Best Samsung phone of 2021

    Samsung has at all times had one thing of a scattergun strategy to its telephone launches, providing all kinds of handsets with various specs and ranging costs. That’s nonetheless the case immediately, with its top-of-the-line Galaxy S21 Ultra main the pack, telephones just like the S20 FE providing nice specs at extra affordable costs, and fashions such because the Z Fold 2 utilizing modern folding screens to tempt the money out of your pockets.  On the one hand, meaning there’s doubtless one thing for everybody, it doesn’t matter what your tastes or price range. However, it does make it troublesome to sift by every thing the corporate provides to see what’s truly price contemplating.  We’ve completed the onerous work and have rounded up all of Samsung’s present important smartphones so you possibly can work out precisely which may be the most effective one in your wants. Not positive you even desire a Samsung? Then take a look at our information to the most effective Android telephones, or head over to our roundup of all the most effective telephones you possibly can presently purchase in 2021. 

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    With its supercharged processor, 5G connectivity, S Pen stylus assist and wonderful digital camera expertise, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G represents the head of what Samsung presently provides in its telephones. The Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra is the one to go for should you actually worth taking wonderful photographs together with your telephone, or just if you wish to know you have acquired the most recent, biggest expertise stuffed into your denims.

    Read our Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G evaluation.


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    Last 12 months’s Samsung Galaxy S20 collection was good, however the entire vary got here with a excessive worth that meant they have been out of attain for a lot of. The Samsung Galaxy S20 FE (which stands for “Fan Edition”) was Samsung’s try to deal with this with a telephone that packs a lot of the identical high tech — together with an awesome processor and strong digital camera — however at a extra midrange worth. We beloved the end result sufficient to award it a coveted CNET Editors’ Choice award and the Samsung Galaxy S20 FE remains to be an excellent telephone to think about in case your price range would not stretch to the most recent flagships.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition evaluation.


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    Unlike the Ultra, the S21 Plus would not assist the S Pen stylus, it has a barely smaller show and it lacks the unbelievable zoom expertise of the highest mannequin. However, this Samsung smartphone makes use of the identical processor, has a meaty battery and nonetheless has that 5G connectivity. Its cheaper price makes this smartphone a extra inexpensive possibility than the Ultra, however you are still getting a premium flagship expertise with the Gorilla Glass Victus backing that additionally options on the S21 Ultra.

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    With its extra modest worth, the bottom Galaxy S21 is a good mixture of efficiency and worth that CNET reviewer Patrick Holland referred to as “the no-brainer upgrade phone.” It would not have the zoom expertise of the Ultra’s digital camera, however this smartphone can take nice photos nonetheless, has the identical highly effective processor and an enormous, vibrant show. Plus, it is able to profiting from tremendous quick 5G speeds.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy S21 evaluation.


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    The Note collection has sometimes been the place Samsung packs its best possible expertise and that is actually the case for the Note 20 Ultra. Its show is wonderful, it is acquired immense energy, 5G connectivity and an incredible digital camera that severely impressed me on a pictures highway journey. The S-Pen stylus makes it nice for word taking, which implies this smartphone is a really strong possibility for the extra skilled amongst you who desire a telephone for each work and play.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra evaluation.


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    Samsung’s authentic folding telephone was a novel thought nevertheless it was the following technology — the Galaxy Z Fold 2 — that refined it. It’s nonetheless primarily a pill that folds in half to turn out to be a telephone, however this smartphone has an improved hinge, higher specs all spherical, 5G connectivity and a much bigger show on the skin that truly makes it usable as a telephone. Folding telephones might not be to everybody’s tastes they usually actually come at a premium, however should you’re after a bit of this futuristic Samsung system, the Z Fold 2 is the most effective one to purchase.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 evaluation.


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    If the Galaxy Fold is a pill that folds in half to turn out to be a telephone, the Z Flip is a telephone that folds in half to easily turn out to be a smaller telephone. When open, this Samsung Galaxy smartphone has an enormous 6.7-inch show, however fold it in half and it turns into a small sq. that is straightforward to slip right into a denims or jacket pocket. We like its neat design, together with its respectable all-round specs and 5G connectivity and it is a extra inexpensive folding possibility than the powerhouse Galaxy Fold 2.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy Z Flip evaluation.



    Samsung’s new A52 5G replaces the A51 launched solely final 12 months and it sits on the high of Samsung’s extra inexpensive A collection of telephones. The A52 5G has an enormous 6.5-inch show, 6GB of RAM, a a number of rear digital camera setup (together with 64-megapixel important lens, extensive angle and macro cameras) and 5G connectivity. We’re but to totally take a look at the brand new A collection, however on paper the A52 5G is a price range telephone possibility that provides a strong all-round set of specs for a worth that is way more approachable than the highest S21 fashions.


    The A42 5G sits slightly below the A52, supplies barely much less RAM, loses the macro digital camera and has a decrease decision front-facing digital camera. It nonetheless has 5G connectivity although, together with a barely greater battery and a slightly greater show, which might make it an awesome inexpensive possibility for these of you who watch a whole lot of movies on the transfer. 


    If 5G speeds are your high precedence however you do not need to spend a lot cash, Samsung’s Galaxy A32 5G is the place you have to be wanting. Its low worth makes it one of many most cost-effective 5G-enabled telephones it is doable to purchase proper now, nevertheless it additionally snags you an enormous 6.5-inch show and a multi rear digital camera setup. We’re but to totally evaluation this telephone so we will not vouch for its general efficiency, nevertheless it’s troublesome to argue with that worth. 


    The Galaxy A12 is the most cost effective telephone Samsung sells and it is the one to think about for these of you who merely desire a telephone for all of life’s necessities and needn’t waste cash on extravagant cameras or supercomputer-levels of processing energy. It would not have 5G, nevertheless it does have 4 rear cameras, a 6.5-inch show and a capacious 5,000-mAh battery which, given the widely low calls for of the specs, I’d count on to present simply a full day of energy. 

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    Usually you possibly can choose up final 12 months’s fashions for an enormous saving over the present technology, however not so with the S20 and S21 collection. Last 12 months’s Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra are nonetheless accessible by shops like Best Buy they usually’re nonetheless glorious telephones. However, Samsung made a specific push with this 12 months’s S21 collection to be extra inexpensive and as such the entire S21 collection of telephones are cheaper than their equivalents from final 12 months. Specs-wise there’s not truly an enormous quantity of distinction and arguably a few of the construct supplies on the S20 collection are just a little bit extra premium, however general we advocate shopping for the most recent fashions, notably on this case because it truly saves you cash.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 5G evaluation.


    Read extra: Samsung Galaxy A Series: New lineup begins at $110, two fashions have 5G

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