The Samsung Galaxy S20 series launched in February 2020, adding a new tier of devices to Samsung's line-up.

But what about the Galaxy phones already around? Samsung has numerous Galaxy smartphones within its portfolio, from the latest flagship models including the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 devices to older, and now more affordable, models like the Galaxy S9 and Note 9.

There's also the sub-flagship Galaxy A range, too. 

We've broken down the three core ranges - Galaxy S, Note, and A - and the devices available within each to help you choose the right Samsung device for you and your budget.

Quick Summary

• The Samsung Galaxy S range is the company's main flagship smartphone range. Its models have a glass and metal waterproof design, the most power and the best cameras. 

• The Samsung Galaxy Note series is often more expensive than the S range, but it adds S Pen functionality with the stylus built into a metal and glass design. The overall look has similar traits to the Galaxy S range.

• The Samsung Galaxy A is the sub-flagship range, sitting below the S range in terms of price, but borrowing several of its design features including full displays and under-screen fingerprint sensors in some models.

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Samsung Galaxy S

The 2020 flagship for Galaxy S is the S20, S20+ and the S20 Ultra. The sub-flagship device is the S10 Lite. In 2019 there was the Galaxy S10e, S10 and S10+. The S9 and S9+ from 2018 are still available to buy as are older devices, but we wouldn't recommend going further back than that because of a lack of software updates.

Samsung Galaxy S20

  • Dimensions: 151.7 x 69.1 x 7.9mm, 163g, IP68
  • Display: 6.2-inches, 3200 x 1440 (566ppi), Infinity-O, 120Hz
  • Cameras: 12MP main + 12MP ultra wide + 64MP zoom; 10MP front
  • Storage: 128GB + microSD 
  • Battery: 4000mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy S20 is the foundation for the 2020 phones, updating the Galaxy S10, with new hardware, a new display that will offer 120Hz, a bigger battery and new cameras. 

The camera gets a new sensor with larger pixels and a more impressive zoom arrangement giving you up to 30X digital zoom, as well as 8K video capture. This model also comes in 4G or 5G versions. It's more affordable than the bigger devices, but the display is smaller. It's a good solid phone.

Samsung Galaxy S20+

  • Dimensions: 161.9, 73.7 x 7.8mm, 186g, IP68
  • Display: 6.7-inches, 3200 x 1440 (524ppi), Infinity-O, 120Hz
  • Cameras: 12MP main + 12MP ultra wide + 64MP zoom + DepthVision; 10MP front
  • Storage: 128/512GB + microSD
  • Battery: 4500mAh

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Switching things up, the S20+ is probably the sweet spot for many, in terms of size, but it only comes as a 5G handset in many markets, making it look relatively expensive compared to the S10+ that it replaces. 
 
It also offers lots of power, that great display with 120Hz for those who want it, and a new camera system, the same as the Galaxy S20 but with an added depth sensor - which doesn't appear to do much. The battery is respectable making this a good all-rounder.

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra

  • Dimensions: 166.9 x 76.0 x 8.8mm, 220g, IP68
  • Display: 6.9-inches, 3200 x 1440 (509ppi), Infinity-O, 120Hz
  • Cameras: 108MP main + 12MP ultra wide + 48MP zoom + DepthVision; 40MP front
  • Storage: 128/512GB + microSD
  • Battery: 5000mAh

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The Galaxy S20 Ultra sets out to be the greatest of the Galaxy S family with big everything: big display, big battery, big camera resolutions. That all, sadly, comes at a big price.
 
On the whole it's a great phone, but the battery might not last as long as you expect and the cameras are a little oversold, so the 100X zoom headline doesn't really deliver. It's a 5G phone.

Samsung Galaxy S10e

  • Dimensions: 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm, 150g, IP68
  • Display: 5.8-inches, 2280 x 1080 (438ppi), flat Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: 16MP (f/2.2) wide + 12MP main (f/1.5 to f/2.4, AF, OIS, 4K video), 10MP front (f/1.9, AF)
  • Storage: 128GB or 256GB, microSD support up to 512GB
  • Battery: 3100mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy S10e was originally the cheapest of the S10 range, offering a flat display and a physical fingerprint sensor, rather than a curved screen and under-display sensor. On the back, the S10e has a dual camera instead of triple.

It misses out on a couple of the latest features but the S10e still offers a new and fresh design, as well as lovely build quality and the latest hardware. It's undercut by the impressive S10 Lite however, which appears to offer more for the money.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Lite

  • Dimensions: 162.5 x 75.6 x 8.1 mm, 186g
  • Display: 6.7-inches, 1080 x 2400 (394ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: 48MP main (f/2.0) + 12MP wide (f/2.2) + 5MP macro, 32MP front (f/2.2)
  • Storage: 128GB, microSD support up to 512GB
  • Battery: 4500mAh

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An addition to the S10 range, this new handset debuted alongside the Note 10 Lite at CES 2020 in early January. 

It fits into the range above the S10e. Why? It has more cameras, a larger screen and a bigger battery. It's actually the largest of the standard S10 series, having the same screen size as the S10 5G. 

It also has some other premium specs, not least the flagship Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform under the hood. Confusing, but given the price, very compelling compelling. 

Samsung Galaxy S10

  • Dimensions: 149.9 x 70.4 x 7.8mm, 157g, IP68
  • Display: 6.1-inches, 3040 x 1440 (550ppi), dual-edge Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: 16MP + 12MP + 12MP (AF, OIS, 4K video), 10MP front (f/1.9, AF)
  • Storage: 128GB or 512GB, microSD support up to 512GB
  • Battery: 3400mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 is a great device, featuring an all-new design and plenty of new features including an in-display fingerprint sensor and reverse wireless charging.

There's a triple camera on the rear and the 19.5:9 aspect ratio display is stunning, while the software experience is up there with the best.

Samsung Galaxy S10+

  • Dimensions: 157.6 x 74.1 x 7.8mm, 175g, IP68
  • Display: 6.4-inches, 3040 x 1440 (522ppi), dual-edge Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: 16MP + 12MP + 12MP (AF, OIS, 4K video), 10MP front (f/1.9, AF)
  • Storage: 128GB, 512GB or 1TB, microSD support up to 512GB
  • Battery: 4100mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy S10+ features an outstanding display, brilliant sound quality and a great software experience packed full of features.

The new design is fabulous, it has a fun wide-angle camera and it offers strengths in all areas, delivering one of the best phones of 2019.

Samsung Galaxy S10 5G

  • Dimensions: 1162.6 x 77.1 x 7.9mm, 198g, IP68
  • Display: 6.7-inches, 3040 x 1440 (505ppi), dual-edge Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: 3D Depth + 16MP + 12MP + 12MP (AF, OIS, 4K video), 10MP front (f/1.9, AF) + 3D Depth Camera
  • Storage: 256GB or 512GB, microSD support up to 512GB
  • Battery: 4500mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G follows a very similar design to the S10+ but it's larger, has a couple of extra cameras and most importantly, it is 5G-enabled.

It's not cheap, but it has a fantastic design, huge camera potential and if you're after a 5G phone, it's a great option and should be available at good prices as the S10 range gets superseded.

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm, 163g, IP68
  • Display: 5.8-inches, 2960 x 1440 (568ppi), dual edge Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: 12MP (f/1.7, AF, OIS, 4K video), 8MP front (f/1.7, AF)
  • Storage: 64GB, microSD support up to 400GB
  • Battery: 3000mAh

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The Galaxy S9 is still an excellent smartphone, even though it isn't the latest anymore. It has a fantastic display, curved glass and metal design and it delivers a fluid performance.

The S9 has a smaller battery capacity than the S9+ and a single rear camera instead of dual, but it is also cheaper and cheaper than its successor too.

Samsung Galaxy S9+

  • Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm, 189g, IP68
  • Display: 6.2-inches, 2960 x 1440 (531ppi), dual edge Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Dual 12MP (Dual Aperture, AF, Dual OIS, 4K video), 8MP front (f/1.7, AF)
  • Storage: 128GB/256GB, microSD support up to 400GB
  • Battery: 3500mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy S9+ has the same excellent design as the smaller S9, but it has dual rear cameras that deliver good low light shots and a 500mAh larger battery.

You also get a larger display that's only just shy of the Note series size but still manageable one-handed, even if not as large as the S10+ for the same footprint. The S9+ is cheaper than the S10+ though so well worth considering.

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Samsung Galaxy Note

The main models in the Galaxy Note range are the Note 10 and Note 10+ (and their 5G variants), all of which launched in August 2019. They have now been joined by the entry-level Note 10 Lite. Don't ignore the Note 9 if you're interested in the Note though.

As ever, only opt for a Note if you're going to make use of the S Pen stylus. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10

  • Dimensions: 151 x 71.8 x 7.9mm, 168g, IP68
  • Display: 6.3-inches, 2280 x 1080 (401ppi), dual edge Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Triple 12MP + 16MP + 12MP (Dual Aperture, AF, Dual OIS, 4K video), 10MP front (f/2.2, AF)
  • Storage: 256GB, no microSD support
  • Battery: 3500mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 is one of several Note devices at the top of the Note range, offering a cleaner design than the S range with vertical rear camera setup and a centralised punch-hole front camera.

It's the first Note device to offer a smaller screen but it retains all the S Pen performance of the other models. A few compromises have been made, such as a lower resolution display and no microSD support, but the Note 10 is a great option for those that have always wanted a Note but may have found it too big. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+

  • Dimensions: 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9mm, 196g, IP68
  • Display: 6.8-inches, 3040 x 1440 (498ppi), dual edge Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Quad 16MP + 12MP + 12MP + Depth (Dual Aperture, AF, Dual OIS, 4K video), 10MP front (f/2.2, AF)
  • Storage: 256GB/512GB, microSD support (up to 1TB)
  • Battery: 4300mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ has the same design as the Note 10 but on a larger scale. It also ups the rear camera lenses to four, adding a depth sensor and it increases the screen resolution and size too.

The S Pen stylus and its new gesture controls are great, while the huge screen and neat punch hole camera are everything you'd hope for from the Note series. There's also smooth and speedy operation, making the Note 10+ a fabulous handset.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G

  • Dimensions: 151 x 71.8 x 7.9mm, 168g, IP68
  • Display: 6.3-inches, 2280 x 1080 (401ppi), dual edge Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Triple 12MP + 16MP + 12MP (Dual Aperture, AF, Dual OIS, 4K video), 10MP front (f/2.2, AF)
  • Storage: 256GB, no microSD support
  • Battery: 3500mAh

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10 5G has the same design and hardware as the standard Note 10 but it has 5G connectivity. 

You'll get the same camera performance, design and S Pen performance as the Note 10 4G but you'll get faster connectivity on the 5G model, as long as you live in a 5G area and have a 5G SIM. As with the similar S10 5G, it'll be available on increasingly good deals throughout 2020. 

Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G

  • Dimensions: 162.3 x 77.2 x 7.9mm, 196g, IP68
  • Display: 6.8-inches, 3040 x 1440 (498ppi), dual edge Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Quad 16MP + 12MP + 12MP + Depth (Dual Aperture, AF, Dual OIS, 4K video), 10MP front (f/2.2, AF)
  • Storage: 256GB/512GB, microSD support (up to 1TB)
  • Battery: 4300mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 10+ 5G offers the same design and specifications as the standard Note 10+ model, but it adds 5G connectivity.

Otherwise, you'll get the same camera, display, performance and S Pen connectivity as the standard model - just like you do with the smaller Note 10 5G compared to the standard Note 10.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite

  • Dimensions: 163.7 x 76.1 x 8.7mm, 199g
  • Display: 6.7 inches, 2400 x 1080 (394ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Triple 12MP + 12MP + 12MP (Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS on main camera, 4K video), 32MP front (f/2.2)
  • Storage: 128GB, microSD
  • Battery: 4500mAh

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This is a new addition to the range as of January 2020 and is an entry to the Note range that reflects what Samsung tried to do with the S10e above - have a cheaper model that still retained a premium name. 

It's no slouch with an Exynos 9810 octo-core platform underpinning everything and it only features a few corner cuts as opposed to the main Note models. It's also bigger than the standard Note 10, but slightly smaller than the Note 10+. 

It doesn't, however, quite have the specs to compete with the S10 Lite, however.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9

  • Dimensions: 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8 x mm, 201g, IP68
  • Display: 6.4-inches, 2960 x 1440 (514ppi), dual edge Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Dual 12MP (Dual Aperture, AF, Dual OIS, 4K video), 8MP front (f/1.7, AF)
  • Storage: 128GB/512GB, microSD support up to 512GB
  • Battery: 4000mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 features a similar design and hardware to the Galaxy S9+ but with the addition of the S Pen stylus and larger battery capacity.

It is an exceptional device with an excellent display, great low light camera performance and fantastic battery life. Despite being cheaper than it was when it first launched, you might consider the S9+ if the S Pen isn't essential to you and you want a slightly cheaper device with newer hardware. The Note 10 is, naturally, a more refined device, with better use of display space.

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Samsung Galaxy A

Samsung also offers a wide range of A models, which might be worth considering depending on what you want from your smartphone. There's some overlap with Galaxy S phones, especially at the top end.

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G

  • Dimensions: 164.8 x 76.4 x 8.4mm, 206g
  • Display: 6.7-inches, 2400 x 1080 (ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Triple 48MP (f/2.0, AF, 4K video) + 5MP (f/2.2) + 8MP (f/2.2), 32MP front (f/2.0)
  • Storage: 128GB, microSD support up to 512GB
  • Battery: 4500mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G has a large display with a small waterdrop notch at the top and a triple vertical camera on the rear, neatly positioned in the top left corner. It's also Snapdragon 855, so this is flagship grade, even if it is 2019 flagship grade.

There are some excellent features onboard this device, not just a lovely design and build quality but a triple rear camera, an under-display fingerprint scanner and 5G - indeed, it's one of the best-value 5G phones around.

Samsung Galaxy A80

  • Dimensions: 165.2 x 76.5 x 9.3mm, 220g
  • Display: 6.7-inches, 2400 x 1080 (392ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Rotating 48MP (f/2.0, AF, 4K video) + 8MP (f/2.2) + HQVGA (f/1.2)
  • Storage: 128GB, no microSD support
  • Battery: 3700mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy A80 has a huge, uninterrupted display thanks to the automatic slide up rotating camera. We weren't 100 per cent sold on the rotating mechanism's durability, but the A80 is a lovely looking device with some great features.

There are some excellent specs under its hood, including plenty of RAM, a battery that will likely see you through the day, as well as an under-display fingerprint sensor, bringing lots of flagship features for less than the flagship Galaxy devices,

Samsung Galaxy A71

  • Dimensions: 163.6 x 76.0 x 7.7mm, 179g
  • Display: 6.7-inches, 2400 x 1080 (392ppi), Super AMOLED Plus
  • Cameras: Quad rear 64MP main (f/1.8) + 12MP ultra wide (f/2.2) + 5MP macro (f/2.4) + depth sensor, 32MP (f/2.2) front
  • Storage: 128GB, microSD support up to 1TB
  • Battery: 4500mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy A71 was announced at the start of 2020, essentially an update for the A70. That brings with it newer hardware, but similar core specs. There's the shift to Infinity-O for the display, with a punch hole rather than the notch of the A70. There will also be a 5G version in some region.

That's joined by a higher resolution rear camera, going after the megapixels in this mid-range device.

Samsung Galaxy A70

  • Dimensions: 164.3 x 76.7 x 7.9mm, 183g
  • Display: 6.7-inches, 2400 x 1080 (392ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Triple rear 32MP (f/1.7, AF, 4K video) + 5MP (f/2.2) + 8MP (f/2.2), 32MP (f/1.9) front
  • Storage: 128GB, microSD support up to 512GB
  • Battery: 4500mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy A70 doesn't have a full, uninterrupted display like the Galaxy A80, but it's not far off with only a small tear-drop notch at the top, resulting in a lovely design for the price.

It's not as powerful or as premium as the S10 range, but it offers decent features including an under-display fingerprint sensor, huge battery capacity and microSD support - something the more expensive A80 doesn't offer. If you love the S10 range but you can't justify the £700+ price tag, the A70 is half the price with plenty to love.

Samsung Galaxy A51

  • Dimensions: 158.9 x 73.6 x 8.7mm, 187g
  • Display: 6.5-inches, 2400 x 1080 (405ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Quad rear 48MP (f/2.0) main + 12MP (f/2.2) ultra-wide + 5MP (f/2.2) depth + 5MP (f/2.4) macro; 32MP (f/2.2) front
  • Storage: 128GB, microSD support up to 1TB
  • Battery: 4500mAh

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There's a few small differences between the A51 and the A71 models, but overall this is an update on the A50 model, with a larger display, increased resolution on the cameras and a larger battery capacity. It's still a mid-range device, but it will be available with 5G in some regions.

The base level of storage is generous with microSD expansion and a nice punch hole display.

Samsung Galaxy A50

  • Dimensions: 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7mm, 166g
  • Display: 6.4-inches, 2340 x 1080 (403ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Triple rear 25MP (f/2.0, AF, FHD video) + 8MP (f/2.2) + 5MP (f/2.2), 25MP (f/2.0) front
  • Storage: 64GB, 128GB, microSD support up to 512GB
  • Battery: 4000mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy A50 offers many of the same features as the A70, including a tear-drop display and an under-screen fingerprint sensor, though it drops the display size and resolution, as well as the main camera resolution and front camera.

The A50 also drops in price too though and it still offers a good design, large display, big battery and microSD support, delivering plenty of desirable features for its price point.

Samsung Galaxy A41

  • Dimensions: 149.9 x 69.8 x 7.9mm, 152g
  • Display: 6.1-inches, 2400 x 1080 (431ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Triple rear 48MP (f/2.0) main + 8MP (f/2.2) ultra wide + 5MP depth; 25MP front (f/2.2)
  • Storage: 64GB, microSD support up to 512GB
  • Battery: 3500mAh

The Galaxy A41 updates the A40, moving to a larger display with an under-display fingerprint scanner. It keeps the Infinity-U display, so there's a water drop notch at the top, rather than the punch hole that you'll find on the A51.

There's a step-down in the number of cameras from the A51, missing out on the macro camera, but otherwise offering a nice compact Samsung handset.

Samsung Galaxy A40

  • Dimensions: 144.4 x 69.2 x 7.9mm, 140g
  • Display: 5.9-inches, 2340 x 1080 (436ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Dual rear 16MP (f/1.7, AF, FHD video) + 5MP (f/2.2), 25MP front (f/2.0)
  • Storage: 64GB, microSD support up to 512GB
  • Battery: 3100mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy A40 takes its design cues from the Galaxy A70 with a tear-drop notch at the top of the otherwise uninterrupted display. It's a smaller device, with a smaller screen and rather than a triple rear camera, it opts for a dual rear camera.

There is no under-display fingerprint sensor like the A70, with a rear-mounted physical sensor instead, but the design is nice, there is a decent-sized battery for the size and you get microSD support for extra storage up to 512GB.

Samsung Galaxy A10

  • Dimensions: 146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9mm, 157g
  • Display: 6.2-inches, 1520 x 720 (271ppi), TFT LCD
  • Cameras: 13MP (f/1.9, AF, FHD video), 5MP front (f/2.0)
  • Storage: 32GB, microSD support up to 512GB
  • Battery: 3400mAh

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The Samsung Galaxy A10 is the cheapest A model device but it still has a huge display for its footprint, a large battery capacity that should easily see you through a day and then some and plenty of storage from the 512GB microSD support.

It doesn't have a fingerprint sensor and it only offers a single rear camera and single front camera, but if you're after a cheap Samsung device with a nice design and basic specifications, the Galaxy A10 might be the one for you.