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In much of the world, Samsung is the king of the Android hill. While we might wish for more meaningful competition — there aren't nearly as many companies making viable Android phones as there used to be, at least not ones sold in the US — it's hard to say that Samsung hasn't earned its reputation. The company makes many of the best Android smartphones you can buy today across a wide range of prices.

Eyeing a Samsung upgrade? Here are our top picks right now, with options from $160 all the way up to $1,800.

Editors choice

9.00 / 10

The Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra is the Android flagship to beat right now.

With crazy fast performance, a positively fantastic 1440p, 120Hz display, and a Note-style built-in S Pen stylus, it's got every bell and whistle you could ask for in a phone that doesn't fold in half. Powered by a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and up to 12 gigs of RAM, the S22 Ultra handles the basics (calls, texts, social media, that sort of thing), plus more strenuous workloads like gaming and multitasking, all without breaking a sweat. Its 6.8-inch display is positively immaculate: it's very pixel-dense at a resolution of 1440p, colors are vibrant as all get-out, and its 120Hz refresh rate means animations are as smooth as you can ask for.

The S22 Ultra has a very robust camera array, with a 108-megapixel primary camera, a 12-megapixel ultra-wide, and not one, but two telephoto cameras at 3x and 10x magnification (both 10 megapixels). It even has a 40-megapixel wide-angle selfie camera.

With its built-in S Pen (plus its outstanding build quality, big, beautiful screen, and impressive cameras), the Galaxy S22 Ultra has taken up the Note mantle. If you've missed the Note devices of yesteryear, this is the one for you — provided you've got the $1,200 to drop on it, anyway.

Specifications
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
  • Display: 6.8-inch 1440 x 3088 AMOLED @ 120Hz (variable)
  • RAM: 8GB,12GB
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Operating System: Android 12 with One UI 4.1
  • Front camera: 40MP f/2.2, 26mm
  • Rear cameras: 108 MP f/1.8 primary, 12 MP f/2.2 ultrawide, 10 MP f/2.4 3x telephoto, 10 MP f/4.9 10x telephoto,
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e; Bluetooth 5.2; 5G mmWave and sub6
  • Dimensions: 163.3mm x 77.9mm x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 229 grams
  • Charging: 45W wired, 15W wireless (Qi)
  • IP Rating: IP68
  • Price: Starting at $1,199
  • Micro SD card support: No
  • Stylus type: S Pen
Pros
  • Huge, terrific display
  • Outstanding build quality
  • Built in S Pen
Cons
  • Big, sometimes awkward to handle
  • Very premium at $1,200
  • No charger in the box
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Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra
Premium pick

9.00 / 10

The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 is a slight improvement over our prior Premium Pick, 2021's Galaxy Z Fold 3. Everything we loved about that phone, we love about this one, too. For the same super-premium $1,800 MSRP, the Fold 4 has similar external and internal displays — although they are both just a touch wider, making the cover screen marginally more useful and the folding internal screen a little closer to square. The under-display selfie camera is also hidden better on the new model.

The most significant difference in 2022's foldable is in the cameras. While the Galaxy Z Fold 3 offered decent camera performance, it didn't meet the bar set by its astronomical price tag. This year, Samsung jammed in a 50MP primary camera sensor (up from the 12MP unit in the Fold 3) and added a 3x telephoto lens where there was a 2x in the prior generation. The cameras still aren't befitting a phone that costs double what many other flagships do, but they're closer than before.

The Fold 4 has the same 12GB of RAM as the Fold 3, but the newer phone sports a Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 — a considerable upgrade from the Snapdragon 888. It's not just speed, either; the newer chip is also more energy-efficient, so the Fold 4 can last a little longer on a charge. There's even a 1TB storage option, which wasn't available on the Fold 3 (it topped out at 512GB).

With a sky-high price tag and extremely high-end hardware, the Galaxy Z Fold 4 fits the premium mold very well. If you've got the cash, and you want the flashiest Samsung device out there, this is it.

Specifications
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  • Display: 7.6" 2176 x 1812 120Hz OLED primary, 6.2" 2316 x 904 120Hz OLED cover display
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256GB, 512GB, or 1TB
  • Battery: 4,400mAh
  • Ports: 1x USB Type-C
  • Operating System: Android 12L (OneUI 4.1.1)
  • Front camera: 4MP f/1.8 under-display camera (80˚ FoV, 2.0μm pixels), 10MP f/2.2 cover display camera (85˚ FoV, 1.22μm pixels)
  • Rear cameras: 50 MP f/1.8 wide-angle (85˚ FoV, OIS, 1.0μm pixels), 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide (123˚ FoV, 1.12μm pixels), 10MP f/2.4 telephoto (36˚ FoV, OIS, 1.0μm pixels)
  • Connectivity: 5G (inc mmWave), LTE, up to Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC
  • Others: Up to dual SIMs, eSIM, wireless reverse charging/PowerShare, side-mounted capacitive FP sensor
  • Dimensions: 67.1 x 155.1 x 15.8 mm folded (tapering to one edge), 130.1 x 115.1 x 6.3 mm unfolded, 263g
  • Colors: Graygreen, Phantom Black, Beige, Burgundy
  • IP Rating: IPX8
  • Price: Starting at $1,800
  • Stylus type: S Pen supported
Pros
  • It's a foldable tablet/phone hybrid!
  • Better cameras than the last generation
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • Thick and heavy
  • Slow charging
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Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4
Best value

7.50 / 10

For $300, the Samsung Galaxy A23 is a meaningful upgrade from Samsung's more entry-level smartphones like the ultra-affordable Galaxy A03s. Compared to that much less expensive phone, the A23 boasts a Snapdragon 695 chipset (whereas the A03s has a budget MediaTek CPU), plus the A23 has an additional gigabyte of RAM for 4GB total. This smartphone also has double the built-in storage at 64GB, and its screen — a 120Hz, 1080p LCD panel — is excellent for the price. Plus, it has a 5,000 mAh battery to keep it going all day. It's also guaranteed security patches for four years from its initial US release. That's well into 2026.

Samsung Galaxy A23's cameras aren't anything special, though, despite the primary sensor's 50MP resolution. The better-equipped Samsung Galaxy A53 has also seen sale prices as low as $350, occasionally complicating the A23's value proposition. Still, if you're not able to get a higher-end phone at a steep discount, the A23 is a great way to spend 300 bucks, especially if your carrier is offering any appealing incentives.

Specifications
  • SoC: Snapdragon 695
  • Display: 6.6 inch 1080x2408 @ 120Hz
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64GB expandable by microSD (up to 1TB)
  • Battery: 5000mAh
  • Ports: 3.5mm headset, USB-C
  • Operating System: Android 12 with One UI 4.1
  • Front camera: 8MP selfie in a teardrop notch
  • Rear cameras: 50MP main, 5MP ultrawide, 2MP macro, 2MP depth
  • Connectivity: Sub-6GHz 5G
  • Dimensions: 165.4 x 76.9 x 8.4 mm
  • Display type: PLS LCD
  • Weight: 197 g
  • Charging: 25W
  • IP Rating: None
  • Price: $300
Pros
  • 120Hz display
  • Sub-6 5G connectivity
  • Security updates into 2026
Cons
  • Budget price, budget camera performance
  • No IP-rated water resistance
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Samsung Galaxy A23 5G

8.25 / 10

The base-model Samsung Galaxy S22 is one of the last options for Android users who want a small flagship. It's not really small; it's got a 6.1-inch display. But considering there are phones on this list with screens approaching seven inches (or larger, if you count foldables), it's downright mini by modern standards.

With the same Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 as the larger S22 phones (including the Ultra), there's not much this phone can't handle. Just be aware its 3,700-milliamp-hour battery might need more babying than the 4,500- to 5,000-mAh cells found in most other modern flagships — and that, as a consequence of being so compact, it tends to warm up a bit under strain. Still, if you're not very demanding of your phone and want something nice and highly portable, this is the one for you.

Specifications
  • SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 (US/Japan)Samsung Exynos 2200 (ROW)
  • Display: 6.1" 1080p OLED, 120Hz
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, expandable by microSD
  • Battery: 3700mAh
  • Operating System: Android 12 with One UI 4.1
  • Front camera: 10MP f/2.2
  • Rear cameras: 50MP f/1.8 primary; 10MP f/2.4 3x telephoto; 12MP f/2.2 120˚ ultra-wide
  • Dimensions: 146 x 70.6 x 7.6 mm
  • Colors: Phantom Black, Phantom White, Green, Pink Gold, Graphite, Cream, Sky Blue, Violet
  • Weight: 167 g
  • Charging: 25W wired; 15W wireless
  • IP Rating: IP68
  • Price: $699 USD
Pros
  • A relatively compact flagship — rare in 2022
  • Really great display
  • Consistently strong performance
Cons
  • Camera performance isn't all it could be
  • Relatively weak battery life
  • Can get warm under strain
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Samsung Galaxy S22

8.50 / 10

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is Samsung's more affordable 2022 foldable. More affordable, mind you; this thing still costs a thousand bucks. But the Galaxy Z Flip 3 did, too, and the newer model is an objectively better device. Unfortunately, the newer Flip suffers the same pitfalls as the older one — crummy battery life and middling cameras, which aren't issues you'd expect to face in any non-folding phone that costs this much. But both aspects have been improved this year, with larger batteries (in the same size body) and enhanced low-light camera performance.

The Flip 4's hamburger-style folding screen means it's more or less a normal phone when it's open and an eminently pocketable little square when it's closed. The tiny cover screen is handy for checking the time or your notifications without firing up the battery-hungry internal screen. It also simplifies taking higher-quality selfies using the phone's rear-facing cameras.

We won't dance around it: if you take away the wow factor folding phones still have, you're essentially getting a midrange experience at a premium price here. But it's hard to deny the Flip 4 is extremely cool, and its build quality far exceeds what you'll find in Samsung's A-series phones. Plus, none of those phones fold in half — not more than once, anyway.

Specifications
  • SoC: Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
  • Display: 6.7" 2640 x 1080 120Hz OLED primary, 1.9" 260 x 512 OLED cover display
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Ports: 1x USB Type-C
  • Operating System: Android 12L (OneUI 4.1.1)
  • Front camera: 10MP f/2.4 hole-punch camera (80˚ FoV, 1.22μm pixels)
  • Rear cameras: 12MP f/1.8 wide-angle (83˚ FoV, OIS, 1.8μm pixels), 12MP f/2.2 ultra-wide (123˚ FoV, 1.12μm pixels)
  • Connectivity: 5G (inc mmWave), LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC
  • Others: Single SIM, eSIM, wireless reverse charging/PowerShare, side-mounted capacitive FP sensor
  • Dimensions: 71.9 x 84.9 x 17.1mm folded (tapering to 15.9mm), 71.9 x 165.2 x 6.9mm unfolded, 187g
  • Colors: Bora Purple, Graphite, Pink Gold, Blue
  • IP Rating: IPX8
  • Price: Starting at $1,000
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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

8.00 / 10

The Samsung Galaxy S21 FE keeps the best parts of 2021's Galaxy S21 series and trims some fat to offer a more affordable version. It has an outstanding 120Hz display, powerful battery life, and good performance. But at an MSRP of $700, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE is up against the , which offers better performance and more capable cameras for $100 less — though it is worth noting that the S21 FE is practically always on sale.

At a sale price of $600 or so, the S21 FE is a super value for anyone looking for a conventional, high-end Samsung experience without having to spend too much. However, at an MSRP of $700, it's not as easy to recommend, as it's only $100 cheaper than the S22. But on sale, it's definitely still worth considering.

Specifications
  • SoC: Snapdragon 888
  • Display: 6.4" FHD+ (2340x1080) OLED, 120Hz
  • RAM: 6-8GB of RAM
  • Storage: 128 or 256GB
  • Battery: 4,500mAh battery, 25W wired charging, 15W wireless
  • Operating System: OneUI 4.0 (Android 12)
  • Connectivity: 5G (sub-6 and mmWave), NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 6E
  • Others: Dual-SIM, IP68, optical in-display fingerprint sensor, no MST, no headphone jack
  • Dimensions: 74.5 x 155.7 x 7.9mm, 177g
  • Colors: White, graphite, olive, lavender
  • Price: Starting at $700
  • Camera (Rear, Front): 12MP f/.1.8 primary, 12MP f/2,2 ultra-wide, 8MP f/2.4 telephoto (up to "30x space zoom"), 32MP f/2.2 selfie
Pros
  • Excellent display
  • Two-day battery life
  • Strong performance
Cons
  • Cameras aren't as good as the Pixel 7's
  • 6 gigs of RAM is low for a $700 phone
  • Not quite the great value the S20 FE was
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Samsung Galaxy S21 FE

7.00 / 10

The Galaxy A53 does a lot right for $450. Samsung somehow managed to fit the phone with an excellent, 120Hz display while also maintaining good performance and battery life — an impressive combination at this price. It's guaranteed security updates into 2025, too, so you can safely use the thing for a long time. Its cameras are frequently slow to start, though, which can lead to missed shots. And while it may be $50 less expensive than last year's A52 5G, that price reduction comes with a couple of noteworthy downgrades from the prior model: the A53 does not have a headphone jack and does not come with a charger in the box. If none of those things sound like deal-breakers to you, the A53 will meet your needs just fine.

Specifications
  • SoC: Exynos 1280
  • Display: 6.5" 1080p OLED, 120Hz
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB, expandable by MicroSD (up to 1TB)
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Operating System: Android 12 with One UI 4.1
  • Front camera: 32MP f/2.2
  • Rear cameras: 64MP f/1.8 primary, 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide, 5MP f/2.4 macro, 5MP 5/2.4 depth
  • Dimensions: 6.28 x 2.94 x 0.32"
  • Display type: 6.5" 1080p OLED, 120Hz
  • Weight: 6.67 oz
  • Charging: Up to 25W wired
  • IP Rating: IP67
  • Price: $450
Pros
  • The best screen you'll see in a phone this price
  • Really good battery life
  • Less expensive than the previous generation
Cons
  • The A52 had a headphone jack, the A53 doesn't
  • No charger in the box
  • Unreliable camera performance
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Samsung Galaxy A53

7.25 / 10

The Samsung Galaxy A03s is cheap. It's got a 720p LCD display, cruddy cameras, and just 32 gigs of storage space — very cramped by modern standards. But it's also a fully functional smartphone for just 160 bucks, and it even has features like USB-C, NFC for contactless payments, and a fingerprint sensor (2021's A02s didn't have any biometric security to speak of). If your smartphone needs are very simple or if you just want to spend as little as possible on your next phone, the A03s is likely right up your alley.

Specifications
  • SoC: MediaTek Helio P35
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB, expandable by MicroSD (up to 1TB)
  • Battery: 5,000 mAh
  • Operating System: Android 11 with One UI 3.1
  • Rear cameras: 13MP f/2.2 primary; 2MP f/2.4 macro, 2MP f/2.4 depth
  • Connectivity: LTE only, no 5G
  • Dimensions: 164.2 x 75.9 x 9.1mm
  • Colors: Black
  • Display type: 6.5" 720 LCD, 60Hz
  • Weight: 196g
  • Charging: 7.75W wired
  • IP Rating: n/a
  • Price: $160
Pros
  • Great update commitment for a budget phone
  • Has a fingerprint sensor
  • Just $160
Cons
  • Crummy cameras
  • Not particularly quick
  • 32GB storage is low for 2022, even in a budget phone
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Samsung Galaxy A03s

The best Samsung phone for you

The Galaxy S22 Ultra, Galaxy Z Fold 4, and Galaxy Z Flip 4 are high-end, unique devices. They're quite different, but they all share a few things in common: they all have some of the best screens you can get in any electronic device today, are immaculately built, and do things most other phones can't do right now.

Of those three, the Galaxy S22 Ultra is the most powerful and the least fragile (though we'd hesitate to call any of them durable). If you want to keep your next phone for four or five years, the S22 Ultra's probably the way to go. It's pricey, but we're always on the lookout for good deals on the S22 series. If you want something fun and unusual, both folding models will be worth a look.

The Galaxy S22, Galaxy S21 FE, and Galaxy A53 cost substantially less than Samsung's top-tier offerings. If you prefer a smaller screen and can deal with middling battery life, go for the base-model S22. If you need a larger display, choose one of the other two — whichever works for your budget.

On the less expensive side, the A23 and the A03s offer basic smartphone functionality at very reasonable prices. Neither's exactly a powerhouse, but if your budget can bear it, we'd recommend the A23 over the A03s. The A23 is better in every way, but it also costs $140 more at retail. If you're interested in entertaining less expensive phones from companies other than Samsung, there are some great budget Android phones from other manufacturers, too.