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Samsung Galaxy A12 review: Budget Samsung smartphone with NFC and huge battery life

Stagnant galaxy. Samsung's entry-level Galaxy A12 smartphone combines a powerful 5,000 mAh battery, a large display, and a quad-camera setup with MediaTek's Helio P35 SoC. Find out if the overall concept is convincing and which compromises have to be accepted due to the low price in our review of the Galaxy phone.
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Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review

With the Galaxy A12, the Korean manufacturer adds another entry-level model to its very successful A series. For an MSRP of 179 Euros (~$218), buyers of Samsung's 6.5-inch smartphone get an HD+ display with a waterdrop notch, a 5,000 mAh battery, and a quad-camera setup with a 48 MP main sensor.

The MediaTek MT6765 is used as SoC, which is supported by 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage in Germany. The latter can be expanded by up to 1 TB via a microSD card.

In this review, we will clarify how the Galaxy A12 compares with its very similar sibling, the Galaxy A21s, and the low-priced mid-range competition.

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Samsung Galaxy A12 (Galaxy A Series)
Processor
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765 8 x 2.3 GHz, Cortex-A53
Graphics adapter
Memory
4096 MB 
Display
6.50 inch 20:9, 1600 x 720 pixel 270 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, PLS LCD, glossy: yes, 60 Hz
Storage
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 51 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, USB-C Power Delivery (PD), Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio jack, Card Reader: microSD up to 1TB, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: accelerometer, USB-C, OTG, Miracast
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth Yes, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.9 x 164 x 75.8 ( = 0.35 x 6.46 x 2.98 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 10
Camera
Primary Camera: 48 MPix (f/2.0); 5 MP (f/2.2, 115˚); 2 MP (f/2.4); 2 MP (f/2.4)
Secondary Camera: 8 MPix (f/2.2)
Additional features
Speakers: mono, Keyboard: virtual, 15-watt charger, USB cable, OneUI, 24 Months Warranty, Widevine L1, SAR value: 0.673 W/​kg head, 1.377 W/​kg body, fanless
Weight
205 g ( = 7.23 oz / 0.45 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
179 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible contenders in comparison

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
75.2 %
02/2021
Samsung Galaxy A12
Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320
205 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
81.8 %
10/2020
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
SD 732G, Adreno 618
215 g64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash6.67"2400x1080
76.4 %
08/2020
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2
192 g32 GB eMMC Flash6.50"1600x720
79.9 %
09/2020
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2
199 g64 GB eMMC Flash6.53"2340x1080
77.2 %
01/2021
OnePlus Nord N100
SD 460, Adreno 610
188 g64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.52"1600x720
76.7 %
12/2020
Alcatel 3X 2020
Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320
186 g128 GB eMMC Flash6.52"1600x720

Case - Samsung smartphone with notch

Color options for the Samsung Galaxy A12 in Germany
Color options for the Samsung Galaxy A12 in Germany

Samsung stays true to its line for the German market in terms of colors - similar to other Galaxy A models, buyers of the A12 only have a fairly limited choice of colors - you have to decide between a black and white version in Germany. The screen-to-body ratio is a good 86% for this price range thanks to the notch and relatively thin bezels around the 6.5-inch panel.

Workmanship is at a satisfactory level. Both the back and the frame are made of plastic. We like the slightly textured surface very much - considering the material type - and it gives the Galaxy phone a comfortable grip. The built-in buttons also sit firmly in the case, and the pressure points are pleasingly firm.

The A12 doesn't have an IP certification against dust and water, and the Korean manufacturer doesn't specify whether the mid-range phone is at least protected by a nanocoating.

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Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review
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Size comparison

165.3 mm / 6.51 inch 76.8 mm / 3.02 inch 9.4 mm / 0.3701 inch 215 g0.474 lbs165 mm / 6.5 inch 75 mm / 2.95 inch 9.09 mm / 0.3579 inch 186 g0.4101 lbs165 mm / 6.5 inch 75.1 mm / 2.96 inch 8.5 mm / 0.3346 inch 188 g0.4145 lbs164 mm / 6.46 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 205 g0.4519 lbs163.7 mm / 6.44 inch 75.3 mm / 2.96 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 192 g0.4233 lbs162.3 mm / 6.39 inch 77.2 mm / 3.04 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 199 g0.4387 lbs

Connectivity - Galaxy A12 with 3.5 mm jack

The Samsung smartphone's features include a dual-SIM function, an SD card slot, and a 3.5 mm audio jack. In addition, the A12 has a USB-C port at the bottom of the case based on the 2.0 standard, which allows USB OTG so that flash drives can be easily connected to the Samsung phone.

Video content from streaming services can be watched in HD quality with the Galaxy A12, since it has gone through the Widevine L1 certification process. Wireless transmission of display content to an external monitor via Miracast is also supported. The internal eMMC storage has a capacity of 64 GB, whereby 51 GB is already occupied by the system and preinstalled apps out of the box.

Right side (volume rocker, power button)
Right side (volume rocker, power button)
Left side (card slot)
Left side (card slot)
Bottom side (speaker, USB-C port, microphone, 3.5 mm audio jack)
Bottom side (speaker, USB-C port, microphone, 3.5 mm audio jack)
Top side (microphone)
Top side (microphone)

Software - Samsung phone with OneUI

At the time of testing, the Galaxy A12 is still based on Android 10 and has the security updates from November 2020. As usual, Samsung combines the Android system with its in-house user interface One UI (Core) 2.5, which also includes the smart assistant Bixby. According to the manufacturer, the affordable Samsung phone will receive an update to the latest Android version 11 and the newest One UI 3.0 in Q2/Q3 of this year.

Samsung's security environment Knox is integrated both into the software and the hardware of the Galaxy A12. However, the affordable mid-range model lacks the extra desktop mode that Samsung DeX provides.

Buyers of the Samsung phone have to put up with some preinstalled third-party apps, but they can be easily uninstalled - with the exception of Netflix.

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Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review

Communication and GPS - Galaxy A12 with slow WLAN but with NFC

The inexpensive mid-range phone reveals some weaknesses when it comes to the home network. Since the Galaxy A12's WLAN module only supports the IEEE 802.11b/g/n standard, the Galaxy A model can only be used in the 2.4 GHz frequency band, and consequently, the transfer rates in our WLAN test are very low. In combination with our reference router, the Netgear Nighthawk AX12, we determine transfer rates of about 50 Mb/s, which isn't very good even for a smartphone in this price range.

Besides the slow Wi-Fi, the Korean manufacturer uses "real" dual SIM and Bluetooth 5.0 for the communication modules. An NFC chip for near-field communication and contactless payments is also on board.

As the Galaxy A12's price range already suggests, the Samsung phone only has access to the LTE network; a 5G modem for fast on-the-go Internet is not on board. The price range of the affordable mid-range smartphone is also evident in the number of supported LTE frequencies - it only supports access to a total of 10 LTE bands. All relevant frequencies are covered in Germany, but users of the Galaxy A12 should probably check the frequency coverage before going abroad.

Networking
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Adreno 618, SD 732G, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
633 (589min - 676max) MBit/s ∼100% +1313%
Average of class Smartphone
  (5.59 - 1599, n=286, last 2 years)
472 MBit/s ∼75% +954%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 64 GB eMMC Flash
347 (172min - 352max) MBit/s ∼55% +675%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Mali-G52 MP2, Exynos 850, 32 GB eMMC Flash
310 (269min - 342max) MBit/s ∼49% +592%
OnePlus Nord N100
Adreno 610, SD 460, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
274 (223min - 335max) MBit/s ∼43% +512%
Alcatel 3X 2020
PowerVR GE8320, Helio P22 MT6762, 128 GB eMMC Flash
62 (18min - 93max) MBit/s ∼10% +38%
Samsung Galaxy A12
PowerVR GE8320, Helio P35 MT6765, 64 GB eMMC Flash
44.8 (30min - 59max) MBit/s ∼7%
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Adreno 618, SD 732G, 64 GB UFS 2.0 Flash
636 (500min - 675max) MBit/s ∼100% +1164%
Average of class Smartphone
  (15.5 - 1414, n=286, last 2 years)
465 MBit/s ∼73% +824%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mali-G52 MP2, Helio G85, 64 GB eMMC Flash
355 (327min - 366max) MBit/s ∼56% +606%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Mali-G52 MP2, Exynos 850, 32 GB eMMC Flash
326 (280min - 333max) MBit/s ∼51% +548%
OnePlus Nord N100
Adreno 610, SD 460, 64 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
301 (260min - 334max) MBit/s ∼47% +498%
Samsung Galaxy A12
PowerVR GE8320, Helio P35 MT6765, 64 GB eMMC Flash
50.3 (8min - 62max) MBit/s ∼8%
Alcatel 3X 2020
PowerVR GE8320, Helio P22 MT6762, 128 GB eMMC Flash
47.4 (33min - 60max) MBit/s ∼7% -6%
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Positioning indoors
Positioning indoors
Positioning outdoors
Positioning outdoors

In order to assess the positioning accuracy in practice, we track a route in parallel with a Garmin Edge 520 for comparison purposes. About 140 meters lie between the smartphone GPS module and the navigation device at the end of the four-kilometer test route. Therefore, the distance deviations aren't too big, and if the detailed course of the GPS tracking is evaluated, the Samsung phone is well-suited for navigating by car due to its solid positioning accuracy.

The Galaxy A12 uses the main satellite systems GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and Galileo to determine its position with an accuracy of three meters. Even indoors, the positioning is quite accurate, but it's much slower, and the signal isn't very stable.

Garmin Edge 520 GPS
Garmin Edge 520 GPS
Garmin Edge 520 GPS
Garmin Edge 520 GPS
Garmin Edge 520 GPS
Garmin Edge 520 GPS
Samsung Galaxy A12 GPS
Samsung Galaxy A12 GPS
Samsung Galaxy A12 GPS
Samsung Galaxy A12 GPS
Samsung Galaxy A12 GPS
Samsung Galaxy A12 GPS

Telephone and call quality - Galaxy smartphone with VoLTE

Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review

The Galaxy A12 offers a solid earpiece quality. The person on the other end of the line sounds sufficiently loud and clear, and voices barely get distorted even at high volumes. However, according to the other party, the microphone sounds muffled. Skype video calls using the built-in front-facing camera also work without issues.

Despite the low price, one of the Samsung phone's features is the support of Voice over LTE (VoLTE), which allows voice calls via the 4G network. In addition, the Galaxy A12 uses Voice over Wi-Fi (WLAN calling), so that calls can also be made in places where no mobile network is available using the corresponding WLAN connection.

Cameras - Samsung smartphone with quad-camera setup

Photo taken with the front-facing camera in the Galaxy A12
Photo taken with the front-facing camera in the Galaxy A12

The camera module on the back of the Galaxy A12 offers an ultra wide-angle lens with a resolution of 5 MP in addition to a macro lens and a depth camera. The photos with a field of view of 123° have big problems with exposure, and the sharpness decreases visibly at the edges in particular. Nevertheless, the pictures taken with the 5 MP ultra wide-angle camera are at a very decent level for this price range.

The quad-camera setup's 48 MP main camera uses a maximum aperture of f/2.0 as well as EIS, and it supports pixel-binning. Image quality is also convincing for the most part, considering that the smartphone costs 160 Euros (~$195) - we've seen worse in this price range. The autofocus isn't always reliable, and exposure isn't always optimal, but the 12 MP pictures show a satisfactory image sharpness in daylight, and details are also reproduced quite well.

Clear compromises have to be made in terms of image sharpness in low light. Subjects look blurry, and bright areas are often overexposed, but the brightness in the pictures isn't bad for a budget mid-range phone.

The Galaxy phone is not at its best when it comes to video quality. Video can only be recorded at up to 30 fps in Full HD quality. Switching between the wide-angle and ultra wide-angle lenses during a recording isn't possible with the Galaxy A12.

The 8 MP camera, which is located in the punch hole on the front, is at most only adequate for social media content, even in bright light. Color accuracy is at a good level, but the captured selfies tend to be blurry and lack details.

Wide-angle
Wide-angle
Main camera
Main camera
10x zoom (max)
10x zoom (max)
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Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review
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Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

Main cameraMain cameraLow-lightWide-angle camera

We examine the Galaxy A12's color reproduction under controlled lighting conditions. Compared to the actual reference tones, the colors reproduced by the mid-range phone are visibly brighter, and the color deviations are quite high. Especially white and black tones are displayed rather grayish with the Samsung phone.

Photos of the test chart reveal a solid image sharpness in the center area of the picture. Both the sharpness and contrast decrease visibly at the edges.

ColorChecker
16.4 ∆E
12.5 ∆E
19.8 ∆E
21.7 ∆E
17.7 ∆E
11.3 ∆E
13.3 ∆E
19.8 ∆E
15.3 ∆E
13 ∆E
12.8 ∆E
9 ∆E
13.2 ∆E
16.5 ∆E
12.1 ∆E
4.2 ∆E
16 ∆E
19.9 ∆E
10.5 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
10.8 ∆E
16.3 ∆E
14.6 ∆E
4.1 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy A12: 13.6 ∆E min: 4.13 - max: 21.68 ∆E
ColorChecker
28.6 ∆E
50.2 ∆E
38.5 ∆E
33.6 ∆E
43.8 ∆E
57.5 ∆E
50 ∆E
34.7 ∆E
38.2 ∆E
27.6 ∆E
59.8 ∆E
60.1 ∆E
30.3 ∆E
45.4 ∆E
34.4 ∆E
70.7 ∆E
41.7 ∆E
40.8 ∆E
78.1 ∆E
68.5 ∆E
50.6 ∆E
36.4 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy A12: 44.04 ∆E min: 13.46 - max: 78.12 ∆E

Accessories and warranty - The Galaxy A12 comes without bells and whistles

The 15-watt power adapter of the Galaxy A12
The 15-watt power adapter of the Galaxy A12

The Galaxy A12 comes with a modular 15-watt power adapter and a USB cable. The Samsung phone doesn't come with a protective case. In addition, the Korean manufacturer hasn't listed any special accessories in its online store so far.

There's a 24-month warranty after the purchase date.

Input devices and handling - Samsung smartphone with face unlock

The capacitive 60 Hz touchscreen is precise, and the screen's glass surface lets fingers reach every position reliably. Inputs made on the 6.5-inch IPS display are accurately implemented up to the touchscreen's corners.

The active fingerprint reader integrated into the frame unlocks the inexpensive mid-range phone reliably. However, the time it takes for the display to come out of standby mode could be shorter, because the sensor itself responds quite quickly. The face unlock feature with the front-facing camera also works reliably, but it's based on simple 2D face recognition.

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Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review

Display - The Galaxy A12's LCD panel supports 60 Hz

Subpixel grid
Subpixel grid

The 20:9 PLS LCD display measures 6.5 inches diagonally and has a resolution of 1600x720 pixels. The resulting pixel density of less than 300 ppi is sufficient for everyday use and still satisfactory for this price range, despite the provided image sharpness being low. The Galaxy A12's panel looks quite blurry when small fonts are displayed in particular.

In terms of brightness, the Samsung smartphone performs solidly - we measure a maximum of 458 cd/m² on a white background. The more realistic APL50 measurement, which simulates an even distribution of bright and dark areas on the panel, shows only 440 cd/m² as well. Furthermore, the brightness distribution could be a bit more homogeneous.

Samsung uses pulse width modulation (PWM) to control the display brightness despite using an LC display. We detected flickering at brightness levels of 20% and below. However, the flickering frequency of 338 Hz is relatively high. In addition, the Galaxy A12 exhibits known weaknesses of the LC technology such as uneven illumination, especially at the upper display edge.

431
cd/m²
455
cd/m²
405
cd/m²
417
cd/m²
458
cd/m²
393
cd/m²
443
cd/m²
455
cd/m²
390
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 458 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 427.4 cd/m² Minimum: 5.4 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 85 %
Center on Battery: 458 cd/m²
Contrast: 864:1 (Black: 0.53 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 4.04 | 0.59-29.43 Ø5.5
ΔE Greyscale 4.8 | 0.64-98 Ø5.7
96.3% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.293
Samsung Galaxy A12
PLS-LCD, 1600x720, 6.50
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
IPS, 2400x1080, 6.67
Samsung Galaxy A21s
PLS, 1600x720, 6.50
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
IPS LCD, 2340x1080, 6.53
OnePlus Nord N100
IPS, 1600x720, 6.52
Alcatel 3X 2020
IPS, 1600x720, 6.52
Screen
29%
-2%
74%
28%
63%
Brightness middle
458
623
36%
540
18%
553
21%
474
3%
510
11%
Brightness
427
600
41%
509
19%
527
23%
456
7%
491
15%
Brightness Distribution
85
93
9%
91
7%
89
5%
86
1%
92
8%
Black Level *
0.53
0.54
-2%
0.36
32%
0.12
77%
0.35
34%
0.09
83%
Contrast
864
1154
34%
1500
74%
4608
433%
1354
57%
5667
556%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
4.04
1.8
55%
6.58
-63%
3.8
6%
2.7
33%
6
-49%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
6.84
4.7
31%
11.55
-69%
8.7
-27%
4.89
29%
11.9
-74%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
4.8
3.3
31%
6.4
-33%
2.2
54%
1.9
60%
6.9
-44%
Gamma
2.293 96%
2.26 97%
2.206 100%
2.3 96%
2.31 95%
2.31 95%
CCT
7535 86%
6712 97%
8482 77%
6727 97%
6430 101%
7971 82%

* ... smaller is better

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM detected 337.8 Hz ≤ 20 % brightness setting

The display backlight flickers at 337.8 Hz (Likely utilizing PWM) Flickering detected at a brightness setting of 20 % and below. There should be no flickering or PWM above this brightness setting.

The frequency of 337.8 Hz is relatively high, so most users sensitive to PWM should not notice any flickering. However, there are reports that some users are still sensitive to PWM at 500 Hz and above, so be aware.

In comparison: 52 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 21103 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

The PLS-based panel achieves a relatively poor black level of 0.53 cd/m² in our display measurements, so that contrast is clearly below 1,000:1. In our display color analysis, which we perform with the help of a spectrophotometer and the CalMAN software, the Galaxy A12 shows some improvement, but the deviations in colors (4) and grayscales (4.8) are also relatively high here - but the differences compared to the ideal range of less than 3 are absolutely acceptable for this product class. The panel's color temperature is also calibrated solidly at around 7,500 K. Moreover, it's not possible to adjust the color preferences or color temperature in the settings menus of Samsung's OneUI Core.

Color accuracy (target color space: sRGB)
Color accuracy (target color space: sRGB)
Color space (target color space: AdobeRGB)
Color space (target color space: AdobeRGB)
Color space (target color space: P3)
Color space (target color space: P3)
Color space (target color space: sRGB)
Color space (target color space: sRGB)
Grayscales (target color space: sRGB)
Grayscales (target color space: sRGB)
Color saturation (target color space: sRGB)
Color saturation (target color space: sRGB)

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
40 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 19 ms rise
↘ 21 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 96 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (23.8 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
64 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 31 ms rise
↘ 33 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 97 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (37.6 ms).

Outdoors, the Galaxy phone leaves a mixed impression. While the low contrast and relatively low brightness are absolutely sufficient in wintry weather conditions, the Galaxy A12 reaches its limits in direct sunshine. In the summer, it will be almost impossible to read the Galaxy phone's screen without using your hands to shade it. Furthermore, it's worth noting that the Samsung phone's oleophobic (grease-repellent) coating, which is supposed to reduce fingerprints on the screen, isn't particularly effective.

Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review

The brightness drop is clearly noticeable when the LC panel is tilted a bit, but colors are relatively stable from flat viewing angles. Under normal viewing conditions, there are hardly any losses in color accuracy.

Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review

Performance - Samsung smartphone without much performance

The MediaTek MT6765 Helio P35 is a 2018 SoC that integrates eight ARM Cortex-A53 cores into two clusters. Four performance cores clock at up to 2.3 GHz, while the power-saving cluster runs at 1.8 GHz. Thanks to Heterogeneous Multiprocessing, both clusters can be used together. The integrated graphics card is a PowerVR GE8320 that has a clock speed of 680 MHz.

The Helio P35 in combination with 4 GB of RAM ensures solid system performance in everyday use. Application loading times are quite prominent due to the slow eMMC storage, and brief lags are an everyday occurrence. Particularly on Internet websites where a lot of content has to be loaded, scrolling is very choppy. The Galaxy A12's One UI also takes a few seconds to think in complex apps or when processes are being executed in the background.

The MediaTek CPU places itself in the back row in our benchmark package. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 in the OnePlus Nord N100 and even the in-house Samsung Exynos 850 in the A21s have more power than the Galaxy A12.

Geekbench 5.3
64 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
169 Points ∼28%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
567 Points ∼93% +236%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
182 Points ∼30% +8%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
356 Points ∼58% +111%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
254 Points ∼42% +50%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
150 Points ∼25% -11%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (150 - 173, n=5)
166 Points ∼27% -2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (58 - 1755, n=257, last 2 years)
610 Points ∼100% +261%
64 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1022 Points ∼50%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
1787 Points ∼87% +75%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1081 Points ∼52% +6%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1259 Points ∼61% +23%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1152 Points ∼56% +13%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
873 Points ∼42% -15%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (539 - 1022, n=5)
887 Points ∼43% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (248 - 4914, n=257, last 2 years)
2063 Points ∼100% +102%
PCMark for Android
Work performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
6192 Points ∼54%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
8773 Points ∼77% +42%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
7113 Points ∼62% +15%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
11421 Points ∼100% +84%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
7526 Points ∼66% +22%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (4040 - 7753, n=8)
5969 Points ∼52% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2689 - 19989, n=182, last 2 years)
10125 Points ∼89% +64%
Work 2.0 performance score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4983 Points ∼57%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
8101 Points ∼93% +63%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
5457 Points ∼63% +10%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
8698 Points ∼100% +75%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
5718 Points ∼66% +15%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
5112 Points ∼59% +3%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (3814 - 5794, n=11)
5045 Points ∼58% +1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (82 - 15299, n=228, last 2 years)
8099 Points ∼93% +63%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
14087 Points ∼34%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
40955 Points ∼100% +191%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
16800 Points ∼41% +19%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
13675 Points ∼33% -3%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (7637 - 14647, n=9)
12273 Points ∼30% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2920 - 117606, n=161, last 2 years)
41133 Points ∼100% +192%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
13235 Points ∼22%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
56640 Points ∼96% +328%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
16301 Points ∼28% +23%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
13392 Points ∼23% +1%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (7061 - 13939, n=9)
11527 Points ∼19% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (2177 - 224130, n=161, last 2 years)
59148 Points ∼100% +347%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
17853 Points ∼76%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
20797 Points ∼88% +16%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
18816 Points ∼80% +5%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
14768 Points ∼63% -17%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (10689 - 17853, n=9)
15977 Points ∼68% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (8324 - 59268, n=161, last 2 years)
23546 Points ∼100% +32%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
733 Points ∼19%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
3784 Points ∼100% +416%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1280 Points ∼34% +75%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1419 Points ∼38% +94%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
830 Points ∼22% +13%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (244 - 850, n=11)
621 Points ∼16% -15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (68 - 11256, n=230, last 2 years)
3491 Points ∼92% +376%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
645 Points ∼16%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
3917 Points ∼96% +507%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1157 Points ∼28% +79%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1284 Points ∼32% +99%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
749 Points ∼18% +16%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (205 - 789, n=11)
558 Points ∼14% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (54 - 16670, n=230, last 2 years)
4070 Points ∼100% +531%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1098 Points ∼32%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
3382 Points ∼100% +208%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2034 Points ∼60% +85%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
2248 Points ∼66% +105%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
1074 Points ∼32% -2%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (722 - 1177, n=11)
1062 Points ∼31% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (607 - 5301, n=230, last 2 years)
2822 Points ∼83% +157%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
879 Points ∼20%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
3918 Points ∼90% +346%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1292 Points ∼30% +47%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
873 Points ∼20% -1%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (725 - 918, n=11)
823 Points ∼19% -6%
Average of class Smartphone
  (149 - 11895, n=257, last 2 years)
4344 Points ∼100% +394%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
811 Points ∼14%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
4086 Points ∼73% +404%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1157 Points ∼21% +43%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
822 Points ∼15% +1%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (695 - 858, n=11)
771 Points ∼14% -5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (122 - 31940, n=257, last 2 years)
5613 Points ∼100% +592%
2560x1440 Sling Shot OpenGL ES 3.0 Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1123 Points ∼33%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
3425 Points ∼100% +205%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2190 Points ∼64% +95%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
1114 Points ∼33% -1%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (653 - 1218, n=11)
1082 Points ∼32% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (640 - 5784, n=255, last 2 years)
3056 Points ∼89% +172%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
367 Points ∼14%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
2713 Points ∼100% +639%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
912 Points ∼34% +149%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
860 Points ∼32% +134%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
435 Points ∼16% +19%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (178 - 512, n=11)
385 Points ∼14% +5%
Average of class Smartphone
  (78 - 9138, n=227, last 2 years)
2688 Points ∼99% +632%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
298 Points ∼10%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
2559 Points ∼90% +759%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
788 Points ∼28% +164%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
732 Points ∼26% +146%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
372 Points ∼13% +25%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (145 - 508, n=11)
349 Points ∼12% +17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (62 - 11573, n=227, last 2 years)
2845 Points ∼100% +855%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1098 Points ∼32%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
3436 Points ∼100% +213%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2037 Points ∼59% +86%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
2229 Points ∼65% +103%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
1057 Points ∼31% -4%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (435 - 1183, n=11)
1006 Points ∼29% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (435 - 5318, n=227, last 2 years)
2842 Points ∼83% +159%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
478 Points ∼13%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
2865 Points ∼80% +499%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
914 Points ∼26% +91%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
855 Points ∼24% +79%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
491 Points ∼14% +3%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (478 - 564, n=11)
525 Points ∼15% +10%
Average of class Smartphone
  (91 - 9839, n=259, last 2 years)
3570 Points ∼100% +647%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
423 Points ∼10%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
2735 Points ∼65% +547%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
784 Points ∼19% +85%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
729 Points ∼17% +72%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
424 Points ∼10% 0%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (423 - 489, n=11)
458 Points ∼11% +8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (73 - 16221, n=259, last 2 years)
4176 Points ∼100% +887%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1077 Points ∼31%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
3438 Points ∼100% +219%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2168 Points ∼63% +101%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
2166 Points ∼63% +101%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
1091 Points ∼32% +1%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (766 - 1223, n=11)
1103 Points ∼32% +2%
Average of class Smartphone
  (626 - 5793, n=259, last 2 years)
3090 Points ∼90% +187%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
613 Points ∼23%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
2506 Points ∼95% +309%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
900 Points ∼34% +47%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
803 Points ∼30% +31%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
595 Points ∼23% -3%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (433 - 618, n=4)
525 Points ∼20% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (426 - 6977, n=194, last 2 years)
2643 Points ∼100% +331%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
541 Points ∼18%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
2427 Points ∼82% +349%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
775 Points ∼26% +43%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
682 Points ∼23% +26%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
494 Points ∼17% -9%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (353 - 541, n=4)
441 Points ∼15% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (349 - 11259, n=194, last 2 years)
2970 Points ∼100% +449%
2560x1440 Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
2065 Points ∼73%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
2827 Points ∼100% +37%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2059 Points ∼73% 0%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
2134 Points ∼75% +3%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
2108 Points ∼75% +2%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (2048 - 2084, n=4)
2069 Points ∼73% 0%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1786 - 4061, n=194, last 2 years)
2642 Points ∼93% +28%
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7
T-Rex Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
31 fps ∼49%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
60 fps ∼95% +94%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
34 fps ∼54% +10%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
37 fps ∼58% +19%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (18 - 31, n=5)
24.6 fps ∼39% -21%
Average of class Smartphone
  (8.2 - 143, n=202, last 2 years)
63.4 fps ∼100% +105%
1920x1080 T-Rex Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
23 fps ∼19%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
91 fps ∼76% +296%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
24 fps ∼20% +4%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
24 fps ∼20% +4%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (19 - 23, n=5)
20.4 fps ∼17% -11%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.3 - 417, n=202, last 2 years)
120 fps ∼100% +422%
GFXBench 3.0
on screen Manhattan Onscreen OGL (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
20 fps ∼39%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
34 fps ∼67% +70%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
28 fps ∼55% +40%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
24 fps ∼47% +20%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (9.1 - 20, n=5)
14.7 fps ∼29% -26%
Average of class Smartphone
  (4.5 - 120, n=201, last 2 years)
50.7 fps ∼100% +154%
1920x1080 1080p Manhattan Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
12 fps ∼17%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
45 fps ∼64% +275%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
15 fps ∼21% +25%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
14 fps ∼20% +17%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (9.8 - 12, n=5)
10.5 fps ∼15% -12%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1 - 229, n=202, last 2 years)
69.9 fps ∼100% +483%
GFXBench 3.1
on screen Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
13 fps ∼33%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
28 fps ∼71% +115%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
19 fps ∼48% +46%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
19 fps ∼48% +46%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (6 - 13, n=5)
9.38 fps ∼24% -28%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.1 - 106, n=200, last 2 years)
39.5 fps ∼100% +204%
1920x1080 Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
7.9 fps ∼16%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
33 fps ∼69% +318%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
9.4 fps ∼20% +19%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
9.3 fps ∼19% +18%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (5.8 - 7.9, n=5)
6.56 fps ∼14% -17%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.4 - 151, n=200, last 2 years)
48 fps ∼100% +508%
GFXBench
on screen Car Chase Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
5 fps ∼20%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
17 fps ∼69% +240%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
11 fps ∼44% +120%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
9.5 fps ∼38% +90%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (2.8 - 5, n=5)
3.9 fps ∼16% -22%
Average of class Smartphone
  (3.3 - 61, n=199, last 2 years)
24.8 fps ∼100% +396%
1920x1080 Car Chase Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
3.3 fps ∼11%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
19 fps ∼66% +476%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
5.9 fps ∼20% +79%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
5.2 fps ∼18% +58%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (2.6 - 3.3, n=5)
2.84 fps ∼10% -14%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.8 - 96.6, n=199, last 2 years)
28.9 fps ∼100% +776%
on screen Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
7.5 fps ∼30%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
18 fps ∼72% +140%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
12 fps ∼48% +60%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
11 fps ∼44% +47%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
7.2 fps ∼29% -4%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (3.5 - 7.6, n=11)
6.16 fps ∼25% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.5 - 73, n=268, last 2 years)
25 fps ∼100% +233%
1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4.2 fps ∼14%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
20 fps ∼68% +376%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
6.2 fps ∼21% +48%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
6 fps ∼20% +43%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
4 fps ∼14% -5%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (3.8 - 4.2, n=11)
3.9 fps ∼13% -7%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.95 - 257, n=268, last 2 years)
29.4 fps ∼100% +600%
on screen Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
4.7 fps ∼28%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
11 fps ∼65% +134%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
7.2 fps ∼43% +53%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
6.6 fps ∼39% +40%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
4.6 fps ∼27% -2%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (2.2 - 4.8, n=10)
3.85 fps ∼23% -18%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1.2 - 60, n=269, last 2 years)
16.8 fps ∼100% +257%
2560x1440 Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1.5 fps ∼13%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
7.5 fps ∼66% +400%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2.2 fps ∼19% +47%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
2 fps ∼18% +33%
Alcatel 3X 2020
Mediatek Helio P22 MT6762, PowerVR GE8320, 6144
1.5 fps ∼13% 0%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (1.4 - 1.5, n=10)
1.45 fps ∼13% -3%
Average of class Smartphone
  (0.35 - 101, n=269, last 2 years)
11.4 fps ∼100% +660%
AnTuTu v8 - Total Score (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
108503 Points ∼31%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
279048 Points ∼79% +157%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
124232 Points ∼35% +14%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
146027 Points ∼41% +35%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (101535 - 108503, n=3)
104335 Points ∼30% -4%
Average of class Smartphone
  (53335 - 727247, n=176, last 2 years)
352957 Points ∼100% +225%
BaseMark OS II
Overall (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1318 Points ∼34%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
3477 Points ∼89% +164%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1644 Points ∼42% +25%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2285 Points ∼59% +73%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
2012 Points ∼52% +53%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (1131 - 1318, n=4)
1219 Points ∼31% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (615 - 8124, n=188, last 2 years)
3889 Points ∼100% +195%
System (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
2983 Points ∼42%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
6542 Points ∼93% +119%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
3382 Points ∼48% +13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
5010 Points ∼71% +68%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
4021 Points ∼57% +35%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (2390 - 2983, n=4)
2598 Points ∼37% -13%
Average of class Smartphone
  (1160 - 19657, n=188, last 2 years)
7051 Points ∼100% +136%
Memory (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1268 Points ∼28%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
4041 Points ∼88% +219%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1884 Points ∼41% +49%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
2536 Points ∼55% +100%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
2736 Points ∼60% +116%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (1141 - 1366, n=4)
1249 Points ∼27% -1%
Average of class Smartphone
  (522 - 9044, n=188, last 2 years)
4581 Points ∼100% +261%
Graphics (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
1023 Points ∼17%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
3960 Points ∼64% +287%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1159 Points ∼19% +13%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1845 Points ∼30% +80%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1378 Points ∼22% +35%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (792 - 1023, n=4)
869 Points ∼14% -15%
Average of class Smartphone
  (349 - 25642, n=188, last 2 years)
6188 Points ∼100% +505%
Web (sort by value)
Samsung Galaxy A12
Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765, PowerVR GE8320, 4096
887 Points ∼64%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Qualcomm Snapdragon 732G, Adreno 618, 6144
1395 Points ∼100% +57%
Samsung Galaxy A21s
Samsung Exynos 850, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
990 Points ∼71% +12%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
Mediatek Helio G85, Mali-G52 MP2, 3072
1198 Points ∼86% +35%
OnePlus Nord N100
Qualcomm Snapdragon 460, Adreno 610, 4096
1082 Points ∼78% +22%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
  (680 - 887, n=4)
818 Points ∼59% -8%
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2392, n=188, last 2 years)
1321 Points ∼95% +49%
Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (12.4 - 182, n=177, last 2 years)
54.9 Points ∼100% +219%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC (Chrome 85)
52.591 Points ∼96% +206%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 (Chrome 85)
29.951 Points ∼55% +74%
OnePlus Nord N100 (Chrome 87)
26.783 Points ∼49% +56%
Samsung Galaxy A21s (Chrome 84)
19.147 Points ∼35% +11%
Samsung Galaxy A12 (Chrome 88)
17.19 Points ∼31%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765 (13.6 - 17.2, n=3)
15.1 Points ∼28% -12%
JetStream 1.1 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (10.8 - 414, n=187, last 2 years)
99.8 Points ∼100% +292%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC (Chrome 85)
90.555 Points ∼91% +256%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 (Chrome 85)
53.874 Points ∼54% +112%
OnePlus Nord N100 (Chrome 87)
39.652 Points ∼40% +56%
Samsung Galaxy A21s (Chrome 84)
28.012 Points ∼28% +10%
Samsung Galaxy A12 (Chrome 88)
25.439 Points ∼25%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765 (23.8 - 26.2, n=4)
25.4 Points ∼25% 0%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Smartphone (9 - 244, n=163, last 2 years)
54.7 runs/min ∼100% +299%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC (Chrome 85)
43.9 runs/min ∼80% +220%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 (Chrome 85)
27 runs/min ∼49% +97%
OnePlus Nord N100 (Chome 87)
23 runs/min ∼42% +68%
Samsung Galaxy A21s (Chome 84)
15 runs/min ∼27% +9%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765 (13.7 - 16, n=3)
14.8 runs/min ∼27% +8%
Samsung Galaxy A12 (Chrome 88)
13.7 runs/min ∼25%
WebXPRT 3 - ---
Average of class Smartphone (20 - 252, n=193, last 2 years)
83.1 Points ∼100% +160%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC (Chrome 85)
72 Points ∼87% +125%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 (Chrome 85)
45 Points ∼54% +41%
OnePlus Nord N100 (Chrome 87)
44 Points ∼53% +38%
Samsung Galaxy A21s (Chrome 84)
35 Points ∼42% +9%
Samsung Galaxy A12 (Chrome 88)
32 Points ∼39%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765 (29 - 32, n=3)
30.7 Points ∼37% -4%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (1986 - 64222, n=200, last 2 years)
19512 Points ∼100% +320%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC (Chrome 85)
17398 Points ∼89% +275%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 (Chrome 85)
10299 Points ∼53% +122%
OnePlus Nord N100 (Chrome 87)
7306 Points ∼37% +57%
Samsung Galaxy A21s (Chrome 84)
4976 Points ∼26% +7%
Samsung Galaxy A12 (Chrome 88)
4643 Points ∼24%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765 (4347 - 4707, n=4)
4548 Points ∼23% -2%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score
Samsung Galaxy A12 (Chrome 88)
11082.2 ms * ∼100%
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765 (10236 - 11323, n=4)
10872 ms * ∼98% +2%
Samsung Galaxy A21s (Chrome 84)
9174.1 ms * ∼83% +17%
OnePlus Nord N100 (Chrome 87)
5433.4 ms * ∼49% +51%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9 (Chrome 85)
3901.3 ms * ∼35% +65%
Average of class Smartphone (414 - 29635, n=202, last 2 years)
3648 ms * ∼33% +67%
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC (Chrome 85)
2672.8 ms * ∼24% +76%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung Galaxy A12Xiaomi Poco X3 NFCSamsung Galaxy A21sXiaomi Redmi Note 9OnePlus Nord N100Alcatel 3X 2020Average 64 GB eMMC FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
56%
20%
53%
63%
-11%
-9%
109%
Sequential Read 256KB
269.7
505.96
88%
307
14%
306.57
14%
504.1
87%
288.91
7%
274 ?(95.6 - 704, n=177)
2%
831 ?(45.6 - 2037, n=273, last 2 years)
208%
Sequential Write 256KB
211.6
173.09
-18%
104.3
-51%
248.14
17%
219
3%
185.74
-12%
177 ?(40 - 274, n=177)
-16%
377 ?(11.9 - 1321, n=273, last 2 years)
78%
Random Read 4KB
65.4
123.43
89%
77.2
18%
65.13
0%
106.1
62%
65.71
0%
58.7 ?(11.4 - 149, n=177)
-10%
146 ?(13.5 - 325, n=273, last 2 years)
123%
Random Write 4KB
39.1
112.55
188%
89.5
129%
146.94
276%
120.8
209%
11.49
-71%
29.7 ?(3.4 - 147, n=177)
-24%
136 ?(5.5 - 330, n=273, last 2 years)
248%
Sequential Read 256KB SDCard
77.4 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
75.19 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-3%
80 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
3%
84.37 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
9%
85.2 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
10%
82.81 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
7%
77.4 ?(21.1 - 108, n=144)
0%
76.3 ?(13.4 - 154, n=137, last 2 years)
-1%
Sequential Write 256KB SDCard
61.6 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
55.59 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M401)
-10%
66.4 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
8%
63.51 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
3%
64.3 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
4%
63.29 ?(Toshiba Exceria Pro M501)
3%
58.3 ?(11.2 - 83.3, n=144)
-5%
58.8 ?(8.4 - 83.3, n=137, last 2 years)
-5%

Games - The Galaxy A12 is not suitable for gamers

The graphics performance of the PowerVR GE8320 doesn't offer enough graphics power to ensure that demanding games can be played smoothly at 30 fps - we use the GameBench app to determine our frame rates.

The racing game Asphalt 9 Legends repeatedly shows frame-rate drops even at low details, but it's playable. However, the Galaxy A12 reaches its limits if you choose the best graphics settings. The shooter PUBG Mobile is rendered relatively consistently at 30 fps at minimum details. However, it's impossible to get a completely smooth experience close to the native refresh rate of the 60 Hz panel. High graphics settings can't be selected with the Samsung phone.

The integrated position sensors work without problems when playing games, and the touchscreen works accurately for the most part. Nevertheless, we occasionally had to tap the screen several times in the test so that actions were executed in PUBG Mobile. It should also be noted that the Galaxy A12's lack of sensors limits the game selection to some extent - some games can't be played without a compass and gyroscope.

PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9 Legends
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; Asphalt 9: Legends; Standard / low: Ø27.8 (2-31)
; Asphalt 9: Legends; High Quality: Ø22.5 (1-31)
; PUBG Mobile; Smooth: Ø24.1 (1-26)
; PUBG Mobile; Balanced: Ø24.3 (13-26)

Emissions - The Samsung smartphone gets warm

Temperature

The Samsung phone barely heats up with moderate load in everyday use, but heat development is very irregular when the Galaxy A12 is subjected to stress. It actually stays comparatively cool in the area of the front-facing camera, while the lower part of the case heats up noticeably at over 43 °C (~109 °F).

However, heat development inside the inexpensive mid-range phone is the more interesting aspect. We use the battery test of the app GFXBench to examine the Samsung smartphone's heat generation during continuous load. The Manhattan 3.1 test clearly shows that frame rates remain relatively stable with increasing load, making performance drops under load unlikely.

Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review
Max. Load
 39.1 °C
102 F
35.2 °C
95 F
32.9 °C
91 F
 
 39.7 °C
103 F
35.3 °C
96 F
33.8 °C
93 F
 
 38.4 °C
101 F
34.4 °C
94 F
33 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 39.7 °C = 103 F
Average: 35.8 °C = 96 F
32.4 °C
90 F
35.9 °C
97 F
39.1 °C
102 F
32.2 °C
90 F
35.6 °C
96 F
43.2 °C
110 F
32.1 °C
90 F
35 °C
95 F
42.6 °C
109 F
Maximum: 43.2 °C = 110 F
Average: 36.5 °C = 98 F
Power Supply (max.)  37.7 °C = 100 F | Room Temperature 21.6 °C = 71 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 35.8 °C / 96 F, compared to the average of 32.9 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(+) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 39.7 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 35.2 °C / 95 F, ranging from 22 to 52.9 °C for the class Smartphone.
(±) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 43.2 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 30.6 °C / 87 F, compared to the device average of 32.9 °C / 91 F.
Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review
Samsung Galaxy A12 smartphone review

Speaker

Speaker test: Pink Noise
Speaker test: Pink Noise

The Galaxy A12's built-in mono speaker is sufficiently loud at 81 dB, but there are mid-range models in this price range that are much louder and also sound better. Sound is characterized by less linear mids, marginally present highs, and hardly any bass.

In contrast, the Samsung phone's 3.5 mm audio jack leaves a better impression. The sound output is clean, loud, and with only little noise. The SBC, AAC, aptX, and LDAC codecs are available for wireless music playback via Bluetooth 5.0.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.543.22532.636.43127.525.44030.230.95032.336.36325.5258017.820.610022.621.412514.617.116013.328.72001136.82509.741.8315849.34008.654.950011.259.463013.759.680015.356.6100017.464.7125010.369.5160010.572.3200010.672.9250011.270.8315012.571.6400014.363.9500015.261.163001568.5800016.169.91000017.365.31250016.254.31600016.954.1SPL6568.126.180.9N18.221.50.745.1median 13.7median 59.6Delta2.812.530.530.121.326.518.425.822.52420.328.115.828.315.728.616.728.315.133.11550.410.651.114.155.410.862.310.962.410.567.28.8691071.110.173.111.176.111.979.61180.512.180.812.57812.778.313.478.913.874.21571.11467.814.162.814.162.424.489.20.574.8median 12.5median 69210.1hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy A12Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy A12 audio analysis

(±) | speaker loudness is average but good (80.9 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (13.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 6.1% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (8.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 7.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (26.2% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 70% of all tested devices in this class were better, 8% similar, 22% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 81% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 14% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (89.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 22.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (10.1% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.5% higher than median
(+) | mids are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.9% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 11% of all tested devices in this class were better, 6% similar, 83% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 24%, worst was 65%
Compared to all devices tested
» 36% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 56% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 20%, worst was 65%

Battery life - Galaxy A12 with 5,000 mAh battery

Energy consumption

The Samsung smartphone doesn't support wireless charging, but at least fast charging at up to 15 watts is supported. As a result, the charging process takes a bit over 120 minutes when the battery is completely depleted.

The Galaxy A12's power consumption shows no issues overall. Samsung's phone requires comparatively little energy in idle mode, while consumption peaks are pronounced under load.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.1 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.1 / 1.6 / 2.6 Watt
Load midlight 4.5 / 6.4 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Currently we use the Metrahit Energy, a professional single phase power quality and energy measurement digital multimeter, for our measurements. Find out more about it here. All of our test methods can be found here.
Samsung Galaxy A12
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
5160 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A21s
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
5020 mAh
OnePlus Nord N100
5000 mAh
Alcatel 3X 2020
5000 mAh
Average Mediatek Helio P35 MT6765
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-14%
-17%
5%
15%
37%
8%
2%
Idle Minimum *
1.1
0.93
15%
1.5
-36%
0.74
33%
0.56
49%
0.55
50%
0.961 ?(0.63 - 1.3, n=8)
13%
0.933 ?(0.12 - 2.5, n=217, last 2 years)
15%
Idle Average *
1.6
2.47
-54%
2.1
-31%
2.17
-36%
1.8
-13%
1.47
8%
1.991 ?(1.6 - 2.35, n=8)
-24%
1.794 ?(0.65 - 3.94, n=217, last 2 years)
-12%
Idle Maximum *
2.6
2.51
3%
2.9
-12%
2.2
15%
2.3
12%
1.64
37%
2.35 ?(1.92 - 2.9, n=8)
10%
2.02 ?(0.69 - 4.01, n=217, last 2 years)
22%
Load Average *
4.5
5.62
-25%
4.6
-2%
4.17
7%
3.9
13%
2.32
48%
3.45 ?(2.74 - 4.5, n=8)
23%
4.45 ?(2.1 - 8.4, n=217, last 2 years)
1%
Load Maximum *
6.4
6.93
-8%
6.6
-3%
6.11
5%
5.6
12%
3.7
42%
5.27 ?(4.71 - 6.4, n=8)
18%
7.32 ?(3.56 - 12.3, n=217, last 2 years)
-14%

* ... smaller is better

Battery life

The built-in 5,000 mAh battery provides very long runtimes in our battery tests. With very similar hardware, the Galaxy A21s sibling model runs out of power about 5 hours earlier in our WLAN test. The Galaxy A12 is also enduring under load with over 5:30 hours.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
62h 23min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
21h 28min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
14h 47min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 36min
Samsung Galaxy A12
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC
5160 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A21s
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 9
5020 mAh
OnePlus Nord N100
5000 mAh
Alcatel 3X 2020
5000 mAh
Battery Runtime
-8%
-16%
-13%
-7%
10%
Reader / Idle
3743
2427
-35%
2009
-46%
2294
-39%
2513
-33%
H.264
887
1188
34%
1087
23%
1116
26%
1206
36%
WiFi v1.3
1288
1116
-13%
943
-27%
867
-33%
1149
-11%
1417
10%
Load
336
280
-17%
287
-15%
314
-7%
267
-21%

Pros

+ solid workmanship
+ triple card slot
+ good connectivity (NFC, VoLTE, VoWiFi, FM radio, ...)
+ long battery life
+ solid cameras

Cons

- slow WLAN
- low performance
- speaker
- display and PWM

Verdict on the Samsung Galaxy A12 - We would have liked to see a few more changes

In review: Samsung Galaxy A12. Test device provided by notebooksbilliger.de
In review: Samsung Galaxy A12. Test device provided by notebooksbilliger.de

With the Galaxy A12, Samsung has succeeded in creating a solid smartphone in the lower price segment. The mid-range phone, which was quite modest in our test, takes decent pictures with the main camera, is well built, and we also like the textured surface on the back. The very long battery life and good features including One UI and Samsung Knox are also on the Galaxy A12's plus side.

However, the Samsung phone shares these positive features with the Galaxy A21s that we already reviewed. We barely see any noteworthy progress between the 2021 and the 2020 model; partly the opposite is rather the case, because the latter has considerably faster WLAN and a somewhat faster SoC - in addition, the A21s is supposed to get the One UI 3 interface as well.

The Galaxy A12 was a bit dull in our test. We can only hope that Samsung will also use AMOLEDs in the inexpensive A models in the future.

If the Galaxy A12's limitations are not a deciding factor, you should consider Samsung's inexpensive smartphone in your purchase decision. However, other smartphones in this price range, such as the Redmi Note 9, show that a bit more could have been achieved even with this low budget.

Price and availability

There are several listings for the Samsung Galaxy A12 on Amazon that range between around $180 and $200. For example, there's unlocked 128 GB versions in black ($187.50), blue (~$187), and white ($199.99). You can also find a red 64 GB version bundled with a 64 GB microSD card for $199.99.

Samsung Galaxy A12 - 02/15/2021 v7
Marcus Herbrich

Chassis
81%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
87%
Connectivity
40 / 70 → 58%
Weight
88%
Battery
92%
Display
84%