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The best phones at Walmart: Straight Talk, prepaid and unlocked Walmart phones

Here are the best cell phones at Walmart right now for all budgets.

If you're looking to buy a phone from Walmart, we can help. The retailer is an excellent place to buy a new cell phone, but there's a lot of choice – so we've curated a list of the best cell phones at Walmart right now to help you make the right decision. 

Whether you're looking for a prepaid Walmart phone with Straight Talk, an unlocked handset, or you're not sure which cell phone you should buy, this article will take you through the very best phones at Walmart, and explain the pros and cons of each.

Prepaid or unlocked cell phones can be used with any mobile network, while Walmart's Straight Talk pre-paid network is an excellent choice if you want a bit of flexibility with your service. You can sign up for Straight Talk for a number of different time periods, such as 30 days, for example.

When deciding which is the best cell phone at Walmart for you, there are a few things to consider. The size and design is important – you'll want something that's comfortable to hold. You'll also want to keep an eye on RAM and processors, as these determine how fast the cell phone is. If you're a heavy user who will install lots of games and apps, then go with something that has plenty of RAM and a modern multi-core processor.

Most importantly, you need something that suits your budget. There's nothing worse than being locked into a pay-monthly contract that you struggle to afford, while paying for features and extras that you do not need. This is where pre-paid cell phone deals are worth considering.

Read on for our pick of the best phones at Walmart right now.

1. Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

The best Walmart cell phone overall

Release date: March 2018 | Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

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Super premium build
Excellent low-light cameras
Battery doesn't last as well as some others on the list
Large

The Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus is our top choice for the best phone at Walmart. It boasts a stunning 6.2-inch Super AMOLED screen, which delivers stunning picture quality, and its dual-aperture camera is one of the best we've ever seen in a smartphone. While the large screen size won't be to everyone's tastes, it makes the Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus a brilliant cell phone for working on, and even doodling a few digital drawings as well. Plus, it's not that expensive, either.

2. iPhone X

The best high-end cell phone you can buy at Walmart

Release date: October 2017 | Weight: 174g | Dimensions: 143.6 x 70.9 x 7.7mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1125x2436 | CPU: A11 Bionic | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 2716mAh | Rear camera: 12MP+12MP | Front camera: 7MP

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Brilliant screen
Powerful innards
Incredibly expensive
Notch on screen

If you're looking for a high-end, premium cell phone and have the budget, then the iPhone X is the best phone at Walmart right now. Apple announced the iPhone X (pronounced 'ten') last year, and this radically redesigned iPhone has seriously impressed everyone who got it in their hands. The 5.8-inch OLED screen is the best display ever to grace an iPhone, battery life is very good and the camera is superb. Apple has crammed some very impressive hardware into the iPhone X, making it an excellent performer, and it's added some great new features such as Face ID, which lets you unlock the cell phone by just looking into the camera.

3. Huawei Mate 10 Pro

The best mid-range cell phone at Walmart right now

Release date: October 2017 | Weight: 178g | Dimensions: 154.2 x 74.5 x 7.9mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 2160 | CPU: Kirin 970 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 128GB | Battery: 4,000mAh | Rear camera: 20MP+12MP | Front camera: 8MP

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Great camera for enthusiasts
Class-leading battery
No headphone jack
No wireless charging

If you're looking for a mid-range cell phone at Walmart, one that doesn't cost the Earth thanks to over the top specs and bells and whistles – yet still does the job well, while looking (and feeling) great – then the Huawei Mate 10 Pro is worth considering. Huawei is a name to look out for, as its cell phones (and laptops) are increasingly competing with more established – and more expensive – rivals. Its full HD screen doesn't have the 'wow' factor of the screens found on the iPhone X or Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, but it absolutely blows those two phones out of the water when it comes to battery life. It has a huge 4,000mAh battery, which can lead to almost two days' worth of use before you need to charge. The dual-camera setup of the Mate 10 Pro is also excellent.

4. Moto E4 Plus

The best cheap cell phone at Walmart if you're on a tight budget

Weight: 198g | Dimensions: 155 x 77.5 x 9.6mm | OS: Android 7.1.1 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | CPU: MediaTek MT6737 | RAM: 3GB | Storage: 16GB/32GB | Battery: 5000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

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Huge battery
Fingerprint scanner
Limited power
Iffy camera

The Moto E4 Plus is our choice of the best cheap cell phone at Walmart. This is a handset that proves that the best budget cell phones don't need to sacrifice too much to keep their prices low. So, you get a nicely designed phone with a fingerprint scanner, plus a huge 5,000mAh battery that allows the Moto E4 Plus to run for two entire days between charges. Sure, it's a little underpowered, and the camera isn't the best – but for the price, the Moto E4 Plus is brilliant value for money from Walmart.

5. iPhone 8

The best Walmart phone with Straight Talk

Weight: 148g | Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm | OS: iOS 11 | Screen size: 4.7-inch | Resolution: 750 x 1334 | CPU: A11 Bionic | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 64/256GB | Battery: 1,821mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 7MP

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Wireless charging is useful
Camera is great at point-and-shoot
Limited upgrade over iPhone 7
Bezel-heavy design looks dated

The iPhone 8 remains Apple's best-selling iPhone for a reason, and that's why it's our pick for the best Walmart phone with Straight Talk. The 4.7-inch screen size will please anyone who has felt that smartphones are getting too big and unwieldy, and it's far more affordable than the iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. However, it still boasts some of the best features that come with those more expensive iPhones – such as wireless charging, a brilliant camera and the powerful A11 Bionic chipset that keeps the handset feeling speedy and responsive. A brilliant phone at Walmart.

6. Motorola Moto E4 16GB Prepaid Smartphone

The best prepaid Walmart cell phone right now

Weight: 151g | Dimensions: 144.7 x 72.3 x 9.3mm | OS: Android 7.1.1 | Screen size: 5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | CPU: Quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 2,800mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 5MP

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Nice design
Removable battery
US version isn't all-metal
Performance isn't the best

The Motorola Moto E4 is the best prepaid phone at Walmart, delivering exceptional value for money. It comes loaded with a recent version of Android, has a quad-core processor that enables it to perform well, and includes support for microSD cards – so you can expand the storage capacity up to 128GB. While this is far from the most powerful cell phone at Walmart, it does an excellent job of providing some of the latest features we've come to expect from modern cells for an excellent price – especially if you buy it with a prepaid offer from Walmart.

7. Samsung Galaxy S9

The best unlocked Walmart phone

Release date: March 2018 | Weight: 163g | Dimensions: 147.7 x 68.7 x 8.5mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 5.8-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 4GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,000mAh | Rear camera: 12MP | Front camera: 8MP

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Premium build
Excellent screen
Battery life not great
Single sensor on the rear

The Samsung Galaxy S9 isn't quite as brilliant as the larger Galaxy S9 Plus – in the number one slot in our best Walmart phones guide – but it's still a very impressive cell phone, and you can buy it unlocked from Walmart. That means you can use it with any network you want without being tied to a contract. It comes with a lovely QHD 5.8-inch screen with Super AMOLED technology, making images look stunning. The camera is incredible, especially in low light conditions, and it's impressively powerful. While this is a pricey cell, you get some excellent premium features for your money, such as Swift biometric security, dual speakers 

Or – if you'd like most of these features at a much lower price, try the Samsung Galaxy S8. The camera isn't quite as good (but it's still amazing) and you'll need some finger gymnastics to get to the fingerprint scanner on the back. But if that doesn't bother you (and it doesn't bother us), the Galaxy S8 is a very impressive cell – and incredible value for money now.

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