The best smartphones of 2019

December 31, 2019
Posted in Tech
December 31, 2019 Tumelo Moloi

2019 certainly had its fair share of powerful new smartphones.

All the biggest players – Samsung, Huawei and Apple – came to the table, while smaller manufacturers and old favourites also weighed in with unique and interesting devices.

The mid-range segment showed extensive growth, with Samsung and Huawei exchanging blows via their A-series and Y-series devices respectively.

New flagships boasted bigger and better cameras, with improvements in performance and battery life optimisation also making their way to top-end handsets.

Foldable craze

The hype over foldable displays, meanwhile, was met with the reality of the developmental challenges presented by this new technology.

Samsung had to delay the release of its Fold after various design issues caused malfunctions.

Huawei finally released the Mate X, although it has so far only been launched in China with no support for Google services or apps.

The foldable Motorola Razr was also launched, but will only be available from January 2020.

Until these devices become more widely available, we can appreciate the more traditional flagship smartphones which headlined the past year’s releases.

The following is a list of five of the best smartphones from 2019.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus – R21,999

 Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
Display6.4-inch 1,440 x 3,040 OLED
OSAndroid 9.0
ProcessorExynos 9820 octa-core
Internal storage128GB/ 512GB/ 1TB
Camera16MP + 12MP + 12MP
Front camera10MP + 8MP
Charging15W Fast Charging
BiometricsIn-display fingerprint sensor
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Dimensions157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm (198g)

Huawei P30 Pro – R17,999

Huawei P30 Pro header
Huawei P30 Pro
OSAndroid 9.0
ProcessorKirin 980 octa-core
Internal storage128GB / 256GB / 512GB
Camera40MP + 20MP + 8MP + 3D TOF
Front camera32MP
Charging40W wired, 15W wireless
BiometricsIn-display fingerprint
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.0
Dimensions158 x 73.4 x 8.4 mm (192g)

iPhone 11 Pro – R22,299

iPhone 11 Pro 4
iPhone 11 Pro
Display5.8-inch 1,125 x 2,436 OLED
OSiOS 13
ProcessorA13 Bionic
Internal storage64GB / 256GB / 512GB
Camera12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Front camera12MP + 3D camera
Charging18W Fast Charging
BiometricsFace ID
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Dimensions144 x 71.4 x 8.1 mm (188g)

Huawei Mate 30 Pro – Not available in South Africa

Huawei Mate 30 Pro
Display6.53-inch 1,176 x 2,400 OLED
OSEMUI 10 based on Android 10 (no Google services)
ProcessorKirin 990 octa-core
Internal storage128GB / 256GB
Camera40MP + 40MP + 8MP
Front camera32MP + 3D TOF sensor
Charging40W Fast wired, 27W wireless
BiometricsIn-display fingerprint sensor
ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 5.1
Dimensions158.1 x 73.1 x 8.8 mm (198g)
PriceNot available

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus – R21,499

Samsung Galaxy Note 10
Display6.8-inch 1,40 x 3040 OLED
OSAndroid 9.0
ProcessorExynos 9825
Internal storage128GB/ 512GB
Camera12MP + 16MP + 12MP + 3D TOF
Front camera10MP
Charging45W fast Charging
BiometricsIn-display fingerprint reader
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.0
Dimensions162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm (196g)

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