We reassure you right away: "best smartphone" does not mean "most expensive smartphone on the market". Obviously, the most premium models have their place in this ranking but other, much more affordable smartphones have managed to fare well with other advantages. Some stand out for their excellent value for money, others for their originality.

You will therefore find in this guide a top 10 of the best smartphones on the market today. All the models mentioned have been tested by the editorial staff. In addition to the technical aspect of each smartphone, we have attached importance to the needs they meet as well as to their positioning on the market.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20 +: excellence

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Launched in February 2020, the latest high-end from Samsung stand out as the best proposal from the manufacturer. If all eyes were on the Galaxy S20 Ultra (brings together the best of Samsung), we on our side preferred the balance of the S20 and S20 +.

The two models embody, with some details, the same technologies as the Ultra version. But they cost almost 300 euros less. Is the price difference worth choosing the Ultra? In our opinion, no. We therefore advise you to focus on the S20 and S20 +, just as powerful, more enduring (for the S20 +) and much easier to handle on a daily basis.

If the S20 Ultra dominates them in photos, the difference remains slim to accept the price difference and its few weaknesses (format, autonomy). If however you want to use the top of the top, the Ultra version remains the reference.

Galaxy S20 at the best price Base price: 909 €

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Galaxy S20 + at the best price Base price: 1,009 €

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Galaxy S20 Ultra at the best price Base price: 1,359 €

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iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max: the best of Apple

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Apart from its aging design and the few nonsense from Apple (a 64 GB version in 2020, really?) What can we blame the iPhone 11 Pro (and its Max version)? Not much.

Apple continues the adventure with two models substantially identical to the previous ones and some aesthetic improvements (matte glass) as well as the integration of a highly anticipated triple photo sensor. The American giant, formerly master of smartphone photography, was left behind by the competition. At the end of 2019, he not only caught up but he managed to hoist his iPhone 11 Pro among the best photophones on the market.

From the screen (simply sublime OLED) to performance through audio quality and fluency of iOS, all the elements of a reference smartphone are combined.

Cherry on the cake, Apple has finally fixed the iPhone’s autonomy issues. Again, the manufacturer does not do things by halves. From one of the worst, the iPhone is becoming one of the most enduring models on the market. Still, its fairly high price (more than 1100 euros) is not within the reach of all budgets. But the iPhone 11 Pro is for many the best smartphone on the market in 2020.

iPhone 11 Pro Max at the best price Base price: 1 259 €

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iPhone 11: the darling of the public

Is the iPhone 11 Pro too expensive? No problem. As in 2018, Apple offers a more "affordable" version of its smartphone. The iPhone 11 combines the best of the Pro version but costs almost 400 euros less. Inevitably, Apple had to make some technical sacrifices.

So, the iPhone 11 only integrates two photo sensors and has to do without the OLED screen. Instead, Apple provides an LCD panel whose definition does not reach Full HD. One could fear the worst, it is not so. The screen of the iPhone 11 remains of good quality. Under the hood, Apple keeps the A13 Bionic chip and a comfortable battery.

Thanks to this strategy, the iPhone 11 quickly established itself as the darling of the general public. Finally, those who want to buy an iPhone of course.

iPhone 11 at the best price Base price: 809 €

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OnePlus 7T: all in balance

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At the end of 2019, OnePlus also launched two new models. Despite communication focused on the OnePlus 7T Pro, it was the 7T that got our favors. Why ? Just because this version really contrasts with the previous one and embodies the OnePlus philosophy (the best of technology at a fair price).

The Pro version, it changes little compared to its predecessor, remains massive, has too many weaknesses (including less good autonomy) for a too high price.

The 7T is also distinguished by its original design. The manufacturer opts for a circular photo module which (whatever our tastes) illustrates a certain audacity.

More compact and lighter, the OnePlus 7T is more pleasant to use on a daily basis. Its AMOLED screen has nothing to envy to the best smartphones on the market, its performance reaches new heights and it retains a very good autonomy.

Only regret: the absence of wireless charging. While OnePlus fast charging remains a benchmark, we would have liked to have had a choice. But considering its price, it is a shortcoming that we are ready to accept.

Finally, the OnePlus 7T shines with its software interface. With Oxygen OS, the rising brand has managed to establish itself as a benchmark in this area. Oxygen OS is fluid, fast and well thought out. The best version of Android right now. The arrival of the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro could reshuffle the cards, and raise OnePlus in this ranking of the best smartphones.

OnePlus 7T at the best price Base price: 599 €

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OnePlus 7T Pro at the best price Base price: 759 €

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Galaxy Note 10+: stylus like never before

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Launched in September 2019, the Galaxy Note 10+ remains one of the best smartphones on the market today. Although it never stands out as the absolute benchmark (there are better photophones, more enduring models etc.), the Note 10+ excels at all levels.

From its design to exemplary finishes to its sublime AMOLED screen through its talents as a photographer, everything seduces us on the Galaxy Note 10+. Very full, it stands out from the competition thanks to its S-Pen. Samsung is the only manufacturer on the market to offer a stylus experience to the delight of aficionados.

To spoil nothing, Note 10+ has One UI, the best version of Android with Oxygen OS. Samsung has also integrated exclusive features to make the most of the S-Pen.

Its large size could represent the main obstacle to purchasing for some consumers. But for them, Samsung offers the Note 10, a more compact but equally attractive version.

Galaxy Note 10 at the best price Base price: 959 €

Huawei P30 Pro: the best of Huawei with Google

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Launched in early 2019, the Huawei P30 Pro remains one of the best smartphones on the market a year later. If the Chinese giant has launched two other high-end models (Mate 30 Pro, P40 Pro) more recently, the lack of Google services remains an obstacle, despite the efforts of Huawei.

Behind its particularly neat design, the P30 Pro contains high-end components ensuring excellent performance and an autonomy of about two days. And what about its sublime curved AMOLED screen?

Mostly, the P30 Pro stands out as a reference in photography. Thanks to its four photo sensors it stands out for its versatility and the quality of the shots, including in low light. Far ahead of its time, the P30 Pro is still competing today with the best on the market when its price has dropped considerably.

Google Pixel 4 XL: king of photography

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If Huawei, Apple or Samsung design very good photophones, Google pushes the limits of smartphone photography every year. Unlike its rivals, the Californian giant does not rely on the multiplication of sensors but on the processing algorithms. And it works !

With the Pixel 4 and 4 XL, Google is further improving the already excellent photo quality on previous models. With half the number of sensors (only two), the American achieves impressive results. The sharpness, the contrasts, the colorimetry, the delicacy of the bokeh, Google perfectly masters the photo processing.

However, the presence of two sensors makes it lose versatility. For example, it’s impossible to get ultra wide-angle shots, the new trend of 2019. We forgive him.

If our choice is on the Pixel 4 XL rather than the smallest model, it is primarily because of its autonomy, much too low. The Pixel 4 will have to go through the recharge box at the very end of the afternoon when the Pixel 4 XL will support an entire day. It's not flamboyant, but it's still acceptable.

For the rest, the Pixel 4 XL is efficient and integrates Motion Sense, facial recognition technology (and movement) unprecedented on the market. Add to that an OLED screen of excellent craftsmanship and a fluid and ergonomic interface and we obtain a very attractive result. It is also much more affordable than when it came out, it will satisfy smartphone photography enthusiasts.

Google Pixel 4 XL at the best price Base price: 899 €

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Google Pixel 3a: photographic excellence at a low price

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Aware that not all consumers can afford a smartphone for more than 600 euros, Google launched the Pixel 3a last year, a lighter version of its excellent Pixel 3. Offered at less than 500 when it was released, it is available at the start 2020 for less than 400 euros.

For this price, you have all the know-how of Google in photography. Although it has only one sensor, the Pixel 3a shoots high-quality photos and is positioned at the top of the basket. No model at this price can boast of providing such photo quality.

If the integration of a mid-range processor does not allow it to compete in performance, it remains powerful enough for the most common uses. Above all, the less energy-consuming chip allows use up to two days, a great performance for such a compact model. Finally, like the other Pixels, the 3a has a version of Android designed by its creator and has exemplary update tracking.

Samsung Galaxy A51: the mid-range Deluxe edition

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Hustled in the mid-range segment, Samsung came back in force in 2019 with six new Galaxy A. In 2020, the South Korean puts the cover and offers a Galaxy A51 good in all respects. Difficult to find a fault with this compact and versatile smartphone.

Behind its premium design are hidden particularly well optimized mid-range components. The Galaxy A51 is powerful enough for everyday use, multitasking and even gaming. Its autonomy of one and a half days ranks it among the good students and One UI 2.0 stands out as one of the best versions of Android.

add to that a Super AMOLED screen which Samsung has the secret and a very good photo quality for a smartphone of this range. No, really, we do not see what we could fault this Galaxy A51.

Galaxy A51 at the best price Base price: 379 €

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: the best value for money

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Landed in France in May 2018, Xiaomi has managed to establish itself as the quality-price benchmark. With the Redmi Note 8 Pro, the Chinese manufacturer proves it in the best way.

Launched at less than 300 euros, this entry-level model should not be ashamed of its technical sheet, quite the contrary. Helio G90T gaming-oriented processor, LiquidCool cooling system, 4500 mAh battery and quadruple photo sensor, all the standards of premium models are brought together here.

Daily, the Redmi Note 8 Pro is particularly effective. Without achieving the performance of high-end smartphones, it allows extensive use and even resource-intensive 3D gaming sessions without ever overheating.

Its 6.53-inch IPS LCD screen displays content in Full HD + and its two-day autonomy ranks it among the most enduring models on the market. Xiaomi even pays the luxury of providing an 18 W fast charger in the box.

Finally, note that its quadruple 64 + 8 + 2 + 2 megapixel photo sensor proves to be effective in good light conditions. If night shots remain average, the presence of an ultra wide-angle lens, a portrait mode and a macro mode give it welcome versatility.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro at the best price Base price: 249 €

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(Bonus) Samsung Galaxy Fold: the smartphone of the future

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If you follow tech news, you certainly did not miss the arrival of the Galaxy Fold, the first folding smartphone marketed in France. With this model, Samsung offers a concept of tablet that folds to become a smartphone.

More recent, the Galaxy Z Flip takes the format of flip smartphone, the foldable screen in addition. In our opinion, this second model responds less to user needs and reveals more technological prowess than anything else.

The Galaxy Fold remains a product of tomorrow, it is therefore sold at a stratospheric price of more than 2,000 euros. However, some passionate and / or wealthy users may be interested. Far from perfect, it remains the best folding smartphone on the market at the moment. Until the Fold 2, scheduled for the end of 2020.

Samsung Galaxy Fold at the best price Base price: 2,020 €

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So much for our guide to the best smartphones on the market. We will update this list as we go out. Xiaomi's Mi 10 and Mi 10 Pro, for example, are not in this list since we haven't tested them yet. Stay connected!