP single camera which is, by far, the most reliable shooter, thanks to Google’s excellent image processing algorithms and color schemes.
Also Read: Pixel 4A Review
5. Oneplus 8T
The OnePlus 8T 5G, which starts at Rs. 42990, offers an excellent value proposition for its price tag and is arguably the best all-rounder smartphone in the affordable flagship segment.
The device sports a large 6.5-inch FHD fluid AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It derives its power from the Snapdragon 865 chipset coupled with 8 GB of RAM. Further, there is a 65W Warp Charger in the box which charges the 4300 mAh battery unit within 40 minutes.
On the optics front, the device has got a 48 MP quad-camera setup, although it lacks a telephoto lens that other brands offer in this segment. The 16MP front camera performs decently too.
6. iPhone 12
The vanilla iPhone 12 is the only iPhone that we think is a value-for-money offering in India. The pro models do not offer a great value at their comparatively high prices.
The device has a crisp 6.1 inch HDR OLED display. It offers almost all the important features of the pro model, making it one of the best buys among the 2020 iPhones. You get the A14 Bionic SoC which makes everyday use and multitasking a buttery smooth job, though we miss a higher refresh rate on the device.
The battery life is decent and you will be able to get through a full day. The iPhone 12 is relatively light and easy to handle. And the iOS 14 has some new customization options and privacy features.
Also Read: Apple iPhone 12 Review
The device sports two 12 MP lenses on the back, out of which one is for wide shots and the other one is for ultrawide shots. On the front, there’s an 8MP front camera to capture selfies.
7. Galaxy Fold 2
The Galaxy Fold 2 is basically a polished version of the 1st gen Galaxy Fold. It comes with various improvements over its predecessor, such as a solid hinge, better displays, and other features.
The device is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+ chipset, regardless of the region from where you get it. It sports a spectacularly large 7.6 inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The secondary 6.2-inch display is also quite useful in many usage scenarios. It comes with support for 5G as well.
On the rear, the phone has three flagship-grade 12MP lenses, which consists of a primary sensor, a telephoto lens, and lastly an Ultrawide lens with 123° FoV. With its unique and innovative form factor, you can always have eyeballs rolling in public just by unfolding the device into its 7.6 inches “Galaxy”.
Also Read: Top Samsung Phones Launched in 2020
Innovation, as we are aware, comes at a cost. The Galaxy Fold 2 comes at a whopping price of Rs. 149990 for the 12+256GB configuration.
This sums up our list of the best smartphones that proved to be the game changers of the Indian market in 2020.
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