Samsung Unveils Galaxy A12 and A02s Entry Level Phones for 2021

Samsung Unveils Galaxy A12 and A02s Entry Level Phones for 2021

Samsung’s first smartphones for 2021 have been announced, both of which are entry-level devices that bring updates over their predecessor models. The Galaxy A12 and A02s have 6.5-inch screens, large 5,000 mAh batteries, and more, starting only at €150.

Design and Display

Both devices have a 6.5-inch HD+ LCD with a waterdrop notch for the front camera, but the rear panel is where the design differs for the two phones. While the Galaxy A12 has a square-shaped quad-camera module, the Galaxy A02s has a vertically aligned triple camera module instead.

Additionally, the A12 has a two-tone design on the rear panel, whereas the A02s features diamond-shaped patterns on the rear. Only the Galaxy A12 has a fingerprint sensor.

Internals and Storage

Both phones have entry-level chipsets, but the Galaxy A12 features the Helio P35 SoC, whereas the Galaxy A02 comes with a Snapdragon 420 chip. The Galaxy A02s is limited to 3GB RAM and 32GB memory trims, but the Galaxy A12 boasts up to 6GB RAM and 128GB storage.

Samsung has not revealed what version of Android the two phones will boot, but since they are meant to release in February next year, we can expect to see Android 11 with One UI 2.5 on top.


Camera upgrades can be found on both phones. The Galaxy A12 swaps out the 13MP main lens found on the previous model for a 48MP sensor, but the 5MP ultrawide and 2MP depth sensor lenses are still there. There is now an additional 2MP macro camera as well.

The Galaxy A02s, on the other hand, has a 13MP main sensor on the back with a 2MP depth sensor and macro unit. The waterdrop notch front camera is a 5MP shooter on the A02s, but an 8MP camera on the A12.

Battery and Pricing

The battery department features no differences. Both phones have a 5,000 mAh cell equipped with 15W fast charging, which is an upgrade over previous models for both phones.

The Samsung Galaxy A12 will be available in February next year for €179, while the Galaxy A02s will start at €150.


Samsung Galaxy A12 Samsung Galaxy A02s
Chipset MediaTek Helio P35 Qualcomm Snapdragon 420
CPU Octa-core (2.3 GHz, 1.8 GHz) 1.4GHz Octa-core

IMG PowerVR GE8320

Adreno 505
OS Android 11 (expected) Android 11 (expected)
Supported Networks 2G, 3G, 4G LTE 2G, 3G, 4G LTE
Display 6.5″ IPS LCD, 720 x 1560 pixels, 264 ppi 6.5″ IPS LCD, 720 x 1560 pixels, 264 ppi
Storage 32GB, 64GB, 128GB 32GB
Card Slot yes yes
Main Camera 48MP (main)
5MP (ultrawide)
2MP (depth)
2MP (macro
13MP (main)
2MP (macro)
2MP (depth)
Front Camera 8MP 5MP
Fingerprint Sensor Side-mounted Nill
Colors Black, Blue, White Black, Blue, White
5000 mAh, 15W fast charging 5000 mAh, 15W fast charging
€179 €150

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