When we think of 2020, our first thought won’t be about technological advancements, or smartphones, or electronic appliances. However, smartphone brands have been able to swim against the tide, and have somehow given consumers something to look forward to.
While there certainly hasn’t been as much hoopla around launches, or the same excitement as it usually generates every year, we have witnessed some excellent smartphone models hitting the stores this year. While the flavour-of-the-month has certainly been 5G-enabled handsets, smartphone brands have pulled out all the stops to offer exquisite smartphone models to the consumers.
Although brands like OnePlus, Samsung and Apple have made their annual announcements and/or launches of their flagship models, other brands too have unveiled impressive devices. We take a look at some of the most innovative phones that were launched this year, and how brands, in spite of the tough economic conditions, have given consumers something to smile about.
- Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G
We obviously have to start with Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, which is a futuristic model from one of the top mobile brands in the world. When folded shut, the smartphone sports a 6.2-inch display made from Samsung ultra-thin glass. Otherwise, the smartphone flaunts a 7.6-inch tablet-sized foldable display, and is able to deliver rich colours of Dynamic AMOLED 2X.
The multi-window layout of the smartphone takes multitasking to the next level, as users can multitask on two apps on the cover screen, and open the third app on the split screen.
The smartphone also allows users to navigate between 8 apps in total! This 12GB RAM mobile also comes with the high-end flex mode camera and flex mode viewing features, while the Dual Preview feature enables users to shoot impeccable photos, just the way they want to.
- iPhone 12 series
The newest kid on the block is the iPhone 12 series, which was announced in mid-October. This smartphone series offers three variants: iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max, with the top-end variant flaunting a 6.7-inch Super Retina XDR OLED display, with support for HDR10. Powered by the Apple A14 Bionic chipset, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is expected to revolutionize the smartphone landscape, and it comes with 6GB RAM, which facilitates better multitasking ability.
iPhone 12 Pro Max comes in three variants: 6GB RAM + 128GB ROM, 6GB RAM + 256GB ROM and 6GB RAM + 512GB ROM, while it also houses a quad-rear camera array with a 12MP primary sensor, 12MP telephoto lens with 2.5x optical zoom, a 12MP 120-degree ultra-wide lens, and a depth sensor.
On the front, the phone will house a dual-camera setup with 12MP primary camera, making this the most powerful camera phone produced by Apple till date. With a 20W fast charging feature, and a 20 hour stand-by time, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is sure to get the iPhone-enthusiasts raving about the smartphone, which will hit the stores towards the end of 2020.
- Google Pixel 5
When it comes to camera phones, no one can out-do Google. The Pixel 5 is expected to further solidify Google’s standing as the best camera phone brand in the world, and the phone flaunts a dual-rear camera setup, with a 12.2MP + 16MP combination. On the front, the phone houses an 8MP selfie camera, and lets users take crisp, impeccable photos.
This smartphone comes with an 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage, and is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset. Google Pixel smartphones have already garnered a massive fan following, and this model is sure to live up to the lofty expectations. The smartphone will hit the stores in the coming months in India.
- OnePlus Nord
While we’ve seen numerous premium smartphones hitting the stores, we would be remiss if we didn’t mention OnePlus Nord. The brand, for the first time in a few years, offered a mid-range device, which was also the country’s first affordable 5G-enabled smartphone.
With constant updates for the OxygenOS, along with excellent cameras, a good, mid-premium processor, and high RAM size, OnePlus Nord was one of the most popular smartphones to have been launched this year. This 12GB RAM mobile also offers the unique OnePlus experience to the mid-range consumers, and has been a massive hit since its launch in mid-2020.