Samsung is the biggest name in Android phones, and with good reason, such as the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9 Plus are among the best handsets you can buy.
But Samsung does not only make head-catching flagships – it has a wide range of smartphones that can be the perfect fit, whatever your needs and budget.
Updating: We have added the high-end Samsung Galaxy Note 9 to our best Samsung phone list. Read on to know where it is located.
With that in mind here is our guide to the best Samsung phones currently available. It includes new and old (er) for a range of price points, along with different screen sizes, specifications and functions.
1. Samsung Galaxy Note 9
Large screen, larger battery
Date of publication: August 2018 | Weight: 205g | Dimensions: 162 x 76.4 x 9 mm OS: Android 8.1 | RAM: 6 / 8GB | storage: 128/512 GB (maximum 1TB with card) Battery: 4.000mAh | Back camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Improved battery life
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is not only one of the best Samsung phones you can buy today, it's one of the best phones, period. It is an expensive device, certainly, but with more than twice the start-up of the iPhone X at about the same starting price. Basically, it's a better deal than Apple's offer.
The most important selling point this time is the unique S-Pen, which no longer needs to be charged. Not only can you do normal stylus-like things with the new S-Pen, you can also use it to take selfies at a distance, giving you photos that you would not otherwise be able to get.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is also one of the best camera phones in the Samsung setup, with a camera that easily outperforms the competition. That comes on top of the improved cooling and battery life, making this jumbo device last most of the day without burning a hole in your pocket – even if the price does.
Read the full review: Samsung Galaxy Note 9
2. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus
The best Samsung phone you can buy
Date of publication: March 2018 | Weight: 189 g Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6.2 inches Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6 GB storage: 64 GB / 128 GB | Battery: 3.500mAh | Back camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Great double aperture camera
Not so different from S8 Plus
The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is the best phone from Samsung, and also the top rated handset in our total best phone list at the time of writing.
It is big, in fact the 6.2-inch screen would make it very big, were it not that the edge and curved edges are almost completely absent, which makes it really manageable in the hand. The screen is also one of the best – it is sharp and offers great colors.
The Galaxy S9 Plus is also distinguished by its dual 12MP cameras, one of which is a dual-aperture-one, meaning it can switch between f / 1.5 for dark scenes and f / 2.4 for all else .
Other highlights include impressive stereo speakers and a large 3.500mAh battery. There is of course also flagship power and all the bells and whistles that go with it, such as a stylish construction of metal and glass, water resistance, wireless charging and various biometric security options, including a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner and a face scanner.
Read us full Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus review
3. Samsung Galaxy S9
A solid successor to a smartphone classic
Date of publication: March 2018 | Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 4 GB | storage: 64 GB / 128 GB | Battery: 3.000mAh | Back camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Very similar to S8
Only has a camera with one lens
The Samsung Galaxy S9 is a smaller, cheaper (but still expensive) alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus.
The 5.8-inch screen makes it possible to prefer when you have smaller hands or pockets, and like the S9 Plus it is more compact than you would expect, thanks to the thin edges and the round screen.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 has many of the same highlights as the S9 Plus, including a sharp, vivid display, a high-end build, a lot of power and various biometric security options.
It only has a camera with one lens, but it's still a very good camera, and the battery is smaller, so this is definitely the weaker phone in general, but it's still one of the more impressive handsets you can buy in 2018.
Read us full Samsung Galaxy S9 review
4. Samsung Galaxy Note 8
A beastly phone for stylus fans
Date of publication: September 2017 | Weight: 195g | Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6 mm OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6.3 inches Resolution: 1440 x 2630 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 | RAM: 6 GB storage: 64 GB / 128 GB / 256 GB | Battery: 3,300mAh | Back camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the other flagship Samsung, designed for those who want a really gigantic 6.3-inch screen and a stylus (known as the S-Pen) to make the best of it.
Other than that, it has a lot in common with the Galaxy S range, with a similar (and similarly stylish) glass back and metal frame, a QHD curved screen and a dual lens rear camera.
There is also a lot of power, although it uses a 2017 chipset instead of a 2018, so it's not a good match for the S9 series. But then it is now a bit cheaper than the S9 Plus and it still has water resistance, wireless charging and lots of storage space.
Keep in mind, however, the Galaxy Note 9 will be launched on August 9 and will be available soon, so if you are considering Samsung's largest device, you may want to know what the Note 9 has to offer.
Read us full Samsung Galaxy Note 8 review
5. Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus
A great option for large screen
Date of publication: April 2017 Weight: 173g | Dimensions: 159.5 x 73.4 x 8.1 mm OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6.2 inches Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 | RAM: 4 GB | storage: 64 GB | Battery: 3.500mAh | Back camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Only has a camera with one lens
The Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus is a large screen alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S8, but it is not only the 6.2-inch display that is larger, the 3.500mAh battery is there.
Otherwise this is a very similar phone, with many of the same advantages and disadvantages. You get a sharp display with lots of contrast and colors, a powerful – as now slightly outdated – chipset, a 12 MP camera with single lens that excels in most lighting and more biometric options than you'll know what to do with it.
It is also cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus or Galaxy Note 8, making the Galaxy S8 Plus a slightly more affordable option for large screen, although the cameras with dual lens of those phones are missing.
Read us full Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus review
6. Samsung Galaxy S8
Date of publication: April 2017 Weight: 155g | Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8 mm OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 835 / Exynos 8895 | RAM: 4 GB | storage: 64 GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Back camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
Large and sharp screen
Bixby is not very useful
The Samsung Galaxy S8 was one of the best phones of 2017 and is still highly ranked. In fact, the Samsung Galaxy S9 is only a fairly small upgrade.
The S8 has a sharp 1440 x 2960 5.8-inch OLED screen that is naturally curved. It has a great design, with a metal frame, a glass back and a minimal bezel, it has a 12 MP camera that surpasses most phones and even now it is still very powerful.
It is also water resistant, supports wireless charging and has a fingerprint scanner, a face scanner and an iris scanner – although the latter two do not work as well as on the Galaxy S9 and the former is in a more awkward position. Yet it is minor complaints about what is otherwise a less important classic in the smartphone world.
Read us full Samsung Galaxy S8 review
7. Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018)
Flagship features at a lower price
Date of publication: January 2018 | Weight: 172g | Dimensions: 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4 mm OS: Android 7.1.1 |. Screen size: 5.6 inches Resolution: 1080 x 2220 | CPU: Exynos 7885 | RAM: 4 GB | storage: 32/64 GB | Battery: 3.000mAh | Back camera: 16MP | Front camera: 16MP + 8MP
Super lively OLED screen
Quality, water-resistant construction
Photos with low light can be better
No 4K video recording
The Samsung Galaxy A8 finds the sweet spot between Samsung's flagship S-assortment and the slightly more basic J- and lower A-devices with anesthetic with a mix of high-quality features and more affordable compromises.
A feature unique to the Galaxy A8 compared to the other Samsung phones in this list are the two front-facing selfie cameras.
There is a primary 16MP sensor, which sits next to an 8 MP snapper and with which you can access the Live Focus function, blurring the background of portrait shots to create a bokeh effect.
The Galaxy A8 offers many of the core functions of the flagships. You can get more for your money elsewhere, but if you put it on Samsung, there is little to complain about here.
Read our full review: Samsung Galaxy A8
8. Samsung Galaxy S7
This once flagship is still a strong upper mid-ranger
Date of publication: March 2016 | Weight: 152g | Dimensions: 142.4 x 69.6 x 7.9 mm OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5.1-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 820 / Exynos 8890 | RAM: 4 GB | storage: 32 GB Battery: 3.000mAh | Back camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP
Great compact screen
Only 32 GB of internal storage
The Samsung Galaxy S7 was one of the best phones of 2016, which means it's still pretty decent, especially since the price has dropped enormously since its introduction.
But it can not only be attractive for people on a limited budget, but also for people who want a reasonably compact phone, because the 5.1-inch screen is small according to modern standards. However, it is as good as you can expect from Samsung, thanks to the use of Super AMOLED and the QHD resolution, although this screen is flat compared to most Galaxy S devices of the last couple of years.
The Galaxy S7 also has a water-resistant build and a very capable 12MP camera, plus specifications that were once of the highest level and still retain their value in the middle segment.
Read us full Samsung Galaxy S7 review
9. Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge
The best smartphone of 2016 is still a great buy
Date of publication: March 2016 | Weight: 157 g Dimensions: 150.9 x 72.6 x 7.7 mm OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5.5 inches Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | CPU: Snapdragon 820 / Exynos 8890 | RAM: 4 GB | storage: 32 GB Battery: 3.600mAh | Back camera: 12MP | Front camera: 5MP
Sharp, curvy screen
Light plastic feeling
Only 32 GB of storage space
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a larger, more common alternative to the Samsung Galaxy S7. The larger 5.5-inch screen has the same resolution (and therefore less sharp) but still super bright and vivid, while the curves provide a more modern design.
The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge also has a large 3600mAh battery, making it one of the more durable Samsung phones you can find, and it has the same great camera as the standard Galaxy S7.
The chipset starts to stand out, but is still able to buy similar phones, and there is only 32 GB of built-in storage, but you also get a microSD card slot, so even the bad points are not that bad.
Read us full Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review
10. Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)
Date of publication: January 2017 Weight: 157 g Dimensions: 146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9 mm OS: Android 7 | Screen size: 5.2-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | CPU: Exynos 7880 | RAM: 3 GB storage: 32 GB Battery: 3.000mAh | Back camera: 16MP | Front camera: 16MP
Good battery life
Powerful OLED screen
No camera OIS
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) has been introduced as an alternative to the Galaxy S range in the middle class, and it remains good thanks to the 1080p AMOLED screen that can produce powerful colors.
The Galaxy A5 is also busy packing mid-range power and a high-quality metal and glass casing that is quite similar to that of the Samsung Galaxy S7.
The battery life is much better than you might expect, with the phone comfortable longer than a day, but the 16MP camera is a bit of a step back in quality of the S7 range.
Read us full Review Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017)