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Are you looking for a new phone? Our best smartphone list brings you the best phones available right now in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and the rest of the Middle East. If you already have your mobile OS alliance set you’ll want to check out either our ranking of the best Android phone or best iPhone.
If what’s on offer in our best smartphone list is a little too pricey for your taste, then don’t fear, as we’ve also got a list of the best cheap phones available right now.
2020 has seen an almost complete overhaul of this list with brand new devices entering the top 10 list including the OnePlus 8 Pro, iPhone SE, Oppo find X2 Pro and the recently introduced Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.
This list may soon change ever further. There’s rumors of the whole iPhone 12 range and OnePlus 8T that are expected to land before the end of the year.
We know that it’s not all about the high-cost, super spec phones all the time so we’ve made you a handy list of all the top smartphones that you can get on the market right now, assessing what really matters to you.
We test these phones rigorously, making sure that we check every angle and feature – but most importantly, considering whether they’ve got a decent battery, great screen, strong design and a cracking camera.
Then, perhaps most importantly, we consider the price too. Not everyone can afford (or even wants) a supercar-like handset in their pocket at all times, so we’ve ensured to give you a full ranking.
Both Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday are set to happen soon, so you should expect some of the best deals to land for mobile phones over the coming months that could make buying a new handset more affordable.
Want to know the best part for you? Our best phone list has never looked better. Let’s get started on our list of the top handsets. You can see them quickly below, and then we’re set to talk you through the very best phone in the world right now. What could it be?
Best phones at a glance
- Samsung Galaxy S20/S20 Plus
- iPhone 11 Pro/11 Pro Max
- OnePlus 8 Pro
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Oppo Find X2 Pro
- iPhone 11
- Huawei P40 Pro
- Motorola Edge Plus
- iPhone SE
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S20 is the best smartphone available right now. That covers both the S20 and the larger Galaxy S20 Plus, as there’s very little difference between the two handsets aside from size and a couple of specs.
They take the very best of what’s on the smartphone market and put it together in a compelling package that we loved testing.
Screen: Both these devices have phone screens that are a cut above the rest, and each is capable of a 120Hz refresh rate that will allow for far smoother scrolling and gameplay on your phone’s screen.
Battery life: The battery life on the Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S20 Plus isn’t the best we’ve ever seen on a smartphone, but larger batteries than the S10 series allow these devices to last longer and it’ll be enough for your day.
Both devices come with wireless charging, and there’s also a Reverse Power Share feature that allows you to top up your friend’s phone too.
Camera: Samsung has improved the camera suite on the Galaxy S20 devices compared to the Galaxy S10. It may not look far better on paper, but larger pixels and improved software adds to the flagship experience.
Mini verdict: The S20 and S20 Plus are packed full of the best Samsung has to offer, and it comes together to give you the best smartphone experience around right now. If we had to pick one, we’d go for the bigger screen, larger battery slightly improved rear camera of the Galaxy S20 Plus, but both phones deserve their best phone crown.
Read more: Galaxy S20 review | Galaxy S20 Plus review
The best Samsung Galaxy S20 deals
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Want something a bit more from your iPhone? You’re in luck with the iPhone 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, as they feature improved spec including a more high-end rear camera that can compete with the very best.
It’ll cost more than the iPhone 11 (which is probably the best phone for the average iPhone user), but if you’re after the very best iPhone, the Pro range is what you want.
Other than the obvious size, there’s very little difference between the 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max, which is why we grouped them together in our best phone roundup.
Screen: It’s the biggest decision you’ll have to make. Will you go for the 5.8-inch 11 Pro (which is easier to use one-handed) or the larger 6.5-inch 11 Pro Max (which is great for movies and gaming)? Either way, you get a great display which packs a colourful punch.
Battery life: The battery life on the 11 Pro series is slightly longer than the last few generations of the iPhone, but don’t expect anything game changing here when it comes to the length your phone will last for.
Camera: Apple has put most of its focus into the rear cameras on this device, and while the design of the rear of the phone has been controversial these cameras can create some truly stunning photography that competes with the very best camera phones.
Mini verdict: You’ll have to spend a bit extra to get the iPhone 11 Pro, but it’s well worth it if you want a phone that sports iOS 13 but comes with top-end features.
Read our in-depth iPhone 11 Pro review | iPhone 11 Pro Max review
Price comparison: The best iPhone 11 Pro deals
The OnePlus 8 Pro blew us away when we reviewed it, and the company is chasing Samsung and Apple on our best phones list for that very reason. While the OnePlus 8 is also an option, it’s missing many of the features we like about the Pro, which we outline below.
Screen: This 6.78-inch has the ability to impress you more than an iPhone for one simple reason: the ‘Fluid Display’ that sets the refresh rate to 120Hz. Not only does it make game look better, but simply scrolling the web looks smoother. You’ll also find nice upscaling and HDR10+ here, though false touches along the screen edges did give us trouble at times.
Battery life: If you need your phone battery to last all day long, the OnePlus 8 Pro achieves that, according to our tests. Its 4,510 battery capacity isn’t the biggest next to what Samsung’s phones are touting, but when setting the resolution to Full HD+, we did get by on a single charge very easily. We also took advantage of OnePlus (finally) adding wireless charging – in fact, it’s the fastest wirelessly charging device we’ve ever tested.
Camera: OnePlus has always lagged behind when it came to its cameras, though the OnePlus 8 Pro closes the gap. Its quad-lens array on the back of the phone allows for fine 48MP photos and a 3x optical zoom along with a 30x digital zoom. We can’t call it the best camera phone on the market, but it’s among the best cameras on an Android in this price range.
Mini verdict: It’s amazing that with Apple and Samsung’s top phones out of the way, we have the at-one-time-little-known OnePlus doing so well that it’s claimed a spot within the top 5 phones of 2020. While this version is more expensive than prior OnePlus phones, it doesn’t cut corners. You’re getting 5G, a 120Hz screen refresh rate, a great camera with 3x optical zoom, and super fast wireless charging. It’s a bit tall and only comes in one size (with the smaller OnePlus 8 a very different experience), and, to be expected, the camera is good but not good enough to rival the phones ranked ahead of it.
Read more: OnePlus Pro 8 review
Samsung’s latest super-premium smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, with advanced features, a great-looking screen, and special features for the S Pen stylus which comes included in the phone, that give you added versatile ways to use your device.
Sure it’s expensive, and pretty huge, and doesn’t actually have all the bells and whistles of the Galaxy S20 Ultra. But those weaknesses are made up for with plenty of advantages.
Screen: The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra has one of the best display’s on any smartphone, with a 120Hz refresh rate (at FullHD+ resolution) and the option of QHD+ resolution (at a 60Hz refresh rate) – plus at 6.9 inches there’s plenty of space for movies, games and productivity apps.
Camera: The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra camera is… impressive. With 0.5x ultrawide, 1x regular, 5x optical and 50x digital zoom levels, you can get closer to subjects and still get stunning shots.
Battery life: If the Note 20 Ultra has a slight weak point, it’s battery. In the most of the world (basically outside North America) the handset comes with Samsung’s Exynos 990 chipset which isn’t quite as power efficient – if you push the handset, you’ll need to recharge before the day is out.
Mini verdict: This is a real top-end phone with top specs in every sector, so if your budget (and hand) can stretch for it, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the power and productivity user’s phone of choice.
Read more: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review
Price comparison: The best Galaxy Note 20 Ultra deals
This is the highest we’ve ever had Oppo rank on our best phone list, and that’s because the Oppo Find X2 Pro is the most accomplished phone from the manufacturer so far.
You’ll find a top display, processor, camera and much more on the Oppo Find X2 Pro that justifies its high price tag. The battery life isn’t fantastic, but otherwise this is one of the very best phones on sale right now.
Screen: The 6.7-inch display on this phone is one of the very best on the market right now. The resolution is fantastic, it’s punchy and you’ll enjoy using the screen on this device if you’re after a large phone.
Battery life: This is where the Oppo Find X2 Pro does fall down, and we found that it’ll last a solid day with moderate usage but if you’re planning to use your phone a lot you may need to look elsewhere.
Camera: There is some fantastic spec here making it one of the very best camera phones you can buy right now. The 60x zoom is particularly impressive on the Find X2 Pro.
Mini Verdict: This isn’t the cheap handset you may expect from Oppo. It’s a top-end phone that’s capable of fighting against the big guns of Apple, Samsung and OnePlus that surround it. If you’re after something different, be sure to read our review below.
Read more: Oppo Find X2 Pro review
There’s a new hero for iPhone fans, with the iPhone 11 offering the best mix of features and price from Apple.
The specs here aren’t as impressive as they are on the iPhone 11 Pro or iPhone 11 Pro Max, but the trade-off in a lower price for this device still makes it a top-buy for many Apple fans.
Screen: This isn’t the best screen you’ll find on an iPhone, but it’s still a vibrant display that’s large enough to watch video on.
Battery life: The easiest way to describe battery life on the iPhone 11 is good, but not great. You’ll get around a day of usage from the iPhone 11, but it’s not as good as the Pro Max.
Camera: Expect a similar experience from the camera on the iPhone 11 as on the iPhone XR. If you want the best camera on an iPhone, you’ll want the Pro, but it’s still an impressive shooter on the rear of the standard 11.
Mini verdict: The iPhone 11 offers some of the best features from Apple in a more affordable package. Many will be happy with what the iPhone 11 can do, but others will want to look toward the high-spec iPhone 11 Pro or Pro Max to get the very best.
Read our in-depth iPhone 11 review
Price comparison: The best iPhone 11 deals
The Huawei P40 Pro is Huawei’s latest effort and from a hardware perspective, it easily matches or exceeds almost every flagship Android phone. It has the best camera on any phone and shines under low-light performance. What holds it back is the lack of Google Mobile Services (GMS)
Screen: The large 6.58-inch OLED screen on the P40 Pro is curved from all sides and and offers a 90Hz refresh rate for smooth operation.
Battery life: The 4,200mAh battery on the Huawei P40 Pro along with good battery management easily keeps the phone running all day with plenty of power left over at night.
Camera: There is no denying that the Huawei P40 Pro is currently the best camera phone. The 50 MP, f/1.9 primary sensor takes stunning shots in low light while the 5X optical zoom lens and ultra wide lens offer plenty of flexibility.
Software: What is likely to be a deal breaker for some is the lack of Google Mobile Services on the Huawei P40 Pro. Though Huawei is continuously building its own set of services, it could be a while before you can use all your favorite apps on new Huawei phones.
Mini Verdict: Were it not for the fact that the Huawei P40 Pro lacked Google Mobile Services, this phone would have placed a lot higher in our list of best phones- possibly even topping it. With a fantastic camera and a beautiful design, the phone has almost everything going for it.
Read more: Huawei P40 Pro review
The Motorola Edge Plus returns the brand to the big mobile leagues, offering up genuine flagship competition in an attractive package.
It’s an impressive handset, with three rear cameras and a waterfall display, providing great snaps and a high-end design.
It’s not widely available in the UK, nor is it cheap, but you can pick it up from Motorola’s website for £1,049.99.
Screen: The Motorola Edge Plus has a 6.7-inch OLED display with a Full HD+ (2340 x 1080p) resolution, which actually looks sharper than the resolution may suggest. There’s support for a 90Hz refresh rate, which makes scrolling much smoother.
Battery life: The sizable 5,000mAh battery inside the Motorola Edge Plus easily gives you over a day of use from a single charge – which means you will be able to party into the early hours without the fear of your phone dying when it comes to getting a cab home.
Camera: The Edge Plus takes mobile photography to the next level for Motorola, with an array of rear cameras fit for its flagship asking price. The Edge Plus’ suite of cameras perform well, and it’s only when your compare them with with the likes of the Galaxy S20+, Note 20 Ultra and OnePlus 8 Pro where you see they don’t quite hit all the high marks.
Mini verdict: The Edge Plus is Motorola’s first genuine flagship in years, boasting top specs, a gorgeous display and a trio of rear cameras. With 5G connectivity as well, the phone checks all the boxes as a serious contender against heavyweights from Samsung, Apple, and OnePlus.
Read our full Motorola Edge Plus review
The iPhone SE 2020 is the sequel to the one-hand-friendly iPhone from 2016, and it takes the power and specs we loved from the iPhone 11 series and crams them into the design of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8.
Screen: This new iPhone SE has a 4.7-inch screen borrowed from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, so it’s bigger than the original iPhone SE, but remains one-hand-friendly. That’s become important for people who have been demanding a smaller phone. This is the one to get, even if the resolution and bezel won’t wow anyone.
Battery life: As long as you aren’t a power user (who would likely opt for the iPhone 11 series anyway), then you’ll be OK with what Apple offers in terms of battery life. It’s not going to last you any longer than a day, though, with generally the same amount of power as we saw on the iPhone 8, which had a 1,821mAh battery capacity.
Camera: For the money, the iPhone SE 2020 takes perfectly fine photos in good light. You won’t notice much of a difference outside of it occasionally failing to nail perfect exposure levels and depth of field outdoors during the daytime. Dim the lights, however, and you’ll notice one glaring omission: the night mode that’s on the more powerful iPhones. That requires an upgrade to at least the iPhone 11.
Mini verdict: This isn’t Apple’s most powerful iPhone, but it’s the best value for people who want to stick with iOS 13 without paying through the nose. Its screen technology won’t wow you like an iPhone 11 Pro, and there’s just one camera on the back, but starting £419 means this is hard to be if you’re on a budget and don’t want to switch to Android.
Read more: iPhone SE 2020 review
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus is one of the largest phones there is, but this stylus-toting handset is one of our favorite phone you can buy right now.
It’s expensive, but it features some of the best specs you’ll get on a smartphone in 2019.
Screen: The screen on this phone is huge and the Infinity-O cutout means there’s little interruption to the display here, allowing for an immersive experience.
Battery life: We found the battery life on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus to easily last the whole day, plus the fast charging tech means you’re able to pump it up quickly when you’re nearing 0%.
Camera: The camera setup on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus isn’t the best on the market, but it’s impressive and offers a lot of fun features that you may want to play around with.
Mini Verdict: Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Plus is a remarkable device, but it’s only for those who want a large phone and don’t mind spending that bit extra on a device. The S10 Plus will be more suitable for most, but the Note 10 Plus is a great phone too.
Read more: Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review
Price comparison: The best Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus deals