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The best Walmart smartphones in 2021

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Welcome to our list of the best Walmart smartphones of 2021. As one of the largest retailers in the world, Walmart offers a huge range of phones at competitive prices.

You'll be able to find a smartphone at Walmart for any budget, from cheap handsets to the world's best smartphones from the likes of Samsung and Apple.

The huge amount of smartphones on offer at Walmart means trying to find the best handset for you can be tricky. That's why we've come up with this guide. We've gone through Walmart's site to find the very best smartphones on offer there and listed them all right here so you can quickly and easily find the right phone for you.

We've got handsets that cover a range of budgets and use cases. Whether you're looking for a prepaid Walmart phone with Straight Talk, an unlocked handset, or a flagship from Apple or Samsung, this article is here to help. We'll take you through the very best Walmart smartphones, and explain the pros and cons of each. 

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The best Walmart smartphones 2021

Best Walmart smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S10eCB

01. Samsung Galaxy S10e

The best Walmart smartphone overall

Release date: March 2019
Weight: 150g
Dimensions: 142.2 x 69.9 x 7.9mm
OS: Android 9
Screen size: 5.8-inch
Resolution: 1080 x 2280
CPU: Snapdragon 855/Exynos 9820
RAM: 6/8GB
Storage: 128/256GB
Battery: 3,100mAh
Rear camera: 12MP+16MP
Front camera: 10MP
Reasons to buy
+One-handed use possible+Great camera for the price
Reasons to avoid
-No in-screen finger scanner-Noticeably thicker than the S10

The Samsung Galaxy S10e may be an older handset at this point, but it's still our pick for the best Walmart smartphone thanks to its flagship features and reasonable price tag. It shares a number of features with the more expensive Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus, but in a smaller body (and lower resolution). In our view, these are worthwhile sacrifices for a more affordable price tag, and Walmart has some particularly impressive deals for this excellent smartphone. If you've ever eyed up one of Samsung's flagship smartphones but the price tag has put you off, then make sure you check out this excellent handset.

Best Walmart smartphones: iPhone 12 pro maxCB endorsed

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02. iPhone 12 Pro Max

The best iPhone on sale at Walmart

Release date: November 2020
Weight: 228g
Dimensions: 160.8mm x 78.1mm x 7.4mm
OS: iOS 14
Screen size: 6.7-inch
Resolution: 1284 x 2778
CPU: Apple A14 Bionic
Storage: 128GB/256GB/512GB
Battery: 3,687mAh
Rear camera: 12MP + 12MP + 12MP
Front camera: 12MP + 12MP
Reasons to buy
+Excellent camera+Great battery life
Reasons to avoid
-Very expensive-Also very bulky

If you want the absolute best iPhone currently on sale at Walmart and price is no object, then check out the iPhone 12 Pro Max. This is an incredible smartphone with the best high-end camera you'll find in a smartphone. Creatives will especially appreciate the 12 Pro Max's stunning 6.7-inch display and excellent battery life. Meanwhile, if you lack the financial bandwidth, you can opt for the less expensive iPhone 12 Pro, which has a smaller 6.1-inch display but is otherwise packed with top-tier features.

Best Walmart smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S21CB endorsed

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03. Samsung Galaxy S21

The very best Android smartphone from Walmart

Release date: January 2021
Weight: 169g
Dimensions: 151.7 x 71.2 x 7.9mm
OS: Android 11
Screen size: 6.2-inch
Resolution: 2400 x 1080
CPU: Snapdragon 888 / Exynos 2100
Storage: 128GB/256GB
Battery: 4,000mAh
Rear camera: 12MP + 64MP + 12MP
Front camera: 10MP
Reasons to buy
+Vibrant display+Stellar performance
Reasons to avoid
-No microSD slot-Charger not included

If it's been years since your last cell phone refresh, the Samsung Galaxy S21 Android smartphone is definitely worth your consideration. The company's latest-and-greatest flagship phone boasts a stunning Dynamic AMOLED 2X display with a 120Hz refresh rate for super-smooth scrolling. It also packs a long-lasting 4,000mAh battery and an improved triple-camera module over its (more expensive) predecessor, the Galaxy S20. Sure, you'll still be paying quite a premium but for such a feature-packed smartphone, the Galaxy S21 is well worth the investment - especially for creatives.

Best Walmart smartphones: Motorola Moto E6

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04. Moto E6

The best budget prepaid phone at Walmart

Weight: 172g
Dimensions: 157 x 75.3 x 8 mm
OS: Android 9
Screen size: 5.5-inch
Resolution: 720 x 1280
CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 435
Storage: 16GB
Battery: 3000mAh
Rear camera: 13MP
Front camera: 5MP
Reasons to buy
+Removable battery+Up to 256GB expandable storage
Reasons to avoid
-Smaller battery-Only 2GB RAM

If you need a no-frills budget prepaid handset, look no further than the Moto E6 Android smartphone. Unlike most phones on the market these days, the E6 has a removable battery. That way, you can just swap for a fresh battery instead of tethering the phone to a charger. The paltry 16GB onboard storage also becomes less of an issue thanks to a MicroSD slot that supports up to 256GB of added space. Performance-wise, the Moto E6 won't blow anyone away, but you'll still be getting a decent phone at one of the most affordable prepaid prices out there.

Best Walmart smartphones: iPhone SE 2020

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05. Apple iPhone SE (2020)

The best Walmart phone with Straight Talk

Weight: 148g
Dimensions: 138.4 x 67.3 x 7.3mm
OS: iOS 14
Screen size: 4.7-inch
Resolution: 750 x 1334
CPU: A13 Bionic
Storage: 64/256GB
Battery: 1,821mAh
Rear camera: 12MP
Front camera: 7MP
Reasons to buy
+Affordable (for iPhone)+Faster CPU than iPhone 8
Reasons to avoid
-No screen upgrade-Middling battery life

The iPhone SE (2020) is the best Walmart smartphone you can buy with Straight Talk prepaid wireless. On the surface, it may not look like much of an upgrade over the iPhone 8 - both phones have a 4.7-inch screen with noticeable bezels. Under the hood, however, is where the iPhone SE (2020) boasts its upgrades, including Apple's A13 Bionic chipset, 3GB RAM (instead of 2GB), and the current iOS 14. It's far from a budget smartphone but relative to other iPhones on the market, the iPhone SE (2020) is a fantastic value buy, especially with a Straight Talk prepaid plan.

Best Walmart smartphones: Samsung Note 20 Ultra

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06. Samsung Note 20 Ultra

The best phablet you can buy at Walmart

Release date: August 2020
Weight: 208g
Dimensions: 164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1mm
OS: Android 10
Screen size: 6.9-inch
Resolution: 3088 x 1440
CPU: Snapdragon 865 Plus
RAM: 128GB
Storage: 128GB/512GB
Battery: 4,500mAh
Rear camera: 12MP-108MP-12MP
Front camera: 10MP
Reasons to buy
+A most impressive camera+Incredible performance
Reasons to avoid
-Heavy price tag-Quite bulky

The Samsung Note 20 Ultra is a powerhouse of a device that offers best-in-class performance that is sure to please creatives and gamers alike. Avid photographers will appreciate the 108MP rear camera with 50x space zoom and laser focus. Meanwhile, game buffs will enjoy playing Xbox Game Pass titles on the Note 20 Ultra's crisp 6.9-inch AMOLED 120Hz display. And lest we forget the improved S Pen features for better sketching and note-taking. If you're looking for a perfect hybrid of smartphone and tablet, the Samsung Note 20 Ultra should suit you fine.

The best Walmart smartphones: What to consider

Prepaid or unlocked cell phones can be used with any mobile network, while Walmart's Straight Talk prepaid network is an excellent choice if you want a bit of flexibility with your service. You can sign up for Straight Talk for 30 days or beyond.

When deciding which is the best smartphone for you, there are a few things to consider. The size and design are important. You'll want something comfortable to hold. Also consider RAM and processors, as these determine how fast the cell phone is. If you're a heavy user who's planning on installing 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.

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Matt Hanson

Matt has been a technology journalist for well over a decade, writing for publications such as T3, MacFormat and Creative Bloq. He's a senior editor of TechRadar, Creative Bloq's sister site, where he can be found writing about and reviewing laptops, computers, monitors and more. He often writes for Creative Bloq, helping creatives find their perfect laptop or PC.