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Going smartphone shopping soon? This is the all-in-one checklist you need.

It’s the era of smartphone technology where a quad-camera setup and 5G are fast becoming everyday essentials. The global smartphone market was valued at $522 billion, indicating the boom in the smartphone user-base and the digital devolution as a whole. As we consistently keep pushing the boundaries of smartphone tech, let’s take a moment to see how far we’ve come and what the average consumer must look for while smartphone shopping.

Tech talk: Our checklist of features if you are smartphone-shopping in 2020

Punch Hole Front Camera

Vivo Z1 Pro

The ‘edge-to-edge’ or pure display silhouette has been getting more and more prominent every year. This time, they’ve reduced it down to a simple dot on the screen. Being more minimalist and cleaner, it allows smartphone brands to enlarge their screen sizes without looking at the size of the phone. In the pursuit for more screen-space, this feature hasn’t gone mainstream yet, but 2020 might just be its big year.

48-MP Rear Camera and Triple Lens Setup

Redmi Note 7 Pro

The smartphone photography industry grows parallel to the social media industry, which is synonymous with the digital revolution we’re in. If you’re wondering where the bar is set for a good smartphone camera today, look no further than a 48-MP and triple camera set-up. As technologically extravagant as it may sound, that’s where the commercial flag post is at today.

Pop-Up Selfie Camera

OnePlus 7 Pro

If you’re not a big fan of the punch-hole front camera, this is an alternative feat. We’ve seen this work best with the new OnePlus smartphone. The obsession towards edge-to-edge displays and max screen resolution actually led us to the point of eliminating the front camera completely in 2019. This is great for those who stream and game on their smartphones, as they come with top-notch display specs.

In-Display fingerprint scanner

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The ere of bezel-free smartphones begun with the iconic iPhone X in 2017. Three years later, this spec turned into an essential for every smartphone design. We’re not the biggest fans of going completely bezel-less, we’d need a mechanical back-up. As it eliminated the bezel, TouchID tech was transferred from the button to the screen.

5G models

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OnePlus Nord

One of the hottest feats in the smartphone market today is being 5G ready. Of course, it isn’t in India as yet but it will, very soon. While the jump from 4G to 5G might seem really tiny now, the difference will only be prominent once we can compare both network specs in action. While only top-shelf models offer 5G today, it’s certainly something to wishlist and be ready when it arrives.

Snapdragon 865 chipset

Samsung Galaxy S20 Series

When it comes to speed and performance, there’s one chip that trumps them all -The 865. The only one better is the 865 Plus, which is exclusive to the ROG Phone 3. However, for commercial use, the standard 865 tops the charts. These smartphones also come with much higher price-tags for the same reason. While so, also look at the RAM that compliments the Snapdragon 865, we’d prefer 8-GB onwards.

Wireless charging

iPhone XR

We’re slowly escaping the jumbled world of wires. It’s high time too. Most smartphones today come with a wireless charging spec, this includes the latest iPhones, the Samsung Galaxy S10 Series and the Huawei’s. What’s important though, is finding yourself a safe and reliable QiPad or charging pad. The next time you’ll be smartphone shopping, do a quick google search and you might actually find yourself a magnetic wall charger too.

The ‘Affordable Premium’ range

Google Pixel 4xl

For those who look for efficiency yet prefer not to spend too much of smartphones, 2019 actually spotlighted the issue of overspending on smartphones, and subsequently starting the ‘Affordable Premium’ range of smartphone. At it’s forefront is OnePlus and then makes its way to Google devices. We need to remember that price doesn’t always justify efficiency. Smartphones were designed to be tools of digital efficiency before glamorous tech.

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Mikhail Gomes
Senior Features Writer
A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.