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Discover what are the best Samsung phones on the market today in 2021

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Welcome to our best Samsung phones for 2021 guide. From the range-topping Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra to the most affordable Androids Samsung makes, you’ll find the best Samsung phone for you right here.

Samsung is probably most often associated with making some of the best phones overall – heavyweight flagship phones such as the brand new Samsung Galaxy S21 and Galaxy S21 Ultra, 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 – it’s making some of the best Android phones at all budget levels.

In this guide we’ll show you the best phones Samsung currently offers, and we’ll discover the specs and features that really matter. Whether you’re looking for a state of the art smartphone or something a little simpler and a lot cheaper, you’ll find it here.

Choosing the best Samsung smartphone is like choosing any other smartphone: you need to consider what you’re going to want it to do, how big it is and how much you’re prepared to pay. The good news is that Samsung’s range of phones is absolutely massive: it’s determined to make phones for every kind of person and for every kind of budget.

Let’s discover which Samsung phone you’re most likely to love, and where you’ll find the very best deals and discounts on your next Samsung smartphone.

 

1. Samsung Galaxy S21

The best Samsung phone for most people

Specifications
Weight: 172g
Dimensions: 71.2 x 151.7 x 7.9mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.2″
Resolution: 1,080 x 2,400
CPU: Snapdragon 888 / Exynos 2100
RAM: 8GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 4,000mAh
Rear camera: 12MP ultra wide / 12MP wide / 64MP telephoto
Front camera: 10MP
Reasons to buy
+Blazingly fast+120Hz display+Impressive 3-camera photography

The headline news about the Samsung Galaxy S21 is the price: Samsung has dropped the price of the entire S21 range so they’re $200 cheaper than last year’s S20s, with the S21 coming in at the same price as Apple’s iPhone 12. But there’s more to the S21 than its price tag. Its new processors deliver significantly improved CPU and graphics performance as well as better battery life, and its 120Hz display is designed to deliver super-smooth motion in video, games and apps.

The S21 is a stylish phone with serious horsepower inside, and while the cameras are largely unchanged from the S20 the camera software delivers some clever new features including better low-light photography.

This isn’t the most powerful Samsung smartphone – you can find out all about that one in the next entry in our list – but it is still a very powerful device. We think it’s the best all-rounder for most people.

 

2. Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra

The best premium Samsung phone

Specifications
Weight: 228g
Dimensions: 75.6 x 165.1 x 8.9mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.8″
Resolution: 1,440 x 3,200
CPU: Snapdragon 888 / Exynos 2100
RAM: 12GB/16GB
Storage: 128/256/512GB
Battery: 5,000mAh
Rear camera: 12MP ultra wide / 108MP wide / 2x 20MP telephoto
Front camera: 40MP
Reasons to buy
+Absolutely stunning camera setup+Very powerful processor+S-Pen support

Like the new Samsung Galaxy S21, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is $200 cheaper than last year’s model. It boasts a significantly improved CPU and GPU for much faster performance, a large 6.8” screen delivering 1,440 x 3,200 at refresh rates from a battery-saving 10Hz to a silky smooth 120Hz, a large 5,000mAh battery and support for Samsung’s much-loved S Pen (which is available separately).

But the real draw here is the camera assembly, which has four cameras compared to the three in the rest of the S21 range. And what an assembly it is: there’s a 108MP wide camera, a 21MP ultra wide camera, two 10MP telephoto cameras with 3x and 10x optical zoom, and a maximum zoom of 100x. The front camera is 40MP.

3. Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G

The best mid-range Samsung phone

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 of most in the way it balances performance, features and price.

4. 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.

5. 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.