I’ve had the Samsung Galaxy A12 for almost a month now and here is my Samsung Galaxy A12 review. In this article, I’m going to break down bits of my experience using the device and at the end, I will end up with a conclusion on who should buy the device. There are certain features that the device has that are awesome while some are just there.
The Samsung A12 has a lot of competition from other brands especially if you consider the price range of around $150. Budget and entry-level devices keep getting better over the years and I find it hard to find a spot that I can put the A12 ahead of the Infinix note 8i or the Xiaomi Redmi 9. Nonetheless, there are still people out there that will use the Samsung device ahead of a lot of other smartphones.
I will break the review down into categories to help you understand it better and easier. Without wasting any time let’s get into the review.
Samsung Galaxy A12 Pros and Cons
Heating after excessive use
Samsung Galaxy A12 Review All You Need to Know
We have a 6.5-inch PLS IPS display on the Samsung Galaxy A12 with a resolution of 720 x 1600 which might be a deal-breaker to some people at this price point the Redmi 9 gives you a 1080p display. Screen to body ratio is 86% and you can see a noticeable chin and bezels on the display.
We have a 264 pixel per inch density and outdoors it’s not the brightest displays. Samsung has the best display technology in the market and I feel they can do more on their lower-end devices.
The PLS IPS technology used on this phone doesn’t just sit well with me. We have an infinity V display here which makes the device looks like a 2019 device.
The Samsung Galaxy A11 gave us an infinity O cut out and content consumption was far better on that display even though it was a PLS TFT. I expected something similar on the Galaxy A12. Overall the Display is okay but it could have been better.
The device is made of “Glastic” which’s how Samsung prefers to call their plastic devices. One of the best things about his phone is the rear design we have a plastic build that Samsung is typically known for.
The back is nothing like we have seen before on a Samsung device because it’s not all Glossy as seen on other A series Samsung phones. The upper part has a pattern that makes it grippy and compact to hold while at the lower end we have the glossy finish.
It doesn’t pick fingerprint stains like other A series phones and that’s great. We have no fingerprint on the rear but it is much more conveniently placed on the side with the volume rocker above it. The type C charging port, speaker, and microphone are located at the bottom.
While on the left we have the sim and SD card holder and at the top, we have another microphone. We have a squared camera bump at the rear but the bump doesn’t come out too much on the device. The frames are also made of plastic making them more durable in case of accidental falls.
Performance and Storage Samsung Galaxy A12 Review
The device is powered by the MediaTek Helio P35 with an octa-core CPU that includes 4×2.35 GHz Cortex A53 and 4×1.8 GHz Cortex A53. We have the Power VR GE8320 as the GPU. When it comes to day to day usage it will serve you well if all you do is just make calls, scroll through social media, and nothing else.
If you like playing games then I will advise you to look elsewhere because after playing games like PUBG and CODM i experienced heating issues and also, they are a lot of frame drops and lags during gameplay. Performance is low especially because they choose to use an old MediaTek processor.
There are a lot of new MediaTek chips that would have made the Galaxy A12 a competitive device. With that said performance is under par when compared to other phones in this price range.
The Unit I have come with 4GB RAM and 64GB Storage but there are other units that include 4GB RAM/128GB Storage 6GB RAM/128GB Storage. There is also a micros SD card slot that can be used to expand storage space.
Camera Samsung A12 Review
We have a quad-camera setup at the back and a single camera up front and I must tell you that the camera is the most outstanding feature here.
We have a 48MP primary camera, 5MP ultrawide lens, 2MP macro lens, and a 2MP depth sensor. The camera does an impressive job in capturing pictures in good lighting conditions ill attach some sample pictures below.
We have an impressive 5000mAh battery here and it can last you a whole day on a single day it also comes in with a 15Watts fast charger in the box. Charging takes slightly over 2hrs. the battery life here is amazing but the chipset is not power efficient so you won’t get what you want in terms of battery life.
Samsung did well for making the battery here 5000mAh it shows that they are ready to compete within this price range.
The Samsung Galaxy A12 is not for people who want to go extra with their phones especially in terms of performance. But if you are someone that doesn’t always want to go extra with their phone then the A12 will serve you well.
The design is impressive and if the phone had an infinity O cut-out design will have been top-notch. Hope you found this article helpful and if yes leave a comment below and make sure to check back for more honest reviews like this one.