Samsung Galaxy A-series 2021 – A is for awesome

Samsung Galaxy A-series 2021

The Samsung Galaxy A-series 2021 are its bread and butter. The phone you buy when you want a Galaxy S-series, but the wallet and common sense prevails. A kind of head and heart thing. Well, the Samsung Galaxy A-series 2021 may well turn more than a few heads and please more than a few hearts with a new modern design and colours, terrific cameras, choice of 4G and 5G models, large batteries and fast charge.

Garry McGregor, Vice President–IT & Mobile, Samsung Electronics Australia, said that the usual purchasing rule – good, better and best – had been upset by COVID. Buyers had more time and became more selective. It was not just about ‘specs and speed’ but the experience. What can a Samsung Galaxy A-series phone do that the others can’t?

McGregor is right. These are all very well-specified – each model has class-leading features.

But more critical is Samsung’s reputation quality, reliability, warranty, longevity and support. And even more important is the Samsung One UI 3.0 (its companion interface to Android 11) that allows Samsung to offer more features like direct Snap Chat mode using a range of Samsung fun filters. Or its generous Android OS. One UI is the ‘grease over Android’s wheels’ that makes it run far more smoothly. And call me traditional, but I like the ability to keep older Android home, app draw and back control keys. One UI has one of the best upgrade/switch (Smart Switch) from other brands of both Android and Apple iPhone. The new models include A32, A52 and in 4 and 5G versions and A72 5G.

Samsung Galaxy A-series 2021
Pre-orders will get a set of Galaxy Buds Live $319

Who is buying the Samsung Galaxy A-series 2021?

Interestingly in the US, almost 1-in-2 Android purchasers are Samsung – that is nearly 50% of the Android market. There is a strong take up by the ‘dormant’ market who may have an older smartphone ‘that is still kicking’ – impressed by the A-series specs. Those specs are also a strong driver as people had more time to read reviews (and we will be reviewing the A-series shortly) from those wanting the maximum ‘bang for buck’. And there is a strong movement towards buying from friendly brands like Samsung that can ensure privacy and security.

We see the Awesome Blue, Awesome Black, and Awesome Violet, AMOLED screens and Samsung’s legendary camera prowess appealing to buyers that may not have had a Samsung before. By adding Samsung Care+, you can swap your eligible device like-for-like twice within the 2-year subscription period (Swap Fee for all eligible devices is $149 or $299)

McGregor added

“Last year, Samsung had its most successful year in sales for this category. The Galaxy A-Series was the most popular device of choice for people who purchased a mid-tier smartphone. We have been very specific in how we have built out our portfolios, and we know it is working. We want to shape the market around what our customers want and how they live. No gimmicks; this is innovation that is real and tangible that we are making more accessible.”

A comparison table is below. Samsung Australia website is here.

Samsung Galaxy A-series 2021

Note that these are global specs, and Australian models may vary. We will update the table as we get further information. Where a column is empty, refer to the columns on the left for values

A32 4GA32 5GA52A52 5GA72 4G
6.4”
2400×1080
Super AMOLED
90Hz
800 nits HBM peak
Gorilla Glass 5
6.5”
1600×700
TFT LCD
90Hz
?
?
6.5”
2400×1080
Super AMOLED
90Hz
800nits peak ?
?
Same
Same
Same
120Hz
same
?
6.7”


90Hz

?
Mediatek
Helio G80 (12 nm)
MediaTek MT6853
Dimensity 720 5G (7 nm)
Octa-Core
2×2.3Ghz + 6×1.8Ghz
Octa-Core
2×2.2GHz +
6×1.8 GHz
Same
RAM: 4/6GB 
ROM: 128/256GB
micro-SD to 1TB



6/8GB

8GB

158.9 x 73.6 x 8.4 mm
184g
164.2 x 76.1 x 9.1 mm
205g
75.1 x 159.9 x 8.4mm 189g75.1 x 159.9 x 8.4mm 189g77.4 x 165.0 x 8.4mm 203g
Front camera 20MP
F/2.2
FF

13MP
F/2.2
Same

32MP (bins to 8MP) F2.2, 0.8µm
Same
64 MP main wide
bins to 16MP
F/1.8, PDAF
8 MP ultrawide
F/2.2, 123˚, 1.12µm
5 MP macro FF
F/2.4, 1.12µm
5 MP depth (bokeh), F/2.4, 1.12µm
48 MP main wide
bins to 12MP
 f/1.8, 0.8µm, PDAF
8 MP ultrawide
f/2.2, 123˚, 1.12µm
Same

Same
64MP main wide
bins to 16MP  1.8, 0.8µm, OIS AF 12MP Ultra-Wide  F2.2, 1.12µm  Same

Same
Zoom?

Zoom?10X Digital Zoom  sameTele: 8MP OIS AF F2.4, 1.0µm 30X Digital Zoom
3X Optical Zoom
Scene Optimiser uses AI to shoot with optimal settings for 30 categories of images and backgrounds such as food, landscapes, and pets. OIS
Night Mode
  
Dual Sim (hybrid with micro-SD)    
5000mAh
5V/3A/15W USB-C
Same4500mAh
Supports 25W fast charge compatible with QC 2.0 and USB-C PD
Same5000mAh
Same
Android 11    
4G LTE5G sub-6GHZ4G LTE5G sub
6-GHz
4G LTE
Wi-Fi 5 AC Bluetooth v 5.0  USB-C 2.0 GPS single band NFC    
 ? ?Stereo speakers sound by AKG
Dolby Atmos
UHQ 24-bit
PCM: 24-bits
  
NoNoIP67
1mtr for up to 30min
6/128 $4994/128 $4998/128 $5996/128 $649
8/256 $749
8/256 $749

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    1. It is all about economics and lower-cost phones cannot afford the process. It is a shame that we only see IP ratings on expensvie phones.

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