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The best phones for 2020, tested by our expert editors

We've ranked the top 10 smartphones you can buy in Australia right now, based on hundreds of hours of hands-on testing.

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The best mobile phones for 2020, ranked

  1. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  4. Oppo Find X2 Pro
  5. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  6. Apple iPhone SE (2020)
  7. Google Pixel 4a
  8. realme X3 SuperZoom
  9. Google Pixel 4 XL
  10. ASUS ROG Phone II

How did we pick this list?

Finder's team of experts have tested and reviewed every phone on this list. For each phone, we consider the design, cameras, performance, battery life and overall value for money.

Our editorial team selected the phones on this list based on their overall quality and value compared to other phones on the market. The selection and order is not based on review scores. More detail on methodology below.

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1. Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max

A great all-rounder that's brilliant in almost all situations.

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
6.5-inch display | 64GB, 256GB, 512GB storage options | 12MP + 12MP + 12MP rear camera
  • Best battery life in an iPhone to date
  • Triple camera gives plenty of photographic flexibility
  • Improved low light photography
  • Expensive
  • No onboard 5G
  • Low light shooting is better on several Android handsets
RRP From $1,899

Why we chose it

Apple sits at the top of our best phone list despite being one of the most pricey phones you can buy. Getting to that spot at that price point means it has to go further and do more than other phones, and this is where Apple's heavy control over the whole iOS experience, from software to hardware really pays off.

It's astonishingly easy to get two days of battery life from the iPhone 11 Pro Max, so it's also in stark contrast to the woeful battery life we used to see from older iPhones. Apple's triple camera array isn't market leading at a technical level, but that rarely matters when its output is so very good across both still and video shooting.

Apple has continually released updates to iOS that have only made the iPhone 11 Pro Max's camera better. The one slight downside here is that its 2x Optical Zoom isn't particularly strong when compared to other premium phones. Apple is also still biding its time when it comes to 5G compatibility, and its absence is missed here when you consider the high asking price of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max.

Read our full review of the Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max.


2. Samsung Galaxy Note20

Samsung's mid-range flagship is its most impressive phone.

Samsung Galaxy Note20
6.7-inch display | 256GB, 128MB storage options | 64MP + 12MP + 12MP rear camera
  • Good camera quality
  • As fast as the pricier Note 20 Ultra
  • S-Pen is good for productivity and artistic endeavours
  • Average battery life
  • Space zoom remains a gimmick
  • Ultra model gets the better display
RRP From $1,499

Why we chose it

Typically the lower cost version of a flagship is rife with compromises in cameras, displays and battery capacity. On paper, that's true of the Galaxy Note 20, a smaller version of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but they're compromises that really make little difference in your day to day usage of Samsung's latest flagship phone. In return you save hundreds of dollars while still gaining a great camera, easy to use S-Pen and 5G compatibility. The Note 20 Ultra is technically a "better" phone – but the Galaxy Note 20 is the better phone for most consumers.

Read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20.


3. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G

The Samsung phone to buy if you want all the trimmings.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
6.9-inch display | 256GB, 512GB storage options | 12MP + 108MP + 12MP rear camera
  • Great low light performance
  • Slick high refresh rate display
  • S-Pen compatibility works well on a large display
  • 120Hz display is a battery hog
  • Chunky camera bump
  • 50x 'Space Zoom' delivers woeful results
RRP From $1,849

Why we chose it

If you're a fan of Samsung's phone approach, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is still a highly impressive phone, albeit at a predictably high price, which is why we rate the regular model Galaxy Note 20 ahead of it. Still, if you wallet can stand it, you get a huge screened phone with a very nice 120Hz display, the creative and productivity benefits of the S-Pen and the best camera we've seen in a Samsung phone to date. Yes, the "Space Zoom" feature is still overblown nonsense, but for everyday shooting the Note 20 Ultra is highly capable. On the downside, that 120Hz 6.9 inch Dynamic AMOLED display is a thirsty beast when it comes to chewing up battery power.

Read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.


4. Oppo Find X2 Pro

Great performance at a good price.

Oppo Find X2 Pro
6.7-inch display | 512GB storage options | 48MP + 48MP + 13MP rear camera
  • Fast processor with 5G
  • Great array of cameras
  • Vegan Leather option
  • ColorOS wants weird permissions
  • Lacks wireless charging
  • Fingerprint sensor is fussy
RRP From $1,599

Why we chose it

Oppo has gone from strength to strength in the premium phone space, and the Oppo Find X2 Pro effectively replaces 2019's Oppo Reno 5G in our best phones roundup, by way of upgrading just about everything that made that phone stand out. You get the choice of a more traditional Ceramic Black phone or the fancier looking "Vegan Orange Leather" finish to suit your style, 5G compatibility, a powerful Snapdragon 865 processor with 12GB of RAM and some really fun and varied cameras to boot, although like most premium phones with a "super" zoom capability, the Find X2 Pro's 60x zoom isn't really worth using.

What makes the Oppo Find X2 Pro really stand out is the asking price; where so many flagship phones now nestle up closely to the $2,000 price point, the Find X2 Pro can be yours for hundreds of dollars less.

Read our full review of the Oppo Find X2 Pro.


5. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

The most premium phone money can buy.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
6.9-inch display | 128GB, 256GB, 512GB storage options | 48MP + 108MP + 12MP rear camera
  • Amazing display
  • Lots of camera flexibility
  • 5G ready with dual-band built in
  • Big and heavy
  • Camera output can be inconsistent
  • Expensive
RRP From $1,999

Why we chose it

Samsung's early 2020 flagship phone, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra certainly earns that suffix, as it's one of the very largest phones you can buy. That means you get a lot of screen for your money, and it's simply the most gorgeous Super AMOLED display Samsung has put into a phone to date, with support for 120Hz refresh rates giving you silky smooth screen animations.

It's 5G capable by default, and the first phone to land in the market with dual-band 5G in mind too. Samsung's put everything it can into its camera, which includes neat features like Single Take, which fires off every one of its 3 primary rear lenses to capture an array of video and still shots of your target, meaning it's easy to get that elusive "best" shot. It's also very capable of zooming, although its heavily hyped 100x "Space Zoom" really is just a gimmick.

Camera output was a little inconsistent in our tests, and we're hoping that Samsung copies Apple's approach here and delivers updates that improve the camera experience. The hardware is there, but the software just needs a little tweaking.

Other considerations that are worth bringing up are its size, because this is a huge smartphone, so may not be your best bet if you want a smaller device. Like the 11 Pro Max, it's also a pricey option by default, with even the lowest spec model coming in at $1999 at launch.

Read our full review of the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.


6. Apple iPhone SE (2020)

Low cost and insanely powerful.

Apple iPhone SE (2020)
4.7-inch display | 64GB, 128GB, 256GB storage options | 12MP rear camera
  • Best processor at this price
  • iOS upgrades delivered automatically
  • The most powerful small phone you can buy
  • Battery life is sub-par
  • Single lens camera only
  • Poor low light performance
RRP From $749

Why we chose it

Apple's iPhone crop for 2020 is reportedly delayed due to COVID-19, but it managed to sneak out a new lower-cost iPhone before the pandemic hit, in the form of the iPhone SE 2020. While it's built on the frame of the iPhone 6, this is one seriously powerful phone, because it's running the same Apple A13 Bionic processor found in the considerably more powerful iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max handsets. There's simply nothing like it at the iPhone SE 2020's price point, and it's not even close.

It might be low cost by Apple's standards, but all that power comes with a cost. Battery life is not great, and while it does feature wireless charging, you're still most likely going to need to top it up before the day is done. It's use of the iPhone 6 body also means that you only score a single lens on each side of the phone, and while Apple's camera software can make up for that to an extent, it's still not a strong performer, especially in low light.

Read our full review of the Apple iPhone SE 2020.


7. Google Pixel 4a

Google's low-cost Pixel is its best phone.

Google Pixel 4a
5.8-inch display | 128GB storage options | 12.2MP rear camera
  • Single lens shoots very well
  • Guaranteed Android Updates
  • Great low light performance
  • Battery life could be better
  • Fixed storage
    Better 5G option coming soon
RRP From $599

Why we chose it

Google's Pixel line used to be purely about premium performance, but with 2019's Google Pixel 3a, the search giant turned its attention to more affordable fare. With the Pixel 4a, they've delivered just about everything you might want in a simple to use phone, especially if you're a fan of clean Android UI and guaranteed software upgrades for at least three years. Like the Apple iPhone SE 2020, you're limited to a single lens on the Pixel 4a, but this is less of an issue once Google's superlative camera AI kicks in, delivering best-in-class low light performance, including the ability to take astrophotographs if you've got a tripod handy.

Where the Pixel 4a falters a tad is in battery life and the fact that like other Pixel models, you're stuck with just its fixed storage allocation, although at least Google's bumped that up to a more pleasing 128GB this time around. Google is also promising a 5G-capable Pixel 4a later in the year, which may be worth waiting for if 5G compatibility is important to you.

Read our full review of the Google Pixel 4a.


8. Realme X3 SuperZoom

The camera features of a flagship at a mid-range price.

Realme X3 SuperZoom
6.6-inch display | 128GB, 256GB storage options | 64MP + 8MP + 8MP rear camera
  • 120Hz Display
  • Zoom cameras work well
  • Plenty of processing power
  • No wireless charging
  • Middling battery life
  • Fixed storage
RRP From $699

Why we chose it

Chinese brand realme is best known for playing in the super budget space, but its first big flagship phone, the realme X3 Superzoom is a genuine challenger in the best phones arena. It combines good processing power with a fun array of cameras in a nicely designed handset that costs well under $1000 even if you buy the premium 12GB/256GB version.

The "SuperZoom" suffix is there because it'll do 60x combined digital zoom, and honestly that's awful as it is with everyone's extended zoom cameras this year. The 5x Optical or 10x hybrid zoom is considerably better, however, offering a suite of features on phones that typically cost double the realme X3 SuperZoom's asking price.

Read our full review of the realme X3 SuperZoom.


9. Google Pixel 4 XL

The cleanest Android experience on the market.

Google Pixel 4 XL
6.3-inch display | 64GB, 128GB storage options | 12.2MP + 16MP rear camera
  • Guaranteed OS upgrades
  • Easy to use cameras that see regular updates
  • Clean Android experience that you can make your own
  • Motion Sense is a pure gimmick
  • Battery life could be better
  • No storage expansion
RRP From $1,279

Why we chose it

The largest and most recent update to Google's in-house Android phone family, the Google Pixel 4XL expands on what has made its own phone line so popular with the Android faithful. You get guaranteed Android updates to the operating system, something that's not true of all that many flagships.

Google's also consistently tweaked the Pixel 4XL software experience since launch, which means that they're phones that are about as close as you're going to get to iPhones in terms of added features appearing months after they're actually "new" phones. Google's Pixel 4XL camera has some neat features, including a superb astrophotography mode that can even cut through the heavy light of cities to get pleasing shots.

Not everything is a hit on the Pixel 4XL however. For a larger phone its battery life is only ordinary, and like every other Pixel phone you can't bump up the storage with cheap microSD cards. It's the first phone to feature Google's technically smart Motion Sense radar, but to date it's only been used for simple features like music playback control, and it's not even very accurate for that.

The Pixel 4XL's position as the best Google flagship is living on borrowed time, with the Google Pixel 5 expected later this year with full 5G support. However given the Pixel 4a's later-than-expected launch, that might not be until the very end of the year.

Read our full review of the Google Pixel 4 XL.


10. ASUS ROG Phone II

Best phone for gaming.

ASUS ROG Phone II
6.59-inch display | 128GB, 512GB, 1TB storage options | 48MP + 13MP rear camera
  • Great 120Hz display
  • Gaming accessories add appeal
  • Immense battery
  • It's HUGE
  • Ordinary cameras
  • Lacks wireless charging
RRP From $1,699

Why we chose it

Asus as a brand is more closely associated with PC parts and gaming laptops, and it's the latter market that Asus taps for the ROG Phone II. ROG, in this case, is Repubic of Gamers, Asus' gaming-centric brand. In the ROG Phone II, it throws a very PC-centric approach to mobile phones, which starts with its immense 6.59 inch AMOLED display, and continues with a range of bolt-on accessories that can turn the ROG Phone II into a near-clone of Nintendo's Switch console visually. If you're a keen mobile gamer it's an easy recommendation on that basis alone, helped along by a 6,000mAh battery.

As a more regular everday phone the ROG Phone II is a harder recommendation. Its size won't suit every hand, and while it sports multiple rear lenses, it shoots well below the competition in more challenging light environments, which is not what you'd typically expect out of a flagship phone.

Read our full review of the ASUS Rog Phone II.


Compare the best phones of 2020

Compare the display size, battery, overall rating and purchasing options of each phone in the table below. (Click on 'View Details' for more product specifications.)

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Display Display Rear camera Battery size Overall rating More info More info
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max
6.5
inches

1242 x 2688

  • Display

    6.5 inches

    1242 x 2688

  • Rear camera

    12MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    4,000 mAh
12MP + 12MP + 12MP
4,000
mAh
View details
Samsung Galaxy Note20
6.7
inches

2400 x 1080

  • Display

    6.7 inches

    2400 x 1080

  • Rear camera

    64MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    4,300 mAh
64MP + 12MP + 12MP
4,300
mAh
View details
Samsung Galaxy Note20 Ultra
6.9
inches

3088 x 1440

  • Display

    6.9 inches

    3088 x 1440

  • Rear camera

    108MP + 12MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    4,500 mAh
108MP + 12MP + 12MP
4,500
mAh
Not yet rated
View details
Oppo Find X2 Pro
6.7
inches

3168 x 1440

  • Display

    6.7 inches

    3168 x 1440

  • Rear camera

    48MP + 48MP + 13MP
  • Battery size

    4,260 mAh
48MP + 48MP + 13MP
4,260
mAh
View details
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
6.9
inches

1440 x 3200

  • Display

    6.9 inches

    1440 x 3200

  • Rear camera

    48MP + 108MP + 12MP
  • Battery size

    5,000 mAh
48MP + 108MP + 12MP
5,000
mAh
View details
Google Pixel 4a
5.8
inches

1080 x 2340

  • Display

    5.8 inches

    1080 x 2340

  • Rear camera

    12.2MP
  • Battery size

    3,140 mAh
12.2MP
3,140
mAh
View details
Apple iPhone SE (2020)
4.7
inches

1334 x 750

  • Display

    4.7 inches

    1334 x 750

  • Rear camera

    12MP
  • Battery size

    1,821 mAh
12MP
1,821
mAh
View details
Realme X3 SuperZoom
6.6
inches

2400x1080

  • Display

    6.6 inches

    2400x1080

  • Rear camera

    64MP + 8MP + 8MP
  • Battery size

    4,200 mAh
64MP + 8MP + 8MP + 2MP
4,200
mAh
View details
Google Pixel 4 XL
6.3
inches

1440 x 3040

  • Display

    6.3 inches

    1440 x 3040

  • Rear camera

    12.2MP + 16MP
  • Battery size

    3,700 mAh
12.2MP + 16MP
3,700
mAh
View details
ASUS ROG Phone II
6.59
inches

1080 x 2340

  • Display

    6.59 inches

    1080 x 2340

  • Rear camera

    48MP + 13MP
  • Battery size

    6,000 mAh
48MP + 13MP
6,000
mAh
View details
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    JamesAugust 4, 2019

    What is the advantage or the object of having Dual Sims on a mobile phone?

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      NikkiAugust 5, 2019

      Hi James,

      Thanks for your question. Some people prefer carrying a phone that has a dual sim feature. These people do this because they have 2 different sim cards and typically, one sim card is for personal use and the other one is for business. This is best for them as need not bring two phones all the time.

      Hope this was helpful. Don’t hesitate to message us back if you have more questions.

      Best,
      Nikki

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    AnayaSeptember 19, 2017

    Hi

    I am looking at buying a new mobile phone. I am currently using a Note 5. I am just wondering if you could help me find a phone with good battery life and good camera also a decent screen size (phablet type). I had a look at S8, but it appeared too narrow. Note 8 is really expensive and I can’t justify spending that much money. Ideally I am looking at buying something within $1000.00 range.

    Could you please help me find a phone?

    Cheers,
    Anaya

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      JonathanSeptember 19, 2017

      Hello Anaya,

      Thank you for your inquiry.

      Currently we don’t have dedicated page for phablets, but if you’re looking for long-battery life handsets and good camera ones, then we have those on a plan. In case you’d like to buy it outright, you can visit the respective stores of the providers offering them.

      Alternatively, if reading multiple tabs is of no concern then you can use our finder search result page regarding different phablet reviews.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    BobJune 29, 2017

    I want to buy a mobile phone 3G or 4G? All I have seen is you have to swipe a finger across and as I shake it, will not work as I’m over 80.

    I want a simple one like a 2G phone I do not use text only used to dial out and receive phone call only. I do not have much money and with the 2g I have a Vodafone 365 day deal pay $20 per year.

    What can I buy?

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      JonathanJune 29, 2017

      Hi Bob!

      It sounds to me that you only need a basic phone or also known as a “feature” phone. :)

      You may stay on 3G handsets since you mostly use it for calls and texts.

      Take note this is only a handset, you need to buy a 3G or 4G compatible sim to use your new phone.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    JeffJune 12, 2017

    After a new one, intending to choose LG or HTC, was wondering what happened to Sony XZ or Z5 ?? Only asking as my old Z1 had an excellent camera, and curious if the new ones are any good.
    Thanks
    Jeff

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      DanielleJune 13, 2017

      Hi Jeff

      Thank you for contacting finder.com.au. We are a comparison website and general information service, we’re more than happy to offer general advice.

      For a review of the Sony XZ you may refer to this page. And for a review of the Sony Z5, you may click here.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Danielle

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    JohnMay 7, 2017

    Is there any news about a possible release of huawei mate 9 pro in Australia. If so when?

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      DeeMay 8, 2017Staff

      Hi John,

      Thanks for your question.

      Huawei currently sells the Mate 9 outright in a dual SIM configuration through Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi for $999. If you prefer a phone on contract, the single SIM variant is offered by both Vodafone and Optus on 24 month contract terms. You can check this page for more information on the phone plans.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    BarratoneApril 28, 2017

    Do you know if any of the mobile services in Australia will be picking up the new Android Nokia’s this year, before Christmas hopefully??

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      DeeMay 1, 2017Staff

      Hi Barratone,

      Thanks for your question.

      We don’t have information yet as to which mobile service provider will include Android Nokia in their plan. But there are some speculations. You may want to check this news article for more information.

      Cheers,
      Anndy

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    KafeAugust 26, 2015

    What is the best mobile phone with the largest ram and expandable memory at a cheap price with excellent features and apps

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      BrodieAugust 27, 2015

      Hi Kafe,

      The new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge boasts a massive 4GB of RAM. However, the latest Galaxy handsets (including the S6 Edge) do not offer expandable memory. I’d recommend either waiting to see what the Sony Xperia Z5 offers or settling for a Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which has 3GB of RAM and expandable memory up to 128GB.

      Thanks,

      Brodie

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