Every current Samsung Galaxy phone, compared

    Samsung has at all times had one thing of a scattergun strategy to its cellphone launches, providing all kinds of handsets with various specs and ranging costs. That’s nonetheless very a lot the case as we speak, 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 finances. However, it does make it tough to sift by way of every part the corporate gives to see what’s truly price contemplating.  We’ve finished the onerous work and have rounded up all of Samsung’s present principal smartphones so you may work out precisely which could swimsuit you greatest. Not positive you even need a Samsung? Then try our information to one of the best Android telephones, or head over to our roundup of all one of the best telephones you may presently purchase in 2021. 

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    With its supercharged processor, 5G connectivity, S Pen stylus assist and wonderful digital camera expertise, the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G represents the top of what Samsung presently gives in its telephones. It’s the one to go for in the event you actually worth taking wonderful photographs together with your cellphone, or just if you wish to know you have acquired the newest, best know-how stuffed into your denims.

    Read our Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G evaluate.


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    Last yr’s Galaxy S20 sequence was good, however the entire vary got here with a excessive value that meant they have been out of attain for a lot of. The S20 FE (which stands for “Fan Edition”) was Samsung’s try to deal with this with a cellphone that packs a lot of the identical prime tech — together with an awesome processor and strong digital camera — however at a extra midrange value. We beloved the consequence sufficient to award it a coveted CNET Editors’ Choice award and it is nonetheless an excellent cellphone to think about in case your finances would not stretch to the newest flagships.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 Fan Edition evaluate.


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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 unimaginable zoom expertise of the highest mannequin. However, it makes use of the identical processor, has a meaty battery and nonetheless has that 5G connectivity. Its cheaper price makes it 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 value, the bottom Galaxy S21 is a good mixture of efficiency and worth that CNET reviewer Patrick Holland known as “the no-brainer upgrade phone.” It would not have the zoom expertise of the Ultra’s digital camera, however it might take nice pictures nonetheless, has the identical highly effective processor and a giant, vibrant show. Plus, it is able to making the most of tremendous quick 5G speeds.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy S21 evaluate.


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    The Note sequence has usually been the place Samsung packs its best possible know-how and that is actually the case for the Note 20 Ultra. Its show is superb, it is acquired immense energy, 5G connectivity and an incredible digital camera that critically impressed me on a pictures highway journey. The S-Pen stylus makes it nice for observe taking, which implies it is a very strong possibility for the extra skilled amongst you who need a cellphone for each work and play.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra evaluate.


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    Samsung’s authentic folding cellphone was a novel thought however it was the subsequent era — the Galaxy Z Fold 2 — that refined it. It’s nonetheless basically a pill that folds in half to change into a cellphone, however it’s acquired an improved hinge, higher specs all spherical, 5G connectivity and a much bigger show on the surface that really makes it usable as a cellphone. Folding telephones will not be to everybody’s tastes and so they actually come at a premium, however in the event you’re after a chunk of this futuristic tech, the Z Fold 2 is one of the best one to purchase.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 evaluate.


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    If the Galaxy Fold is a pill that folds in half to change into a cellphone, the Z Flip is a cellphone that folds in half to easily change into a smaller cellphone. When open, it has a giant 6.7-inch show, however fold it in half and it turns into a small sq. that is simple 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 evaluate.



    Samsung’s new A52 5G replaces the A51 launched solely final yr and it sits on the prime of Samsung’s extra inexpensive A sequence of telephones. The A52 5G has a giant 6.5-inch show, 6GB of RAM, a a number of rear digital camera setup (together with 64-megapixel principal lens, broad angle and macro cameras) and 5G connectivity. We’re but to totally take a look at the brand new A sequence, however on paper the A52 5G gives a strong all-round set of specs for a value that is far more approachable than the highest S21 fashions.


    The A42 5G sits just under the A52, gives 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 larger battery and a slightly larger show, which might make it an awesome inexpensive possibility for these of you who watch quite a lot of movies on the transfer. 


    If 5G speeds are your prime precedence however you do not wish to spend a lot cash, Samsung’s Galaxy A32 5G is the place try to be trying. Its low value makes it one of many most cost-effective 5G-enabled telephones it is attainable to purchase proper now, however it additionally snags you a giant 6.5-inch show and a multi rear digital camera setup. We’re but to totally evaluate this cellphone so we will not vouch for its general efficiency, however it’s tough to argue with that value. 


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

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    Usually you may choose up final yr’s fashions for a giant saving over the present era, however not so with the S20 and S21 sequence. Last yr’s Galaxy S20, S20 Plus and S20 Ultra are nonetheless out there by way of shops like Best Buy and so they’re nonetheless wonderful telephones. However, Samsung made a specific push with this yr’s S21 sequence to be extra inexpensive and as such the entire S21 sequence of telephones are cheaper than their equivalents from final yr. Specs-wise there’s not truly an enormous quantity of distinction and arguably a few of the construct supplies on the S20 sequence is a bit bit extra premium, however general we advocate shopping for the newest fashions, significantly on this case because it truly saves you cash.

    Read our Samsung Galaxy S20 5G evaluate.


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

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