The best Samsung smartphones

The best Samsung smartphones

The South Korean manufacturer produces exceptionally reliable smartphones, it is tested by time and authority, which the company builds with such diligence. What's New in Samsung's Assortment?

At the beginning of 2018, Samsung showed a negative trend – a drop in sales of the mobile division. This is due to the high competition from China and generally due to the oversupply of the smartphone market. They were not very successful Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 +, whose sales were almost a third less than the predecessor Samsung Samsung S8 showed.

For all of 2018, the South Korean manufacturer has launched 25 smartphones in all price categories. And he has not lost his leadership position, as some skeptical analysts have predicted. Sales fell by a few percent, but remained practically the same – 18.6% of the entire global market. Samsung's main competitors remain Apple (18.3%), Huawei (15.6%), Xiaomi (7.9%), Oppo (7.6%) and Vivo (6.3%).

We have selected the most interesting sales phones for 2018, available on the Russian market and objectively evaluated the capabilities of each model.

Cheapest Samsung Galaxy J2 Core (2018)

  • Processor: Exynos 7570 with 4 cores, 1.4 GHz
  • Screen: 5 inches, 960 x 480 resolution
  • Photo cameras (main / front): 8 megapixels / 5 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 1 GB / 8 GB
  • Battery capacity: 2600 mAh

Price: from 5200 rub.

If a smartphone requires a minimum of hardware capabilities and high reliability, then this model is exactly that. Bribe manufacturer of high quality construction. The device is not limited to a single call, you can comfortably use Android 8.1 (Go Edition), but in this simplified version.

The user has access to a high quality IPS screen, a pair of simple 8- and 5-megapixel cameras and a full range of additional features: geolocation, LTE communication and support for two SIM cards. For this money, more and more could not be desired given the brand of the device.


  • Sales
  • High quality IPS display.
  • Support 4G LTE and GPS, BeiDou, Glonass.
  • Android Go operating system simplified.


  • The fingerprint scanner is missing.

With NFC Samsung Galaxy J4 + (2018)

  • Processor: 4-core Snapdragon 425, 1.4 GHz
  • Screen: 6 inches, 1480 x 720 resolution
  • Photo cameras (main / front): 13 megapixels / 5 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 3 GB / 32 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh

Price: from 8900 rub.

One of the most successful Samsung smartphones in terms of price and performance. For a relatively low cost, they provide balanced performance for all modern tasks on the Android 8.1 operating system and support for the now popular NFC contactless payment feature.

The model has a Super AMOLED screen, good memory, good autonomy given the chip's profitability, a fingerprint scanner on the side of the case and a complete arsenal of additional interfaces. Remember the excellent design that distinguishes all the models of the manufacturer.


  • Reasonable price.
  • Super AMOLED high quality display.
  • NFC function.
  • Support 4G LTE, GPS, BeiDou, Glonass.
  • Fingerprint scanner.


  • Not found.

Samsung Galaxy J8 Balanced (2018)

  • Processor: Octa-core Snapdragon 450, 1.4 GHz
  • Screen: 6 inches, 1480 x 720 resolution
  • Photo cameras (main / front): 16 + 5 megapixels / 16 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 3 GB / 32 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3500 mAh

Price: from 13 400 rub.

The model offers a beautiful design with a piece of polycarbonate in a piece and glass with 2.5D screen. Overall, the Galaxy J8 looks better than the previous model. There are good cameras that allow you to take high quality selfie and creative bokeh photos, thanks to the dual core sensor.

Also, the performance is better, it will not lack speed, but in the reasonable load of the device with background tasks. The improvements have affected the battery capacity, which is logical for the parameters that require more energy consumption. This is a pretty good smartphone based on Android 8.0 with all the necessary features and relevant for 2019.


  • Super AMOLED high quality display.
  • Balanced performance.
  • Support NFC, 4G LTE, GPS, BeiDou, Glonass.
  • Beautiful rooms.
  • Fingerprint scanner.


  • Overcharge.

With Samsung Galaxy A7 (2018) Triple Camera

  • Processor: Exynos 7885 with 8 cores, 2.2 GHz
  • Screen: 6 inches, resolution 2220 x 1080
  • Photo cameras (main / front): 24 + 8 + 5 megapixels / 24 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 4 GB / 64 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3300 mAh

Price: from 16,400 rub.

In 2018, the company updated the famous Galaxy A series of smartphones with the launch of the new A7 with a triple main camera and a mid-range configuration. And it introduced the new A9, which has already received a room for four sensors, but at a price of 23,000 rubles. Both smartphones can safely be called camera phones with good shooting capabilities.

In terms of speed, there are absolutely no questions, there is a good chip in terms of performance, current memory capacity and a high quality Super AMOLED screen. Like all modern interfaces and a beautiful design, with a choice of four colors: black, blue, gold and pink.


  • Sales.
  • Super AMOLED high quality display.
  • Good performance.
  • Support NFC, 4G LTE, GPS, BeiDou, Glonass.
  • Great rooms.
  • Fingerprint scanner.
  • Update to Android 9.0.


  • Not found.

with infinite screen Samsung Galaxy A8s

  • Processor: Snapdragon 710 with 8 cores, 2.2 GHz
  • Screen: 6.4 inches, resolution 2340 x 1080
  • Photo cameras (main / front): 24 + 10 + 5 megapixels / 24 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 6 GB / 128 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3400 mAh

Price: from 30,000 rub.

The model was presented in December 2018. In Russia, it will become available for purchase in late February or early March. A smartphone feature is the Infinity-O screen with a front-facing camera embedded in the visible part of the IPS display. Innovation has replaced "monobrow" and is becoming the trend of the current year.

In addition, the novelty received pre-flagship performances and a powerful triple main camera, with ample creative photo opportunities. Also, features include the IP68 certified waterproof casing and all the latest interfaces, including a slim design and the current version of Android 9.0 Pie operating system.


  • Infinity display on IPS.
  • High processor performance.
  • Superb flagship rooms.
  • NFC support, 4G LTE, geolocation.
  • IP68 housing protection.
  • Android 9.0 operating system.


  • Screen too expensive, but innovative.

Flagship Samsung Galaxy S9

  • Processor: Exynos 9810 with 8 cores, 2.8 GHz
  • Screen: 5.8 inches, resolution 2960 x 1440
  • Photo cameras (main / front): 12 megapixels / 8 megapixels
  • Memory (RAM / ROM): 4 GB / 64 GB
  • Battery capacity: 3000 mAh

Price: from 34,500 rubles.

There has been a lot of talk about this top smartphone. In all respects, an advanced model with powerful hardware filling. The younger modification differs from the older sibling in the diagonal size, single main room and battery capacity. The rest is a completely identical device with all the software features.

Due to the emergence of a new generation of Samsung Galaxy S10, prices for S9, S9 + and Note9 predecessors are low, so users who are not following the latest trends but want top performance should look at these options.


  • Sales
  • Super AMOLED quality screen.
  • Flagship performance.
  • Powerful top rooms
  • Support for all modern interfaces.
  • IP68 housing protection.
  • Fast and wireless charging of the battery.
  • Update to Android 9.0.


  • The battery discharges quickly.
Excluded from collection
The best Samsung Galaxy Note 8

  • Operating system: Android 7.1
  • Processor: Exynos 8 Octa 8898M, 8 cores, 2500 MHz
  • Screen size: 6.3 inches, Super AMOLED, 2960 × 1440 pixels
  • Battery: 3300 mAh
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Built-in storage: 64 GB

Price: from 65 990 rub.

A smartphone equipped with the legendary S-Pen. This accessory spends most of its time in a special slot. But as soon as you remove it, the method of using the device changes immediately. You can instantly write a specific note on the off screen – it will still be saved anyway. S-Pen also allows you to quickly get the translation of whole words, phrases and sentences – just select them with style. With this accessory it is convenient to draw, for which special applications are created. And it simplifies working with multiple programs at the same time.

The ghost itself did not disappoint either. It is equipped with a 6.3-inch screen created with Super AMOLED technology and has a resolution of 2960 × 1440 pixels. Date, time and other important information are displayed continuously. The edges of this screen are slightly curved. The borders on the sides are practically invisible, and the space on the display cannot be called huge – the Home button didn't really fit here. Because of this, the fingerprint scanner was moved to the rear panel.

Overall, Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is a device for successful people. It has an iris scanner and other expensive structural elements. In this regard, the price proved to be adequate. But there is no doubt that you will certainly not be disappointed with your purchase because the device has the maximum features – you will use it comfortably for many years.


  • The latest version of the operating system;
  • Availability of water protection according to IP68 standard;
  • Very high resolution display;
  • The screen has an aspect ratio of 18.5: 9;
  • Long battery life;
  • Many remedies;
  • Accepted fast and wireless charging technology;
  • Large amount of memory;
  • Powerful processor
  • There is a multifunctional style;
  • The fastest wireless modules have been introduced.


  • The dimensions may seem too large;
  • Very high price.

Samsung Galaxy J1 Compact Smartphone (2016)

  • Operating system: Android 5.1
  • Processor: Exynos 3475, 4 cores, 1300 MHz
  • Screen size: 4.5 inches, Super AMOLED, 800 × 480 pixels
  • Battery: 2050 mAh
  • RAM: 1 GB
  • Built-in storage: 8 GB

Price: from 6,990 rub.

This device has an AMOLED screen – this is its main advantage over competitors from other companies. Low screen resolution is a plus, as the modest processor does not have to strain to process the image. A well-optimized Android 5.1 operating system offers a minimum of brakes.

After purchasing this model, you must obtain a memory card, because the amount of built-in storage is sufficient for basic needs only. The device enters the global web using LTE networks – the data transfer speed will certainly fit you. The device also includes a proximity sensor. But there is no light sensor here, so the brightness of the backlight will have to be manually adjusted. Nothing good can be said about the rooms installed here just "for the show".

You must go to such limitations when purchasing this smartphone. We recommend that you pay attention only if you are really a fan of the products of a South Korean company, and at the same time you definitely need a compact device.


  • The screen is created using Super AMOLED technology;
  • There is an FM radio;
  • There is an LTE module;
  • The navigation chip works well;
  • You can use two SIM cards;
  • The processor does an excellent job;
  • Long battery life;
  • Very low cost.


  • Small amount of operational and permanent memory;
  • The simplest rooms are incorporated;
  • The screen resolution will not suit everyone.

The most beautiful Samsung Galaxy S8

  • Operating System: Android 7.0
  • Processor: Exynos 8895, 8 cores, 2300 MHz
  • Screen size: 5.8 inches, Super AMOLED, 2960 × 1440 pixels
  • Battery: 3000 mAh
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • Built-in storage: 64 GB

Price: from 49 990 rub.

This is the first South Korean smartphone to receive a screen with an aspect ratio of 18.5: 9. Only this makes it very unusual. The display also has curved edges, which also causes only delight after purchase. The upper area of ​​the engineers significantly reduced the size. In about the same way, the surface area under the screen was reduced – the manufacturer even dropped the familiar Home button, while moving the fingerprint sensor on the back panel.

This smartphone is the pilot. That says it all. The machine has the strongest components and a wonderful room. Even the fastest LTE mode is embedded here – in theory, it is capable of delivering a 1 Gbit / s data transfer rate! Wait for the buyer and a long working time from a charge, the key for which is the AMOLED screen. By the way, the display is able to operate constantly, in a locked state displays the date, time and other important information.


  • A very high resolution AMOLED display is used;
  • Convenient aspect ratio;
  • Beautiful and unique design;
  • High-speed wireless modules;
  • Built-in 12 megapixel camera with f / 1.7 aperture and optical stabilization;
  • High processor power;
  • Decent amount of memory;
  • Waterproof IP68.


  • Not everyone can afford a smartphone;
  • The fingerprint scanner is not in the best place.

Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro's best battery powered smartphone

  • Operating system: Android 6.0
  • Processor: Snapdragon 653 MSM8976Pro, 8 cores, 1950 MHz
  • Screen: 6 inches, Super AMOLED, 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Battery: 4000 mAh
  • RAM: 6 GB
  • Built-in storage: 64 GB

Price: from 26,560 rub.

One of the largest South Korean smartphones. Under its metal housing is a very capable battery. At the same time, the image is displayed on a screen created using Super AMOLED technology, renowned for energy efficiency. As a result, there are often expressions in reviews that the device works for a single charge for two or even two and a half days.

With the rest of the features here, everything is in order. The rear panel is a refuge for a 16 megapixel camera. In order to travel by expanding the global site, 802.11ac LTE and Wi-Fi modules are designed. The wireless headset signal is sent via Bluetooth 4.2. Another device is capable of boasting a large amount of memory and a very powerful processor. You can only regret the lack of support for MST, which is why you will need to forget about the payment through Samsung Pay. But then the buyer will have access to Android Pay service, because there is an NFC chip here.


  • Powerful processor
  • A large amount of RAM and permanent memory;
  • Used AMOLED screen;
  • Long battery life;
  • Very good rooms are incorporated;
  • There are high-speed wireless modules;
  • It is possible to install two SIM cards.


  • The device's dimensions may seem too large;
  • Cost quite high;
  • Sold only in online stores.

Best budget smartphone Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016)

  • Operating system: Android 5.1
  • Processor: Snapdragon 410, 4 cores, 1200 MHz
  • Screen size: 5.2 inches, Super AMOLED, 1280 × 720 pixels
  • Battery: 3100 mAh
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Built-in storage: 16 GB

Price: from 13,990 rub.

Smartphone with very good budget. It has an adequate amount of memory. And nothing bad can be said about the processor. Data transmission is performed using the LTE and Wi-Fi 802.11n modules. The front panel has a 5.2-inch screen with excellent color reproduction. And manufacturing technology has allowed for a long battery life – in this regard, all competitors with the same price from other companies are far behind.

Of course, Samsung Galaxy J5 (2016) might not be the perfect smartphone. To reduce costs, South Koreans had to abandon the MST and the light sensor. Some dissatisfaction can cause the front camera, which has a resolution of 5 megapixels. But the main room looks great. Two SIM card slots may be to the buyer's liking. However, the second one is combined, so you have to choose between a SIM card and a memory card.


  • Energy efficient AMOLED display;
  • A capable battery is used;
  • You can use two SIM cards;
  • A decent amount of RAM;
  • Good rear camera with 13 megapixel resolution;
  • Accepted LTE network;
  • There is an NFC chip;
  • The navigation module works well.


  • I would like a higher resolution display;
  • The brightness of the backlight must be manually adjusted;
  • Moderate front camera;
  • Not the latest version of Android.


We haven't started talking about all the Samsung smartphones launched in 2018. And he presented the models that will be most interesting to our readers. All devices are fully current and available for sale in Russia. We talked a little about the quality of the devices, as this is a fact well known in relation to this manufacturer.

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