The best Samsung phones are among the best phones in the world, as the company routinely releases some of the best Android phones we’ve ever seen. The company is the best selling phone manufacturer worldwide with good reason.
While those top end phones tend to be its priciest handsets, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and Samsung Galaxy S20 ranges, there are also some very good Samsung phones that don’t need to decimate your wallet. We’re thinking phones like the mid-range Samsung Galaxy A80 and Samsung Galaxy S10e that are included in this list.
Our ranking of the best Samsung phones below contains both those at the top end and those that are more affordable, so there should be something for almost everyone, but what they all have in common is attractive design and solid Android software.
We’re keeping this list constantly updated, and most recently that’s meant adding the super-charged Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, so read on below to see where that ranks.
For each entry in our list you’ll find full specs and all the other key details, so you can see at a glance whether a phone is likely to be of interest.
And if nothing catches your eye (it should though) make sure to check back soon, as Samsung releases new handsets all the time, and some of its upcoming phones are sure to be included. The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 is on the way for example, and that looks very promising if you have a wad of cash to drop.
But for now, here are the very top Samsung phones you can buy.
Best Samsung phones 2020 at a glance:
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S20
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10
- Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S10
- Samsung Galaxy S10e
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Samsung Galaxy A80
Best Samsung phones 2020
The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus currently tops our rank of the greatest Samsung phones available, beating even the pricier Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra.
So unsurprisingly this is an absolutely fantastic phone. The design isn’t massively changed from the Galaxy S10 Plus, but most other elements have been upgraded. The screen now has a silky-smooth 120Hz refresh rate, it packs a more powerful chipset, and its cameras have had a big boost.
The most exciting lens is its 64MP telephoto one, facilitating a 3x hybrid optical zoom, but there are also 12MP main and 12MP ultra-wide ones, as well as a depth sensor.
Add in a massive 4,500mAh battery, 5G support, and all the things you expect from a Samsung flagship - like water resistance and an in-screen fingerprint scanner - and the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is clearly one of the very best phones from any company, not just the South Korean giant.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus review
The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a beast of a handset with a beast of a price. According to our review it has the best-looking screen of any phone and the best camera of any Android phone – one which is also brilliant fun to use, thanks to its 5x optical zoom, fun filters, and slick camera interface.
That camera includes a 108MP main sensor, a 12MP periscope one, and a 12MP ultra-wide one, while the screen is a massive 6.9-inch 1440 x 3088 AMOLED one with 496 pixels per inch and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz.
But the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra doesn’t stop there, as it also stands out from rivals thanks to its S Pen stylus, letting you doodle on the screen, sync voice recordings with your hand-written notes, and more.
Plus, the phone also has top-end power of course, including 12GB of RAM and either a Snapdragon 865 Plus or Exynos 990 chipset. Which you get depends on where you are in the world, but they’re both exceedingly powerful.
There’s also 5G, loads of storage, a premium design, an in-screen fingerprint scanner, and a big battery, so this is a phone that almost has it all – though the charging could be faster and it’s slightly disappointing that you can’t use both a 120Hz refresh rate and a QHD+ resolution at the same time.
The biggest stumbling block though is simply the price, but if you have the money and want everything that the Note 20 Ultra is offering, then it’s a fantastic choice.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra review
While slightly less exciting than the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus and S20 Ultra, the standard Galaxy S20 has a lower price going for it, as well as a more pocket-friendly size.
Though at 6.2 inches this is still far from a small phone, and with a QHD+ resolution, a 120Hz refresh rate, and one of the best quality AMOLED screens yet put on a phone, the display is worth shouting about.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 also has an impressive camera setup, headlined by a 64MP telephoto sensor, which is joined by a 12MP main and 12MP ultra-wide one – so it misses out only on the S20 Plus’s depth sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 is also available in a 5G flavor, has a large 4,000mAh battery, and top-end power, thanks to either a Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 chipset (depending on where in the world you buy it).
Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 review
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus might have been superseded by the Note 20 Ultra, but it's still one of the best stylus-toting phones available. It comes with a massive screen, powerful processor, and four rear cameras.
The highlight of this device is the aforementioned S Pen, a stylus that helps you do loads with your device. It isn't just used for drawing and taking notes; a range of gesture controls help you get the most out of your handset.
Yes, the phone is expensive (prohibitively so, to some), but every penny you pay goes straight into one of the top Samsung phones about, and one of the best handsets full stop.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review
The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 isn't quite as high on this list as the Note 10 Plus, and that's because of a few problems we had with it, like a battery life that left us wanting more.
However, the Galaxy Note 10 is still an impressive smartphone, and it's a lot more affordable than the Note 10 Plus.
So if you're looking for a great new smartphone that combines impressive processing power, great video recording hardware, and the S Pen stylus for note-taking, doodling and drawing, then the Note 10 could be that handset.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 10 review
If money were no object then the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra would rank higher on this list, as in many ways it’s arguably the best Samsung phone you can buy.
It has a massive 6.9-inch 1440 x 3200 screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, plus a quad-lens camera, headlined by a 108MP main sensor, and also featuring a 48MP periscope zoom one capable of up to 100x digital zoom.
It also of course has the same top-end chipset as the rest of the Galaxy S20 range, coupled with up to 16GB of RAM – which is more than the other two models.
So you get a bigger screen, more power, an arguably higher spec (though inconsistent) camera, and a massive 5,000mAh battery, but the price – and size – will prove impractical for many.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra review
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus spent a long time at the top of this list, and with good reason.
It’s a big upgrade over the previous year’s model, with a newer all-screen design, enabled by Samsung ditching bezels in favor of a punch-hole camera. Speaking of the camera, you get three on the back and two on the front, making this a very versatile camera phone.
The fingerprint scanner is in the screen, which is far more ideal than it being on the back as was the case with the S9 range, and there’s a big 4,100mAh battery, which gives the Galaxy S10 Plus a lot of life. So much so you might even consider using its Wireless PowerShare feature to juice up other devices with it.
The Galaxy S10 Plus also has a big 6.4-inch screen and all the power you’d expect from a 2019 flagship.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review
Samsung's Galaxy S10 is largely similar to its plus-sized sibling, just a slight downgrade and slightly more compact.
You miss a few features by opting for the S10 over the Plus, but if you're looking to save a little money it's still going to offer the core highlights, such as that Infinity-O screen, the slick design and high-end internals.
The fingerprint scanner is also in the screen on the Galaxy S10, plus it looks gorgeous with an incredible 550 pixels per inch on this model. You've got a variety of color options, plus there's the choice of either 128GB or 512GB depending on how much space you'll need.
The battery life on the standard S10 isn't as great as it is on the Plus, but it's not something to turn your nose up at as it can still easily survive a full day of use.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S10 review
Fancy an S10 but don't want to spend lots of money? Samsung has you covered with its more affordable Galaxy S10e, which is a new addition to the company's range of flagship phones for 2019.
The S10e loses a lot of the top-end features you'll find on the two S10 products above in this list such as the in-screen scanner or high-res display, but it has a slick design for its lower price.
There's a dual rear camera that can take some impressive shots considering the price of this handset, plus you'll be sporting a top-end chipset inside alongside either 6GB or 8GB of RAM.
Overall, the Galaxy S10e isn't anywhere near as impressive as the other two parts of the S10 range but if you're not looking to spend lots of money, this is one of the top Samsung phones for you.
Read the full Samsung Galaxy S10e review
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 isn’t just one of the better Samsung phones you can buy today, it’s one of the better phones, period. It’s an expensive device, sure, but cheaper than it once was
Its key selling point this time around is the unique S Pen, which no longer requires a charge. Not only will you be able to do normal stylus-like things with the new S Pen, you’ll also be able to use it to take selfies remotely, giving you shots you otherwise would be incapable of getting.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is also one of the best camera phones in Samsung’s lineup, with a camera that easily outshines much of the competition.
That’s on top of the improved cooling and battery life compared to its predecessor, which will see this jumbo device last you through most of the day without burning a hole through your pocket – even if the price does.
Read the full Samsung Galaxy Note 9 review
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is big, in fact its 6.2-inch screen would make it very big, were it not for the almost complete absence of bezel and the curved edges, which ensure it’s actually quite manageable in the hand. The screen is one of the best around too – it’s sharp and sports great colors.
The Galaxy S9 Plus also stands out through its dual 12MP cameras, one of which is a dual-aperture one, meaning it can switch between f/1.5 for dark scenes and f/2.4 for everything else.
Other highlights include impressive stereo speakers and a big 3,500mAh battery. There’s flagship power too of course, and all the bells and whistles that tend to go with that, like a stylish metal and glass build, water resistance, wireless charging and various biometric security options, including a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner and a face scanner.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus review
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is Samsung’s most ambitious and arguably exciting handset yet. It’s also the company’s most expensive and arguably impractical.
Its 7.3-inch folding screen is sure to wow literally everyone who sees it, and it means you basically have a phone and tablet all in one.
It also has a pin-sharp resolution, a small secondary display for when the main screen is closed, and flagship specs, including a high-end Snapdragon 855 chipset, 12GB of RAM, and six cameras (three on the back, two on the front, and one on the ‘cover’).
In other words this is about as flagship as flagships get, as well as being the best choice at the time of writing if you want a foldable phone.
But that’s a big if – the screen is even more delicate than most, and that price tag puts it out of reach for most buyers. The Galaxy Fold is certainly impressive, which is why it’s on this list, but it’s also certainly aimed at early adopters with lots of money to burn.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Fold review
Samsung's premium Note and S-series aren't its only good phones, as it has the Galaxy A devices that provide toned-down specs at lower prices. However A phones are also Samsung's testing grounds for more novel ideas, and that's exactly what the Samsung Galaxy A80 is, with its cameras.
When you want to take a selfie on the Samsung Galaxy A80, which has no front-facing camera (in order to make way for a full screen with no complications), a panel housing the device's rear cameras pops up and spins around, which is a quirky and fun gimmick.
There's more to the phone than its cameras though, with a 6.7-inch AMOLED display and impressive charging speed, making it a decent option for people who don't need one of Samsung's premium devices.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy A80 review
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