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From the all-new Samsung Galaxy S10 family packed with cutting-edge tech, to the budget-friendly Galaxy A6, we rounded up our top Samsung smartphones. The 10th installment of the iconic Samsung Galaxy S product line includes three members: the big-screen Galaxy S10+, the Galaxy S10, and the impressively compact Galaxy S10e.
The hot new smartphones were introduced alongside a groundbreaking new device — the Samsung Galaxy Fold. As its name suggests, it can easily transform from a smartphone to a tablet. Because early Galaxy Fold units had display issues, Samsung decided to postpone the launch of the futuristic smartphone. The Fold will arrive in the months ahead with a considerable price tag.
The trio of Galaxy S10 smartphones feature bold new design language and class-leading hardware specs. They are available in a multitude of color options, including black, white, blue, and pink. The range-topping Samsung Galaxy S10+ with 1 TB of storage is also available in black or white, with a decidedly premium ceramic finish.
All high-end smartphones from Samsung have a waterproof design on top of other essential features — such as wireless charging, built-in stereo speakers, and expandable storage, among many others. Every Galaxy S and Galaxy Note device comes bundled with an excellent pair of wired earbuds, tuned by AKG.
Note: Before purchasing an unlocked smartphone, check carefully if it’s fully compatible with your preferred carrier. Samsung’s unlocked Galaxy S and Galaxy Note offerings are compatible with all major carriers in the United States.
The prices of most smartphones on this list are for unlocked, contract-free devices. You can opt to purchase any phone on small monthly installments either from Samsung or through the wireless carrier of your choice.
Samsung Galaxy S10+ Android Smartphone
The Samsung Galaxy S10+ is the tech giant’s best smartphone. It has an all-new, cutting-edge design, incredibly powerful chipset, a captivating Infinity Super AMOLED display with a fingerprint sensor underneath it, a total of five built-in cameras (three rear-facing and two front-facing ones), and a massive battery with reverse wireless charging capabilities.
The device received rave reviews from the likes of CNET, Engadget, Mashable, and TechRadar, among many other publications. I liked it quite a lot as well.
The brand-new design of the Samsung Galaxy S10+ is defined by a front that’s almost completely dominated by the massive 6.4-inch display.
For the first time in Samsung Galaxy smartphone history, the selfie cameras are integrated into the display panel, as opposed to sitting on top of it. This makes the Galaxy S10+ and its smaller relatives impossible to remain unnoticed.
The triple-camera setup of the smartphone includes a 12 MP main sensor with adjustable aperture, another 12 MP snapper sitting behind a telephoto lens, and a 16 MP sensor with a wide-angle lens. This gives the phone’s mobile photography tool unmatched versatility.
Samsung has equipped the Galaxy S10+ with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset. Paired with 8 GB of RAM, it’s capable of performing any task without even a hint of hesitation. You can choose between variants with 128 GB, 512 GB, and a whopping 1 TB of expandable storage.
The 4,100 mAh built-in battery supports fast wired and wireless charging. Best of all, the Galaxy S10+ also supports reverse wireless charging, allowing you to charge other compatible devices by simply touching its back.
In case you’re looking for a more compact option, consider the Samsung Galaxy S10 instead. Compared to the Galaxy S10+, it has a 6.1-inch display, one front-facing camera instead of two, and a smaller battery, all at a lower price point.
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Best Budget Buy
Samsung Galaxy A6 Android Smartphone
Priced well below $300, the Samsung Galaxy S6 is the best budget-friendly option worth your attention. It’s elegantly designed, has a vibrant 5.6-inch Super AMOLED display, and features a capable Exynos chipset, as well as a built-in 3,000 mAh battery.
Rather impressively for a device in this price point, the Galaxy A6 also packs stereo speakers, which complement the display of the smartphone really well.
Samsung has equipped the phone with a 16 MP main camera with a bright f/1.7 aperture. The selfie camera has a sensor with the same maximum resolution — an impressive feature for a device in this price range. Most affordable smartphones have front-facing cameras with considerably lower resolution.
Samsung Galaxy S10 5G Smartphone
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is the tech giant’s most feature-packed and future-proof smartphone available today. The 5G-compatible Verizon-exclusive device can reach blisteringly fast network speeds that are beyond the maximum capabilities of any competitor, as long as there’s 5G coverage in your area.
Compared to the monstrously capable Samsung Galaxy S10+, the 5G has a bigger display (6.7 vs. 6.4 inches), larger 4,500 mAh battery, and four camera sensors on the back (up from three in the S10+).
The advanced six-camera setup (four on the back and two in the front) of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has earned it a top spot in the prestigious DxOMark Mobile rankings. The selfie camera performance of the device is the best in its class.
Like all Galaxy S10 variants, the 5G packs Qualcomm’s range-topping Snapdragon 855 chipset. The latter is coupled with 8 GB of RAM — enough to satisfy even the most discerning power user. You can choose between variants with 256 GB of 512 GB of expandable storage. The last one adds only $100 to the device’s huge price tag, so I strongly suggest that you opt for it.
Best Compact Pick
Samsung Galaxy S10e Unlocked Smartphone
If you’re looking for a feature-packed Samsung smartphone that’s compact and easy to handle, this is your best option. With an almost completely borderless, 5.8-inch Infinity Super AMOLED display, the elegant Samsung Galaxy S10e is easy to operate with one hand, unlike its pricier relatives.
The Samsung Galaxy S10e packs the same powerful chipset as the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy S10+. You can choose between variants with 128 GB or 256 GB of expandable storage. Depending on the version, you’ll get 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM.
Because it’s considerably more compact, it has a smaller battery and a duo of camera sensors on the back — down from three on the rest of the lineup. It lacks a fingerprint sensor under the display, too. Instead, it has one embedded into the power button on its right side.
Best for a Built-In S Pen Stylus
Samsung Galaxy Note9 Phone
$669.00 (33% off)
Samsung’s Galaxy Note9 is the most productive smartphone the tech giant has to offer. It has an ultra sharp 6.4-inch Infinity Super AMOLED display, a massive battery with excellent endurance, an S Pen stylus with Bluetooth connectivity, and a powerful software suite that’s yet to be matched by any competitor. The built-in stylus is what sets the Galaxy Note9 apart from all other Samsung phones on this list.
The Samsung Galaxy Note9 has an AI-powered camera setup with two optically stabilized sensors (a wide-angle one with dual aperture and a telephoto one). The rest of its key features include wireless charging, expandable memory, a fully waterproof body, built-in stereo speakers tuned by AKG, and a standard audio jack. You can secure the phone with a fingerprint or an iris scanner.
The phone also features a long list of cutting-edge hardware specs, headed by a powerful Snapdragon 845 processor and 6 GB or 8 GB of RAM, with the latter exclusively available with a whopping 512 GB of built-in storage (the variant with 6 GB of RAM comes with 128 GB of storage). If you’re a heavy multitasker, we highly recommend that you opt for the version with 8 GB of RAM.
The Samsung Galaxy Note9 is also a capable mobile gaming rig. It was, after all, the first Android smartphone to allow you to play the massively popular video game Fortnite.
More: Our Review of the Samsung Galaxy Note9
Samsung Galaxy S9+ Smartphone
$681.00 (19% off)
If you can’t stretch your budget to grab a Samsung Galaxy S10 or Galaxy S10+, consider the Samsung Galaxy S9+ instead. It has a dual camera, a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, and 6 GB of RAM (50% more than the Samsung Galaxy S9).
The Samsung Galaxy S10 predecessor was also the first Galaxy lineup member with stereo speakers. Design-wise, the Galaxy S9+ looks a whole lot like the Galaxy S8+. Its front is dominated by a slightly curved, 6.2-inch Infinity display.
The dual camera of the device consists of a 12 MP main sensor with variable aperture (f/1.5 or f/2.4) and a secondary 12 MP snapper with a zoom lens. Both sensors have optical image stabilization.
Like all top-shelf phones from Samsung, the Galaxy S9+ has wireless charging, expandable memory, a waterproof body, and a standard audio jack. The phone comes bundled with a nice pair of wired earbuds by AKG.
If you’re looking for an even more compact option, consider the Galaxy S9 instead. It costs less than the Galaxy S9+, and it comes with a smaller 5.8-inch Infinity display, a single 12 MP camera sensor with variable aperture, and 4 GB of RAM. The phone also packs a smaller 3,000 mAh battery (versus 3,500 mAh in the Galaxy S9+).
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Senior Technology Editor
Stefan is the senior technology editor for BestProducts.com, where he’s been covering the tech industry and testing the latest gadgets since 2015; He previously covered tech products for GSMArena.com and his work can also be found on Popular Mechanics.
Brandon Carte has been the technology editor at BestProducts.com since 2017, where he’s been covering the latest gadgets and scouring the internet for the greatest deals; His tech reporting has been featured on TopTenReviews.com and USA Today.