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From the newest Samsung Galaxy Note9 packed with cutting-edge tech to the budget-friendly Galaxy J3, we rounded up our top Samsung smartphone picks.
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’s just-launched Galaxy Note9 is the best big phone you can buy, as well as the most productive smartphone the tech giant has to offer. It delivers an industry-leading, ultra sharp 6.4-inch Infinity Super AMOLED display, a massive battery with excellent endurance, and an S Pen stylus with Bluetooth connectivity and a powerful software suite that's yet to be matched by any competitor.
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 big 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 former exclusively available with a whopping 512 GB of built-in storage (the variant with 6 GB of RAM comes with 128 GB of storage).
The Samsung Galaxy Note9 will be the first Android smartphone to allow you to play the massively popular video game Fortnite. The title will be exclusively available for Samsung Galaxy devices for a while.
In case you find the price tag of the latest Galaxy too high, consider last year’s excellent Galaxy Note8 instead. It’s not as capable, but it’s just as sleek and productive.
The sleek Samsung Galaxy S9+ has updated hardware over its predecessors, headlined by a dual camera, a more powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 chipset, and 6 GB of RAM (50% more than the Samsung Galaxy S8+). Samsung's latest range-topping phone also brings stereo speakers for the first time in the Galaxy family.
Design-wise, the Galaxy S9+ looks a whole lot like the model it replaces. Its front is dominated by a slightly curved, 6.2-inch Infinity display. The dual camera and the new location of the fingerprint sensor on the back are telling signs that this is Samsung's latest phone.
The dual camera of the device is quite possibly the best in its class. It 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.
The Samsung Galaxy S9 costs $120 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 (vs 3,500 mAh in the Galaxy S9+).
The rest of the phone features are identical with those of its larger sibling. They include a Snapdragon 845 chipset, stereo speakers, a waterproof body, expandable storage, and wireless charging.
Thanks to its slightly curved display, the Galaxy S9 is incredibly easy to operate with one hand. If you're looking for a compact, yet powerful Android phone, this is the one to get.
The arrival of the Samsung Galaxy S9 means that you can pick up its predecessor for less. The Galaxy S8 doesn't have the same fancy camera and stereo speakers as the S9, but it's still one of the best smartphones in its class.
The Galaxy S8 looks a lot like its successor. Its Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip is still one of the best in its class, as is the phone's 12 MP camera. A 5.8-inch Infinity display, a waterproof body, wireless charging, and expandable memory are also among the device's key features.
The Samsung Galaxy S8+, like its more compact Galaxy S8 sibling, offers a more affordable alternative to the freshly launched Galaxy S9+. Compared to its successor, the S8+ has a less powerful processor, no stereo speakers, and one main camera (the S9+ has a dual sensor).
Visually, save for the dual camera and the new location of the fingerprint sensor on the new model, the S8+ and S9+ are pretty much impossible to tell apart. Expect to save at least a couple of hundred dollars if you opt for the 2017 model.
As its name suggests, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Active is a tougher variant of the tech giant's sleek Galaxy S8 smartphone. Built like a tank, the device has a shatterproof display and a significantly larger 4,000 mAh battery than its regular sibling (the Galaxy S8 has a 3,000 mAh unit).
Overall, the Galaxy S8 Active is not only Samsung's toughest phone, but also the best smartphone for outdoorsy personalities. The phone is available for T-Mobile (link above) and AT&T Wireless.
The Galaxy J7 offers sleek design and Samsung's signature user experience at an affordable price point. Its key features include a speedy processor, a 5.5-inch HD display, an 8 MP camera, and expandable storage. However, the phone doesn't have a fingerprint sensor.
Samsung has equipped the J7 with a large 3,400 mAh battery, which enables the phone to easily make it through a full day of heavy use. The battery is removable, so if you grab a spare one, you can further reduce your trips to a power outlet.
The affordable Samsung Galaxy J3 delivers all the Android smartphone essentials at an attractive price point. The compact handset has a 5-inch display, a 5 MP camera, expandable memory, and a 2,600 mAh removable battery.
Like the larger Samsung Galaxy J7, the Galaxy J3 lacks a fingerprint sensor. You can lock the phone with a pin code, a password, or a pattern.