The Samsung Galaxy A12 is an entry-level device and as you’d expect its features aren’t as competitive as most phones we normally review. However, devices like this do have an audience some people just want the basics and don’t want to spend a whole lot on a phone.
The Samsung Galaxy A12 is built from solid plastic which actually looks and feels pretty good the back is textured with diagonal stripes which adds some extra grip. rather than having a rear panel and a frame this is more of a unibody sort of construction.
PLS LCD Display
On the front is a 6.5-inch display with a notch for the selfie cam. This is a PLS LCD not an AMOLED like most of Samsung’s phones, and the resolution is just 720P.
It’s nice to have a large screen but this combination means that the pixel density is pretty low just 264 PPI, look closely at things like text and you’ll notice some graininess. it’s also a bit noticeable when watching content, it’s not the end of the world though, the contrast here is alright as far as LCDs go and colors are sort of accurate, though there’s no way to tweak them manually, and brightness is nothing special.
We measured 400 nits maximum with the slider and a small boost to around 470 nits in auto mode.
For audio the Samsung galaxy A12 has a single bottom-firing loudspeaker with this below average loudness score it’s one of the quieter handsets in its class. It doesn’t stand out with quality either with absent lows and muted treble, at least you do have a 3.5-millimeter jack for plugging in traditional headphones with and FM radio support.
Fingerprint Sensor & Storage
Waking up and unlocking the phone is done with a side-mounted fingerprint reader which doubles as the power button it works pretty well, and storage is expandable through the dedicated MicroSD slot, on top of the 32, 64, or 128 GBs built-in.
The Samsung Galaxy A12’s interface is Android 10 with Samsung’s One UI 2.5 on top, we don’t have the new android 11 for now. However, one UI is quite consistent between devices and its features here are quite familiar.
You can keep your apps in an app drawer and while there are some proprietary Samsung apps like the gallery, web browser, and file manager most features are handled through Google’s apps. you are missing a couple of things here compared to some other Samsung phones, there’s no always-on display since this isn’t an AMOLED and you don’t get the edge panel shortcuts either.
Mediatek Helio P35 Chipset
Under the hood of the Samsung Galaxy A12, is a Mediatek Helio P35 chipset built on a 12-nanometer process it’s not very competitive and gaming isn’t really a great experience.
One area in which this device is quite competitive is battery alive the A12 has a sizeable 5000 milliamp-hour battery and was able to score an outstanding endurance rating of 123 hours in our proprietary tests. this is one of the more attractive features of this phone with a screen on time of around 15 hours of video playback or talk time upwards of 30 hours you can use the A12 all day without having to worry about running out of juice.
Once the battery does get low though it will take a while to top back up the phone comes bundled with a 15-watt fast charger and with it we were only able to charge a dead battery to 20 in half an hour.
Samsung Galaxy A12 Cameras
Now let’s go over the cameras the Samsung Galaxy A12 has a quad-camera setup featuring a 48-megapixel quad bayer main camera a 5-megapixel ultra-wide cam, a 2-megapixel macro cam, and a depth sensor. Photos from the main camera come out in 12 megapixels and they are sharp with relatively high levels of detail and minimal noise، dynamic range is quite wide and colors look true to life.
The main cam can also snap portraits in live focus mode these are good with fairly competent separation around the subject, the subject’s face is well exposed but since there’s no HDR take care not to end up with a brown background.
5-megapixel shots from the ultra-wide camera have a 123-degree field of view and have a wide dynamic range, they are quite noisy though, and don’t have a lot of detail. there’s also no distortion correction available, so objects near the edges of the frame will come out a bit curved.
The macro camera is used to take close-up photos which is good if you don’t look at them too closely the 2-megapixel resolution just doesn’t hold all that much detail. in low light, the main cam’s performance isn’t spectacular, you get a decent amount of detail and well-preserved colors, but the dynamic range is pretty narrow with blown highlights and dark shadows and the images are quite noisy. there is no night mode available on the Samsung Galaxy A12 either.
The ultrawide struggles even more when the light is low the exposure is quite dark and you get plenty of softness and noise and narrow dynamic range.
Selfies are taken with the 8-megapixel front-facing cam and these aren’t too bad if there’s enough light you get good detail conservative colors and decent dynamic range with the help of HDR.
As far as video recording goes the Samsung Galaxy A12 is quite basic, you can only record in up to 1080p at 30fps and there’s no stabilization footage from the main cam is about average for a phone in this class. there’s not much fine detail and there’s heavy sharpening but there’s hardly any noise either and colors are accurate and the dynamic range is decent.
The ultra-wide shoot video is okay for this budget class, it’s not super sharp but there’s no noise and you get the fairly wide dynamic range and likable colors. so that’s the galaxy A12 it’s got a snazzy textured design excellent battery life and a decent camera setup with an ultra-wide all for a budget price and Samsung Galaxy A12 price in Pakistan Rs. 28999, is the best budget smartphone in the Pakistani Market.
However, it’s worth considering that other budget champions from Realme Xiaomi and POCO are out there in some cases even cheaper and they improve upon some of the A12 shortcomings like a slow res screen and underpowered chipset so overall unless your dead set on getting a galaxy phone it’s probably worth shopping around to get more bang for your buck.
Samsung Galaxy A12 Specifications
|Android 10.0 OS
|SIM1: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
SIM2: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
|HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
|LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 20(800), 38(2600), 40(2300), 41(2500)
|Octa-core (4 x 2.35 GHz Cortex-A53 + 4 x 1.8 GHz Cortex-A53)
|Power VR GE8320
|720 x 1600 Pixels (~270 PPI)
|64GB Built-in, 4GB RAM
|micro SD Card, (supports up to 256GB)
|· Quad Camera: 48 MP, f/2.0, 26mm (wide), AF
· 5 MP, f/2.2, (ultra wide)
· 2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
· 2 MP, f/2.4, (depth), LED Flash
|8 MP, f/2.2, Video (1080p@30fps)
|3.5mm Audio Jack, MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+/FLAC player, MP4/WMV/H.265 player, Speaker Phone
|– Fast battery charging 15W