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The Best High-Resolution Phones For Every Budget (2021)

author Luis Silva (Updated on: July 2021)

The Best High-Resolution Phones For Every Budget


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

Resolution isn't everything. There, I've said it.

A small display that shares the same pixels of a larger rival has a higher pixel density, thus offering a more pleasant experience.

Any screen that's on the top spot of a top 10 list like this one, whether it's big or small, surely has more than enough pixels. Most likely, it'll have more than the human eye can see, but that depends on a lot of factors, including the distance between our eyes and the display.

The score is the Dots Per Inch (DPI) each smartphone's display has. The higher, the better.

There are 10 smartphones in all lists because you probably won't need a smartphone with as many pixels per inch as the first one in each listing. So, you can better choose the right smartphone for you, whether it's also based on price or any other feature that you value.

These eight lists are updated periodically to reflect price changes and after each added device.

The general top 10 list is the way to go, but if you're on a budget, don't forget to check out any other listings.

If you're on a budget, you can start by checking the Samsung Galaxy S9. If not, the Sony Xperia 1 (and the 1 II) has a monster of a display, with 642 DPI, but at more than double the price.

One thing you should keep in mind is that, usually, more pixels also means less battery life, so you should also check if each phone's battery life suits your needs. Although some do allow you to reduce the display resolution in their settings and save a little bit of battery life.

If you also agree that resolution isn't everything, but still prefer a beautiful display, then check the links at the end of this list. We also have a top 10 for the best overall screens around, based on display type, glass protection, Always-On-Display, and, of course, DPI.

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 

  • #1 SonySony Xperia 1 IIXperia 1 II
    $650    9.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    Android 10
    6.5" 1644x3840
    Full Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+12Mp2x
    4000mAh 21+11w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -Price

  • sony xperia 1 vs sony xperia 1 iiSony
    Xperia 1
    vs
    Sony
    Xperia 1 II
  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 SD
    $535    8.1

  • 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
  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Exynos)Galaxy S20 EX
    $799    8.1

  • 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 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
  • #9 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10 SD
    $699    7.9

  • 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


 Over $1000 

  • #3 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 U.SD
    $1049    7.3

  • 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
  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (Exynos)Gal. Note 20 U.EX
    $1008    7.0

  • 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


 Under $1000 

  • #1 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Exynos)Galaxy S20 EX
    $799    8.1

  • 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
  • #8 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Ultra (Exynos)Galaxy S20 U.EX
    $789    7.3

  • 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 

  • #1 SonySony Xperia 1 IIXperia 1 II
    $650    9.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    Android 10
    6.5" 1644x3840
    Full Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass 6
    12+12+12Mp2x
    4000mAh 21+11w
    full specs

  • +Pros/-Cons
    +Performance
    +Always-On-Disp.
    +Cameras
    +Wireless Charg.
    +Storage
    -Weight
    -Price

  • sony xperia 1 vs sony xperia 1 iiSony
    Xperia 1
    vs
    Sony
    Xperia 1 II
  • #3 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20 SD
    $535    8.1

  • 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
  • #5 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10 SD
    $699    7.9

  • 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
  • #6 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Exynos)Galaxy S10+ EX
    $689    7.5

  • 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
  • #8 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Plus (Snapdragon)Galaxy S20+ SD
    $535    7.5

  • 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


 Under $500 

  • #1 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
  • #8 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 FE 4GGal. S20 FE 4G
    $463    5.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    Android 10
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Front Glass 256GB+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    12+8+12Mp3x
    4500mAh 25+15w
    full specs

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

  • samsung galaxy s20 fe 4g vs samsung galaxy s20 fe 5gSamsung
    Gal. S20 FE 4G
    vs
    Samsung
    Gal. S20 FE 5G
  • #10 OnePlusOnePlus 8T8T
    $499    5.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 865
    Android 11
    6.5" 1080x2400
    Full Glass 128GB
    Gorilla Glass 5
    48+16+5+2Mp
    4500mAh 65+0w
    full specs

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

  • oneplus 8 vs oneplus 8tOnePlus
    8
    vs
    OnePlus
    8T
  • oneplus nord vs oneplus 8tOnePlus
    Nord
    vs
    OnePlus
    8T


 Under $400 

  • #3 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S10 Plus (Snapdragon)Galaxy S10+ SD
    $359    7.5

  • 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
  • #4 SamsungSamsung Galaxy S20 Plus (Exynos)Galaxy S20+ EX
    $329    7.5

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Exynos 990
    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
    +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 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 11 LiteMi 11 Lite
    $349    5.8

  • 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 

  • #2 SamsungSamsung Galaxy A40Galaxy A40
    $240    6.2

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 7904
    Android 9
    5.9" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 64GB+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    16+5Mp
    3100mAh 15+0w
    full specs

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

  • samsung galaxy a40 vs samsung galaxy a50Samsung
    Galaxy A40
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy A50
  • #3 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 9 SEMi 9 SE
    $250    6.2

  • 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
  • #6 OnePlusOnePlus Nord N10Nord N10
    $249    5.9

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2020
    Snapdragon 690
    Android 10
    6.4" 1080x2400
    Front Glass 128G+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    64+8+2+2Mp
    4300mAh 30+0w
    full specs

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

  • oneplus nord vs oneplus nord n10OnePlus
    Nord
    vs
    OnePlus
    Nord N10
  • #9 XiaomiXiaomi Pocophone F1Pocophone F1
    $250    5.8

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2018
    Snapdragon 845
    Android 8
    6.1" 1080x2246
    Front Glass 64GB+
    Gorilla Glass
    12+5Mp
    4000mAh 18+0w
    full specs

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

  • xiaomi pocophone f1 vs xiaomi redmi note 8 proXiaomi
    Pocophone F1
    vs
    Xiaomi
    R.Note 8 Pro


 Under $200 

  • #2 XiaomiXiaomi Redmi Note 7Redmi Note 7
    $141    5.8

  • 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
  • #4 RealmeRealme 5 Pro5 Pro
    $179    5.8

  • 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
  • #5 OnePlusOnePlus 66
    $180    5.8

  • 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
  • #6 SamsungSamsung Galaxy A30Galaxy A30
    $149    5.7

  • Quick Specs
    Year: 2019
    Exynos 7904
    Android 9
    6.4" 1080x2340
    Front Glass 32GB+
    Gorilla Glass 3
    16+5Mp
    4000mAh 15+0w
    full specs

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

  • samsung galaxy a30 vs samsung galaxy a50Samsung
    Galaxy A30
    vs
    Samsung
    Galaxy A50
  • #7 XiaomiXiaomi Mi 8Mi 8
    $175    5.7

  • 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
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