Best Samsung phone 2020: the best Samsung smartphones rated and ranked

If you're going Samsung for your next handset, you want to know how to choose the best Samsung phone

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Welcome to our best Samsung phone for 2020 list – a definitive guide to the Samsung handsets that you should have on your shortlist if you're going shopping. There are plenty of models to choose from, but we'll direct you to the one that makes the most sense for you based on specs, features and price.

Samsung is probably most often associated with heavyweight flagship phones, but as we'll explore here, it also makes some rather good mid-range and budget models too. Whatever you're looking for from your next smartphone, there's probably a Samsung device to fit.

When it comes to finding the best Samsung smartphone for you, the process is the same as shopping for phones in general: you need to weigh up the size of the handset, what you get in terms of specs and performance, and of course the all-important price (the widgets on this page should help).

Finding the best Samsung phone

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 best Samsung phone

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When it comes to smartphones, everyone's needs are different of course – some people want the best Samsung phone camera (something Samsung excels at, by the way), some people want the best Samsung phone on a budget, and so on. We've tried to cater for all those different needs below.

Samsung's One UI layer that it puts on top of Android continues to go from strength to strength as well. The bloat has been trimmed down, the interface is now much more intuitive, and it even has a few features that Google would do well to copy for its own Pixel phones.

Almost 1 in 5 phones sold worldwide is a Samsung one – that's almost as good as Apple's figures and way ahead of anyone else in the market besides the big two. And considering Samsung's phones are well built, powerful and stylish, it's no surprise either. Let's dive in and find the best Samsung phone for you.

These are the best Samsung phones

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G best Samsung phones 2020

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1. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

The best Samsung phone for most people

Specifications
Weight: 190 g
Dimensions: 159.8 mm x 74.5 mm x 8.4 mm
OS: Android 10, One UI 2.5
Screen size: 6.5 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 865
RAM: 6GB / 8GB
Storage: 128GB / 256GB
Battery: 4500 mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.8 wide + 8MP f/2.4 telephoto + 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide
Front camera: 32MP f/2.2 wide
Reasons to buy
+Incredible 120Hz screen+Premium chipset and specs+No Bixby button

We're massively impressed with what the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G has to offer: plenty of power, a fantastic screen (running at a 120Hz refresh rate), some really nice design choices (including several colours), and all at a price that's very reasonable considering what you get back in return.

You could think of the phone as offering the best bits of the Galaxy S20 series at a more attractive price point: it has one of the most eye-catching displays out there, it has a rear camera that offers a whopping 30x hybrid zoom, and the battery life holds up rather well too. On top of that, the Snapdragon 865 processor is going to be able to handle just about everything you throw at it.

5G is on board too of course, which means you're future-proofed for when the next-gen connectivity finally finds its way to your part of the world. Other Samsung phones might beat this one in terms of raw specs, but we think that it's out in front in the way it balances performance, features and price.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra best Samsung phones 2020

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2. Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

The best premium Samsung phone

Specifications
Weight: 222g
Dimensions: 166.9 x 76 x 8.8mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.9 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 3200 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990
RAM: 12GB/16GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
Battery: 5000mAh
Rear camera: 108MP f/1.8 + 48MP f3.6 + 12MP f/2.2 + 0.3MP TOF
Front camera: 40MP f/2.2 + 40MP f/2.2
Reasons to buy
+Huge screen+Packed with power+Amazing camera

We've certainly been impressed with what Samsung had to show off in its Unpacked 2020 event, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra is simply the best handset that the manufacturer has ever rolled out... it's packed with power and functionality, and has quite an incredible camera that can reach up to 100x digital zoom.

The 6.9-inch display is a gorgeous one, and shows off everything from movies to photos with real punch. Add to that the hefty amounts of RAM and internal storage space that you can get fitted here, and the Galaxy S20 Ultra really catches the eye – as well as costing a serious amount of money of course.

It's the rear camera that's really the star of the show: a quad-lens model with a main sensor that goes all the way up to 108 megapixels. Your photos won't come out that size, but all those extra pixels mean high-quality photographs in just about every situation, including low light. The best Samsung phone.

Samsung Galaxy S10e best Samsung phone


3. Samsung Galaxy S10e

The best budget Samsung phone

Specifications
Weight: 150g
Dimensions: 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm
OS: Android 9.0
Screen size: 5.8 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2280 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820
RAM: 6GB/8GB
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 3100mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.5-2.4 + 16MP f/2.2
Front camera: 10MP f/1.9
Reasons to buy
+More compact and pocket-friendly+The cheapest of the S10 phones

The Samsung Galaxy S10e sits above some very big hitters in our list, and that's because it's still a very appealing package more than a year after its launch. For less money than the phones at the very top of our recommendations, you still get a snappy top-end processor inside and the slick Samsung software on board as well.

The dual-lens rear camera isn't quite as good as some others, and of course the 5.8-inch screen is smaller – but you might well see that as a positive not a negative. There aren't that many Galaxy phones with screens under 6 inches in size any more, and this is one of the best.

While the price isn't rock-bottom budget, we think it's the best bang-for-buck phone in the Samsung Galaxy range at the moment, and it doesn't compromise too much in terms of internal specs, camera quality or features. If you've got smaller pockets or hands, or you want to save some money on your upgrade, the S10e is well worth a look.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G best Android phones 2020


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4. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G

The best Samsung phone with a digital stylus

Specifications
Weight: 208 g
Dimensions: 164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.9 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 3088 pixels
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus / Exynos 990
RAM: 12GB
Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
Battery: 4500mAh
Rear cameras: 108MP f/1.8 wide+ 12MP f/3.0 (periscope telephoto) + 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide
Front camera: 10MP f/2.2 wide
Reasons to buy
+The best S Pen yet+Huge, bright screen+Plenty of power

There's a lot to like about the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, and if you can manage the cost, it's undoubtedly one of the best Samsung experiences you're going to get this year. It features a brilliant design, a more than capable camera, and internal specs that mean it will outpace almost every phone on the market.

The biggest reason for buying the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G, though, is of course that S Pen – scribble on the lock screen, control the camera remotely, unleash your creative side, and more. If you need a phone with a stylus for serious work on the go, this phone has you covered.

5G is on board, as the name of the phone suggests, which means you're covered for years when it comes to next-gen connectivity – and considering you've got the Exynos 990 or Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset (depending on region) running everything, this isn't a phone that'll be slowing down anytime soon.

As we've said, the price is a little on the eye-watering side, but for something you're going to use every day for years to come, you might consider it worthwhile. The triple-lens rear camera with 5x optical zoom deserves a mention too, as it's capable of capturing some fantastic snaps in any kind of lighting.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus best Samsung phones 2020


5. Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

Still a fantastic, if pricey, Samsung phone

Specifications
Weight: 175g
Dimensions: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm
OS: Android 9.0
Screen size: 6.4 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 3040 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 855 / Exynos 9820
RAM: 8GB/12GB
Storage: 128GB/512GB/1TB
Battery: 4100mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.5-2.4 + 12MP f/2.4 + 16MP f/2.2
Front camera: 10MP f/1.9 + 8MP f/2.2
Reasons to buy
+Fantastic 6.4-inch QHD+ display+The best specs a phone can get

We have the Galaxy S20 phones now of course, but a year on the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus remains an attractive proposition: it offers stunning build quality, a superb 6.4-inch display, a high capacity battery, and a triple-lens rear camera that's going to get you great shots every time.

The only reason you wouldn't want to get the S10 Plus is if you don't like large screens or if you want to splash out on the S20. Otherwise, this is definitely one of the the best Samsung phones on the market in 2020, especially as prices start to drop in the wake of the S20 launch.

Unwrap and unbox the Galaxy S10 Plus and you certainly won't be disappointed with the look and finish of the phone – it's still going to last you a good few years, and is still going to turn a few heads whenever you pull it out.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus best Samsung phones 2020

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6. Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus

An outstanding Samsung phone for 2020

Specifications
Weight: 186g
Dimensions: 161.9 x 73.7 x 7.8mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.7 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 3200 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 4500mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.8 + 64MP f/2.0 + 12MP f/2.2 + 0.3MP TOF
Front camera: 10MP f/2.2 + 10MP f/2.2
Reasons to buy
+Top design, top specs+Spacious 6.7-inch screen+Very capable camera

The Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus might be placed the lowest of the S20 handsets in our list, but we're still very much fans of the handset – it's just that other phones offer up slightly better value in terms of what you get for how much you pay. The main difference over the standard S20 is a bigger screen and an extra time-of-flight (depth) sensor on the rear camera (for blur effects and so on).

If you just take the Galaxy S20 Plus on its own, without any context at all, there's a lot to like – it takes fantastic photos, the screen and design look superb, and you'll struggle to find many better-specced Android phones during the whole of 2020.

The 6.7-inch screen is a hefty one, so make sure you really want a display this big before parting with your cash, if you decide that the Galaxy S20 Plus is the best Samsung phone for you. Considering the hardware packed inside, you're unlikely to be disappointed, and we're wondering just how Samsung will top it in 2021.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip best Samsung phones 2020

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7. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

The best Samsung foldable phone

Specifications
Weight: 183g
Dimensions: 167.3 x 73.6 x 7.2mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.7 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2636 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 855 Plus
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 256GB
Battery: 3300mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.8 + 12MP f/2.2
Front camera: 10MP f/2.4
Reasons to buy
+It folds+Very decent specs+Custom software

The Galaxy Z Flip is going to really appeal to some people, and really put other people off – it all depends what you think of that foldable hinge in the middle, which makes the Galaxy Z Flip an innovative phone in 2020 at the very least. It's still early days for the handset, so we're hoping that it stands the test of time and that the hinge is truly durable.

Samsung hasn't skimped too much on specs here either – the Galaxy Z Flip comes with the Snapdragon 855 Plus chipset and 8GB of RAM, which should really be plenty for all the mobile phone tasks you want to do. It also has a few software tricks up its sleeve, with the ability to split the screen in half, top to bottom, if needed.

The foldable Galaxy Z Flip is undoubtedly a cool piece of technology, but is it worth the admittedly high asking price? That all depends on whether you want something that's practical or attention-grabbing. Still, we have to give Samsung high marks for persisting in trying to make the foldable phone market a viable proposition.

Samsung Galaxy A51 best Samsung phones


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8. Samsung Galaxy A51

Budget class from Samsung

Specifications
Weight: 172g
Dimensions: 158.5 x 73.6 x 7.9 mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.5 inches
Resolution: 1,080 x 2,400 pixels
CPU: Exynos 9611
RAM: 4GB / 6GB / 8GB
Storage: 64GB / 128GB
Battery: 4,000mAh
Rear camera: 48MP f/2.0 wide + 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide + 5MP f/2.4 macro + 5MP f/2.2 depth
Front camera: 32MP f/2.2
Reasons to buy
+Perfect for everyday phone use+Simple but stylish design

If you're shopping down at the budget end of the market and are still interested in a smartphone, then we reckon the Galaxy A51 is one of the best options you can go for right now: shop around, and you should be able to pick this phone up for not very much at all (see the link above for the best deals currently on the web).

Of course you can't expect flagship-level specs at these lower price points, but the phone won't let you down in the performance, camera or battery departments, and it's also a really nicely designed phone – that 6.5-inch screen is one of the standouts, for example.

The phone comes rocking Android 10 and the latest One UI updates from Samsung, so in terms of software, it can do just about everything that the more expensive, flagship Galaxy phones can do as well. What you don't get are some of the extras like wireless charging and full waterproofing.

Samsung Galaxy S20 best Samsung phones 2020

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9. Samsung Galaxy S20

Probably the best Samsung phone for a lot of people

Specifications
Weight: 163g
Dimensions: 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.2 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 3200 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 865 / Exynos 990
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 4000mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.8 + 64MP f/2.0 + 12MP f/2.2
Front camera: 10MP f/2.2 + 10MP f/2.2
Reasons to buy
+Solid price vs performance balance+Eye-catching specs list+The smallest Galaxy S20 phone

Of the three flagship S20 phones that Samsung has unveiled in 2020, we reckon the standard S20 phone is the second best of the bunch when you weigh up specs against price. The extras you get with the S20 Plus aren't really worth the extra price for us, though your opinion may vary.

This is also the phone to go for if you're after the smallest Samsung Galaxy S20 phone – even though the screen is still a substantial 6.4 inches in size. Under the hood, like the other S20 models, you've got the very capable Snapdragon 865 or Exynos 990 CPU (depending on your region) running the show.

Okay, the phone's main camera isn't quite up to the level of the S20 Plus or the S20 Ultra, but we don't think you're going to notice too much, and the Galaxy S20 is still capable of taking some tremendous shots (and recording in 8K video, like the other models). Absolutely worth a spot on our best Samsung phone list.

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 best Samsung phones 2020

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10. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

The best Samsung phone if you like foldables

Specifications
Weight: 282 g
Dimensions: 159.2 mm x 128.2 mm x 6.9 mm
OS: Android 10, One UI 2.5
Screen size: 7.6 inches
Resolution: 1768 x 2208 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 865 Plus
RAM: 12GB
Storage: 256GB / 512GB
Battery: 4500mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.8 wide + 12MP f/2.4 telephoto + 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide
Front camera: 10MP f/2.2
Reasons to buy
+It's a phone that folds+Packed with plenty of power+Two screens in one

If you want the very best in cutting edge smartphone technology, then you want a phone that folds, and that's exactly what you get with the Galaxy Z Fold 2. With this second handset in the series, Samsung has managed to iron out some of the reliability problems of the original, producing a phone that's both innovative and reliable.

After so many years, Samsung knows how to make a good screen, and here you get two of them: the 7.6-inch screen that opens up when the phone is unfolded, and the 6.23-inch display that sits on the outside when the handset is closed shut (so you can fit it in your pocket and use it more like a regular smartphone).

On top of the one feature that sets the Galaxy Z Fold 2 apart from most of the other handsets on the market, it's packed with top-tier internal components, it has a fantastic rear camera, and it's got battery life that won't let you down. Very much one of the best Samsung phones of 2020.

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G best Samsung phones


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11. Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

5G from Samsung without the price hike

Specifications
Weight: 206g
Dimensions: 164.8 x 76.4 x 8.4mm
OS: Android 9.0
Screen size: 6.7 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2400 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 855
RAM: 6GB/8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 4500mAh
Rear camera: 48MP f/2.0 + 8MP f/2.2 + 5MP f/2.2
Front camera: 32MP f/2.0
Reasons to buy
+Comes with 5G+Smart, powerful phone

The Samsung A90 5G is the cheapest way to get 5G connectivity on a Samsung phone, and one of the cheapest ways to get 5G connectivity full stop... sure, it makes some compromises to get to a lower price point (no waterproofing, no wireless charging), but you might well consider the trade-offs to be worth it.

It's not exactly a budget phone either, but you do get that 5G and a top-of-the-range Snapdragon 855 processor here for your money. The 6.7-inch screen looks the part too, and the triple-lens camera on the back is not to be sneezed at either. One of the best mid-range Samsung phones.

With 5G now appearing in more parts of the country, it might be wise to make your next smartphone purchase one that's futureproofed – the coverage is only going to get better over time, and those download and upload speeds really have to be seen to be believed.

Samsung Galaxy A80 best Samsung phones


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12. Samsung Galaxy A80

Good phones don't have to break the bank

Specifications
Weight: 220g
Dimensions: 165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3mm
OS: Android 9
Screen size: 6.7 inches
Resolution: 1.080 x 2,400 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 730
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128GB
Battery: 3,700mAh
Rear camera: 48MP f/2.0 + 8MP f/2.2 + TOF camera
Front camera: 48MP f/2.0 + 8MP f/2.2 + TOF camera
Reasons to buy
+Generous 6.7-inch display+Plenty of phone for your money

Samsung's mid-range phones continue to get better and better, with the Galaxy A80 a case in point – you get some very decent specs, a decent camera, and all for significantly less than you would have to shell out for something like the Galaxy S20 or the Galaxy Note 10.

The most eye-catching feature on the Galaxy A80 is the rotating camera: you slide up the back of the phone, and the rear camera spins around to become the front-facing one. It's a neat party trick if nothing else, and means your selfies are going to look as good as your other snaps.

Elsewhere the screen is as good as we've come to expect from Samsung, and the 3,700mAh of battery power should be enough to get you through the whole day and then some. Definitely worth considering as one of the best Samsung Galaxy phones of 2020 if you're limited in how much you can spend.