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Which Samsung Galaxy phone should you buy? We compare all 9 of them

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Samsung's Note 10 in an array of different colors.

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Samsung doesn't care if you already think there's a dizzying number of Galaxy phones to keep track of. In addition to the bevy of Galaxy S10 phones it announced in February, the company added more to the pile in August when it unveiled three Note phones, the Note 10, Note 10 Plus and Note 10 Plus 5G. These phones are considered to belong in the upper top-tier end of the premium phone spectrum. With the other Galaxy phones Samsung announced this year, the total number of new Galaxy phones you can buy is nine(!).

From budget devices and 5G phones, to one in particular that can fold in half (yes, really), we round up the latest Galaxy phones, tell you what makes them special from all the others and order them from cheapest to most expensive.  

Note that these products are independently chosen by our editors. CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of products from the links.  

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Samsung Galaxy A50 ($350)

The most wallet-friendly

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The Galaxy A50 is part of Samsung's A-series, which is much cheaper than the top tier S-series of phones. At $350, £309 or AU$500, the A50 is one of your cheapest Galaxy options and features a 6.4-inch display, an in-screen fingerprint reader and a headphone jack. On the back are three cameras that include a wide-angle lens as well as a "depth lens," which is used to take portrait shots with blurry, dramatic backgrounds.

Samsung Galaxy S10E ($750)

The cheapest S10 phone

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As the most wallet-friendly Galaxy S10 phone, the $750, £669 and AU$1,199 Galaxy S10E has a lot to offer. It's a smaller phone, which is great for those looking for a comfortable grip, and it has a super-fast Snapdragon 855 chipset and a long-lasting battery life. Like other S10 phones, it can wirelessly charge other phones and accessories, like a pair of wireless earbuds or a smartwatch.

Samsung Galaxy S10 ($900)

The 'flagship'

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Like all of Samsung's Galaxy S10 phones, the standard Galaxy S10 is built from the best parts. It has a wonderfully sharp screen and a long battery life. Camera quality is awesome and it comes with all the extras, including the ability to wirelessly charge another device or accessory.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 ($949)

The one with the stylus

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As the standard model of Samsung's line of ultraluxe phones, the Note 10 features a 6.3-inch display, three rear cameras, an in-screen fingerprint scanner and a signature S Pen stylus that can remotely control the phone's camera via Bluetooth. It also doesn't have a headphone jack or expandable memory.

Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus ($1,000)

The flagship but bigger

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The Galaxy S10 Plus has a big 6.4-inch AMOLED screen, loads of useful camera tools and one of the longest battery times we've tested on phones this year, lasting an excellent 21 hours during our lab test for continuous video playback on Airplane mode. Unlike the Galaxy S10, it has two front-facing cameras instead of just one.

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus ($1,100)

The one with the stylus but bigger

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As the Galaxy phone with the biggest screen (that doesn't fold, that is), the Note 10 Plus has a huge 6.8-inch display. Like its Note 10 counterpart, it has a single front-facing camera but in addition to its three rear cameras, it has a fourth depth-sensing camera. And while it doesn't have a headphone jack either, it does have expandable memory, unlike the Note 10.

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The Galaxy S10 5G is Samsung's first phone that can connect to the next-gen network of high-speed mobile data known as 5G. Initially launched on the US carrier Verizon, the Galaxy S10 5G costs $1,300, £1,099 and AU$1,999, which has a 6.7-inch display, the same four-camera setup as the Note 10 Plus and a second depth-sensing front-facing camera. The device is also available on Sprint and T-Mobile, as well as AT&T but only for business.

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The Note 10 Plus 5G is pretty much identical to the regular Note 10 Plus but like the S10 5G, it connects to 5G networks. Because of this, the phone weighs about 2 grams heavier and is more expensive than the Note 10 Plus by $200. It's available on the US carriers Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, as well as in South Korea and other international markets, but it may not be worth investing in the phone just yet.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold ($1,980)

The one that folds, obviously

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As the most unique Galaxy phone, the Galaxy Fold has a secondary 4.6-inch display that serves as its "cover." It then opens up like a book to a 7.3-inch tablet. The Fold also has six cameras: on the back, there's the same triple-camera setup as the Galaxy S10 and on the front a single 10-megapixel camera. In tablet form, there are two additional cameras inside: a selfie camera and an 8-megapixel depth camera.

The Fold has been through its share of ups and down during its launch. When preorders began back in April, it quickly sold out on the first day. Soon after, Samsung hit a snag when a handful of tech reporters documented issues like screen breakages, flickering and, bulging with their preproduction review units. After months of delay and a redesign, Samsung finally released the phone in September. (For more information, read CNET's Galaxy Fold FAQ.)