The Best Premium, Value-For-Money And Budget Samsung Phones Of 2020

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Have you been rooting for Team Android or looking to switch over from Team Apple? Get to know the best Samsung phones for your every need. Whether you’re one to chase the latest models, or keep your purchases pegged to a budget — here’s a round up of the best Samsung phones for you!

Best Premium Samsung phones: for those after the newest phone models

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra ($1,698)

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Samsung released its newest Galaxy Note model last month and boy does it impress! The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (available on Samsung Official Store) pits itself as a phone that works like a computer. Both gaming and serious work can be done with this stylus pen phone too. Scribble your notes, turn them into text and transform them into PowerPoint slides seamlessly. Expect a quad-camera, a 6.9-inch edge Infinity-O display, 120Hz refresh rate and much more with this model. Phone specs aside, the gorgeous frosted mauve matte shade and sleek design can turn any non-believer into a fan. If you don’t mind spending a bit more for this supreme Samsung model, then this phone is for you!

2. Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus ($1,398)

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If you deem the performance of a mobile phone on what’s under the hood, the Galaxy S20 Plus (available on Samsung Official Store) easily makes the cut for one of the best Samsung phones. You’ll be won over by stellar specs with a 120Hz refresh rate to curb any screen lags. The Galaxy S20 Plus comes with impressive updates from the previous year’s S10 series. Photographers will also love the quad 12MP camera featuring the telephoto lens for an in-built zoom effect and bokeh photo effect. It also packs a more powerful chipset, a bigger battery and of course, 5G support!

3. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip ($1,229)

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Hands up if you used to own a flip phone camera! There was something so satisfying about flipping those phones open and snapping them shut, especially if you could do it with one hand! Samsung sure invoked nostalgia when designing the Galaxy Z Flip (available on Mobile Relation). A folded screen phone means a more compact design (albeit, thicker in width), protection for the screen and of course, the ability to fit the phone into pockets and clutch bags easily. It doesn’t skimp on performance too, as the Galaxy Z Flip packs a powerful Snapdragon 855+ processor and two cameras — a standard angle 12MP camera and a wide-angle lens camera. If you’re after that fun factor of owning a flip phone, then this is the best Samsung phone to own.

Features/Phone Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G
Display size 6.9-inch AMOLED 6.7-inch AMOLED Internal: 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED / External: 1.1-inch Super AMOLED
Battery 4500 mAh 4500 mAh 3300 mAh
Camera 108MP (12MP for wide angle) 64MP (12MP for wide angle) 12MP
Weight 208g 186g 183g
Processor Qualcomm Qualcomm Qualcomm 
Memory Up to 512GB; 12GB RAM Up to 512GB; 12GB RAM 256GB; 8GB RAM
Special Features 5x optical zoom, S Pen stylus, 5G Connectivity, Wireless PowerShare, Water/Dust-resistant (IP68) 5G Connectivity; 120Hz refresh rate; Water/Dust Resistant (IP68) Foldable Display, Wireless PowerShare, Wireless Charging

Best Samsung phones: for those who want good value

4. Samsung Note 10 Plus ($970)

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As Samsung releases newer generation models, it’s probably a good idea to look back at the best pick of the previous generation phones and take advantage of the price drop. The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus (available on Gadgetaffair) is a great example and may be just within your budget at $970 (compared to the $1,500 when it was first released). It boasts a 6.8-inch AMOLED display, a triple rear camera set-up and the S-pen that works with air gestures — perfect to impress bosses with at work! Although it’s camera performance may not match up to the Note 20 Ultra, it wins on a sleek design and a stronger all-day battery life.

Considering to get this phone? Check out our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 plus and the review video below:

5. Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite ($690)

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite (available on wmartsg) is a value-for-money flagship killer that’s not talked about much but actually has a fair bit going for it. Its 6.7-inch display comes with an impressive 48MP wide, 12MP ultra-wide lens and 5MP macro camera to give bright pictures with HDR10+ processing. Its polycarbonate backing is what saves cost here and although not water or dust resistant, you won’t really feel much of a difference compared to its pricier counterparts with a glass backing. This is the best Samsung phone if you’re looking for a value-for-money option with fast charging — a 30-minute charge to last a whole day.

Features/Phone Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite
Display size 6.8-inch AMOLED 6.7-inch AMOLED
Battery 4300 mAh 4500 mAh
Camera 12MP (16MP for ultrawide) 48MP (12MP for ultrawide)
Weight 198g 186g
Processor Qualcomm Qualcomm
Memory Up to 512GB; 12GB RAM Up to 512GB; 6-8GB RAM
Special Features S Pen stylus, Wireless PowerShare, Water-resistant (IP68) Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, ANT+

Best budget Samsung phones: for the budget-conscious

6. Samsung Galaxy A51 ($398)

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Budget Samsung phones are one to consider if you don’t want to fork out $1,000 for fancier models! The Samsung Galaxy A51 (available on Gain City Official) is the latest budget Samsung phone to join the ranks and there are quite a few things to love about it. This sub-$400 phone boasts a 6.5-inch OLED display, a main 48MP camera, decent battery life and even a headphone jack! The coloured design on the rear of the phone is definitely a treat for the eyes with the black and white shades giving off a rainbow sheen when the light hits it.

7. Samsung Galaxy A31 ($299-$304)

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The Samsung Galaxy A31 (available on Naranjan Connect Pte Ltd) may be a slightly older model than the A51, but has trumped its successor in a few areas. Samsung Galaxy A31 features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display which equates to a more vibrant display — especially useful for gamers plus also supports a larger 5,000 mAh battery. It’s powered by the MediaTek Helio P65 which although not the best processor, is still capable of handling the routine tasks.

8. Samsung Galaxy A11 ($178)

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The Samsung Galaxy A11 (available on Samsung Official Store) rings in for just $178. Its affordable price point makes it one of the best budget Samsung phones for your school-going kids! They’ll get a large 6.4-inch display and a depth-sensing triple camera. The 2GB of RAM may seem little at first but it’s just enough for handling basic functions and apps without causing a lag. The 32GB of data is also expendable with a micoSD memory card.

Features/Phone Samsung Galaxy A51 Samsung Galaxy A31 Samsung Galaxy A11
Display size 6.5-inch AMOLED 6.4-inch AMOLED 6.4-inch HD+
Battery 4000 mAh 5000 mAh 4000 mAh
Rear Camera 48MP (12MP for ultrawide) 48MP (8MP for ultrawide) 13MP (5MP for ultrawide)
Weight 187g 185g 177g
Processor Exynos 980 MediaTek Helio P65 Qualcomm
Memory 128GB; 6GB RAM Up to 128GB; 4GB RAM Up to 32GB; 2GB RAM
Special Features Fingerprint (under display) Fingerprint (under display) Face Recognition, Fingerprint (rear),

Get on the fast lane with the best Samsung phones today!

Looking for other phone models apart from the best Samsung phones? Browse from Xiaomi phones, Realme phones and Oppo phones among other mobile phone brands. Otherwise, check out this list of best budget phones if you’re on a tighter budget. Once you have your phone in hand, be sure to take it for a spin at Instagram worthy places in Singapore.

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This article was updated on 29-09-2020. Additional research done by Lydia Ng.

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