Samsung's midrange Galaxy A series is a great option for Samsung fans who don't want to break the bank. And last month, in a, the South Korean smartphone giant unveiled three new phones in the lineup: the . All three phones offer great performance and specs at a more affordable price, but Samsung said this week that only the Galaxy A52 5G is getting a US release, while select models will be available internationally.
Starting this week, US customers will also get four phones Samsung didn't talk about at Unpacked -- the 4G-only Galaxy A02S and A12 and the 5G-enabled Galaxy A32 5G and A42 5G -- as well as the Galaxy A52 5G. Samsung wound up not releasing the Galaxy A72 stateside , saying it's too similar to the, released last year for $700. The S20 FE, which stands for Fan Edition, is a great option for Galaxy fans, and the phone won CNET's Editors' Choice Award. Willing to spend just a bit more? The brand-new is another option, and it's $800.
Samsung kept the prices steady with those of last year's A series models. The A02S will retail for $110 when it's available on April 29, while the A12, A32 5G and A52 5G start at $180, $280 and $500, respectively, as each arrived today. The A42 5G, available since Thursday, starts at $400. Of the three 5G phones, only the A42 will run on the super-fast millimeter wave network offered by Verizon.
The Galaxy A52, A52 5G and A72 share a series of premium features including AMOLED displays, speedy refresh rates, big batteries and fast-charging support. They aren't all as high-end as those found on the Galaxy S21 or the Galaxy S20 FE, but some are on par. For instance, the A52 5G has a 120Hz display, the same refresh rate seen on the S21, S20 FE and the $1,200 Galaxy S21 Ultra. By comparison, the entire.
Keep in mind that even though the new Galaxy A phones run cheaper than the Galaxy S21, each packs popular features that have been eliminated from the S21 line, including aand .
For the extra cost of the S21, you get things like a top-of-the-line processor, an all-round better camera system and 5G support. That covers both the slower but more reliable sub-6 and super-fast but patchy mmWave versions of 5G. In the US you'll have your choice of the three major carriers.
To learn more about the differences between these phones, take a look at our spec-by-spec comparison below. You can also, if you're interested.
Samsung Galaxy A series vs. Galaxy S20 FE vs. Galaxy S21
|Samsung Galaxy A52 (LTE only)||Samsung Galaxy A52 5G||Samsung Galaxy A72 (LTE only)||Samsung Galaxy S20 FE||Samsung Galaxy S21|
|Display size, resolution||6.5-inch FHD Plus Super AMOLED, Infinity-O Display (2,400x1,080 pixels)||6.5-inch FHD Plus Super AMOLED, Infinity-O Display (2,400x1,080 pixels)||6.7-inch FHD Plus Super AMOLED, Infinity-O Display (2,400x1,080 pixels)||6.5-inch super AMOLED (2,400x1,080 pixels)||6.2-inch Flat FHD Plus Dynamic AMOLED 2x (2,400x1,080 pixels)|
|Dimensions (Inches)||2.95x6.29x0.33 inches||2.95x6.29x0.33 inches||3.04x6.49x0.33 inches||6.29x2.97x0.33 inches||2.80x5.97x0.31 inches|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||189g||189g||203g||190g||171g|
|Mobile software||Android 11||Android 11||Android 11||Android 10||Android 11|
|Camera||64-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 5-megapixel (depth), and 5-megapixel (macro)||64-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 5-megapixel (depth), and 5-megapixel (macro)||64-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 8-megapixel (telephoto), and 5-megapixel (macro)||12-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 8-megapixel (3x telephoto)||64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)|
|Processor||Octa-core (2x2.3GHz + 6x1.8GHz)||Octa-core (2x2.3GHz + 6x1.8GHz)||Octa-core (2x2.3GHz + 6x1.8GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (5G) Samsung Exynos 990 (4G)||Snapdragon 888 64-bit octa-core processor 2.8GHz (max 2.4GHz+1.8GHz)|
|Expandable storage||Yes, up to 1TB||Yes, up to 1TB||Yes, up to 1TB||Yes, up to 1TB||None|
|Battery||4,500 mAh||4,500 mAh||5,000 mAh||4,500 mAh||4,000 mAh|
|Special features||90Hz display, IP67 rating, stereo speakers, 25W fast charging||5G-enabled, 120Hz display, IP67 rating, stereo speakers, 25W fast charging||90Hz, IP67 rating, stereo speakers, 25W fast charging||120Hz screen refresh rate, support for 30W fast charging and 15W fast wireless charging||IP68 rating, 5G-enabled, 30x Space Zoom, 10W wireless charging, 120Hz display|
|Price off-contract||349 euros converts to approximately $415||$500 (128GB)||449 euros converts to approximately $535||$699 (128GB)||$800 (128GB)|
|Price (GBP)||Not available||£399||£419||£599 (4G) £699 (5G)||£769|
|Price (AUD)||349 euros converts to approximately AU$540||429 euros converts to approximately AU$660||449 euros converts to approximately AU$690||Converts to approximately AU$975||AU$1,249|