With so many different brands, specifications, and sizes of smartphones available in the market right now, it can be a daunting and an impossibly difficult task to find the right phone for your needs.
Thankfully, you have us to ease things over. The team at WOWLYST.COM understands the needs of our readers and chose the best premium smartphones that fall under the AED 2000 price tag in the UAE. These smartphones feature the best in class performance for the price, along with great cameras for your social sharing needs and good battery life to keep it going throughout the day.
Samsung Galaxy S8
The Samsung Galaxy S8 is still one of the best premium smartphone you can buy even though it was Samsung’s 2017 flagship device. Now you can get this device at less than 2000AED. What makes this 5.8-inch flagship smartphone great is its stunning design, powerful Snapdragon 835 processor, large bezel-less display with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and an impressive camera. The front of the phone is made of 100% glass, with thin bezels huddled above and below, resulting in an impressively high screen to body ratio of 84%. The display is curved along both long edges and features an infinity display making the screen look bigger than it is for an immersive viewing experience. It has a 3.5mm headphone jack which is delightful to see since many rivals removed it. It features 12MP rear camera with OIS, dual pixel sensor and f/1.7 aperture. The 8MP sensor on the front with f/1.7 autofocus lets you take beautiful portraits. The Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a 10nm processor plus 4GB RAM that can smoothly handle resource-intensive apps and games. This combo also improves battery performance. It has a 3000mAh battery with fast charging and wireless charging feature.
Google Pixel 2 XL
The Google Pixel 2 XL may have just been surpassed by the Pixel 3 XL but it still is an excellent smartphone, that too costing just around 1600AED. The front is made of glass, with a 3D curve around its edges that makes it easier to hold. The back is made of a mixture of glass and aluminium. The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection retains its stunning look for longer by keeping away scratches. It is waterproof and dustproof and is IP67 rated which means you don’t have to worry splashes. The Pixel 2 XL features Snapdragon 835 CPU and 4GB of RAM offering fast and most reliably smooth Android experience. Moreover, it has an Adreno GPU that supports lifelike visuals for an immersive experience. The cameras are incredible even though it is a single rear camera setup. The rear 12.2MP camera lens sports a wide f/1.8 aperture for better low-light shots. The Portrait mode captures photos effectively by blurring the background to get a blurred background look. To capture beautiful selfies, there is an 8MP front camera. Also, the inbuilt google photos app provides you with infinite storage to store all your photos and videos. The only disappointment we can find about the Pixel 2 XL is the lack of a 3.5mm headphone jack.
The OnePlus 7 clutches on the same design as the OnePlus 6T. Its glass sandwich design with a rounded metal frame makes it comfortable to hold. It has a generous 6.41-inch AMOLED display with Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) resolution screen and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. OnePlus 7 boasts an upgraded in-screen fingerprint sensor which is faster than its predecessor. Face recognition is also supported which isn’t as secure as your fingerprint but is fast. OnePlus 7 ships with either 6GB RAM and 128GB built-in storage, or 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Since there is no expandable storage option via MicroSD, its better to choose the latter. There is a dual-camera setup with a 48MP Sony IMX586 primary sensor coupled with a 5MP secondary telephoto camera. The 48MP sensor has an f/1.7 aperture, PDAF, Optical Image Stabilisation (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS). The secondary 5-MP sensor with an f/2.4 aperture brings out impressive portrait mode shots, At the front, this phone houses a 16-MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture. The battery is rated at 3700 mAh and with the supplied 20W charger and a USB Type-C cable, you will never run out of juice.
Google Pixel 3a XL
Although having a mid-range processor, its definitely a worthy device in terms of its good camera, effective dual stereo speakers and long battery life. The Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL were Google’s attempt at making affordable Pixel smartphones. They are not a budget smartphone but a more affordable Pixel smartphone. In the design department, they look just like the Pixel 3 but they switched from glass build to polycarbonate body. Thankfully, it doesn’t sport a notch, which the Pixel 3 XL was scrutinised for. It has a 6-inch Full HD Plus OLED display. Pixel 3A XL defeats all other phones in this price range with its camera quality. It uses the same12.2 MP rear camera you will find on the more expensive Pixels. It uses a Sony IMX363 sensor, with an f/1.8 aperture, dual-pixel autofocus, and including features like Top Shot, HDR+, Super Res Zoom and Night Sight features. However, the front camera is a step down from the dual-camera set up on Pixel 3. It houses a single 8MP front camera with an f/2.0 aperture and 84-degree field of view. On the software side, the Pixel 3a XL gets all the software Google introduced on the Pixel 3. It runs the latest Android Pie with 3 years of regular updates of OS and security updates. As already mentioned, the only downside is the less powerful Snapdragon 670 processor while most of its rivals are powered by Snapdragon 845. It has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. So overall, you can for Pixel 3A XL, if you are looking for a smartphone with a great camera, decent battery and clean software but is not much concern about the processor.
Huawei Mate 20 Pro
The Huawei Mate 20 Pro can never be ignored. It’s the best phone ever made. It has an impressive premium design, OLED display with HDR support, superb Leica-made camera system and capacious 4,200 mAh battery. The smartphone comes with a 6.39-inch screen with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, 86.9% screen-to-body ratio and 3120 x 1440p resolution. It is powered by the company’s own insanely fast 7nm Kirin 980 chipset processor combined with 6GB of RAM and 128 GB storage. It runs on Android-based EMUI 9.0 operating system out of the box. Huawei Mate 20 Pro features a versatile triple rear camera setup-40-MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture, a 20-MP sensor with f/2.2 aperture, and an 8-MP telephoto lens. On the front, it offers a 24-MP RGB selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The Mate 20 Pro beats most of its rivals for its battery capacity. It houses a 4200mAh battery with AI power management and supports wireless reverse charging as well. You can unlock the phone securely with the in-screen fingerprint sensor and AI-driven 3D real-time facial recognition.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8
The Galaxy Note 8 had the best display on a smartphone at the time of its launch. Still, in 2019, they are one of the best phones you can get hold of. Note 8 was Samsung’s big comeback, making up for the Note 7 fiasco. For that, they made the device absolute perfection in every aspect. With incredible 6.3-inch ‘Infinity Display’, gorgeous design, great software and well-implemented stylus, there is no reason to avoid it. It features the 10nm mobile processor and 6GB RAM to run everything smoothly. It has a 3,300mAh battery which gives you all-day battery life, plus, with wireless charging, it’s even better. The larger 6.3-inch ‘Infinity Display’ with Quad HD+ curved AMOLED panel is a true joy to look at. The camera package is still excellent. It has a dual-camera setup combining a 12-MP telephoto sensor with another 12-MP sensor for wide-angle shooting. It supports 2x optical zoom to get crisp and sharp photos or videos. They also pack optical image stabilization to get steady shots.
Samsung Galaxy S10e
The Galaxy S10e packs most of the features that we see on its flagship devices in a smaller body and at a lower cost. The S10e looks like a smaller version of its pricier siblings. It measures 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm and weighs at 150g. Its main attractive feature is the smaller size since flagships are getting bigger and there is still a section of people who loves to have smaller phones. It also has round edges and feels extremely comfortable to hold. The 5.8-inch full HD+ Dynamic AMOLED display is astonishing with bright colours and crisp detail. The resolution is at 2280 x 1080 (438ppi). The HDR10 Plus certified Dynamic AMOLED screen delivers Dynamic Tone Mapping for you to enjoy high dynamic range colours. The screen paired with Dolby Atmos and stereo speakers offer an immersive cinema-grade experience. The Galaxy S10e ships with the 8nm Exynos 9820 octa-core SoC paired with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It runs the same Samsung’s new One UI 1.1 of Android 9 Pie as the rest of the S10 line. Now for the camera, they have two rear-facing cameras: a dual-aperture f/1.5-2.4 12MP main camera with OIS and a 16MP f/2.2 ultrawide shooter. If you are considering flagship power on a smaller handset for a lower price, then go for Samsung Galaxy S10e.
Samsung Galaxy S9
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is a polished version of S8. Galaxy S8 was already great, so it just added some new specs and features. The Galaxy S9 has an almost identical design of S8, same screen, same overall look, same battery capacity, the same amount of RAM and storage etc. It has the same 5.8-inch QHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity Display with 18.5:9 aspect ratio. So what makes it different from S8 is the newer and faster processor, the addition of 960fps Slo-Mo mode when shooting video at 720p, boosted biometrics, upgraded camera etc. The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes equipped with Samsung Exynos 9810 Octa-Core processor and 4GB RAM which can smoothly handle multitasking. The S9 has an incredible storage capacity of 64GB which is expandable up to 400GB via the microSD slot. The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes with a single 12-MP sensor with dual-pixel phase-detection autofocus and optical image stabilisation. It shifts between F2.4 (for more detail in bright condition) and F1.5 (in low light condition). It has a built-in camera feature called AR Emoji that allows a user to take a selfie and then turn it into a virtual avatar of them.
Samsung Galaxy S9+
The bigger version of the Galaxy S9. While Galaxy S9 has a 5.8-inch display, the S9 Plus offers a 6.2-inch display. But both have the same Super AMOLED panels with an 18.5:9 aspect ratio and a resolution of 1440 x 2960 (Quad HD+). It features Exynos 9810 paired with 6GB of RAM and 64GB storage. The S9+ is powered with the 3,500mAh battery. It has the same variable aperture camera as in S9. The dual-aperture module shifts the aperture from the normal F/2.4 aperture to a wider F/1.5 aperture while in low light condition. Samsung’s new fun feature, AR Emoji create animated GIF emojis. The AR Emoji mode on the camera app enables you to take a selfie and convert it into a cartoon-like character. The video recording on the Samsung Galaxy S9+ is also good. You can shoot 4K at 30fps and record slow-motion videos in 720p resolution at 960fps.
Xiaomi Mi 9
Xiaomi always offers much more than its price. Xiaomi Mi 9 is no different. The triple camera setup, Qualcomm’s latest powerful Snapdragon 855 processor, beautiful design and decent display makes for a compelling deal. It sports a 6.39-inch 19.5:9 AMOLED display with an excellent 90.7 per cent screen-to-body ratio and FHD+ (2,340 x 1,080) resolution. It packs the latest version of MIUI (version 10.2), on top of Android Pie. The Snapdragon 855 together with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage makes the Mi 9 one of the most powerful devices on the market. The important and impressive feature of Mi 9 is the camera. It is the company’s first triple-lens setup. The 48MP f/1.75 primary lens features a wide f/1.75 aperture, 12MP f/2.2 telephoto sensor allows the phone 2x optical zoom and a 16-MP ultra wide-angle sensor have a 117-degree field of view. The camera hardware does a pretty good job yielding crisp and sharp photos.