Best Samsung phones 2024

Samsung phones have always represented the best of Android, and even though the market has become crowded in recent years, the Korean tech giant still produces some of the most innovative devices around. No matter how you plan to use it or how much you want to spend, there really is a Samsung phone for everyone in 2023, and you can find all the best options below. 

Our top pick is the Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, namely because it pairs an ultra-efficient processor with a huge, vibrant screen and some of the best camera software on any Galaxy phone to date. The S23 Ultra isn't for everyone, of course, so keep reading to find all of the best Samsung phones for every type of user.

So yes, we're big fans of Samsung devices, but they aren't always the cheapest option. If you're looking to save some cash on a sweet phone this holiday season, check out our guide to the best Black Friday Samsung deals before settling on a particular model. 

At a glance

Which Samsung phones are best? 

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Best overall

Zooming in to 10x on a Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra to take a picture of a chicken

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Best overall

Specifications

Display: 6.8 inches 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 3088 x 1440 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio, 501 PPI
CPU: Octa-core, 1x 3.39GHz Cortex-X4 + 5x 3.1GHz Cortex-A720 + 2x 2.2GHz Cortex-A520
RAM: 12GB
OS: Android 14
Storage: 256 GB
Battery: 5000 mAh fast charging
Camera: 200 MP main, 50 MP second, 10 MP third, 12 MP Ultra-wide, 12 MP front

Reasons to buy

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Big and vibrant 6.8-inch AMOLED display
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Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor
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200MP camera
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Integrated S Pen stylus
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Excellent battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Might be too big for some users

The Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra is likely to be the most powerful Android phone that money can buy in 2024. Alongside the ultra-efficient Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor, the S24 Ultra features a big and beautiful 6.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED display, a 2-day battery life, and an impressive 200MP main camera that’s been optimized to perform exceptionally well in low light situations. 

Like its predecessor, the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the S24 Ultra features a built-in S Pen stylus for jotting down notes or drawing on your phone’s screen, and in all of our tests so far, the phone has been powerful enough to handle graphics-intensive gaming without skipping a bit. Of course, with a starting price of around $1,300, the Galaxy S24 Ultra is far from cheap. If you're willing to splash the cash though, the S24 Ultra will give you everything you could want in a smartphone, and more. 

Best flagship

Hands-on with the smaller Samsung Galaxy S24

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2. Samsung Galaxy S24

Best flagship

Specifications

Display: 6.2 inches 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2340 x 1080 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio, 416 PPI
CPU: Octa-core, 1x 3.39GHz Cortex-X4 + 3x 3.1GHz Cortex-A720 + 2x 2.9GHz Cortex-A720 + 2x 2.2GHz Cortex-A520
RAM: 8GB
OS: Android 14
Storage: 128 GB
Battery: 4000 mAh fast charging
Camera: 50 MP main, 10 MP second, 12 MP Ultra-wide, 12 MP front

Reasons to buy

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Excellent internal hardware
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Long battery life
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Gorgeous 6.2-inch AMOLED display

Reasons to avoid

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Boring color options
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Not a vast improvement over the S23
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Inconsistent camera software

With the S24 series, Samsung appears to have chosen refinement over dramatic transformation. After all, the Samsung Galaxy S23 was a great phone, with the S24 building on this nicely. This phone is complete with the new and exclusive Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 for Galaxy processor, improved battery life, and an excellent display. 

Apart from some minor refinement, the S24 shares most of its specs with its predecessor, but that’s a good thing. The 6.2-inch AMOLED display is bright and detailed, and the Gorilla Glass construction ensures that the phone can withstand the occasional tumble. The color variants with the Galaxy S24 may not be as eye-catching as we’d like, but that’s a small price to pay for one of the best flagship releases of the year. 

Best from last year

Android 13 Easter egg on Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus

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3. Samsung Galaxy S23 Plus

Best from last year

Specifications

Display: 6.6 inches 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2340 x 1080 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio, 390 PPI
CPU: Octa-core, 1x 3.36GHz Kryo Prime + 4x 2.8GHz Kryo Gold + 3x 2.0GHz Kryo Silver
RAM: 8GB
OS: Android 13
Storage: 256 GB
Battery: 4700 mAh fast charging
Camera: 50 MP main, 10 MP second, 12 MP Ultra-wide, 12 MP front

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous 120Hz AMOLED panel
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Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 with Sub-6 and mmWave
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Reliable cameras
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Five years of updates including platform upgrades
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45W fast charging

Reasons to avoid

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Gets a little warm when gaming
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No microSD slot

It may not be very compact, but the Galaxy S23 Plus has a lot to offer, even though it is priced exactly the same as its 2022 predecessor. The 6.6-inch AMOLED screen is very similar too and still with a 120Hz refresh rate, so you get those velvety smooth interactions for everything from browsing, scrolling through social media, and gaming.

You'll also get the benefits of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset with Sub-6 and mmWave 5G connectivity as standard. There's no microSD slot but the base version comes with 8GB of RAM and and upgraded 256GB of storage, a large increase on the S22. You also get reliable cameras, decent battery life, and all the extras you care about: IP68 water resistance, 10W wireless charging, and reverse wireless charging. 

Best foldable

Putting a folded Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 in a pocket

Best foldable

Specifications

Display: 6.7 inches 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2640 x 1080 pixels, 22:9 ratio, 426 PPI
CPU: Octa-core, 1x 3.36GHz Cortex-X3 + 2x 2.8GHz Cortex-A715 + 2x 2.8GHz Cortex-A710 + 3x 2.0GHz Cortex-A510
RAM: 8GB
OS: Android 13
Storage: 256 GB
Battery: 5000 mAh fast charging
Camera: 12 MP main, 12 MP Ultra-wide, 10 MP front

Reasons to buy

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Durable design with water resistance
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Large cover screen
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Quality cameras
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Unique foldable design
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Powerful internals

Reasons to avoid

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Battery life could be better
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Still only two rear cameras
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No dust resistance

It might not look like much of a difference on the outside, but the Galaxy Z Flip 5 is a big upgrade over its predecessor, the Z Flip 4. It features stronger foldable glass inside, as well as a new pre-installed screen protector that has better adhesive. That screen protector is also installed differently this time around, which should hopefully prevent peeling over time. The folding screen makes the Z Flip 5 one of the most compact devices you can find today; the unique design makes it easily pocketable, and you can always fold it out to access the sizeable inner screen.

Like the Z Flip 4, the Flip 5 is water-resistant and is built to withstand the rigors of everyday life, including a sleeker, slimmer hinge that's both stronger and closes more softly. This is one seriously elegant device that feels as good as it looks, as we pointed out in our Galaxy Z Flip 5 review. Inside the sleek chassis are a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 chipset and more base storage which blows the Z Flip 4 out of the water. While the Z Flip 5 is worth buying at full price, keep in mind that the best Z Flip 4 deals will often get you one for free — or, at the very least, at a major discount if you trade in a cheap or older smartphone when you buy it.

Best premium foldable

Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 in flex mode

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Best premium foldable

Specifications

Display: 7.6 inches 120Hz Dynamic AMOLED 2176 x 1812 pixels, 21.6:18 ratio, 373 PPI
CPU: Octa-core, 1x 3.36GHz Cortex-X3 + 2x 2.8GHz Cortex-A715 + 2x 2.8GHz Cortex-A710 + 3x 2.0GHz Cortex-A510
RAM: 12GB
OS: Android 13
Storage: 256 GB
Battery: 4400 mAh fast charging
Camera: 50 MP main, 10 MP second, 12 MP Ultra-wide, 10 MP front

Reasons to buy

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The best performance and battery life
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Two different-sized displays
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Multitasking has never been better
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Good cameras
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Wide compatibility with chargers and accessories
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Years of promised software support

Reasons to avoid

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Very high price
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Display crease is still visible
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No dust resistance
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Cameras should have been better
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Displays flicker at all brightness levels

Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 5 is a testament to the hardware design teams at Samsung. It takes the beautiful form factor of the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and slims it up a bit, shrinks the bezels, and adds in a new hinge that folds flatter and closes more softly. It's also a few millimeters shorter and wider, making the smaller front display much nicer to use than the narrower one on the Z Fold 4.

While the battery size is the same as the Z Fold 4, the battery life is substantially better. That's because of the powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 2 SoC inside, which is not only more powerful, but it's also far more power efficient. I haven't worried about running out of battery for a single day since I started using the Z Fold 5 as my main phone, as I pointed out in my Galaxy Z Fold 5 review.

Samsung also added some impressive camera software, improved the durability of the foldable glass screen, and threw in a new taskbar on the large inner display which makes multitasking a breeze. It works similarly to how a desktop or laptop computer does, and using multiple apps at once is dead simple thanks to the ability to drag and drop any app's icon to where you want it on the screen. If you're a power user, there's no better phone to have. Period.

Best bang for the buck

The protruding camera lenses of the black Samsung Galaxy A54 5G

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Best bang for the buck

Specifications

Display: 6.4 inches 120Hz Super AMOLED 2400 x 1080 pixels, 20:9 ratio, 411 PPI
CPU: Exynos 1380 (5 nm) Octa-core
RAM: 6GB
OS: Android 13
Storage: 128 GB
Battery: 5000 mAh fast charging
Camera: 50 MP main, 12 MP Ultra-wide, 5 MP Macro, 12 MP front

Reasons to buy

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120Hz AMOLED screen
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Expandable storage
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Stellar battery life
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Long software support
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4K video recording

Reasons to avoid

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No headphone jack
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Plastic construction

Like the A53 before it, the Samsung Galaxy A54 continues the legacy of the top-tier A series smartphones from Samsung, bringing you great cameras, outstanding battery life, and expandable storage in a phone that costs under $500. 

As we detailed in our Galaxy A54 review, the phone has a 120Hz AMOLED display — just like the Galaxy S23 — and a gorgeous design on the back with a matte finish that makes it easy to hold and use. The Exynos 1380 is snappy and efficient, and like most Samsung phones, you can expect years of software support and security updates (the phone comes with Android 13 with One UI 5.1 straight out of the box). The camera software produces some pretty great images in nearly any light, plus you can film video in 4K. It lags slightly behind the Google Pixel 7a when it comes to gaming performance and display quality, but if you’re a Samsung fan, the Galaxy A54 is the bargain phone to beat.  

FAQ

Which Samsung phone is the best, and why?

The back of the Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra in the Titanium Grey colorway

It seems pretty clear that the Galaxy S24 Ultra is destined to be the best Samsung phone of 2024, primarily due to its sophisticated blend of super-powered hardware and elegant design. The 120Hz AMOLED display is sublime, the internal hardware is the fastest of any phone today, and the 200MP camera is on a whole other level (despite its inconsistency). 

That being said, premium specs often come at a premium price, so the S24 Ultra may not be the best choice for everyone. If you're working with a smaller budget, the base model Galaxy S24 is almost just as good. Starting at around $859.99, the S24 boasts a vibrant 120Hz screen with a compact 6.2-inch construction, while the Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 processor — when paired with the 4000mAh battery — makes the phone run smoother and more efficiently than any base model Galaxy phone to date.

On the lower end, Samsung offers the Galaxy A53 5G with hints of the flagship Galaxy S models trickled down to a mid-range price that can be incredibly appealing if you can't push your budget as high as the S24 models. The Galaxy A53 5G has a 120Hz AMOLED screen, 5G connectivity, and powerful hardware designed to last several years.

Are Samsung phones better than iPhones?

Samsung Galaxy S21 Plus Vs Iphone 12 Pro

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When you compare a Samsung Galaxy phone to an Apple iPhone, we think there's no real contest. While Apple's products have plenty of positive traits — including great customer service at physical Apple Stores — Samsung's phones are feature-rich and often feel a step ahead of Apple in any given year.

From a physical design standpoint, Samsung phones usually sport bigger screens with smaller bezels around the edges, sleek designs, and sometimes even extra special features like the S Pen built into phones like the Galaxy S24 Ultra. Samsung's displays are world-class and are the brightest you'll find in any phone. There's a reason even Apple uses Samsung displays in its phones.

On top of that, Samsung has been leading the pack in innovation, with devices like the Galaxy Z Fold 5 and Galaxy Z Flip 5, which offer large, impressive foldable glass displays in pocket-friendly form factors.

On the software front, no Android vendor offers more updates or better support than Samsung — not even Google. We're talking years of updates and support, and optional add-ons like Samsung Care+ are often better than insurance offered through your carrier of choice.

Samsung phones ship with a bevy of options that cater to every kind of user, from beginners to power users. And optional downloads like Samsung Good Lock offer customization options that Apple users could only dream of, including plenty of features that most other Android phones don't offer either.

Samsung phones are powered by Android — that's the world's most popular operating system if you didn't know — which means they are compatible with a dizzying array of great accessories and smart products in every category imaginable. Since most smartphones are powered by Android, you could always pick a different non-Apple brand of phone the next time you upgrade and you won't lose access to apps or services you already enjoy on Samsung phones.

Do Samsung phones have a wallet?

Samsung Pay on a Galaxy S22 Ultra

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Android led the way in mobile payments when Google introduced Google Wallet way back in 2011, but Samsung Pay upgraded the experience by offering more functionality, loyalty rewards, and a place to store all your cards and digital payment info. While Samsung Pay has long been the best way to pay digitally with any phone, Samsung's Digital Wallet will expands Samsung Pay's functionality even further and introduce a new, more encompassing name.

In addition to being able to store credit cards, debit cards, and other loyalty cards, Samsung Digital Wallet lets users store their digital driver's licenses, so long as the state they live in supports such an option. Samsung Digital Wallet can also store digital car keys, and lets users store and manage cryptocurrency of all kinds.

Do Samsung phones come with a charger?

Samsung charger with Galaxy boxes

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Most Samsung phones do not come with chargers these days. Samsung has been making the decision to ship without chargers on a piecemeal basis, typically foregoing them in an effort to become more environmentally friendly and avoid adding e-waste to landfills, as the company previously stated.

Unfortunately, the lack of a charger in the box doesn't mean phone prices have dropped at all. Samsung — and a number of other companies — say that users continue to re-use old chargers and often don't even take new chargers out of the box. Other users pick up great wireless chargers to use in place of traditional wired chargers.

Most Samsung phones utilize between 15W and 25W charging and have for some years, further negating the need for a new charger to be included in the box. Chance is, if you've got a charger at home already, it's probably no better than a new one that would be included in the box.

Do Samsung phones have SD cards?

A Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra with its SIM tray ejected next to an SD card

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SD card support is one of the many casualties of modern smartphone design. Along with 3.5mm headphone jacks, IR blasters, and removable batteries, SD cards have become less and less common. No Samsung flagship phone in 2023 — that means phones that normally cost $800 or more — supports removable SD card storage.

While there could be many legitimate reasons for removing SD card support, two of the biggest are the inclusion of more internal storage and the proliferation of cloud storage. Services like Google Photos can automatically back up your photos and videos, keeping your internal storage free for other apps and games, and many phones ship with at least 128GB of internal storage these days.

But one of the many bright sides of saving a bit of cash on a phone is that, more often than not, budget-friendly phones include budget-friendly features like a 3.5mm headphone jack and removable SD card support. That includes the entire Galaxy A series, from the Galaxy A73 down to the Galaxy A12. That means you won't need to spend a bunch of money on expensive internal storage when the best microSD cards only cost a few bucks.

Do Samsung phones support eSIM?

Visible SIM card sitting on top of US passport

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Most modern Samsung phones support eSIM but don't do away with the SIM card tray. That means, on phones like the Galaxy S21, S22, S23, S24, Z Flip and Fold, and many others, users can opt to use a physical sim, eSIM, or both, if they desire.

There are many advantages of having the option to use both eSIM and a physical SIM at the same time. Folks who travel a lot can use multiple carriers that offer better pricing or cell services in different locations. If you have no desire to juggle between more than one carrier, utilizing the same carrier for both eSIM and a physical SIM can increase network bandwidth, offering a way for power users to get better upload and download speeds without having to do much at all.

As usual, the best part of a Samsung phone is the choices offered to users. It's something for everyone!