The Best Premium, Value-For-Money And Budget Samsung Phones Of 2021

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Have you been rooting for Team Android or are you looking to switch over from Team iOS? Get to know the best Samsung phones for your every need. Nonetheless, 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 ($1,218)

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (available on Samsung Official Store) pits itself as a phone that works like a computer. For instance, 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. To conclude, if you don’t mind spending a bit more on this supreme Samsung model, then the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is for you!

2. Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus ($819)

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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 TECH 2021) 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 S21 Ultra 5G ($1,748)

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If you’re an avid Samsung user, you would have heard of the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G (available on Samsung Official Store). This model has a unique curved screen design available only to the Ultra variant. With hyper-fast 5G and 5000mAh battery capacity, this phone is perfect for users who desire a more professional-grade performance. It doesn’t skimp on performance too, as the Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G packs a powerful processor and four cameras. It includes the 12MP Ultra Wide Camera, 108MP Wide-angle Camera, 10MP Telephoto Camera, and 10MP Telephoto Camera. If you’re looking to take high-resolution images, this is the best Samsung phone to own.

Features/Phone Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra 5G Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
Display size 6.9-inch AMOLED 6.7-inch AMOLED 6.8-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x 
Battery 4500 mAh 4500 mAh 5000 mAh
Camera 108MP (12MP for wide angle) 64MP (12MP for wide angle) 108MP (12MP for wide angle)
Weight 208g 186g 227g
Processor Qualcomm Qualcomm Qualcomm 
Memory Up to 512GB; 12GB RAM Up to 512GB; 12GB RAM 256GB; 12GB 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) 20Hz Adaptive Refresh Rate, Water/Dust Resistant (IP68)

4. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip ($1,395)

K-drama fans will probably have seen the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip (available on SGMobiXpress) appearing on their favourite dramas, and it definitely played a part in bringing back the whole flip phone trend again. Fans of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip not only rave about it’s lightweight and portable size that makes it easy to slip into pockets, the high-definition 4K video capture and wide-angle perspectives of the camera allows you to take ramped up night shots beautifully and hands-free. It also comes in sleek colours like Mystic Bronze and Gray, so you can be sure to find a colour that fits your style!

Best Samsung phones: for those who want good value

5. Samsung Note 10 Plus ($899)

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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 MZone) is a great example and may be just within your budget at $620. 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 at work! Admittedly, t’s camera performance may not match up to the Note 20 Ultra, it still wins on a sleek design and a stronger all-day battery life.

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

6. Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite ($689)

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite (available on univercelmobile) 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. Interestingly, the polycarbonate backing on the Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite 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. In other words, this is the best Samsung phone if you’re looking for a value-for-money option with fast charging as a 30-minute charge to last a whole day.

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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

7. Samsung Galaxy A52 ($297)

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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 A52 5G (available on uwinmobile) is the latest budget Samsung phone to join the ranks and there are quite a few things to love about it. This sub-$600 phone boasts a 6.5-inch Infinity-O display, a main 64MP camera, 12MP ultra-wide lens and a 5MP macro camera. It even has an impressive 48-hour battery life! The Samsung Galaxy A52 also boasts 120Hz refresh rate (meaning faster loading times) and is IP67-rated for water resistance similar to all the other phones in the series.

8. Samsung Galaxy A31 ($295)


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

9. Samsung Galaxy A11 ($155)

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The Samsung Galaxy A11 (available on easytone) rings in for just $155. 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. Although the 2GB of RAM may seem little at first, you’ll realise it’s just enough for handling basic functions and apps without causing a lag. The 32GB of data in the Galaxy A11 is also expendable with a micoSD memory card.

Features/Phone Samsung Galaxy A52 Samsung Galaxy A31 Samsung Galaxy A11
Display size 6.5-inch AMOLED 6.4-inch AMOLED 6.4-inch HD+
Battery 4,500 mAh 5000 mAh 4000 mAh
Rear Camera 64MP (12MP for ultrawide) 48MP (8MP for ultrawide) 13MP (5MP for ultrawide)
Weight 189g 185g 177g
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon MediaTek Helio P65 Qualcomm
Memory Up to 256GB; 8GB RAM Up to 128GB; 4GB RAM Up to 32GB; 2GB RAM
Special Features Eye Comfort Shield² lowers
blue light and Real Smooth
for a smooth scrolling experience
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.

This article was updated on 14 July 2021. Additional research done by Jaslynn Yeo.

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