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Huawei P40 Pro Review- Great Phone with One Thing Holding It Back

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Huawei has been at the forefront when it comes to smartphone cameras. Sure, the Google Pixel line of phones is always better when it comes to hardware and software integration, but Huawei phones, especially their P-Series smartphones, are great from a photography standpoint.

That being said, the company’s newest flagship has already hit the market. Is it any good? Can it carry on the tradition of Huawei’s P-series devices?

You can find out more about it by reading our review of the Huawei P40 Pro.

Design

Let’s start with the design. There are some companies that would create phones thinking solely about how it looks, but not necessarily how it feels in the hand. Well, that is about to change in this one.

The Huawei P40 Pro has a frosted matte glass material at the back which is incredibly nice to look at. Since it has a matte finish, the phone will never slip from your grasp.

Not a lot of people are fans of curved displays but I am glad to say that the curved edges of this phone are not as pronounced as others.

The rounded corners of the device are also something new. While most curved displays have sharp edges, the ones on this device don’t feel bad at all.

Bear in mind that the Huawei P40 Pro is a pretty chunky phone. It weighs 209 grams and is 9mm thick. For comparison, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is a millimeter thinner but weighs a bit heavier at 226 grams.

Display

Huawei P40 Pro Review 2020

Last year, we were treated with an all-screen display that allowed us to consume content without having to deal with a hole-punch or teardrop design. Apparently, those are coming back in 2020.

The Huawei P40 Pro has a 6.58-inch OLED screen that is vibrant and punchy and has a resolution of 2640×1200.

People that want a high-refresh-rate display will also be happy to know that this device has one as well. It has a 90Hz screen refresh rate that you can toggle on or off depending on your preference. Oneplus is at the forefront of introducing high-refresh-rate displays and I am happy that Huawei is catching up.

For added security, you can also utilize the in-display fingerprint sensor. There is also a face unlock functionality, though this feature is not as fast as iPhone devices.

My only gripe with this phone’s display is its hole-punch design. It would have been okay if the phone only had one camera, but the dual selfie camera at the front of the device just takes up too much space.

That means that although there is still a lot of screen real estate that you can utilize, the notifications area suffers as a result.

Camera

What makes Huawei’s P-Series flagship devices special is their included cameras and the P40 Pro definitely does not disappoint. In other words, it carries the tradition that its predecessors have set.

The phone comes with an array of cameras that work in unison to provide crisp, vivid, and stunning photos.

Its main camera is a 50-megapixel shooter with an aperture of f/1.9. It is coupled with a 40-megapixel wide-angle lens and another 12-megapixel telephoto camera. For better AI performance, the P40 Pro also has a time of flight depth sensor as well.

The Huawei P40 Pro’s camera array has amazing capabilities. Aside from allowing you to take stunning photos, you can also utilize its digital zoom up to 50x. Ideally, you want to stay at the 5x-10x range, but the 50x zoom is actually fun to use.

Surprisingly, even with that level of magnification, photos do not look noisy at all. In fact, with adequate lighting, you can really praise the company for including such a feature.

Image stabilization is good when taking photos and videos so you can vlog with this phone without a problem.

Both the front and back cameras allow you to record a maximum of 4K 60fps videos, though it would still be good if you were to set it to 1080p or 1440p.

So, is there anything that the P40 Pro’s cameras cannot do? Well, nothing, other than the fact that multi-camera smartphones tend to be victims of photo variance, especially if color balance, lighting, and other factors are considered.

Specs, Performance, Software

Huawei P40 Pro 2020

  • Display: 6.58-inch OLED, 2640 x 1200 resolution, 90Hz refresh rate
  • CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 990
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MP16
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: (back) 50-megapixel f/1.9, 40-megapixel ultra-wide f/1.8, 12-megapixel telephoto, time of flight sensor; (front) 32-megapixel with IR Sensor
  • IP Rating: IP68
  • Battery: 4,200 mAh Non-removable, 40W charger included; 27-watt wireless charger capable (sold separately)
  • Software: EMUI10.1/ Android 10

The Huawei P40 Pro’s performance package is amazing. It comes with the company’s HiSilicon Kirin 990 octa-core processor that handles all of the tasks that you throw at it without any hiccups whatsoever.

It is also coupled by the Mali-G76 MP16 GPU so even if you play graphics-intensive games, this phone can handle it. Keep in mind that this device was not meant to be a bonafide gaming phone so playing games for hours on end may heat the device up considerably.

People might be wary of the phone’s 8GB of RAM. That is because other flagship devices typically come with 12GB or more, though in most cases, 8GB of RAM is definitely more than adequate (even in 2020 and in the foreseeable future).

This device also has a hefty 4,200 mAh battery. I am really surprised by how power-efficient this phone is. Even during moderate to intense use, the phone still has a lot of juice to last more than a day.

Its included 40-watt charger just takes 70 minutes to fully charge the device and if you have Qi Wireless Charger, the phone also supports that as well (though it is sold separately).

While this phone has the performance package that can compete with other flagship devices on the market, where it falls short is in its software.

People that are accustomed to using Google Services before might shy away from this phone due to the simple fact that it doesn’t come with Google Play.

For those of you who do not know, USA’s President Trump blacklisted Huawei devices due to security concerns and that is why Google (a US company) cannot do anything but to comply with the president’s command.

That is also the reason why there is no Google Play Store on Huawei devices released in late 2019 and early 2020. So, what is the alternative?

Well, Huawei actually made its own version of the Play Store called Huawei App Gallery and it is definitely getting better and better.

While it is, by no means, the same as Google Play Store in terms of robustness and fluidity, most of the apps that you will need might also be in the App Gallery as well.

Do keep in mind that for lesser-known applications, you might have to wait a little while longer because the App Gallery is still under development.

Whether this deters you from buying this phone is really up to you. All I can say is that Huawei’s own app gallery is getting better as the months go by.

Huawei P40 Pro Smartphone

Verdict

For the price of $945, there is a lot to love (and hate) about the Huawei P40 Pro. Sure, it still has one of the best cameras in a smartphone out there thanks to its triple cameras at the back and dual selfie cameras at the front.

Its performance package may have middling performance when compared to other flagship phones, but it is definitely no slouch as it can handle any task out there with aplomb.

Where this phone falls short is in its software and availability. For starters, due to the US debacle, this device doesn’t come with the Google Play Store, meaning, you will have to download apps from the company’s own App Gallery.

Second, this phone is not available in the US, so you will have to purchase one internationally (effectively increasing the price if you are a US citizen).

This would have been a really good flagship device if it weren’t for the issues just mentioned. Would I recommend this phone? Absolutely! But of course, you have to be willing to accept its compromises first before making the purchase.

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GoPro Hero 9 Black Review- This Action Camera is Going 5K

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Even though we are asked to stay at home due to the Covid-19 situation, this is not to say that you should not invest in things that you will most likely use in the future.

If you are into action cameras, the GoPro Hero 9 Black was just released and I’d have to say that it is a huge improvement over its predecessor. It is safe to say that it is the best iteration yet.

Today, I am going to review this action camera so that you can have an informed decision about whether or not you should also get one for yourself.

Design

The GoPro Hero 9 Black is the largest GoPro has to offer yet. It measures 71 x 55 x 33.6mm and it also weighs 158 grams. It is bigger and heavier than its predecessors but it is actually not that big of a deal because it still remains relatively compact.

It has a predominantly black aesthetic with the company branding seen on the front of the camera and is painted white.

One of the biggest additions to the Hero 9 Black is the front-facing display which is ideal if you are thinking about vlogging or streaming. This allows you or any model to find out how they’re positioned so you do not have to command them to do anything else since they can already see for themselves.

You also get a removable lens cover that allows you to use your lens mods. This has been implemented before but has been changed in later versions. It is refreshing to see this coming back.

Camera Sensor

GoPro Hero 9 Black Review 2020

What is interesting about the GoPro Hero 9 Black is that it now has a 23.6-megapixel main sensor that is capable of recording 5K resolution videos at 30 frames per second.

Now, you might be thinking about why you need a 5K camera since most displays nowadays are only set at 4K. Well, there is actually a use-case for that.

If you’ve ever used any vlogging or action cameras before and you’ve recorded some footage in 4K, you will find that there are some areas where the resulting video is cropped. That is most likely due to the lower pixel count in smaller cameras.

With the Hero 9 Black, because you have plenty of pixels to work with, that same cropping method will no longer be present here since the camera is capable of outputting more pixels than ever before.

So, even if you are not really going to use its 5K resolution setting, you are still getting more pixels in 4K that you can use in your monitor or TV which is pretty impressive.

Features

GoPro Hero 9 Black

There are so many features that you may want to use when you’re recording with the GoPro Hero 9 Black. The first is Hypersmooth 3.0.

Because this is an action camera, you want the resulting photo or video to be stabilized at all times and that is what the said feature can do. However, when comparing it to the previous version, there is no noticeable difference, but you might notice it more than me.

The next one is the linear view. This is basically a feature that vloggers would want to enable. Essentially, if the camera is orientated in a way that is natural for most people while they’re moving, the linear view makes it a point to stabilize the subject as much as possible. It is a bit similar to Hypersmooth, albeit this one is more of an auto-correction.

Another unique feature is the TimeWarp 3.0. If you’ve used iPhones before, this is basically a feature where the frame rate remains consistent (normal) then slows down to a crawl for those amazing shots.

TimeWarp 3.0 is ideal for whenever you are doing fast-paced movements and recording, though use it sparingly as the feature can drain the battery more than any other recording modes.

It is worth mentioning that the GoPro Hero 9 Black can also be used as a webcam as well. This is great for work from home setups and you can set the resolution to 1080p (which is pretty much standard fare in most streaming sites).

To use this as a webcam, you must first download its software either on Windows or Macs. I haven’t tried the latter, but the Windows version (which is still in beta) is actually a joy to use.

Alternatively, you can download the camera’s companion app if you want to transfer files to and from your camera, as well as do a lot more things.

Battery Life

You might think that the Hero 9 Black suffers in the battery department, especially with the introduction of a front display, as well as more power-hungry features. In a way, there is some truth to that but there are some optimizations at play here that will still give you more battery than you will ever need in a single session.

The GoPro Hero 9 Black comes with a 1,720 mAh battery which is 500 mAh higher than the Hero 8. Battery life improves a bit, but this thing can still last anywhere between 90-150 minutes depending on the resolution and the features that you have enabled.

That is pretty impressive given that it comes with new technologies.

Mods

GoPro Hero 9 Black Mods

The company will be releasing what is known as the ‘Media Mod’ that will also come with the Display and Light mods as well.

This is basically more suited for dedicated filming as it helps give you features that can make your video recording life so much easier.

At the time of writing, the mod will be released next month for $99.99. 

Verdict

The new GoPro Hero 9 Black is pretty easy to recommend because it now supports a higher resolution and has a slew of new features that you will really like.

Although its form factor is certainly bigger than its predecessor, you will also get a bigger battery life as a result.

Next month, the company will be releasing certain mods that will allow you to record videos quickly and seamlessly, though you will have to spend a bit more money to get that.

All in all, I am impressed with the GoPro Hero 9 Black. Sure, its size is bigger but I think that its extra heft is warranted and you still get the durability of GoPro’s of the past.

The GoPro Hero 9 Black is priced at $450, though you can get it for $399 if you are willing to opt into the company’s subscription service.

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The Best Flagship Phones This August 2020 That Will Definitely Suit Your Needs

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Do you want to buy only the best of the best phones out there? If so, read this article to find out our recommendations for the best flagship phones this August 2020.

We are now in the second half of the year and if you are interested to know the best phones that you can buy, read further to find out what they are.

Best Flagship Phones in August

1.Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Price: $929

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Among all of the top smartphone companies on the market, Samsung is always the first one to release its flagship products and one of them is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. The good thing about being first, in this regard, is that the products will be sold at discounted prices later this year (which is now quite evident on this one).

Anyway, what makes the S20 Ultra so special is its unique array of cameras. Its quadruple-camera setup is highlighted by the 108-megapixel wide-angle lens followed by a 48-megapixel telephoto sensor.

Thanks to the latter camera lens, the phone is able to accomplish 10x lossless zoom which means that you can zoom in on your chosen subjects without a loss in picture quality.

Although you can technically use its 30x zoom feature, that is just a digital zoom and, graininess and photo noise will be present if you max that out.

Aside from its impressive cameras, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra also has other amazing things as well.

It has a massive 6.9-inch Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz screen refresh rate (which makes this one of the company’s first smartphones to ever have a fast display).

As you can expect, the Super AMOLED screen has HDR10 support which means that color performance and picture quality are superb no matter what content you intend to look at using this device.

Since 5G is going to be the new standard moving forward, this is also a great 5G-enabled phone.

Lastly, the device has a pretty hefty 5,000 mAh battery so it will have no problems lasting an entire day even with moderate to heavy use.

While it was originally sold at a price of $1,349, it is now priced at $929 which is definitely a good deal.

2.OnePlus 8 Pro

Price: $849

OnePlus 8 Pro

Although it was hard to recommend the Oneplus 8, its pro version is certainly one of the best flagship phones on the market.

The OnePlus8 Pro has a lot of nice features. It has a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz screen refresh rate and 1440p resolution. Whether you are watching your favorite shows or playing your games on this thing, the display can handle anything with flying colors!

As you can expect from a top-of-the-line device, it comes with the latest SoC from Qualcomm in the form of the Snapdragon 865. It is also packed with 8GB of RAM for the base model and 12GB for the priciest configuration.

At first, its cameras were mediocre at best but it has certainly become quite a contender thanks to the numerous updates it had received since the phone was released.

People that want to have full confidence that their phones are not going to run out of battery will be happy to know that this one is a survivor. If you need to top it up, its 30-watt warp charger will have no problems doing so.

3.Sony Xperia 1 II

Price: $1,192

Sony Xperia 1 II Review 2020

Sony was out of the game for quite some time but the company has since resurfaced to bring you one of the best and most unique smartphones on the market.

The Sony Xperia 1 II is a great media consumption and photo/video editing device. It is unique because it is one of the only smartphones on the market that has a 21:9 aspect ratio screen, which means that you get a lot of different graphical elements displayed on the phone at one time.

Speaking of the screen, you are getting a 6.5-inch OLED display with a resolution of 3840 x 1644. It is odd, but the company touts this device’s resolution to be 4K. True enough, the images are crisp and vibrant no matter what content you intend to look at.

As is evident in a flagship device, the Sony Xperia 1 II comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

Aside from its display, its built-in photo and video creation and editing applications make this quite an appealing device to use for content creators.

You can literally do whatever you want- take amazing photos, record stellar videos- and you can do all of the editings directly on the phone itself which is pretty cool.

This phone is also the only flagship device that has a 3.5mm headphone jack, so for all of the audiophiles out there, this smartphone is quite an appealing choice.

4.iPhone 11 Pro Max

Price: $890

iPhone 11 Pro Max

Aside from the Google Pixel, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has an amazing camera- both in the hardware and software department.

To be honest, Apple always creates interesting smartphones every year. The A13 Bionic chip on this thing can even outperform Qualcomm’s latest chipset by a couple of points. This also translates to real-world performance as well.

The ‘Max’ version is the biggest among the iPhone 11 line and has a 6.5-inch OLED display and up to 512GB of internal storage. I know, the RAM is only a measly 4GB but do keep in mind that Apple did some amazing optimizations to ensure that the device gets the most out of its hardware.

What makes iPhones so special is their camera performance. Each and every iteration of the device, you’re getting an improved set of cameras which makes Apple a household name when it comes to great camera phones.

Photographers that often engage in low-light photography will definitely love what the iPhone 11 Pro Max has to offer.

If you want to save a bit more money, you can go for the non-Max version but keep in mind that you are sacrificing screen size and a bit of battery capacity if you do so.

5.Oppo Find X2 Pro

Price: $1,450

The priciest phone on this list is none other than the Oppo Find X2 Pro. This phone is quite unique which kind of warrants its very steep price tag.

So, what is so special about this thing? To be honest, it is one of the most versatile flagships out there on the market out there. Why? Because almost everything about it is amazing.

You have a 6.7-inch AMOLED display that can be set to a high 120hz screen refresh rate. It is HDR10-compatible so you can enjoy online HDR content with superb visual fidelity.

It has very good specs to back it up. You are getting the latest flagship chipset from Qualcomm, a hefty 12GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage.

The device also has a 4,260 mAh battery as well. Oh, you are running out of juice? Do not worry, its SuperVOOC charger ensures that the device is not going to die on you. A 15-min charge can give you 40% of battery life. It is that impressive!

Although its cameras do not outperform the Google Pixel devices and Apple’s iPhone, it certainly is no slouch as it can also deliver some stunning images as well.

Seriously, if you have the money to spend, the Oppo Find X2 Pro is the most flagship phone you can get this August.

6.Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Price: $720

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Here’s a fun fact for you: Which of the smartphones today can rival the Google Pixel 3 XL when it comes to camera quality? If you’ve answered Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, then you are right on the money.

The S20 Plus was released earlier this year but it certainly still deserves a slot on this list mainly because of its amazing camera performance. Sure, it doesn’t truly rival the Ultra version of the lineup but it can still go head-to-head with what Google has to offer.

Although its lossless zoom is only maxed at 3x, you still get stunning photos without enabling the said feature. That is thanks to the 64-megapixel telephoto lens, 12-megapixel wide, and 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensors.

You got to love Samsung when it comes to phone displays. The S20 Plus has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display that can also be set to a 120Hz screen refresh rate. Because it is HDR10 compliant and because the picture quality is stunning all throughout, you can also play your favorite Android games here and enjoy every second of it.

Just like its ‘Ultra’ brother, the S20 Plus also comes with flagship components and a hefty battery that can last an impressive 10 hours and 30 minutes with moderate use.

So, why did I include this on the list? Well, that is because you can snag one up for just $720 for the base model which comes with the Snapdragon 865 chipset, 12GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. To me, this is a definite steal, so you’d want to get this one as soon as possible.

Conclusion

There are really some awesome flagship phones on the market from big companies such as Samsung, Apple, and even some interesting ones such as Sony and Oppo.

All of the phones on this list are great and you can never go wrong by choosing either one of them.

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Best Android Smartphones in 2020- From True Flagships to the Top Budget Phones

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The beauty of the Android mobile operating system is its diversity. Because it is open-source, different phone companies can create their own versions and provide better value that will suit the different needs of the consumers.

If you are looking to buy one soon, then read further as I will go over some of the best Android smartphones in 2020.

I will separate them based on price tiers from the truly high-end to the budget and mid-range offerings.

Best Flagship Android Phones

1.Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Price: $1,199

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

If you want the best overall flagship Android device of 2020, then look no further than the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. There is a lot to love about this device and I am going to go over them here.

First is that this is one of the company’s first devices that has a fast refresh rate screen. It can go as high as 120Hz but bear in mind that by doing so, you effectively increase its battery drain. Fortunately, there are many ways to top up the phone’s battery, so you need not worry about this too much.

Second, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus’ camera is better than what the Google Pixel 4 has to offer. Unlike the latter, the S20 Plus has an ultra-wide sensor, which is then coupled by a 64-megapixel telephoto lens, 12-megapixel wide sensor, and a time-of-flight sensor as well.

The third is the screen is just so amazing. It is a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display that has a resolution of 1440p. Although it does have that hole punch cutout for the selfie camera, you still have a lot of screen real estate to work with.

It should also come as no surprise that you get the top-of-the-line chipsets with this device. Depending on your region, you either get the Snapdragon 865 or the Exynos variant which is still pretty good overall.

My only complaint here is that the phone is not optimized enough to handle the faster screen refresh rate. Fortunately, it does come with a fast charger and you also have the option to wirelessly charge the phone as well.

If you want the best overall Android smartphone in 2020, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is the best one out there.

2.OnePlus 8 Pro

Price: $999

OnePlus 8 Pro

Once a company that creates flagship killers is now one that manufactures actual flagships. The OnePlus 8 Pro is the company’s ‘true’ flagship product and it certainly delivers.

It has a very vibrant 6.78-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 1440p. What’s more, the display can be clocked at a 120Hz refresh rate so that all of the graphical elements it can display will become buttery smooth.

While the S20 Plus’ camera is better, the OnePlus 8 Pro is actually good. It has received a lot of updates that have certainly improved the camera’s performance and I can now recommend it for some photography on the side.

Aside from the top-of-the-line specs, one amazing feature of this phone is its battery and the included charger. Dubbed as the ‘Warp’ charger, it can top up the device from 0 to 100% in just under an hour which is pretty insane.

The pro variant is also capable of Qi wireless charging, though the base model, sadly, does not.

The OnePlus 8 Pro is what I would recommend for people that want a cheaper flagship phone that delivers powerful performance and insane battery life.

If I had to nitpick here, I would say that the curved display is prone to accidental touches, though your muscle memory will catch on.

3.Sony Xperia 1 II

Price: $1,199

Sony Xperia 1 II Review

Sony hasn’t had a flagship in a while but I am happy that the company is getting right back on track. The Sony Xperia 1 II is its newest flagship and I have to say that it ticks the right boxes.

It does have a boxy design but the company has made it so that it will have svelte looks regardless.

The phone is equipped with components that you would normally expect on a high-end phone such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, 6.5-inch OLED 4K display with HDR10+ certification, 256GB internal storage with an option to expand it, a good array of cameras that are perfect for cinematography, IP68 rating, and has a considerable 8GB of RAM.

I really love its display because aside from it having a 4K resolution, it can also handle HDR content without any issues. The only downside to this is that the display is locked at 60Hz which means that if you are looking for a faster screen, this is not it.

It is also worth mentioning that it has a slow charger at only 15-watts, so it might take some time to fully give juice to this device.

Still, the camera array is pretty good both for images and capturing videos. It is so good, in fact, that you can use the phone as a vlogging camera if you are a content creator.

Even though it doesn’t have a fast display and it only has a slow charger, the Sony Xperia 1 II still has all of the right specs that people will surely love. And oh, did I mention that it does have a headphone jack?

4.Oppo Find X2 Pro

Price: $1,450

Oppo Find X2 Pro

The Oppo Find X2 Pro is a surprisingly good flagship contender in 2020. Aside from the high-end specs, one of its biggest features is its display.

This phone has a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440p and can be set at a 120Hz refresh rate. But, what’s interesting here is that this device has one of the most color-accurate displays among smartphones out there.

So accurate, in fact, that it has a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut score, which means that consuming media content on this device is a dream come true!

Aside from that, it has 800 nits of peak brightness so even if the sun is glaring at you, it will have no issue displaying anything on the screen.

Another strong feature of the Oppo Find X2 Pro is its camera array. It is equipped with the Sony IMX689 wide-angle lens and is coupled by a 48-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, 13-megapixel periscope telephoto lens, and it also has a 32-megapixel selfie camera as well.

As you can expect, the phone produces some amazing photos and videos that serious photographers can actually use this for professional photography instead of a dedicated camera.

While there is a lot to love about this phone, there are some things that people might not like. This device is running Android 10 with the ColorOS 7.1 skin on top of it. It does have a simple interface but I don’t think that people will actually love it.

Still, this is an everyday device that can last a whole day thanks to its 4,260 mAh battery and the class-leading 65-watt SuperVOOC 2.0 charger.

While it has a pretty fast charger without a doubt, the phone doesn’t support wireless charging though.

5.Google Pixel 4

Price: $899

Google Pixel 4 XL

Google’s own version of a flagship device, the Google Pixel 4 and its larger brother, the Pixel 4 XL, are pretty good phones for most people.

Its strongest feature is definitely the cameras- both the hardware and the software. In fact, the camera quality on this device can rival that of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. If you want the simpler aesthetic of the Google Pixel 4, then you can get this instead of the S20 Plus I just mentioned.

This is also the first phone where the company used a high refresh rate screen. Although it is maxed out at only 90Hz, it still provides a smoother overall experience nonetheless.

Most of the nice things about this phone are in the software. Aside from a really good camera app, you also get to be one of the first people to enroll in the Android beta program. In fact, if you want to sample what Android 11 has to offer, getting a Pixel phone makes sense.

Among all of the phones I’ve tested, only the Google Pixel devices have pretty accurate Google Assistant results, as well as good facial recognition for unlocking the device.

Sadly, and this has to be said, its weakest link is its poor battery life. Even if you do not subject it to demanding workloads, the phone barely lasts a whole day, so you better bring its charger with you.

6.Xiaomi Mi Pro 10 5G

Price: $1,000

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G

They say that 5G is the future, so as early as now, you should be getting a 5G device so that you can get a hold of the new technology as it becomes available in your area.

That being said, one of the best 5G phones that are reasonably priced (in my opinion) is the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G.

You can expect the usual specs that come with a high-end phone. You get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display that can be set to 90 Hz refresh rate and has HDR10+ certification, and of course, it is 5G-enabled, among many others.

While the screen only has a maximum of Full HD+ resolution, it still provides a pretty good viewing experience nonetheless. The display does have a hole punch for the selfie camera, but other than that, you still get a lot of screen real estate to watch your favorite movies and TV shows.

What’s more, you can have a much smoother experience thanks to the display’s ability to be clocked at 90Hz refresh rate.

It doesn’t have expandable storage, though it comes with a hefty 256GB or 512GB of internal storage, which should be okay for most people. It is UFS 3.0, so expect faster performance and quick file transfer speeds.

It should also be mentioned that the cameras on this thing are pretty good. It is not at the same level as the S20 Plus or Pixel 4 but it still provides excellent videos and images nonetheless.

The phone is also a survivor thanks to its hefty 4,500 mAh battery and 50-watt charging block that is included in the box.

Of course, it is already capable of 5G, so if it is already available in your area, you can use this device without any issues.

Budget Android Phones

1.TCL 10 Pro

Price: $450

TCL 10 Pro

Now, let’s talk about the best budget to mid-range phones and in this category, there is actually plenty to choose from. However, I will narrow it down to just 5 of the best ones so that it will be easier for you to choose.

That being said, the first one on the list is the TCL 10 Pro. It has amazing looks and specs that you might mistake this for a flagship phone.

Anyway, the phone has a 6.47-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080. It is also coupled with the Snapdragon 675 chipset and 6GB of RAM which should be plenty for most users.

Although its internal storage is only capped at 128GB, it is expandable via microSD so you can still store a lot of photos, videos, and other files in it.

The TCL 10 Pro’s battery life is also quite good as it lasted more than 10 hours in my testing. This means that you can have it fully charged before you leave the house and you come home with some juice left on it.

While its looks are premium and it does have considerable specs, this phone’s weakness is its camera. Sure, it has 4 different cameras, but the software, as well as the hardware, just do not compete with the likes of the Google Pixel 4 XL or Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus.

Still, for what you are getting, I would still consider this as one of the best budget phones under $500.

2.Moto G8 Power

Price: $250

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Do you have less than $300 to spend on an Android smartphone? If so, look no further than the Moto G8 Power. I am quite surprised how affordably priced this phone is for what it has to offer, but I am glad that Motorola provides you with an amazing budget phone regardless.

It comes with a 6.4-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2300 x 1080. It is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset which is a good mid-range performer and it also has 4GB of RAM that should be plenty for most use-cases.

While its camera is not something to brag about, you still have a 4-camera array at the back and a 16-megapixel camera at the front.

Its 5,000 mAh battery can also last an entire day without issue and you can top it up with its included 18-watt fast charger.

Seriously, for the price of just $250, I am pleasantly surprised by the Moto G8 Power.

3.Samsung Galaxy S10e

Price: $350

Samsung Galaxy S10e

The Samsung Galaxy S10e was released two years ago, but because it is equipped with the top of the line specs back in the day, it is still a worthy contender in 2020.

For just $350 at the time of writing, you get the once-flagship chipset in the form of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.

It has a 5.8-inch display with a resolution of 1080p and if you’ve known Samsung for a long time, you will know that this device has a rich and vibrant screen. Its refresh rate cannot go higher than 60Hz, but that is a trade-off considering that this device is now priced in the budget category.

The overall design of the phone is also what you can expect from a company that provides amazing high-end devices.

Its camera setup is also quite respectable as well.

Fans of Samsung’s reverse wireless charging will be happy to get the Samsung Galaxy S10e because it, too, has this feature built-in.

4.Asus Zenfone 6

Price: $499

Asus Zenfone 6

Asus hasn’t produced a flagship phone in 2020 yet but its high-end phone last year does deserve praise. It is now priced at $499 which I think is a pretty good deal.

In the era that this phone was released, most devices use pop-up mechanisms for the selfie camera and while most people are okay with that, there are some that have expressed their doubts, especially when it comes to durability.

So, instead of using a pop-up mechanism, the company has opted to use motors instead to actually shift the camera forward or facing backward depending on the need. This is a unique implementation and is something that definitely deserves some praise and recognition.

Aside from the camera, you get a hefty 5,000 mAh battery, alongside some flagship specs and considerably good 6.4.-inch LCD display.

5.Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Price: $450

Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Some people buy phones mainly for the camera and if you are part of that demographic, then this next one is definitely a good contender.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10’s standout feature is its 108-megapixel shooter that provides amazing results even in low-light environments. It is punctuated with an additional 12-megapixel portrait camera, 5-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor to top it all off. For the selfie camera, you get a pretty decent 32-megapixel shooter.

This is considered as a mid-range phone, and true enough, its specs are a testament to that. It is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor, 6GB of RAM, 5,260 mAh battery, and 128GB UFS 3.0 storage.

It is also bundled with a fast charger so even if it has a pretty hefty battery, you can give it enough juice in just a short amount of time.

Conclusion

The Android mobile operating system is certainly a pretty good one. It has been refined over the years and more features are being added to the mix in every new iteration.

What I love about the ecosystem is its diversity. You not only have the option to get a high-end flagship phone but you also get a lot of mid-range and budget smartphones that are worth your money.

I hope that this article has helped you with your purchase decision.

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Huawei P40 Pro Review- Great Phone with One Thing Holding It Back

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Huawei has been at the forefront when it comes to smartphone cameras. Sure, the Google Pixel line of phones is always better when it comes to hardware and software integration, but Huawei phones, especially their P-Series smartphones, are great from a photography standpoint.

That being said, the company’s newest flagship has already hit the market. Is it any good? Can it carry on the tradition of Huawei’s P-series devices?

You can find out more about it by reading our review of the Huawei P40 Pro.

Design

Let’s start with the design. There are some companies that would create phones thinking solely about how it looks, but not necessarily how it feels in the hand. Well, that is about to change in this one.

The Huawei P40 Pro has a frosted matte glass material at the back which is incredibly nice to look at. Since it has a matte finish, the phone will never slip from your grasp.

Not a lot of people are fans of curved displays but I am glad to say that the curved edges of this phone are not as pronounced as others.

The rounded corners of the device are also something new. While most curved displays have sharp edges, the ones on this device don’t feel bad at all.

Bear in mind that the Huawei P40 Pro is a pretty chunky phone. It weighs 209 grams and is 9mm thick. For comparison, the iPhone 11 Pro Max is a millimeter thinner but weighs a bit heavier at 226 grams.

Display

Huawei P40 Pro Review 2020

Last year, we were treated with an all-screen display that allowed us to consume content without having to deal with a hole-punch or teardrop design. Apparently, those are coming back in 2020.

The Huawei P40 Pro has a 6.58-inch OLED screen that is vibrant and punchy and has a resolution of 2640×1200.

People that want a high-refresh-rate display will also be happy to know that this device has one as well. It has a 90Hz screen refresh rate that you can toggle on or off depending on your preference. Oneplus is at the forefront of introducing high-refresh-rate displays and I am happy that Huawei is catching up.

For added security, you can also utilize the in-display fingerprint sensor. There is also a face unlock functionality, though this feature is not as fast as iPhone devices.

My only gripe with this phone’s display is its hole-punch design. It would have been okay if the phone only had one camera, but the dual selfie camera at the front of the device just takes up too much space.

That means that although there is still a lot of screen real estate that you can utilize, the notifications area suffers as a result.

Camera

What makes Huawei’s P-Series flagship devices special is their included cameras and the P40 Pro definitely does not disappoint. In other words, it carries the tradition that its predecessors have set.

The phone comes with an array of cameras that work in unison to provide crisp, vivid, and stunning photos.

Its main camera is a 50-megapixel shooter with an aperture of f/1.9. It is coupled with a 40-megapixel wide-angle lens and another 12-megapixel telephoto camera. For better AI performance, the P40 Pro also has a time of flight depth sensor as well.

The Huawei P40 Pro’s camera array has amazing capabilities. Aside from allowing you to take stunning photos, you can also utilize its digital zoom up to 50x. Ideally, you want to stay at the 5x-10x range, but the 50x zoom is actually fun to use.

Surprisingly, even with that level of magnification, photos do not look noisy at all. In fact, with adequate lighting, you can really praise the company for including such a feature.

Image stabilization is good when taking photos and videos so you can vlog with this phone without a problem.

Both the front and back cameras allow you to record a maximum of 4K 60fps videos, though it would still be good if you were to set it to 1080p or 1440p.

So, is there anything that the P40 Pro’s cameras cannot do? Well, nothing, other than the fact that multi-camera smartphones tend to be victims of photo variance, especially if color balance, lighting, and other factors are considered.

Specs, Performance, Software

Huawei P40 Pro 2020

  • Display: 6.58-inch OLED, 2640 x 1200 resolution, 90Hz refresh rate
  • CPU: HiSilicon Kirin 990
  • GPU: Mali-G76 MP16
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: (back) 50-megapixel f/1.9, 40-megapixel ultra-wide f/1.8, 12-megapixel telephoto, time of flight sensor; (front) 32-megapixel with IR Sensor
  • IP Rating: IP68
  • Battery: 4,200 mAh Non-removable, 40W charger included; 27-watt wireless charger capable (sold separately)
  • Software: EMUI10.1/ Android 10

The Huawei P40 Pro’s performance package is amazing. It comes with the company’s HiSilicon Kirin 990 octa-core processor that handles all of the tasks that you throw at it without any hiccups whatsoever.

It is also coupled by the Mali-G76 MP16 GPU so even if you play graphics-intensive games, this phone can handle it. Keep in mind that this device was not meant to be a bonafide gaming phone so playing games for hours on end may heat the device up considerably.

People might be wary of the phone’s 8GB of RAM. That is because other flagship devices typically come with 12GB or more, though in most cases, 8GB of RAM is definitely more than adequate (even in 2020 and in the foreseeable future).

This device also has a hefty 4,200 mAh battery. I am really surprised by how power-efficient this phone is. Even during moderate to intense use, the phone still has a lot of juice to last more than a day.

Its included 40-watt charger just takes 70 minutes to fully charge the device and if you have Qi Wireless Charger, the phone also supports that as well (though it is sold separately).

While this phone has the performance package that can compete with other flagship devices on the market, where it falls short is in its software.

People that are accustomed to using Google Services before might shy away from this phone due to the simple fact that it doesn’t come with Google Play.

For those of you who do not know, USA’s President Trump blacklisted Huawei devices due to security concerns and that is why Google (a US company) cannot do anything but to comply with the president’s command.

That is also the reason why there is no Google Play Store on Huawei devices released in late 2019 and early 2020. So, what is the alternative?

Well, Huawei actually made its own version of the Play Store called Huawei App Gallery and it is definitely getting better and better.

While it is, by no means, the same as Google Play Store in terms of robustness and fluidity, most of the apps that you will need might also be in the App Gallery as well.

Do keep in mind that for lesser-known applications, you might have to wait a little while longer because the App Gallery is still under development.

Whether this deters you from buying this phone is really up to you. All I can say is that Huawei’s own app gallery is getting better as the months go by.

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Verdict

For the price of $945, there is a lot to love (and hate) about the Huawei P40 Pro. Sure, it still has one of the best cameras in a smartphone out there thanks to its triple cameras at the back and dual selfie cameras at the front.

Its performance package may have middling performance when compared to other flagship phones, but it is definitely no slouch as it can handle any task out there with aplomb.

Where this phone falls short is in its software and availability. For starters, due to the US debacle, this device doesn’t come with the Google Play Store, meaning, you will have to download apps from the company’s own App Gallery.

Second, this phone is not available in the US, so you will have to purchase one internationally (effectively increasing the price if you are a US citizen).

This would have been a really good flagship device if it weren’t for the issues just mentioned. Would I recommend this phone? Absolutely! But of course, you have to be willing to accept its compromises first before making the purchase.

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GoPro Hero 9 Black Review- This Action Camera is Going 5K

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Even though we are asked to stay at home due to the Covid-19 situation, this is not to say that you should not invest in things that you will most likely use in the future.

If you are into action cameras, the GoPro Hero 9 Black was just released and I’d have to say that it is a huge improvement over its predecessor. It is safe to say that it is the best iteration yet.

Today, I am going to review this action camera so that you can have an informed decision about whether or not you should also get one for yourself.

Design

The GoPro Hero 9 Black is the largest GoPro has to offer yet. It measures 71 x 55 x 33.6mm and it also weighs 158 grams. It is bigger and heavier than its predecessors but it is actually not that big of a deal because it still remains relatively compact.

It has a predominantly black aesthetic with the company branding seen on the front of the camera and is painted white.

One of the biggest additions to the Hero 9 Black is the front-facing display which is ideal if you are thinking about vlogging or streaming. This allows you or any model to find out how they’re positioned so you do not have to command them to do anything else since they can already see for themselves.

You also get a removable lens cover that allows you to use your lens mods. This has been implemented before but has been changed in later versions. It is refreshing to see this coming back.

Camera Sensor

GoPro Hero 9 Black Review 2020

What is interesting about the GoPro Hero 9 Black is that it now has a 23.6-megapixel main sensor that is capable of recording 5K resolution videos at 30 frames per second.

Now, you might be thinking about why you need a 5K camera since most displays nowadays are only set at 4K. Well, there is actually a use-case for that.

If you’ve ever used any vlogging or action cameras before and you’ve recorded some footage in 4K, you will find that there are some areas where the resulting video is cropped. That is most likely due to the lower pixel count in smaller cameras.

With the Hero 9 Black, because you have plenty of pixels to work with, that same cropping method will no longer be present here since the camera is capable of outputting more pixels than ever before.

So, even if you are not really going to use its 5K resolution setting, you are still getting more pixels in 4K that you can use in your monitor or TV which is pretty impressive.

Features

GoPro Hero 9 Black

There are so many features that you may want to use when you’re recording with the GoPro Hero 9 Black. The first is Hypersmooth 3.0.

Because this is an action camera, you want the resulting photo or video to be stabilized at all times and that is what the said feature can do. However, when comparing it to the previous version, there is no noticeable difference, but you might notice it more than me.

The next one is the linear view. This is basically a feature that vloggers would want to enable. Essentially, if the camera is orientated in a way that is natural for most people while they’re moving, the linear view makes it a point to stabilize the subject as much as possible. It is a bit similar to Hypersmooth, albeit this one is more of an auto-correction.

Another unique feature is the TimeWarp 3.0. If you’ve used iPhones before, this is basically a feature where the frame rate remains consistent (normal) then slows down to a crawl for those amazing shots.

TimeWarp 3.0 is ideal for whenever you are doing fast-paced movements and recording, though use it sparingly as the feature can drain the battery more than any other recording modes.

It is worth mentioning that the GoPro Hero 9 Black can also be used as a webcam as well. This is great for work from home setups and you can set the resolution to 1080p (which is pretty much standard fare in most streaming sites).

To use this as a webcam, you must first download its software either on Windows or Macs. I haven’t tried the latter, but the Windows version (which is still in beta) is actually a joy to use.

Alternatively, you can download the camera’s companion app if you want to transfer files to and from your camera, as well as do a lot more things.

Battery Life

You might think that the Hero 9 Black suffers in the battery department, especially with the introduction of a front display, as well as more power-hungry features. In a way, there is some truth to that but there are some optimizations at play here that will still give you more battery than you will ever need in a single session.

The GoPro Hero 9 Black comes with a 1,720 mAh battery which is 500 mAh higher than the Hero 8. Battery life improves a bit, but this thing can still last anywhere between 90-150 minutes depending on the resolution and the features that you have enabled.

That is pretty impressive given that it comes with new technologies.

Mods

GoPro Hero 9 Black Mods

The company will be releasing what is known as the ‘Media Mod’ that will also come with the Display and Light mods as well.

This is basically more suited for dedicated filming as it helps give you features that can make your video recording life so much easier.

At the time of writing, the mod will be released next month for $99.99. 

Verdict

The new GoPro Hero 9 Black is pretty easy to recommend because it now supports a higher resolution and has a slew of new features that you will really like.

Although its form factor is certainly bigger than its predecessor, you will also get a bigger battery life as a result.

Next month, the company will be releasing certain mods that will allow you to record videos quickly and seamlessly, though you will have to spend a bit more money to get that.

All in all, I am impressed with the GoPro Hero 9 Black. Sure, its size is bigger but I think that its extra heft is warranted and you still get the durability of GoPro’s of the past.

The GoPro Hero 9 Black is priced at $450, though you can get it for $399 if you are willing to opt into the company’s subscription service.

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The Best Flagship Phones This August 2020 That Will Definitely Suit Your Needs

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Do you want to buy only the best of the best phones out there? If so, read this article to find out our recommendations for the best flagship phones this August 2020.

We are now in the second half of the year and if you are interested to know the best phones that you can buy, read further to find out what they are.

Best Flagship Phones in August

1.Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Price: $929

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Among all of the top smartphone companies on the market, Samsung is always the first one to release its flagship products and one of them is the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra. The good thing about being first, in this regard, is that the products will be sold at discounted prices later this year (which is now quite evident on this one).

Anyway, what makes the S20 Ultra so special is its unique array of cameras. Its quadruple-camera setup is highlighted by the 108-megapixel wide-angle lens followed by a 48-megapixel telephoto sensor.

Thanks to the latter camera lens, the phone is able to accomplish 10x lossless zoom which means that you can zoom in on your chosen subjects without a loss in picture quality.

Although you can technically use its 30x zoom feature, that is just a digital zoom and, graininess and photo noise will be present if you max that out.

Aside from its impressive cameras, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra also has other amazing things as well.

It has a massive 6.9-inch Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz screen refresh rate (which makes this one of the company’s first smartphones to ever have a fast display).

As you can expect, the Super AMOLED screen has HDR10 support which means that color performance and picture quality are superb no matter what content you intend to look at using this device.

Since 5G is going to be the new standard moving forward, this is also a great 5G-enabled phone.

Lastly, the device has a pretty hefty 5,000 mAh battery so it will have no problems lasting an entire day even with moderate to heavy use.

While it was originally sold at a price of $1,349, it is now priced at $929 which is definitely a good deal.

2.OnePlus 8 Pro

Price: $849

OnePlus 8 Pro

Although it was hard to recommend the Oneplus 8, its pro version is certainly one of the best flagship phones on the market.

The OnePlus8 Pro has a lot of nice features. It has a 6.78-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz screen refresh rate and 1440p resolution. Whether you are watching your favorite shows or playing your games on this thing, the display can handle anything with flying colors!

As you can expect from a top-of-the-line device, it comes with the latest SoC from Qualcomm in the form of the Snapdragon 865. It is also packed with 8GB of RAM for the base model and 12GB for the priciest configuration.

At first, its cameras were mediocre at best but it has certainly become quite a contender thanks to the numerous updates it had received since the phone was released.

People that want to have full confidence that their phones are not going to run out of battery will be happy to know that this one is a survivor. If you need to top it up, its 30-watt warp charger will have no problems doing so.

3.Sony Xperia 1 II

Price: $1,192

Sony Xperia 1 II Review 2020

Sony was out of the game for quite some time but the company has since resurfaced to bring you one of the best and most unique smartphones on the market.

The Sony Xperia 1 II is a great media consumption and photo/video editing device. It is unique because it is one of the only smartphones on the market that has a 21:9 aspect ratio screen, which means that you get a lot of different graphical elements displayed on the phone at one time.

Speaking of the screen, you are getting a 6.5-inch OLED display with a resolution of 3840 x 1644. It is odd, but the company touts this device’s resolution to be 4K. True enough, the images are crisp and vibrant no matter what content you intend to look at.

As is evident in a flagship device, the Sony Xperia 1 II comes with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, and a 4,000 mAh battery.

Aside from its display, its built-in photo and video creation and editing applications make this quite an appealing device to use for content creators.

You can literally do whatever you want- take amazing photos, record stellar videos- and you can do all of the editings directly on the phone itself which is pretty cool.

This phone is also the only flagship device that has a 3.5mm headphone jack, so for all of the audiophiles out there, this smartphone is quite an appealing choice.

4.iPhone 11 Pro Max

Price: $890

iPhone 11 Pro Max

Aside from the Google Pixel, the iPhone 11 Pro Max has an amazing camera- both in the hardware and software department.

To be honest, Apple always creates interesting smartphones every year. The A13 Bionic chip on this thing can even outperform Qualcomm’s latest chipset by a couple of points. This also translates to real-world performance as well.

The ‘Max’ version is the biggest among the iPhone 11 line and has a 6.5-inch OLED display and up to 512GB of internal storage. I know, the RAM is only a measly 4GB but do keep in mind that Apple did some amazing optimizations to ensure that the device gets the most out of its hardware.

What makes iPhones so special is their camera performance. Each and every iteration of the device, you’re getting an improved set of cameras which makes Apple a household name when it comes to great camera phones.

Photographers that often engage in low-light photography will definitely love what the iPhone 11 Pro Max has to offer.

If you want to save a bit more money, you can go for the non-Max version but keep in mind that you are sacrificing screen size and a bit of battery capacity if you do so.

5.Oppo Find X2 Pro

Price: $1,450

The priciest phone on this list is none other than the Oppo Find X2 Pro. This phone is quite unique which kind of warrants its very steep price tag.

So, what is so special about this thing? To be honest, it is one of the most versatile flagships out there on the market out there. Why? Because almost everything about it is amazing.

You have a 6.7-inch AMOLED display that can be set to a high 120hz screen refresh rate. It is HDR10-compatible so you can enjoy online HDR content with superb visual fidelity.

It has very good specs to back it up. You are getting the latest flagship chipset from Qualcomm, a hefty 12GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage.

The device also has a 4,260 mAh battery as well. Oh, you are running out of juice? Do not worry, its SuperVOOC charger ensures that the device is not going to die on you. A 15-min charge can give you 40% of battery life. It is that impressive!

Although its cameras do not outperform the Google Pixel devices and Apple’s iPhone, it certainly is no slouch as it can also deliver some stunning images as well.

Seriously, if you have the money to spend, the Oppo Find X2 Pro is the most flagship phone you can get this August.

6.Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Price: $720

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Here’s a fun fact for you: Which of the smartphones today can rival the Google Pixel 3 XL when it comes to camera quality? If you’ve answered Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, then you are right on the money.

The S20 Plus was released earlier this year but it certainly still deserves a slot on this list mainly because of its amazing camera performance. Sure, it doesn’t truly rival the Ultra version of the lineup but it can still go head-to-head with what Google has to offer.

Although its lossless zoom is only maxed at 3x, you still get stunning photos without enabling the said feature. That is thanks to the 64-megapixel telephoto lens, 12-megapixel wide, and 12-megapixel ultra-wide sensors.

You got to love Samsung when it comes to phone displays. The S20 Plus has a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display that can also be set to a 120Hz screen refresh rate. Because it is HDR10 compliant and because the picture quality is stunning all throughout, you can also play your favorite Android games here and enjoy every second of it.

Just like its ‘Ultra’ brother, the S20 Plus also comes with flagship components and a hefty battery that can last an impressive 10 hours and 30 minutes with moderate use.

So, why did I include this on the list? Well, that is because you can snag one up for just $720 for the base model which comes with the Snapdragon 865 chipset, 12GB of RAM, and 128GB of internal storage. To me, this is a definite steal, so you’d want to get this one as soon as possible.

Conclusion

There are really some awesome flagship phones on the market from big companies such as Samsung, Apple, and even some interesting ones such as Sony and Oppo.

All of the phones on this list are great and you can never go wrong by choosing either one of them.

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Best Android Smartphones in 2020- From True Flagships to the Top Budget Phones

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The beauty of the Android mobile operating system is its diversity. Because it is open-source, different phone companies can create their own versions and provide better value that will suit the different needs of the consumers.

If you are looking to buy one soon, then read further as I will go over some of the best Android smartphones in 2020.

I will separate them based on price tiers from the truly high-end to the budget and mid-range offerings.

Best Flagship Android Phones

1.Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Price: $1,199

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

If you want the best overall flagship Android device of 2020, then look no further than the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. There is a lot to love about this device and I am going to go over them here.

First is that this is one of the company’s first devices that has a fast refresh rate screen. It can go as high as 120Hz but bear in mind that by doing so, you effectively increase its battery drain. Fortunately, there are many ways to top up the phone’s battery, so you need not worry about this too much.

Second, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus’ camera is better than what the Google Pixel 4 has to offer. Unlike the latter, the S20 Plus has an ultra-wide sensor, which is then coupled by a 64-megapixel telephoto lens, 12-megapixel wide sensor, and a time-of-flight sensor as well.

The third is the screen is just so amazing. It is a 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display that has a resolution of 1440p. Although it does have that hole punch cutout for the selfie camera, you still have a lot of screen real estate to work with.

It should also come as no surprise that you get the top-of-the-line chipsets with this device. Depending on your region, you either get the Snapdragon 865 or the Exynos variant which is still pretty good overall.

My only complaint here is that the phone is not optimized enough to handle the faster screen refresh rate. Fortunately, it does come with a fast charger and you also have the option to wirelessly charge the phone as well.

If you want the best overall Android smartphone in 2020, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is the best one out there.

2.OnePlus 8 Pro

Price: $999

OnePlus 8 Pro

Once a company that creates flagship killers is now one that manufactures actual flagships. The OnePlus 8 Pro is the company’s ‘true’ flagship product and it certainly delivers.

It has a very vibrant 6.78-inch OLED panel with a resolution of 1440p. What’s more, the display can be clocked at a 120Hz refresh rate so that all of the graphical elements it can display will become buttery smooth.

While the S20 Plus’ camera is better, the OnePlus 8 Pro is actually good. It has received a lot of updates that have certainly improved the camera’s performance and I can now recommend it for some photography on the side.

Aside from the top-of-the-line specs, one amazing feature of this phone is its battery and the included charger. Dubbed as the ‘Warp’ charger, it can top up the device from 0 to 100% in just under an hour which is pretty insane.

The pro variant is also capable of Qi wireless charging, though the base model, sadly, does not.

The OnePlus 8 Pro is what I would recommend for people that want a cheaper flagship phone that delivers powerful performance and insane battery life.

If I had to nitpick here, I would say that the curved display is prone to accidental touches, though your muscle memory will catch on.

3.Sony Xperia 1 II

Price: $1,199

Sony Xperia 1 II Review

Sony hasn’t had a flagship in a while but I am happy that the company is getting right back on track. The Sony Xperia 1 II is its newest flagship and I have to say that it ticks the right boxes.

It does have a boxy design but the company has made it so that it will have svelte looks regardless.

The phone is equipped with components that you would normally expect on a high-end phone such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset, 6.5-inch OLED 4K display with HDR10+ certification, 256GB internal storage with an option to expand it, a good array of cameras that are perfect for cinematography, IP68 rating, and has a considerable 8GB of RAM.

I really love its display because aside from it having a 4K resolution, it can also handle HDR content without any issues. The only downside to this is that the display is locked at 60Hz which means that if you are looking for a faster screen, this is not it.

It is also worth mentioning that it has a slow charger at only 15-watts, so it might take some time to fully give juice to this device.

Still, the camera array is pretty good both for images and capturing videos. It is so good, in fact, that you can use the phone as a vlogging camera if you are a content creator.

Even though it doesn’t have a fast display and it only has a slow charger, the Sony Xperia 1 II still has all of the right specs that people will surely love. And oh, did I mention that it does have a headphone jack?

4.Oppo Find X2 Pro

Price: $1,450

Oppo Find X2 Pro

The Oppo Find X2 Pro is a surprisingly good flagship contender in 2020. Aside from the high-end specs, one of its biggest features is its display.

This phone has a 6.7-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440p and can be set at a 120Hz refresh rate. But, what’s interesting here is that this device has one of the most color-accurate displays among smartphones out there.

So accurate, in fact, that it has a 100% DCI-P3 color gamut score, which means that consuming media content on this device is a dream come true!

Aside from that, it has 800 nits of peak brightness so even if the sun is glaring at you, it will have no issue displaying anything on the screen.

Another strong feature of the Oppo Find X2 Pro is its camera array. It is equipped with the Sony IMX689 wide-angle lens and is coupled by a 48-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, 13-megapixel periscope telephoto lens, and it also has a 32-megapixel selfie camera as well.

As you can expect, the phone produces some amazing photos and videos that serious photographers can actually use this for professional photography instead of a dedicated camera.

While there is a lot to love about this phone, there are some things that people might not like. This device is running Android 10 with the ColorOS 7.1 skin on top of it. It does have a simple interface but I don’t think that people will actually love it.

Still, this is an everyday device that can last a whole day thanks to its 4,260 mAh battery and the class-leading 65-watt SuperVOOC 2.0 charger.

While it has a pretty fast charger without a doubt, the phone doesn’t support wireless charging though.

5.Google Pixel 4

Price: $899

Google Pixel 4 XL

Google’s own version of a flagship device, the Google Pixel 4 and its larger brother, the Pixel 4 XL, are pretty good phones for most people.

Its strongest feature is definitely the cameras- both the hardware and the software. In fact, the camera quality on this device can rival that of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus. If you want the simpler aesthetic of the Google Pixel 4, then you can get this instead of the S20 Plus I just mentioned.

This is also the first phone where the company used a high refresh rate screen. Although it is maxed out at only 90Hz, it still provides a smoother overall experience nonetheless.

Most of the nice things about this phone are in the software. Aside from a really good camera app, you also get to be one of the first people to enroll in the Android beta program. In fact, if you want to sample what Android 11 has to offer, getting a Pixel phone makes sense.

Among all of the phones I’ve tested, only the Google Pixel devices have pretty accurate Google Assistant results, as well as good facial recognition for unlocking the device.

Sadly, and this has to be said, its weakest link is its poor battery life. Even if you do not subject it to demanding workloads, the phone barely lasts a whole day, so you better bring its charger with you.

6.Xiaomi Mi Pro 10 5G

Price: $1,000

Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G

They say that 5G is the future, so as early as now, you should be getting a 5G device so that you can get a hold of the new technology as it becomes available in your area.

That being said, one of the best 5G phones that are reasonably priced (in my opinion) is the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro 5G.

You can expect the usual specs that come with a high-end phone. You get the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865, 6.67-inch Super AMOLED display that can be set to 90 Hz refresh rate and has HDR10+ certification, and of course, it is 5G-enabled, among many others.

While the screen only has a maximum of Full HD+ resolution, it still provides a pretty good viewing experience nonetheless. The display does have a hole punch for the selfie camera, but other than that, you still get a lot of screen real estate to watch your favorite movies and TV shows.

What’s more, you can have a much smoother experience thanks to the display’s ability to be clocked at 90Hz refresh rate.

It doesn’t have expandable storage, though it comes with a hefty 256GB or 512GB of internal storage, which should be okay for most people. It is UFS 3.0, so expect faster performance and quick file transfer speeds.

It should also be mentioned that the cameras on this thing are pretty good. It is not at the same level as the S20 Plus or Pixel 4 but it still provides excellent videos and images nonetheless.

The phone is also a survivor thanks to its hefty 4,500 mAh battery and 50-watt charging block that is included in the box.

Of course, it is already capable of 5G, so if it is already available in your area, you can use this device without any issues.

Budget Android Phones

1.TCL 10 Pro

Price: $450

TCL 10 Pro

Now, let’s talk about the best budget to mid-range phones and in this category, there is actually plenty to choose from. However, I will narrow it down to just 5 of the best ones so that it will be easier for you to choose.

That being said, the first one on the list is the TCL 10 Pro. It has amazing looks and specs that you might mistake this for a flagship phone.

Anyway, the phone has a 6.47-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2340 x 1080. It is also coupled with the Snapdragon 675 chipset and 6GB of RAM which should be plenty for most users.

Although its internal storage is only capped at 128GB, it is expandable via microSD so you can still store a lot of photos, videos, and other files in it.

The TCL 10 Pro’s battery life is also quite good as it lasted more than 10 hours in my testing. This means that you can have it fully charged before you leave the house and you come home with some juice left on it.

While its looks are premium and it does have considerable specs, this phone’s weakness is its camera. Sure, it has 4 different cameras, but the software, as well as the hardware, just do not compete with the likes of the Google Pixel 4 XL or Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus.

Still, for what you are getting, I would still consider this as one of the best budget phones under $500.

2.Moto G8 Power

Price: $250

Moto G8 Power Review

Do you have less than $300 to spend on an Android smartphone? If so, look no further than the Moto G8 Power. I am quite surprised how affordably priced this phone is for what it has to offer, but I am glad that Motorola provides you with an amazing budget phone regardless.

It comes with a 6.4-inch LCD display with a resolution of 2300 x 1080. It is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 665 chipset which is a good mid-range performer and it also has 4GB of RAM that should be plenty for most use-cases.

While its camera is not something to brag about, you still have a 4-camera array at the back and a 16-megapixel camera at the front.

Its 5,000 mAh battery can also last an entire day without issue and you can top it up with its included 18-watt fast charger.

Seriously, for the price of just $250, I am pleasantly surprised by the Moto G8 Power.

3.Samsung Galaxy S10e

Price: $350

Samsung Galaxy S10e

The Samsung Galaxy S10e was released two years ago, but because it is equipped with the top of the line specs back in the day, it is still a worthy contender in 2020.

For just $350 at the time of writing, you get the once-flagship chipset in the form of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845.

It has a 5.8-inch display with a resolution of 1080p and if you’ve known Samsung for a long time, you will know that this device has a rich and vibrant screen. Its refresh rate cannot go higher than 60Hz, but that is a trade-off considering that this device is now priced in the budget category.

The overall design of the phone is also what you can expect from a company that provides amazing high-end devices.

Its camera setup is also quite respectable as well.

Fans of Samsung’s reverse wireless charging will be happy to get the Samsung Galaxy S10e because it, too, has this feature built-in.

4.Asus Zenfone 6

Price: $499

Asus Zenfone 6

Asus hasn’t produced a flagship phone in 2020 yet but its high-end phone last year does deserve praise. It is now priced at $499 which I think is a pretty good deal.

In the era that this phone was released, most devices use pop-up mechanisms for the selfie camera and while most people are okay with that, there are some that have expressed their doubts, especially when it comes to durability.

So, instead of using a pop-up mechanism, the company has opted to use motors instead to actually shift the camera forward or facing backward depending on the need. This is a unique implementation and is something that definitely deserves some praise and recognition.

Aside from the camera, you get a hefty 5,000 mAh battery, alongside some flagship specs and considerably good 6.4.-inch LCD display.

5.Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Price: $450

Xiaomi Mi Note 10

Some people buy phones mainly for the camera and if you are part of that demographic, then this next one is definitely a good contender.

The Xiaomi Mi Note 10’s standout feature is its 108-megapixel shooter that provides amazing results even in low-light environments. It is punctuated with an additional 12-megapixel portrait camera, 5-megapixel telephoto lens, and a 2-megapixel macro sensor to top it all off. For the selfie camera, you get a pretty decent 32-megapixel shooter.

This is considered as a mid-range phone, and true enough, its specs are a testament to that. It is equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 730G processor, 6GB of RAM, 5,260 mAh battery, and 128GB UFS 3.0 storage.

It is also bundled with a fast charger so even if it has a pretty hefty battery, you can give it enough juice in just a short amount of time.

Conclusion

The Android mobile operating system is certainly a pretty good one. It has been refined over the years and more features are being added to the mix in every new iteration.

What I love about the ecosystem is its diversity. You not only have the option to get a high-end flagship phone but you also get a lot of mid-range and budget smartphones that are worth your money.

I hope that this article has helped you with your purchase decision.

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