Indian Gadget Awards 2020: the complete list of award categories and nominees

On: December 30, 2020

What happens when 21 of India’s largest tech publications and YouTube channels with a combined audience of over 100 million, along with 9 jury members come together to crown the best gadgets of 2020? The Indian Gadget Awards 2020 are born. The first of its kind awards in India are a collaboration of the 30 biggest names in the tech industry who will vote across 22 categories comprising over a 100 nominations.

In addition, we also have two categories for Users’ Choice awards, where you will get a chance to vote for your favourite phones and brands of the year. Let’s take a look at all the awards categories and their respective nominees.

Indian Gadget Awards 2020: best smartphones of the year

The Indian smartphone market is one of the largest in the world and is ultra-competitive with several brands fighting for the throne. Below are the categories in this segment and nominees.

Best budget phone of 2020

The Indian budget smartphone segment is probably the most competitive with Xiaomi, Realme, POCO, Motorola, and Samsung battling it out. Here are the nominees for this category.

  1. POCO X2
  2. Realme 7 Pro
  3. Samsung Galaxy M31s
  4. Realme Narzo 20 Pro
  5. Moto G 5G
  6. Redmi Note 9 Pro

Best mid-range phone of 2020

The return of OnePlus to the mid-range with Nord and the Google Pixel 4a being launched at an introductory price of Rs 29,990 heated up the mid-range segment in India. Realme, Samsung and Vivo also have several tough contenders in this category.

  1. OnePlus Nord
  2. Google Pixel 4a
  3. Vivo V20 Pro
  4. Realme X3 Superzoom
  5. Samsung Galaxy M51
  6. Samsung Galaxy A71

Best affordable flagship phone of 2020

The affordable flagship phone category was non-existent until a few years back when brands like OnePlus started launching mid-range smartphones with flagship features, Today, almost every smartphone brand offers at least one affordable flagship. Here are the nominees for the best affordable flagship phone of 2020 category.

  1. OnePlus 8T
  2. Xiaomi Mi 10
  3. Realme X50 Pro
  4. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE
  5. Apple iPhone SE 2020
  6. Xiaomi Mi 10T Pro

Best mid-range camera phone of 2020

While camera smartphones replaced point-and-shoot digital cameras a while back, good ones were still expensive. However, in the year 2020, we saw 48MP and 64MP cameras trickling down to mid-range smartphones. Here are the top mid-range smartphones with powerful cameras.

  1. OnePlus Nord
  2. Google Pixel 4a
  3. Vivo V20 Pro
  4. Realme X3 Superzoom
  5. Samsung Galaxy M51

Best selfie phone of 2020

Selfie cameras were all the rage a few years back, thanks to brands like OPPO and Vivo. However, with an increase in video calling in recent times and apps like Snapchat and Instagram gaining popularity, other brands have also jumped on to the bandwagon. Below are the best smartphones with powerful selfie cameras in 2020.

  1. Vivo V20 Pro
  2. Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
  3. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  4. OPPO Reno 3 Pro
  5. OnePlus 8 Pro
  6. Google Pixel 4a

Best camera phone of 2020

In case you have a larger budget and are willing to spend some serious money for a smartphone, you can buy a premium device with a camera that beats even some entry-level DSLRs. From Pro RAW to 100x zoom, these camera smartphones are equipped with bleeding-edge camera innovations.

  1. Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  3. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
  4. Xiaomi Mi 10
  5. OnePlus 8 Pro
  6. Vivo X50 Pro

Best gaming phone of 2020

It goes without saying that mobile gaming has achieved cult status in recent times, thanks to games like PUBG Mobile, Call of Duty and Free Fire. This trend has witnessed gaming smartphones with a high refresh rate display, powerful gaming processors, and massive batteries become popular. Our jury members will crown one ultimate gaming smartphone from the options below.

  1. ASUS ROG Phone 3
  2. iQOO 3
  3. OnePlus 8T
  4. Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
  5. Xiaomi Mi 10

Best phone of 2020

The best phone of the year nominees consist of the cream of the crop. Here’s the list of devices battling to be crowned the best smartphone of 2020.

  1. Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
  2. Apple iPhone 12
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
  4. OPPO Find X2
  5. Xiaomi Mi 10
  6. OnePlus 8 Pro
  7. Motorola Edge+

Indian Gadget Awards 2020: best laptops of the year

Laptops are now essential considering the work from home culture and thus we have categorised the segment into three niches. Let’s take a look at the nominees below.

Best value-for-money laptop of 2020

These are the laptops that are high on features but also reasonably priced for the value-for-money factor. Below are the nominees for this category.

  1. Honor MagicBook 15
  2. Mi Notebook 14 e-Learning Edition
  3. Acer Swift 3
  4. Lenovo IdeaPad S340
  5. Avita Pura Ryzen 5

Best gaming laptop of 2020

Gaming laptops are preferred by gamers and professionals alike as they can handle intensive games as well as work software with equal ease. Here are the top contenders for the crown of best gaming laptop of 2020.

  1. Lenovo Legion 7i
  2. ASUS Zephyrus G14
  3. Alienware Area 51m-R2
  4. MSI GT76 Titan
  5. Acer Predator Helios 300

Best laptop of 2020

There’s no dearth of premium laptops that score high in all aspects like design, performance, battery life, and display, among others. This category is for the best overall laptop of the year 2020.

  1. Apple Macbook Pro M1
  2. Dell XPS 15 9500
  3. HP Spectre x360 3
  4. ASUS Zenbook 14 UX434
  5. Microsoft Surface Pro X

Indian Gadget Awards 2020: best televisions of the year

The Indian TV market is ultra-competitive with smartphone brands like Xiaomi, OnePlus, Realme, Motorola, and Nokia battling with usual suspects like Samsung, LG, and Sony among others.

Best value-for-money TV of 2020

This award goes to the TV that offers the best set of features for the price tag that it comes with. Here are the nominees for the best value-for-money TV of 2020.

  1. OnePlus U1
  2. Realme SLED TV
  3. Mi TV 4A 43-inch Horizon Edition
  4. Motorola Revou 55-inch
  5. TCL 55C715
  6. VU Premium 55-inch Ultra HD
  7. Samsung Frame 2020

Best TV of 2020

If budget is not a restriction for you and you want the best smart TV that the market has to offer, this is the category to look at. Here are all TVs in contention for the best TV of 2020 award.

  1. Sony A8H
  2. LG GX
  3. Sony X9000H
  4. Samsung Q95T

Indian Gadget Awards 2020: best wearables of the year

The popularity of wearables are on the rise and accessories like TWS earbuds and smartwatches are becoming the norm among smartphone users. This is why our jury members have decided upon four broad wearable categories in the Indian Gadget Awards 2020.

Best budget TWS earbuds of 2020

Affordable Truly Wireless Earbuds are now a thing and contrary to what you may think, they don’t skimp on features. Here are top TWS earbuds that are high on features and low on price.

  1. OPPO W51
  2. OnePlus Buds Z
  3. Realme Buds Air Pro
  4. Mee Audio X10
  5. Anker Soundcore Liberty 2
  6. Lypertek Tevi

Best TWS earbuds of 2020

While budget TWS earbuds are gaining popularity, premium TWS earbuds are holding their ground as well. With features like ANC, low latency, high-resolution audio support, and impressive battery life, they are desired by many. Here are the top TWS earbuds fighting for the best TWS earbuds of 2020 award.

  1. Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
  2. Sony WF-1000XM3
  3. Jabra Elite 85T
  4. Samsung Galaxy Buds+
  5. Shure Aonic 215 True Wireless
  6. Samsung Galaxy Buds Live

Best smartwatch of 2020

Whether you want a high-tech wrist-accessory to make a statement or a smartwatch that will allow you to leave your phone behind when you go for a run, there’s one for every need. Here are the devices in the running for the best smartwatch of 2020 award.

  1. Apple Watch Series 6
  2. Apple Watch SE
  3. OPPO Watch
  4. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
  5. Fitbit Versa 3
  6. TicWatch Pro 3 GPS

Best fitness tracker of 2020

Fitness trackers are the perfect option for those who want a device that they can keep on 24/7 to monitor their health and fitness, without being too bulky or expensive. Here are the contenders for the best fitness tracker of 2020.

  1. Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5
  2. Goqii Vital 3.0
  3. Samsung Galaxy Fit 2
  4. Fitbit Charge 4
  5. Amazfit Bip S

Indian Gadget Awards 2020: best mobile SoCs of the year

Recently, MediaTek emerged as the top mobile processor maker in the Q3 2020, thanks to the diverse range of budget, mid-range and flagship processors. Qualcomm was the close second followed by the likes of Samsung Exynos, HiSilicon, and Apple Bionic. So which processors from these brands made the cut? Let’s take a look.

Best flagship mobile SoC of 2020

High-end smartphones come flaunting the top-of-the-line flagship processors from leading brands. Below are the top processors in the race to win the best flagship mobile SoC of 2020 award.

  1. Qualcomm Snapdragon 865+
  2. Samsung Exynos 990
  3. Apple A14 Bionic

Best mid-range mobile SoC of 2020

With mid-range smartphones gaining popularity in 2020, chipset makers started coming out with dedicated powerful mid-range chipsets to power these smartphones. Here are the top mid-range mobile processors of the year 2020.

  1. Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G
  2. Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G
  3. MediaTek Helio G95

Indian Gadget Awards 2020: best gadgets and brands of the year

Apart from awards for individual categories, the Indian Gadget Awards 2020 is also giving special mention to the best gadgets and brands of the year, across categories. Here are the awards.

Most innovative gadget of 2020

From swivelling and foldable displays to camera features like mobile gimbal system, the year 2020 has been the year of innovations. Here are top gadgets of 2020 which offered innovative features showing us a glimpse of the future.

  1. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
  2. LG Wing
  3. Samsung The Sero TV
  4. Motorola Razr 5G
  5. Vivo X50 Pro
  6. Samsung Odyssey G9
  7. Spectacles 3 by Snapchat

Best Gadget of 2020

As we have established by now, the year 2020 has witnessed a slew of impressive gadget launches. So, which one is the best gadget of all? Here’s the list from which our jury members will pick the best gadget of 2020.

  1. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
  2. Apple Macbook Air M1
  3. Apple iPhone 12 Mini
  4. Apple iPad Air
  5. Xbox Series X
  6. Sony WH-1000XM4

Best brand of 2020

None of the devices mentioned above would have been possible without brands that have been relentlessly working towards pushing the envelope. Here are the brands that have come out on top with their innovations and achievements over the past year.

  1. Samsung
  2. Apple
  3. Sony
  4. Xiaomi
  5. Nvidia
  6. AMD

Indian Gadget Awards 2020: Users’ Choice

Apart from the 22 award categories our jury members will be voting on, the Indian Gadget Awards 2020 also has two Users’ Choice awards for Most Loved Phone Brand of 2020 and Most Popular Phone of 2020. 50 lucky winners who vote will also get one of three TWS earbuds from Headphone Zone: Lypertek Levi, Mee Audio X10 or Jays f-Five True Wireless. Vote for your favourite, and if you’re lucky, win a prize too.

Indian Gadget Awards: User’s Choice
Indian Gadget Awards: User’s Choice

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