T-Mobile is the carrier to watch right now. It’s currently the third biggest mobile service provider in the United States, and growing very quickly. Thanks to T-Mobile’s “Uncarrier” plan, it’s been changing industry standards for the better in recent years. On top of all of the changes it’s making, it has one of the widest varieties of smartphones available on any carrier. Let’s take a look at the best T-Mobile phones, after we have already done the same for Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint.

Related: Best prepaid phones for T-Mobile | Best prepaid phones for Sprint

Since it has done away with two-year contracts, you’ll notice the T-Mobile phones listed here are at full retail price. In some cases it’s cheaper to buy them from Amazon, so we’ve done our best to find you the best deals available. Also, if you don’t want to purchase your phone for full price, T-Mobile will let you pay in monthly installments. You can find out more info by visiting T-Mobile.com.

Let’s take a closer look at the best T-Mobile phones you can buy right now.

Editor’s note – We will update this list as more devices hit the market.


OnePlus 6T

Despite being almost half the price of its competition, the OnePlus 6T is in the running for phone of the year. T-Mobile scored a major coup by becoming the first U.S. carrier to sell a OnePlus phone when it started offering the 6T to its customers this fall. 

The 6T doesn’t provide the ultra-luxury experience of the Galaxy Note 9 or iPhone Xs, but it provides 90 percent of what those phones offer for $579. It has top-of-the-line specs, fantastic build quality, and decent cameras. The OnePlus 6T is also the first smartphone in the U.S. to include an in-display fingerprint sensor, another big coup for T-Mobile

If you happen to hate notches, the 6T is probably the closest you’ll get to a notch-less display without going the Samsung route. The super sexy waterdrop notch on the 6T makes it looks like Google didn’t even try with the Pixel 3 XL.

If you’re trying to boycott all of the $1,000 phones out there, or just want a solid smartphone that works well, buy the OnePlus 6T. We don’t think you’ll regret it. You can purchase the T-Mobile version of the OnePlut 6T, which has 8GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. for the full price of $579, or for $24.17 a month for 24 months under the carrier’s Equipment Installment Plan.

 There are a few differences between the T-Mobile version of the OnePlus 6T and the unlocked version you can buy directly from OnePlus. Most notably, the T-Mobile version only has one SIM, while the unlocked version has two SIMs. You can still purchase the unlocked version of the OnePlus 6T directly from the company, and use it on T-Mobile’s network.

Specs

  • 6.41-inch AMOLED display with 2,340 x 1,080 resolution, 402ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 128GB of onboard storage
  • 16/20MP rear cameras, 16MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,700mAh battery
  • Android 9 Pie
  • 6.2 x 2.94 x 0.32 inches, 6.52 ounces

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Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus

The Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus are two of the newest and best T-Mobile phones on the network right now. Visually, they don’t look very different than the older Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus, but inside there’s many differences. Both have the new Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, and both have Android 8.0 Oreo out of the box. Both also have 64GB of storage, but the 5.8-inch S9 has 4GB of RAM and the 6.2-inch S9 Plus has 6GB of RAM.

The biggest change comes in the camera department. The Galaxy S9 includes a single rear 12 MP camera, which includes a dual aperture mode. The main mode has a f/1.5 aperture, but you can press a button to activate a mechanical iris which narrows to offer a f/2.4 aperture mode for taking better pictures in bright daylight.

The Galaxy S9 Plus has the same 12MP dual aperture rear camera as the S9, plus a secondary 12 MP rear sensor with a f/2.4 aperture. The secondary lens is a telephoto lens and also supports a proper portrait mode in Live Focus. If you love to take slow motion videos, the rear cameras on the S9 and S9 Plus can do so at an amazing 960fps at 720p resolution. Both phones also have a front facing 8 MP camera at f/1.7 aperture. 

These T-Mobile phones are available now, with the S9 selling for $720 without a contract, or for $30 a month for 24 months. The S9 Plus is available for $840 without a contract, and $30 a month for 24 months, with a $120 down payment up front.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy S9

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 570ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 400GB
  • 12MP rear camera, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5 mm, 163 g

Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

  • 6.2-inch Super AMOLED display with 2,960 x 1,440 resolution, 529ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 or Octa-core Samsung Exynos 9810 processor (depending on region)
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 400GB
  • 12MP rear camera and 12MP secondary camera, 8 MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,500mAh battery
  • Android 8.0 Oreo
  • 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm, 189 g

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Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Galaxy Note 9

The Galaxy Note 8 was a beast of a phone, and the Galaxy Note 9 is somehow even better. It’s certainly one of the best phones sold by T-Mobile.

The Note 9 is still the big, S Pen-touting flagship we expect from the Note line. It has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 845 SoC, 6 or 8GB of RAM, a crazy 128 or 512GB of storage, as well as the same dual-camera setup as the Galaxy S9 Plus. It basically has the best specs you can get on a smartphone in 2018.

There are some upgrades worth pointing out. First, the battery. Samsung increased the battery from 3,300mAh in the Note 8 to 4,000mAh in the Note 9.

The S Pen now also supports Bluetooth, so you can actually do things like control your phone’s camera and control music. It’s pretty awesome.

Finally, the dual-camera setup on the back might be the same as the S9 Plus, but the Note 9 can recognize what’s in a photo and automatically pick the best camera settings for each scene. You can get the Galaxy Note 9 from T-Mobile without a contract for $900 for the 128GB model, or for $1,149 for the 512GB version. You can also pay in installments, with prices starting at $150 down and $20.84 a month for 36 months for the 128GB Note 9 and $399.99 down and $20.84 a month for 36 months for the 512GB version.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity Display with 29,60 x 1,440 resolution, 521ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6/8GB of RAM
  • 128/512GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 256GB
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 8MP front camera
  • Non-removable 4,000mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 161.9 x 76.4 x 8.8mm, 201g

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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 and adds to what made its predecessors such great options. It’s the first smartphone with a total of five camera sensors (three on the back, and two on the front) but that’s not the only reason it’s one of the best T-Mobile phones.

The rear camera setup features a standard 12MP camera, wide-angle 16MP camera, and telephoto 12MP camera. Around front are the standard 8MP sensor and 5MP wide-angle sensor. The second front camera also helps capture depth information for self portraits.

We also like the V40 ThinQ’s audio prowess. 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. Elsewhere, we also appreciate the V40 ThinQ’s support for wireless charging and Quick Charge 4.0. The phone even retains the 3.5mm headphone jack and IP68 certification from the older LG V30. Inside, the V40 has the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 6GB of RAM, and 64GB of expandable storage, along with a 3,300mAh battery. T-Mobile sells the LG V40 ThinQ for $720 without a contract, or for $20 a month for 36 months under its payment plan.

Specs

  • 6.4-inch OLED FullVision display 3,120 x 1,440 resolution, 538ppi
  • Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 64GB of onboard storage, microSD expansion up to 2TB
  • 12MP, 16MP and 12MP rear cameras, 8MP and 5MP front cameras
  • Non-removable 3,300mAh battery
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • 75.8 x 7.7 x 158.7mm, 169g

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Apple iPhone XR/XS/XS Max

The Apple iPhone XR as depicted on stage during the Apple Event 2018.

Okay, we know we are an Android site, but it’s hard to leave this one off, considering Apple’s latest smartphones are among the best T-Mobile phones. Apple’s current phones are the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max. All three come with iOS 12 out of the box, as well as the company’s newest and fastest A12 Bionic processor inside. The iPhone XR is the new “mainstream” smartphone from Apple. It cuts corners by using an older 6.1-inch LCD display with a lower resolution, 3GB of RAM, an aluminum frame, and it only has a single rear camera compared to the twin rear cameras on the iPhone XS and XS Max. T-Mobile has a starting price of $749 for the iPhone XR, or you can use its payment plan, starting at $20.84 a month for 36 months.

The iPhone XS has a 5.8-inch OLED screen, and the XS Max goes big with a 6.5-inch OLED display. Both also have twin 12MP rear cameras and a front 7MP camera, and Apple puts in 4GB of RAM as well. T-Mobile sells the iPhone XS starting at $999.99 without a contract, or its payment plan starts at $249.99 down and $20.84 a month for 36 months. The iPhone XS Max begins at $1,099.99 without a contract, and the payment plan method at T-Mobile begins at $349.99 down and $20.84 a month for 36 months.

iPhone XR specs

  • 6.1-inch IPS LCD display with 828 x 1,792 pixels resolution, 326ppi
  • Apple A12 Bionic
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 64/128/256GB of onboard storage, not expandable
  • 12MP rear camera, 7MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2942mAh battery
  • iOS 12
  • 150.9 x 75.7 x 8.3 mm, 194g

iPhone XS specs

  • 5.8-inch Super AMOLED  display with 1,125 x 2,436 resolution, 458ppi
  • Apple A12 Bionic
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/256/512GB of onboard storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 7MP front camera
  • Non-removable 2658mAh battery
  • iOS 12
  • 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7 mm, 177g

iPhone XS Max specs

  • 6.5-inch Super AMOLED  display with 1,242 x 2,688  resolution, 458ppi
  • Apple A12 Bionic
  • 4GB of RAM
  • 64/256/512GB of onboard storage, not expandable
  • Dual 12MP rear cameras, 7MP front camera
  • Non-removable 3,174mAh battery
  • iOS 12
  • 157.5 x 77.4 x 7.7 mm, 209g

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Best  T-Mobile phones – Conclusion

How did you like our best  T-Mobile phones list? If you have any other suggestions, feel free to voice your opinion in the comments below! If you’re looking for great T-Mobile phones that are a little cheaper, check out our list of the best cheap Android phones.

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