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CRN's 2019 Products Of The Year

Kyle Alspach

CRN editors looked at the best new products and major updates of 2019 and then turned to solution providers to choose the winners based on technology, revenue and profit opportunities, and customer demand.




Samsung isn’t running out of compelling new ideas for its long-running Galaxy Note series. For the first time in the Note series, Samsung has launched two sizes for the Note—with the Note 10 Plus coming as the larger model at a massive 6.8 inches. The Note 10 Plus offers expanded display brightness of up to 800 nits outdoors, and business-friendly features include easier connectivity from the phone to the DeX Android desktop. The Note 10 Plus is also impressively thin for having such a large screen (at 0.31 of an inch thick) and lightweight, too, at 0.43 of a pound.

Subcategory Winner—Technology: Apple iPhone 11

Apple’s iPhone 11 features the same 6.1-inch LCD display as its predecessor iPhone XR, but with a price cut, dual camera and improved performance. Compared with the single rear camera on the iPhone XR, the iPhone 11 moves up to dual rear 12-megapixel cameras—while also adding Apple’s latest processor, the A13 Bionic.

Subcategory Winner—Revenue and Profit: Google Pixel 3 XL

Google’s Pixel 3 XL aims to stand out from the pack with advanced camera features such as “Top Shot,” which captures numerous photos and recommends the best ones. Another key camera feature, “Super Res Zoom,” shoots a burst of photos and merges elements of the photos to present the best possible shot.

Finalist: Motorola Moto Z3 5G

Motorola Moto Z3 5G features a 5G modular add-on that snaps onto the back of the Moto Z3. The phone includes Qualcomm’s Snapdragon X50 5G modem along with dedicated antennas for accessing Verizon’s ultra-wideband network. It also includes a 2,000 mAh battery to prevent battery drain from faster data speeds.

Finalist: OnePlus 7 Pro

The OnePlus 7 Pro features a large, 6.67-inch “Fluid AMOLED” display with a 90Hz refresh rate, which aims to provide a smoother display appearance. The smartphone also offers slim bezels around the QHD+ display, and the screen curves around the edges of the phone as well.

Kyle Alspach

Kyle Alspach is a Senior Editor at CRN focused on cybersecurity. His coverage spans news, analysis and deep dives on the cybersecurity industry, with a focus on fast-growing segments such as cloud security, application security and identity security.  He can be reached at

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