In this constantly updated guide, we will talk about the best smartphones for work or business. Well, you know that the good news is that thanks to the program Android Enterprise Recommended by Google can know what the smartphone of the moment dedicated to the business world. This initiative provides recommendations on corporate devices and networks best suited for Android deployments in the enterprise.
Why choose a work and business smartphone?
Work and business devices are devices that exceed the minimum requirements set by Google in the program described above. These smartphones are the most suitable for those with work needs and therefore do not want a simple smartphone, but a reliable one over time to whom they can entrust part of their work.
The reception and capsule audio of the smartphone is also important, since those who work often need internet connection and to have continuous conversations with the smartphone. Android Enterprise Recommended program specifications include:
- Minimum hardware specifications for Android 7.0 and above devices
- Support for bulk recording of Android devices, including zero-touch
- Android security updates within 90 days of Google’s release, for a minimum of three years
- Availability of unlocked devices, to support global implementations
- Limitation of default system apps in the Android work profile and on managed devices
Now that we have listed the requirements and how Google selects these smartphones, here is the current list of smartphones recommended for the job. In this article, we will discuss work smartphones for those who do not need impact or water resistance, i.e. those who do not need ultra-resistant smartphones for work.
Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL are the two new devices of the Mountain View house and, as always, they are the best expression of Android on the market. Both devices have an OLED display, for the Pixel 4 it is 5.7 inches with Full HD+ resolution, while the 4 XL is 6.3 inches with QHD+ resolution, both support HDR and are at 90 Hz.
Inside we find a Snapdragon 855 with 6 GB of RAM and 64 or 128 GB of internal memory. We also find the Pixel Neural Core for artificial intelligence and improve Google Assistant and the Titan M chip for security.
In the upper part of the display, which has a decidedly wider thickness, there is the Radar Soli sensor that allows Motion Sense, which allow you to make gestures in the air for the various features, in addition to unlocking with the 3D face.
The rear photographic compartment consists of two sensors: the main one is 12.2 megapixels with f/1.7 and OIS aperture, while the second sensor is from is a 16-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and OIS, the front camera is 8-megapixel camera with f / 2.0 aperture.
At the connectivity side, we find dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 and USB Type-C 3.1. The battery is 2800 mAh for the Pixel 4 and 3700 mAh for the Pixel 4 XL with support for 18W fast charging and wireless charging. Both Pixel 4 are IP68 certified. You can buy Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL directly from the Official Google Store.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra is the largest and most complete of Samsung’s top of the range.
Inside we find the Exynos 990 as a processor with 12 GB of RAM and memory cuts from 128 to 512 GB all expandable. The display is a 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED with QHD+ resolution and 120 Hz refresh rate, a hole at the top that houses the photographic compartment with: the main 108-megapixel f/1.8 camera with OIS, the 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, the 48-megapixel periscopic telephoto lens with OIS and 100x hybrid zoom and a 0.3 megapixel ToF sensor for the depth effect.
The audio jack is missing but there is Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS GLONASS, dual-band WiFi and USB Type-C 3.0 with Samsung DeX desktop interface. The battery is from 5000 mAh with 45W quick charge and also reverse wireless charging.
Apple’s iPhone 11 Pro series replaces the old iPhone XS, to be honest without huge changes, and surely the new iPhones are perfect for business use. The display is always an OLED, named by Apple Super Retina XDR, 5.8 inches for iPhone 11 Pro and 6.5 inches for 11 Pro Max, both with HDR10 and TrueTone support.
At the top, we find the usual large Apple-style notch that houses the sensors for unlocking with the 3D face and the 12-megapixel TrueDepth front camera, which also supports slow-motion selfies.
Inside we find the A13 Bionic chip which, according to Apple, is the most powerful ever mounted on a smartphone with 6 GB of RAM, there is also the third generation Neural Engine, which improves the artificial intelligence already present on the previous iPhones.
The available memory cuts are 64, 256 and 512 GB all non-expandable. The photographic sector is identical between the two iPhone 11 Pro, and is composed of three sensors placed in a single square island: the main one is 12 megapixel with f/1.8 aperture and OIS, the second is a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with OIS, f/2.0 aperture and 2x optical zoom, while the third is wide-angle always from 12 megapixels with aperture f/2.4.
At the connectivity side, we find perhaps an important lack in fact there is no USB Type-C, but still the Lightning connector. We still find dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0 and GPS with GLONASS, obviously the 3.5 mm audio jack is missing.
At the battery side, the iPhone 11 Pro mounts a 3190 mAh, while the iPhone 11 Pro Max a 3500 mAh, both with support for 18W fast charging and wireless charging. You can buy the iPhone 11 Pro directly from the official Apple website.
Samsung this time introduced two versions of its business series, the Note 10 and the Note 10+. The Galaxy Note 10+ is the smartphone that truly continues the philosophy of this series.
Let’s start with the display which is a 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED with QHD+ resolution and support for HDR10+. In the upper part in the center we find a hole that houses the 10-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture. The processor is the Exynos 9825, with a 7nm production process and, accompanied by 12 GB of RAM and 256 or 512 GB internal memory, expandable by losing the second SIM.
The rear photographic compartment changes position, from the central position and passes vertically on the upper left side of the smartphone and is composed of 4 sensors. The main sensor is 12 megapixel with OIS and variable aperture f/1.5-2.4, the second sensor is a 12-megapixel telephoto lens with OIS, the third sensor is a wide-angle of 16 megapixels of 123 degrees while the last sensor is ToF for depth effects and augmented reality.
At the connectivity side, we find dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS GLONASS and USB Type-C 3.0 with video output and the possibility of Samsung DeX, the 3.5mm audio jack is unfortunately missing.
In addition, like the entire Note series, we find the advantage of the S Pen, enriched with new functions, which makes this product unique in its genre and perfect for work or business. The battery is 4300 mAh with 45W fast charging support and 20W wireless charging, the reverse wireless charging remains.
With OnePlus 7 Pro the Chinese company has certainly made the leap in quality, offering a very complete device at a slightly lower price than the main top of the range. This smartphone is a top of the range almost in all and deserves to be in this ranking, even if it lacks the IP68 certification, even if according to OnePlus it is waterproof, and wireless charging.
Speaking of technical specifications we find the Snapdragon 855 as a processor with 6/8 or 12 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of internal memory UFS 3.0 non-expandable. The display is a 6.7-inch Fluid AMOLED with QHD + resolution and 90 Hz refresh rate, which makes the images more fluid.
There is no notch in the front as the 16-megapixel selfie camera is hidden in the retractable mechanism. The rear photographic sector is in line with other top of the range, with a triple sensor: the main 48 megapixel with f/1.6 and OIS aperture, the second is a 16-megapixel wide-angle sensor with f/2.2 aperture, finally the third sensor is an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with f/2.4 aperture and 3x optical zoom. The connectivity department is fully booked, with Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band WiFi and USB Type-C 3.1. The battery is 4000 mAh compatible with Warp Charge quick charge.
Huawei’s new smartphone, the Mate 20 Pro is one of the most complete top-of-the-range devices ever. The Huawei home device, in fact, offers a top hardware, with one of the best cameras ever, thanks to a set-up with three different lenses, and an increasingly refined EMUI.
In addition, it is possible to transform the phone into a PC by connecting it to a monitor, and thanks to the desktop mode the interface will magically transform from mobile to desktop, making productivity the keyword of this great smartphone. The Mate 20 Pro it also leads the category as unlocking methods, in fact, there is both face recognition in 3D, with the sensors positioned in the large notch, and the fingerprint sensor under the display that works very well. Autonomy is also top for this Huawei device thanks to the 4000 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S20/S20+
Samsung Galaxy S20 and S20+ are two very similar devices at the top of the market. Both have a Dynamic AMOLED display with QHD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate (only in FullHD+), 6.2 inches for S20 and 6.7 inches for S20+.
The front camera is 10 megapixel positioned in the hole in the display. Both have Exynos 990 as a processor with 8 GB of RAM and 128 GB of expandable internal memory. In the photographic sector, you can see a 12-megapixel main sensor with f / 1.8 and OIS, a 64-megapixel telephoto lens with 3x optical zoom and a 12-megapixel wide-angle in both smartphones. Only on S20 + there is also the 0.3 megapixel ToF sensor for the depth effect.
We do not find the audio jack but there is NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, GPS GLONASS, dual band WiFi and USB Type-C with Samsung DeX desktop interface. The battery is 4000 mAh for S20 and 4500 mAh for S20+ with 25W quick charge and also reverse wireless charging.
The Galaxy Note 10 is the little brother of the new Note 10+, to which, however, it doesn’t have much to envy, as many features are in common. The Galaxy Note 10 has a 6.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, and not QHD+ like the Note 10+, and support for HRD10+.
In the upper part, in the center, there is the hole that houses the 10-megapixel front camera with f/2.2 aperture, just as happens on the Note 10+. Inside the processor is the same, i.e. always the Exynos 9825 octa-core with 7 nm production process, accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 128 or 256 GB of non-expandable internal memory.
The rear photographic compartment is composed of three sensors: the main one is 12 megapixel with OIS and variable aperture f/1.5-2.4, the second sensor is a 12-megapixel telephoto while the last one is 16-megapixel wide-angle with f/2.2 aperture, there is no ToF sensor as in the top version.
At the connectivity side, we find dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS GLONASS, unfortunately, there is no 3.5mm audio jack while USB is Type-C with the possibility of Samsung DeX interface. In addition, like the entire Note series, we find the advantage of the S Pen, enriched with new functions, which makes this product unique in its genre and perfect for work or business. It has a 3500 mAh battery with support for fast charging at 25W, wireless charging also reverse.
Huawei P30 and P30 Pro are the latest arrivals to Huawei and continue the P series that has always been very successful over the years, especially with the latest P20 and P20 Pro.
Between the two smartphones the differences are not many, but still significant. Let’s start from the display, both devices have OLED screens, which on P30 is 6.1 inches, while for the P30 Pro it goes up to 6.47 inches, both Full HD+ and both with a drop notch in the upper part of the display that houses the 32-megapixel front camera, unfortunately the sensors for the 3D facial release present on Mate 20 Pro are lost.
Speaking of technical specifications the differences are few, in fact both Huawei devices mount the Kirin 980 processor with 6 GB of RAM for the P30 and 8 GB of RAM for the P30 Pro, the memory cuts start in both 128 GB and reach 512 for the Pro version, all expandable with Huawei’s nano SD standard. Both smartphones are equipped with the optical fingerprint sensor located under the display.
The rear photographic sector, however, brings more marked differences between the two terminals. In fact, on P30 Pro we find four cameras: the main sensor is 40 megapixels with f/1.6 aperture and is called SuperSensitive as it uses an RYB and not RGB color scheme, which allows it to capture more light and get to very ISO values high; the second sensor is 20 megapixels wide-angle with f/2.2 aperture, while the third sensor is an 8-megapixel telephoto lens with f/3.2 aperture and optical stabilization which thanks to a 5-lens periscope system manages to achieve an optical zoom of 5x and a 10x hybrid zoom; finally the fourth camera is a ToF sensor useful for capturing depth of field.
On the standard P30 we lose many of the characteristics described above as regards the photographic sector, in fact the cameras are 3 and not 4, we lose the ToF sensor, the main sensor is 40 megapixels, but with f / 1.8 and standard RGB color scheme, the second sensor is a 16-megapixel wide-angle lens with f/2.2 aperture and finally the third sensor is always a telephoto lens with optical stabilizer and f/2.4 aperture, but reaches up to 3x optical zoom as it loses the periscopic system.
At the connectivity side, they both are equipped with Bluetooth 5.0, dual-band WiFi and USB Type-C 3.1 which also brings out the video and on P30 we find the 3.5 mm audio jack; the P30 Pro is also IP68 certified. The battery is 4200 mAh on P30 Pro, which is also equipped with fast and reverse wireless charging, while it is 3650 mAh on P30 which loses wireless charging completely.
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