While the Galaxy S20 trio just hit carrier and retail store shelves a month ago, Samsung today announced some major additions to its midrange and budget offerings. The Korean smartphone giant will release five new A-series models in the coming days and months—two of which will offer 5G.
The 2020 A-series expansion consists of the LTE-only Samsung Galaxy 01, Galaxy A11, and Galaxy A11, and Galaxy A21, as well as an LTE and 5G version of the Galaxy A51. The Galaxy S71 rounds out the bunch and will only be available with 5G. While hardware details from Samsung are thin, here’s everything we know about the new A-series phones.
Samsung Galaxy A01
The Samsung Galaxy A01 is the most budget-friendly phone in the new lineup. It features a 5.7-inch FHD+ LCD with a teardrop notch for its 5MP selfie camera. Storage comes in at just 16GB, of which a decent portion is already used for the OS. Fortunately, all of the new A-series smartphones feature a microSD slot for external storage.
At 2GB, RAM may also be a concern, but we’ll have to test the phone before drawing any conclusions. Battery capacity comes in at 3,000mAh, and the Galaxy A01 features a dual-camera stack with 13MP primary and 2MP depth sensors.
Though slightly more expensive, the Samsung Galaxy A11 has a few additional perks. For starters, it has a 6.4-inch hole-punch LCD with HD+ resolution. There’s also a triple camera stack on the phone with wide, ultra-wide, and depth sensors. While storage for the A11 is doubled at 32GB, RAM and battery capacity are the same as the S01. While not confirmed, it looks like Samsung plans to offer different configurations of the phone, which may have more storage and memory.
Samsung Galaxy A21
The Samsung Galaxy A21 starts to creep toward midrange territory, though we’d still consider it a budget phone. That said, it looks like Samsung plans to offer different configurations of the phone that could easily push it into midrange market.
At 6.5 inches, its display is slightly larger than the A11’s but is otherwise unchanged. Storage and battery are the same as well, though you will find an extra gigabyte of RAM on board and 15W fast charging. The camera stack, however, gets a significant upgrade on the Galaxy A21 to a 16MP primary lens, along with ultra-wide, depth, and macro sensors.
Samsung Galaxy A51
Of the bunch, the Samsung Galaxy A51 will be the only phone offered in LTE and 5G flavors. The A51 features a 6.5-inch HD+ AMOLED display with a hole punch for the front-facing camera and an on-display fingerprint sensor. There’s 128GB of storage and 4GB of RAM on board along with a 4,000mAh battery. A quad camera stack sits on the back of the A51 with a 48MP primary lens that supports tetra binning for ultra-sharp 12MP photos.
Samsung did not provide explicit details about 5G connectivity on the Galaxy A51. While we were unable to confirm, we believe Samsung may offer a sub-6GHz version of the A51 as well as a multiband version. If that’s the case, Verizon will almost certainly offer a Galaxy A51 Wideband edition as it has done with both the Samsung Galaxy S20 and LG V60 5G ThinQ.
The final phone in Samsung’s latest lineup is the Galaxy A71. It’s the A-series phone without an LTE option, and its price reflects that decision.
The Galaxy A71 features a 6.1-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED hole-punch display. It packs 128GB of storage along with 6GB of RAM. A 4,500mAh battery is onboard with 25W fast charging. There’s also a quad camera stack with a 64MP primary lens.
Details about 5G connectivity for the A71 are, again, scarce. It does, however, look like Samsung plans to offer a multiband version of the phone on at least one carrier. If Samsung offers sub-6GHz and mmWave support on all versions of the Galaxy A71, it will take the crown as the least expensive 5G smartphone on the market.
The Samsung Galaxy A01 and LTE version of the Galaxy A51 will be available starting April 9. The Galaxy A01 will be available through Verizon for $109.99 while the A51 will be available on Verizon the same day and make its way to Sprint on April 10. It will sell for $399.99
The rest of the lineup will be available in the summer. The LTE-only Samsung Galaxy A11 and A31 models start at $179.99 and $249.99, respectively. The A51 5G will come in at $499.99 while the A71 will set you back $599.99