I believe it all started with the Galaxy S6 Edge. Samsung gave us a glimpse of what the world would be experiencing with curved screens.
Today, curved screens can be seen on almost any premium device. And some mid-range devices as well.
As much as curved screens look good, sometimes they can be a bit annoying. Ever noticed that accidentally activating your phone happens at the worst times?
I don’t even want to talk about how some videos can’t be properly watched in full screen.
In this article, I am ditching the curved screens so we can take a look at some Samsung phones relevant in 2020 with a flat screen.
With that said, let’s get to it. But first of all, here are my top picks.
- Overall Best: Samsung Galaxy S10e (fast, water resistant, impressive cameras, sharp display, wireless charging, okay battery).
- Best Budget: Samsung Galaxy A50 (fairly fast, good cameras, good battery).
- Best Mid-Range: Galaxy Note 10 Lite (fast, great battery, nice display, impressive cameras, S-Pen).
SAMSUNG GALAXY M30
You almost wouldn’t believe that this is a Samsung device just by looking at it, but well, it is.
The Galaxy M30 is more of a mid-range/budget device and it’s going to be first on the list for having a flat screen.
I know, we will get to the better looking devices soon, but really, this is a really impressive device for those who don’t want to spend a lot of money but still want to have a decent phone. So give it a chance.
It’s got a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED screen. AMOLED screens aren’t what you’ll get on most budget phones. This is because they are currently the best out there.
Images and colors look sharp on AMOLED screens. And they are mostly known for making black look the… “blackest”?
The resolution on this phone is 1080 x 2280 pixels. You can watch YouTube videos in Full HD with this device, gaming will also be fun.
Screen to body ratio on the M30 is 90%. This gives you, the user the feel of holding a screen and not a phone.
I believe those of you who don’t want a curved screen but want something impressive that doesn’t cost much will be impressed by this device.
Other features you get on the M30 include a 5,000mAh battery. A battery this big is sufficient for keeping you on your phone all day without needing to charge.
If you’re not a heavy phone user, you won’t have to charge the device for a while.
Yes, the M30 does support fast charging.
Another impressive feature of the M30 is its cameras. It’s got a triple camera setup at the back measured at 13MP + 5MP ultrawide + 5MP depth sensor, and a single selfie camera in the front measured 16MP.
I believe I’ve talked about what you should like about the device, now let’s talk about those things you may not really like about the M30.
Although this is not something I really bother about because my current phone also has one, a lot of people don’t like Notches on their device, with the M30, you’re getting the water drop notch.
Expect some parts of your videos to be obstructed when you’re watching in full screen because of the Notch.
And for the gamers out there, well, your full screen games are also going to get obstructed, but it’s not going to be all that bad.
Talking about gaming, the M30 isn’t going to be your top performing device. Sure you will be able to use most apps without problems like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, etc.
But when it comes to intensive usage, I wouldn’t consider the M30 to be a great device. With a 1.8GHz CPU and 4GB of RAM, don’t expect to get the best performance.
You can play most games, but high demanding games like Call of Duty Mobile, PUBG Mobile etc. may not be entirely playable.
Good thing we now have PUBG Mobile Lite for mid-range devices.
Performance isn’t the only issue; storage is also something else to consider. On the M30, you get 64GB of internal storage.
For most average phone users, this may be enough, but for people who spend time shooting videos, taking pictures, downloading movies, etc. you will find yourself running out of space in no time.
The good part about this is that you can expand storage with an SD card of up to 512GB. So problem solved right?
Well, I guess those are the things I personally consider “bad” about the M30.
Other features include a fingerprint scanner, 4G, face unlock, dual SIM, etc.
SAMSUNG GALAXY S10e
If you know a lot about Samsung devices, then I’m sure you’re thinking the S10e should be the first device on the list, and you’d be right, but honestly, I’m not creating a top 20 list.
No phone is getting priority over another. With that out of the way, let’s talk about the S10e.
Although a very compact device among the S10’s, the Samsung Galaxy S10e is more of a premium device in this list that offers a lot of features, but for now, we’ll start with the screen.
I mean, that’s what you’re here for…
On the Galaxy S10e, you’re getting a flat 5.8-inch screen. By today’s standard, that’s a small screen but well, it just means you can be able to use this device with just one hand.
It is a Dynamic AMOLED screen with 1080 x 2280 pixels in resolution.
I’ve already explained how great AMOLED screens are with the M30, so I won’t be doing it here again.
It comes protected with Gorilla Glass 5. This keeps the phone’s screen safe from scratches and short drops.
Brightness outdoors is great and it has screen to body ratio of 83%.
Now you’re not getting a notch here per say, but a hole punch cut out. And that’s where the selfie camera of the phone is located.
Besides having a flat screen, the S10e is also a phone that you can take to the pool with you, without being worried.
It is fully water and dust resistant. The S10e can go as deep as 1.5m for 30 minutes.
When it comes to the cameras, the S10e has two on the back, a 12MP main lens and a 16MP ultra wide lens.
On the front you’ve got a 10MP camera.
Photography on the S10e is great, however, what you should be worried about is the battery. It is only 3100mAh.
This isn’t ideal for people who heavily use their phone. You will find yourself charging it from time to time.
But if you are a light user, don’t play a lot of games, don’t always use social media, then this phone is for you.
The good part about this device is it is very fast, with its 2.84GHz CPU and 8GB of RAM. You won’t be getting any lags on this device as you use it day to day.
You will also get a lot of room for your music, movies, pictures, etc. on this device with its 256GB of internal storage.
There is also a 6GB of RAM version which comes with a 2.73GHz CPU, it has 128GB of internal storage.
Besides the price and performance, there really aren’t a lot of differences between the two.
SAMSUNG GALAXY M20
Although not a premium phone, the Galaxy M20 is the next Samsung device we’ll be talking about with a flat screen.
It’s got a 6.3 inch PLS screen. If you know about IPS screens, then you have an idea what a PLS screen is like.
You don’t get those deep blacks here and colors aren’t as sharp and vibrant but still good enough.
Resolution is 1080 x 2340 pixels and screen to body ratio is 83%, not bad for a budget phone.
Just like the M30, the M20 has a 1.8GHz CPU and 4GB of RAM. Not the best phone you can get for performance.
But if you plan to use the device for minor tasks, you can. Even for long periods of time with its 5,000mAh battery.
It also supports fast charging.
The cameras here are 2 on the back and a single selfie camera on the front.
On the back, you get a 13MP main camera and a 5MP ultrawide camera. You can shoot up to 1080p videos at 30 frames per second.
The 8MP selfie camera can also do the same.
You still get a 64GB internal storage capacity here, yes you can expand with an SD card if you think you will be running out of space with the videos and pictures you will be taking.
Other features include 4G, USB Type-C, a fingerprint scanner, radio, dual SIM, etc.
SAMSUNG GALAXY J8
I mean if you thought bezels were gone, well, think again. Although the J8 is a phone that can be used today, I highly recommend not considering using this device for a long time.
That’s because it is going to start slowing down and stop getting responsive.
The reason why this device is part of the list is because some of you may just want a phone to use for a short time but you don’t want to spend a lot of money and you want it to be a Samsung device and finally, you want the screen to be flat *sigh*.
If that sounds like you, then I would highly recommend the Galaxy J8. Else, just go to the next phone, if the previous ones aren’t good enough for you.
Regardless, I’m going to tell you what you’ll be getting on the Galaxy J8.
The flat screen here is 6 inches, and it is a super AMOLED screen. You will be getting those really deep blacks with this screen.
Now, just because it’s got an AMOLED screen, the resolution is pretty low, just 720 x 1480 pixels. That’s not a lot.
You can only watch YouTube videos in HD and they won’t be as sharp as a… say 1080 screen.
One thing you will be getting from this device that I think is nice is good cameras, it’s got 2 on the back and a single one on the front.
On the back, you’ll get a 16MP main camera and a 5MP depth sensor. And on the front, it’s another 16MP camera.
You get the same 4GB of RAM and a 1.8GHz CPU here so don’t expect the best performance. It’s going to be average.
Battery isn’t that great, it’s 3,500mAh. Ideally, I don’t think users of this phone will be doing anything intense so I think battery life should be okay.
If you plan to get this device so you can play a lot of games and do a lot of multitasking, I would strongly advice you not to.
You would probably be able to play some games for now, but games these days are starting to demand a lot of processing power.
Well, like I said, don’t choose this device if you plan on using it long term and do a lot of tasks besides phone calls and text messages, video watching and social media usage.
Other features include 4G, a fingerprint scanner, expandable storage (up to 256GB), etc.
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SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 10 LITE
In all honesty, I was totally ignorant of this device until today. If you’re looking for a mid range Samsung device that feels premium with a flat screen, well, you got it.
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite, expect a really tall display. A 6.7-inch screen to be exact.
It is a Super AMOLED screen, so yeah, those deep blacks are there. Resolution is also very good, the Note 10 Lite’s resolution is 1080 x 2400 pixels, this means images are going to come out sharp on this screen.
Screen to body ratio is around 87%.
Other features of the Note 10 Lite include a Triple camera setup at the back (a main camera, a telephoto camera and an ultrawide camera) that are all 12MP each.
The selfie camera is 32MP.
When it comes to performance, you can be rest assured that this a device that will not slow you down. It’s got a 2.7GHz CPU and 6GB of RAM (there is also an 8GB of RAM version).
It runs on the latest Android 10.0 with Samsung’s One UI skin and its fingerprint scanner is under the display.
And it’s got a really impressive 4,500mAh battery that also supports fast charging.
The only significant thing you’re not getting on this device is water resistance. It may be a premium phone that offers a lot, but if you’re not careful with it around water, it might be game over.
To the best of my knowledge, all the A-series devices have a flat screen, some of them are budget devices so don’t expect to get a lot out of them.
So, here is a list of the Samsung A’s.
SAMSUNG GALAXY A80
The A80 falls in the mid-range to premium device category, it’s got the same screen the Note 10 Lite has (a flat 6.7-inch Super AMOLED screen). Yes, the fingerprint scanner is under the display.
Although that’s nice, the phone’s performance is not going to be as smooth as the Note 10 Lite’s. It has a 2.2GHz CPU and 8GB of RAM.
Now, that is not bad for a device, you won’t be running into any issues running a lot of apps and games. I currently use a phone with a 2.0GHz CPU and I really don’t have any complaints when it comes to the performance.
The A80 will definitely perform better than my device.
You get three cameras on this device, 48MP + 8MP ultrawide + a TOF. They also double as the selfie camera.
Sliding the phone rotates the camera to the front. Can be a really cool trick to show people.
Only thing you might not find impressive with this device is the battery. Its 3,700mAh battery may not be good enough for heavy phone users.
Those who just don’t use their phones that much won’t really see this as an issue.
If you’re a heavy user, and you still feel like this is the A80 is the phone for you, then well, just know you may be charging this phone at least twice a day.
Besides the battery, I don’t really think this device has a lot of cons, it’s got enough room to store all your media files like pictures, videos, music, games, etc. with 128GB.
SAMSUNG GALAXY A51
The Galaxy A51 is like a twin to the Note 10 Lite, they both look really similar. On this device, you get a 6.5 inch Super AMOLED screen, and it also has the fingerprint reader under the display.
The screen’s resolution is 1080 x 2400 pixels so expect a really sharp display.
You’re probably amazed by the number of cameras you’re seeing here, I was too. But let’s talk about them.
The Galaxy A51 comes with 5 cameras, on the front is a 32MP selfie shooter and on the back, you’ve got four more cameras.
A 48MP main camera that you’ll probably be using for shooting most of your photos or videos, a 12MP wide angle camera, a 5MP telephoto camera and a 5MP depth sensor.
I mean, if you’re a camera enthusiast, this phone will definitely deliver, plus the screen is flat, so, you’ve just killed two birds with one stone.
Although this device has been sounding impressive so far, the performance may not be top notch, it’s only got 4GB of RAM.
You can go for the 6GB of RAM version, to boost processing power.
Now with that said, the phone has a 2.3GHz CPU, no the phone is not going to slow down as long as you’re not jumping into different apps at once, if you decide to go for the 4GB of RAM version.
It’s a phone that wants to be handled gently. You can use most social media apps without any issues, they don’t require a lot of memory.
But when you plan to use this device for some heavy gaming, you should just stick to gaming and not gaming while being on social media or even going to the extent of playing more than one game at a time.
I know you may think that sounds crazy, but it happens. You may find yourself restarting the device just because you gave it more than it could handle.
Besides the slight performance issue you should consider, this device is really good and it is the first device I am recommending to anyone who wishes to get a Samsung device with a flat screen.
And yeah, it’s got a 4000mAh battery, so don’t expect to constantly charge this device. And if you have to, be rest assured that it’s got fast charging.
And as I said, performance can be a lot better if you go for the 6GB of RAM version.
SAMSUNG GALAXY A50
You’d think the A50 should look the same as the A51, well you won’t be all wrong. Let’s start with the display since it’s our point of “view” … pun intended.
Here you’re getting a flat 6.4 inch Super AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels.
There aren’t a lot of differences here, the fingerprint scanner is under the display here and the resolution is still sharp and ideal of videos.
For a lot of you, the only problem you’ll have with the screen of the A50 compared to the A51 is going to be the Notch.
But if I still have your attention, well, here’s some good news, you get the same performance as the A51, a 2.3GHz CPU with 4GB or 6GB of RAM.
There’s plenty of room to store your media files with the phone’s 128GB of internal storage. And if that’s not enough for you, you can expand with a 512GB SD card.
The cameras on the A50 may not be as impressive as the cameras on the A51, but they are still really good.
We’re talking about a 25MP main camera, an 8MP ultrawide camera and a 5MP depth sensor. On the front, you’ve got a 25MP selfie camera.
The battery is also very good, at 4,000mAh, expect to go for long periods of time using this device without thinking about charging it.
SAMSUNG GALAXY A70
The Galaxy A70 comes with a flat 6.7-inch screen. It is a Super AMOLED screen so expect those deep blacks and vibrant colors.
It’s got a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels. This gives you really sharp pictures and a FHD+ experience. Yes, the fingerprint scanner is also under the display.
Cameras on the A70 are also very impressive, on the back of the phone, you get a triple camera setup, a 32MP main lens, an 8MP ultrawide lens and a 5MP depth sensor. The selfie camera is a 32MP lens.
So far this phone has great specifications, what you might not be too impressed by is its 2.0GHz CPU, now I have already established that a CPU with this clock speed isn’t necessarily bad, my current phone has the same clock speed.
I don’t run into performance problem on it.
The only thing is since the A70 costs more than the A50 and A51, it would have been better to get a slightly better or the same CPU.
But well, the good news is, you can run a lot of apps with this device without worrying about the phone slowing down, this is because of its 6GB RAM for running apps.
You also get an 8GB of RAM version if you want more power.
Finally, the battery. It is a 4,500mAh power house that also supports fast charging. Not that you’ll be even charging that frequent because this is a really impressive battery.
But if you eventually need to charge the device, you’re going to be back on track in no time.
SAMSUNG GALAXY A30S
From the A30s to the A10s (which I’ll talk about soon), you’re going to notice a decline in features and performance.
These are your budget devices so don’t get your hopes too high. Okay, you can get your hopes high with the Galaxy A30s, but after it, I would say try to keep it on the minimum.
The A30s comes with a 6.4-inch screen, it is an AMOLED screen and one of the good things about it is that it has a fingerprint scanner under it.
Although this may seem like a great deal, the resolution isn’t that high, it’s only 720 x 1560 pixels.
If you haven’t used a phone with a higher resolution before, then you won’t find this odd, but if you have, well, I wouldn’t recommend this device.
Well, aside the screen, let’s talk about the cameras. On the back there are 3, a 25MP main camera, a 5MP depth sensor and an 8MP ultrawide camera. The front camera is a 16MP lens.
When it comes to the processing power, I would say this is not a device you want to do a lot of heavy activities on, with just 4GB of RAM and a CPU clocking 1.8GHz, don’t expect to great performance from this phone.
You can use all your social media apps like Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. without issues, but when it comes to intense gaming, I wouldn’t recommend this device.
On the bright side, it does offer you some room to keep a lot of media files, if 64GB isn’t enough for you, you can always expand with an SD card of up to 512GB.
One more thing that’s good about the A30s is its battery, at 4,000mAh, this phone should be able to endure heavy usage for a day. That includes streaming YouTube videos, browsing, using social media etc.
SAMSUNG GALAXY A20S
Although a good looking device, the A20s really is a budget device, this means that you won’t be getting most of the latest features a lot of more expensive phones have.
Since having a flat screen is your top priority, well, on the A20s you’re getting a 6.5-inch TFT (which is an IPS) screen.
Resolution is 720 x 1560 pixels. I’m sure you can see from the picture that it’s got a Notch.
The fingerprint scanner isn’t on the screen this time; it is on the back.
It’s one of those things you have to give up if you go for a budget phone. However, you will be impressed by the cameras on this device for its price.
When the A20s got released, I thought it would only have 2 cameras, but surprise, surprise, it has 3 (or 4, if you include the selfie camera).
The main camera is a 13MP lens, you’ve also got an 8MP ultrawide lens and a 5MP depth sensor.
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Okay, back to the A20s, I’m sure by now you know it will not perform as good as the A30s, well, you won’t be entirely wrong.
The A20s comes in 2 versions. One of the versions has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, while the other has 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage.
Both of them however are powered by the same CPU, clocking 1.8GHz. This is the same type of CPU you’ll find on the A30s but with that said, you’ll have to go for the 4GB of RAM version if you want performance that is close to the A30s.
You also get the same 4,000mAh battery you find on the A30s.
SAMSUNG GALAXY A10S
This is the last on the list because I wanted to show you guys how each of the devices in the A-series differ.
Of course you’re getting a flat screen on this device as well and it is a 6.2 inch TFT screen (which we’ve established as Samsung’s way for saying IPS).
It’s also got a 720 x 1520 screen resolution and I don’t think I need to say the A10s doesn’t have a fingerprint scanner under the display.
You will find the fingerprint scanner on the back of the device.
Yeah, and this time, you will notice 2 cameras on the back of the device as well. The main camera is the one at the bottom and it’s a 13MP lens, while the one on top is a 2MP depth sensor.
I really can’t say I’m disappointed, I mean for a budget device, it a decent deal. On the front, you’ll find an 8MP camera.
Now, I really wasn’t expecting the A10s to have a huge processor, I mean from the A20s to the A30s, you’ve seen the difference.
But on the A10s you’ve got a 2.0GHz CPU.
Now you may be wondering why (I did too), but then I found out that the CPU you’ve got here is not from a Snapdragon chipset, nor from the famous Exynos chipset.
Nope, what you have is a MediaTek chipset.
The only thing I can say about this is that, from my experience, a 2.0GHz MediaTek CPU is going to perform like a 1.3GHz to 1.5GHz CPU on a Snapdragon Chipset.
So do what you wish with this information.
The A10s has 2GB of RAM (the other version has 3GB of RAM) but whichever version you decide to go for, you’re going to get 32GB of internal storage.
Good thing it can be expanded with an SD card of up to 512GB, and yeah, another good thing is the fact that it’s got a 4,000mAh battery.
Now of course most phones these days come with a curved screen, this is just a way manufacturers want to “remove” bezels.
If you’re old fashioned, simple or just don’t like the fact that some of the curved screens limit your experience, then you should be able to find a phone from the list.
Now most of the phones I suggested are in the mid-range to budget category, if you’re not a fan of those kinds of phones because they may lack some features you really want, then the premium devices I can suggest are the Galaxy Note 10 Plus or the Note 10.
They both have a curved screen, but the curve isn’t that intense.
Well, I hope I have been able to help you pick a phone, let me know the phone you wish to go for in the comments.
If you have any suggestions, questions or corrections, let me know in the comments as well.
I’ll be talking to you soon, and as always, stay awesome.