Samsung has every mobile that is suitable for every person globally. Be it a flagship, mid-range or a tight-budget smartphone such as the Galaxy A12 with us today. At just a KSH 21,568, is this smartphone from the Korean manufacturer worth it at this price segment?. Well, Techmoran has a story to tell if you stick in this article to the end.
What we like
- Main photosensor.
- Sober but original design
- Outstanding Autonomy
- Headphone, microSD, and Dual SIM jack
What we don’t like
- Sluggish fair Performance
- Secondary photosensors
- Long to recharge
Complete specs in our table
- operating system: Android
- Operating system version: 11
- Android Overlay: One UI 3.0
- Voice assistant: Google Assistant
- Screen size: 6.5in
- Screen type: PLS TFT LCD
- Screen definition: 1600 x 720 pixels
- Refresh rate: 60Hz
- Pixel density: 270
- Internal memory: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB
- Expandable storage: Yes
- Processor: Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35
- The fineness of engraving: 12nm
- Number of CPU cores: 8
- CPU frequency: 2.35GHz
- GPU: PowerVR GE8320
- RAM: 3GB, 4GB, 6GB
- Battery capacity: 5000
- Removable battery: No
- Wireless charging: No
- Fast charging: No
- Fast charge power: 15W
- Number of cameras (front & back): 5
- Definition of rear sensor(s): 48MP, 5MP, 2MP, 2MP
- Definition of the front sensor(s): 8
- Video recording: 1080p@30fps
- Camera stabilizer: digital
- Front End Flash: No
- Rear photo lens aperture: f/2.0, f/2.2, f/2.4, f/2.4
- Front photo lens aperture: f/2.2
- Compatible SIM card(s): Nano-SIM
- Dual SIM compatible: Yes
- 5G compatible: No
- Compatible VoLTE: Yes
- Wi-Fi: 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz
- Bluetooth: 5
- Nfc: Yes
- GPS: Yes
- Connector type: USB 2.0 Type-C
- Fingerprint biometric reader: Yes
- Facial recognition sensor: 2D facial recognition
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Ambient light sensor: Yes
- Jack: Yes
- Number of speakers: 1
- Height: 164mm
- Width: 75.8mm
- Thickness: 8.9mm
- Weight: 205g
- DAS head: 0.67 W/kg
- Trunk SAR: 1.38 W/kg
What is in the Box?
Curious? As always, don’t expect to find a screen protector in the complete package, which I think would be so much better just for the sake of competing favourably with its competitors such as realme, Vivo, and Xiaomi at this price category. Anyway, in the box, you will see a
- A USB-C cable
- A 15W charger
- 3.5mm mini-jack wired headphones
- A SIM eject key
Ambient but rather attract design
The front view of the A12 doesn’t represent enough what an entry-level smartphone should look like. Therefore, this gadget comes with a front sensor in the table, clearly borders visible from all angles, but the borders are slightly wider on the lower part.
On the back of this competitive smartphone, Samsung has emphasized an excellently grooved touch on most of the case and a lower plane. In addition, the plastic back fits in so perfectly at this price level
We also discover a receiver, a single speaker, the USB-C connector, and the 3.5 mm earphone jack on the lower end of the gadget. The space for up to two nanoSIM cards and one microSD card is on the left edge. On the right edges, we discover four buttons and a fingerprint sensor.
A decent screen
Samsung is well known for equipping its smartphones with better off screens than some of its shoulder-to-shoulder competitors(realme 8,poco). That is what we see also with the Galaxy A12. However, unlike the Amoled slabs seen on most expensive gadgets from the Korean giant, here with the A12, we find an HD+ LCD screen (1,600 x 720 pixels) of 6.5 inches.
Samsung decided to settle on a minimum decision for the refresh rate to present to us only 60Hz in this budget phone.
A basic look at the design of the Galaxy A12 proposes the Performance of the phone. Its MediaTek Helio P35 processor and 4 GB of RAM unmistakably don’t make it a lightning war. It permits you to open, close, and change starting with one application then onto the next immediately, regardless of whether the most eager of them will, in general, restart when you get back to them. A finding that isn’t shocking given the measure of RAM accessible.
Currently, the gadget in our review utilizes Android 11, which is based on OneUI 2.5. However, it is important to know that the gadget was released based on OneUI 2.5(Android 10 version). For this device, small features such as dark mode, navigation using gestures, plus a customizable shortcut widget is very useful
The single speaker located at the lower end of the smartphone delivers a very overall sound that tends to lose its quality with time. However, you will find a 3.55 headphone jack mended for that purpose for the better part of a solution. Once plugged, it quickly gives you access to Dolby Atmos and equalizer as well.
The photo module of the A12 does not do in luxury. We still find 4 +1 photosensors:
- 48 megapixel (f/2.0) wide-angle sensor.
- Ultra wide-angle sensor of 5 megapixels (f2,2).
- Depth sensor of 2 megapixels (f/2.4).
- 2 megapixel (f/2.4) macro sensor.
- 8 megapixel (f/2.2) selfie sensor.
The Samsung Galaxy A12 can shoot up to 1080p at 30 frames per second, with the main sensor as the front sensor.
Equipped with a 5000mAh battery, the manufacturer guarantees you great autonomy to close to 72hrs on 100% charge. The magic part of it concerns the 15w charger that does support fast charging. In half an hour, the smartphone gains 23%.
Price and availability
Starting at a price of Ksh 21,576 (64GB, 4 GB)on Samsungs official web page, this means at various outlets with time. You can be guaranteed a price less than that. The manufacture has dispatched the phone in white, black, and blue colours.