Design, photo, performances…. the models in our selection are undoubtedly the best smartphones of the moment. While they all have very solid specs, they each excel in different areas. We help you identify the right phone for your needs among the cream of the crop.
Do you want the Rolls of the smartphone? The best of the best? Look no further, we have selected the best smartphones currently on the market: ultra-high-end devices that make absolutely no compromises and that offer, today, some of the technologies of tomorrow. Are you attached to Samsung or are you ready to succumb to Oppo’s charms? Can the excellent photo experience offered by Huawei convince you to let go of the software experience? Your priorities will be decisive in identifying the model made for you. We help you decide between them!
Galaxy S20 Ultra / Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: editor’s choice
Although 2020 will have been fraught with many pitfalls, Samsung stuck to its usual plan and delivered the new models of its two flagship lines: the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Note. At the start of the year, we were therefore treated to the Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 + and Galaxy S20 Ultra, and this summer to the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. And since we’re in the premium category, we’re going to focus here on the Galaxy S20 Ultra and Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, Samsung’s two ultra-high-end smartphones that bury all the competition.
On the side of the Galaxy S20 Ultra, there is a sublime 6.9-inch 120 Hz AMOLED screen, and above all an impressive photo unit including four lenses at the rear, and capable of small feats, including the possibility of filming in 8K. Not only have the sensors been enlarged this year and are therefore much more comfortable in poor light conditions, but there is even a zoom capable of going up to X100. A true concentrate of technology.
On the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra side, we find most of the S20 Ultra’s features – although a little less versatile on the photo side – but with the specificities of the Note range. We thus find a large 6.9-inch AMOLED screen with a refresh rate of 120 Hz, but also and especially the S-Pen, Samsung’s stylus allowing you to use your Galaxy Note like a small notebook. Aesthetically, it was also found to be much more successful than the Galaxy S20 Ultra, but this will remain above all a matter of taste.
Its strengths? Its beautiful screen and ultra-practical S-Pen for those who like to take handwritten notes.
Galaxy Z Fold 2: the future folding at your fingertips
How to talk about Samsung premium smartphones without saying a word about the Galaxy Z Flip and Galaxy Z Fold 2, the manufacturer’s two folding smartphones. While the former offers a “flip-phone” design, the latter allows us to take advantage of both a smartphone and a tablet in one single object that fits in a pocket. In both cases, Samsung has been strong and delivers two products that dare to upset the usual form-factor of the smartphone. We obviously had a bigger crush on the Galaxy Z Fold 2, but we enter the category of ultra-premium smartphones, beyond 2,000 euros. Sadly, this is the price to pay to enjoy a device that is far ahead of its time.
Its strengths? Its foldable screen, of course, and the possibility of tasting the future today.
Huawei Mate 40 Pro / Huawei P40 Pro:
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Like Samsung, Huawei ran its release schedule flawlessly throughout the year, despite the health crisis and the US embargo that still prevents it from equipping its devices with Google services. The company launched the Huawei P40 Pro at the start of the year, before presenting, more recently, its Huawei Mate 40 Pro, two magnificent devices that once again demonstrate the innovative capabilities of the Chinese giant.
Unfortunately, it remains difficult to advise them as they stand, unless you are really sure that you can do without Google (it even means putting a cross on Uber, Deliveroo, etc.), or if mobile photography is really the most important point for you. On the photo side, the Huawei P40 Pro and Huawei Mate 40 Pro are indeed the best smartphones of the moment. It’s a bit sad to see them deprived of the classic Android ecosystem as they crush the competition. On the power side, the same observation: the Huawei Mate 40 Pro is currently the most powerful smartphone in the Android world thanks to its Kirin chip engraved in 5 nm. To date, only Apple’s iPhone 12 can stand up to it. If you’re not overly reliant on Google, these two smartphones are great choices with huge arguments.
Their strengths? Their photo capabilities, unlike the competition, and the power of the Mate 40 Pro.
Oppo Find X2 Pro: more than complete
With the Find X2 Pro, Oppo has made a comeback in premium, backed up by an upscale move. And what a comeback for the brand! The Oppo Find X2 Pro is clearly the right challenger for smartphones from Samsung, Huawei and others. Sure, some might find the price outrageous for a brand like Oppo, but think again: the Oppo Find X2 Pro is definitely a premium smartphone. In an impeccably designed chassis, Oppo delivers an almost perfect copy with a magnificent 6.7-inch AMOLED panel (120 Hz, QuadHD +), a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC coupled with 12 GB of RAM and 512 GB of storage, a imposing 4,260 mAh battery coupled with 65W ultra-fast charging (100% in less than 40 minutes) and a triple rear photo sensor including a 48 MP wide-angle, 13 MP x5 optical zoom and an ultra-wide 48 MP angle. Do not search: Oppo has simply put the best of technology in its Find X2 Pro, without making any concessions. If you are not cautious about Oppo, this smartphone is certainly a beautiful beast that has all of a premium.
Its strengths? It’s almost perfect balance between screen, performance and photo capabilities.
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: the move upmarket
It is difficult not to mention the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro here, the Chinese firm’s first real excursion into the premium smartphone sector. For this first attempt in this sector, Xiaomi did not go with the back of the spoon. We find all the paraphernalia of a 2020 premium smartphone: 6.67-inch AMOLED screen at 90 Hz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 coupled with 8 GB of RAM, main sensor of 108 MP (!) Accompanied by a 10X telephoto of 8 MP, a second 12 MP 2X telephoto and a 20 MP ultra-wide-angle, fingerprint reader under the screen, ultra-fast 50W wired charging… The manufacturer did not skimp on the means and offers its Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro everything we can expect from a premium. Above all, with MIUI 12, we are now entitled to a particularly refined software experience on the brand’s smartphones, further enhancing the exceptional experience provided by this Mi 10 Pro.
Its strengths? MIUI 12, frankly successful, and its superb curved AMOLED screen.