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AT&T and Verizon have been vying for the top spot among US carriers for as long as anyone can remember. Verizon may offer slightly more premium handsets, but AT&T has the edge when it comes to unlocked smartphones by far. If you’re hoping to take advantage of carrier discounts and monthly payment plans, here are the best AT&T phones you can buy!

See also: AT&T buyer’s guide

The best AT&T phones:

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


1. Samsung Galaxy S20 series

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Samsung kicked things off last year with its hottest device lineup yet: the Samsung Galaxy S20 family. This includes the Samsung Galaxy S20, Galaxy S20 Plus, and Galaxy S20 Ultra. 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 AT&T phones share as well. All three are powered by the same processor, run on Android 10 with Samsung’s One UI skin, and feature dust and water resistance. Their dynamic 2x AMOLED screens are among the best in the industry, and all three devices have the same resolution, but in different sizes.

The few difference are in the battery, cameras, and obviously the size. But despite their few variations, the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra are all impressive devices with high-end specs and a great design.

Additionally, Samsung has recently released a newer Galaxy S20 FE 5G. It has a slightly larger display than the regular S20, albeit with a lower resolution. It also has a bigger battery and weaker cameras. Overall, it’s a great phone at a reasonable price.


Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 FE 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 8MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 64, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12/16GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 108, 48, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 40MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

2. Samsung Galaxy Note 20 series

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The Samsung Galaxy S lineup may be more popular, but more demanding Samsung fans will prefer the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 smartphones. Both models come with more powerful specs, a larger display, and an S Pen stylus that will turn your device into a much more productive tool. Prices start at $999, but the Note experience is seriously hard to beat, and these are some of the best AT&T phones.

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This year we have two versions of the Note: the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 and the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. The most notable differences between the two phones are display, construction, and cameras. There are some other differences, clearly (such as the slightly smaller battery in the Galaxy Note 20), but otherwise the devices are pretty similar. The Note 20 has a plastic body and a flat display, while the Note 20 Ultra comes with a metal/glass construction and a curved edge screen. Check the specs below to see the differences in more detail.


Samsung Galaxy Note 20 specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra specs:

  • Display: 6.9-inch, WQHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 108MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

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In the battle of the foldable screen phones, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is easily the top dog, and it’s one of the best AT&T phones to get. The only real competition is the Moto Razr, and many claim Samsung’s device to be more powerful. Not to mention the fact that it costs less.

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip is for those who want something different. This device is a conversation starter that’s sure to turn some heads. While it doesn’t have all of the top specs, the 5G version has last year’s Snapdragon 865, which is still a great performer. Certain other specs are pretty good, and you get the added benefit of a smaller profile when folded close.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front cameras: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 3,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

4. Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G

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The Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 sees great improvements over the first generation’s folding screen device. It is an outstanding piece of hardware that also gets the software experience just right. Samsung made all the needed changes to its premiere folding phone and solidified the idea that a phone can also be a tablet.

More: The best foldable phones

For starters, the device now has smaller bezels around the front display. The refreshed hinge design is smoother and more useful thanks to its ability to hold any position. Samsung traded in plastic for glass for the main display and the difference is palpable. The upgraded metals and glass also go a long way to legitimizing the phone. There’s no getting around its size, and it will take people some time to get used to the idea of opening it to use the tablet-sized display, but the hardware is there.

Specs are also top-notch, but just keep in mind this is a very expensive phone. You really need to find enough benefit to the folding screen to justify paying around $2,000.


Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G specs:

  • Display: 7.6-inch main, 6.23-inch cover
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865 Plus
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 10 and 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. Google Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G

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Google’s Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G represent the top half of the company’s 2020 offerings, and they’re very similar on paper. Both pack the same camera array as well as a Snapdragon 765G chipset, but it’s their differences that land them both on the list.

See also: Pixel 4a 5G buyer’s guide | Pixel 5 buyer’s guide

As the premier device, the Pixel 5 packs all of the bells and whistles that Google had room for. It’s entirely aluminum wrapped in lightly textured bioresin, but there’s a clever cutout that still allows for wireless charging. The Pixel 5 also ditched the headphone jack, but it does sport an IP68 water-resistance rating. You can even grab the Pixel 5 in Sorta Sage, which is a great escape from the Just Black of the other Pixels.

On the midrange side, the Pixel 4a 5G jumps back to an all-plastic build. It regains the headphone jack too, but at the cost of wireless charging and a water-resistance rating. The two phones have their differences, but they just might be worth it considering that you can save $200 by opting for the Pixel 4a 5G.


Google Pixel 5 specs:

  • Display: 6-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 4,080mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Google Pixel 4a 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.2-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,885mAh
  • Software: Android 11

6. LG V60 ThinQ

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The LG V60 ThinQ is last year’s flagship offering from the Korean manufacturer. This phone is both powerful and one of the best-looking devices currently on the market while we wait for its successor. It’s without a doubt among the best AT&T phone you can currently buy.

The LG V60 is a 5G phone with all of the specs you’d expect from a flagship. Under the hood, it offers 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, and the Snapdragon 865 chipset. A massive 5,000mAh battery powers everything. But LG’s flagship has a number of advantages over other high-end phones. Like many other LG handsets before it, the V60 is an audiophile’s device with a Quad DAC. It has kept both the headphone jack and the microSD slot two things that seem to be disappearing from many Android phones as of late. Despite this, it is still IP68 water and dust resistant.

Two other great perks the LG V60 offers are wireless charging and a dual-screen accessory for multitasking. Although the second screen costs extra, it makes the V60 one of the most versatile devices you can buy without the worries you might have with a foldable.


LG V60 ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 64 and 13MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. LG Velvet 5G

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The LG Velvet isn’t exactly the most powerful of AT&T phones, but its Snapdragon 765G chipset and 8GB of RAM should be enough to keep most users happy. It also comes with a great display, but what really has everyone going is the LG Velvet’s design. The device is flashy and fashion-forward. It’s great for those who don’t need the best performance but would like a great-looking handset.


LG Velvet 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 6/8GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 5, 8, and 48MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Motorola Moto One 5G

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Motorola’s Moto One 5G is a brand-new device, yet it’s not quite as new as it seems. It’s strikingly similar to the Moto G 5G Plus, but with one major change — the Moto One 5G is loaded with a midrange Snapdragon 765G chip.

The Moto One 5G isn’t exactly the most powerful 5G device, even when compared to other midrange options. It’s rocking just 4GB of RAM, but that should still get most jobs done. The Pixel 4a 5G, by comparison, offers 6GB in a smaller package. Motorola’s Moto One 5G relies on a large 6.7-inch display, a smooth 90Hz refresh rate, and an absolutely huge 5,000mAh battery. At least we know where the extra RAM space went.


Motorola Moto One 5G specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 765G
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 2, 5, 8, and 48MP
  • Front cameras: 16 and 8MP
  • Battery: 5,000mAh
  • Software: Android 10

9. Apple iPhone 12 series

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Apple expanded its selection of smartphones in 2020, offering something for everyone. The iPhone 12 series includes the iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max. There’s no denying the iPhone 12 devices are among the best AT&T phones available, but which is the right one for you?

More: iPhone buying guide

The iPhone 12 Mini seems to be something of a niche product made for people who simply want to get a new iPhone but don’t want to deal with the larger screen sizes that are more common today for new flagship phones. The iPhone 12 is perfect for people who just want a powerful smartphone but don’t want to pay a lot for it and can live without a few premium features.

The iPhone 12 Pro is for the serious mobile photographer, with its triple camera and its LiDAR scanner. Finally, the iPhone Pro Max is for the person that does not consider money to be a limitation, and also wants to have a really big screen and top-notch camera capabilities.


Apple iPhone 12 Mini specs:

  • Display: 5.4-inch, 2,340 x 1,080
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,227mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,532 x 1,170
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 2,815mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, 2,778 x 1,284
  • SoC: Apple A14 Bionic
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,687mAh
  • Software: iOS 14.1

10. Apple iPhone SE

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Budget premium phones were all the hype in 2020 with the Pixel 4a and iPhone SE offering impressive quality at very accessible price points. The Pixel 4a isn’t on AT&T’s website yet, but the iPhone SE is available for purchase right now, and it’s easily one of the best AT&T phones to get.

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The iPhone SE offers the Apple promise at about $400. It includes the familiar glass and metal design we saw on the iPhone 8 and has a very competitive single-lens camera. Users will also love that Apple didn’t skimp out on the processor, as the iPhone SE uses the same Apple A13 Bionic processor we see in iPhone 11 handsets. Other benefits over the Pixel 4a include wireless charging and an IP67 rating, two features the Google budget phone lacks.


Apple iPhone SE specs:

  • Display: 4.7-inch, 1,334 x 750
  • SoC: Apple A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 3GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Camera: 12MP
  • Front camera: 7MP
  • Battery: 1,821mAh
  • Software: iOS 13