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With Android thoroughly dominating the mobile industry, there are countless great Android smartphones to pick from in the UK phones market. From sleek devices that impress with premium design, to powerhouses brimming with features, to all-around great devices, and affordable phones that punch above their weight, the best Android phones in the UK offer a staggering variety of attractive phones.

Not all smartphone models are available globally, for reasons ranging from modem and networks through to supply chains and marketing. In this roundup, we’re looking at the absolute best Android phones you can buy in the UK.

Best Android phones in UK:

Editor’s note: We will be regularly updating this list of best Android phones in UK as new devices launch and become available in the country.

1. Samsung Galaxy S20 series

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra S20 Plus S20

The Galaxy S20 quartet is arguably Samsung’s best iteration on the Galaxy S family to date.

Best-in-class displays, stunning design, top-end hardware, and impressive camera performance have been hallmarks of Samsung’s design for some time now, but the S20 series goes a step further with the introduction of the Galaxy S20 Ultra — a beast of a phone with masses of RAM and a “Space Zoom” camera that can zoom in up to 100x. That said, the Galaxy S20 Plus is arguably the pick of the bunch as it offers much of the S20 Ultra’s core features but at a far more affordable price.

All three phones are powered by the Exynos 990 SoC (Snapdragon 865 in other regions) paired with up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. They also all run Android 10 out of the box with Samsung’s One UI skin on top.

Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10, One UI 2.0

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 12MP + ToF
  • Front cameras: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128GB/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 48, 12MP + ToF
  • Front cameras: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro

OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro backs

OnePlus’ 8-series duo is a fantastic pair of smartphones. Like their predecessors, the OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro push towards flagship territory in both price and performance. 

The OnePlus 8 has a curved 90Hz Full HD+ AMOLED display with a pixel density figure of 402ppi. It supports HDR 10+ and has an aspect ratio of 20:9. The 90Hz “Fluid AMOLED” panel works in conjunction with the Snapdragon 865 and OxygenOS to make for a smooth and snappy user experience. With 8 or 12GB of RAM, you’re not going to be short of memory, either. The OnePlus 8 has a total of four cameras including an optically stabilized 48MP main sensor and a 16MP selfie shooter. Rounding out, it has a 4,300mAh battery.

The OnePlus 8's 90Hz panel works with the Snapdragon 865 and OxygenOS to make for a snappy user experience

The OnePlus 8 Pro takes this further with a curved 120Hz Quad HD+ AMOLED panel with a pixel density figure of 513ppi, and also supports HDR 10+. The OnePlus 8 Pro debuts OnePlus’ 30W wireless charging and features a much more comprehensive camera system. Included are 48MP wide, 48MP ultrawide, 8MP telephoto, 5MP color filter, and 16MP selfie cameras. It also has a larger 4,510mAh cell and is the first OnePlus device to sport an official IP68 water and dust resistance rating.

Both devices have a punch hole in the top left instead of a pop-up mechanism, and both have Gorilla Glass 5 on both the front and the back. Both also have very thin bezels around the display and a center-positioned camera bump on the back. The OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro also sport UFS 3.0 storage, Warp Charge 30T charging, and OxygenOS 10 atop of Android 10. Other shared features include in-display fingerprint scanners, and WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5.1, and 5G support.

OnePlus 8 specs:

  • Display: 6.55-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 16, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus 8 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Camera: 48, 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,510mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Samsung Galaxy 20 Ultra 5G

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra - best UK phone

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The Galaxy Note line has historically been the best of what Samsung can offer.

This time around, though, the Korean firm has chosen to split its Galaxy Note series into a standard and an Ultra model, with more differences than you might imagine. Because of the Note 20’s poorer specs, we’ve picked the Ultra variant for today’s list.

The £1,179 Galaxy Note 20 Ultra comes with a massive 6.9-inch 120Hz Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display, though it can only be used at either Quad HD+ at 60Hz or Full HD+ at 120Hz. This larger device has a glass back and a 4,500mAh battery with both wireless charging and fast charging capabilities. One of the Note 20 Ultra’s biggest upgrades over the Note 20 is its camera system. It gets boosted to a 108MP main camera, 12MP 5x periscope zoom, and 12MP ultrawide camera. The 10MP selfie setup stays the same, however. 

The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is far superior to the Galaxy Note 20.

The Note 20 Ultra comes with an Exynos 990, 8GB RAM, and either 256GB or 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage. This is very similar to what we had last year with the UK variant of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus. This means that you’d be getting worse performance and battery life with the UK Note 20 Ultra than the US’ Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 model. It’s a shame, but it’s what Samsung has given us.

If you were thinking about purchasing a Galaxy Note 20-series device, then we recommend the pricier Galaxy Note 20 Ultra for its far superior display and camera setup.

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Google Pixel 4a

Google Pixel 4a -- best phone in the UK

Last year’s Google Pixel 3a was a brilliant mid-range smartphone, so it’s no surprise that its successor is equally great. 

Read more: Google Pixel 4a vs Pixel 4a: Should you upgrade?

Google’s Pixel 4a is a fantastic mid-ranger with a top-notch screen and a formidable camera system. It only sports a total of one camera on either side, but their image quality is unmatched in this price range. Its Full HD+ AMOLED display comes with a punch hole in the top left and is very accurate. The Pixel 4a‘s panel managed to peak at 719 nits in our brightness testing, which is far beyond the competition and Google’s own Pixel 4!

The Pixel 4a is one of the best sub-£400 smartphones that you can buy right now.

With three years of guaranteed software support, 18W fast charging, great haptics, and a polycarbonate build, the Pixel 4a packs in a great user experience at just £349. It’s not got the fastest processor or the smoothest display, but it has a headphone port, fast capacitive fingerprint scanner, and clicky, tactile buttons. It comes with the Snapdragon 730G, 6GB RAM, and 128GB storage, which is enough for day-to-day tasks and taking plenty of photos.

The recently-released OnePlus Nord might be close in bang for the buck, but the Pixel 4a is one of the best sub-£400 smartphones that you can buy right now.

Google Pixel 4a specs:

  • Display: 5.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 730G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,140mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. Xiaomi Mi 10

Xiaomi Mi 10 in hand

Xiaomi’s Mi 10 is a direct competitor to the OnePlus 8 Pro, coming in at £799 from Xiaomi.

The Mi 10 features a 6.67-inch Full HD+ 90Hz AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 5, and has a total of five cameras including a 108MP main sensor. There’s a 20MP selfie camera in a punch hole in the top left, and the device has some fairly thin bezels with curved glass on either side. It sports the high-end Snapdragon 865 SoC from Qualcomm and comes in both 8 and 12GB RAM variants. Thanks to its top-tier chipset, the Mi 10 supports 5G, Bluetooth 5.1, and WiFi 6 connectivity. Xiaomi has also included a sizable 4,780mAh battery in the Mi 10, along with 30W fast charging and 30W fast wireless charging. 

Xiaomi's Mi 10 is in direct competition with the OnePlus 8 Pro.

The Xiaomi Mi 10’s display gets beaten by its OnePlus competition. However, the Mi 10 manages to pack in a larger battery, an IR blaster, and higher resolution video. We gave the Mi 10 a four-star review for its all-around quality. The only issue really is the software that comes with lots of bloatware. However, if you’re not worried about that and you want fast charging, a big battery, excellent performance, and a great fit and finish, consider the Xiaomi Mi 10.

Xiaomi Mi 10 specs:

  • Display: 6.67-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8-12GB
  • Storage: 128-256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 13, 2, and 2MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery:4,780mAh
  • Software: Android 10

6. Oppo Find X2 Pro

Oppo Find X2 Pro UK phone

The Oppo Find X2 Pro is the best of what BBK offers.

The device is based on the OnePlus 8 Pro and so comes with lots of bells and whistles. It sports a 6.7-inch Quad HD+ 120Hz AMOLED display with a pixel density figure of 513ppi. The Find X2 Pro comes with top-class camera hardware which we called wonderful in our review! Its great 48MP main and 48MP ultra-wide sensors are backed up a 13MP 5x periscope zoom camera that takes fantastic zoom images. 

There’s no lack of performance, here. The Oppo Find X2 Pro sports a Snapdragon 865 5G chipset with 8GB or 12GB of RAM with up to 512GB of storage. It’s running ColorOS 7.1 which is a huge leap in quality vs its predecessor. This new version is running on Android 10 and has all of the customization options that you’d really want.

If you have deep pockets, you should at least consider the Oppo Find X2 Pro.

The Oppo Find X2 Pro comes with a large 4,620mAh battery and super-fast 65W charging that charges the cell from 2% to 92% in just 30 minutes. Oppo decided to leave out wireless charging on the Find X2 Pro and said that there is no need to have a lower-voltage charging option when the phone charges at 65W. However, its competition — the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and OnePlus 8 Pro — has wireless charging and so it really is missing out on a common feature.

Oppo Find X2 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 48, 48, and 13MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,620mAh
  • Software: Android 10

That’s it for our look at the best Android phones in UK. We’ll add more top phones available in UK stores as they hit the market.

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