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Review verdict on the Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos: Is Samsung bad at making entry-level phones?

The Korean manufacturer expands its popular A series with another entry-level model in the form of the Galaxy A12 Nacho.
The Korean manufacturer expands its popular A series with another entry-level model in the form of the Galaxy A12 Nacho.
Our review of the Galaxy A12 Exynos revealed more than just pros for the Samsung smartphone. The Galaxy handset's shortcomings, some of which are significant, should be assessed before buying the Galaxy A12 (SM-A127F), since the entry-level competition offers more for the money in some cases.
Marcus Herbrich (translated by Stephanie Chamberlain), 🇩🇪

Having already taken a look at the Galaxy A12 (SM-A125F) sibling model with the MediaTek Helio P35 in February of this year, the Exynos version of the A12 series has now also made its way through our test course. The Galaxy phone with the model number SM-A127F is very similar to its sibling model, but it's equipped with the in-house Exynos 850 chipset instead.

Although the installed Exynos 850 is slightly more powerful than the MT6765 Helio P35 in the sibling model, the SoC upgrade is rather limited. Unfortunately, you can't notice this performance gain in everyday use. In combination with the 3 GB of RAM in our review sample, the Samsung SoC provides a solid system performance at most. Application loading times are quite substantial due to the use of slow eMMC storage, and brief lags are commonplace, even in simple applications. The OneUI interface running on the Galaxy A12 Exynos also likes to take a break from time to time in complex apps or when processes are being executed in the background.

In our review of the Galaxy A12, we had already noted that the Samsung phone had a rather unremarkable look. Now the same is true for the Exynos version. We barely see any significant progress between the 2021 and 2020 models, so the Galaxy A12 Exynos will also have a hard time against the strong competition in this price segment. It's not only Xiaomi that offers more for the money with the Redmi 10 or Redmi Note 8 2021. Samsung, for example, also has a low-priced entry-level smartphone with a much better AMOLED panel and fewer shortcomings in its lineup with the Galaxy A22 in the 4G variant.

Are you looking for an entry-level Android smartphone at a low price? If so, you can get a detailed impression of the Samsung Galaxy A12 Exynos in our comprehensive review.


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Marcus Herbrich
Editor of the original article: Marcus Herbrich - Senior Tech Writer - 303 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I have always been very passionately interested in mobile technologies, especially smartphones. Being a tech enthusiast means the half-life of my devices isn’t exactly long, and being the latest hardware is not enough to suffice as the manufacturer and operating system play a minor role – the most important aspect for me is that the device is state-of-the-art. After posting for Mobi Test I joined Notebookcheck in 2016, where I have been pursuing my enthusiasm for technology by reviewing the latest smartphone, tablet, and accessory trends.
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Stephanie Chamberlain
Translator: Stephanie Chamberlain - Translator - 515 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
I've been fascinated with technology ever since I got my very first Android smartphone, which was quite a while ago. The power packed into such a small footprint still amazes me. Learning to program made my understanding of technology deeper, and at the same time, it expanded my interest to the area of desktop computers and laptops. All this led me to enjoy reading and watching reviews of new devices, and that's how I stumbled upon Notebookcheck. I immediately found their reviews to be very comprehensive, and luckily, I've even had the chance of translating them since 2019. When it comes to the huge field of technology, I'm currently also interested in specializing in Java programming.
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Marcus Herbrich, 2021-12-28 (Update: 2021-12-28)