The South Korean tech juggernaut Samsung is having the time of their career in the mobile industry in 2019. Not only did they come up with some of their very best smartphone iterations this year but also lived up to their promise a year ago to rejuvenate some of their aging Galaxy series. But for the better part of everything, Samsung has ultimately reminded everyone just how they have consistently become the world's best-selling smartphone manufacturer.
In this list, we'll be looking into just how efficient Samsung has become relative to its performance across all segments in the mobile industry, from the budget-friendly class, mid-range competition, down to that fierce arena of the flagships. And at the end of this discussion, we'll also reveal which smartphone from all their lineups deserves the moniker "The Best of the Best".
The Best for the Budget-Conscious
Samsung Galaxy J2 Core
- Android (Go edition)
- Corning Gorilla Glass
- Cannot multitask due to low RAM capacity
- Multimedia experience is not good
- Missing many sensors due to cost cutting
For a Samsung Galaxy entry that comes with "the first Android (Go edition)" stamp, most of us arrive with a certain expectation. Luckily, the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core delivers just about everything that is expected from it.
Running an Android 8.1 Oreo-based Android (Go edition) platform, the Samsung Galaxy J2 Core features a decent 5.0-inch PLS TFT display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. The display is also protected by an unspecified version of Corning Gorilla Glass.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core is powered by Exynos 7570 and is mated to a Mali-T720 GPU, rendering a more-than-decent hardware performance. The device also offers an 8GB internal storage option.
In the camera department, the smartphone settles for a single 8MP rear-camera module and a 5MP front-facing snapper. It works on a 2,600mAh battery.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 Core's main attraction is without a doubt its price tag which is only at less than PHP 5,000.
The Best Value For Money
Samsung Galaxy M20
- Infinity-V display
- USB Type-C
- 5,000mAh battery
- Slightly dated Android OS
- PLS TFT screen
For an already crowded bang-for-your-buck segment, the Samsung Galaxy M20 stands out easily.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 is an embodiment of Samsung's willingness to get back in the game again with top-of-the-line features that matter for both the critics and the consumers.
The Samsung Galaxy M20 is noted for being one of the very first to feature the bespoke Infinity-V display. It boasts of an expansive 6.2-inch PLS TFT display with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels and a high 83.6% screen-to-body ratio. The device is also flexible in terms of its RAM and ROM offerings, right alongside its camera features. For the latter, the smartphone boasts of a dual-camera setup on its rear, courtesy of 13MP and 5MP camera sensors. On its notch sits an 8MP front-facing camera module.
Other notable features of the Samsung Galaxy M20 are a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C connectivity, and a dedicated FM radio. The device works on a large 5,000mAh battery and runs on Android 8.1 Oreo.
The Best Mid-Sized Phone
Samsung Galaxy A50
- Infinity-U display
- Triple-camera setup
- UD fingerprint scanner
- 25MP selfie camera
- NFC is market-dependent
Akin to the Samsung Galaxy M20, the Samsung Galaxy A50 is also part of a series that is deemed to be Samsung's rejuvenating attempt to rehabilitate its lineups. Possibly one of the more premium entries in the now-revamped Galaxy A series, the device naturally comes with perks that are both modern and top-of-the-line.
The Samsung Galaxy A50 features a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-U display – a screen combo that rivals the flagships of today. The display also comes with a high 84.9% screen-to-body ratio and a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
Powering the Galaxy A50 is Samsung's in-house Exynos 9610 chipset, mated to a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. It offers 4GB/6GB RAM tiers and 64GB/128GB of internal storage.
The Samsung Galaxy A50's more attractive feature is inarguably its triple-camera setup on its rear. Front-lined by 25MP + 8MP + 5MP camera modules, the device is also noted for its inclusion of a hi-res 25MP selfie snapper.
The Samsung Galaxy A50 also comes with a UD fingerprint scanner, USB Type-C connectivity, and a market-dependent NFC. It runs on the latest Android 9.0 Pie and works on a 4,000mAh battery.
The Best of the Best
Samsung Galaxy Note9
- Bluetooth-enabled S Pen stylus
- Safer biometric security features
- A bit thicker and heavier for some users
- Cannot remap the Bixby button (on stock setting)
We're naming the Samsung Galaxy Note9 as "The Best of the Best" in this compilation for a slew of reasons. At the top of the list are its much safer biometric security features such as the fingerprint and the iris scanners. In the same vein, the device also boasts of a more sophisticated facial recognition technology.
The Samsung Galaxy Note9's display and camera offerings are also not that far off from the Samsung Galaxy S10 series. Ultimately, the device comes with a Bluetooth-enabled S Pen stylus which packs 4096 pressure levels and multimedia controls.
The Samsung Galaxy Note9 also reigns supreme relative to its software offerings, from its Android 8.1 Oreo and Samsung Experience 9.0 which are now both upgradeable to Android 9.0 Pie and One UI, all the way down to its Bixby virtual assistant, Smart Connect, and Smart Connect Home.
Overall, the performance of the Samsung Galaxy Note9, like its display and camera features, isn't that different from the newly-minted Snapdragon 855-equipped Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup. The Samsung Galaxy Note9 is powered by either an Exynos 9810 or Snapdragon 845 and an Adreno 630 or Mali-G72 MP18 GPU. You really won't notice the difference unless you compare it side by side at the same time.
The four Samsung Galaxy entries above are just more than a testament that Samsung's really back in the game after painful years of mobile lethargy. Ultimately, the brand is serving it up in all levels that are conceivable in the industry, may it be in the budget-conscious aspect or where it truly shines - the 'Realm of the Flagships'.
And if Samsung continues this performance in the latter part of 2019, there's no doubt that the company will set itself apart again from its now-ruthless smartphone rivals worldwide.