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Samsung Galaxy A15 5G smartphone review – Important updates for the affordable phone

Compact lighthouse. If you are looking for an affordable smartphone with 5G capabilities, then you may have encountered the Galaxy A15 5G. Samsung has tried to keep its phone up-to-date by giving it lots of new features. Has this been a success or has not much changed compared to the competition? Read our review to find out.

One of the most inexpensive phone models from Samsung is the Galaxy A15 5G. You can currently get it from the manufacturer for around US$200. Despite its relatively low price, the smartphone features a 5G modem, so you can even make use of the most modern cellular standard. 

Its predecessor, the Galaxy A14 5G, was already an interesting smartphone a year ago, however, its successor boasts quite a few new features: It is now equipped with an AMOLED screen and for the first time, has an ultra-wide-angle camera installed.

An upgrade was important, as the competition (such as from Motorola or Xiaomi) never sleeps and has now brought some very impressive models onto the market. So now we will be answering the question: Is the Samsung Galaxy A15 5G competitive again with its new features? Let's go.

Samsung Galaxy A15 5G (Galaxy A10 Series)
Processor
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ 8 x 2 - 2.2 GHz, Cortex-A76 / A55
Graphics adapter
Memory
4 GB 
Display
6.50 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 396 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, AMOLED, glossy: yes, 90 Hz
Storage
128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash, 128 GB 
, 102 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD (shared, up to 1TB), 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, light sensor, compass
Networking
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4/ac = Wi-Fi 5/), Bluetooth 5.3, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B4/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B2/​B3/​B4/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B12/​B17/​B20/​B28/​B38/​B40/​B41/​B66), 5G (n1/​n3/​n7/​n8/​n20/​n28/​n38/​n40/​n41/​n77/​n78) , Dual SIM, LTE, 5G, GPS
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.4 x 160.1 x 76.8 ( = 0.33 x 6.3 x 3.02 in)
Battery
5000 mAh Lithium-Ion, 25 Watt charging
Charging
fast charging / Quickcharge
Operating System
Android 14
Camera
Primary Camera: 50 MPix f/​1.8, phase comparison-AF, LED-flash, Videos @1080p/​30fps (Camera 1); 5.0MP, f/​2.2, wide angle lens (Camera 2); 2.0MP, f/​2.4, macro lens (Camera 3)
Secondary Camera: 13 MPix f/​2.0
Additional features
USB cable, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR: 0.796W/​kg Head, 1.461W/​kg Body, fanless
Weight
200 g ( = 7.05 oz / 0.44 pounds) ( = 0 oz / 0 pounds)
Price
230 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Possible competitors compared

Rating
Date
Model
Weight
Drive
Size
Resolution
Best Price
80.1 %
03/2024
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2
200 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.50"2340x1080
79.4 %
05/2023
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2
202 g64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.60"2408x1080
81.9 %
03/2024
Motorola Moto G34
SD 695 5G, Adreno 619
179 g128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash6.50"1600x720
78.3 %
08/2023
Nokia G42
SD 480+, Adreno 619
194 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.56"1612x720
81.7 %
06/2023
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
SD 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619
189 g128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash6.67"2400x1080

Case – Plastic in fresh colors

First, we will be taking a look at its case: Compared to the Galaxy A14 5G, the phone has gotten slightly more compact; its screen now has an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. The bezels around the screen continue to be clearly visible but for a phone around the US$200 mark, this is fine.

Samsung offers various color variants for the back of its device, namely dark blue, light blue and yellow, whereby the matte back always shimmers in the light. Fingerprint marks and dust become clearly visible after a short amount of time, so you will need to clean it regularly or reach for a case. The frame is made from plastic, too but even so, the phone has been built stably and withstands pressure well. The case hardly gives way when twisted, but the phone does creak from time to time.

The material transitions are clean and the edges are well rounded. All three camera lenses are separate and are located one below the other on the left-hand side of the back. They protrude clearly from the case, so the phone tilts slightly when it is placed on the table and the touchscreen is used.

Size comparison

167.7 mm / 6.6 inch 78 mm / 3.07 inch 9.1 mm / 0.3583 inch 202 g0.4453 lbs165.9 mm / 6.53 inch 76.2 mm / 3 inch 8 mm / 0.315 inch 189 g0.4167 lbs165 mm / 6.5 inch 75.8 mm / 2.98 inch 8.6 mm / 0.3386 inch 194 g0.4277 lbs162.7 mm / 6.41 inch 74.7 mm / 2.94 inch 8.2 mm / 0.3228 inch 179 g0.3946 lbs160.1 mm / 6.3 inch 76.8 mm / 3.02 inch 8.4 mm / 0.3307 inch 200 g0.4409 lbs148 mm / 5.83 inch 105 mm / 4.13 inch 1 mm / 0.03937 inch 1.5 g0.00331 lbs

Connectivity – Good storage capacity, but no eSIM

For US$200, the Galaxy A15 5G comes with 128 GB storage and 4 GB RAM. In contrast to our test sample's predecessor, this puts Samsung back at the class level.

The USB-C port is only connected internally at USB 2.0 speed, meaning it can only transfer data at standard speed. Those who love using their headphones with an analogue jack connection will be happy about the 3.5 mm audio port.

NFC for mobile payment services is also on board. However, there is no support for eSIM, as is the case with the Motorola Moto G34, for example. 

Bottom: 3.5-mm audio jack, microphone, USB-C port, speaker
Bottom: 3.5-mm audio jack, microphone, USB-C port, speaker
Top: microphone
Top: microphone
Right: standby button, volume rocker
Right: standby button, volume rocker
Left: SIM slot
Left: SIM slot

microSD card reader

In total, two SIM slots are available, one of which, however, is occupied by an inserted microSD card to expand the phone's storage. This means you'll have to decide: Either you use two SIM cards or you use one plus a microSD card.

According to our tests using the Angelbird V60 reference card, the card reader works quite quickly and during the copying test, it left most of the comparison devices from the price class in the dust.

SD Card Reader - average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
50.48 MB/s +4%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
48.7 MB/s
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash (Angelbird V60)
39.5 MB/s -19%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird AV Pro V60)
23.14 MB/s -52%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash (Angelbird V60)
21.4 MB/s -56%

Cross Platform Disk Test (CPDT)

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Samsung Galaxy A15 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø38.4 (26.3-44.9)
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø37.2 (22.3-48.4)
Motorola Moto G34 Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø39.4 (26.3-51.7)
Nokia G42 Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB: Ø44.4 (30-53.7)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Write 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø36.3 (4.86-48.5)
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø71.1 (32-79.2)
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø75.7 (20.1-83.4)
Motorola Moto G34 Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird V60: Ø73.1 (31.5-85.3)
Nokia G42 Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB: Ø76.8 (25.5-84.7)
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; SDCard Sequential Read 0.5 GB; Angelbird AV Pro V60: Ø61.2 (29.9-79.8)

Software – Long update promise with restrictions?

Android 14 comes pre-installed onto the smartphone, over which Samsung has laid its own OneUI 6.0 interface. This does change stock Android quite a bit and in some cases, it may take some getting used to if you're coming from using other manufacturers. At the same time, it comes with lots of additional useful functions, such as customizable language settings for every app, shortcuts for its standby button and simultaneous use of multiple accounts in messenger apps.

Samsung promises long updates for its phone: 4 operating system generations, so up to Android 18 and 5 years of security patches rolled out every three months. It should, however, be noted that the manufacturer reserves the right to change its update guidelines at any time, cutting its promised update support short. At the same time, it is unlikely that Samsung would want to deal with such a PR scandal, likely making this more of a legal phrase—but even so, the promise cannot be completely relied upon.

At the time of testing, our test sample's latest security update was from January 2024. This means it is still within the 3-month timeframe that the manufacturer has set out. In our experience, Samsung usually sticks to this regularity for at least the first few years.

Communication and GNSS – Speedy WLAN and international 5G

The Galaxy A15 5G supports WiFi 5 as its fastest WLAN standard and in doing so, it achieves the usual speeds around 300 - 350 MBit/s. This means you can't take advantage of a Gigabit internet connection but these differences will only make themselves known during large downloads in particular.

Close to the router, you have access to its full reception but even so, websites take quite a while to load. With a 10-metre distance to the router and with three walls in between, you only have access to half of the signal quality, so pages take even longer to load—especially ones with a lot of images.

As the Galaxy A15 5G's name already suggests, you can make use of the most up-to-date cellular standard, namely 5G. This makes this smartphone one of the cheapest that supports this feature. It covers quite a few LTE and 5G frequencies, so you can use the phone internationally. Before travelling long distances, you should be sure to check which frequencies are supported, as the Galaxy phone can't be used across the entire globe.

Networking
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
iperf3 receive AXE11000
317 (min: 290) MBit/s ∼48%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
341 (min: 324) MBit/s ∼49%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
iperf3 receive AXE11000
369 (min: 361) MBit/s ∼56%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
369 (min: 337) MBit/s ∼53%
Motorola Moto G34
iperf3 receive AXE11000
279 (min: 210) MBit/s ∼43%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
337 (min: 287) MBit/s ∼49%
Nokia G42
iperf3 receive AXE11000
336 (min: 310) MBit/s ∼51%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
362 (min: 340) MBit/s ∼52%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
iperf3 receive AXE11000
347 (min: 336) MBit/s ∼53%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
363 (min: 349) MBit/s ∼52%
Average of class Smartphone
iperf3 receive AXE11000
655 (min: 34.8) MBit/s ∼100%
iperf3 transmit AXE11000
692 (min: 40.5) MBit/s ∼100%
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Samsung Galaxy A15 5G; iperf3 receive AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø317 (290-347)
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G; iperf3 transmit AXE11000; iperf 3.1.3: Ø341 (324-350)
GPS test outside
GPS test outside
Available satellite networks
Available satellite networks

All major satellite networks are utilized for the phone's location services. As SBAS is also used for even more precise locating, our position was quickly determined within 2 metres outside. 

We want to know just how good its locating is in everyday use and to do so, we hopped onto our bikes. Coming with us is the Garmin Venu 2 smartwatch which is well-known for its particularly accurate locating capabilities.

The Galaxy A15 5G didn't do too badly at all: Every now and then, the route recorded by the smartphone was sometimes a little off-course compared to the one we actually took, so it sometimes appeared as if we rode directly through front gardens or houses. But all-in-all, this was only noticeable if you took a really close look and generally, our route was followed well.

You can with good conscience use the phone for navigation purposes. However, if you require extreme accuracy, there are even better devices on the market.

Samsung Galaxy A15 5G location services – overview
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G location services – overview
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G location services – turning point
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G location services – turning point
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G location services – bridge
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G location services – bridge
Garmin Venu 2 location services – overview
Garmin Venu 2 location services – overview
Garmin Venu 2 location services – turning point
Garmin Venu 2 location services – turning point
Garmin Venu 2 location services – bridge
Garmin Venu 2 location services – bridge

Telephone features and call quality – Clear conversations

Samsung uses its own telephone app which places its keypad more into the foreground than the app from Google which is set as standard on Android devices. The Samsung app can be operated easily, too, offering lots of functions including blocking unwanted calls. 

For desired calls, the speech quality is good for the price range. Of course, there are phones on the market where the other party sounds even clearer and more present, but our test call was easy to understand for both parties and its maximum volume is also sufficient to drown out background noise.

Via the loudspeaker and hands-free microphone, calls work just as well—owners of the Galaxy A15 5G just need to make sure to not speak too quietly, otherwise the microphone won't pick up your voice.

Cameras – Finally with a wide-angle view

Photo taken using front-facing camera
Photo taken using front-facing camera

Within a price range of around US$200, an ultra-wide angle lens doesn't yet come as standard, however, Samsung has possibly identified a great way of setting its phones apart from the competition.

So, for the first time, the Galaxy A15 5G also features a 5-megapixel lens specifically for taking wide-angle shots. Our test photo looked a little too high in contrast but as long as you don't enlarge it, it should look fine. Individual details can hardly be recognized. Furthermore, its field of view is considerably narrower than on high-end cameras: Converted to the 35-mm format, the camera only achieves 17 millimetres, while other smartphones achieve a focal length equivalent to 13 millimetres.

Its main camera has a resolution of 50 megapixels but it makes use of the usual pixel binning method, meaning it only actually takes photos at 12.5 MP but with a bigger light yield. In total, the photos appear a little too dark and only show an average level of detail. The dramatic sky in the landscape image was reproduced with quite a lot of detail, but other areas of the image appear somewhat washed out.

In poor lighting conditions with high contrasts, the camera may have been able to lighten the image well but in turn, a lot of smaller details were lost, especially around the candle. Moreover, the photos look very grainy and don't show a lot of detail.

The third lens on the back is a macro lens which can be used for extreme close-up shots. It takes decent photos in good lighting conditions, however, its resolution is very low, so you shouldn't try to enlarge the photos.

A 13-megapixel camera on the front stands by for all your selfie needs. The resulting photos are sharp in good lighting conditions and they can be enlarged, but darker areas only show few details.

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 camera plantMain camera landscapeMain camera low lightWide-angle camera

In our lab with full studio lighting, the main camera only showed little sharpness when it came to detail and contrast. At only 1 lux lighting, rough details were still recognizable.

ColorChecker
4.4 ∆E
4.9 ∆E
8.2 ∆E
4 ∆E
10.3 ∆E
4.6 ∆E
5.7 ∆E
6.7 ∆E
5 ∆E
3.7 ∆E
2.8 ∆E
4.5 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
4.3 ∆E
4 ∆E
1.4 ∆E
8.4 ∆E
9.4 ∆E
6.1 ∆E
5.6 ∆E
9.1 ∆E
4.8 ∆E
5.9 ∆E
8 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy A15 5G: 5.67 ∆E min: 1.41 - max: 10.33 ∆E
ColorChecker
30.4 ∆E
53.5 ∆E
39.3 ∆E
34.1 ∆E
44.9 ∆E
59.2 ∆E
52.4 ∆E
33.8 ∆E
43.1 ∆E
28.5 ∆E
63.1 ∆E
62.4 ∆E
31.5 ∆E
46.3 ∆E
37.8 ∆E
74 ∆E
43.7 ∆E
40.4 ∆E
80.9 ∆E
68.7 ∆E
50.6 ∆E
36.4 ∆E
23.9 ∆E
13.5 ∆E
ColorChecker Samsung Galaxy A15 5G: 45.52 ∆E min: 13.46 - max: 80.95 ∆E

Accessories and warranty – No charger included

Samsung doesn't deliver the phone with a charger. The manufacturer sells the corresponding 25-watt charger via its Amazon store for around US$10. The box only includes a USB cable and a SIM tool.

The manufacturer has given this phone a standard 12-month warranty in the United States. There are many Samsung service centres in larger cities that you can take devices to to be repaired.

Input devices & operation – Reliable fingerprint sensor

Samsung has installed its own keyboard app onto the smartphone with which you can type reliably. If you would rather use a different display keyboard, then you can easily download lots of different ones from the Google Play Store.

Its touchscreen is scanned for touches up to 90 times per second and can be operated reactively and reliably. The touchscreen also works perfectly right into the corners and along the edges.

A fingerprint sensor is integrated into the standby button on the right-hand side of the case. It unlocks the device after a very short waiting time, usually on the first attempt.

You can also use facial recognition to unlock the device. This is a 2D method using the front-facing camera, so it isn't quite as protected against manipulation. Nevertheless, it works quickly and reliably.

Keyboard upright
Keyboard upright
Keyboard horizontal
Keyboard horizontal

Display – Bright OLED as a highlight

Sub-pixel array
Sub-pixel array

Its slightly enhanced Full-HD resolution and 6.5-inch screen make the phone class-level for the first time ever, whereby some of the competition does still offer lower-res screens. On the other hand, an AMOLED screen is quite rare within this price class and this is another new feature the Galaxy A15 5G boasts. Its refresh rate remains unchanged at 90 Hz.

The screen's maximum brightness is around 700 cd/m², making it good to use even in bright surroundings. Furthermore, its contrast is technically infinitely high thanks to its AMOLED technology, which lets colors glow.

We noted that the display flickers at low brightness levels, however, this is adapted to the refresh rate—plus, the brightness fluctuations are quite small. Sensitive people should still try out the screen before buying, as problems such as headaches cannot be ruled out with prolonged use.

683
cd/m²
694
cd/m²
708
cd/m²
701
cd/m²
705
cd/m²
712
cd/m²
699
cd/m²
703
cd/m²
706
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
tested with X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 712 cd/m² (Nits) Average: 701.2 cd/m² Minimum: 1.53 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 96 %
Center on Battery: 705 cd/m²
Contrast: ∞:1 (Black: 0 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 1.88 | 0.5-29.43 Ø5
ΔE Greyscale 1.5 | 0.57-98 Ø5.3
99% sRGB (Calman 2D)
Gamma: 2.116
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
AMOLED, 2340x1080, 6.50
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
PLS LCD, 2408x1080, 6.60
Motorola Moto G34
IPS, 1600x720, 6.50
Nokia G42
IPS, 1612x720, 6.56
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
AMOLED, 2400x1080, 6.67
Screen
-169%
-27%
-116%
7%
Brightness middle
705
579
-18%
523
-26%
495
-30%
658
-7%
Brightness
701
543
-23%
512
-27%
452
-36%
663
-5%
Brightness Distribution
96
87
-9%
95
-1%
84
-12%
98
2%
Black Level *
0.57
0.47
0.5
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
1.88
7.6
-304%
1.89
-1%
6.09
-224%
1.4
26%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
4.57
12.7
-178%
4.63
-1%
9.35
-105%
2.7
41%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.5
8.7
-480%
3.1
-107%
5.8
-287%
1.7
-13%
Gamma
2.116 104%
2.23 99%
2.262 97%
2.325 95%
2.23 99%
CCT
6501 100%
9344 70%
6471 100%
8169 80%
6504 100%
Contrast
1016
1113
990

* ... 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 90 Hz

The display backlight flickers at 90 Hz (worst case, e.g., utilizing PWM) .

The frequency of 90 Hz is very low, so the flickering may cause eyestrain and headaches after extended use.

In comparison: 53 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 17900 (minimum: 5 - maximum: 3846000) Hz was measured.

minimum brightness
minimum brightness
25% brightness
25% brightness
50% brightness
50% brightness
75% brightness
75% brightness
100% brightness
100% brightness

Measurement series with fixed zoom level and different brightness settings

Using the color mode "Natural", which can be found in the phone's screen settings, we achieved a very accurate display of colors and grayscale in our tests using a spectrophotometer and CalMAN software. This means that the screen can also be used for professional purposes.

CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN grayscale
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN color accuracy
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN sRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN AdobeRGB color space
CalMAN DCI P3 color space
CalMAN DCI P3 color space
CalMAN saturation
CalMAN saturation

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
1.3 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.6 ms rise
↘ 0.7 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.1 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 3 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (21.5 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
1.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 0.8 ms rise
↘ 0.8 ms fall
The screen shows very fast response rates in our tests and should be very well suited for fast-paced gaming.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.2 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 4 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is better than the average of all tested devices (33.7 ms).

Outside and with the phone's brightness sensor activated, the display usually manages to display content in a way that you can still recognize it despite the sky being reflected. Still, it is a lot more comfortable to work in darker locations.

Its viewing angles are unobjectionable, so the display is also easy to read from the side.

Outdoor use
Outdoor use
Viewing angles
Viewing angles

Performance – More power would be good

Although the Samsung Galaxy A15 5G features a new SoC compared to last year's Galaxy A14 5G, it can't really be classed as a step forward, as it only offers minimal improvements. The MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ works with exactly the same cores and clock rate as the SoC in the predecessor model—it is just manufactured using the slightly more efficient 6 nm process.

Unfortunately, the SoC's performance isn't very impressive—even for this relatively inexpensive price class. In the vast majority of benchmarks, the Galaxy A15 5G only managed to occupy the last few places and every now and then, it achieved average results within the comparison field. These days, you can find much more powerful smartphones for a similar price, and you notice this during everyday use, too: You will often find yourself waiting for things to load and dealing with dropped frames when using the phone.

Geekbench 5.5
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (119 - 2138, n=218, last 2 years)
916 Points +70%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
676 Points +26%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
642 Points +19%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
554 Points +3%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
538 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (521 - 538, n=3)
530 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
525 Points -2%
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (473 - 6681, n=218, last 2 years)
3004 Points +69%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
1954 Points +10%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1794 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1780 Points
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1700 Points -4%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (1589 - 1780, n=3)
1694 Points -5%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1643 Points -8%
Geekbench 6.2
Single-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (193 - 2930, n=103, last 2 years)
1409 Points +104%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
907 Points +31%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
746 Points +8%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (690 - 699, n=3)
694 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
690 Points
Multi-Core
Average of class Smartphone
  (845 - 7408, n=103, last 2 years)
3888 Points +114%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
2020 Points +11%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1917 Points +6%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (1814 - 1944, n=3)
1890 Points +4%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1814 Points
Antutu v9 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone
  (102602 - 1650926, n=153, last 2 years)
738503 Points +146%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
395991 Points +32%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (300573 - 353627, n=3)
332388 Points +11%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
308581 Points +3%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
300573 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
Points -100%
PCMark for Android - Work 3.0
Average of class Smartphone
  (4761 - 21385, n=213, last 2 years)
11798 Points +31%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
11314 Points +25%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
10492 Points +16%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
9018 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (8482 - 9018, n=3)
8832 Points -2%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
8038 Points -11%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
7953 Points -12%
CrossMark - Overall
Average of class Smartphone
  (200 - 1474, n=165, last 2 years)
837 Points +68%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
598 Points +20%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
539 Points +8%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
534 Points +7%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
525 Points +5%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (499 - 524, n=3)
515 Points +3%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
499 Points
BaseMark OS II
Overall
Average of class Smartphone
  (411 - 11438, n=165, last 2 years)
5745 Points +99%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
3644 Points +26%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
3337 Points +16%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3311 Points +15%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2884 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (2808 - 2884, n=3)
2841 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2825 Points -2%
System
Average of class Smartphone
  (2376 - 16475, n=165, last 2 years)
9678 Points +47%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
7037 Points +7%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
6975 Points +6%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
6591 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
6437 Points -2%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (5137 - 6591, n=3)
5839 Points -11%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
5508 Points -16%
Memory
Average of class Smartphone
  (670 - 12716, n=165, last 2 years)
6250 Points +111%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
4065 Points +37%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
4005 Points +35%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
3991 Points +35%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3715 Points +26%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (2959 - 3784, n=3)
3301 Points +12%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2959 Points
Graphics
Average of class Smartphone
  (697 - 58651, n=165, last 2 years)
14101 Points +409%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
4360 Points +58%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
4001 Points +45%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
3826 Points +38%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2768 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (2749 - 2768, n=3)
2759 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
2676 Points -3%
Web
Average of class Smartphone
  (10 - 2145, n=165, last 2 years)
1494 Points +17%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
1434 Points +12%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1282 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (1159 - 1282, n=3)
1240 Points -3%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
1213 Points -5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
1184 Points -8%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
1083 Points -16%
UL Procyon AI Inference for Android - Overall Score NNAPI
Average of class Smartphone
  (207 - 84787, n=150, last 2 years)
21814 Points +247%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (6283 - 6895, n=3)
6542 Points +4%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
6303 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
6283 Points
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
5790 Points -8%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
5395 Points -14%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
5126 Points -18%
AImark - Score v3.x
Average of class Smartphone
  (298 - 245629, n=105, last 2 years)
17833 Points +1731%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 6100+, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
974 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
  (905 - 987, n=3)
955 Points -2%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
MediaTek Dimensity 700, Mali-G57 MP2, 4096
949 Points -3%
Motorola Moto G34
Qualcomm Snapdragon 695 5G, Adreno 619, 4096
426 Points -56%
Nokia G42
Qualcomm Snapdragon 480 Plus 5G, Adreno 619, 6144
413 Points -58%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 Gen 1, Adreno 619, 6144
Points -100%

The SoC doesn't impress in terms of its graphics performance, either: Most of the comparison devices were able to deliver more power. So, if you enjoy playing games or would like to use more demanding apps, then you should probably look elsewhere.

3DMark / Wild Life Extreme Unlimited
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
354 Points +9%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
325 Points
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
310 Points -5%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
288 Points -11%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
Points -100%
3DMark / Wild Life Extreme
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
364 Points +8%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
336 Points
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
324 Points -4%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
294 Points -12%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
Points -100%
3DMark / Wild Life Unlimited Score
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1206 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1204 Points
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1139 Points -5%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
970 Points -19%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
Points -100%
3DMark / Wild Life Score
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1228 Points
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
1212 Points -1%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
1191 Points -3%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
984 Points -20%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
Points -100%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2846 Points +4%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2799 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2741 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2677 Points -2%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited Graphics
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2347 Points +3%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2289 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2269 Points
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2231 Points -2%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (Vulkan) Unlimited
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2413 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2393 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2359 Points
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2336 Points -1%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Physics
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3618 Points +9%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3359 Points +1%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3327 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3231 Points -3%
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited Graphics
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2590 Points +11%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2448 Points +5%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2347 Points 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2336 Points
3DMark / Sling Shot Extreme (ES 3.1) Unlimited
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2709 Points +8%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2605 Points +4%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2546 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2502 Points
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Onscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
108 fps +100%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
83 fps +54%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
58 fps +7%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
56 fps +4%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
54 fps
GFXBench (DX / GLBenchmark) 2.7 / T-Rex Offscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
94 fps +54%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
85 fps +39%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
81 fps +33%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
64 fps +5%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
61 fps
GFXBench 3.0 / Manhattan Onscreen OGL
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
75 fps +108%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
62 fps +72%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
36 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
36 fps
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
27 fps -25%
GFXBench 3.0 / 1080p Manhattan Offscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
47 fps +18%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
43 fps +8%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
41 fps +3%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
40 fps
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
36 fps -10%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Onscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
63 fps +186%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
51 fps +132%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
25 fps +14%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
22 fps
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
21 fps -5%
GFXBench 3.1 / Manhattan ES 3.1 Offscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
34 fps +36%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
31 fps +24%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
29 fps +16%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
25 fps
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
24 fps -4%
GFXBench / Car Chase Onscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
35 fps +192%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
28 fps +133%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
15 fps +25%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
12 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
12 fps
GFXBench / Car Chase Offscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
20 fps +33%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
17 fps +13%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
16 fps +7%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
15 fps 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
15 fps
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Onscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
24 fps +179%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
19 fps +121%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
11 fps +28%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
8.6 fps
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7.9 fps -8%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
8.2 fps +44%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
7.1 fps +25%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
6.5 fps +14%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5.7 fps
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
5.3 fps -7%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Onscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
38 fps +171%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
30 fps +114%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
17 fps +21%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
14 fps
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
12 fps -14%
GFXBench / Aztec Ruins Normal Tier Offscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
21 fps +40%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
20 fps +33%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
18 fps +20%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
15 fps
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
14 fps -7%
GFXBench / 4K Aztec Ruins High Tier Offscreen
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
3.6 fps +50%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Adreno 619, SD 4 Gen 1, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
3.1 fps +29%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2.9 fps +21%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2.4 fps
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
2.3 fps -4%

When loading large websites, you'll have to make do with some waiting times now and then—especially when waiting for images to load in. During the benchmarks, our test sample may have been good enough to achieve average results, but this also has to do with its more up-to-date browser version.

Jetstream 2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (13.8 - 351, n=173, last 2 years)
106.1 Points +41%
Motorola Moto G34 (Chrome 122)
105.304 Points +40%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G (Chrome 122)
75.019 Points
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ (74.5 - 75, n=3)
74.8 Points 0%
Nokia G42 (Chrome 115)
65.687 Points -12%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G (Chrome 113.0.5672.76)
58.044 Points -23%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G (Chrome 112)
48.955 Points -35%
Speedometer 2.0 - Result
Average of class Smartphone (14.9 - 445, n=157, last 2 years)
107.1 runs/min +90%
Motorola Moto G34 (Chrome 122)
80.1 runs/min +42%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ (56.5 - 63.3, n=3)
59 runs/min +4%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G (Chrome 122)
56.5 runs/min
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G (Chrome 113.0.5672.76)
48.5 runs/min -14%
Nokia G42 (Chrome 115)
47.6 runs/min -16%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G (Chrome 112)
34.4 runs/min -39%
WebXPRT 4 - Overall
Motorola Moto G34 (Chrome 122)
111 Points +48%
Average of class Smartphone (22 - 202, n=160, last 2 years)
100.2 Points +34%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ (75 - 79, n=3)
77.7 Points +4%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G (Chrome 122)
75 Points
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G (Chrome 113.0.5672.76)
68 Points -9%
Nokia G42 (Chrome 115)
63 Points -16%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G (2111)
50 Points -33%
Octane V2 - Total Score
Average of class Smartphone (4633 - 89112, n=212, last 2 years)
33588 Points +54%
Motorola Moto G34 (Chrome 122)
31647 Points +45%
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ (21764 - 22617, n=3)
22165 Points +2%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G (Chrome 122)
21764 Points
Nokia G42 (Chrome 115)
20689 Points -5%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G (Chrome 113.0.5672.76)
19867 Points -9%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G (Chrome 112)
15352 Points -29%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G (Chrome 112)
2337.2 ms * -17%
Nokia G42 (Chrome 115)
2279.9 ms * -14%
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G (Chrome 113.0.5672.76)
2117.2 ms * -6%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G (Chrome 122)
2002.7 ms *
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+ (1984 - 2003, n=3)
1992 ms * +1%
Average of class Smartphone (388 - 9999, n=173, last 2 years)
1595 ms * +20%
Motorola Moto G34 (Chrome 122)
1298.2 ms * +35%

* ... smaller is better

Its storage actually even seems to be worse off than that of the Samsung Galaxy A14 5G: The storage controller proved to be much slower and this became especially apparent during the sequential reading test.

Even so, compared to other smartphones within this price class, the Galaxy A15 5G is at least on par when it comes to its storage speed.

Samsung Galaxy A15 5GSamsung Galaxy A14 5GMotorola Moto G34Nokia G42Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5GAverage 128 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
AndroBench 3-5
14%
-4%
-11%
-9%
6%
93%
Sequential Read 256KB
499.6
849.3
70%
524.1
5%
492.5
-1%
520.09
4%
Sequential Write 256KB
498.1
469.83
-6%
495
-1%
461.8
-7%
505.55
1%
Random Read 4KB
194
193.63
0%
192.1
-1%
183.3
-6%
170.61
-12%
Random Write 4KB
223.5
204
-9%
180.2
-19%
161.1
-28%
161.26
-28%
182.5 ?(68.8 - 419, n=61)
-18%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5GMotorola Moto G34Average 128 GB UFS 2.2 FlashAverage of class Smartphone
PCMark for Android
16%
12%
149%
Storage 2.0 seq. read int.
449 ?(3.0.4061)
462 ?(3.0.4061)
3%
Storage 2.0 seq. write int.
372 ?(3.0.4061)
420 ?(3.0.4061)
13%
Storage 2.0 random read int.
27.7 ?(3.0.4061)
29 ?(3.0.4061)
5%
Storage 2.0 random write int.
29 ?(3.0.4061)
41.9 ?(3.0.4061)
44%
Storage 2.0
16516 ?(3.0.4061)
18862 ?(3.0.4061)
14%

Games – More basic gaming

Gaming is fun on the Samsung Galaxy A15 5G as long as you don't set your expectations all too high: The phone can display games like Genshin Impact or PUBG Mobile at 30fps with high details, however, the frame rates aren't reliable and we noted frequent drops.

If you set the details to low, then you can actually expect up to 40fps—but its stability still isn't great. We measured our frame rates using the software from GameBench.

All-in-all, the Samsung phone is more suitable for gamers who are happy with casual gaming or who don't mind the odd dropped frame when playing something more demanding.

During our test, controlling games via the touchscreen and (if applicable) the position sensor worked flawlessly.

PUBG Mobile
PUBG Mobile
Genshin Impact
Genshin Impact
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Samsung Galaxy A15 5G; Genshin Impact; lowest 120 fps: Ø35.4 (13-46)
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G; Genshin Impact; highest 120 fps: Ø23.2 (9-30)
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G; PUBG Mobile; Smooth: Ø37.4 (26-41)
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G; PUBG Mobile; HD: Ø29.1 (21-31)

Emissions – The Galaxy A15 5G gets quite warm

Temperature

After being under load for a longer period of time, we noted up to 45.5 °C on the surface of the phone. This is clearly noticeable and it might get a little uncomfortable—not to mention the fact we took these measurements at room temperature. Higher ambient temperatures could lead the temperatures to rise even further.

On a positive note, the phone's high temperatures don't impact the SoC's performance: Even after 20 runs of one benchmark, the frame rates remained stable. 

Max. Load
 42.5 °C
109 F
34.6 °C
94 F
33.1 °C
92 F
 
 43.4 °C
110 F
35.6 °C
96 F
32.9 °C
91 F
 
 42.3 °C
108 F
39.2 °C
103 F
32.7 °C
91 F
 
Maximum: 43.4 °C = 110 F
Average: 37.4 °C = 99 F
31.9 °C
89 F
33.3 °C
92 F
44.2 °C
112 F
32.3 °C
90 F
33.7 °C
93 F
45.5 °C
114 F
32 °C
90 F
36.5 °C
98 F
44.4 °C
112 F
Maximum: 45.5 °C = 114 F
Average: 37.1 °C = 99 F
Power Supply (max.)  41.9 °C = 107 F | Room Temperature 21 °C = 70 F | Fluke t3000FC (calibrated), Voltcraft IR-260
(±) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 37.4 °C / 99 F, compared to the average of 32.7 °C / 91 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 43.4 °C / 110 F, compared to the average of 35 °C / 95 F, ranging from 21.9 to 56 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 45.5 °C / 114 F, compared to the average of 33.8 °C / 93 F
(+) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 23.3 °C / 74 F, compared to the device average of 32.7 °C / 91 F.

3DMark Wild Life Stress Test

3DMark
Wild Life Stress Test Stability
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.5 % 0%
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.4 % 0%
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
99.4 % 0%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.3 %
Wild Life Extreme Stress Test
Nokia G42
Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
99.5 % +2%
Motorola Moto G34
Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash
98.7 % +1%
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
98.4 % +1%
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash
97.4 %
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Samsung Galaxy A15 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø2.02 (1.986-2.04)
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø1.978 (1.957-1.988)
Motorola Moto G34 Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.4.1: Ø2.16 (2.15-2.18)
Nokia G42 Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Extreme Stress Test; 1.1.0.2: Ø1.747 (1.744-1.754)
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 6100+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø7.34 (7.3-7.35)
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G Mali-G57 MP2, Dimensity 700, 64 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability: Ø7.2 (7.18-7.21)
Motorola Moto G34 Adreno 619, SD 695 5G, 128 GB UFS 2.1 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø7.24 (7.23-7.28)
Nokia G42 Adreno 619, SD 480+, 128 GB UFS 2.2 Flash; Wild Life Stress Test Stability; 0.0.0.0: Ø5.88 (5.86-5.9)
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Heat map front
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Speaker

The speaker on the bottom edge delivers good mono sound even at high volumes. You shouldn't expect low mids or bass and its sound is a little treble-heavy. As a result, voices and vocals are quite easy to understand, but music has little fullness overall and movie effects sound a little weak.

You can get more oomph by connecting external speakers or headphones. This works via the analogue 3.5mm audio jack as well as via Bluetooth. With Samsung, you shouldn't expect too much choice when it comes to wireless audio codecs: In addition to the in-house SSC, which is mainly supported by Samsung headphones, there is SBC, aptX, LDAC and AAC available.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2037.637.92537.637.23130.728.14033.431.95038.433.56324.526.38016.524.110015.820.712513.129.216014.6372008.641.12507.846.83157.252.24008.558.250010.161.463010.961.980010.969.3100012.667.512509.174.416009.672.5200010.174.5250010.869.9315012.769.9400013.265.6500015.272.8630014.373.2800015.3771000016.167.11250016.359.61600017.252.4SPL24.983.7N0.656.8median 12.6median 65.6Delta2.98.930.734.720.835.31931.217.134.233.440.120.940.116.638.720.541.416.54214.742.21445.414.349.213.154.613.660.313.267.312.370.212.572.211.979.312.678.812.979.113.379.612.578.813.480.513.98313.983.113.580.713.776.313.977.713.576.413.761.825.391.50.787.4median 13.5median 76.40.79.7hearing rangehide median Pink NoiseSamsung Galaxy A15 5GXiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 27.8% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (11% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | higher mids - on average 5.7% higher than median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 5.2% higher than median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (8.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (22.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 40% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 53% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 60% of all tested devices were better, 7% similar, 34% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (91.5 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 30.6% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (4.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(±) | reduced mids - on average 5.9% lower than median
(+) | mids are linear (5.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 3.7% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (3% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (18.9% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 17% of all tested devices in this class were better, 9% similar, 74% worse
» The best had a delta of 12%, average was 38%, worst was 134%
Compared to all devices tested
» 39% of all tested devices were better, 8% similar, 54% worse
» The best had a delta of 4%, average was 25%, worst was 134%

Battery life – Speedy charging and good runtimes

Power consumption

The phone's power consumption is relatively low, so the SoC's efficiency improvements seem to work well compared to its predecessor.

The smartphone can be charged at up to 25 watts. A charger is not included in the package, but the smartphone worked without any problems using all the different branded chargers we tested. Its increased charging power compared to its predecessor also reduces how long the device takes to charge: it takes a maximum of 2 hours to fully charge the 5,000 mAh battery.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.1 / 0.2 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.1 / 1.3 / 1.5 Watt
Load midlight 2.6 / 4.7 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 A15 5G
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
5000 mAh
Motorola Moto G34
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
5000 mAh
Average MediaTek Dimensity 6100+
 
Average of class Smartphone
 
Power Consumption
-25%
-10%
-21%
5%
-39%
Idle Minimum *
1.1
0.64
42%
1
9%
0.99
10%
1.05 ?(1 - 1.1, n=2)
5%
Idle Average *
1.3
2.1
-62%
1.5
-15%
1.98
-52%
1.25 ?(1.2 - 1.3, n=2)
4%
Idle Maximum *
1.5
2.17
-45%
1.8
-20%
2.02
-35%
Load Average *
2.6
3.73
-43%
3.2
-23%
3.35
-29%
2.45 ?(2.3 - 2.6, n=2)
6%
Load Maximum *
4.7
5.44
-16%
4.8
-2%
4.72
-0%

* ... smaller is better

Power consumption: Geekbench (150 cd/m²)

00.20.50.70.91.21.41.61.92.12.32.62.833.23.53.73.94.24.4Tooltip
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G; Geekbench 5.5 Power Consumption 150cd: Ø2.71 (1.132-4.64)
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.185 (1.11-1.353)

Power consumption: GFXBench (150 cd/m²)

00.10.30.40.60.70.911.21.31.51.61.71.922.22.32.52.62.8Tooltip
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G; 1920x1080 Aztec Ruins Normal Offscreen: Ø2.71 (2.57-2.9)
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G; Idle 150cd/m2: Ø1.185 (1.11-1.353)

Runtimes

In terms of runtimes, the Galaxy A15 5G proves to be quite competitive within its price range—but it fell slightly short compared to its direct predecessor. The phone lasted significantly shorter, especially when measuring its idle runtimes, i.e. without a high load.

However, lasting for over 16 hours in our WLAN test, it should still be enough for a rainy day on your phone without needing to charge. Almost 19:18 hours of video playback from the internal storage is just not enough to watch all 8 Harry Potter movies in one go.

The phone lasted for 5:38 hours under load, so you can easily play games for that long.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
29h 15min
WiFi Websurfing
16h 05min
Big Buck Bunny H.264 1080p
19h 18min
Load (maximum brightness)
5h 38min
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G
5000 mAh
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
5000 mAh
Motorola Moto G34
5000 mAh
Nokia G42
5000 mAh
Xiaomi Redmi Note 12 5G
5000 mAh
Battery Runtime
13%
-3%
-3%
-8%
Reader / Idle
1755
2558
46%
1472
-16%
1668
-5%
H.264
1158
1111
-4%
1205
4%
1065
-8%
WiFi v1.3
965
1029
7%
995
3%
933
-3%
645
-33%
Load
338
340
1%
329
-3%
388
15%

Pros

+ bright AMOLED screen
+ ultra-wide-angle camera
+ 5G and NFC on board
+ long update promise
+ fast charging
+ good locating accuracy
+ speedy fingerprint sensor
+ runtimes fit for everyday use

Cons

- susceptible to fingerprint marks
- screen flickers
- relatively low power
- wide-angle lens' field of view is quite narrow
- no charger included with phone

Verdict – Recommended thanks to its improvements

Samsung Galaxy A15 5G review. Test device provided by:
Samsung Galaxy A15 5G review. Test device provided by:
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It's quite affordable, still supports 5G and new features include a Full HD AMOLED screen, an ultra-wide-angle camera, faster charging and 5 years of security updates—the Samsung Galaxy A15 5G has been given some important updates which, on the one hand, keep it from trailing behind the competition. But on the other hand, the manufacturer has made it clear that you can still get a good variety of features for little money. 

A few smaller compromises spoil the fun surrounding the inexpensive mid-range phone's good features ever so slightly: Samsung has made its update promise a little shaky by adding the phrasing "up to", you don't get a charger with the phone and its ultra-wide-angle lens offers a much worse field of view than other phones.

If you want to use your phone without a protective case, then you'll have to get used to fingerprint marks on the back and you'll first have to spend some time uninstalling pre-installed software if you seek a pure system. Samsung could've done with giving its affordable phone even more power, too, as you will sometimes have to make do with the occasional dropped frame and waiting times.

Even so, there is a lot about the Galaxy A15 5G that we like: Its relatively precise location services, reliable WLAN, good runtimes and bright display, just to name a few. In total, this makes the Samsung phone into a very high-quality choice.

Samsung's Galaxy A15 5G is a worthy affordable mid-range phone that, compared to its predecessor, brings improvements in all the right areas.

If you don't place much importance on an AMOLED screen, then you can get the phone's predecessor for little money, namely the Galaxy A14 5G. Another viable alternative is the Motorola Moto G34 5G, although you will have to make do with a lower-res screen.

Price and availability

Currently, you can get the Galaxy A15 5G from Amazon for US$199.99.

Samsung Galaxy A15 5G - 03/27/2024 v7
Florian Schmitt

Chassis
82%
Keyboard
65 / 75 → 87%
Pointing Device
88%
Connectivity
50 / 70 → 71%
Weight
88%
Battery
91%
Display
91%
Games Performance
26 / 64 → 41%
Application Performance
69 / 86 → 80%
Temperature
89%
Noise
100%
Audio
70 / 90 → 78%
Camera
58%
Average
74%
80%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

Transparency

The present review sample was made available to the author as a loan by the manufacturer or a shop for the purposes of review. The lender had no influence on this review, nor did the manufacturer receive a copy of this review before publication. There was no obligation to publish this review.

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