Best AT&T phones (September 2019)

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AT&T and Verizon have been engaged in a bit of a cold war for some time, vying for the top spot in the U.S. Verizon may have the slightly broader selection of premium smartphones, but AT&T has the edge when it comes to supporting unlocked smartphones on its network. However, if you’re hoping to take advantage of carrier discounts and monthly payment plans, here are the best AT&T phones you can buy!

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Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list of the best AT&T phones regularly as new devices launch.


1. Samsung Galaxy S10e, S10, and S10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, S10e

Samsung started 2019 with a bang by introducing three new devices that make up its Galaxy S10 lineup. These are the Samsung Galaxy S10e, the Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy S10 Plus. Along with different sizes and price points, there are some other key differences between the three. But all of them are worth taking a closer look at before you make a final decision.

There are some common features these phones share as well. All three are powered by the same processor, come with Android 9 Pie on-board with Samsung’s One UI skin, and feature dust and water resistance. You get the increasingly rare 3.5mm headphone jack, expandable storage, and Super AMOLED displays, albeit with different sizes and resolutions. Punch holes up front house the front-facing cameras.

The Samsung Galaxy S10e is a fantastic option for those who are looking for everything Samsung has to offer at a comparatively cheaper price point. A better camera setup, more RAM, a larger display, and bigger battery are what you get with the Galaxy S10, and the Galaxy S10 Plus takes things one step further.


Galaxy S10e specs:

  • Display: 5.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Rear cameras: 12 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Galaxy S10 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Quad HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,400mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Galaxy S10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Rear cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 10 and 8MP
  • Battery: 4,100mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus screen standing up 1

Although the Galaxy S family is the most popular line of Samsung devices, the Galaxy Note line takes the power and versatility of the S line a few steps further.

Both feature astounding specs, including a Snapdragon 855 processor (or the Exynos 9825, depending on market), up to 12GB of RAM, and a large AMOLED panel with the Infinity-O punch hole. The design is equally attractive, though not necessarily massively different from the S line. The camera remains largely the same as the S10 Plus, though in our review we noted it made a few improvements to processing and software.

For those who love the S Pen, the Note 10 Plus continues to excel. This time around the S-Pen even gets a few new tricks like gesture controls that let you do things like control your smartphone camera remotely just by waving your hand in certain ways.


Galaxy Note 10 specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Rear cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

Galaxy Note 10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855 or Exynos 9825
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Rear cameras: VGA, 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

3. Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung Galaxy Fold tablet mode on table

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is back and AT&T has listed it for $66 a month, paid over 30 months. That amounts to $1,980, making this the most expensive phone in this list, by far. It is only worth it if you value the foldable display. The Fold can become a 7.3-inch tablet on demand.

A phone that costs nearly two grand can’t disappoint in terms of specs, and this one certainly doesn’t. The Samsung Galaxy Fold meets all current high-end standards. It has a Snapdragon 855 chipset, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage, a 2152 x 1536 display (when unfolded), a 720 x 1680 outer screen (folded), and a 4,380mAh battery. In the camera department you can expect a similar setup to all Samsung flagships. There are three cameras in the back and two in the front.

It’s hard to justify spending two grand on a phone, but if you have the cash to spare or a serious need for a foldable device like this one, you can have it.


Galaxy Fold specs:

  • Display: 4.6-inch, 1,680 x 720 / 7.3-inch, 2,152 x 1,536
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Rear cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 8 and 10MP
  • Battery: 4,380mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

4. LG G8 ThinQ

LG G8X ThinQ screen in hand

The LG G8 ThinQ deserves a lot more attention than it gets. It might look like it hasn’t changed when compared to its predecessor, but it’s another story when you peek under the hood. You now get an OLED display, resulting in a far better viewing experience. Powering the device is the processing package that has come with every 2019 flagship so far. Other premium features like water resistance and wireless charging are also available. LG also introduced a couple unique unlocking methods with the phone, like Vein ID and Air Motion.

If there’s one thing that sets the LG G8 apart though, it’s the fantastic audio experience the device offers. Excellent performance, good cameras, and decent battery life round out the many reasons why the LG G8 ThinQ is one of the best AT&T phones you can get.


LG G8 ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Rear camera: 12 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP and TOF 3D
  • Battery: 3,500mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

5. Razer Phone 2

Razer got its start as a gaming accessory and hardware company for PCs and consoles, and can also be credited with starting the gaming smartphone trend with the Razer Phone a couple of years ago. The company has since launched its successor – the Razer Phone 2 – which takes things one step further. It’s still one of the best smartphones for gaming that you can get your hands on.

You get a design that would be considered old school by current standards. Basically, there’s no notch and you can see thick bezels around the phone. In this case, these bezels have a purpose though. They not only house dual front-facing speakers, but also provide a way to easily hold on to the phone while playing games.

What makes the Razer Phone 2 stand out is its display, which comes with a 120Ghz refresh rate, allowing you to enjoy silky smooth framerates with little to no lag. If there was any doubt that this phone was for gaming, the glowing Razer logo on the back and the inclusion of a vapor chamber cooling system will clear them.


Razer Phone 2 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, Quad HD
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Rear cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo

6. LG V40 ThinQ

LG V40 ThinQ sitting on a window showing home screen

LG’s V series has become an impressive contender in the last few years. The LG V40 ThinQ further refines what made its predecessors such great options. This phone offers everything you’d expect from a modern high-end smartphone, including premium features like wireless charging and water resistance.

Despite coming with a glass build, the LG V40 continues the V-series tradition of coming with a MIL-STD 810G certification for drop and shock resistance. The V40 may not look like it, but it can certainly take a beating.

As is the case with any LG flagship, the standout feature of the V40 ThinQ is its audio capabilities. The 32-bit Hi-Fi Quad DAC delivered the best-wired headphone experience on a smartphone, while the Boombox Speaker tech turns the phone into a mini speaker. Not a lot of companies concentrate on the audio side of things, so if that’s important to you, this LG smartphone is a great way to go.


LG V40 ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 845
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB
  • Rear cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8 and 5MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 8.1 Oreo

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