The Samsung Galaxy A smartphones are more affordable than the Galaxy S, and are in many ways even more critical because that’s where the high volumes are.

Today, Samsung has announced a large Galaxy A update, with no less than five new phones: The Galaxy A12 ($109.99), Galaxy A02s ($179.99), Galaxy A32 5G ($299.99), Galaxy A42 5G ($399.99) and Galaxy A52 5G (499.99).

The Galaxy A Series covers every possible market segment and gives excellent options for every budget. Looking at the general specifications for these new devices, it is evident that Samsung’s product marketing has done a good job with tuning these phones to feature an outstanding value for the price.

We demonstrated this with data in the past when we looked at Samsung’s excellent camera hardware in T-Mobile USA’s line-up. We expect this to continue with these new phones. There is a near-linear increase in benefit for each additional dollar spent, so there’s no fear of missing out.

At the entry-level, the Galaxy A12 is hugely affordable and represents a big win for MediaTek, which supplies the Galaxy A12’s computing platform. The same thing is true for the Galaxy A32 5G, which has a MediaTek Dimensity 720 at its heart.

The Galaxy A12, Galaxy A42 5G, and Galaxy A52 5G are powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 and 750G. If you’re interested in gaming, the Snapdragon 750G is the processor you should look at.

The Samsung Galaxy A32 5G and Galaxy A52 5G are exciting because the $299.99 A32 5G is Samsung’s most affordable 5G phone and seems to cover the basics really well: triple camera, huge battery and extensible storage via microSD.

The Galaxy A52 5G brings many high-end features such as a 120Hz display, quad-camera (with optical image stabilization), fast charging, and a waterproof chassis in the sub-$500 market. That’s clearly my favorite in this launch.

If you can stretch your budget above $700, the Galaxy S20 FE (Fan Edition) has a formidable value proposition as well and is worth considering. The Galaxy A phones will start selling later this week, on Friday April 9, including at Verizon.

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Official Specifications: Galaxy A32 5G, A42 5G and A52 5G

Specification Galaxy A32 5G Galaxy A42 5G Galaxy A52 5G
Display 6.5″ HD+ LCD, Infinity-V Display
90Hz refresh rate
6.6″ HD+ Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display 60Hz refresh rate 6.5″ FHD+ Super AMOLED, Infinity-O Display 120Hz refresh rate
Eye Comfort Shield
* Infinity-O Display: a near bezel-less, full-frontal screen. * Screen measured diagonally as a full rectangle without accounting for the rounded corners. The actual viewable area is smaller due to the rounded corners and camera hole.
Dimension & Weight 76.1 x 164.1 x 9.1mm
205g
75.9 x 164.4 x 8.6mm
193g
75.1 x 159.9 x 8.4mm
189g
Camera 13MP (F2.2) 13MP (F2.2) 32MP (F2.2)
Main: 48MP (F1.8)
Ultra Wide: 8MP (F2.2)
Macro: 5MP (F2.4)
Depth: 2MP(F2.4)
*Zoom
Digital Zoom up to 10X
Main: 48MP (F1.8)
Ultra Wide: 8MP (F2.2)
Depth: 2MP (F2.4)
*Zoom
Digital Zoom up to 10X
Main: 64MP OIS (F1.8)
Ultra Wide: 12MP (F2.2)
Macro: 5MP (F2.4)
Depth: 5MP (F2.4)
*Zoom
Digital Zoom up to 10X
AP Octa-Core (2GHz) Octa-Core (2×2.2GHz + 6×1.8GHz)
Memory RAM: 4GB RAM: 4GB RAM: 6GB
ROM: 64GB ROM: 128GB ROM: 128GB
*May differ by model, color, market, and carrier.
*Actual storage available may depend on pre-installed software.
Expandable Memory & SIM Card 2 slots (SIM 1 + Micro SD: Up to 1TB)
* MicroSD card sold separately. Availability may vary depending on country and manufacturer.
* SIM card sold separately. Availability may vary depending on country and carrier.
Battery 5,000mAh (typical) 4,500mAh (typical)
Charging 15W Fast Charging 25W Fast Charging
* Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC.
OS Android 11
Network 5G Sub6 mmWave + 5G Sub6 5G Sub6
* Actual speed may vary depending on country, carrier, and user environment.
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4+5GHz, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2.4+5GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4G+5GHz)
Bluetooth® v 5.0 Bluetooth® v 5.0 Bluetooth® v 5.0
USB Type 2.0-C USB Type 2.0-C USB Type 2.0-C
Location (GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo) Location (GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo) Location (GPS, Glonass, BeiDou, Galileo)
Payment NFC
Sensors Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Barometer Geomagnetic Sensor, Hall Sensor, Virtual Light Sensing, Virtual Proximity Sensing Accelerometer, Fingerprint Sensor, Gyro Sensor, Barometer Geomagnetic Sensor, Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor Accelerometer, Fingerprint sensor, Gyro sensor, Barometer, Geomagnetic sensor, Hall sensor, Light sensor, Virtual Proximity sensor
Authentication Lock type: Pattern, PIN, password Lock type: Pattern, PIN, password Lock type: Pattern, PIN, password
Biometric lock type: Face Recognition, Fingerprint sensor Biometric lock type: Face Recognition, Optical Fingerprint sensor Biometric lock type: Face Recognition, Optical Fingerprint sensor
Audio MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA Surround sound with Dolby Atmos technologyUHQ 24-bit
PCM: Up to 24 bitsMP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA

Dual Audio: Connect two Bluetooth devices to the Galaxy A52 5G to play audio through the two devices simultaneously. * The two connected devices may exhibit a slight difference in sound output.
3.5mm Headphone Jack
Scalable Codec: Enhanced Bluetooth connection under ambient radio frequency interference.
* Available only for certain accessories made by Samsung.

Video MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Video Recording Resolution
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @30fps
MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
Video Recording Resolution
MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBMWireless: Smart View (screen?mirroring 1080p at 30fps)
Water Resistance N/A IP67

Official Specifications: Galaxy A02s and A12

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