Samsung Galaxy deals – what you need to know
By Phil Wilkinson-Jones | Monday, June 10th 2019
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Samsung Galaxy is the world’s most popular phone brand, thanks in part to its ability to compete with the latest Apple and Huawei models at the premium end of the market while also providing consumers with a variety of budget and mid-range options.
Here, we’ll take a look at Samsung Galaxy phones including the latest models, what makes them what they are and what kind of mobile deals you can find. We’ll even touch on the alternatives.
What are Samsung Galaxy phones?
Samsung Galaxy phones range from the latest and among the most technologically-advanced handsets available to solid, reliable phones that don’t cost the earth. They all run on the Android operating system, so you use Google Play to find your apps, games and such.
Samsung manufactures a lot of phones to help it cater for multiple markets. They are all called Galaxy, with the series to which the phone belongs denoted by a letter or word (like S, A or Note) and the specific model represented by a number. With the S series in particular, the higher the number the newer the phone.
Galaxy S series
The Galaxy S series is Samsung’s premium line of mobile phones. The Galaxy S with the largest number tends to be Samsung’s current flagship model, accompanied by a Plus version with a bigger screen.
It is with the S series that we see Samsung’s most innovative features, like the Infinity Display first introduced with the S8 and the Super Slow-mo and augmented reality camera functions that debuted with the S9.
Galaxy J series
The J series is a collection of low to mid-range phones and because we know you were wondering, the J stands for Joy. There won’t be any new Galaxy J phones released as the series has been merged in with the A series, but there are still deals available for models such as the J6 and J4+, for quite a lot less money than you’ll shell out for something like an S9 or S10.
Galaxy A series
The A series is made up of mid-range phones, some of them pretty high-spec but coming in cheaper than Samsung’s top-of-the-range S series. The latest A series handsets come with features that not long ago would have made them premium devices, like a triple camera, Infinity screen and in-screen fingerprint scanner.
The Galaxy A series includes Samsung’s popular Tab A range of tablets, which feature the S pen stylus.
Galaxy Note series
Galaxy Notes tend to be released a few months after their S series counterparts, with bigger screens and the addition of an S pen stylus. The Note is a bigger device than a standard smartphone – the kind of thing that was once known as a phablet – and it’s targeted more at professionals than the majority of Samsung’s phones.
What Samsung Galaxy models are available?
You’ve probably heard good things about Samsung phones and that’s why you’ve found yourself on this page. You may even have had a Samsung phone before. But what model to go for? There is a such a wide range of Galaxy phones that there should be one to suit you – so let’s take a quick look at what’s around.
To stop this list getting too long (Samsung really do make a lot of phones) we’ve only included models manufactured since 2017 that are still available from UK mobile providers.
- Samsung Galaxy S10, S10+ and S10e – The S10 is Samsung’s flagship model, launched in March 2019 with new features including a hole-punch camera and in-screen fingerprint scanner. The S10+ has a bigger 6.4-inch screen (compared to the S10’s 6.1 inches) and the S10e is a more compact 5.8 inches.
- Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ – The 2018 version of Samsung’s premium phone series, the big selling point of the S9 at launch was its camera, with a dual aperture lens, low light mode and super slow-mo function. It has a 5.8-inch display and the S9+ is 6.2 inches.
- Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ – The S8, launched in 2017, saw the introduction of the Infinity (edge-to-edge) Display and Bixby, Samsung’s personal assistant. The S8 has a 5.8-inch screen and the S8+ a 6.2-inch display.
- Samsung Galaxy A70 – Cheaper than the S series phones but boasts a huge 6.7-inch Infinity U display (the U refers to the notch in the screen where the camera sits), a 32MP camera plus an ultra-wide camera and a depth camera, and an in-screen fingerprint scanner.
- Samsung Galaxy A50 – The A50 is a phone with a 6.4-inch Infinity U screen, triple camera and in-screen fingerprint scanner. Like the A70, it’s available in black, blue, coral and white.
- Samsung Galaxy A40 – Another A series phone with an Infinity U display, the A40 features a 5.9-inch screen and a dual camera with a 16MP main lens plus an ultra wide lens. Smaller than the A50 with a 5.9-inch display, making it closer in size to the S8 or S9.
- Samsung Galaxy A20e – The A20e has a 5.8-inch Infinity V screen, which means its camera notch is a slightly different shape to phones with an Infinity U display. Available in the same four colours as the A40, 50 and 70 (black, white, coral and blue), the A20e also has a dual camera featuring a 13MP main lens.
- Samsung Galaxy A9 – The A9’s big selling point is its quad camera, which features a 24MP main lens, 10MP telephoto camera, 8MP ultrawide lens and 5MP depth camera. It also has a 6.3-inch screen and fingerprint scanner on the back.
- Samsung Galaxy A8 – The A8 comes in a choice of four colours – black, grey, gold and blue – and has a 5.6-inch screen, dual camera with a 16MP main lens. Its fingerprint scanner is on the back of the phone.
- Samsung Galaxy A7 – Often available in pay as you go deals, the A7 has an ultra wide triple camera, six-inch screen and, according to Samsung, a durable design. Comes in blue, black or gold.
- Samsung Galaxy A5 – The A5 is a 2017 model with a 16MP camera, fingerprint scanner on the back and a smaller screen than most of the phones listed here at 5.2 inches.
- Samsung Galaxy A3 – The smallest of Samsung’s 2017 A series phones, the A3 has a 4.7-inch display,a 13MP camera and like the others in its range comes in black, gold, blue and peach.
- Samsung Galaxy J6 and J6+ – Launched in May 2018 alongside the J4 and the S8, the Galaxy J6 features a 5.6-inch screen, 13MP camera and comes in black, gold and lavender. The J6+ has a six-inch screen and comes in black, grey or red.
- Samsung Galaxy J4+ – The J4+ comes in gold, black or pink and features a 6-inch screen, 13MP camera and is mostly available as a pay as you go handset.
- Samsung Galaxy J3 – Samsung’s J3 is one of the cheapest Galaxy phones out there and comes in a choice of black, blue and gold. It has a 5-inch screen and a 13MP camera, which is fairly standard for the budget A and J series models.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 9 – The Note 9 has a 6.4-inch screen and comes with the S Pen stylus. It has a dual camera and comes with more memory and storage than the S9.
- Samsung Galaxy Note 8 – A year older than the Note 9, the Note 8 has a slightly smaller at 6.3 inches, a not-quite-as-advanced dual camera but still packs a lot of RAM and storage capacity. And there’s the S Pen that marks out the Note range.
Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e and S10+ features
The S10 is Samsung’s current flagship phone so it’d be remiss of us not to look a little closer at its specifications, as well as those of the S10+ and the S10e.
- Camera – The S10 has a triple camera at the rear, with the lenses packing 16MP + 12MP + 12MP, plus a 10MP selfie camera on the front. The S10e has a dual camera with 12MP and 16MP lenses, again with a 10MP camera on the front. The S10+ has the same triple camera on the back as the S10, but with a dual front camera featuring 10MP and 8MP lenses.
- Infinity Display – Like most new Galaxy phones, the S10 has what Samsung calls an Infinity Display, which means the screen goes pretty much to the edge of the phone. The S10 features an Infinity O display, with the O referring to the laser-cut hole that makes room for the camera, avoiding the need for a notch. The S10 has a 6.1-inch screen, the S10+ 6.4 inches and the S10e 5.8 inches.
- Fingerprint sensor – There’s no home button on these devices, so on the S10 and S10+ the ‘Ultrasonic’ fingerprint scanner sits inside the screen itself. On the S10e, the fingerprint scanner sits on the side of the phone.
- Facial recognition – As well as the fingerprint scanner, you can choose to use face recognition to unlock your phone and access apps securely, as well as a PIN, pattern or password.
- Charging – You can charge these phones wirelessly quicker than older Galaxy models but more exciting is the fact that you can wirelessly charge other phones or earbuds using the S10, S10+ or S10e. Just place the device on top of your phone and make sure you’ve got at least 30% charge to start with.
- Memory – The S10 comes with 8GB of RAM and either 128GB or 512GB of internal storage. The S10+ is available with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, 8GB RAM and 512GB storage, or 12GB RAM and 1TB storage. The S10e comes with either 6GB RAM and 128GB storage or 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.
- Colours – All three S10 models are available in a choice of Prism White, Prism Black, Prism Green, Ceramic White and Ceramic Black.
Samsung Galaxy 5G phones
The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G is the company’s first 5G phone. It’s bigger than the S10+, with a 6.7-inch Infinity O display, and like the S10 and S10+ it features an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner built into the screen. It also has a total of six cameras – two on the front and four on the back – including a 16MP ultra-wide lens, and up to 512GB of internal memory.
Samsung’s first 5G phone was always going to be a premium model, but the big draw is its ability to connect to 5G networks, which are being rolled out by the UK’s four mobile networks (EE, O2, Three and Vodafone) throughout 2019 and 2020.
Rather than replacing existing 4G and 3G networks, 5G will initially be used an addition, offering more capacity, increased speeds and more reliable coverage in the busiest parts of the country. That’s why providers are focusing on major cities first, with London, Birmingham, Manchester, Belfast, Cardiff, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol and Liverpool among the first places in the UK to get 5G connectivity.
The S10 5G is one of only a handful of 5G phones available right now, along with models from the likes of LG, OnePlus and Oppo. It’s a straight choice between two networks, too, as only EE and Vodafone (the two networks launching 5G in 2019) currently have 5G deals available.
Which providers offer Samsung Galaxy deals?
- BT Mobile – BT Mobile tends to offer the newest Samsung Galaxy phones plus maybe one or two older models. Phone deals come with BT reward cards there’s often other freebies like a Samsung tablet or extra data.
- EE – EE stocks a wide range of premium and budget, new and pre-owned Samsung phones and if you choose a Smart Plan you get to choose a ‘Swappable Benefit’ such as BT Sport, a video data pass or a music data pass.
- giffgaff – giffgaff lets you buy phones outright or pay monthly and you can choose to add a data plan or not. And all of its handsets are unlocked. It has all of the newer Galaxy models plus a limited number of refurbished phones.
- iD Mobile – iD Mobile has a good number of premium and budget Samsung phones. Some are available with no upfront cost but most aren’t. iD Mobile plans include data rollover and bill capping features as standard.
- O2 – O2 often offers more Samsung phones than any other brand and there are refurbished handsets available. Its plans can be taken over anything from three to 36 months and include membership of O2 Priority.
- Sky Mobile – Sky mostly offers the premium Samsung phones and the latest A series models. Its plans allow you to rollover your unused data and keep it for up to three years, and to upgrade your phone every 12 or 24 months.
- Tesco Mobile – Tesco Mobile offers the premium Samsung phones and a couple of budget models available on pay monthly, and even more Galaxy phones available as pay as you go handsets. All plans and handsets allow you to earn Clubcard points.
- Three – Three has a decent range of Samsung phones including the latest premium models. It offers unlimited data plans as well as features such as Go Binge, which gives you unlimited data for specific apps including Netflix and Apple Music.
- Virgin Mobile – Samsung is one of only four phone brands offered by Virgin Mobile and phones are often bundled in with Samsung tablets and other tech. Plans include data rollover and data-free messaging on Twitter, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.
- Vodafone – Vodafone mainly offers the premium Samsung phones and its Red Entertainment plans include a two-year subscription to Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, a NOW TV Entertainment Pass or Sky Sports Mobile TV.
Alternative phone brands
If you’re not completely sold on getting a Samsung Galaxy phone, these are the brands that we’d consider to be genuine alternatives, especially at the top end of the market.
- Apple – The obvious alternative to Samsung, Apple rivals it for innovation and features. The launch of a new iPhone is always a big event but older iPhones also remain a decent prospect as they keep their value pretty well and are a bit more budget-friendly.
- Huawei – Huawei sold more smartphones than Apple in the first quarter of 2019 but was deemed a security risk by the US government then told by Google it would not be allowed to use its Android software, so who knows what the future holds.
- Google – A relatively recent entrant to the smartphone market, Google only makes the Pixel and its variants (currently the Pixel 3, Pixel 3a and Pixel 3 XL) and they’re known for having one of the best smartphone cameras around.
- Sony – Like Samsung, Sony caters for every section of the smartphone market, pricewise. The Sony Xperia 1 features Dolby Atmos sound technology and a 4K OLED display.
- OnePlus – Previously only available on O2, you can now also get OnePlus handsets from the likes of Vodafone, EE and Three. OnePlus makes premium phones but often they’re available for a bit less than you’d pay for the latest Samsung Galaxy or iPhone.
Frequently asked questions
Can you get Samsung Galaxy deals with unlimited data?
Yes. Three offers unlimited data deals with Samsung Galaxy phones and giffgaff offers an ‘Always On’ plan which does give you unlimited data but after you’ve used 20GB you will be stuck on a reduced data speed between 8am and midnight. Virgin Mobile also has an unlimited plan but it’s only available to Virgin TV or Virgin broadband customers.
Can you get Samsung Galaxy deals with no upfront cost?
All of Virgin Mobile’s pay monthly phones come with no upfront cost and there are Samsung Galaxy deals with no upfront cost available from other providers, although they generally aren’t for the latest S series phones.
What Samsung phone has the best camera?
If it’s the Samsung Galaxy phone with the best camera you’re after, you have to go to the very top of the range, which right now is the S10+. It features a triple camera on the back and a double camera on the front.
Will the Samsung S10 drop in price?
The price of the S10 will remain relatively high while it’s still Samsung’s flagship model but when the Galaxy Note 10 is launched (most likely in August 2019), you might see some discounts on the S10. Bigger discounts will come as we build up to the launch of the latest S series phone in February or March 2020.
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