Galaxy S Buyer's Guides December 2020

Our Samsung Galaxy S buyer's guide helps answer the questions you need to know before buying.

Galaxy S20 Plus LTE

Samsung released the Galaxy S20+ LTE in March 2020, and the phone arrived as the successor to the Galaxy S10+. The Galaxy S20+ LTE brought a number of improvements as compared to the previous generation. The Galaxy S20+ LTE feature set includes a 6.7-inch display that is HDR10+ certified, has a maximum resolution of 3200 x 1440 and a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. Other features of the phone include a Snapdragon 865 processor, up to 512GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 1TB, and a 4500 mAh battery, along with a five-camera setup. The Galaxy S20+ LTE camera setup includes a 10MP selfie camera on the front with a 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP wide-angle, 64MP telephoto, and DepthVision camera on the back.

Galaxy S20 LTE

Samsung unveiled the Galaxy S20 family in February 2020. The Galaxy S20 was released as the successor to the Galaxy S10 and brought improvements in several key areas. The Galaxy S20 LTE feature set includes a 6.2-inch Quad HD+ Dynamic AMOLED 2x Infinity-O display that has a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. Samsung is also touting the Galaxy S20 LTE as the phone that will change photography. The phone features a 10MP front-facing camera along with a three-camera array on the back. The rear camera setup includes a 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP wide-angle and 64MP telephoto, and with features such as a 30x Space Zoom and 8k Video Snap.

Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G

The Galaxy S20 Ultra 5G is the largest in the Galaxy S20 family. The S20 Ultra 5G feature set includes a 6.9-inch display with a 3200 x 1440 resolution and a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz. Other hardware features on the Galaxy S20 Ultra include a Snapdragon 865 processor, up to 16GB of RAM, up to 512GB of internal storage, an IP68 rating, and 5000 mAh battery. Along with being the largest in the Galaxy S20 family, the S20 Ultra 5G also includes the top specs in terms of camera hardware. The S20 Ultra 5G includes a 40MP selfie camera along with 12MP ultra-wide, 108MP wide-angle, 48MP telephoto and Depth Vision camera. Other camera-related features include Single Take mode, 8k Video Snap, and a 100x capable Space Zoom.

Galaxy S20 Plus 5G

Samsung introduced the Galaxy S20+ 5G in February 2020 as part of the Galaxy S20 family. The Galaxy S20 family serves as the successor to the Galaxy S10 and includes the Galaxy S20, S20+, and S20 Ultra. The Galaxy S20+ 5G sits in the middle in terms of size and has a 6.7-inch Infinity-O display with a refresh rate of up to 120Hz. As evident from the name, the Galaxy S20 5G brings support for 5G connectivity on the Sub6 and mmWave networks. Another highlight of the Galaxy S20+ 5G is the camera setup, which is now a five-camera array. The Galaxy S20+ 5G has a 10MP selfie camera on the front with a 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP wide-angle, 64MP telephoto and DepthVision cameras on the back. The phone also has new camera-related features such as a 30x Space Zoom, a Single Take mode which Samsung describes as “burst mode turned beast mode” and 8k Video Snap.

Galaxy S20 5G

Introduced in February 2020, the Galaxy S20 5G serves as the successor to the Galaxy S10 family of devices. The Galaxy S20 brings improvements in several areas, which include 5G support for sub6 networks and a 6.2-inch AMOLED Quad HD+ (1440 x 3200) display. Other hardware features of the Galaxy S20 5G include a Snapdragon 865 processor, 12GB of RAM, up to 128GB of internal storage, and a 4000 mAh battery. The other important aspect of the Galaxy S20 5G comes in with the camera, which includes a 12MP ultra-wide, 12MP wide-angle, 64MP telephoto setup on the back with a 10MP selfie camera on the front. The phone also saw some new camera-related features such as 8k Video Snap, which allows you to record video in 8k and also grab a 33MP still image from the video.

Galaxy S10e

The Galaxy S10e was released in February 2019 and serves as Samsung’s 10th generation affordable flagship. The S10e’s front face showcases a 5.8-inch Infinity-O display. Thanks to the minimal bezels, the AMOLED display features a high 83% screen-to-body ratio. The S10e packs truly high-end specs with its octa-core Snapdragon 855 processor, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, up to 256GB of internal storage, and 3100mAh battery. The S10e also offers a versatile camera experience, with a 12MP wide angle lens and a 16MP ultra wide lens.

Galaxy S10

Released in February 2019, the Samsung Galaxy S10 is Samsung’s 10th generation flagship smartphone. Compared to its predecessor, the S10 received a striking visual redesign with its Infinity-O display that slopes over the sides and delivers an impressive 88% screen-to-body ratio. Underneath the 6.1-inch AMOLED display, you’ll find an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. The S10 also packs impressive specs such as the octa-core Snapdragon 855 processor, 8GB of RAM, and up to 512GB of internal storage. Finally, the S10 packs one of the best camera arrays found in a 2019 flagship, with a 12MP wide angle, 12MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom, and 16MP ultra wide.

Galaxy S10 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus was released in February 2019, and is Samsung’s 10th generation plus-sized flagship phone. Featuring the octa-core Snapdragon 855 processor, 8GB or 12GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of storage, the S10+ is an incredibly powerful phone. It also comes with a massive 4100mAh battery to make sure that you have enough juice to last you the entire day. In addition to updated specs, the S10+ received a major design overhaul with its 6.4-inch Infinity-O display. Underneath the high-resolution Dynamic AMOLED display, there’s an ultrasonic fingerprint reader to handle device authentication. Finally, the S10+ packs an impressive triple camera setup, with a 12MP wide angle, 12MP telephoto with 2x optical zoom, and 16MP ultra wide.

Galaxy S10 5G

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is the 5G-enabled variant of Samsung’s 10th generation flagship phone. It’s a technological powerhouse, packing a speedy Snapdragon 855 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a massive 4500mAh battery. The S10 5G prominently features a giant 6.7-inch Infinity-O display that covers nearly the entire front face. The AMOLED display has an incredibly high 3040x1440 resolution, while hiding an ultrasonic fingerprint reader underneath. The S10 5G also packs a versatile camera array, thanks to its 12MP wide angle, 12MP 2x telephoto, 16MP ultra wide, and 0.3MP depth sensor.

Galaxy S9 Plus

The Galaxy S9 Plus was released in March 2018, and is Samsung’s 9th generation, plus-sized flagship. Its front face is dominated by a large 6.2-inch Super AMOLED with an 84% screen-to-body ratio. Under the hood, you get a speedy Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, up to 256GB of internal storage, and a 3500mAh battery. The S9+ also offers Dolby Atmos virtual surround sound and Intelligent Scan facial recognition. As you’d expect from a flagship Samsung, the S9+ has a great camera setup. The 12MP primary camera offers OIS and super slow motion video recording, while the 12MP telephoto module sports 2x optical zoom. The S9+ is available in Sunrise Gold, Lilac Purple, Coral Blue, and Midnight Black.

Galaxy S9

The Galaxy S9 is Samsung’s flagship phone for 2018. At the front, you get a large 5.8-inch Super AMOLED with an 84% screen-to-body ratio. Inside, the S9 packs a powerful Snapdragon 845 processor, 4GB of RAM, up to 256GB of storage, and a 3000mAh battery. In addition, the S9 offers Intelligent Scan facial recognition and Dolby Atmos virtual surround sound. Camera performance is also great, thanks to a 12MP f/1.5 module with OIS and super slow motion video recording. It is available in 5 colors, including the all-new Sunrise Gold.

Galaxy S8 Active

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Galaxy S8 Plus

Released in March 2017 alongside the Galaxy S8, the Samsung Galaxy S8 Plus was one of Samsung’s flagship phones for 2017. The S8+ features an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and either 4 or 6GB of RAM, making it one of the fastest devices available at the time, and still able to power through applications and games several years later. The S8+ also features a large 6.2-inch Super AMOLED with a 2960x1440 resolution and 529ppi. Rather than relying on physical navigation buttons, the S8+ makes use of its larger and taller aspect ratio screen to display on-screen Android navigation keys.

Galaxy S8

The Samsung Galaxy S8 was released in March 2017 alongside its bigger brother, the Galaxy S8 Plus. Together, these were Samsung’s flagship phones for 2017. Featuring an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 processor and 4GB of RAM, the Galaxy S8 was blazing fast when it was launched, and it still holds its own several years later. In addition to the usual spec bumps, the S8 also marked the first time a Samsung flagship was sold without hardware navigation buttons. In order to make way for this visual redesign, the S8 features a taller aspect ratio screen, allowing for on-screen Android navigation keys. This 5.8-inch Super AMOLED has a 2960x1440 resolution with a whopping 572ppi.

Galaxy S7 Edge

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge was released in March 2016, alongside the smaller S7 Edge. Like the Galaxy S6 Edge+ before it, the S7 also features a metal and glass design, only this time adding IP68 water resistance. Hardware specs include a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) Super AMOLED curved screen, Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, micro SD card slot, 12MP rear and 5MP front facing cameras, and a 3,600mAh battery. The S7 Edge also features fast wireless charging, home button with fingerprint sensor, micro USB charging port with fast charging, headphone jack, always-on display, and more.

Galaxy S7 Active

The Samsung Galaxy S7 Active was released in June 2016, exclusively for AT&T. A rugged variant of the normal Galaxy S7, the S7 Active features improved drop protection with tough exterior and large 4,000mAh battery for extended usage. Other than that, hardware specs are similar to what you’d find on the regular Galaxy S7, with a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED flat screen, Snapdragon 820 chipset, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, micro SD card slot, 12MP rear and 5MP front facing cameras, fast wireless charging, home button with fingerprint sensor, micro USB charging port with fast charging, headphone jack, always-on display, and more.

Galaxy S7

The Samsung Galaxy S7 was released in March 2016 alongside the larger S7 Edge. Like the Galaxy S6 before it, the S7 also features a metal and glass design, this time adding IP68 water resistance. You'll also find a familiar 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED screen (flat), Always-on display, Snapdragon 820 processor, 4GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, micro SD card slot, 12MP rear and 5MP front facing cameras, 3,000mAh battery, fast wireless charging, fingerprint sensor, micro USB charging port, headphone jack, Samsung Pay (with support for both NFC and magnetic card readers) and more.

Galaxy S6

The Samsung Galaxy S6 was originally released in April 2015 alongside the Galaxy S6 Edge and S6 Edge+. The flat-screened model in Samsung’s S6 lineup, the Galaxy S6 comes equipped with a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, Exynos 7420 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32/64/128GB internal storage, 16MP rear and 5MP front facing cameras, wireless charging, home button with fingerprint sensor, micro USB port with fast charging, headphone jack, and Samsung Pay (NFC + MST). With a 2,550mAh battery, battery life is rated for around 17 hours of talk time. Galaxy S6 colors include White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, and Blue Topaz options.

Galaxy S6 Active

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active was released in June 2015 as an AT&T exclusive variant of the Galaxy S6. The S6 Active features improved drop protection with more rugged exterior and high capacity 3,500mAh battery for extended usage. Other hardware specs fall in line with the regular S6, with the S6 Active featuring a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED flat screen, Exynos 7420 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32/64GB internal storage, 16MP rear and 5MP front facing cameras, wireless charging, physical navigation buttons, micro USB charging port with fast charging, headphone jack, and more.

Galaxy S6 edge

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge was originally released in April 2015 alongside the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge+. A curved screen variant of the regular Galaxy S6, the S6 Edge utilized Samsung’s flexible AMOLED technology to wrap the display over the sides of the phone. Other than that, Galaxy S6 Edge specs are the same as the flatter model, coming equipped with a 5.1-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, Exynos 7420 chipset, 3GB RAM, 32/64/128GB internal storage, 16MP rear and 5MP front facing cameras, wireless charging, home button with fingerprint sensor, micro USB port with fast charging, headphone jack, and Samsung Pay (NFC + MST). With a 2,600mAh battery, battery life is rated for around 17 hours of talk time. Galaxy S6 Edge colors include White Pearl, Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Green Emerald options.

Galaxy S6 edge+

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ was originally released in April 2015 alongside the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. The larger, curved screen variant of the regular Galaxy S6, the S6 Edge+ utilized Samsung’s flexible AMOLED technology to bend the display over each side of the phone. The Galaxy S6 Edge+ comes equipped with a 5.7-inch Quad HD Super AMOLED display, Exynos 7420 chipset, 4GB RAM, 32/64/128GB internal storage, 16MP rear and 5MP front facing cameras, wireless charging, home button with fingerprint sensor, micro USB port with fast charging, headphone jack, and Samsung Pay (NFC + MST). With a 3,000mAh battery, battery life is rated for around 20 hours of talk time. Galaxy S6 Edge+ colors include Black Sapphire, Gold Platinum, Silver Titan, White Pearl, Pink options (some are region exclusive).


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