Samsung Galaxy A12 review: Intro
This phone was announced in November 2020 as a successor to the Samsung Galaxy A11. The phone has a quad-camera setup with a 48 MP main camera and a 6.5 in (170 mm) HD+ Infinity-V display. We bring you the Samsung Galaxy A12 Review.
Samsung Galaxy A12 Review: Specs
- OS/Software: Android 10, One UI 2.5.
- Rear Camera: 48 MP + 5MP + 2MP+ 2MP
- Front Camera: 8MP
- Display: 6.5 inches | 720 x 1600 pixels’ resolution
- Chipset: Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm)
- RAM: 3/4/6GB
- Storage: 32/64/128GB
- Battery: 5,000mAh Fast charging 15W
- Colors: Black, White, Peach, Blue
- Standout textured back, nice-feeling plastics.
- Solid 48MP main camera
- Excellent battery life
- Long-term software support
- Affordable price
- Slow charging.
- Underpowered chipset.
- No night mode, no video stabilization.
Samsung Galaxy A12 review: Design
The Galaxy A12 is available in Black, Blue, White and Red color options. The four rear-facing cameras are arranged in a square in the top left corner, similar to the camera array of the Galaxy A42 5G. The back and sides are built of plastic, while the front is glass. The rear side of the phone has a gradient design separated into two parts. While the top part has a textured stripe design, the lower part is a neat surface. Thanks to the textured back, the phone offers a good grip and is less prone to scratches and fingerprints.
Samsung Galaxy A12 review: Display
The Galaxy A12 remains one of few phones in Samsung’s lineup to not use an OLED display. This 6.5-inch device has an Infinity-V display, with a 720 × 1600 pixels resolution, 20:9 aspect ratio, ~85.8% screen-to-body ratio and ~264 ppi pixel density.
The phone doesn’t have a dedicated ambient light sensor, but it gets a reading from the selfie cam for adaptive brightness purposes and with that toggle enabled, we got a minor boost to 472nits. Boost or no boost, contrast hovered around 1:1300 – a good if unremarkable number as phone LCDs go. The Galaxy A12 has no color modes – it is what it is. And what it is is a panel that can somewhat faithfully reproduce the sRGB color space.
Samsung Galaxy A12 review: Camera
The Samsung Galaxy A12 has 4 rear-facing cameras shaped in a black round square. The main camera is a 48 MP sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 26mm focal length and autofocus. The ultrawide camera is an 8 MP unit with f/2.2 aperture and 123° field of view (FoV).
The camera app of the phone is similar to other Samsung phones and easy to use. When the app is launched, Photos mode opens by default. Swipe left to enter Video mode and access other features like macro mode, panorama mode and more. The smartphone also has a Food mode. For portrait shots, the smartphone has a Live Focus feature to blur out the background.
Photos clicked using the phone in daylight are rich in detail. Images have sharp and vivid colours. There is no touch of artificialness in the image colours. There is no telephoto lens on the phone but the handset offers up to 10x zoom support. Zoomed photos are obviously pixelated. The 5MP ultra-wide lens is no delight either. Images are noisy and lack detail. However, portrait images are good with a decent amount of blurriness.
Samsung Galaxy A12 has no dedicated light-mode feature. Despite this, the camera manages to click decent images in a low-lit environment. Photos have some detail, though the sensor cannot remove noise from the images. Macro images are surprisingly good and impress you for the price segment.
The smartphone is not a disappointment for selfie lovers. It captures social media-worthy photos using the front snapper. The front camera also supports Live Focus and HDR mode.
Samsung Galaxy A12 review: Performance
Inside the Galaxy A12, there’s an unassuming Mediatek Helio P35 chipset. Its octa-core CPU uses Cortex-A53 cores only, four of them clocked at up to 2.35GHz, the other four – capped at 1.8GHz. It’s better than the Snapdragon 450-equipped lesser Galaxies like the A02s/M02s, which get a 1.8GHz cap across all 8 cores.
The PowerVR GE8320 GPU used in the Helio P35 can be found in other Helios – for example, the G25 and G35 – and consequently in quite a lot budget-focused device. Being an entry-level phone, we did not expect a brilliant performance from the device. Having said that the phone can manage day-to-day functions very well.
The Galaxy A12 comes in several RAM/storage configurations, spanning a wide range – from 3GB/32GB, all the way to 6GB/128GB. Our review unit is in 4GB/128GB trim. For sound output, the handset features a bottom-firing speaker. Sound levels are not that high. You may not be very pleased with the sound quality either.
Samsung Galaxy A12 review: Software
The smartphone comes with One UI Core 2.5 over Android 10, preloaded with many standard Google apps. It also comes with Samsung Knox for added security. But we expect that the phone may be updated to the latest version Android 11 in near future. Samsung’s One UI has a slightly better UI than other custom OS. If you are already a Samsung user, you will find the user interface very easy to use. If not, it will hardly take time to get used to it.
The handset features a system-wide Dark mode. Galaxy A12 also supports gesture navigation. These can be customized while setting up the device or later in the Settings app on the phone. One can also tone down effects on the screen if they want.
One UI has been very consistent from phone to phone and between releases, so there’s not a whole lot missing on the A12 to begin with, v2.5 or otherwise. The lock screen is a familiar sight with a couple of shortcuts in the bottom corners and notification icons under a clock. This being an LCD-equipped phone, it doesn’t support Always-On Display.
Samsung Galaxy A12 review: Battery and Charging
The device houses a 5000mAh battery. It comes with a 15watt adapter with fast charging support through the USB-C port situated between the 3.5 mm headphone jack and the single loudspeaker. The fingerprint sensor is integrated to the power button
Despite this, the phone takes too long to charge completely. It charges from 0 to 100% in about three hours.
Price and availability
- 32GB 3GB RAM at $ 152.99: Ebay | $ 169.72: Amazon
- 64GB 4GB RAM at $ 168.98: Amazon
- 128GB 4GB RAM at $182.00: Amazon
Samsung gave its budget-friendly range a solid boost with the Galaxy A12, adding a larger display, better camera (48MP Main Camera), excellent battery and a comfortable textured finish. Unfortunately, the peripheral cameras lack punch, and the laggy performance can be frustrating, but these are expected trade-offs at this price tier.