Best Samsung Smartphone 2020

The range of Samsung's top phones has become even more significant in 2020 as the Samsung Galaxy S20, Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra, and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip have been launched this year, and some of them can now be found in our ranking. Brand new, the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra could now grab a spot in this Samsung best list.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip hasn't found a place on our top list yet, but that doesn't mean it will never be included in our list of best Samsung phones; we just haven't been able to make a final verdict yet.

But even without these phones, there are plenty of great Samsung devices to consider, including the brand new Samsung Galaxy S20 and Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus.

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Like the aforementioned Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung is also continuously innovating, the original Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G (one of the first 5G phones).

Add to that the overwhelming number of mid-range and low-end phones from 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 just about everyone.

But with so many smartphones available now and coming soon, choosing the right phone can be a daunting task, even if you narrow it down to just the larger phones.



And that's where we come in. Below you'll find a list of the best smartphones Samsung has to offer, a selection that ensures they're among the best phones of any manufacturer.

You'll find specs, pros and cons, and a brief overview of each device so you can see all the essential things at a glance, making it easier to compare.

1.Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Release

Release Date: March 2020

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus full specification

Weight: 186 g
Dimensions: 161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8 mm
Operating system: Android 10
Display size: 6.7 inches
Resolution: 1,440 x 3. 200
CPU: Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990
RAM: 8 GB / 12 GB
Storage: 128 GB / 256 GB / 512 GB
Battery: 4,500 mAh
Rear cameras: 12 MP + 64 MP + 12 MP + ToF 3D
Front camera: 10 M

Positive Aspects

+Great 5x camera zoom                 
+New useful S Pen functions

Negative Aspects

-Ultra expensive
-Slower charging

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Review

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is currently at the top of our ranking of the best Samsung phones available, although its reign might be short-lived, as we cannot give a final verdict on the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra at the time of writing.
Be that as it may, it is a fantastic phone. The design hasn't been massively changed from the Galaxy S10 Plus, but most other elements have been upgraded. The screen now has a smooth 120 Hz refresh rate, the chipset is more powerful, and the cameras received a considerable upgrade.
The most exciting lens is the 64 MP telephoto lens that provides 3x hybrid optical zoom and a 12 MP primary and 12 MP ultra-wide-angle lenses, and a depth sensor.
With a powerful 4,500 mAh battery, 5G support, and all the things you'd expect from a Samsung flagship-like water resistance and an in-screen fingerprint scanner - the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus is one of the best phones from any manufacturer, not just the South Korean giant.

2.Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Release

Release date: August 2020

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra full specifications

Weight: 208 g
Dimensions: 164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.9-inch
Resolution: 1440 x 3088
CPU: Snapdragon 865 Plus
Exynos 990
RAM: 12 GB
Storage: 128 GB
256 GB / 512 GB
Battery: 4,500 mAh
Main camera: 108MP + 12MP + 12MP
Front camera: 10MP

Positive Aspects

+Great 5x camera zoom
+New useful S Pen functions

Negative Aspects

-Ultra expensive
-Slower charging

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra Review

The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is a monster of a smartphone with a monstrous price tag. According to our review, it has the most excellent display of any phone and the best camera of any Android phone - one that's also fun to use thanks to the 5x optical zoom, fun filters, and slick camera interface.
That camera features a 108MP primary sensor, a 12MP periscope sensor, and a 12MP ultra-wide-angle sensor, while the screen combines a massive 6.9 inches of 1440 x 3088 AMOLED with 496 pixels per inch and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz.
But that's not all from the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, as it also stands out from the competition with its S Pen, which lets you doodle on the screen, sync voice recordings with your handwritten notes, and more.
Beyond that, of course, the smartphone has top-of-the-line performance, including 12GB of RAM and either a Snapdragon 865 Plus or Exynos 990 chipset. What you get depends on where you live in the world, but both are extremely powerful. In Germany, the Note 20 Ultra runs the Exynos 990 chipset.
There's also 5G, plenty of storage, a premium design, a fingerprint scanner embedded in the screen, and a big battery, so this phone has just about everything - although charging could be faster, and it's a bit disappointing that you can't use a 120Hz refresh rate and QHD+ resolution at the same time.
The biggest stumbling block, however, is simply the price, but if you have the money and want everything the Note 20 Ultra offers, it's a fantastic choice.

3.Samsung Galaxy S20

Samsung Galaxy S20 Release

Release Date: March 2020

Samsung Galaxy S20 full specifications

Weight: 163 g
Dimensions: 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm
Operating system: Android 10
Display size: 6.2 inches
Resolution: 1,440 x 3,200
CPU: Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990
RAM: 8 GB / 12 GB
Storage: 128 GB
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Rear camera: 12 MP + 64 MP + 12 MP
Front camera: 10 MP

Positive Aspects

+Good camera upgrade 
+Samsung's best display so far

Negative Aspects

-Slightly expensive
-Lowest specs in the S20 range

Samsung Galaxy S20 Review

While it's a bit less exciting than the Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus and S20 Ultra, the standard Galaxy S20 has a lower price and a more pocket-friendly format.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 also has an impressive camera setup. It features a 64 MP Tele sensor joined by a 12 MP primary sensor and a 12 MP ultra-wide sensor, leaving only the depth sensor of the S20 Plus missing.
The Samsung Galaxy S20 is also available in a 5G variant, has a large 4,000 mAh battery, and top-notch performance thanks to a Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 chipset (depending on where in the world you buy it).

4.Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Release

Release date: August 2019

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus full specifications

Weight: 196 g
Dimensions: 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9 mm
OS: Android 9
Display: 6.8 inches
Resolution: 1,440 x 3,040
CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9825
RAM: 12 GB
Storage: 256 GB / 512 GB
Battery: 4,300 mAh
Rear cameras: 12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP + ToF 3D
Front camera: 10 MP

Positive Aspects

+Includes S-Pen stylus
+best display on a smartphone

Negative Aspects

-Extremely expensive
-The camera is not the best

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Review

If you're looking for the best Samsung phablet, last year's premium smartphone is it. It comes with a giant screen, a powerful processor, and four rear cameras.
This device's highlight is the S Pen, a stylus that lets you do a lot with your device. Not only is it used for drawing and writing, but it offers a range of gesture controls that let you get the most out of your phone.
Yes, the phone is expensive (prohibitively so for some), but for every penny you pay, you get one of the best Samsung phones out there and one of the best phones ever.

5.Samsung Galaxy Note 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Release

Release date: August 2019

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 full specifications

Release date: August 2019
Weight: 168 g
Dimensions: 151 x 71.8 x 7.9 mm
OS: Android 9
Display: 6.3 inches
Resolution: 1,080 x 2,280
CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9825
RAM: 8 GB
Storage: 256 GB
Battery: 3,500 mAh
Rear cameras: 12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP
Front camera: 10 MP

Positive Aspects

+easier to hold than previous Notes
+Great video recording  

Negative Aspects

-Mediocre battery
-Only Full HD display

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Review

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 underperforms the Note 10 Plus, and that's because of some of the issues we had with it, such as battery life.
However, the Galaxy Note 10 is still an impressive smartphone, and it's much cheaper than the Note 10 Plus.
So if you're looking for a great new smartphone that combines impressive processing power, excellent video hardware, and the S Pen for note-taking, doodling, and drawing, the Note 10 could be that device.

6.Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Release

Release date: March 2020

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra full specifications

Weight: 166 g
Dimensions: 166.9 x 76 x 8.8 mm
OS: Android 10
Display size: 6.9-inch
Resolution: 3200 x 1440
CPU: Snapdragon 865
RAM: 12 / 16 GB
Storage: 128 / 512 GB
Battery: 5,000 mAh
Camera (rear): 108 MP + 48 MP + 12 MP + ToF 3D
Front camera: 40 MP + 48 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP + 12 MP + ToF 3D

 

Positive Aspects

+Best specifications of 2020
+5x optical, 100x digital space zoom
+Enormous 6.9-inch display

Negative Aspects

-Very expensive
-The extras don't justify a price increase
-Value/sense of Space Zoom is doubtful

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra Review

If money were no object, the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra would be higher on this list, as it is in many ways the best Samsung phone you can buy.
It has a massive 6.9-inch 1440 x 3200-pixel display with a 120Hz refresh rate and a four-lens camera with a 108MP primary sensor that also gives you a 48MP periscope zoom with up to 100x digital zoom.
Plus, of course, it has the same high-quality chipset as the rest of the Galaxy S20 lineup, coupled with up to 16GB of RAM - that's more than the other two models.
So you get a bigger screen, more power, and arguably higher-spec (if inconsistent) camera, and a massive 5,000 mAh battery, but the price - and size - will prove impractical for many.

7.Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Release

Release date: February 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus full specifications

Weight: 175 g
Dimensions: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8 mm
OS: Android 9
Display: 6.4 inches
Resolution: 1,440 x 3,040
CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820
RAM: 8 / 12 GB
Storage: 128 GB / 512 GB / 1 TB
Battery: 4,100 mAh
Rear cameras: 12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP
Front camera: 10 MP + 8 MP

Positive Aspects

+Excellent display-to-body ratio
+In-screen fingerprint sensor

Negative Aspects

-Significant price increase
-Slippery surface

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus Review

The Samsung Galaxy S10Plus has topped this best-of list for quite a long time for a good reason.
It represents a significant upgrade over the previous model, with a new design for the entire screen made possible by Samsung ditching bezels in favor of a pinhole camera. Speaking of cameras, you get three on the back and two on the front, making this a very versatile camera phone.
The fingerprint scanner is now in the display, which is much more ideal than on the back, and there's a big 4,100 mAh battery that gives the Galaxy S10 Plus a lot of life so much that you might even consider using the new Wireless PowerShare feature to power up other devices.
The Galaxy S10 Plus also has an enormous 6.4-inch screen and all the performance you'd expect from a flagship. It's Samsung's best, and at the time of writing, it's also at the top of our list of the best smartphones from any manufacturer.

8.Samsung Galaxy S10

Samsung Galaxy S10 Release

Release date: February 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10 full specifications

Weight: 157 g
Dimensions: 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8 mm
OS: Android 9
Display: 6.1 inches
Resolution: 1,440 x 3,040
CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820
RAM: 8 GB
Storage: 128 GB / 512 GB
Battery: 3,400 mAh
Rear cameras: 12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP
Front camera: 10 MP

Positive Aspects

+In-screen fingerprint sensor
+Wireless PowerShare feature

Negative Aspects

-New price increase
-Not the best camera

Samsung Galaxy S10 Review

Samsung's Galaxy S10 is very similar to its top-end sister.
You'll have to sacrifice a few features if you opt for the S10 instead of the S10 Plus, but it still gives you the essentials like the Infinity-O display, sleek design, and high-end internals, and you can save a few bucks.
The display looks gorgeous with its incredible 550 pixels per inch, and the fingerprint sensor is built-in below the display. You have a variety of color options and can choose between 128 GB and 512 GB.
The battery life of the standard S10 isn't as long as the Plus, but that's nothing to turn your nose up at, as it will still get you through the day quickly.

9.Samsung Galaxy S10e

Samsung Galaxy S10e Release

Release date: March 2019

Samsung Galaxy S10e full specifications

Weight: 150 g
Dimensions: 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9 mm
OS: Android 9
Display: 5.8 inches
Resolution: 1,080 x 2,280
CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820
RAM: 6 / 8 GB
Storage: 128 / 256 GB
Battery: 3,100 mAh
Rear camera: 12 MP + 16 MP
Front camera: 10 MP

Positive Aspects

+Excellent camera for the price
+Good one-handed operation

Negative Aspects

-No in-screen scanner
-Thicker than the S10

Samsung Galaxy S10e Review

Fancy an S10 but don't feel like spending a lot of money? That's precisely why Samsung created the cheaper S10e, expanding its 2019 flagship lineup.
The S10e forgoes many of the top-end features you'll find on the two S10 products at the top of this list, like the in-screen scanner or high-resolution display, but it has a striking design for its lower price.
It offers dual rear cameras that take impressive shots, especially considering the price of the device. It also comes with a top-end chipset and 6GB or 8GB of RAM.
Overall, the Galaxy S10e is not nearly as impressive as the other two parts of the S10 lineup, but if you don't want to spend that much money, this is one of the best Samsung phones for you.

10.Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Release

Release date: August 2018

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 full specifications

Weight: 205 g
Dimensions: 162 x 76.4 x 9 mm
OS: Android 9
Display: 6.4 inches
Resolution: 1,440 x 2,960
CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810
RAM: 6 / 8 GB
Storage: 128 / 512 GB (up to 1 TB with SD)
Battery: 4,000 mAh
Rear camera: Dual 12 MP
Front camera: 8 MP

Positive Aspects

+Improved battery
+Great display

Negative Aspects

-Very expensive

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 Review

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is not only one of the better Samsung phones you can buy today. It's one of the better phones ever, period. It's an expensive device, sure, but cheaper than it used to be. Its main selling point this time around is the unique S Pen, which no longer requires charging. Not only can you do regular pen-like things with the new S Pen, but you can also take selfies from a distance that you couldn't otherwise.
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.
Add to that the improved cooling and battery life compared to its predecessor, and this jumbo device can last most of the day without burning a hole in your pocket - even if the price does.

11.Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Release

Release date: March 2018

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus full specifications

Weight: 189 g
Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm
OS: Android 9
Display: 6.2 inches
Resolution: 1,440 x 2,960
CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810
RAM: 6 GB
Storage: 64 GB / 128 GB
Battery: 3,500 mAh
Rear camera: Dual 12 MP
Front camera: 8 MP

Positive Aspects

+Great dual aperture camera
+Impressive display

Negative Aspects

-Expensive
-Not that much different from the S8 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus Review

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is big. In fact, with its 6.2-inch screen, it would be enormous if it wasn't pretty much bezel-less and didn't have the curved edges that make it feel quite handy in hand. The screen is also one of the best in the world - it's sharp and has great colors.
The Galaxy S9 Plus also stands out for its dual 12 MP cameras, one of which is dual aperture, 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 large 3,500 mAh battery. Of course, there's also flagship performance and all the bells and whistles that go with it, like a stylish metal and glass build, water resistance, wireless charging, and several biometric security options, including a fingerprint, iris, and face scanner.

12.Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung Galaxy Fold Release

Release date: September 2019

Samsung Galaxy Fold full specifications

Weight: 263 g
Dimensions: 160.9 x 117.9 x 6.9 mm (unfolded)
OS: Android 9
Display: 7.3 and 4.6 inches
Resolution: 1,536 x 2. 152 and 720 x 1,680
CPU: Snapdragon 855
RAM: 12 GB
Storage: 512 GB
Battery: 4,380 mAh
Rear cameras: 12 MP + 12 MP + 16 MP
Front camera: 10 MP + 8 MP + 10 MP cover camera

Positive Aspects

+Extremely cool form factor 
+Taking the smartphone to the next level

Negative Aspects

-Extraordinarily expensive
-Sensitive plastic screen

Samsung Galaxy Fold Review

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is Samsung's most ambitious and arguably most exciting phone yet. However, it is also the company's most expensive and arguably most impractical device.
Its 7.3-inch folding display is sure to wow anyone who sees it, and you effectively get a phone and a tablet in one.
It also offers crisp resolution, a small secondary display 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 the absolute flagship and the best choice (at the time of writing this guide) if you want a foldable phone.
But that's a big if - the display is even more fragile than most, and that price point makes it prohibitively expensive for most buyers. The Galaxy Fold is undoubtedly impressive, which is why it's on this list, but it's aimed at early adopters who have a lot of money to burn.

 

13.Samsung Galaxy A80

Samsung Galaxy A80 Release

Release date: May 2019

Samsung Galaxy A80 full specifications 

Weight: 220 g
Dimensions: 165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3 mm
OS: Android 9
Display: 6.7 inches
Resolution: 1,080 x 2,400
CPU: Snapdragon 730
RAM: 8 GB
Storage: 128 GB
Battery: 3,700 mAh
Rear cameras: 48 MP, 8 MP, ToF 3D camera
Front camera: same as rear cameras

Positive Aspects

+New pop-up spinning camera 
+High-quality screen 
+Fast charging is really fast 

Negative Aspects

 -Slow
-Camera is OK, not great.
-Unreliable data connection

Samsung Galaxy A80 Review

The Galaxy A devices show that Samsung's premium Note and S series aren't the company's only good phones. The A smartphones have lower specs but also a lower price. However, the A phones are also Samsung's testing ground for new ideas, and that is exactly what the Samsung Galaxy A80 is with its cameras.
When you want to take a selfie on the Samsung Galaxy A80, which doesn't have a camera on the front (to make room for a full screen), a panel containing the device's rear cameras opens and rotates, which is a quirky and fun trick.
There's more to the phone than just the cameras, though, as the 6.7-inch AMOLED display and impressive charging speed make it a good option for people who don't need a Samsung premium device.

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