Samsung Galaxy A12 in review: Does Samsung fall back into old patterns due to the success of the Galaxy A smartphones?
The fact that the Korean manufacturer successfully sells its Galaxy A series worldwide is certainly one of the reasons why Samsung also launches a lot of inexpensive mid-range phones on the German market. With the Galaxy A20s, Galaxy A21s, and the Galaxy A12, we had three very similar Samsung phones from the Galaxy A series in the price range between 160 and 200 Euros (~$194 and ~$243) in our test within half a year. With the Galaxy M11 and Galaxy M21, two further Galaxy M models from the mid-range price segment of up to 220 Euros (~$267) join them.
However, the differences between the various Samsung phones are small. Consequently, only a few differences compared to other inexpensive Galaxy phones from the A and M series are visible in the Samsung Galaxy A12 that we recently reviewed.
The Galaxy A12, which was quite modest in our test, takes decent photos with the main camera, is well built, and we also like the textured surface of the back. The very long battery life and the good configuration including One UI and Samsung Knox are also on the Galaxy smartphone's plus side. However, the Samsung phone shares these positive features with the Galaxy A21s that we already reviewed, among others, and only a few aspects speak for the Galaxy A12 in direct comparison with its sibling, which is currently even available at a slightly lower price. We hardly see any noteworthy progress between the 2021 and the 2020 model; partly the opposite is rather the case, because the latter has a much faster WLAN and a slightly faster chipset - in addition, the Galaxy A21s is supposed to get the One UI 3 interface as well.
Nevertheless, the Galaxy A12 is a solid phone in the price segment around 150 Euros (~$182). Do you place a lot of value on very long battery life and are interested in an inexpensive smartphone? If so, you can get a detailed impression of the Galaxy A12 in our comprehensive review of the Galaxy smartphone.
Review of the Samsung Galaxy A12