Galaxy A12 and A02S – Samsung 2021 entry-level phones

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Galaxy A12 and A02S

Samsung recently announced its two new entry-level phones, the Galaxy A12 and A02S. They will be launched in Europe next year. Both offer a lower barrier to entry for anyone looking for a modern Android smartphone. 

Samsung Galaxy A12

Galaxy A12 and A02S - Samsung 2021 entry-level phones

The Galaxy A12 is the successor to the A11, sporting a 6.5-inch HD display. On top of the display is a waterdrop notch, housing the 8-megapixel selfie camera. The A12 packs an octa-core processor, a 5000mAh battery and a fingerprint scanner at the side integrate with the power button. 

Photos are taken by a quad-array of cameras at the back of the phone. The quad-array of cameras include a 48-megapixel main sensor, a 5-megapixel ultrawide, and a pair of 2-megapixel sensors to help with macro and depth photo shots. 

The Galaxy A02S is not as impressive as the Galaxy A12. It packs a 6.5-inch HD display a waterdrop notch housing the 8-megapixel selfie camera and a 5000mAh battery, just like the A12. However, it has a lower RAM and storage capacity of 3GB and 32 GB, respectively. Although the storage capacity is expandable with its microSD card slot. 

Samsung Galaxy A02S 

Galaxy A12 and A02S - Samsung 2021 entry-level phones

The A02S packs a 13-megapixel main camera and the same pair of 2-megapixel sensors as the A12. It also features an older micro-USB port as opposed to the USB-C port in use on most devices today. The A02S is also missing a fingerprint sensor. All these cuts were done to minimize cost. 

Samsung recently rolled out 5G versions of its Galaxy A line of phones; we covered the Galaxy A51 more fully in our review. We thought that the model favored screen quality over cameras and speed. But expect potentially greater trade-offs with the A12 and A02S’s even lower prices. Regardless, Samsung’s budget options are its bestselling phones, so even minor improvements to specs seem like a good move for anyone in Europe looking for their first smartphone.

Price And Configuration 

The price of Samsung A12 is currently set to start at €179 ($212) for 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM, with 128GB and 6GB of RAM on the high end for €199 ($236). The price of Samsung A02S starts at €150 ($178). The A12 will be available in January 2021 and the A02S in February 2021.

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Samsung Galaxy A12 – Specifications 

Network 

Network Technologies GSM / HSPA / LTE 
Network Technology 3G HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 
Network Technology 4G LTE 
Network Technology 5G – 
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps 

Launch Date 

Announced 24, Nov, 2020 
Market Availability January, 2021 

Design 

Dimensions Mobile 164 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm (6.46 x 2.98 x 0.35 inch) 
Weight 205 Grams (7.23 Ounces) 
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or dual-SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by) 
Materials Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame 
Colors Black, White, Blue, Red 

DISPLAY 

Type TFT screen supports touch Kabestev 16 Million colors 
size 6.5 Inch (83.4% screen-to-body ratio) 
Screen Resolution 720 x 1560 Pixels, ratio 19.5:9, 264 Pixels per inch 
Screen protection – 

Performance 

Operating System Android 10.0 
Chipset Qualcomm SDM450 Snapdragon 450 – (12 nm) 
CPU Speed Octa core (2.3GHz, 1.8 GHz) 
 
Gpu graphics processor Adreno 506 

Storage 

External memory microSDXC 
RAM 3/4/6 GB Ram 
Storage 32/64/128 GB, eMMC 5.1 

Cameras 

Rear camera Quad camera:- 
– 48 Megapixel, AF (wide), f / 2.0 aperture 
– 5 Megapixels, (ultrawide), f/2.2 
– 2 Megapixels, (macro), f/2.4 
– 2 Megapixels, (depth sensor), f/2.4 
Camera Features LED flash, Panorama, HDR 
 
Video 1080 Pixel 30 fps 
Selfie camera 8 Megapixel, f / 2.2 lens 
 
 1080 Pixel 30 fps 

Battery 

Battery 5000 mAh, Li-polymer, non-removable 
Fast battery charging 15W fast charging 
 

Sound 

Loudspeaker Yes 
3.5mm jack  

Connectivity 

Wi-Fi Technology Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot 
Bluetooth 5.0, A2DP, LE 
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS 
Radio Undefined 
Charging port USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go 
Sensors Fingerprint (side), acceleration, proximity, compass 
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