Best cheap Samsung phones 2024

Finding the best Samsung phones on a budget doesn't have to be an impossible mission. You have better things to do than compare phones, but which Samsung phone should you use? 

They have great choices regarding entry-level phones in their Galaxy A Series and others. Samsung has phones you can choose from $159 to less than a thousand.

By going to Samsung on your phone choice, you will enjoy exclusive Samsung features that will only make others want to get the same phone. Let's see what phones you can consider as your choice.

At a glance

Best overall

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1. Samsung Galaxy A34 5G

The best budget Samsung phone

Specifications

Display: 6.6-Inch 120Hz Super AMOLED;1080 X 2340
Battery: 5000mAh
Camera: 48MP + 8MP + 5MP rear; 13MP front
Storage : 128GB / 256GB / expandable to 1TB
OS: Android 13; upgradable to Android 14
RAM: 6GB / 8GB
CPU: MediaTek Dimensity 1080

Reasons to buy

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Gorgeous AMOLED screen
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Good cameras at the back
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Excellent battery life
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Long-term software updates
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IP67 dust and water resistance
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Reliable hardware

Reasons to avoid

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No wireless charging
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No charger in the box
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No 3.5mm audio jack

If you want a flagship-level experience without paying flagship prices, then the Galaxy A34 5G is an easy recommendation. Samsung made many changes this year, resulting in the phone being markedly different from the Galaxy A32 5G

The phone now has a Super AMOLED panel, offering better color vibrancy and contrast levels. The 120Hz refresh rate ensures the screen feels smooth in daily use, and whether it's playing games or streaming videos, the screen is a delight. 

The phone also has much better hardware in the form of the MediaTek Dimensity 1080 processor, and you'll notice the difference immediately. There's no noticeable lag in daily use, and the phone is also decent enough for gaming. 

There's also IP67 dust and water resistance this time around, ensuring the Galaxy A34 5G withstands the elements. It can be dropped in a meter of fresh water for 30 minutes. Other than that, the essentials are intact: the large 5000mAh non-removable battery lasts nearly two days on a full charge with average use, you get a reliable camera at the back that takes excellent photos in any scenario, and the software is among the best in this category. 

Sure, the phone misses out on a 3.5mm jack, and thanks to all the upgrades, it is costlier than its predecessor. But if you want a budget Samsung phone right now, the Galaxy A34 5G is the obvious choice.

More for less

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2. Samsung Galaxy A15 5G

Excels at the basics

Specifications

Display: 6.5-Inch Super AMOLED 90Hz; 2340 x 1080
RAM: 4GB
OS: Android 14
Battery: 5,000mAh
Camera: 50MP + 5MP + 2MP rear; 13MP front
Storage: 128GB / 256GB
CPU: MediaTek's Dimensity 6100+

Reasons to buy

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Large 6.5-inch screen with 90Hz refresh
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Good software features
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Reliable hardware
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Stellar battery life

Reasons to avoid

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No ingress protection
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No charger in the box
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Not as many updates as mid-range Galaxy A devices

If you want a Samsung phone that delivers the essentials, the Galaxy A15 5G (considered one of the best Android phones under $200) may be the ideal choice. The phone has 5G connectivity, so you can easily watch your favorite videos at lightning speed, and it comes with reliable hardware that's decent for daily use. There is also a massive 5000mAh battery that lasts two days between charges with average use. 

There's also a large Super AMOLED screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. You'll love looking at this screen with its 800 nits of brightness at High Brightness Mode, and you can also count on high and standard Motion Smoothness modes. Even though it has an energy-efficient chipset, keeping the brightness to a standard also saves battery power.

The software has many features, and Samsung will deliver three Android OS updates to the phone. You also get an extra year of security patches through the firmware upgrades. It doesn't fall far behind other models, so you're good for a few more years.

All-day power

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3. Samsung Galaxy A25 5G

Has the features that matter

Specifications

Display: 6.5-Inch FHD+ Super AMOLED 120Hz 1080 x 2340
Battery: 5,000 mAh
Camera: 50MP + 8MP + 2MP rear; 13MP front
Storage: 128GB / 256GB
OS: Android 14
RAM: 8GB
CPU: 5nm Exynos 1280 octa-core SoC

Reasons to buy

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120Hz LCD screen
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Reliable for daily use and gaming
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Good cameras at the back
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Versatile software features
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Stereo speakers
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Sidr-mounted fingerprint scanner

Reasons to avoid

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No charger
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No ingress protection
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2MP macro camera for serious photography

The Galaxy A25 5G is an outlier in that it uses Samsung's own Exynos designs and is considered the best for Galaxy fans for phones under $400. The result is that the Galaxy A25 5G offers stable performance to complete your day-to-day tasks. The 5G modem has global connectivity, ensuring the phone has adequate 5G. 

The Super AMOLED screen on the Galaxy A25 5G goes up to 120Hz. With this technology, you get a more advanced technology that features touch sensors on a single layer. Unlike LCD screens, Super AMOLED uses less power and gives you a more vivid image.

The cameras are also reliable with a 50MP (OIS, PDAF) 8MP + 2MP shooter, and the 5000mAh battery under the hood lasts two days between charges. You also get the latest software package on the A25 5G with Android 14, and overall, it is a great option to consider if you want a good phone under $350.

The AI-packed pick

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4. Samsung Galaxy S24

The most AI feature-filled phone

Specifications

Display: 6.2-Inch Dynamic LTPO AMOLED 120Hz 1080 x 2340
Battery: 4,000mAh
Camera: 50MP + 10MP + 12MP rear; 12MP front
Storage: 128GB / 256GB / 512GB
OS: Android 14
RAM: 8GB,12GB
CPU: Qualcomm SM 8650-AC Snapdragon 8 Gen 3

Reasons to buy

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Stunning AMOLED panel with 120Hz refresh
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Reliable hardware
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Cameras take great photos in any condition
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IP68 dust and water resistance
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Seven years of Android OS updates
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Latest AI features

Reasons to avoid

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Costlier than rivals
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No charger in the box
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Misses out on 3.5mm jack

The Samsung Galaxy S24 is the simplest of the three models, but that doesn't mean it's not a great contender. 

Samsung has promised a solid seven years of Android updates, matching the number of updates the Pixel phones will get. And the best part is that Samsung rolls out monthly security updates to the phone, making sure that it gets all the patches that Google makes available. 

Then there's the hardware itself: the Galaxy S24 has a sublime 120Hz Dynamic LTPO AMOLED panel, cameras that take great photos, and decent battery life to get you through the day with average use. Sure, it isn't quite as good as the Pixel 7a with a 4385mAh battery, but it still does a decent job. 

What makes the Galaxy S24 tick is the fact that it brings the latest features, so you never miss out on the latest.

The entry-level option

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5. Samsung Galaxy A05s

Just the essentials

Specifications

Display: 6.7-Inch 90Hz PLS LCD
Battery: 5,000mAh
Camera: 50MP + 2MP + 2MP rear; 13MP front
Storage: 128GB
OS: Android 13
RAM: 4GB / 6GB
CPU: Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G (6nm)

Reasons to buy

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Good screen
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Amazing battery life
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Sturdy design
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3.5mm jack and MicroSD slot

Reasons to avoid

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Huge bezels
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The screen doesn't get bright enough
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Sluggish pixel response time
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Color accuracy isn't so great

The Samsung Galaxy A05s is a decent upgrade from its predecessor, with a larger screen and better resolution. There is also a new chipset, and you don't have to wait too long, thanks to faster charging.

With this budget phone, you get a 6.7-inch PLS LCD, 1080P screen with a 90Hz refresh rate. Meanwhile, it retains the classic design of the screen and bezels without the home button. The Galaxy A05s will appeal to those who want something other than the latest and greatest but something that looks familiar from Samsung.

The brightness is better than its predecessor, reaching 470 nits. Unlike the latest S series models, the Galaxy A05s does come with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a side-mounted fingerprint reader. 

Unless you have to save large files constantly, its onboard 128GB storage is a good option, but it also offers expandable storage. But it does have the eMMC 511 Variety and not the speedier UFS (Universal Flash Storage). Its processor is two years old, but it is an improvement from the previous Exynos 850 model. With this model, Samsung brings a 50MP + 2MP +2MP camera to the table.

The latest and greatest

The back of the black Samsung Galaxy A54 5G

6. Samsung Galaxy A54 5G

Hitting all the right notes

Specifications

Display: 6.4-Inch 120Hz Super AMOLED 1080 x 2340 (FHD+)
Battery: 5,000mAh
Camera: 50MP + 12MP + 5MP rear; 32MP front
OS: Android 13
RAM: 6GB
CPU: Octa-core Exynos 1380

Reasons to buy

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Modern design
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Gorgeous AMOLED screen
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Great cameras
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IP67 ingress protection
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Long-term software updates

Reasons to avoid

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No charger in the box
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Costlier than last year

The Galaxy A54 5G doesn't differ too much from its predecessor, with Samsung choosing to retain much of the same features. That's understandable given the A53 is one of the best Samsung phones introduced in the last 18 months. 

That said, the A54 covers the basics: it has a bright AMOLED panel with 120Hz refresh, terrific cameras, outstanding battery life, and an excellent software package with plenty of features and four guaranteed Android OS updates. 

It is also marginally faster than the A53, and the design feels refined. Outside of that, this is still one of the best overall packages you get in the mid-range segment.

How to choose

If you want to live in the Samsung world without paying a premium price tag, then the Galaxy A34 5G is your best bet. It delivers all the essentials while still being affordable and will get long-term updates. 

But if you're willing to cough up some extra cash, you can go for the Galaxy S24 and take advantage of AI features. If you need powerful hardware and better cameras, you should also turn to the Galaxy S24. The phone gets seven years of updates, and now that it's been in the market for almost a month, you can find lucrative Galaxy S24 deals.

On the other side, if you want an entry-level option that nails the basics, the Galaxy A05s is a solid pick. You also get the triple camera you see on other Samsung phones. Samsung improved a lot of the features from last year's model, making it more attractive to Samsung fans.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.