Samsung has added the Galaxy A90 5G to its 5G range that includes the Galaxy Note 10 5G and the Galaxy S10 5G. It will be sold via Telcos and retailers (TBA).
The Galaxy A90 5G is part of its A-series currently retaking the mass-to-mid-market with the A20, A30, A50 and A70. The A-series is highly specified and offers value beyond the price tag with large AMOLED screens and high-end cameras.
International reviews have praised the Galaxy A90 5G stating “Good screen, performance, cameras and features are all integral part of a true flagship device. The Galaxy A90 has all of these. So, in a sense, it’s a flagship Galaxy A smartphone by mid-range standards.”
Before we get to the Galaxy A90 5G, let’s look at 5G.
It is still very embryonic and at present Telstra and recently Optus are the only sources of both the phone handsets and the network – if you can call it that.
Our 5G Guide –70% have never even heard of it should be compulsory reading, and our best advice is that unless you have a use case and reception (probably one of the few lucky ones in Australia) then wait a couple of years.
Because Telcos sell the handsets, we can’t get sales figures, but Telstra did say that its free upgrade offer from a Galaxy S10+ to a Galaxy S10 5G was a no brainer. Our spies (and there are many) tell us that 5G sales have been abysmal – no matter if it was for the OPPO Reno Z 5G, Galaxy S10 5G or LG V50 5G ThinQ. Perhaps Apple’s hesitance to introduce a 5G iPhone was right after all.
But we do know that in 2020 we will start to see a lot of 5G capable handsets at under $1000 and some makers are claiming by 2021 all handsets will be 5G compatible.
PS – JB has started selling 5G handsets and dropped the Galaxy S10 5G to $1499. But the big surprise is a Xiaomi Mi Mix 3 5G with Qualcomm SD855 and 6/128GB for $699!
Samsung Galaxy A90 5G
5G Non Standalone (NSA), Sub6Ghz|
Dual Sim (hybrid) – also supports 3/4G
6.7-inch Full HD+ (1080×2400) Super AMOLED|
Gorilla Glass 6 front and back and pre-installed screen protector
Main: 48MP, F2.0, .8um (binned to 12MP)|
Depth: 5MP, F2.2
Ultra-Wide: 8MP, F2.2 (123°)
Video: [email protected] (EIS for 1080p)
|Selfie: 32MP, F2.0 (binned to 8MP)|
|164.8 x 76.4 x 8.4 mm x 206g|
Octa Core (2.84GHz + 2.42GHz + 1.8GHz)
|6GB / 8GB RAM/Micro SD slot up to 512GB)|
|Wi-Fi AX, BT 5.0, GPS, NFC (Samsung and Google Pay)|
| 4,500mAh, 25W Fast Charging, PD 2.0 compatible|
Claimed 25hour video loop
|Global website here|
It is available from Samsung channels, Telstra, Optus and selected retailers for $1,049.
GadgetGuy’s take, – Galaxy A90 5G – lower-cost 5G is where the action is
Depending on price – and what other brands do – this may sit in the hottest contested space next year.