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Using T-Mobile’s network, Mint Mobile isn’t your standard prepaid carrier. That’s because you pay upfront for three, six, or 12 months. Because of that, rates tend to be relatively lower compared to other prepaid carriers’ plans. You’re more than welcome to bring your own unlocked phone and buy any of Mint Mobile’s plans, so long as your phone supports T-Mobile’s network bands. However, you can also take the thinking out of the equation and buy a phone directly from Mint Mobile, and they have plenty of amazing options available. In fact, they probably have some of the best elections we have seen coming from prepaid MVNO carriers. With that said, here are the best Mint Mobile phones you can buy right now.

The best Mint Mobile phones:

Editor’s note: We will update our list of the best Mint Mobile phones as new devices launch.


1. Samsung Galaxy S20 series

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The Galaxy S20, S20 Plus, and S20 Ultra are without a doubt among the best Mint Mobile phones you can find. They are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 chipset in the US, but aside from that, each smartphone has some different specs.

Also: Samsung Galaxy S20 buyer’s guide

The standard Galaxy S20 has a 6.2-inch display, three rear cameras, and a big 4,000mAh battery. Keep in mind that’s the low-end model, which would be a flagship in its own right just a year ago. The Galaxy S20 Plus has a bigger 6.7-inch display, three rear cameras that include a 64MP sensor, and a huge 4,500mAh battery. The S20 Ultra is a true beast of a smartphone. It has a massive 6.9-inch display, three rear cameras (12MP, 48MP, and a huge 108MP sensor), plus a 40MP front camera. Finally, there’s a mad-huge 5,000mAh battery.

All three phones have an IP68 rating, supports wireless charging, and sport an in-display fingerprint scanner, among other things.


Samsung Galaxy S20 specs:

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

Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 64MP + 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: 12, 48, and 108MP + 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 Mint Mobile phones.

Also: These are the best Samsung phones

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 main differences are in construction. 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: SD 865 Plus or Exynos 990
  • 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: SD 865 Plus or Exynos 990
  • RAM: 12GB
  • Storage: 128/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 108MP
  • Front camera: 10MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

3. Apple iPhone 11 series

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It’s weird for an Android-centric site to recommend the latest iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max. However, we can’t ignore the stranglehold Apple has on the US smartphone market. We also can’t ignore how good of a smartphone the iPhone 11 Pro Max is, as our own Andrew Grush found out in his review.

For the most part, all three iPhone 11 phones are the same. We have the A13 Bionic processor, 4GB of RAM, at least 64GB of storage, wireless charging, water and dust resistance, Lightning ports, and iOS 13. The software will be the biggest point of contention since iOS 13 and Android 10 have their fans and detractors.

There are some differences, however. In an effort to hit a lower price point, the iPhone 11 features an LCD display and two rear cameras. That’s compared to the AMOLED displays and three rear cameras on the iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.


Apple iPhone 11 specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 1,792 x 828
  • Chipset: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/128/256GB
  • Cameras: 12 and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,110mAh
  • Software: iOS 13

Apple iPhone 11 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.1-inch, 2,436 x 1,125
  • Chipset: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,046mAh
  • Software: iOS 13

Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max specs:

  • Display: 6.5-inch, 2,688 x 1,242
  • Chipset: A13 Bionic
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Storage: 64/256/512GB
  • Cameras: 12, 12, and 12MP
  • Front camera: 12MP
  • Battery: 3,969mAh
  • Software: iOS 13

4. 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 Mint Mobile phones. At the very least it’s the most expensive, although it still costs less than its direct competition, the Moto Razr.

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.


Samsung Galaxy Z Flip specs:

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

5. Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL

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The latest entries in Google’s line of Pixel smartphones are the Google Pixel 4 and 4 XL. As you would expect, the XL variant is slightly larger than the regular model, but overall the devices are mostly the same.

There are two main selling points for the Pixel 4 family: the rear camera system and the front-facing sensors. The rear camera system features two lenses — a 12.2MP primary sensor paired with a 16MP telephoto — and can create some incredible shots since they are paired with Google’s top-of-the-line computational software algorithms. Simply put, this is one of the best cameras on any smartphone in the world right now.

Related: Camera shootout: Google Pixel 4 vs Pixel 3 vs Pixel 2 vs Pixel

As far as the front-facing sensors go, Google added a radar on the front of the Pixel 4. This system allows you to manipulate aspects of your phone without touching it. For example, a wave of your hand will reject a phone call or silence an alarm. Unfortunately, the biggest downside to both devices in the Pixel 4 lineup is battery life. You shouldn’t expect either phone to last you much more than a day — if that. Still, the Pixel 4 and 4 XL are among the best Mint Mobile phones you can get at the moment.


Google Pixel 4 specs:

  • Display: 5.7-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2MP and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 2,800mAh
  • Software: Android 10

Google Pixel 4 XL specs:

  • Display: 6.3-inch, QHD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 855
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 64/128GB
  • Cameras: 12.2MP and 16MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,700mAh
  • Software: Android 10

6. OnePlus 8 Pro

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OnePlus’ current flagship is the best option for those who are into photography. It has the best camera setup of all OnePlus phones released to date. The handset sports a 48MP main sensor, a 48MP wide-angle camera, and a 12MP telephoto lens. It also comes with a Color Filter camera, which is a 5MP shooter that uses a special filter to allow the phone to see different spectrums of light. You can learn more about it in our OnePlus 8 Pro review at the link.

Read next: OnePlus 8 buyer’s guide — Everything you need to know

Most people will be happy with the images taken with the phone, although the phone isn’t as good at night photography as the Pixel 4. But there’s more to OnePlus’ flagship than the camera. It’s one of the best Mint Mobile phones, packing the Snapdragon 865 chipset under the hood along with as much as 12GB of RAM. You also get a large 120Hz display, dual-SIM support, and a fantastic software experience.


OnePlus 8 Pro specs:

  • Display: 6.78-inch, QHD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 865
  • RAM: 8/12GB
  • Storage: 128/256GB
  • Cameras: 48, 48, 8, and 5MP
  • Front camera: 16MP
  • Battery: 4,510mAh
  • Software: Android 10

7. Motorola Moto Edge

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The Moto Edge is not as powerful as the Moto Edge Plus or other devices in the market, but it offers a lot of value for the price. This handset has a Snapdragon 765 and 6GB of RAM, but that’s about where the downsides end. The phone still has a gorgeous 6.7-inch AMOLED Full HD+ display and an amazing camera array. Not to mention the large 4,500mAh battery, which should offer a healthy battery life.

Read: The best Motorola phones you can buy

Motorola really took their smartphone game to the next level with the Motorola Edge series, and this is definitely one of the best Mint Mobile phones you can buy. Catch more of the details below.


Motorola Moto Edge specs:

  • Display: 6.7-inch, Full HD+
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 765
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 256GB
  • Cameras: 8, 16, and 64MP + ToF
  • Front camera: 25MP
  • Battery: 4,500mAh
  • Software: Android 10

8. Google Pixel 4a

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If you’re in the market for a mid-range smartphone, the Google Pixel 4a should be at the top of your list. The most impressive thing about it is that it is one of the best camera phones you can get, despite only having a single rear lens.

More: The best cheap camera phones

The handset packs the Snapdragon 720G chipset under the hood along with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. You also get the old fashioned headphone jack. The display is a big improvement from the Pixel 3a, with a near bezel-free 5.81-inch screen. You will also get three Android OS updates with this phone. All of that for a price of $349.

There are a few omissions, though, which are expected due to the price tag. There’s no wireless charging or an IP rating. The phone also doesn’t feel quite as upmarket because of its plastic back. Regardless, the price and value makes it one of the best Mint Mobile phones you can get.


Google Pixel 4a specs:

  • Display: 5.81-inch, Full HD+
  • SoC: Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM: 6GB
  • Storage: 128GB
  • Camera: 12.2MP
  • Front camera: 8MP
  • Battery: 3,140mAh
  • Software: Android 10

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. Regardless of which one you prefer, the iPhone SE is still one of the best Mint Mobile phones.

Also: Which iPhone is right for you?

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
  • Cameras: 12MP
  • Front cameras: 7MP
  • Battery: 1,821mAh
  • Software: iOS 13