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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!

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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.

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 with 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, FHD+
  • 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. These 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 the 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 definitely a top contender, 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 a more powerful device. Not to mention 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 the latest and greatest specs, it has last year’s Snapdragon 855, which is still a great performer. Other specs are pretty good, and you get the added benefit of a smaller profile when folded close.

If you want something with a newer processor and a faster data connection, take a look at the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G.


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, 12MP
  • Front cameras: 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.

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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 display
  • 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. LG V60

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The LG V60 ThinQ is the latest flagship offering from the Korean manufacturer. This phone is both powerful and one of the best-looking devices currently on the market. 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

6. 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.

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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.


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

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

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. Apple iPhone 11 series

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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.

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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.


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

9. Apple iPhone SE

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Budget premium phones are all the hype in 2020 with the Pixel 4a and iPhone SE offering amazing 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 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