Samsung has numerous smartphones within its portfolio, from the latest flagship models including the Galaxy Note 9 and S9 to older, and now more affordable, models like the Galaxy S8. There are also the sub-flagship Galaxy A and Galaxy J ranges that sit under the £550 and £250 marks, respectively.

We've broken down the four core ranges - Galaxy S, Note, A and J - 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, along with a lovely 18.5:9 aspect ratio dual-edge display.
  • The Samsung Galaxy Note series is more expensive than the S range, but it adds S Pen functionality with the stylus built into a similar metal and glass design.
  • 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 the waterproof metal and glass finish.
  • The Samsung Galaxy J is the company's budget range of smartphones, sitting under the £250 mark. Don't dismiss them though as they have some good features for their price like an 18.5:9 aspect ratio display.
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Samsung Galaxy S

The Galaxy S9 and S9+ are the latest devices in the Galaxy S range, but the S8 and S8+ are still available to buy and at good prices too.

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
  • Colours: Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, Coral Blue
  • Price (RRP): £639
 

The Samsung Galaxy S9 is an excellent smartphone. It has a fantastic display, a lovely 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 £200 cheaper and whilst its battery life could be better, the camera results are good.

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
  • Colours: Lilac Purple, Midnight Black, Coral Blue
  • Price (RRP): £839
 

The Samsung Galaxy S9+ has the same excellent design as the smaller S9, but it has dual rear cameras that deliver great 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. The S9+ is pricey though and for a little extra, you could get S Pen functionality in the Note so consider whether that might be a feature you might benefit from.

Samsung Galaxy S8

  • Dimensions: 148.9 x 68.1 x 8mm, 155g, IP68
  • Display: 5.8-inches, 2960 x 1440 (568ppi), dual edge Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: 12MP (f/1.7, AF, 4K video), 8MP front (f/1.7,
  • Storage: 64GB, microSD support up to 256GB
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Colours: Midnight Black
  • Price (RRP): £499
 

The Samsung Galaxy S8 features a very similar design to the newer S9, including the 18.5:9 aspect ratio display. The position of the rear fingerprint sensor is a little more awkward on the S8 than the S9 but aside from this, the two devices look almost identical.

You'll of course get slightly older hardware on the S8, and the S9 offers optical image stabilisation on the rear camera, but the S8 is still a very compelling device, especially at its sub-£500 price point.

Samsung Galaxy S8+

  • Dimensions: 159.5, 73.4 x 8.1mm, 173g, IP68
  • Display: 6.2-inches, 2960 x 1440 (531ppi), dual edge Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: 12MP (f/1.7, AF, 4K video), 8MP front (f/1.7)
  • Storage: 64GB, microSD support up to 256GB
  • Battery: 3500mAh
  • Colours: Midnight Black
  • Price (RRP): £649
 

Like the smaller model, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ has a similar design to the newer S9+, though the new model does offer the repositioned fingerprint sensor, as well as a dual rear camera.

The S8+ is still an excellent device though with a great camera, fabulous display and a gorgeous design. It might not have the latest hardware inside but it's still a powerful handset that's well worthy of its £650 price tag.

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Samsung Galaxy Note

The latest model in the Galaxy Note range is the Note 9, which launched in August 2018. Don't ignore the Note 8 if you're interested in the Note though.

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
  • Colours: Midnight Black, Ocean Blue, Lavender Purple (UK), Metallic Copper (US)
  • Price (RRP): £899
 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 9 sits at the top of Samsung's line up, featuring a similar design and hardware to the Galaxy S9+ but with the addition of the S Pen stylus and a larger battery capacity.

It is an exceptional device with an excellent display, great low light camera performance and a fantastic battery life. It is also expensive though so consider the S9+ if the S Pen isn't essential to you.

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

  • Dimensions: 162.5 x 74.8 x 8.6mm, 195g, IP68
  • Display: 6.3-inches, 2960 x 1440 (522ppi), dual edge Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Dual 12MP (AF, OIS, 4K video), 8MP front (f/1.7, AF)
  • Storage: 64GB, microSD support up to 256GB
  • Battery: 3300mAh
  • Colours: Midnight Black, Maple Gold
  • Price (RRP): £769
 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 has an almost identical design to the Note 9, aside from the repositioned fingerprint sensor. It is a brilliant device with a great camera performance, plenty of power and a wonderful display.

The latest model has a bigger battery, newer hardware and a Bluetooth-enabled S Pen for more features, but the Note 8 is a great option for those after a Note device but at a cheaper price.

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Samsung Galaxy A

The newest device in the Galaxy A range is the A9, which will be available from mid-November, though Samsung also recently announced the A7, which is available now.

Samsung Galaxy A9

  • Dimensions: 163.5 x 77 x 7.8mm, 183g, IP68
  • Display: 6.3-inches, 2220 x 1080 (392ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Quad rear 24MP (f/1.7, AF, FHD video), 10MP telephoto, 8MP ultra wide and 5MP depth, 24MP front (f/2.0)
  • Storage: 128GB, microSD support up to 512GB
  • Battery: 3800mAh
  • Colours: Caviar Black, Bubblegum Pink, Lemonade Blue
  • Price (RRP): £549 (available mid-November)

The Samsung Galaxy A9 comes with a huge display within its footprint thanks to the 18:9 aspect ratio, along with a fabulous ombre finish on the rear and a quad camera setup.

It might not be quite as premium as the S9, but it offers some great specs under its hood, including plenty of RAM and a battery that will likely see you through the day and then some.

Samsung Galaxy A8

  • Dimensions: 149.2 x 70.6 x 8.4mm, 172g, IP68
  • Display: 5.6-inches, 2220 x 1080 (441ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: 16MP (f/1.7, AF, FHD video), Dual front 16MP/8MP (f/1.9)
  • Storage: 32GB, microSD support up to 400GB
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Colours: Black, Orchid Grey, Gold
  • Price (RRP): £299
 

The Samsung Galaxy A8 doesn't have a dual-edged display like the S8 and S9, but it does have an 18.5:9 aspect ratio, facial recognition and a great design for its price.

It borrows plenty from the flagship series but for a much more affordable price. If you love the S8 but you can't justify the £500 price tag, the A8 is £200 cheaper and it as plenty to love.

Samsung Galaxy A7

  • Dimensions: 159.8 x 76.8 x 7.5mm, 168g
  • Display: 6-inches, 2220 x 1080 (411ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: Triple rear 24MP (f/1.7, AF, FHD video), 5MP (f/2.2) and 8MP (f/2.4), 24MP front (f/2.0)
  • Storage: 64GB, microSD support up to 512GB
  • Battery: 3300mAh
  • Colours: Blue, Black, Gold
  • Price (RRP): £309
 

The Samsung Galaxy A7 takes its design cues from the Galaxy A9, but rather than a quad camera, it opts for a triple rear camera. There is no ombre finish like the A9, though the gold colour is nice and you still get a glass back, along with a bi screen experience.

The A7 has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor and Micro-USB rather than USB Type-C but it has a decent-sized battery, good design and plenty of storage for its price point.

Samsung Galaxy A6

  • Dimensions: 149.9 x 70.8 x 7.7mm, 162g
  • Display: 5.6-inches, 1480 x 720 (294ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: 16MP (f/1.7, AF, FHD video), 16MP front (f/1.9)
  • Storage: 32GB, microSD support up to 256GB
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Colours: Black, Lavender, Gold
  • Price (RRP): £229
 

The Samsung Galaxy A6 is cheaper than the slightly older A8 by around £70, but it too has an 18.5:9 aspect ratio display for a good viewing experience.

The resolution is a little lower than the A8 and there is no dual camera on the front like the A8, but you still get decent-sized battery, microSD support and the front flash on the A6 has three settings for the perfect selfie.

Samsung Galaxy A5

  • Dimensions: 146.1 x 71.4 x 7.9mm, 157g
  • Display: 5.2-inches, 1920 x 1080 (424ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: 16MP (f/1.9, AF, FHD video), 16MP front (f/1.9)
  • Storage: 32GB, microSD support up to 256GB
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Colours: Black Sky, Blue Mist, Peach Cloud, Gold Sand
  • Price (RRP): £249
 

 The Samsung Galaxy A5 has a great design and build, though rather than the 18.5:9 aspect ratio display, it has a 16:9 aspect ratio, meaning the fingerprint sensor sits below the screen on the front.

The camera isn't the best out there and the A6 is cheaper with a larger display, but a larger battery capacity remains under the hood, as does microSD for storage expansion.

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Samsung Galaxy J

The latest models in the budget Galaxy J range is the J6+ and the J4+, though you can still get your hands on the 2017 J3 from Samsung if you're happy with an older design and less storage.

Samsung Galaxy J6+

  • Dimensions: 161.4 x 76.9 x 7.9mm, 178g
  • Display: 6-inches, 1480 x 720 (274ppi), TFT
  • Cameras: Dual rear 13MP (f/1.9, AF, FHD video) and 5MP (f/2.2), 8MP front (f/1.9)
  • Storage: 32GB, microSD support up to 512GB
  • Battery: 3300mAh
  • Colours: Grey, Black, Red
  • Price (RRP): £209

The Samsung Galaxy J6+ has a side-mounted fingerprint sensor like the Galaxy A7, along with a 6-inch display with an 18:9 aspect ratio, but it drops the resolution and switches to a TFT display.

There's still a good-size battery on board though, along with Dolby sound, a dual rear camera and plenty of capacity for storage expansion. It's also £100 cheaper than the Galaxy A7.

Samsung Galaxy J6

  • Dimensions: 149.3 x 70.2 x 8.2mm, 154g
  • Display: 5.6-inches, 1480 x 720 (293ppi), Super AMOLED
  • Cameras: 13MP (f/1.9, AF, FHD video), 8MP front (f/1.9)
  • Storage: 32GB, microSD support up to 256GB
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Colours: Black, Lavender, Gold
  • Price (RRP): £179
 

The Samsung Galaxy J6 is around the same size as the Galaxy A6 featuring an 18.5:9 aspect ratio AMOLED display but for under £200.

The camera specifications take a slight dip compared to the A6, but the J6 still features microSD support, a decent design for the price and a good battery capacity.

Samsung Galaxy J4+

  • Dimensions: 161.4 x 76.9 x 7.9mm, 178g
  • Display: 6-inches, 1480 x 720 (274ppi), TFT
  • Cameras: 13MP (f/1.9, AF, FHD video), 5MP front (f/2.2)
  • Storage: 32GB, microSD support up to 512GB
  • Battery: 3300mAh
  • Colours: Gold, Pink, Black
  • Price (RRP): £169

The Samsung Galaxy J4+ features the same footprint and screen size as the J6+, but it loses the extra camera lens on the rear and drops the resolution of the front camera slightly.

Dolby Atmos sound is still on board though, along with a good battery size and storage expansion up to 512GB. You also still get an 18:9 aspect ratio screen, resulting in a big screen for the footprint and all for sub-£170.