Depending on what you prefer in any Samsung smartphone or your budget, it may get a little hard to make that satisfying choice on the best device that suits all your needs. Most times we all just make a trade-off of what to keep and what to leave for a good choice. Over the next paragraphs, we will narrow your search to the Best selling Samsung devices: top offers from 2016 last quarter up to now in early 2017.

There are a number of phones with sleek metal/glass bodies, QHD or dual-edge displays, impressive chipset benchmark performances and great cameras out there that are worth the bucks you can afford to part with. And we can say that again safely, if your pickiness is not out of proportion! This means you won’t be spending much time in the cons section.

Unfortunately, we won’t be able to feature the Galaxy Note 7 here any more because the device has been withdrawn globally by Samsung. The company decided to stop production and sale of the device following exploding batteries in some of the first release units and replacement devices after the first recall.

We will not cry over the Note 7 for that long. Matter of fact, we actually feel that Samsung should be credited for standing up to up to their responsibility to call off the device despite all the losses involved from huge financial losses, market share to reputation. They must be back at the drawing broads planning for a big comeback in the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus expected in April this year. So here we go with the Best selling Samsung devices list as it currently stands!

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Samsung Galaxy Note 7

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is an elegantly built large dual-edge screen premium smartphone. Here is an overview of what you can expect from the Note 7 out of the box: This phablet is the incumbent king of our list. It is by far one of the best premium android smartphones you can currently get in the market. Our prediction is that this device will have a stronger market demand compared to the Note 5.

Pros:

  • Beautifully designed metal/glass body that curves smoothly around edges and its back to ensure comfort and grip, enhancing single-handed use. In general, device has an all-round perfectly curved symmetry top to bottom, side to side and front to back
  • A superb 5.7” QHD Super AMOLED dual-edge display with the HDR compatibility. Maximum resolution is 1440×2560 with approximately 518 ppi. It produces great peak brightness with low light reflectance. HDR enables color, contrast and brightness expansion through special image processing. Always-on display is on board too
  • Gorilla Glass 5 front and back panels
  • IP68 certification for dust protection and water proofing, a first on any Note Series device.
  • Enhanced S Pen capability with 4096 pressure levels: you can write, draw and edit as usual. But it can also translate text, take scrolling screen shots, and even create GIFs from videos. You can leave your texts in the always-on screen mode. You can even create notes when the device is underwater or dripping wet. The S Pen can be the only reason to buy the Note 7 for some people
  • Improved biometric security with iris scanner and an infrared LED that beams rays to scan your eyes for authentication. You can even unlock your phone in pitch black darkness. It also comes with Samsung Knox
  • A dual pixel 12 MP autofocus camera sits at the back, is faster and allows up to 95% more light for capturing quality images under low light conditions. There is Smart OIS and Auto HDR onboard. 5 MP unit is at the front
  • Snapdragon 820 quad-core (US) or Exynos 8890 octa-core (Global) processor
  • 4 GB RAM, 64 GB ROM
  • MicroSD card slot is back, up to 256 GB
  • Samsung Pay certified
  • Fast battery charging and wireless charging (Qi/PMA)

Cons:

  • Small battery. Note 7 (5.7” display) comes with only 3500 mAh which is slightly less than its next big brother the Galaxy S7 Edge (5.5” display) at 3600 mAh.
  • No FM radio
  • Non-removable battery. But the new Note has finally added dust and water protection.
  • The hefty price tag of course! Anyway, time to look at other alternatives

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Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

1

Talk about a beauty contest and this phone will turn out on top. The bigger brother of the Galaxy S7 is the new number 1 in our list. It should have been here in the first place, more so after being voted best phone of 2016 at the MCA awards. If you are looking for a slightly big screen from the traditional 5” diagonal display with premium features, or are just looking for some sort of magical upgrade then look no further!

Samsung refined this device to produce an exciting dual-edge curved display built on top of a metal frame. The back of the device curves in front into a seamless device. Common to the S6 and S7 line, up is the dual Gorilla Glass 4 panel on either side of the devices. There are three versions of the phablet available depending on your region: G935 for the US, the global version G935F and G935FD for Southeast Asia.

Pros:

First and foremost, this device was and will always remain a better alternative to the Galaxy Note 7 in almost all design and technical aspects. You can get it relatively cheaper now that the Note 7 is gone. Apparently as we know, Samsung is seriously increasing production of the award winning Galaxy S7 Edge to compensate for the Note 7. Here are more of its magical points:

  • Beautifully designed metal/glass body that curves smoothly around edges and the back
  • Dual-edge 5.5” QHD Super AMOLED touchscreen of resolution 1440×2160 with 538 ppi. You get Always-on display mode for notifications. The display produces sharp contrast and has great color accuracy
  • 12 MP dual pixel rear camera with phase autofocus, OIS and Auto HDR. 5 MP front camera
  • Gorilla Glass 4 panels at the front and back of the device
  • IP68 certification for dust protection and water proofing
  • Somehow big battery at 3600 mAh
  • Snapdragon 820 quad-core (US) or Exynos 8890 octa-core (Global) processor
  • 4 GB RAM, 32/64 GB ROM
  • A 200 GB microSD slot for expanding storage is certainly welcome once again
  • Unlocked non contract versions are extensively connected to GSM and CDMA networks
  • Samsung Pay certified, Samsung Knox
  • Fast battery charging and wireless charging (Qi/PMA)

Cons:

  • The price is still hefty
  • Bloatware, but that cannot deter one from this beauty of a device
  • No infrared
  • No FM radio out of the box. But software update activates FM receiver only for US versions by carriers such as T-Mobile. These versions have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 820 chipset
  • It is slippery for a good grip especially in cold or to be able to grab from a flat surface. Not such a big deal, but can you live with it?

Samsung Galaxy S7

2

It is not only big-screen names that dominate the top. As the standard flagship screen-size holder, the Galaxy S7 runs neck to neck with the S7 Edge with the right reasons! When Samsung announced the S7 line-up, this device was an eye catcher in the standard 5” screen size in a new design. It rocks an elegant metal frame in a glass body design, has water proofing with IP68 standards certification and was finally able to bring back the SD card slot. Samsung went in the right direction!

Pros:

In essence every feature in the S7 Edge is found in the S7 except for the big dual-edge screen.

  • Metal/glass uni-body, premium design
  • A 5.1” QHD Super AMOLED touchscreen of resolution 1440×2160 with 577 ppi. Always-on display mode for notifications is on board too. The display produces sharp contrast and has great color accuracy
  • 12 MP dual pixel rear camera with phase autofocus, OIS and Auto HDR. 5 MP front camera
  • Gorilla Glass 4 panels at the front and back of the device
  • IP68 certification for dust protection and water proofing
  • 3000 mAh non removable battery
  • Snapdragon 820 quad-core (US) or Exynos 8890 octa-core (Global) processor
  • 4 GB RAM, 32/64 GB ROM
  • A 200 GB microSD slot
  • Unlocked non contract versions are extensively connected to GSM and CDMA networks
  • Samsung Pay certified, Samsung Knox
  • Fast battery charging and wireless charging (Qi/PMA)

Cons:

  • The price
  • Bloatware
  • Quite slippery to handle
  • No FM radio out of the box, until you download a receiver software update (T-Mobile for US)

Samsung Galaxy S7 Active

3

You can rest assured by Samsung that this device won’t fall to pieces. And yes, we have long known that the Active Series of devices offer more protection, military grade protection to be precise. The rugged Galaxy S7 Active comes with MIL-STD-810G certification out of the box, but are you satisfied with only that? Certainly this droid is in the immediate number 3 slot because it never compromised with most if not all features found in the S7 line-up. Being a latest upgrade, it features just the same screen size and resolution, same camera sensor and also retained the Snapdragon 820 processor. Here is more to that:

Pros:

  • MIL-STD-810G certification for salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistance
  • Metal/glass uni-body
  • A 5.1” QHD Super AMOLED touchscreen of resolution 1440×2160 with 577 ppi. Always-on display mode for notifications is on board too. The display produces sharp contrast and has great color accuracy
  • 12 MP dual pixel rear camera with phase autofocus, OIS and Auto HDR. 5 MP front camera
  • Gorilla Glass 4 panels, shatter proof glass (falls of up to 5 feet high onto a flat surface)
  • IP68 certification for dust protection and water proofing
  • A large 4000 mAh non removable battery
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 quad-core
  • 4 GB RAM, 32 GB ROM
  • A 256 GB microSD slot for expanding storage
  • Samsung Pay certified, Samsung Knox
  • FM radio
  • Fast battery charging and wireless charging (Qi/PMA)

Cons:

  • The price range
  • Models restricted to AT&T version
  • It is a lot thicker, the extra protection and big battery account for all that waist-line

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

4

The S6 Edge comes to significant number 4. Don’t be deceived by these numbers, most smartphones narrowly ‘edged’ out their wins in our list to their slots. And more particularly so having come this far. This device is similar to the Galaxy S6 neck to neck, and could have made it to the very top without the S7 line up. Talk about a beautifully curved dual-edge screen in a compact device (more compact than the S7 Edge in terms of screen size) and all that hullabaloo is washed away. This sleek display made the S6 Edge one of the winners of our beauty contest out rightly. Now you see how hard it is to defend slotting the S6 Edge to number 5? Well, we will just try to keep it this way sticking to the fact that it doesn’t have water/dust protection and there is no microSD card slot on-board.

Pros:

  • Metal/glass uni-body, premium design
  • A thin/slim, light body profile. Dimensions are just at 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm, and 138 Kg
  • A 5.1” QHD Super AMOLED touchscreen of resolution 1440×2160 with 577 ppi.
  • 16 MP dual pixel rear camera with phase autofocus, OIS and Auto HDR. 5 MP front camera
  • Gorilla Glass 4 panels at the front and back of the device
  • 2550 mAh non removable battery
  • Exynos 7420 octa-core processor
  • 3 GB RAM, 32/64/128 GB ROM
  • Unlocked non contract versions are extensively connected to GSM and CDMA networks
  • Samsung Pay certified, Samsung Knox
  • Fast battery charging and wireless charging (Qi/PMA)

Cons:

  • No IP68 certification for dust protection and water proofing
  • No microSD card slot
  • No FM radio
  • Non-user removable battery

Samsung Galaxy S6

5

It gets quite tough pitting all these devices in one list because you can’t rule out old A-listers like the Galaxy S6. It is a while since its release in 2015 but not that long for a gorgeous premium device. This superdroid topped charts for best 2015 android phone and we remember it for ending the use of plastic for flagship devices. Besides the metal/glass sleek design It also came with lots of hardware and software upgrades, notably housing a custom chipset from Samsung, the Exynos 7420 octa-core processor. But what did it let go in exchange for polycarbonate? A MicroSD slot and water/dust protection found in the Galaxy S5. Let’s see what else you will get from the device.

Pros:

  • All metal/glass uni-body, premium design
  • A thin/slim, light body profile. Dimensions are just at 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm, and 138 Kg
  • A 5.1” QHD Super AMOLED touchscreen of resolution 1440×2160 with 577 ppi.
  • 16 MP dual pixel rear camera with phase autofocus, OIS and Auto HDR. 5 MP front camera
  • Gorilla Glass 4 panels at the front and back of the device
  • 2550 mAh non removable battery
  • Exynos 7420 octa-core processor
  • 3 GB RAM, 32/64/128 GB ROM
  • Unlocked non contract versions are extensively connected to GSM and CDMA networks
  • Samsung Pay certified, Samsung Knox
  • Fast battery charging and wireless charging (Qi/PMA)

Cons:

  • No IP68 certification for dust protection and water proofing
  • No microSD card slot
  • No FM radio
  • Non-user removable battery

Samsung Galaxy Note 5

6

The Note 5 feels more compact and less bulky or clumsy in the hand than the Galaxy Note 4. It has an exceptional metal/glass build quality in a premium design similar to the Galaxy S6 line up with softly rounded edges. At the back it looks like the Galaxy S7/Edge line-up with side curves streaming to its front, it however retains the overall looks of a Galaxy Note. The Exynos 7420 chipset was at its best at the time of release, and that’s not so far from now, S Pen was an upgrade too with a more productivity and clickable button. Here is what else the worth of bucks for the Note 5 is:

Pros:

  • An all metal/glass uni-body, premium design
  • A 5.7” QHD Super AMOLED touchscreen of resolution 1440×2160 with 518 ppi.
  • Clickable S Pen
  • 16 MP dual pixel rear camera, IR white balance detection sensor, autofocus, OIS and Auto HDR. 5 MP selfie camera
  • Gorilla Glass 4 panels at the front and back of the device
  • 3000 mAh non-removable battery
  • Exynos 7420 octa-core processor
  • 4 GB RAM, 32/64 GB ROM
  • Unlocked non contract versions are extensively connected to GSM and CDMA networks
  • Samsung Pay certified, Samsung Knox
  • Fast battery charging and wireless charging (Qi/PMA)

Cons:

  • No IP68 certification for dust protection and water proofing or at least any other
  • You only get a maximum 64 GB ROM with no microSD card slot for expansion
  • No FM radio
  • Not currently available in other major markets such as UK. There are AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile versions in the US with or without a contract
  • Non-user removable battery
  • Quite a slippery phablet, especially without a cover case

Samsung Galaxy S6 Active

7

The S6 Active comes out at 7. Once again we know that this rugged version of the Galaxy S6 is not so different after all. What is notable is the beefed up battery, at 3500 mAh, for more raw power beside the extra military grade protection. Samsung recently won the award for best smartphone manufacturer and we admit that they have been quite successful with the Active series of military grade devices. If you ever go out to the fields or just make some sort of exploratory trips in the jungles, don’t be afraid to grab yourself the Galaxy S6 Active. It will satisfy your rugged lifestyle!

Pros:

  • MIL-STD-810G certification for salt, dust, humidity, rain, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistance
  • Metal/glass uni-body
  • A 5.1” QHD Super AMOLED touchscreen of resolution 1440×2160 with 576 ppi
  • 16 MP rear camera with autofocus, OIS and Auto HDR. 5 MP front camera
  • Gorilla Glass 4 panels, shatter proof glass (falls of up to 5 feet high onto a flat surface)
  • IP68 certification for dust protection and water proofing
  • A large 3500 mAh non removable battery
  • Exynos 7420 Octa-core processor
  • 3 GB RAM, 32/64 GB ROM
  • Samsung Pay certified, Samsung Knox
  • Fast battery charging and wireless charging (Qi/PMA)

Cons:

  • The price range
  • No FM radio
  • Models restricted to AT&T version
  • It is quite thick, owing to the extra protection and big battery

We will now leave you to do the final verdict on the device of your choice. If you ever fret over the Note 7’s loss, don’t worry much, we are trying to get over it as well. At least we share the same things in common including being die-hard Samsung fanatics. The good news though is that come April, Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8 Plus will sooth our tastes perhaps even better. Feel free to rate this Best selling Samsung devices list below or drop in your views, whether you agree or disagree with this list in the comments below. You can also view our Best Samsung budget devices list here.

This page is constantly updated, be sure to check again anytime soon. Last update 17/Jan.