The best Samsung phones to buy in South Africa

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Samsung cellphones have been the best-selling cellphones in South Africa in recent years, and, according to Statista.com, have had a 48% share of the South African cellphone market share from January to March 2022.

Samsung releases every year a lot of new budget, mid-range, and flagship smartphones, so the choice is vast. And simply getting the cheapest, the most expensive, or the shiniest Samsung cellphone was also our first thought. But upon further introspection, we had to have a look at the phone’s capabilities to ensure it will serve our needs, instead of determining this ability by looking at the price and how sleek the phone looks.

The prices reflected here are Samsung prices, and if you want you can learn more about how to pick a cheap smartphone here.

The Samsung range of phones in South Africa

The range of Samsung smartphones that are for sale in South Africa includes these:

  • Samsung Galaxy Z series
  • Galaxy Note series
  • Samsung Galaxy S series
  • Samsung Galaxy A series

Samsung Galaxy Z series

The smartphones in the Samsung Galaxy Z series are flip or fold flagship cellphones/phablets. These are premium phones that support up to 8K video recording, 12GB of RAM, Samsung Pay, a gorgeous 7.6 inch AMOLED display on the foldable, and a whole host of camera shooting modes!

The latest Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip phones flex Samsung’s technology capabilities and show off the Korean brand’s aspirational image as a true flagship.

The latest Galaxy Z Fold, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5.
The latest Galaxy Z Fold, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold5. Image Source: X Corp / IshanAgarwal24

Here is a list of the Samsung Galaxy Z Series phones and the year of their release:

  • Galaxy Z Fold5 (2023)
  • Galaxy Z Flip5 (2023)
  • Galaxy Z Fold4 (2022)

Samsung Galaxy S series

Straight-up performance and premium looks to rival its arch-nemesis, the Apple iPhone, the Galaxy S series of phones are flagship phones that are a staple for consumers looking for a top-of-the-range smartphone.

In terms of annual sales, Samsung leads the world, but it engages in running battles with Huawei P60 Pro (2023) and the Apple iPhone 14 Pro Max to dominate the premium phone market.

The S23 Ultra is the latest iteration and it never fails to impress.

The Galaxy S23 Ultra, and the Galaxy S3 range. Image source: X Corp / TheGalox_

Here is a list of the Samsung Galaxy S Series phones and the year of their release:

  • Galaxy S23, Galaxy S23+, and Galaxy S23 Ultra (2023)
  • Galaxy S22, Galaxy S22+, and Galaxy S22 Ultra (2022)
  • Galaxy S21 FE 5G (2022)

Samsung Galaxy Note series

The Samsung Galaxy Note series of smartphones are phablets that big phone users have enjoyed. It’s a phablet because it is a telephone, which you can use to make calls while holding it up like a phone, combined with the big screen of a tablet, which you can use to draw and write on using its pen or your finger.

A really powerful series of phones, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 was the last iteration of this Samsung’s flagship before it was permanently discontinued.

Samsung has of course started a new series of flagship phones, the flip and fold series. But, if you can still get these on your hands they are worth considering. This is because they have the performance and cameras to back it up, and they are upgradable to the operating system version of Android 12.

Here is a list of the Samsung Galaxy S Series phones and the year of their release:

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 20 (2020)
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10+ (2019)

Samsung Galaxy A series

Split across mid-range, budget, and entry-level smartphones the Samsung Galaxy A series phones cover each part of the lower part of the smartphone market. We feel like the budget market first searches to try and find a Samsung phone they can afford before “settling” for other brands. But that’s just us.

This corner of the market consists of bargain hunters. Samsung has gotten rid of their worst phones from three years ago and has let the least specced phone be the group of Galaxy Core phones.

But the really impressive phones are the Galaxy A73 phones which lead the charge in the Galaxy A series line-up.

The Galaxy A54 5G (2023).

The mid-range smartphone range for Samsung is the Galaxy A Series smartphones, and in 2023 the latest models include the Galaxy A14, Galaxy A54 5G, and the Galaxy A24 LTE.

Here is a list of the Samsung Galaxy A Series phones and the year of their release:

  • Galaxy A73 5G (2022)
  • Galaxy A54 5G (2023)
  • Galaxy A53 5G (2022)
  • Galaxy A52 5G and Galaxy A52s 5G (2021)
  • Galaxy A34 5G (2023)
  • Galaxy A33 5G (2022)
  • Galaxy A32 and Galaxy A32 5G (2021)
  • Galaxy A23 and A23 5G (2022)
  • Galaxy A22 and Galaxy A22 5G (2021)
  • Galaxy A14 (2023)
  • Galaxy A13 (2022)
  • Galaxy A12 (2020)
  • Galaxy A04, Galaxy A04e, and Galaxy A04s (2022)
  • Galaxy A03 and Galaxy A03s (2021)
  • Galaxy A02 and Galaxy A02s (2021)
  • Galaxy A03 Core (2021)
  • Galaxy A3 Core (2021)
  • Galaxy A2 Core (2019)

Best Samsung Budget Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE

CamerasMain camera 50MP, macro, and Ultra-Wide camera
Selfie camera 13MP
HDR video recording
RAM and StorageRAM Size starts at 4GB
Storage Size starts at 64GB
MicroSD (Up to 1TB)
Internet speed4G, Dual SIM
Screen resolutionFull HD (1080×2408) 6.6-inch screen
FeaturesFingerprint unlock, fast-charging
PriceR2,299 from TFG, locked to MTN
Samsung Galaxy Galaxy A14 LTE specs and price.

The Galaxy A14 is a budget phone that gives its user the smartphone experience at a much lower price. The Galaxy A14 smartphone has an LTE connection for fast internet speeds, an easy unlock function using its side-mounted fingerprint scanner, and it has a fast-charging battery as well. It takes great photos that would look great on Instagram and performs well on general tasks like watching YouTube videos or social media.

We recommend this for the average user who wants to browse the internet and get online for fun. This is a personal phone, we would say, and should be used as a smartphone for general use.

Best Budget Samsung: Galaxy A14 LTE 4GB RAM 64GB ROM

What about one of Samsung’s other best sellers, the Galaxy A32 4GB RAM? Well, the A32 has similar specs to the A14 but with an NFC and bigger (better) cameras. The performance isn’t a cut above the recommended Galaxy A13, and as it goes with budget smartphones, getting the best bang for your Rand will outweigh a nicer camera.

Best Samsung Mid-range Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G

CamerasMain camera 50MP, 10x digital zoom
Selfie camera 32MP
4K video recording for Main and Selfie cameras, including slow motion video capture
RAM and StorageRAM Size starts at 8GB
Storage Size 256GB
Internet speed5G, Dual SIM
Screen resolutionFull HD (1080×2340) 6.4-inch screen, with Super AMOLED
FeatureNFC for Samsung Pay, Fingerprint unlock, Light sensor for auto-dimming
PriceR10,999 on sale from Snapcraze.
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G 256GB specs and price.

A smartphone in the mid-range needs to have great performance, great looks, and its flagship’s punch without the flagship price. It must have 5G internet speeds, 4K video recording, and a minimum of 6GB of RAM in order to handle gaming, and live video streaming, in addition to running multiple apps in the background, all wrapped up in a pretty package. .

Best mid-range Samsung: Galaxy A54 5G 8GB RAM 256GB ROM

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G. Source: instagram.com/linuxbrs/

Other recommendations: The Galaxy A54 5G is essentially replaced its predecessor the Galaxy A54 5G

Yes, the Galaxy A54 5G is a facelifted and tweaked Galaxy A53 5G, so you can get that one, too. But, the A54 5G is a facelift. Get the facelift!

Best Samsung Flagship Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra (2023)

CamerasMain camera 200MP, 100x digital zoom
Selfie camera 120MP
8K and 4K video recording, slow-motion video
RAM and StorageRAM Size starts at 12GB
Storage Size starts at 256GB
MicroSD (Up to 1TB)
Internet speed5G, Single SIM
Screen resolutionQuad HD+ (3088×1440) 6.8-inch screen, with Dynamic AMOLED and Always-On display
FeaturesDual video call, Stereo surround sound recording, Desktop experience (DeX), Samsung Pay, S Pen
PriceR36,499 from Avo Shop
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra 5G 256GB specs and price.
Colours available for the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Source: samsung.com/za/

The best flagship premium phones from Samsung include the Galaxy Z Fold5 5G, the Galaxy S23 Ultra, and the Galaxy Z Flip5 5G. But in terms of cameras, performance, and capabilities the Galaxy S23 Ultra is miles ahead of everything in the Samsung Galaxy world.

The Samsung Galaxy S23 range has great performance, a high-resolution screen, a really big camera, and all-day battery life. But the S23 Ultra take it all to the next level, with Samsung throwing all of its biggest mobile technology parts into it. For the ultimate in online gaming experience, multi-tasking,

Best Flagship Samsung: Galaxy S23 Ultra 12GB RAM 1TB ROM; OR the Galaxy Z Fold5 5G 12GB 512GB ROM, for its jaw-droppingly gorgeous design!

Best Cheap Samsung Smartphone

Samsung Galaxy A04e 32GB (2022)

CamerasMain camera 13MP
Selfie camera 5MP
RAM and StorageRAM Size 3GB
Storage Size 32GB
MicroSD (Up to 128GB)
Internet speed4G, Dual SIM
HD ScreenHD+(1600×720) 6.52 inch screen
Android 10 or aboveAndroid 12
Extra featureDoes not have the Face Unlock, or Fingerprint scanner feature
PriceR1,999 from Ackermans, locked to MTN
Samsung Galaxy A02 Core 32GB specs and price.

The Galaxy A04e 32GB is our pick for the cheapest Samsung smartphone simply because it does the job for under R2,000! This isn’t your high-performance machine your gamer child can use, but it can be your backup phone, your Gogo’s phone, your 7-year-old’s phone, or anyone who needs to send a video using WhatsApp once in a while.

The other phone to consider is the Galaxy A03 32GB LTE Dual SIM, which has a 48MP camera and is a bit faster than this A02 that we recommended, for around R2,199. But please, do not confuse it with the much cheaper, and much worse, Galaxy A03 Core. The A03 Core has an 8MP camera and is on Android Go, which is an entry-level operating system from Android.

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