The best 2019 flagship Android phones that are still worth buying in 2020 in the UAE

2020 is shaping up to be a very mixed year for flagship phones, with impressive spec sheets and features coming at a major cost.

Fortunately, there were loads of fantastic flagships launched last year that are still worth considering today! Here are the best 2019 flagship phones you should still consider buying in 2020 and their prices and availability in the UAE according to Pricena.

Huawei P30 series

The Huawei P30 series was the last P series flagship to offer Google Mobile Services, as all Huawei flagships after this rely on Huawei services and workarounds instead. But you’re still getting a capable 2019 flagship in 2020, especially if you opt for the P30 Pro.

Both phones share a 40MP RYYB main camera, Kirin 980 processor, and OLED screen with in-display fingerprint sensor. But Huawei’s Pro model is clearly the better device, being one of the first devices to offer a 5x zoom periscope camera, for one. Other noteworthy Pro features include a 4,200mAh battery with 40W charging, 27W wireless charging, and IP68 resistance.

The standard P30 is no a slouch though, delivering a 3,650mAh battery, flexible triple rear cameras (normal/wide/telephoto), IP53 splash resistance, and a headphone port.

The P30 model goes for 1499 AED from Amazon.ae
The P30 Pro model goes for 2082 AED from Amazon.ae as well.

Huawei P30 & P30 Pro specs

  • Display: 6.47-inch, FHD+ (pro), 6.1-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Kirin 980
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 40MP main, 20MP ultra-wide (pro) & 16MP for standard, and 8MP periscope (telephoto for standard)
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,200mAh (pro), 3,650mAh for standard
  • Software: Android 10


LG G8 ThinQ

The LG G8 launched at between 2300 AED and 3200 AED last year, but it’s now settled at 2100 AED on the likes of Amazon. Either way, you’re getting a lot of phone for the price. It is not officially released in the region but you can find it online at many stores.

LG’s early 2019 flagship ticks loads of boxes for a premium device, namely a Snapdragon 855 processor, IP68 water resistance, wireless charging, and a QHD+ OLED screen. And yes, LG continues to offer a headphone port on its premium devices.

There are a few downsides to this device though, namely its battery (3,500mAh is a little on the small side), the lack of a telephoto rear camera (get the G8s for that), and the gimmicky Air Motion and hand recognition features enabled by the 3D ToF sensor.

I found it on eBay for 1200 AED (and shipping via Shop & Shop will cost you around 50 AED)

LG G8 specs

  • Display: 6.1-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12MP main and 16MP ultra-wide
  • Front camera: 8MP and 3D ToF
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

OnePlus 7T

The OnePlus 7T can stake a claim to being one of the best 2019 flagships, offering a ton of features for just 1700 AED. You’ve got a 90Hz FHD+ OLED screen, 30W fast charging for the 3,800mAh battery, and a versatile triple camera setup.

In fact, the OnePlus 7T shares plenty in common with the OnePlus 8, and I’d still recommend you get the 2019 device if you don’t mind the older chipset and lack of 5G.

Like the idea of the OnePlus 7T but want a different design? Then the OnePlus 7 Pro might be for you, offering similar specs but adding a pop-up camera and proper full-screen design.

The OnePlus 7T is for 1729 AED at noon.

OnePlus 7T specs

  • Display: 6.55-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 48MP main, 16MP ultra-wide, 12MP telephoto
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 3,800mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S10 series

The Galaxy S10 family had something for everyone, and Samsung has slashed prices  across the board now that the S20 series is out. So that means you can get a Galaxy S10e device from just 1720 AED and the S10 for 1899 AED.

All of the S10 devices feature IP68 water and dust resistance, wireless charging (along with reverse wireless charging), a Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820 chipset, DeX support, and a 3.5mm port. But opt for the S10e and you get a dual rear camera setup, a sensibly sized screen (5.8-inches), a smaller battery, and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.

The pricier Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus differ by having bigger screens, larger batteries, a third rear camera (2x telephoto), and in-display fingerprint sensors.

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is for 1720 AED on Amazon.ae & the S10 is for 1899 AED while the S10 Plus is for 2199 AED.

Samsung Galaxy S10e specs

  • Display: (S10e: 5.8-inch, FHD+, S10: 6.1-inch, QHD+, S10 Plus: 6.4-inch, QHD+)
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: (S10e: 6/8GB, S10: 8GB, S10 Pro: 8-12GB)
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12MP main and 16MP ultra-wide (12MP telephoto for S10 + S10 Plus)
  • Front camera: 10MP main (8MP depth for S10 Plus)
  • Battery: (S10e: 3,100mAh – S10: 3,400mAh – S10 Plus: 4,100mAh)
  • Software: Android 10

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro

Xiaomi’s Mi 9 offered plenty of bang for your buck when it launched early last year, but the company outdid itself when it launched the Mi 9T Pro (aka the Redmi K20 Pro) in mid-2019.

The Mi 9T Pro differs from many other 2019 flagships by offering a pop-up selfie camera and full-screen design. Otherwise, you’ve got flagship power, a versatile rear camera setup, a 4,000mAh battery with 27W charging, and a 3.5mm port.

The only major downside is that Xiaomi has ceased production of the Redmi K20 Pro (and presumably the Mi 9T Pro, given that they’re the same device) in some parts of the world.

The device sells for 1199 AED on Noon, honestly a stealth!

Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro specs

  • Display: 6.39-inch, FHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48MP main, 13MP ultra-wide, and 8MP telephoto
  • Front camera: 20MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

That’s it for the best 2019 flagships you can buy in 2020.

Published by Moey

Inked. Pierced. Chubby. Bearded. Cinephile. Left-arm Palsy-fist.

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