Top Flagship Smartphones (1H-2020)
Smartphone brands have already released tons of devices in the past months, from entry-level, to mid-range, to flagship. Pretty sure that some of you are thinking of upgrading to the latest device, and if you’re looking for the most powerful currently available, here are the top flagship smartphones for the first half of 2020.
Author’s note: The flagship devices listed below are those that were officially launched in the Philippines.
If you’re a device with a QHD+ resolution and a smooth 120Hz refresh rate, the OnePlus 8 Pro is the one to get. It has a 48MP quad-rear cameras, Snapdragon 865 CPU, Adreno 650 GPU, up to 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, up to 256GB UFS 3.0, 5G connectivity, 4,510mAh battery.
• 8GB + 128GB – PHP 45,990
• 12GB + 256GB – PHP 48,990
If you want the power of the OnePlus 8 Pro but at a lower price, you can go with the OnePlus 8. It might have a lower Full HD+ resolution and 90Hz refresh rate compared to its big brother, but it is still a great display. It also features a 48MP triple rear cameras, Snapdragon 865 CPU, Adreno 650 GPU, up to 12GB LPDDR4X RAM, up to 256GB UFS 3.0, 5G connectivity, and 4,300mAh battery.
Price: PHP 35,990 (8GB + 128GB)
Apple reincarnated the iPhone 8 and packed it with new internals and called it the iPhone SE 2020. Although the most affordable iPhone in Apple’s current lineup, the A13 Bionic chip, which is found in the iPhone 11 series, makes it a flagship device. Some of the specs are not that impressive though, like the 4.7-inch HD display, 12MP rear camera, and 7MP front camera, but it’s still a good iPhone to get if you’re on a budget.
• 64GB – PHP 26,490
• 128GB – PHP 30,490
• 256GB – PHP 36,490
Want a foldable smartphone with powerful specs? Then take a look at the Huawei Mate Xs 5G. Having this phone is like having three screens in one device. Unfolded, you’ll get an 8-inch tablet. Folded, you have a 6.6-inch main, then a 6.38-inch secondary. It is powered by the HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 GPU, 8GB RAM, 512GB storage, Leica quad-cameras, and a 4,500mAh battery.
Price: PHP 139,999 (8GB + 512GB)
OPPO’s flagship takes in the form of the Find X2 Pro. A pretty device with a 6.7-inch QHD+ OLED 120Hz display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 CPU, Adreno 650 GPU, 12GB LPDDR5 RAM, 512GB UFS 3.0, 48MP triple-rear cameras with powerful zoom, 32MP front camera, and 4,260mAh battery. Great device, but the price is a bit hefty.
Price: PHP 65,990 (12GB + 512GB)
Let’s take a look at Huawei’s reasonably-priced flagship devices — the P40 Series. The big brother here is the P40 Pro. It has a 6.58-inch FHD+ OLED display, HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G, Mali-G76 MP16 GPU, 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, 50MP quad-rear cameras, 5G connectivity, and 4,200mAh battery. If you want the best photography-centric smartphone in DXOMark’s book, this is it.
Price: PHP 50,990 (8GB + 256GB)
The P40 Pro’s small brother is the P40. It has a 6.1-inch Full HD+ OLED display, Kirin 990 5G CPU, Mali-G76 GPU, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 50MP triple-rear cameras, 32MP front camera, 5G connectivity, and 3,800mAh battery. It’s also priced than most flagships, which makes this a competitive offering.
Price: PHP 36,990 (8GB+ 128GB)
Huawei’s Mate 30 series launched in 2019, but it was only in 2020 that the company released the 5G variant of the Mate 30 Pro in the Philippines. It has a 6.53-inch FHD+ OLED display, Kirin 990 5G CPU, Mali-G76 GPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, 40MP quad-rear cameras, 32MP front camera, and a 4,500mAh battery. A good choice if you’re a fan of the Mate design and in need of 5G connectivity.
Price: PHP 55,990 (8GB + 256GB)
Mobile gamers or ROG fans will certainly enjoy the ROG Phone II Strix Edition. It’s identical to the ROG Phone II released in 2019 but with a lower RAM and storage configuration. It has a 6.59-inch FHD+ AMOLED 120Hz display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+ CPU, Adreno 640 GPU, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 48MP dual-rear cameras, 24MP front camera, AirTriggers 2.0, RGB lighting, and a massive 6,000mAh battery. This is a good option if you want the gaming features but don’t demand the large memory capacity.
Price: PHP 34,995 (8GB + 128GB)
Samsung’s current flagship lineup is lead by the Galaxy S20 Ultra. This model has a 6.9-inch QHD+ AMOLED 120Hz HDR10+ display, Exynos 990 CPU, 12GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 108MP quad-rear cameras with 100x zoom, 40MP front camera, 5G connectivity, and 5,000mAh battery.
Price: PHP 69,990 (12GB + 128GB)
Sitting in the middle of the Galaxy S20 series is the Galaxy S20+. This one has a 67-inch QHD+ 120Hz HDR10+ display, Exynos 990, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 12MP quad-rear cameras, 10MP front camera, and 4,500mAh battery. Sadly, this model in the Philippines doesn’t support 5G, but you can get it at a much lower price than the S20 Ultra.
Price: PHP 55,990 (8GB + 128GB)
Here’s the S20 series’ little brother, the Galaxy S20. It has a 6.2-inch QHD+ 120Hz HDR10+ display, Exynos 990 CPU, 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, 12MP triple-rear cameras, 10MP front camera, and 4,000mAh battery. This device is the perfect option for those who want flagship performance but don’t need the more powerful cameras, bigger battery, and 5G connectivity.
Price: PHP 49,990 (8GB + 128GB)
Rounding up this list is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, the company’s fanciest phone after the Galaxy Fold. This device features a foldable display in a clamshell form factor, featuring a 6.7-inch FHD+ AMOLED main display and a 1.1-inch AMOLED cover display. It sports a Snapdragon 855+ CPU, Adreno 640 GPU, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, 12MP dual-rear cameras, 10MP front camera, and a 3,300mAh battery.
Price: PHP 79,990 (8GB + 256GB)
And that sums it up. Which flagship smartphone do you want on this list? Let us know in the comments below.