Samsung once again gave her fans another thing to enjoy with the budget-friendly Samsung Galaxy A12 device. This smartphone sports a lot of differences and upgrades from its predecessor including a larger display, clearer camera, better processor, and comfortable textured finish. There’s no doubt this is one of the best devices you can easily get for around $200.
The Samsung Galaxy A12 is more than an upgrade over the Galaxy A10 launched last year thanks to its extra camera, bigger battery, and so much more on board. Fans that want the best in a smartphone but couldn’t afford to pay much will appreciate Samsung for keeping the Galaxy A12 price low. However, how well does this phone fare in real-life usage? Find out in our Samsung Galaxy A12 review.
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- Display: 6.5-inches PLS IPS
- Resolution: 720 x 1200 pixels
- Processor: MediaTek Helio P35
- Front Camera: 8-megapixel
- Rear Camera: 48-megapixel + 5-megapixel + 2-megapixel + 2-megapixel
- RAM: 2GB /4GB /6GB
- Storage: 32GB /64GB /128GB
- Battery Capacity: 5000mAh
- OS: Android 10 (Upgradable to Android 11), One UI 3.5
Design and Display
You might like to know that there’s nothing special about the Galaxy A12 design as budget-friendly phones are not made to lend an air of quality of design. However, Samsung opts for a matte finish that may sound cheap but feels comfortable to hold in the hand. Fortunately, the raised diagonal ridges help to add extra grip to the phone’s design. This unibody design that feels sturdy eliminates any sign of fingerprints magnet, unlike other budget devices.
Luckily, Samsung has placed the power button to sit below the volume rockers at the right side of the phone for easier accessibility. This will make unlocking the phone less of a reach. Meanwhile, the left side of the phone is occupied by the SIM card/SD card slot. On the bottom of the phone are a USB-C port and headphone jack. Thankfully, there’s also a stereo speaker that sounds fine but can be easily muffled with your hand.
The Samsung Galaxy A12 power button also has a built-in fingerprint sensor that’s faster and more accurate than last year’s model. This gives the phone a premium feel and cleans up the overall look of the device. The Samsung Galaxy A12 is one of the few mid-range devices with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor.
While we would have preferred larger screen size, the 6.5-inches display of the Galaxy A12 might be too big for a budget phone. While it’s an HD+ resolution display, it’s large and clear enough to provide you with maximum entertainment and catch up with the latest TV shows.
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Although budget phones are not known to have great cameras, the Galaxy A12 managed to avoid the trend by having one of the best camera performances in this segment. Minus the 8MP front camera, the Galaxy A12 has four other camera lenses including a 48MP primary shooter, a 5MP ultra-wide lens, 2MP macro camera, and another 2MP depth sensor.
However, it might surprise you to know that the Galaxy A12 only produces incredible images in daylight settings especially using the ultra-wide lens. Meanwhile, indoor shots weren’t terrible either so far there’s enough lighting to brighten the photo.
The 8MP selfie camera is superb too at least to some extent. Although it’s not something that can be compared to Samsung flagship device cameras, or you’ll like to print on the wall, but it’s quite good for social media uploads.
Samsung Galaxy A12: Hardware, Performance, and Software
One thing the Samsung Galaxy A12 arrived with is a MediaTek Helio P35 chipset which is powering most of the entry-level devices out there. However, in some countries like India, you’ll be getting Samsung’s own Exynos 850 chipset instead of the Helio P35 chip. The inbuilt storage and RAM options are top out to 128GB and 6GB respectively.
Being a mid-range device, you won’t expect to get the best smartphone performance on the Galaxy A12. Some elements like keeping multiple apps running in the background, playing high-end games, might hinder the smooth performance of the phone. Although this is not something you’d like to get in a Samsung device, it doesn’t ruin the captivating experience of the phone.
With the ability to upgrade to Android 11, you won’t find yourself missing out on Google’s latest operating system. The Samsung One UI is one of the most intriguing Android skins in the smartphone market currently. In particular, the One UI 3.5 makes the Galaxy A12 interesting to tweak around with. Fortunately, Samsung has done an outstanding job pushing out security updates to the device once it reaches its quarterly release schedule.
Samsung Galaxy A12: Battery
While the phone lacks performance, it has plenty of battery power to make up for it. The 5000mAh battery life on the Galaxy A12 makes it through at least 48 hours on average use. With such an enormous amount of power, the Samsung Galaxy A12 might be the perfect device for your extra work activities.
Fortunately, you’re getting a 15W charger out of the box which will power the phone from empty to full battery within 2-hour.
Samsung Galaxy A12: Price in Nigeria and Availability
There’s no doubt the Samsung Galaxy A12 is an all-in-one impressive device that every tech lover would love to add to his arsenal. Despite having great features, Samsung managed to keep the price low at ₦82,000 (roughly $200) for the 4GB and 128GB variant while you’ll pay ₦75,000 (about $182) for the lower end 64GB inbuilt storage with the same RAM variant.
As for availability, the Galaxy A12 is already available worldwide and you can easily get the phone at every online and offline stores in Nigeria.
Samsung Galaxy A12 Full Specifications
- Brand: Samsung
- Model: Galaxy A12
- Release Date: December 21, 2020
- Weight: 205g
- Colours: Black, White, Blue, Red
- Touchscreen: YES
- Type: PLS IPS
- Display Size: 6.5-inch
- Screen Resolution: 720 x 1600 pixels
- Facelock Support: YES
- In-display fingerprint scanner: No
- Sensors: Fingerprint (Side-mounted)
- Dimensions: 164 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm (6.46 x 2.98 x 0.35 in)
- Operating System: Android 10 (Upgradable to Android 11), One UI 3.5
- Chipset: Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (4×2.35 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4×1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
GPU: PowerVR GE8320
- RAM: 2GB /4GB /6GB
- Inbuilt Storage: 32GB /64GB /128GB
- SD Card slot: Yes (dedicated slot)
- Rear Flash: LED Flashlight
- Rear Camera: 48-MP f/2.0 (wide), 5-MP f/2.2 (ultra-wide), 2-MP f/2.4 (macro), 2 MP f/2.4 (depth)
- Video: 1080p@30fps
- Front Camera: 8-MP f/2.2 (wide)
- Front Flash: —
- Wi-Fi: YES
- Bluetooth: 5.0
- USB: MicroUSB-C 2.0
- GPS: YES
- WLAN: YES
- SIM: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
- Technology: GSM | HSPA | LTE
- 3G Support: Yes
- 4G/ LTE Support: Yes
- 5G Support: No
- Capacity: Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
- Fast Charge: 15W
- Price in Nigeria: ₦84,000
- Price in the US: $200