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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 US. Verizon may have a slightly broader selection of premium handsets, but AT&T has the edge when it comes to supporting unlocked smartphones on its network. If you’re hoping to take advantage of carrier discounts and monthly payment plans, here are the best AT&T phones you can buy!

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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As usual, Samsung kickstarted the year with its hottest device lineup: 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, come with Android 10 on board 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.

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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 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 10 and Note 10 Plus

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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, making them stunning AT&T phones.

Both Samsung Galaxy Note 10 versions feature astounding specs, including the Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 12GB of RAM, and large AMOLED panels 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 one 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.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10 specs:

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

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.8-inch, Quad HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 256/512GB
  • Cameras: 16, 12, and 12MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,300mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

3. Samsung Galaxy Fold

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The Samsung Galaxy Fold is back with the same exorbitant price point that nears the $2,000 mark. It is only worth it if you value the foldable display, as 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 has what it takes to take on anything. It has the Snapdragon 855 chipset, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage, a QHD+ display (when unfolded), an HD+ outer screen (folded), and a 4,380mAh battery. In the camera department, you can expect a similar setup to other Samsung flagships.

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, you can’t go wrong with the Galaxy Fold.

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Samsung Galaxy Fold specs:

  • Display: 4.6-inch, HD+ / 7.3-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 16MP
  • Front cameras: 8 and 10MP
  • Battery: 4,380mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

4. Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

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The Pixel 4 family packs high-end specs like the Snapdragon 855 (paired with 6GB of RAM), but that’s not what makes these phones stand out. The Pixel series has always been great at photography, and this continues with the Pixel 4 and 4 XL. The cameras of the phones capture more detail than the Pixel 3 series, handle white balance even better, and improve on HDR, portrait mode, and selfies. Night Sight — Google’s name for night mode — is also better this time around.

On the downside, there’s no ultra-wide sensor on board. Google also doesn’t prioritize video. While the iPhone 11 has 4K at 60fps on its front-facing camera, the Pixel 4 still doesn’t even support it on its primary camera. The Pixel 4/XL shoots decent looking 1080p video at 30, 60, and 120fps but you can only shoot 4K at 30fps. Bottom-line, if video is important to you, the Pixel 4 XL might not be the best option.

As for the rest of the experience? The Pixel 4 and 4 XL would be nearly perfect but suffer from well below-average battery life. They are otherwise amazing AT&T phones.

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Google Pixel 4 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 2,800mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Google Pixel 4 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 10

5. LG G8X ThinQ

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The LG G8X is very similar to the previously released G8, at least in terms of specs and design. The AT&T phone is slightly bigger with its 6.4-inch display, as opposed to the G8’s 6.1-inch screen. Other specs and features of the LG G8X include an in-display fingerprint scanner, wireless charging, IP68 water/dust resistance, and the Snapdragon 855 chipset. The phone also has stereo speakers and a 4,000mAh battery.

For music lovers, LG has always been a great option, and this remains true with the LG G8X. Not only does it sport a headphone jack, but it also offers a Hi-Fi Quad DAC for an improved audio experience.

The LG G8X isn’t a major upgrade to its predecessor, but it makes several improvements. It also offers a detachable second screen in the box for those looking for a dual-screen experience. The second display is exactly the same as the main display, meaning it measures 6.4 inches and offers Full HD+ resolution. It even has a notch, although it’s just for uniformity, as it lacks a selfie camera.

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LG G8X ThinQ specs:

  • Display: 6.4-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 13MP
  • Front camera: 32MP
  • Battery: 4,000mAh
  • Software: Android 9.0 Pie

6. Apple iPhone 11 series

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Apple smartphones are appreciated for more than mere specs.

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The iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max may not look as impressive on paper, but we know Apple is appreciated for more than mere specs. iOS is clean, highly optimized, and so simple even kids can use it with no problem. And because it is so optimized, the seemingly lesser specs are enough to make the iPhone 11 one of the best AT&T phones.

Apple’s build quality is also hard to compete with. There is a certain finesse to these handsets, likely thanks to the great designs mixed with clean software. Apple’s devices are made for the masses, which is why they can be recommended to most casual consumers. Most people don’t want the flexibility, customization, and complex features other AT&T phones have to offer. They may just want a phone that “works”, and these do.

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Apple iPhone 11 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 1,729 X 828
  • SoC: Apple A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,110mAh
  • Software: iOS 13.3

Apple iPhone 11 Pro specs:

  • Display: 5.8-inch, 2,436 X 1,125
  • SoC: Apple A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,046mAh
  • Software: iOS 13.3

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 2,688 x 1,242
  • SoC: Apple A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,969mAh
  • Software: iOS 13.3

The best AT&T phones can greatly improve your experience with the network. Pick the right one for you and remember to stay tuned for updates to this post in the future.

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