2020 is now (and finally) on the home straight. Although the pandemic led to the cancellation of major events, such as the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and caused slowdowns and delays in the supply chain, the tech industry has continued on its way. There are many products that have been announced by the various manufacturers: new arrivals, many confirmations and interesting news. Between reviews, presentations, insights and comparisons, today the MobileLabs team is ready to assign the 2020 Awards.
Before continuing with the list of winning products among those reviewed, it should be noted that the Award is assigned not to the best product without weaknesses but to devices that stand out in one particular aspect: autonomy, quality / price ratio, innovative design, software peculiarities, etc.
- Headphones and earphones
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G - The most complete
In our review, we called it a technical masterpiece for the level reached by the range that is unmatched in the Android world. The peculiar S-Pen is able to offer a one-of-a-kind user experience. It is the reference point for those who look at productivity. For the build quality, the excellent 6,9-inch display with QHD + resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate, the excellent performance and the presence of a complete software we have given the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G the 2020 Award.
Samsung galaxy z flip - The best folding
Form factor and selling price: these are the elements that earned Galaxy Z Flip the 2020 Award. Although it reached 1.520 euros, it was the cheapest folding smartphone on the market. The smartphone that has been able to speak to the general public, also thanks to the excellent promotions offered by Samsung especially in recent weeks. A different and transportable product thanks to its clamshell closure which - during our test - did not show any particular critical issues.
Little X3 NFC - The best quality / price ratio
Display with 120 Hz refresh rate, 6 Gigabytes of RAM, Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, 5.160 mAh battery and quad rear camera with 64 Megapixel sensor. All at a selling price starting at 229 euros. No more is needed to explain why Poco X3 NFC received MobileLabs' 2020 Award. Although with some flaws highlighted in the review, in fact, it was the smartphone with an excellent quality / price ratio. The rivals didn't have an easy time.
OnePlus 8T - The best quality / price ratio of the high-end
Again, the determining factor is the price. OnePlus 8T arrived on the market at 599 euros, a decidedly aggressive figure, even if it comes with a fairly complete technical data sheet. High-level user experience, excellent autonomy, first-class performance and ergonomics: these were the positive elements that made us appreciate OnePlus 8T during our review. It represented (and still represents) a valid alternative to the more expensive top of the range.
realme 7 5G - The cheapest 5G smartphone
The price of realme 7 5G surprised everyone at the presentation stage. With a list price of 279 euros in the 6/128 GB version it was the cheapest 5G smartphone of 2020, beyond what were the promotions that further lowered its price and that of other devices. All this while still providing a satisfactory user experience, as highlighted in our review, which does not forget a 120 Hz refresh rate and excellent autonomy.
I live X51 5G - The most peculiar camera
Vivo X51 5G is the smartphone with which the Chinese company made its entry into. The Chinese brand has always distinguished itself in the sector for its innovative streak which - over the years - has led to the introduction of technologies which then became mass-market. X51 5G is no different. It is the smartphone that can boast a main camera with a gimbal system that ensures stabilization like that of the gimbal. As we have told you in detail in our review, it is precisely the versatility of the camera with its peculiarity that we wanted to reward.
12 iPhone Mini - The best compact
How difficult is it to find compact smartphones today? Much. iPhone 12 Mini, on the other hand, has its compact size as its strong point. All without neglecting the excellent user experience offered by iOS 14, the excellent performance of the new A14-Bionic processor, the more than satisfactory performance of the photographic sector and the quality of the OLED display (here the review). Not forgetting, finally, that iPhone 12 Mini is also the cheapest of its generation.
Lg wing - The most innovative form factor
LG Wing's innovative display wins MobileLabs' 2020 Award. The smartphone features a one-of-a-kind form factor with the display that can rotate clockwise 90 degrees revealing a second 3,9-inch screen, thus giving us a new hitherto unexplored multiscreen experience and paving the way for new and different scenarios for using a smartphone. As we have specified in our review, there is still work to be done on the software side but the idea is to be rewarded.
iPad 2020 - The best quality / price ratio
When it comes to tablets, the reference point is iPad and iPad 2020 is the model that allows those who wish to enter the iPadOS world at affordable prices. In fact, it reached 389 euros, a figure that still allows you to get a high-level experience thanks to the excellent performance and support for the Apple Pencil (albeit first generation) and the Smart Keyboard (review here). In short, once again, it is the quality / price ratio that decrees the winner.
Huawei Watch GT2 Pro - The best for autonomy
Performance and autonomy: these are the elements that lead Huawei Watch GT2 Pro towards the MobileLabs Award 2020. As we have had the opportunity to deepen in our review, the smartwatch of the Shenzen giant is perfect in every situation: from physical activity - thanks to the many parameters that can be monitored - to more formal situations thanks to its elegant style. The package is then completed with the great autonomy, which can reach up to two weeks with less intense use.
Fitbit sense - The most complete
Fitbit Sense is clear proof of how perfect it is not to be perfect in everything to receive an Award. What stands out in this case are all the sensors and related functions that allow you to keep health parameters under control: ECG, SpO2 sensor, skin temperature detection, advanced sleep and stress tracking. All accompanied by an excellent application that offers the user a lot of information as well as many other useful resources (here the review).
Honor Watch UK - The best quality / price ratio
Finding yourself halfway: this is the peculiarity of Honor Watch ES. A hybrid that is halfway between a real smartwatch and a fitness tracker. To the elegant style typical of most smart watches are added the many functions for sport and for health monitoring which - with the particular rectangular display - make Honor Watch ES one of the best solutions currently on the market below 100 euros. . We rewarded him for his ability to meet everyone's needs (review here).
Huawei MateBook X Pro 2020" - The best for autonomy
MateBook X Pro 2020 is undoubtedly one of the most interesting notebooks of the year. In our review, we got to appreciate it in every aspect. The build quality is impeccable as well as the handling, the writing experience reaches peaks of excellence and the hardware platform allows it to be used in production even at an above average level. However, it is the excellent autonomy (about 10 hours) that prompted us to assign our Award.
For the other winners in the category, we refer you to the 2020 Tom's Hardware Awards.
Headphones and Earphones
Bose Quietcomfort Earbuds - The most complete
Bose Quietcomfort Earbuds open the headphone and earphone category ranking for the MobileLabs 2020 Awards. The audio quality is great, the noise cancellation is among the best currently available and they are comfortable to use and wear. They are not very small and neither is the charging case, but - as stated in the review - we would not trade the quality of user experience they offer with the smaller dimensions.
Creative Outlier Air V2 - The best quality / price ratio
The Creative Outlier Air V2 True Wireless Earphones deserve our 2020 Award for overall sound quality, battery life and price. In short, it is again the price / quality ratio that is decisive. They offer a duration of approximately 36 hours (in combination with the charging case) and a high-level audio quality close to products sold at higher figures. Without forgetting, the support for the voice assistants Siri and Google Assistant (here the review).
Sony WH-1000XM4 - Best headphones with ANC
For the second consecutive year, we are giving our Award to the Sony WH-1000XM4 headphones. They are the best active noise canceling headphones of 2020, as pointed out in our review. All this is always seasoned with an excellent relationship between general performance and selling price. The Japanese house has improved everything it could improve on last year's model, starting with the ANC, and has hit the mark, once again.
Jabra Elite 85t - The most versatile
Complete, customizable, versatile and with an excellent active noise cancellation function. These are the reasons why we gave the Jabra Elite 85t true wireless earbuds our Award. Although there are other proposals on the market able to do better from the point of view of audio quality (as written in our review), the versatility, the mix of excellent features and a very useful application (more unique than rare) deserve to be rewarded.
Our awards ceremony ends here for this 2020, with the hope that 2021 has many surprises and many innovations in store for us that we will be happy to be able to tell you here on the pages of Tom's Hardware.
The products included in the MobileLabs 2020 Awards have all been reviewed and tested in the field by our editors. Devices that we have not tested were not taken into consideration. We reiterate that the Awards are assigned not to the absolute best product but to the one that struck us for a particular feature, function or other.