Power is not everything, not even for smartphones: there are many other factors in the equation, from aesthetics to materials, from portability to the quality of the photographic module, which is increasingly central to the general public. But speed is a central element of the user experience: it is easy to establish, in everyday life, a good relationship with a fast and reactive device, which allows us to do everything we want instantly, as if it were synchronized with our thinking. But what are the most powerful smartphones on the market today?
The August 2020 ranking of the famous benchmarking platform AnTuTu provides us with a picture of the 10 best performing devices in two distinct market segments: that of the top range, and the mid-range. Obviously, it must be premised that the one offered by the benchmarks is an indicative but not exhaustive interpretation: the measurement of brute force does not take into account elements that affect the perception that the user matures of a smartphone and its performance, such as system bugs, poor software optimization, and so on.
That said, let's start with the top-end racing cars: at the head there is a device that is synonymous with power, or the Rog Phone 3 from Asus, one of the first to mount the brand new Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 865+. A smartphone that convinces not only with brute force, but in the round, as we have explained to you in our review.
In second place is OnePlus 8 Pro, which not surprisingly received the EISA 2020 title of "Best Smartphone": this year OnePlus has raised the bar of quality and price, and has certainly not lost the attention for a hardware always at the top. To close the podium we find Find X2 Pro, by Oppo. And in fact we had defined it as one of the smartphones "to beat".
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Then there are four Samsung-branded devices: the best placed one is the brand new Note 20 Ultra 5G, in fourth place. Watch out, though: this is the version with Snapdragon 865+, and not the European one with the less performing Exynos 990 (we talk about it in our review). In fact, we find that much lower, in eighth place. Followed by S20 Ultra 5G and S20 + 5G, both with Exynos 990.
Fifth, sixth and seventh place are occupied respectively by Redmi K30 Pro, Poco F2 Pro and Xiaomi Mi 10.
It is no coincidence that when it arrived, at the end of July, we defined it as the best device under 400 euros: and the king of the mid-range in terms of performance is him, OnePlus Nord. Another important shot by OnePlus, which scores a double (considering the second place of 8 Pro among the "greats"), and confirms itself as an absolute reference when it comes to performance.
Immediately behind is Redmi K30 5G, also with Snapdragon 765G processor, like the North. The last step of the podium is from Huawei, with its Nova 7i, and then in fourth place we find the curious case of the Realme 6, which performs better than its Pro version, only sixth.
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Then there are still three Redmi devices, which in recent years has established itself in the mid-range also thanks to smartphones capable of good performance: the Redmi Note 8 Pro still remains the most snappy (in fifth place), anticipating the newest Redmi Note 9 Pro and 9S (seventh and eighth respectively). The Oppo Reno4 4G and Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro close the ranking.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is available online from eBay for 1,300 euros.
- Asus ROG Phone 3 is available online from Monclick for 799 euros or from Unieuro for 999 euros.
- OnePlus Nord is available online from Amazon for 399 euros.
- OnePlus 8 Pro is available online from Bpm power for 790 euros or from Amazon for 1,010 euros.
Available on : Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for 1,100 euros, OnePlus Nord for 506 euros and 8 Pro for 820 euros. (update of 11 September 2020, 3.17 pm)