The best smartphones of 2020

2020 has been a landmark year for the smartphone industry in South Africa as a result of the launch of several local 5G networks.

This has aligned with the launch of several flagship 5G smartphones by the world’s most popular smartphone makers.

Beyond offering support for 5G, these smartphones offer improved performance and features – with particular focus being placed on these smartphones’ cameras, processors, and displays.

MyBroadband has highlighted some of the best smartphones to be launched in South Africa in 2020 below.


iPhone 12 Pro Max

Apple’s iPhone 12 smartphones are always one of the highlights of the year in the smartphone industry, and the company did not disappoint in 2020.

The iPhone 12 Pro Max is the top of the range smartphone from Apple and is powered by Apple’s latest chip – the A14 Bionic.

It also boasts an impressive triple-lens camera and a 6.7-inch 2,778 x 1,242 OLED display.

The iPhone 12 was announced in October, while preorders opened to the South African market in November.

iPhone 12 Pro 3

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
OS iOS 14
Display 6.7-inch 2,778 x 1,242 OLED
Processor A14 Bionic
Storage 128GB/256GB/512GB
Rear camera 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Front camera 12MP
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
Network 5G
Battery 3,687mAh

Huawei Mate 40 Pro+

The Huawei Mate 40 Pro+ is the best device you can get in Huawei’s Mate range of smartphones and offers a number of great features.

It sports a 6.76-inch, 90Hz OLED display and is powered by the cutting-edge Kirin 9000 smartphone chip.

The Mate 40 Pro+ also has a remarkable penta-lens camera system which comprises of a 50MP main lens, 20MP ultrawide, 12MP telephoto, 8MP zoom, and 3D depth sensor.

Huawei mate 40 Pro+

Huawei Mate 40 Pro+
OS Android 10 EMUI 10
Display 6.76-inch 2,772 x 1,344 OLED 90Hz
Processor Kirin 9000
RAM 12GB
Storage 256GB
Rear camera 50MP + 20MP + 12MP + 8MP + 3D
Front camera 13MP, 3D
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2
Network 5G
Battery 4,400mAh

Huawei P40 Pro+

The Huawei P40 Pro+ is the best smartphone in Huawei’s other flagship range and offers significant improvements over its predecessor – the popular P30 Pro.

It uses a 6.7-inch, 3,160 x 1,440 OLED display that offers a 90Hz refresh rate – whereas the P30 Pro only had a 60Hz display.

The P40 Pro+ is powered by the improved Kirin 990 chipset which crucially supports 5G.

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Huawei P40 Pro+
OS Android 10.0
Display 6.7-inch 3,160 x 1,440 OLED 90Hz
Processor HiSilicon Kirin 990 5G
RAM 12GB
Storage 128GB/256GB
Rear Camera 52MP + 40MP + 8MP + 8MP Periscope + TOF
Front Camera 32MP, TOF
Biometrics In-screen fingerprint sensor, facial recognition
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.1
Network 5G
Battery 5,500mAh

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the best device in the first of three Samsung flagship smartphone ranges.

It has a 3,200 x 1,440, 120Hz OLED display – making it a great device for gaming.

It is powered by the Exynos 990 chipset in South Africa and its impressive quad-lens camera system is headlined by a 108MP primary lens.

Note 20 Ultra 5G

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G
OS Android 10
Display 6.9-inch 3,200 x 1,440 AMOLED
Processor Exynos 990
RAM 12GB
Storage 256GB
Rear camera 108MP + 12MP + 12MP + DepthVision
Front camera 10MP
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Network 5G
Battery 4,500mAh

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

The second of Samsung’s two traditional flagship smartphone lines is headline by the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Like the Note 20 Ultra, the S20 Ultra also runs the Exynos 990 processor and boasts a quad-lens camera system headlined by a 108MP primary lens.

This camera system can capture up to 8K video and offers up to 100x zoom – making it a remarkable and versatile photography device.

Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G Headline

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
OS Android 10
Display 6.9-inch 3,200 x 1,440 OLED
Processor Samsung Exynos 990
RAM 12GB
Storage 128GB
Rear camera 108MP + 48MP + 12MP + TOF
Front camera 40MP
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Network 5G
Battery 5,000mAh

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G

Finally, the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G was a much more impressive device than Samsung’s previous attempt – the original Galaxy Fold.

Its folded display is 6.2 inches while the smartphone’s main display measures 7.6-inches, meaning it essentially doubles up as a tablet when unfolded.

It also boasts impressive specifications – including a Snapdragon 865+ processor, 12GB RAM, and a triple-lens rear camera system.

Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 5G 1

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
OS Android 10
Display 7.6-inch 2,208 x 1,768 AMOLED + 6.23-inch 2,260 x 816 AMOLED
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
RAM 12GB
Storage 256GB/512GB
Rear camera 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Front Camera 10MP + 10MP
Connectivity Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Network 5G
Battery 4,500mAh

Now read: iPhone 12 Pro Max vs Mate 40 Pro+ vs Note 20 Ultra – Flagship smartphone showdown

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