Best Smartphones 3 EOY 2020

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Phones with wireless charging make life easier. They save you from worrying about charging cables — just drop your phone on a pad and watch everything light up. If you want to bid your charging cable farewell, here are the best phones with wireless charging capabilities.

Wireless charging is mainly available on high-end phones with glass backs — metal and wireless charging typically don’t mix. Not every flagship has the technology, but more and more manufacturers are hopping on the bandwagon. Phones with the feature either support the PMA or Qi standard, although Qi is the more popular choice.

Best phones with wireless charging:

Editor’s note: We will update this list regularly as new devices with wireless charging launch.


1. Samsung Galaxy S21 series

Samsung Galaxy S21 vs S21 Plus vs S21 Ultra 1 1

The Samsung Galaxy S21 series is fresh off the presses, and it’s not giving up any ground. All three devices — the Galaxy S21, S21 Plus, and S21 Ultra — feature wireless charging and double up as power banks for your wireless accessories thanks to reverse wireless charging. But this is just the tip of the iceberg! Samsung has gone all out and equipped its latest flagship series with many powerful specs and features.

See also: Samsung Galaxy S21 buyer’s guide

As expected, the standout of the group is the Galaxy S21 Ultra, which sports a number of improvements over its S20 Ultra predecessor. It boasts a staggering 12 or 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB storage, and a massive 5,000mAh battery. All three S21 phones also sport ultra-sonic in-display fingerprint sensors and either the latest Snapdragon 888 or Exynos 2100 processor.

There are few phones which can rival the S21 Ultra in the camera department.

We can’t forget the impressive camera capabilities of the Galaxy S21 Ultra either. It features a quad camera with a 108MP main sensor, a telephoto, ultra-wide, and TOF sensors, topped off by 10x hybrid optical zoom. It’s hard to ask for more. The Galaxy S21 Ultra is not only one of the best phones with wireless charging, but it’s also one of the best Android phones on the market.


Samsung Galaxy S21 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128 or 256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 64 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128 or 256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,800mAh
  • Software: Android 11

Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: SD 888 or Exynos 2100
  • RAM: 12 or 16GB
  • Storage: 128,256, or 512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 10, 10, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 11

2. Google Pixel 5

Google Pixel 5 with wireless charging

No best list of Android devices is complete without Google’s flagship. Although this year’s model skips the true flagship spec sheet, it’s still among the best Android phones with wireless charging right now. Even though the Pixel 5 sports an aluminum build, a clever hole in the bioresin coating allows for Qi wireless charging. The gap is closing, but Google’s phone ranks among the best in the camera department with astrophotography mode and more.

See also: Pixel 5 buyer’s guide

Like its predecessors, Pixel 5 maintains dual rear cameras with a wide and an ultrawide sensor. It also leaves the top bezel firmly in the rear-view, instead featuring a small in-display selfie camera. Google rounded out the Pixel 5 with a 6-inch 90Hz display, 8GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 765G processor.

One of the most important upgrades over the Pixel 4 comes in terms of battery life. The Pixel 5 packs a 4,080mAh cell, which is far superior to the previous device.


Google Pixel 5 specs:

  • Display: 6.0-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,080mAh
  • Software: Android 11

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Note 20 Ultra together

Samsung’s Galaxy Note smartphones have always been among the year’s top line premium phones with all the bells and whistles. So, it should come as no surprise that the latest Galaxy Note 20 series both pack wireless charging.

Read also: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs Galaxy S20 series: Which should you buy?

If money is no object, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is the obvious choice for many reasons. In fact, the Note 20 isn’t really a contender, but you may need the extra cash instead. The Ultra offers a truly huge 6.9-inch AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate and 12GB of RAM, and a triple camera setup led by a wide-angle 108MP sensor, and 5G support.

The regular Galaxy Note 20 is no slouch, but it has compromises including a controversial plastic material backing, instead of glass. But both phones do have the latest Snapdragon 865 Plus processors (or Exynos 990, but you should avoid this model if possible) and, of course, the ever-popular S-pen accessory. You also get all of the standard premium trappings like an IP68 rating and, the reason you’re here, wireless charging.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: SD 865 Plus or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 64, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, WQHD+
  • SoC: SD 865 Plus or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. LG V60 ThinQ

LG V60 with wireless charging

LG has outdone itself with its latest V-series smartphone. The LG V60 ThinQ is not only powerful, but it is also one of the cleanest phones currently on the market. It sports wireless charging and a number of improvements over its predecessor.

The LG V60 is a 5G phone with all of the specs you’d expect from a flagship. Under the hood, it offers 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and the Snapdragon 865. Just like the Galaxy S21 Ultra, the V60 has a 5,000mAh battery. However, the V60’s advantages are dwindling as it ages. Although, like many other LG phones before it, the V60 is an audiophile’s device with a Quad DAC. It has kept both the microSD slot and the headphone jack two things that seem to be disappearing from many Android phones as of late. The LG V60 can also sport a dual-screen for multitasking, making it one of the more versatile devices you can currently buy.

The LG V60 also has improved cameras. On the back, you will find a main 64MP sensor, accompanied by a 13MP ultra-wide and a ToF sensor. Unfortunately, the selfie camera is still housed in a notch, but it’s a tiny one that can be relatively easy to ignore. Overall, however, the LG V60 is a truly excellent phone that you shouldn’t overlook.


LG V60 ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64 and 13MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. OnePlus 8 Pro

OP 8 Pro in hand 2

OnePlus’s current flagship is the OnePlus 8 Pro and it’s a wireless charging beast. It also has the best camera setup of all OnePlus phones released to date.

Read next: OnePlus 8 buyer’s guide — Everything you need to know

With the OnePlus 8 Pro, you get a top handset, packing the excellent Snapdragon 865 chipset under the hood along with as much as 12GB of RAM, a 6.78-inch display with 120Hz display, dual-SIM support, and a solid and popular software experience.

The OnePlus 8 Pro also has an IP68 rating, for the first time in the OnePlus series. And just to confirm again, it supports wireless charging. On the downside, you don’t get a headphone jack or a microSD card slot, but it’s widely available and powerful, and one of the best displays we’ve ever tested.


OnePlus 8 Pro specs:

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

6. Xiaomi Mi 11

Xiaomi Mi 11 front against floor

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The Xiaomi Mi 11 takes its place among wireless charging phones as one of the best new phones of 2021. It maximizes what matters and skips out on a few of the extra bells and whistles to save you some money. For starters, The Mi 11 is rocking a smooth 120Hz display and one of the first Snapdragon 888 chipsets to hit the market.

See also: Xiaomi Mi 11 buyer’s guide

The battery is solid at 4,600mAh, and the charging speeds have finally been upgraded with 55W wired speeds and 50W wireless charging. Unfortunately, the Xiaomi Mi 11 is so hot off of the presses that we don’t have a review to share with you quite yet.

As for the camera rig, Xiaomi tapped a 108MP lens as the star of the show. It’s flanked by a 13MP ultrawide shooter as well as a 5MP macro lens. On the front, you’ll find a 20MP selfie camera holding things down. Finally, the Xiaomi Mi 11 launched with Android 11 onboard running the MIUI 12.5 skin.


Xiaomi Mi 11 specs:

  • Display: 6.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 105, 13 and 5MP
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,600mAh
  • Software: Android 11

7. Motorola Moto Edge Plus

Motorola Edge Plus with wireless charging

The Moto Edge Plus is remarkable with its versatile camera setup, featuring three powerful sensors on the back. It doesn’t blow the competition away, but it certainly manages to keep pace with other early 2020 flagships.

The Edge Plus is a solid phone, except for the Verizon exclusive tag.

The phone looks modern too, sporting a punch-hole selfie camera and thinner bezels all around. However, David Imel had some questions about the odd display edges and awkward appearance.

The phone is powered by the Snapdragon 865 chipset and sports a 6.7-inch display that’s curved on the sides. Other specs and features include 256GB of storage, an in-display fingerprint reader, and a large 5,000mAh battery with wireless charging. Just remember, the Moto Edge Plus is a Verizon exclusive, so you’ll need Big Red if you plan to give it a try.


Motorola Moto Edge Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 108, 8, and 16MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 25MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Apple iPhone 12 series

iPhone 12 with wireless charging

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We’ve stuck with Android devices thus far in our best wireless charging roundup, but we have to tip our cap to Apple’s iPhone 12 family. The flagship range consists of 12 devices this year, including the all-new iPhone 12 Mini.

As far as differences go, the largest change between each iPhone 12 model lies in the physical size. The 12 Mini is the baby of the family at just 5.4-inches, while the iPhone 12 and 12 Pro match each other at 6.1 inches. Apple’s iPhone 12 Pro Max tips the scales at 6.7-inches, and it’s easily the most powerful iPhone yet.

You’ll find the A14 Bionic chip under the hood of all four devices, and both the iPhone 12 Mini and standard iPhone 12 employ a dual-camera setup. If you go pro, you’ll get a third lens and up to 512GB of storage compared to 256GB in the non-Pro models. All four models rely on new MagSafe technology for wireless charging as well as accessories and they’re all 5G enabled.

You won’t find an unlocked iPhone 12 anywhere, so check your carrier for the best rates.


Apple iPhone 12 Mini specs:

  • Display: 5.4-inch, 2,340 x 1,080
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,227mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, 2,778 x 1,284
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,687mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

There you have it, folks. These are the best phones with wireless charging capabilities in our opinion, although there are a number of other great options available. We’ll update this post with new models once they are released.