Samsung sits alongside Apple as one of the most recognizable smartphone brands – in fact in terms of pure sales it has Apple beat. And there are good reasons for its popularity, as Samsung makes some of the best smartphones in the business, such as the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus.
Those phones will soon be joined by even newer and likely even better handsets too, in the form of the Samsung Galaxy S11 range (which might land as the Galaxy S20) and the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 – all of which are expected to land on February 11.
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Add to that the almost overwhelming number of mid-range and low-end phones offered by the company, such as the Samsung Galaxy A30, Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite and Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite, and one thing becomes clear: there’s a Samsung phone for almost everyone.
But with so many phones available now and coming soon, choosing the right one for you can be a daunting task, even if you round it down to just the great ones.
That’s where we come in. Below you’ll find a list of the very best smartphones Samsung has to offer, an accolade which ensures they rank among the best phones from any manufacturer.
You’ll find specs, pros, cons, and a brief overview for each, so you can see all the key things about them at a glance, making it easier to compare them. Though for anything that makes your shortlist, we’d recommend clicking through to the full review.
Best Samsung phones 2020 at a glance:
- Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S10
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10
- Samsung Galaxy S10e
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9
- Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
- Samsung Galaxy Fold
- Samsung Galaxy A80
- Samsung Galaxy S9
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8
- Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018)
Best Samsung phones 2020
1. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus
The best Samsung flagship
Release date: February 2019 | Weight: 175g | Dimensions: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3040 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820 | RAM: 8/12GB | Storage: 128GB/512GB/1TB | Battery: 4,100mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 10MP + 8MP
As Samsung’s latest and greatest S-range flagship, is it any wonder that the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus tops this list?
It’s a big upgrade over the previous year’s model, with a new 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 now, which is far more ideal than it being on the back, 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 the new Wireless PowerShare feature to juice up other devices with it.
The Galaxy S10 Plus also has a massive 6.4-inch screen and all the power you’d expect from a flagship. It’s Samsung’s best and at the time of writing also tops our list of the best smartphones from any manufacturer.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus review
2. Samsung Galaxy S10
Similar to the Plus, but smaller
Release date: February 2019 | Weight: 157g | Dimensions: 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.1-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3040 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB/512GB | Battery: 3,400mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 10MP
Samsung's Galaxy S10 is a fitting second place in our list of the best phones from Samsung as it's largely similar to its top-end sibling.
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 top-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
3. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus
This is a top Samsung phablet
Release date: August 2019 | Weight: 196g | Dimensions: 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 3040 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9825 | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 256GB/512GB | Battery: 4,300mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP + ToF 3D | Front camera: 10MP
If you're looking for the best Samsung phablet, its latest premium smartphone is just that. It comes with a massive screen, powerful processor, and four rear cameras.
The highlight of this device is the 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 the best Samsung phone about, and one of the best handsets full stop.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus review
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 10
The best Samsung phablet's little sibling
Release date: August 2019 | Weight: 168g | Dimensions: 151 x 71.8 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9825 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 256GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 10MP
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
5. Samsung Galaxy S10e
A more affordable S10
Release date: March 2019 | Weight: 150g | Dimensions: 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2280 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128/256GB | Battery: 3,100mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 10MP
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 best Samsung phones for you.
Read the full Samsung Galaxy S10e review
6. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Big screen, bigger battery, a top Samsung phone
Release date: August 2018 | Weight: 205g | Dimensions: 162 x 76.4 x 9mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128/512GB (up to 1TB with card) | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
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
7. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
Still a great Samsung phone
Release date: March 2018 | Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
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
8. Samsung Galaxy Fold
The most forward-thinking phone you shouldn't buy
Release date: September 2019 | Weight: 263g | Dimensions: 160.9 x 117.9 x 6.9mm (unfolded) | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 7.3 and 4.6-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2152 and 720 x 1680 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 12GB | Storage: 512GB | Battery: 4,380mAh | Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 16MP | Front camera: 10MP + 8MP + 10MP cover camera
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
9. Samsung Galaxy A80
Samsung's best affordable smartphone so far
Release date: May 2019 | Weight: 220g | Dimensions: 165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.7-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2400 | CPU: Snapdragon 730 | RAM: 8GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 3,700mAh | Rear camera: 48MP, 8MP, ToF 3D camera | Front camera: Same as rear
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
10. Samsung Galaxy S9
A solid flagship at a now lower price
Release date: March 2018 | Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is a smaller, cheaper (but still expensive) alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus.
The 5.8-inch screen makes it potentially preferable if you have smaller hands or pockets, and as with the S9 Plus it’s more compact than you might expect, thanks to its slim bezels and curvy screen.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 has many of the same high points as the S9 Plus, including a sharp, vibrant display, a high-end build, plenty of power and various biometric security options.
It’s only got a single-lens camera, but it’s still a very good one, and the battery is smaller, so this is definitely the weaker phone in the S9 range.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy S9 review
11. Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
Samsung's first 'budget' 5G phone
Release date: September 2019 | Weight: 206g | Dimensions: 164.8 x 76.4 x 8.4mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.7-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2440 | CPU: Snapdragon 855 | RAM: 6/8GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 4,500mAh | Rear camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP | Front camera: 32MP
The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G was the company's first attempt at an affordable 5G phone, following (and also preceding) a slate of more pricey devices. It's not exactly a cheap phone itself, but upon release it undercut most other 5G phones.
There's a lot to like in the device like its big AMOLED screen, top-end chipset (novel for a Galaxy A phone) and, of course, its 5G connectivity. But then again the 5G inflates the price and lots of the phone's other features, like an okay camera array and only 'fine' battery life, might seem out of place on such a pricey device.
So if you're after a 5G phone, this might be great for you, but if not there are definitely alternatives out there you might prefer.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy A90 5G review
12. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
A beastly phone for stylus fans
Release date: September 2017 | Weight: 195g | Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm | OS: Android 9 | Screen size: 6.3-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2630 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB/256GB | Battery: 3,300mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is an older model of Samsung’s other flagship, designed for those who want a truly massive 6.3-inch screen and a stylus (known as the S-Pen) to help make the most of it.
Other than that, it has much in common with the Galaxy S range, with a similar (and similarly stylish) glass back and metal frame, a QHD curved screen and a dual-lens rear camera.
There’s lots of power too, though it’s using a 2017 chipset rather than a later one, so it’s not quite a match for the S9 or S10 range. But then it’s also now a little cheaper than the S10 Plus and still has water resistance, wireless charging and loads of storage.
Read our full Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review
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