Samsung has one of the most complete ranges on the telephony market. However, it can sometimes be complicated to find your way around and identify the best smartphone for your needs. Here are our recommendations.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S20 PLUS
The Samsung Galaxy S20+ is our recommendation at Samsung for those who want one of the best smartphones available right now. It offers a more complete solution than the Galaxy S20 with a longer battery life and a better price/performance ratio than the Galaxy S20 Ultra. It is powered by the SoC Exynos 990, the European alternative to the Snapdragon 865 for Samsung, supported by 8GB of RAM for this 4G model (and up to 12 for the 5G compatible model). On the photo side, there is a triple sensor 64 + 12 + 12 megapixel composition, accompanied by a ToF (Time of Flight) sensor. The quality is obviously there, even at night. In addition, it brings a good versatility, through portrait mode, ultra-wide-angle, zoom, etc.. To find out more, check out our test of the Samsung Galaxy S20+.
SAMSUNG GALAXY A71
The great mid-range
After a successful Galaxy A70 in 2019, Samsung continues with the Galaxy A71. We take the same formula, and it still works. The Galaxy A71 finds, like its little brother the A51, a good balance on all points, whether on the design, range or camera and of course the screen. Samsung’s know-how on the matter is undeniable, it’s still the strong point of the Korean brand’s mid-range terminals.
He’s a little off performance with a Snapdragon 730, though the overall package is still correct. It also suffers from the comparison with the A51, which offers very similar performance for a lower price. The A71 is therefore to be recommended if you’re looking for a slightly larger phone thanks to its 6.7-inch screen. You will find all the details in our test of the Samsung Galaxy A71.
SAMSUNG GALAXY A51
The best value for money
After the flamboyant Galaxy A50 in 2019, here is the Galaxy A51 in 2020. The previous vintage was excellent, this one is still excellent. It retains all the qualities of its predecessor, but makes a few adjustments to improve the experience and get into the fashion of the season. The Amoled screen is still of excellent workmanship and is slightly larger to reach 6.5 inches (instead of 6.4 previously). It also goes to the center punch, inherited from Note 10, instead of the drip notch.
New generation, it gains a little more power with this Exynos 9611 – which corresponds to a Snapdragon 712 – supported by 4 GB of RAM. This gives the terminal a perfectly fluid behavior, and you’ll be able to play anything, even if it will sometimes require some graphic concessions. Note that Fortnite is not licensed, at least for the moment, but an update may still come.
This configuration remains relatively low power consumption. Like its predecessor, the A51 offers a solid autonomy thanks to its 4000 mAh battery: 11H26 during our personalized test Aiming, which in practice will result in a big day and a half of use, even two days. Let us note the presence of the OneUI interface, which is still as pleasant as ever.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S20 ULTRA
The very top of the range
The Galaxy S20 Ultra is the flagship of 2020 for Samsung. So it comes as no surprise in the technical debauchery. The main differences with last year’s S10 are first to look at the screen. It is still Amoled, but this time with a refresh rate of 120 Hz. In addition to the intrinsic quality of the – very large – 6.9-inch panel, this gain in fluidity is particularly pleasant to use. OnePlus and others used to appreciate this, and now Samsung also does.
Samsung’s second innovation on this Galaxy S20 Ultra is the integration of a photo sensor capable of offering up to 100x hybrid zoom. This is the best available on the market today. Obviously at this zoom level, the pictures will not find their place in an art gallery, but the prowess and there, and we must especially remember that it allows a 10x optical zoom. There is also a 108 megapixel main sensor.
The large size of the smartphone can accommodate a nice battery, which ensures a comfortable battery life even if we could have expected a little more from Samsung on this point. On the other hand, you won’t have anything to say about performance with a new Exynos 990 processor, engraved in 7 nm and the 12 GB of RAM that comes with it. The Nec plus ultra that you can admire in our test of the Galaxy S20 Ultra.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S10 PLUS
The high-end alternative
While they are no longer the brand’s latest smartphones, the S10, including the S10 plus, are still relevant… especially since the arrival of new models will tend to drive prices down. With each release of its new flagship, Samsung has accustomed us to offer a boosted model with the famous “Plus” label. So it’s only natural that the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus is born today, offering wider dimensions and some additional features to reinforce the premium aspect of its range. Once again, the Korean manufacturer is offering the best screens on the market for its smartphones, with a 6.4-inch Dynamic AMOLED panel (compared to 6.1-inch for the S10) with curved edges and a maximum Quad HD definition of 3040 x 1440 pixels.
It too is powered by the new SoC Exynos 9820 (and backed by 8GB of RAM) for very high performance on a daily basis. It runs natively on Android 9.0 Pie with the One UI interface and integrates an ultrasonic fingerprint reader under the screen to unlock the smartphone. Its autonomy is not to be outdone with a 4,100 mAh battery, it can easily last more than a full day with intensive use without showing signs of fatigue (unlike the classic S10). On the photo side, it benefits from the same triple sensor module as the S10 to always support a certain versatility, but adds a second front camera to enlarge the bubble in the screen.
SAMSUNG GALAXY Z FLIP
The Galaxy Z Flip is the first foldable smartphone you can recommend… if you want a foldable smartphone and have the budget for it. A little more affordable than the Galaxy Fold, which was over $2,000, this Z Flip is also much more functional for everyday use. By folding horizontally, you get the form factor of the clamshell smartphones of yesteryear. And, yes, it’s really cool.
Although it does not have all the technological advances of the S20 range, the Z Flip retains a solid technical specification, which is roughly equivalent to the high-end terminals of the year 2019. This will be sufficient for all uses and for the months to come. There’s no need to worry. The photo part is also of the same kind, a little bit like last year’s standard.
The Z Flip’s concern is more about its autonomy, which is a little less well managed than on more traditional smartphones. You’ll have a hard time getting past the day of use, that’s tolerable, but the norm is now a day and a half of use. Samsung uses its OneUI interface unsurprisingly, but with some nice optimizations thought for this form factor. You’ll find all the details in our test of the Galaxy Z Flip.