The best Samsung phone: every phone Samsung still sells, ranked

If you're going Samsung for your next smartphone, here are your choices

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If you're in the market for the best Samsung phone then we're here to help you tell the differences between them – here we're going to explain the what are the top picks from all the best Samsung phones you can currently buy in 2019.

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 it's no surprise: Samsung's phones are well built, powerful, and stylish.

So read on for the definitive ranking of how these Samsung phones stack up against each other in our Samsung rankings. Bear in mind that the Galaxy S10 phones are going to be launching in February 2019 before parting with your cash though.

For the sake of simplicity we have had to cut own some of the older, pre-2017 handsets you can still find knocking around on the Samsung site – in any case, availability is likely to be pretty severely restricted on those phones. Here's how to spend your hard-earned cash.

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus best Samsung phones

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

1. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

The best Samsung phone, full stop

Specifications
Weight: 189g
Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm
OS: Android 9.0
Screen size: 6.2 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 64/128/256GB
Battery: 3500mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.5 + 12MP f/2.4
Front camera: 8MP f/1.7
Reasons to buy
+Bigger screen than the S9+Better specs than the S8 Plus

In our opinion the best Samsung phone at the moment is the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, with all of the upgrades it brought: to the processor, to the camera, to the on-board OS, to the storage options, and so on. Unlike the regular S9, you get a dual-lens rear camera too.

Admittedly the specs jump from the S8 Plus to the S9 Plus is incremental rather than game-changing, but all the upgrades are welcome – and the latest phone manages to shrink the bezels even further while adding some extra durability to the chassis and screen.

Samsung Galaxy S9 best Samsung phone

The Samsung Galaxy S9

2. Samsung Galaxy S9

The best Samsung phone, in a more compact form

Specifications
Weight: 163g
Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm
OS: Android 9.0
Screen size: 5.8 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64/128/256GB
Battery: 3000mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.5
Front camera: 8MP f/1.7
Reasons to buy
+Top specs in a smaller size+Worth the upgrade over the S8

Maybe you'd much rather handle a 5.8-inch screen rather than a 6.1-inch one, in which case the Samsung Galaxy S9 has you covered, with its top performance, fantastic camera, and Android 8.0 on board (though it doesn't have the dual-lens camera of the S9 Plus).

That means the same internal specs, with the exception of the RAM – 4GB instead of 6GB. It's a faster, better designed option than the Galaxy S8 that came before it too, with the rear fingerprint sensor in a place that actually makes sense, and improved specs all round.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 best Samsung phone

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

3. Samsung Galaxy Note 9

The best Samsung phone for those with an unlimited budget

Specifications
Weight: 201g
Dimensions: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm
OS: Android 9.0
Screen size: 6.4 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 128/512GB
Battery: 4000mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.5 + 12MP f/2.4
Front camera: 8MP f/1.7
Reasons to buy
+Stacks of power, stacks of screen+Upgraded S Pen stylus

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is packed with mouth-watering specs and features a simply gorgeous 6.4-inch screen, and so if money is no object then it might well be the best Samsung phone on the market today.

The specs (including the camera) aren't too much of a jump over the S9 and S9 Plus phones, so you're really paying for the screen and that S Pen. The stylus gets an upgrade with the Note 9, including remote camera shutter and media playback capabilities.

Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus best samsung phones

The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

4. Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus

The cream of 2017

Specifications
Weight: 173g
Dimensions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1mm
OS: Android 9.0
Screen size: 6.2 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Battery: 3500mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.7
Front camera: 8MP f/1.7
Reasons to buy
+Massive 6.2-inch Infinity Display+Still very competitive specs

When it comes to the Galaxy phones of 2017, it's pretty much the same story as 2018 – the bigger phone is the one to go for, with more screen space and a larger battery, if you can afford it. We'd put the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus just ahead of the Galaxy S8 from last year.

You get a fantastic 6.2-inch Infinity Display screen, the top-end (for 2017) Snapdragon 835 or Exynos 8895, and 4GB or 6GB of RAM. Even two years on, those are still excellent specs, so with Android 8.0 Oreo is now rolling out for these phones too, it's an appealing package.

Samsung Galaxy S8 best samsung phone

The Samsung Galaxy S8

5. Samsung Galaxy S8

This remains a superb phone

Specifications
Weight: 155g
Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm
OS: Android 8.0
Screen size: 5.8 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 64GB
Battery: 3000mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.7
Front camera: 8MP f/1.7
Reasons to buy
+One of the best 2017 phones+Almost no weak points

It's two years old now, but like the Galaxy S8 Plus, the Samsung Galaxy S8 is still a superb phone: it boasts specs that were top of the line for 2017, that fantastic-looking 5.8-inch Infinity Display, waterproofing, decent battery life, a fine camera, and so on.

So why is it lower in our list? Well, it's just that Samsung now makes even better phones, but don't be put off the S8 too much – you may well be able to find it for a very good price now, and Android software updates for it will still be rolling out for a couple of years yet.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8 best Samsung phones

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8

6. Samsung Galaxy Note 8

The best value Samsung phone for a big screen

Specifications
Weight: 195g
Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm
OS: Android 8.0
Screen size: 6.3 inches
Resolution: 1440 x 2960 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895
RAM: 6GB
Storage: 64/128/256GB
Battery: 3300mAh
Rear camera: 12MP f/1.7 + 12MP f/2.4
Front camera: 8MP f/1.7
Reasons to buy
+The older biggest Galaxy phone+The added bonus of a stylus

If you want the biggest screen possible on a Samsung phone, and a stylus, and want to save some money, the Galaxy Note 8 might be the device to go for. The 18.5:9 Note 8 display manages a huge 6.3 inches, corner to corner.

Of course you get top of the line specs too, or at least top of the line for 2017. With the Note 9 now on sale around the corner you might be able to find some decent deals for the Note 8, and it's still going to last you for a long time.

Samsung Galaxy A9 best Samsung phone

Samsung Galaxy A9

7. Samsung Galaxy A9

The best Samsung phone in the mid-range

Specifications
Weight: 183g
Dimensions: 162.5 x 77 x 7.8mm
OS: Android 9.0
Screen size: 6.3 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2220 pixels
CPU: Snapdragon 660
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 64/128GB
Battery: 3800mAh
Rear camera: 24MP f/1.7 + 8MP f/2.4 + 10MP f/2.4 + 5MP f/2.2
Front camera: 24MP f/2.0
Reasons to buy
+Lots of value for money+Four cameras on the back

The Samsung Galaxy A9 is Samsung's newest – and therefore probably best – mid-range phone, fitting no fewer than four cameras on the back. It's a bit gimmicky, but it should up your Instagram game by several levels.

The 6.3-inch screen is generous and adds to the phone's appeal, and you can get either 6GB or 8GB of RAM as well. The Snapdragon 660 CPU is mid-range, but the price drops accordingly, so it's a good deal. Just make sure it fits in your pocket.

Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus

8. Samsung Galaxy A8 Plus

Good phones don't have to break the bank

Specifications
Weight: 191g
Dimensions: 159.9 x 75.7 x 8.3mm
OS: Android 7.1.1
Screen size: 6.0 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2220 pixels
CPU: Exynos 7885
RAM: 4/6GB
Storage: 32/64GB
Battery: 3500mAh
Rear camera: 16MP f/1.7
Front camera: 16MP f/1.9 + 8MP f/1.9
Reasons to buy
+Generous 6-inch Infinity Display+Plenty of phone for your money

You can think of the A8 phones as scaled down versions of the S8 handsets, though they're newer – we'd certainly suggest checking these phones out if you want something that looks good, works well, but won't break the bank like the top-end Samsung phones will.

Again, we always give preference to the larger phone in a Samsung pair, though it really depends on your personal preference as well as your budget. The A8 Plus offers a 6-inch screen, an Exynos 7885 chipset, a choice of 4GB or 6GB of RAM, and a 16MP rear camera.

Samsung Galaxy A8

The Samsung Galaxy A8

9. Samsung Galaxy A8

Think of it as an S8 Mini

Specifications
Weight: 172g
Dimensions: 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4mm
OS: Android 8.0
Screen size: 5.6 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 2220 pixels
CPU: Exynos 7885
RAM: 4GB
Storage: 32/64GB
Battery: 3000mAh
Rear camera: 16MP f/1.7
Front camera: 16MP f/1.9 + 8MP f/1.9
Reasons to buy
+Compact and powerful+Decent specs at a decent price
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

And then there's the smaller Samsung Galaxy A8, which gives you just about everything you get with the Galaxy A8 Plus but with a smaller 5.6-inch screen. Like its bigger sibling, the phone is waterproof, though you only get the 4GB of RAM option with this handset.

Again the single-lens 16MP rear camera is here to take care of all your photo-snapping needs, but this being Samsung, you know it's going to be capable of some pretty impressive results. It's available with 32GB or 64GB of storage, with microSD expansion.

Samsung Galaxy A5

The Samsung Galaxy A5

10. Samsung Galaxy A5

Mid-range class

Specifications
Weight: 157g
Dimensions: 146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9mm
OS: Android 8.0
Screen size: 5.2 inches
Resolution: 1080 x 1920 pixels
CPU: Exynos 7880
RAM: 3GB
Storage: 32/64GB
Battery: 3000mAh
Rear camera: 16MP f/1.9
Front camera: 16MP f/1.9
Reasons to buy
+Perfect for everyday phone use+Simple but stylish design
Reasons to avoid
-Empty List

Let's not forget that Samsung makes some very good mid-range phones too, besides its top-of-the-range flagships, and the A5 is currently one of the best value ones you can get your hands on direct from Samsung – not everyone needs the very best specs in a phone.

The 5.2-inch Galaxy A5 brings with it an Exynos 7880 chipset, 3GB of RAM, and either 32GB or 64GB of storage (which can be expanded via microSD). Its design is simple but stylish, and there's a choice of colours, as well as a competent 16MP camera around the back.