Best Samsung phones you can get: High-end, mid-range, and entry-level models

Samsung is without a doubt the biggest name in the Android world, and if you’re considering purchasing a new phone, logic dictates you may be looking to pick up a phone made by the Korean giant.

However, while it might be easy to just say “get a Note or the latest Galaxy S,” Samsung’s line-up is actually quite robust with a variety of phones covering prices as low as under $200 or as high as $1,300 or more.

Some of Samsung’s mid-range and entry-level lineups are so similar in specs and design that picking a phone can be a bit confusing. That’s where we come in. In this list, we break down some of the best Samsung phones from the high-, mid-, and even entry-level options.

Best Samsung phones:

  1. Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus
  2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus
  3. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
  4. Samsung Galaxy S10e
  1. Samsung Galaxy A50
  2. Samsung Galaxy M20
  3. Samsung Galaxy A20
  4. Samsung Galaxy A10e

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best Samsung phones regularly as new devices launch.

1. Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus — High-end

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus hands on

Not only are the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus the most popular smartphones from the company, but they are some of the most popular devices in all of Android. The Galaxy S line is so popular that many people still refer to Android phones in general as “Galaxies.”

With that in mind, it’s a given that you should consider a Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10 Plus if you’re looking to buy a Samsung phone. However, both phones don’t come cheap, with the starting price of a base-level Galaxy S10 clocking in at $900.

Keep in mind, though, that these two phones offer the best-of-the-best when it comes to specs and design with very few compromises. They even both keep the headphone jack and the microSD slot, two features that are slowly slipping away from flagship devices.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, in particular, is probably the best Samsung device you can get without spending over $1,000 (even better than the Galaxy Note 10, which we’ll get to in a minute). Its high-capacity battery, dual-lens selfie camera, and large form factor make it quite possibly the perfect phone.

Buy Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP 
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,400mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB and 1TB
  • Rear cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP 
  • Front cameras: 10 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus — High-end

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Aura Glow back head on

Although the Galaxy S family is the most popular line of Samsung devices, the Galaxy Note line takes the power and versatility of the S line one step further. The Note line usually features all the same specs as the S line but bumps things up a little more, making the Note line the cream of the crop as far as Samsung phones go.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus are the newest phones on this list. The Note 10 Plus, specifically, is easily the most powerful device on this list — but also the most expensive.

Interestingly, the Galaxy Note 10 isn’t quite as good as the Galaxy S10 Plus, with a weaker display, single-lens selfie camera, and the omission of both the headphone jack and the microSD slot. In other words, if you want a Note 10 device, you’d be silly to not buy the Note 10 Plus as it is objectively the better phone.

Both Note 10 devices come with the S Pen, which in this iteration features gesture controls. Using this new feature, you can do things like control your smartphone camera remotely just by waving your hand in certain ways. The S Pen is exclusive to the Note line — it does not work on the Galaxy S series.

Buy Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, FHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Rear cameras: 16, 12, and 12MP 
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 16, 12, 12MP, and depth sensor
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 9 — High-end

Samsung Experience Homescreen

With the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 officially becomes old hat. However, don’t let that deter you from considering this phone as a part of your high-end purchase choices!

Despite the Note 9’s year-old age, this is still an amazing and powerful smartphone. Compared to the Note 10, you’re going to lose out on the 2019 processor as well as the triple rear camera setup. Depending on the model, you might also lose out on some RAM and internal storage.

However, the loss of those specs won’t negatively affect the phone’s performance in any significant way, and the Note 9 still includes the headphone jack and microSD slot on all models. You also still get the S Pen, the latest Android 9 Pie updates, and a beautiful, notch-less display.

Finally, since the Note 9 isn’t the latest-and-greatest anymore, you can find it easily at discounted rates. Shop around for the best deal!

Buy Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 845 or Exynos 9810
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 12 and 12MP 
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9 Pie

4. Samsung Galaxy S10e — Mid-range

Samsung Galaxy S10e in hand back

We will concede that with a starting price of $750, the Samsung Galaxy S10e is priced much closer to flagship territory than mid-range territory. However, the small form-factor and lower price as compared to the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus make the S10e a mid-ranger by proxy.

Even though you’re spending hundreds of dollars less than you would for even an entry-level Galaxy S10, the Galaxy S10e still packs a mighty punch. The S10e has the same processor, the same front-facing camera sensor, the same software, and very similar options for RAM and internal storage as the main Galaxy S10. All you’re really sacrificing is screen size and resolution, rear camera quality, and battery capacity.

On the plus side, the Galaxy S10e comes in multiple colorways, many of which are much more interesting than what’s available on the more expensive Galaxy S10 models.

In general, if you want the best performance you can get from Samsung without getting close to the $1,000 price point, the Galaxy S10e is the best of the best!

Buy Galaxy S10e

Samsung Galaxy S10e specs:

Display: 5.8-inch, Full HD+
Chipset: Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9820
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 128/256GB

Rear cameras: 12 and 16MP
Front camera: 10MP
Battery: 3,100mAh
Software: Android 9 Pie

5. Samsung Galaxy A50 — Mid-range

Samsung Galaxy A50 rear panel and triple camera

The Samsung Galaxy A50 is a true mid-ranger from Samsung — in fact, it’s probably the best bonafide mid-ranger the company’s released in years. You’re not going to get the heavy processing power and gobs of RAM and internal storage as you’ll find on the high-end options on this list, but the Galaxy A50 still packs a punch.

First off, this device is big: its display is the same size as the one on the Galaxy S10 Plus. It also has a pretty big battery at 4,000mAh, which is even more than what you’ll find in the Galaxy Note 10. Finally, it features a nifty triple-lens camera system on the rear, similar to what you’d find on the Galaxy S10 (although still not quite as good).

Here in the United States, the Galaxy A50 is CDMA-only for some reason, which means it will only work on the Sprint and Verizon networks. However, you can buy an international version from sources such as Amazon that will work on GSM networks such as AT&T and T-Mobile. The devices will be practically the same although — depending on your merchant — the Samsung warranty might not be included.

The button below will take you to buy the Galaxy A50 from Samsung in the U.S. If you need the international version, click here.

Buy Galaxy A50

Samsung Galaxy A50 specs:

Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
Chipset: Exynos 9610
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 64/128GB

Rear cameras: 25, 8, and 5MP
Front camera: 25MP
Battery: 4,000mAh
Software: Android 9 Pie

6. Samsung Galaxy A20 — Mid-range

Samsung Galaxy A20

The Samsung Galaxy A20 teeters on the edge between mid-range and entry-level. Its price is pretty low and some of its specs are fairly weak, but a few features make it an appealing device to those who want specific features on a tight budget.

Those specific features are a large battery, a large nearly-all-screen display, the latest Android software, and a decent dual camera setup on the rear. You get all of that with the Galaxy A20!

Unfortunately, you lose out on some other stuff, most notably the amount of RAM and internal storage. You also lose out on display resolution — the Galaxy A20’s 1,560 x 720 resolution won’t be nearly as crisp as what you’ll find on the higher-end devices on this list.

Still, the starting price for the Galaxy A20 is around $250, so you’re getting quite a bit for a relatively small amount of cash.

The Galaxy A20 is only officially available in the U.S. from T-Mobile and Sprint. However, you can grab an international unlocked version that will work on any GSM network (but without a Samsung warranty). Click the button below to grab the official version from Samsung and click here to get the international version.

Buy Galaxy A20

Samsung Galaxy A20 specs:

Display: 6.4-inch, HD+
Chipset: Exynos 7884
Storage: 32GB

Rear cameras: 13 and 5MP
Front camera: 8MP
Battery: 4,000mAh
Software: Android 9 Pie

7. Samsung Galaxy M20 — Entry-level

Samsung Galaxy M20 Blue Back Laying Flat On Table

At a starting price of around $200, the Samsung Galaxy M20 is firmly an entry-level device. As such, you won’t find too many cutting-edge specs or design elements here. However, that’s not to say that this is a bad phone for the price!

The two most notable features of this phone are its very crisp display resolution (nearly the same as on the Galaxy Note 10) and its enormous battery. In fact, even though this phone is incredibly cheap, it has the biggest battery of all the phones on this list.

Granted, you’re not going to get a lot of RAM or internal storage, and you’re not going to get a fast processor. The camera system will also leave a lot to be desired. However, if you want a cheap device that will last a long time on a single charge and look good doing it, this is the phone for you.

The Galaxy M20 is a GSM-only device and is not officially available in the United States. However, it’s fairly easy to get the phone by clicking the button below. Just keep in mind that it will not come with a manufacturer’s warranty.

Buy Galaxy M20

Samsung Galaxy M20 specs:

Display: 6.3-inch, Full HD+
Chipset: Exynos 7904
Storage: 32GB

Rear cameras: 13 and 5MP
Front camera: 8MP
Battery: 5,000mAh
Software: Android 9 Pie

8. Samsung Galaxy A10e — Entry-level

Samsung Galaxy A10e

This is it: this is as low as Samsung goes. At a starting price of under $200, the Samsung Galaxy A10e is the cheapest phone you can get from Samsung and still have it be a full Android experience.

With that in mind, it shouldn’t surprise you that the Galaxy A10e is no powerhouse. It has a single camera sensor on the rear (unlike all the other phones on this list with two or more), a teeny amount of RAM, a small amount of internal storage, and a fairly small battery capacity. It doesn’t even have a fingerprint sensor.

But hey, it does come with Android 9 Pie and you’re not going to hurt your wallet too much buying it!

The Galaxy A10e is available on three of the four major carriers in the United States: AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. Verizon users, unfortunately, will need to select a different phone from this list.

Click the button below to grab it!

Buy Galaxy A10e

Samsung Galaxy A10e specs:

Display: 5.8-inch, HD+
Chipset: Exynos 7884
Storage: 32GB

Rear camera: 8MP
Front camera: 5MP
Battery: 3,000mAh
Software: Android 9 Pie

These are our picks for the best Samsung phones you can get, although there are a lot of other options out there as well. We’ll be sure to update this post once new models hit the market.

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