Best Android phones 2020: T3's best Android phone top picks

These are the best Android phones on the market right now in 2020

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This best Android phones 2020 guide has been carefully hand-picked by the expert at T3, making sure that it has everything you need – the list below represents an elite collection of Android phones, including the best of the best from the likes of Google, Samsung, OnePlus, Sony, Huawei, Nokia, LG and more... and they all offer a superb smartphone experience running Google's mobile OS or some variant of it.

One of the main reasons why this Android phone guide is so invaluable is that we've gone to great lengths to make sure every potential phone upgrader is catered for. As such, we've deliberately included a range of different Android phone makers, prices, features, and handset sizes in this guide.

The Android phone market is stronger than it has ever been, which is great for consumers: cheap Android phones that deliver fantastic performance and feature packages are now coming out of both western and eastern makers, while the selection of premium, iPhone-beating mobiles running Android are stronger than ever.

Without any further ado, here are the best Android phones to buy in 2020.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 best Android phones

The best Android phone for most people is the Samsung Galaxy S20.

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1. Samsung Galaxy S20

The best Android phone for most people

Specifications
Weight: 163g
Dimensions: 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.2 inches
Resolution: 1,440 x 3,200
CPU: Exynos 990 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 4,000mAh
Rear camera: 12MP wide + 64MP telephoto + 12MP ultrawide
Front camera: 10MP wide
Reasons to buy
+Excellent camera+Polished looks+High performance

Every phone in the Galaxy S20 series has its plus points – you can read about all the differences here – but for our pick we have to go for the cheapest and the smallest out of the three handsets launched by Samsung in February 2020.

The S20 Plus and S20 Ultra might have bigger screens and slightly better cameras, but the standard S20 is a stunning handset, and the best value of the bunch. From the stylish exterior to the superb internal specs, you're going to struggle to find a better Samsung phone this year.

As for the triple-lens camera around the back of the handset, that's hugely impressive too, and Samsung's Android software skin keeps on getting better and better as well. A fantastic all-round package that makes it an easy recommend as the number one Android phone prospective upgraders should check out.

Android phones 2020 OnePlus 8 ProT3 Awards 2020 - Highly Commended

The best premium Android phone on the market is the OnePlus 8 Pro.

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2. OnePlus 8 Pro

The best premium Android phone

Specifications
Weight: 199g
Dimensions: 165.3 x 74.4 x 8.5 mm
OS: OxygenOS 10.5 / Android 10
Screen size: 6.78 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 3168
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM: 8GB / 12GB
Storage: 256GB
Battery: 4510mAh
Rear camera: 48MP + 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Front camera: 16MP
Reasons to buy
+Jaw-dropping screen+Super fast hardware+5G connectivity+Beautiful design

The OnePlus 8 Pro complete's the Chinese maker's ascension to the very top table of smartphone makers, with this handset blowing the competition away with a complete package of top hardware, superb software, and an attractive and premium design.

Star of the show, though, is the OnePlus 8 Pro's best-screen-ever-seen-on-a-smartphone 120Hz, QHD+, HDR10+ display, which manages to outpunch even the best panels from Samsung, Sony and Huawei. Where other phones have manged to deliver one or two of that holy trinity of screen technologies, here the 8 Pro does them all at once and, remarkably, does so while also delivering a good battery life.

Internally the mixture of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 CPU, Adreno 650 GPU, 12GB RAM and 256GB of UFS3.0 storage means the OnePlus 8 Pro absolutely smokes any game or application you throw at it, with even the most graphically intensive titles running as if they were on steroids.

The OnePlus 8 Pro doesn't skimp on high-end features, either, with the best camera system OnePlus has ever made partnered with IP68 dust and waterproofing and both wireless and reverse wireless charging.

The OnePlus 8 Pro is a truly brilliant smartphone and is easily recommended as the best Android phone on the market today for those shopping with a premium budget.

Google Pixel 4a

The Google Pixel 4a is the best budget Android phone in the world.

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3. Google Pixel 4a

The best budget Android phone

Specifications
Weight: 143 grams
Dimensions: 144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 5.81 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 3140mAh
Rear camera: 12.2 MP, f/1.7, 28mm (wide)
Front camera: 8 MP, f/2.0, 24mm (wide)
Reasons to buy
+Great camera+Pure software+Very well priced

The Google Pixel 4a was delayed several times before it saw the light of day, but we're glad that it's here now – it follows on from the template set down by the Pixel 3a, in that it combines a great camera with a decent design and pure Android software. Perhaps the best part is the price though: just $349/£349.

That makes it a very attractive proposition: it's capable of taking some fantastic photos, especially in low light, and with enough performance to handle the majority of smartphone tasks, what else do you need? It's not quite as polished or as powerful as the flagships of course, but it costs an awful lot less.

Google is adding an increasing number of exclusives to the Pixel too: the Night Sight mode for the camera for example, and the Recorder app that can convert speech into text in real time. You don't get 5G though – you'll have to wait for the Pixel 4a with 5G later in the year for that.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G best Android phones 2020


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4. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G

The best phone with digital stylus functionality

Specifications
Weight: 208 g
Dimensions: 164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.9 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 3088 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus / Exynos 990
RAM: 12GB
Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
Battery: 4500mAh
Rear cameras: 108MP f/1.8 wide+ 12MP f/3.0 (periscope telephoto) + 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide
Front camera: 10MP f/2.2 wide
Reasons to buy
+The best S Pen yet+Huge, bright screen+Plenty of power

There's a lot to like about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, and if you can manage the cost, it's undoubtedly one of the best Android experiences you're going to get this year. It features a brilliant design, a more than capable camera, and internal specs that mean it will outpace almost every phone on the market.

The biggest reason for buying the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, though, is of course that S Pen – scribble on the lock screen, control the camera remotely, unleash your creative side, and more. If you need a phone with a stylus for serious work on the go, this phone has you covered.

5G is on board, as the name of the phone suggests, which means you're covered for years when it comes to next-gen connectivity – and considering you've got the Exynos 990 or Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset (depending on region) running everything, this isn't a phone that'll be slowing down anytime soon.

As we've said, the price is a little on the eye-watering side, but for something you're going to use every day for years to come, you might consider it worthwhile. The triple-lens rear camera with 5x optical zoom deserves a mention too, as it's capable of capturing some fantastic snaps in any kind of lighting.

OnePlus Nord best smartphones 2020

The OnePlus Nord gives you plenty of bang for your buck.

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5. OnePlus Nord

The best mid-range Android phone of 2020

Specifications
Weight: 184 g
Dimensions: 158.3 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm
OS: OxygenOS / Android 10
Screen size: 6.44 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
RAM: 8GB / 12GB
Storage: 128GB / 256GB
Battery: 4115 mAh
Rear camera: 48MP f/1.8 wide + 8MP f/2.3 ultrawide + 5MP f/2.4 depth + 2MP f/2.4 macro
Front camera: 32MP f/2.5 wide + 8MP f/2.5 ultrawide
Reasons to buy
+Excellent screen and build quality+Clean, powerful OxygenOS+Packs in some high-end specs

OnePlus first made its name by offering very good phone specs at very good prices, so it's fitting that it's now back in that groove with the OnePlus Nord. While OnePlus phones have slowly got more expensive over the years, the Nord goes the other way and is a fantastic mid-ranger.

Starting at just £379 in the UK, you get a powerful Snapdragon 765G processor, at least 8GB of RAM, at least 128GB of storage, and 5G thrown in as well. That's not to mention the sharp, bright 6.44-inch display which zips along thanks to its 90Hz refresh rate – everything on this screen looks stunning.

Some compromises have been made to get the OnePlus Nord to this price: there's no wireless charging and no waterproofing, and the camera and battery life are good rather than great. All in all though, this is an amazing package that OnePlus has put together for the price.

Huawei P40 Pro Plus best Android phones 2020

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6. Huawei P40 Pro Plus

A truly superb Android phone, apart from the lack of apps

Specifications
Weight: 226g
Dimensions: 158.2 x 72.6 x 9 mm
OS: EMUI 10.1
Screen size: 6.58 inches
Resolution: 1200 x 2640 pixels
CPU: Kirin 990 5G
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 256GB / 512GB
Battery: 4200mAh
Rear cameras: 50 MP wide + 8 MP periscope + 8 MP telephoto + 40 MP ultrawide + TOF
Front camera: 32 MP + 32 MP
Reasons to buy
+Excellent build and display+Unbelievably good camera+Impressive battery life

There's no doubt the Huawei P40 Pro Plus is one of the best Android phones on the market, with a best-in-class camera, superb top-tier specs, a gorgeous design and display, brilliant build quality, and battery life that goes on and on. Even at this expensive price, you can't fail to be impressed.

There's only one big problem: because of the ongoing trade tensions between the US and China, Huawei isn't able to use any Google apps or access the Google Play Store, and that means a big chunk of your favourite apps are going to be missing (there are some workarounds, but we're not fully convinced by them). Is it worth the trade-off for all the benefits the P40 Pro Plus brings?

That's going to depend on which apps you use and how regularly you need them. Otherwise, the P40 Pro Plus shines in every area, especially that five-lens camera – it's able to make night look like day, it's that good, and it's likely to set the highest bar this year as far as smartphone cameras go.

Android phones Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra boasts elite-tier hardware.

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7. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

A fantastic hyper-premium Android phone with powerful camera system

Specifications
Weight: 222g
Dimensions: 166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.9-inches
Resolution: 1440 x 3200 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990
RAM: 12GB/16GB
Storage: 256GB/512GB
Battery: 5000mAh
Rear cameras: 108 MP wide + 48 MP periscope + 12 MP ultrawide + 0.3 MP TOF
Front camera: 40MP + 40MP
Reasons to buy
+Beautifully smooth 120Hz display+Very, very powerful hardware+Impressive camera system

Samsung's latest top of the range flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, is an absolute beast of handset and successfully bludgeons Android rivals into submission with a hyper-powerful hardware and software armoury of tech weapons.

First off the phone delivers 5G connectivity, and that's all 5G standards too, including sub-6, mmWave and NSA. Rapid mobile data connections are guaranteed. Next the phone comes with a simply stunning 6.9-inch 120Hz display, which is as buttery smooth as it is big and immersive.

From there the S20 Ultra wields a rapid Snapdragon 985 CPU and Adreno 650 GPU, and in its max-spec form, drops a gigantic 16GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage space. Its battery is equally as impressive, too, with a huge 5,000 mAh stack ensuring the phone has plenty of juice.

And that is saying nothing of the phone's MP-packed camera system, which delivers three powerful lenses (including a 108MP main!) on the rear along with a Time of Flight sensor for great depth, as well as large 40MP front-facing selfie camera.

Throw in the wonderfully refined Android 10 OS, as well as Samsung's own best-in-class One UI 2.0 skin, and it is easy to see why the S20 Ultra has been so well received.

Oppo Find X2 Pro

The Oppo Find X2 Pro is one of the best-value ultra-premium handsets in 2020

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8. Oppo Find X2 Pro

One of the best ultra-premium handsets in 2020

Specifications
Weight: 200g
Dimensions: 165.2 x 74.4 x 9.5mm
OS: ColorOS 7.0 based on Android 10
Screen Size: 6.7"
Resolutions: 1440x3200 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865
RAM: 12GB
Storage: 512GB
Rear camera: 48MP, 48MP, 13MP
Front camera: 32MP
Reasons to buy
+Excellent display+Hyper-premium flagship specs+Great quality camera

Oppo's ultra-premium offering contains one of the best screens we’ve ever seen on one of the fastest Android handsets we’ve ever used. The Oppo Find X2 Pro doesn’t always outstrip its competitors in the performance or camera stakes, but it’s an eye catching, high-spec, wonderful handset. 

The bright, clear 6.7" QHD+ screen, houses its “True Billion Colour Display” technology, said to be able to create depth and detail within colour like never before. It is a sumptuous screen, and the buttery-smooth 120Hz refresh rate is as good as advertised. The rear camera array consists of a 48MP wide-angle lens, a 48MP ultra-wide angle and a periscope 13MP telephoto lens with up to 60x digital zoom. It doesn’t quite have the enormous power of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra’s frankly brobdingnagian 100x “space zoom” functionality, but at mid-range, the camera shines.

It’s obviously not the cheapest smartphone on the market (at well over £1,000), but it's worth the money if you’re already considering a premium Android bit of kit and don't want to splurge the better part of £1500 on a phone like the S20 Ultra or the Huawei P40 Pro Plus.

Google Pixel 4 best Android phones 2020

The Google Pixel 4 delivers style and performance.

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9. Google Pixel 4

The best pure Android Pixel flagship phone for 2020

Specifications
Weight: 162g
Dimensions: 147.1 x 68.8 x 8.2mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 5.7 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2280 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 855
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 64GB/128GB
Battery: 2800mAh
Rear camera: 12.2MP f/1.7 + 16MP f/2.4
Front camera: 8MP f/2.0
Reasons to buy
+Even more fantastic camera+Pure Android experience

The Google Pixel 4 (and it's bigger brother, the Google Pixel 4XL) are ideal Android phone choices for users who prize photography and a pure Android experience. This phone's camera is top, top tier, delivering studio-like images and truly excellent low-light performance. While its unmodified Android 10 OS is just a joy to use – so fast and intuitive.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor and 6GB of RAM also means that the phone is more than capable of handling any app or game you can name from the Google Play Store and the Motion Sense feature – where you can wave your hand over the Pixel 4 to operate it – is one of the innovations that really makes the Pixel 4 stand out.

Huawei P30 Pro best Android phone

The Huawei P30 Pro's camera system is simply superb.

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10. Huawei P30 Pro

Still one of the best Android phones available

Specifications
Weight: 192g
Dimensions: 158 x 73.4 x 8.4mm
OS: Android 9.0 Pie
Screen size: 6.47 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels
CPU: Kirin 980
RAM: 6GB/8GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
Battery: 4200mAh
Rear camera: 40MP f/1.6 + 20MP f/2.2 + 8MP f/3.4 + TOF 3D
Front camera: 32MP f/2.0
Reasons to buy
+Packed with power+Quad-lens rear camera

Despite the Huawei Mate 30 and P40 ranges now existing, it is last year's P30 Pro that still gets the nod in our best Android phones list due to its ability to access Google's apps and services, as well as the Google Play Store. Oh, and the fact that it still delivers one of the very finest hardware and camera packages on the market.

We're talking internal components that are enough to give it lightning-fast performance (note the Kirin 980 processor and up to 8GB of RAM), as well as a quad-lens camera capable of performing some really impressive tricks – not least a whopping 5x of optical zoom! In terms of taking pictures, the P30 Pro is one of best Android phones in existence.

In T3's Huawei P30 Pro review we also praised its "gorgeous curved screen", "IP68 water and dust resistance", "fast in-display fingerprint scanner" and fancy "reverse wireless charging" tech. And that is saying nothing of this phone's long-lasting and rapid-charging battery stack, too.

best Android phones Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Pick up the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus for one of the best phones running Android there is in 2020.

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11. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Still a superb Android phone

Specifications
Weight: 175g
Dimensions: 74.1 x 157.6 x 7.8mm
OS: Android 9.0 (Pie)
Screen size: 6.4-inches
Resolution: QHD+
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 4,100mAh
Rear camera: Triple 16MP Ultra Wide-Angle + 12MP Dual Aperture + 12MP Telephoto
Front camera: 10MP + 8MP Depth Sensor
Reasons to buy
+Expansive 6.4-Inch Quad HD+ AMOLED+Up to 1.5TB storage via MicroSD card+Awesome Live Focus images from front-facing camera

When shopping for an Android phone in 2020 you absolutely shouldn't forget about the Galaxy S10 phones, which are still on sale from Samsung. The Galaxy S10 Plus offers a staggeringly good 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, with gorgeous colours and cavernous blacks, and very little in the way of bezels.

Even in a world where the Galaxy S20 phones exist, the S10 Plus is still a mouthwatering prospect – excellent performance, sparkling software, and a triple-lens rear camera that really does the business in any sort of lighting conditions. It's a phone that's hard to fault.

Considering it's now more than a year old, you'll be able to get some very decent prices on the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, and on the other S10 phones Samsung launched. Very worthy of your consideration of the best Android phones of 2020.

Nokia 7.2 best Android phones

It's another impressive mid-range smartphone from HMD Global: the Nokia 7.2.

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12. Nokia 7.2

Another fine budget Android phone from Nokia

Specifications
Weight: 180g
Dimensions: 159.9 x 75.2 x 8.3 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.3 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2280 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 660
RAM: 4GB / 6GB
Storage: 64GB / 128GB
Battery: 3,500mAh
Rear camera: 48 MP f/1.8 wide + 8 MP f/2.2 ultrawide + 5 MP f/2.4 depth
Front camera: 20 MP f/2.0
Reasons to buy
+Appealing design+Decent internal specs+Hard to beat on price

If you're looking for a great budget Android phone on the market at the moment. and don't fancy the Google Pixel 3a, then we make a very strong case for the Nokia 7.2. That's because it combines strong performance with clean software, a good camera, and a design that makes the phone appear much more expensive.

This shouldn't come as much of a surprise though, as Nokia (now owned by HMD Global) has an excellent track record in recent years of producing top-notch handsets at rock bottom prices. Every year the majority of phones in the Nokia range gets a well-judged update, and this phone is no different.

The 6.3-inch screen sported by the Nokia 7.2 is a definite highlight, but really it's the quality of the all-round package that makes this phone stand out. You don't get useful extras such as waterproofing or wireless charging, but you do get plenty of bang for your buck.

Huawei Nova 5T best Android phones 2020

The Huawei Nova 5T hits and Android phone sweet spot.

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13. Huawei Nova 5T

Huawei hits the budget Android phone sweet spot again

Specifications
Weight: 174g
Dimensions: 154.3 x 74 x 7.8 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.26 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2340 pixels
CPU: Kirin 980
RAM: 6GB/8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 3,750 mAh
Rear camera: 48MP f/1.8 + 16MP f/2.2 + 2MP f/2.4 + 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
Front camera: 32MP f/2.0
Reasons to buy
+Sleek, understated design+Plenty of power for the money+Fully stocked with Google apps

The Nova 5T is a little like Huawei's version of the Pixel 3a, but it's a touch more powerful than Google's mid-ranger, and available at around the same price – in other words, it's slightly-less-than-flagship specs and design for those who don't want to part with a huge chunk of cash for their next smartphone, and it's a very appealing package all round (and it still runs Google apps).

Huawei has always impressed with the cameras on its phones, and the quad-lens 48MP+16MP+2MP+2MP is ready to continue that trend – shots in most situations turn out really great (thanks in part to the on-board AI processing), and low light pictures are more than adequate too. In a nod to the phone's mid-range positioning there's no optical zoom here, but you do get an ultra-wide angle lens if you need one.

As for design, this is a really fantastic-looking phone, with a discreet punch hole notch and very little in the way of bezels. It's big without being too big, and overall it looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. Under the hood you get a generous 6GB of RAM and the Kirin 980 CPU – not Huawei's latest or fastest processor, but very close to it – and so this is a phone that won't let you down in the performance stakes either.

Moto G8 Power best Android phones 2020

The Moto G8 Power packs in plenty of... erm... power, with a battery that just runs and runs.

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14. Moto G8 Power

One of the best budget Android phones for long-lasting battery

Specifications
Weight: 197g
Dimensions: 156 x 75.8 x 9.6 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.4 inches
Resolution: 1,080 x 2,300 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 665
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 16MP f/1.7 wide + 8MP f/2.2 telephoto + 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide + 2MP f/2.2 macro
Front camera: 16MP f/2.0
Reasons to buy
+Straightforward, clean design+Brimming with value for money+Check out that battery size

Hats off to Motorola (now owned by Lenovo), because it keeps on producing some really rather good Android handsets for not very much money at all – and the Moto G8 Power is one of the latest examples of that. The big selling point here, hence the "Power", is that 5,000mAh battery.

As you can see from the other specs, this isn't a flagship phone, but it's capable enough to get through just about everything that you're going to throw at it (and the quad-lens rear camera isn't bad either). Considering the low, low price you can get this phone at, the specification is an impressive one.

Add in a clean, bloat-free version of Android 10, and we reckon this is well worth a place on our best Android phones of 2020 list – worth checking out if you want a phone that isn't going to let you down but which won't break the bank either.

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G best Android phones 2020

The Galaxy A90 5G is Samsung's cheapest phone with 5G on board.

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15. Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

Get a 5G Android phone for a lower price

Specifications
Weight: 206g
Dimensions: 164.8 mm x 76.4 mm x 8.4 mm
OS: Android 9
Screen size: 6.7 inches
Resolution: 1,080 x 2,880 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 855
RAM: 6GB/8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 48 MP f/2.0 + 8 MP f/2.2 + 5 MP f/2.2
Front camera: 32 MP f/2.0
Reasons to buy
+Bright, vivid, large 6.7-inch display+Get the fastest 5G speeds

Are you in the market for a 5G phone that doesn't blast a huge hole in your savings account? Of course you are, and the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G will definitely appeal in this department: it brings with it some top-quality specs, a design that's very pleasing on the eye, and that all-important 5G connectivity for less money than you might think.

With a Snapdragon 855 processor and at least 6GB of RAM, the Galaxy A90 5G is going to hold up well against the very best flagships on the market, and take note of the 48 MP camera around the back of the phone too – again one of the best specs you're going to come across this year.

Samsung always does well with its screens, and the 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display here is no exception – from Netflix to your web browser, everything is going to look bright and punchy. Throw in a very hefty 4,500mAh battery pack, wireless charging, and full IP68 waterproofing, and the question is – why would you pay any more?

Sony Xperia 5 best Android phones 2020

The Sony Xperia 5's screen is great for watching movies on the go.

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16. Sony Xperia 5

A screen that just goes on and on

Specifications
Weight: 164g
Dimensions: 158 x 68 x 8.2mm
OS: Android 9.0
Screen size: 6.1 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2520 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 855
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 3,140mAh
Rear camera: 12 MP f/1.6 + 12 MP f/2.4 + 12 MP f/2.4
Front camera: 8MP f/2.0
Reasons to buy
+Another excellent Sony screen+Camera offers real quality

The elongated 21:9 screen is what you notice first about the Sony Xperia 5, but there are plenty of other reasons to get excited about the flagship: the top-of-the-range Snapdragon 855 processor and 6GB of RAM, for example, which will cope with the most demanding tasks.

The Xperia 5 impresses in the camera department too, and doesn't disappoint in terms of battery life either, so you know you're getting a very decent handset when you part with your money to get this.

As always with Sony phones, the screen and general build quality are excellent, and the price is just about on the right side of affordable (in flagship terms at least). The biggest problem for the Xperia 5 might be how strong the competition is.

LG Velvet best Android phones 2020

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17. LG Velvet

LG's newest phone is a mid-range winner

Specifications
Weight: 180 grams
Dimensions: 167.2 x 74.1 x 7.9 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.8 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2460 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 765G
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 4300 mAh
Rear camera: 48 MP f/1.8 wide + 8 MP f/2.2 ultrawide + 5 MP f/2.4 depth
Front camera: 16 MP f/1.9
Reasons to buy
+Optional Dual Screen accessory+Keeps the 3.5mm headphone jack+Stylish new design language

The 5G-ready LG Velvet is something of a departure for the South Korean electronics giant, marking a change in direction for its design language and a bid to find success in the mid-range market rather than with a top-end flagship – the Snapdragon 756G processor is evidence of that.

That's not to say the LG Velvet is a sub-standard phone, just because it does have the very fastest CPU on the market. It comes packed with plenty of power, a decent camera and battery life, and nice bonuses such as wireless charging and an IP68 rating. It even has a headphone jack and, like several LG phones before it, works with the nifty Dual Screen accessory for twice as much screen room.

The only downside that we can see about this phone at the moment is that we don't have an official UK price for it yet – it's gone on sale in Europe but we're still waiting for it to hit these shores. If LG gets the price right, this could be a mid-range hit.

Android phone 2020

A frankly massive camera on a cheap and cheerful handset.

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18. Xiaomi Mi Note 10

One of the best Android phones for top-quality photos on a budget

Specifications
Weight: 208g
Dimensions: 157.8 x 74.2 x 9.67mm
OS: MiUI11, Android 9.0
Screen size: 6.47 inches
Resolution: 12032 x 9024 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 730
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 5,260mAh
Rear camera: 108MP
Front camera: 32MP
Reasons to buy
+108MP rear camera+32MP selfie shots+Large, high-quality 6.47" display

This handset is all about the camera, but this wallet-friendly phone looks and feels top-end, offering a mid-range alternative to the excellent Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro. It's very reasonably priced, but the real star of the show is the "penta camera" system with 108MP sensor, the first ever phone to break the 100-million pixel mark. 

It's good in most lighting conditions, but it's in daylight that the Mi Note 10's massive sensor really shines, being capable of picking out incredible detail. A 20MP wide angle, two telephoto lenses – at 5MP and 12MP – and a 2MP Macro lens rounds out the rear camera setup. The front display notch is back, as Xiaomi has squeezed 32MP into the selfie camera alone.

Away from its photography capabilities, the Xiaomi Mi Note 10 offers good mid-range specs. A 6.47-inch display and an under-screen fingerprint lock provides a large, vibrant canvas to show off your shots, while the gorilla-glass back gives it a premium feel. Combined with an amazing camera at a very appealing price, it's a solid entry from Xiaomi.