Given the sheer number of devices that it releases every year, finding the best Samsung phones can often prove to be a challenge for most customers. It doesn’t matter if you want a flagship or a budget device. Samsung offers plenty of options for all price ranges.
To make it easier for you to find the one that best suits your needs, our expert reviewers have created this list of the best Samsung smartphones. We’ll explain precisely why a device has made it on to our list and provide you with links to their detailed reviews.
There’s a great mix of devices on our list for August 2020, helped by the launch of Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 20 series. We have also included some of the impressive mid-range and affordable models that have been released this year.
Best Samsung Phone – Spec monster: Galaxy S20 Ultra
Samsung wasn’t kidding around when it slapped the word “Ultra” at the end of its top-of-the-line Galaxy S20 model. This is a spec monster in the true sense of the word. Samsung introduced its 108-megapixel camera with this device and threw in a periscope lens setup that allowed for up to 100x hybrid zoom a.k.a Space Zoom.
With a massive 6.9-inch display, the $1,399 Galaxy S20 Ultra was among the first Samsung devices to feature a 120Hz refresh rate panel. Its chipset was paired with a maximum of 16GB RAM and 512GB of internal storage. Samsung even threw in a 40-megapixel front camera for good measure. The 5,000mAh battery is the biggest yet on any Galaxy S family device.
There’s no question about it, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra tops our list as the best Samsung phone for productivity. Samsung has made a number of meaningful improvements to its latest flagship smartphone, particularly the S Pen upgrades. The S Pen latency has been dropped to 9ms in order to provide a more fluid and natural experience with the stylus.
Best Samsung Phone – Compact: Galaxy S10e
The Galaxy Z Flip is Samsung’s first clamshell foldable smartphone. It also happens to be the first with a foldable glass display. Samsung has received a lot of praise for the device’s build quality and functionality. The Galaxy Z Flip is in a league of its own.
Its 6.7-inch Infinity Flex display folds in half rather satisfyingly while the Hideaway Hinge makes excellent features like Flex Mode possible. With top-end specs, it’s no slouch either and will easily be able to handle whatever you throw at it. The cameras don’t really break new ground but this handset was never meant to be a camera champ in the first place.
Reasons to buy: Exciting new form factor, stylish design, great performance and respectable battery life.
Samsung made several key improvements to the Galaxy A51, the successor to its hugely popular Galaxy A50, and they have paid off. The Galaxy A51 remains one of the very highly regarded Samsung mid-range smartphones in 2020. The build quality is nice and the 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display is seriously impressive.
There’s plenty of power under the hood as well, with the $399 Galaxy A51 being able to power even the most intensive of mobile games. The camera setup got a major upgrade and the Galaxy A51 is actually Samsung’s first smartphone with a macro camera. Despite its modern makeover, the Galaxy A51 has kept the 3.5mm headphone jack, which many consider being of crucial importance in a mid-range device.
The Galaxy A31 is a great smartphone for customers on a budget. Despite being a budget handset, it features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, 128GB internal storage, a quad camera setup and a very impressive 5,000mAh battery. Its MediaTek Helio P65 chipset isn’t suited to gaming, though, at least when it comes to resource-intensive games like PUBG.
Why These Are The Best Samsung Phones This Month
Samsung’s strategy has long been to offer something for everyone. We now have one of Samsung’s most diverse smartphone lineups. You have an absolute spec king in the Galaxy S20 Ultra to the extent of being over the top. The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is certainly one of the best Note devices yet from Samsung as it builds on the feedback from Note loyalists and provides them with improvements they have long been asking for.
Samsung has capitalized on the Galaxy A50’s popularity for the Galaxy A51 and made it a worthy successor. It’s a solid competitor in the highly lucrative mid-range smartphone market. The Galaxy A51 does everything that you’d expect a device of its caliber to do without breaking a sweat. Lastly, customers won’t have much to complain about with the Galaxy A31. It’s incredibly clear in its purpose and because of that, it’s worthy of being on this list.