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the 10 best smartphones of 2019

The last months of 2019 were full of good surprises, with the arrival of particularly interesting models, such as the iPhone 11 Pro, the Huawei Mate 30 Pro (despite the absence of Google services), the Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T or the Google Pixel 4 which beats the Pixel 3 without flinching in photos. Without forgetting the Galaxy Fold from Samsung, with its amazing foldable OLED screen.

Only the Samsung Galaxy S10, Huawei P30 Pro and Asus Zenfone keep their place in our ranking, while the Oneplus 7 is logically replaced by the OnePlus 7T. Of course, other smartphones pull their rod of the game and deserve all your attention, like the ROG Phone II from Asus or Realme X2 Pro.

Buying guide: how to choose your smartphone in 2019?

There is no doubt that the first half of 2020 will continue on the spear, with announcements expected from Samsung's LG G9, Honor View 9, Sony Xperia 2 and other Galaxy S20s. The latter has actually started 2020 in a pretty good way, with its Galaxy A51 …

In a word, the 2019 cellar of smartphones is simply exceptional and if you decide to fall for one of the models of our selection, there is really little chance that you will be. To follow all the latest news from smartphones and take advantage of our latest tests, go to our Smartphones section.

What is the best Android smartphone?

Huawei P30 Pro

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Screen size : 6.47 | Screen type : OLED | Definition: 2,340 x 1,080 pixels | Screen occupancy rate : 88.6% | Processor : Kirin 980 | Rear photo sensor : 40 MP (f / 1.6, 27 mm) + 8 MP (f / 3.4, 125 mm, 5x zoom) + 20 MP (f / 2.2, 16 mm) | Front photo sensor : 32 MP (f / 2.0, 26 mm) | Fingerprint reader : under the screen | Memory : 8 GB | Storage : 128, 256 or 512 GB | Drums : 4,200 mAh | Wireless charging : Yes (15 W) | Fast charging : Yes (40 W) | crashes : IP68

Verdict:Even if Huawei has known a lot of problems since the adoption of a certain American decree, its P30 Pro is nonetheless a smartphone attractive in all respects. With its curved edges (Samsung loans, of course), the device offers an excellent grip. It also offers excellent autonomy. But it is especially at the level of the photo in low brightness that it does wonders and buries all its competitors. If, the shots are sometimes a little too loaded in color, Huawei has promised a fix to overcome this problem.

Read the Huawei P30 Pro review

What is the best iOS smartphone?

iPhone 11 Pro

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Screen size : 5.8 | Screen type : OLED | Definition: 2,436 x 1,125 pixels | Screen occupancy rate : 82.1% | Processor : A13 Bionic | Rear photo sensor : 12 MP (f / 1.8, 26 mm) + 12 MP (f / 2.0, 52 mm, 2x zoom) + 12 MP (f / 2.4, 13 mm) | Front photo sensor : 12 MP (f / 2.2, 23 mm) | Fingerprint reader : no (Face ID) | Memory : 4 GB | Storage : 64, 256 or 512 GB | Drums : 3,046 mAh | Wireless charging : Yes (Qi compatible, 7.5 W) | Fast charging : Yes (18 W) | crashes : IP68

Verdict:

Unlike its big brother, the iPhone 11 Pro Max, this model can easily be handled with one hand, since its format is contained, thanks to the integration of a screen of only 5.8 inches. The notch at the top of the screen includes sensors that unlock smartphone access by facial recognition. The iPhone 11 Pro is waterproof and delivers a quality HDR display. Its equipment makes it possible to operate the most demanding games and two of its three photo sensors have an optical stabilization system. The battery life varies between one and two days. And the charger provided allows you to fully charge it in just over an hour and a half.

What is the best smartphone for photography?

Huawei Mate 30 Pro

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Screen size : 6.53 | Screen type : OLED | Definition: 2,400 x 1,176 pixels | Screen occupancy rate : 94.1% | Processor : Kirin 990 | Rear photo sensor : 40 MP (f / 1.6, 27 mm) + 8 MP (f / 2.4, 80 mm, 3x zoom) + 40 MP (f / 1.8, 18 mm) + 3D TOF | Front photo sensor : 32 MP (f / 2.0, 26 mm) + 3D TOF | Fingerprint reader : under the screen (+ facial recognition) | Memory : 8 GB | Storage : 128 or 256 GB | Drums : 4,500 mAh | Wireless charging : Yes (27 W) | Fast charging : Yes (40 W) | crashes : IP68

Verdict:The latest flagship in Huawei?s range has a great design. The smartphone offers autonomy of up to three days, despite the use of one of the most powerful processors of this beginning of 2020 (full of 8 GB and 256 GB of storage space). Its three photo sensors prove to be very effective, whatever the lighting conditions, both at wide angle and with the zoom. The only slightly tricky point is that the Mate 30 Pro works with an Open Source version of Android, which does not integrate any of the Google applications. It is therefore necessary to install Google Mobile Services (or GSM), which includes among others Gmail, Youtube, PlayStore, Maps, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. The procedure is quite simple and quick, as shown in the link below.

Huawei Mate 30 Pro: how to install Google apps and the Play Store?

What is the most enduring smartphone?

Asus Zenfone 6

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Screen size : 6.4 | Screen type : IPS LCD | Definition: 2,340 x 1,080 pixels | Screen occupancy rate : 83.8% | Processor : Snapdragon 855 | Rear photo sensor : 48 MP (f / 1.8, 26 mm) + 13 MP (f / 2.4, 11 mm) | Front photo sensor : no (same as back) | Fingerprint reader : back | Memory : 6 GB | Storage : 128 or 256 GB | Drums : 5,000 mAh | Wireless charging : No | Fast charging : Yes (18 W) | crashes : No

Verdict:

The ZenFone 6 is really one of the biggest surprises of the year 2019. The device has almost all the assets to make it the totally essential smartphone: the most powerful processor of the moment, a monstrous autonomy and a small camera that swivels from back to front. This then allows you to take shots as good in the back as in the front. Just improve a little the quality in low light, and the ZenFone 6 will undoubtedly become the best smartphone of all.

Read the Asus Zenfone 6 review

Which smartphone offers the best quality / price ratio?

OnePlus 7T

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Screen size : 6.55 | Screen type : OLED 90 Hz | Definition: 2,400 x 1,080 pixels | Screen occupancy rate : 86.5% | Processor : Snapdragon 855+ | Rear photo sensor : 48 MP (f / 1.6, 26 mm) + 12 MP (f / 2.0, 51 mm, 2x zoom) + 16 MP (f / 2.2, 17 mm) | Front photo sensor : 16 MP (f / 2.0, 25 mm) | Fingerprint reader : under the screen | Memory : 8 GB | Storage : 128 or 256 GB | Drums : 3,800 mAh | Wireless charging : No | Fast charging : Yes (30 W) | crashes : No

Verdict:

The OnePlus 7T is distinguished by its round photo module comprising four sensors and its glass back. The device has a USB Type-C port, but the headphone jack has been abandoned. The smartphone is equipped with a large screen which has the distinction of operating 90 Hz, in order to ensure more fluid animations than its competitors in 60 Hz, when navigating the menus of the operating system (OxygenOS, a version modifies from Android 10) and applications. In addition, OLED technology ensures a high quality display (and moreover, bright). The internal components provide first-rate performance. For the rest, the OnePlus 7T captures quality photos and it can operate for two days. Last good point, its battery recharges very quickly.

OnePlus 7T vs. OnePlus 7: who makes the best photos?

What is the best Android One smartphone?

Xiaomi Mi A3

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Screen size : 6.09 | Screen type : OLED | Definition : 1,560 x 720 pixels | Screen occupancy rate : 82.5% | Processor : Snapdragon 655 | Rear photo sensor : 48 MP (f / 1.8, 26 mm) + 8 MP (f / 2.2, 13 mm) + 2 MP (depth) | Front photo sensor : 32 MP (f / 2.0, 26 mm) | Fingerprint reader : under the screen | Memory : 4 GB | Storage : 64 or 128 GB | Drums : 4,030 mAh | Wireless charging : No | Fast charging : Yes (18 W) | crashes : No

Verdict:

Operating under a version of Android 9 devoid of any additional application developed by Xiaomi, and for which updates are guaranteed for at least two years, the Mi A3 has an OLED screen, which is distinguished by its low definition 720p. However, it is suitable for light use. Especially since the OLED panel provides a superb image. The smartphone captures beautiful photos, as long as the ambient brightness is sufficient. And its battery ensures excellent autonomy, between two and days days.

Read the Xiaomi Mi A3 review

What is the best smartphone under 400?

Samsung galaxy a51

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Screen size : 6.5 | Screen type : OLED | Definition : 2,400 x 1,080 pixels | Screen occupancy rate : 87.4% | Processor : Exynos 9611 | Rear photo sensor : 48 MP (f / 2.0, 26 mm) + 12 MP (f / 2.2, 13 mm) + 5 MP (f / 2.4, 40 mm, macro) + 5 MP (depth) | Front photo sensor : 32 MP (f / 2.2, 26 mm) | Fingerprint reader : under the screen | Memory : 4 GB | Storage : 64 or 128 GB | Drums : 4000 mAh | Wireless charging : No | Fast charging : Yes (15 W) | crashes : No

Verdict:

The all-new mid-range smartphone from Samsung has an attractive design, with rounded edges and a notch that occupies almost the entire front panel, with the exception of a tiny notch, which houses the front photo sensor. Good point, the big screen benefits from the advantages of OLED technology (perfect contrasts, brilliant colors). On the other hand, the battery provides excellent autonomy of about two days. The two main sensors, combined with a digital zoom, produce good quality photos, especially in broad daylight. Finally, the performance of the Galaxy A51 on Android 10 is good, given its price.

What is the best smartphone under 300?

Honor 9X

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Screen size : 6.59 | Screen type : IPS LCD | Definition : 2,340 x 1,080 pixels | Screen occupancy rate : 84.3% | Processor : Kirin 710F | Rear photo sensor : 48 MP (f / 1.8, 27 mm) + 8 MP (f / 2.4, 13 mm) + 2 MP (depth) | Front photo sensor : 16 MP (f / 2.2, 26 mm) | Fingerprint reader : back | Memory : 4 GB | Storage : 64 or 128 GB | Drums : 4000 mAh | Wireless charging : No | Fast charging : No | crashes : No

Verdict:

This very attractive smartphone is equipped with a very large screen, bright and contrast, which occupies almost all of the front panel. This is explained by the fact that there is no notch. Indeed, the photo sensor dedicated to selfies is placed on a module which is automatically extracted from the smartphone. In addition, for light use, its battery can last about two days. Finally, the main photo sensor and the ultra wide angle capture satisfactory shots, in good lighting conditions.

What is the best smartphone under 200?

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8T

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Screen size : 6.3 | Screen type : IPS LCD | Definition : 2,340 x 1,080 pixels | Screen occupancy rate : 80.2% | Processor : Snapdragon 665 | Rear photo sensor : 48 MP (f / 1.8, 26 mm) + 8 MP (f / 2.2, 13 mm) + 2 MP (f / 2.4, Macro) + 2 MP (depth) | Front photo sensor : 13 MP (f / 2.0) | Fingerprint reader : back | Memory : 4 GB | Storage : 64 or 128 GB | Drums : 4000 mAh | Wireless charging : No | Fast charging : Yes (18 W) | crashes : No

Verdict:

Despite its low price, the Redmi Note 8T displays technical characteristics worthy of a mid-range smartphone. Its equipment is complete (headphone jack, USB type C port, fingerprint reader) and its screen is precise and bright. Its components make it possible to use Android 9 and everyday applications in good conditions. Only demanding games are somewhat worth it. On the other hand, its photo sensors achieve satisfactory shots. Finally, the battery life can reach two days. And the latter can be recharged quickly.

What is the most innovative smartphone?

Samsung galaxy fold

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Screen size : 4.6 + 7.3 foldable | Screen type : OLED | Definition : 1,680 x 720 pixels + 2,152 x 1,536 pixels | Screen occupancy rate : 85.7% | Processor : Snapdragon 855 | Rear photo sensor : 12 MP (f / 1.5-2.4, 27 mm) + 12 MP (f / 2.4, 52 mm, 2x zoom) + 16 MP (f / 2.2, 12 mm) | Front photo sensor : 10 MP (f / 2.2, 26 mm) + 8 MP (f / 1.9, 24 mm, depth) | Fingerprint reader : on the side | Memory : 12 GB | Storage : 512 GB | Drums : 4,380 mAh | Wireless charging : Yes (15 W) | Fast charging : Yes (15 W) | crashes : No

Verdict:

Between smartphone and tablet, the Galaxy Fold operates two OLED notches. The first, in 21: 9 format, is used when the smartphone is folded. The second is inside and folds out when you open the Galaxy Fold. The latter provides a much larger display than traditional smartphones. This allows you to use up to three applications in central mode. On the other hand, some applications normally take advantage of this XXL display format (BD, games, Maps, etc.). For the rest, the internal components of the smartphone are efficient and its battery provides satisfactory autonomy, up to two days.

What is the most durable smartphone?

Google Pixel 4

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Screen size : 5.7 | Screen type : OLED 90 Hz | Definition : 2,280 x 1,080 pixels | Screen occupancy rate : 79.8% | Processor : Snapdragon 855 | Rear photo sensor : 12.2 MP (f / 1.7, 27 mm) + 16 MP (f / 2.4, 50 mm, 2x zoom) | Front photo sensor : 8 MP (f / 2.0, 22 mm) | Fingerprint reader : No (Face Unlock) | Memory : 6 GB | Storage : 64 or 128 GB | Drums : 2,800 mAh | Wireless charging : Yes (Qi compatible) | Fast charging : Yes (18 W) | crashes : Yes (IP68)

Verdict:

If the Pixel 4 sports a design without surprise and effective (it is waterproof), its screen, of quality, offers a great fluidity of display (operation in 90 Hz) and superb colors. In addition to perfect contrasts (OLED requires), the brightness is there. The internal components provide good performance in Android 10, a system which is maintained by Google for a period of three years. Original, a very efficient face recognition system replaces the traditional fingerprint reader. Finally, the rear photo sensors, equipped with an optical stabilization system, are extremely effective, even in the middle of the night!

The sre value

Samsung galaxy s10

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Screen size : 6.1 | Screen type : OLED | Definition: 3,040 x 1,440 pixels | Screen occupancy rate : 88.3% | Processor : Exynos 9820 | Rear photo sensor : 12 MP (f / 1.5-2.4, 26 mm) + 12 MP (f / 2.4, 52 mm, 2x zoom) + 16 MP (f / 2.2, 12 mm) | Front photo sensor : 10 MP (f / 1.9, 26 mm) | Fingerprint reader : Under screen and ultrasound | Memory : 8 GB | Storage : 128 or 512 GB | Drums : 3400 mAh | Wireless charging : Yes (15 W) | Fast charging : Yes (15 W) | crashes : IP68

Verdict:

Without bringing major innovation in front of the competition, Samsung delivers with its S10 a smartphone with undeniable qualities. Its design and lightness make it one of the most handy smartphones of the moment, despite the large size of its notch of 6.1. also note that this new iteration of the Galaxy improves the shooting, whether in bright light or at night. The whole is punctuated by a video stabilizer that makes real little miracles.

Read the Samsung Galaxy S10 review