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The Best Durable Smartphones (2021)

author Luis Silva (Updated on: July 2021)

The Best Durable Smartphones


This is the international top 10 list. Click here to check out the US version.

Let's hope you're not here because you just cracked your smartphone's display. If that's the case, then I'm sorry for you. But what's done it's done, there's nothing we can do about it.

But, whether you broke it or not, there's something we can do to prevent that from happening. And that's making sure your next smartphone has decent glass protection.

Currently, the top of the line protection is Corning's Gorilla Glass Victus. But for a phone to get a perfect 10 score, it also needs to be waterproof (IP68), because we just never know...

But there are two things we aren't considering here: a glass back (Afterall, if you break it, you can just add a case) and the phone's weight. We can consider adding that in future updates (if we get enough feedback), but for now, if you prefer a plastic back cover or a lightweight device, just make sure your next phone has those.

If you're planning to keep your device for over two years, then you should consider OEMs like Google, Apple, or any device that's running Android One. That's the ones that'll give you longer security updates. Also, the S and Note lineups from Samsung should give you at least three years too. OnePlus is also known for longer than average updates.

As a side note: Apple doesn't disclose any details about its glass protection, but it's publicly known that they're financially awarding Corning's research and development department.

With that being said, and since we don't have any comparable evidence, we're considering that all recent iPhones have, at least, something similar to Gorilla Glass 6, and the iPhone 12 lineup, the Victus version.

Now that we've clarified everything up, its time to check what are the best-protected smartphones out there.

If you're on a budget, then don't forget to check any of the other seven top 10 lists.

Tips: Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones. You can also find links to Amazon, eBay, Best Buy, and Walmart (and updated prices) in any comparison article.



Pick your budget:





 Top 10 

  • #3 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Exynos)Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    $990    10.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Android 10
    6.9" 1440x3088
    Full Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass V
    108+12+12Mp4x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD
  • #9 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Snapdragon)Gal. Note 20 U.SD
    $949    9.3

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865+
    Android 10
    6.9" 1440x3088
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass V
    108+12+12Mp4x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD


 Over $1000 

  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 U.SD
    $1399    7.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 855
    Android 10
    6.9" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    108+48+12Mp4x
    5000mAh 45+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.SD


 Under $1000 

  • #3 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Exynos)Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    $990    10.0

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Android 10
    6.9" 1440x3088
    Full Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass V
    108+12+12Mp4x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD
  • #6 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Snapdragon)Gal. Note 20 U.SD
    $949    9.3

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865+
    Android 10
    6.9" 1440x3088
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass V
    108+12+12Mp4x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy note 20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. Note 20 U.SD
  • #9 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Exynos)Galaxy S20 U.EX
    $799    7.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Android 10
    6.9" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    108+48+12Mp4x
    5000mAh 45+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 ultra (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 ultra (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 U.SD


 Under $700 

  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Exynos)Galaxy S20 EX
    $649    7.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Android 10
    6.2" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4000mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 SD
  • #7 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 SD
    $566    7.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    Android 10
    6.2" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4000mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20 SD
  • #8 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Plus (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20+ SD
    $566    7.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    Android 10
    6.7" 1440x3200
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+64+12Mp
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Weight
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s20 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s20 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S20+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S20+ SD
  • #10 SonySony Xperia 5Xperia 5
    $699    7.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    Android 9
    6.1" 1080x2520
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+12Mp2x
    3140mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Glass Protection
    -Wireless Charg.
    -3.5mm Jack
    -Price

  • sony xperia 1 vs sony xperia 5Sony
    Xperia 1
    vs
    Sony
    Xperia 5


 Under $500 

  • #1 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Exynos)Galaxy S10+ EX
    $409    7.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 9820
    Android 9
    6.4" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    4100mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s10 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ SD
  • #3 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Exynos)Galaxy S10 EX
    $429    7.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 9820
    Android 9
    6.1" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    3400mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s10 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10 SD
  • #6 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10 SD
    $499    7.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    Android 9
    6.1" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    3400mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Glass Protection

  • samsung galaxy s10 (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10 EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10 SD


 Under $400 

  • #2 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10+ SD
    $379    7.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 855
    Android 9
    6.4" 1440x3040
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+16Mp2x
    4100mAh 15+15w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Wireless Charg.
    -Price

  • samsung galaxy s10 plus (exynos) vs samsung galaxy s10 plus (snapdragon)Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ EX
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy S10+ SD
  • #6 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 11 LiteMi 11 Lite
    $349    5.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2021
    Snapdragon 780
    Android 11
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    64+8+5Mp
    4250mAh 33+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Cameras
    +Glass Protection
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -3.5mm Jack

  • xiaomi mi 11 lite vs xiaomi mi 11Xiaomi
    Mi 11 Lite
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 11


 Under $300 

  • #8 OnePlusOnePlus 66
    $232    4.1

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    Android 8
    6.2" 1080x2280
    Full Glass 64GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    16+20Mp
    3300mAh 20+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot

  • oneplus 6 vs oneplus 6tOnePlus
    6
    vs
    OnePlus
    6T
  • #9 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 9 SEMi 9 SE
    $250    4.1

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    Android 9
    5.9" 1080x2340
    Full Glass 64GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+8+13Mp2x
    3070mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -3.5mm Jack

  • xiaomi mi 9 vs xiaomi mi 9 seXiaomi
    Mi 9
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 9 SE


 Under $200 

  • #3 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 8Mi 8
    $137    4.1

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    Android 8
    6.2" 1080x2248
    Full Glass 64GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    12+12Mp2x
    3400mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    -Wireless Charg.
    -MicroSD Slot
    -3.5mm Jack

  • xiaomi mi 8 vs xiaomi mi 9Xiaomi
    Mi 8
    vs
    Xiaomi
    Mi 9
  • #4 XiaomiXiaomi Redmi Note 7Redmi Note 7
    $140    4.1

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 660
    Android 9
    6.3" 1080x2340
    Full Glass 64GB+
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+5Mp
    4000mAh 18+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Battery Life
    +Price
    -AMOLED
    -Always-On-Disp.
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight

  • xiaomi redmi note 7 vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proXiaomi
    Redmi Note 7
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro
  • #6 RealmeRealme 5 Pro5 Pro
    $179    1.4

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Snapdragon 712
    Android 9
    6.3" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 128G+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    48+8+2+2Mp
    4035mAh 20+0w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Battery Life
    +Price
    -AMOLED
    -Wireless Charg.
    -Weight
    -Glass Protection

  • realme 5 pro vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proRealme
    5 Pro
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro


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