Samsung Galaxy A40


Samsung Galaxy A40
Samsung Galaxy A40 (Galaxy A Series)
Graphics adapter
4096 MB 
5.9 inch 19.5:9, 2340 x 1080 pixel 437 PPI, capacitive touchscreen, Super AMOLED, Waterdrop notch, glossy: yes
64 GB eMMC Flash, 64 GB 
, 49.4 GB free
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio port, Card Reader: microSD up to 512 GB, dedicated, 1 Fingerprint Reader, NFC, Brightness Sensor, Sensors: acceleration sensor, gyroscope, proximity sensor, compass, FM radio
802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (a/b/g/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0, 2G (850/​900/​1800/​1900), 3G (B1/​B2/​B5/​B8), 4G (B1/​B3/​B5/​B7/​B8/​B20/​B38/​B40/​B41), Dual SIM, LTE, GPS
height x width x depth (in mm): 7.9 x 144.4 x 69.2 ( = 0.31 x 5.69 x 2.72 in)
3100 mAh Lithium-Polymer
Operating System
Android 9.0 Pie
Primary Camera: 16 MPix f/​1.7, phase-comparison AF, LED flash, videos @1080p/​30fps (camera 1); 5.0 MP, f/​2.2, wide-angle lens (camera 2)
Secondary Camera: 25 MPix f/​2.0
Additional features
Speakers: mono speaker at the bottom edge, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, charger, USB cable, headset, SIM tool, 24 Months Warranty, SAR value: 0.49 W/​kg (head), 1.34 W/​kg (body); LTE Cat. 12/13 (600 Mbps download, 150 Mbps upload), fanless
140 g ( = 4.94 oz / 0.31 pounds), Power Supply: 59 g ( = 2.08 oz / 0.13 pounds)
250 Euro



Average Score: 81.7% - good
Average of 2 scores (from 5 reviews)
price: - %, performance: 48%, features: 42%, display: 92% mobility: 82%, workmanship: 83%, ergonomy: 81%, emissions: 94%

Reviews for the Samsung Galaxy A40

85.4% Samsung Galaxy A40 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
The Galaxy A40 is an affordable mid-range smartphone that can be easily operated even with smaller hands. Thanks to numerous updates, it is very competitive in terms of price and performance. Find out more in our test. Update: Changed SoC label.
Samsung Galaxy A40 hands on review
Source: Techradar English
Stuck in the middle with a whole lot of Galaxy A series handsets, the A40 may get lost in crowd. It's a solid, if simple smartphone which doesn't have anything to really shout about.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 04/10/2019

Foreign Reviews

78% Samsung Galaxy A40
Source: German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/19/2019
Rating: Total score: 78% performance: 50% display: 100% mobility: 70% workmanship: 80%
Samsung tung nốt Galaxy A40 và A20e giá mềm
Source: Danviet VN→EN
Positive: Attractive price; decent hardware; nice cameras.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 04/12/2019
Trên tay Galaxy A40: Màn hình chất lượng, màu sắc bắt mắt và mức giá hợp lý
Source: Viettelstore VN→EN
Positive: Nice display; impressive color; attractive price; compact size; decent hardware.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/12/2019
Trên tay Samsung Galaxy A40: Màn hình đẹp, camera ổn và giá phải chăng
Source: FPT shop VN→EN
Positive: Nice display; decent cameras; good price.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/11/2019


Model: Samsung’s A series may not be marketed as much as the S series but make no mistake, the A series is very close to the S series in terms of performance and specs. The Galaxy A40 is one of the lower end phones in Samsung’s A series with the A90 being at the top. It comes in a beautiful and sleek body with a measurement of 144.3 x 69.1 x 7.9 mm. It is available in black, white, blue and coral colors. Despite being cheaper than the S series, it looks just as good as it. Unlike the S10 series with its hole punch cut-out for the cameras or better known as the Infinity-O display, the A series comes with the typical notch display or what Samsung calls as Infinity-U display. The Galaxy A40 sports a 5.9-inch super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,080 x 2,340 pixels in a 19:5:9 ratio. The pixel count might not be as high as the S10 but the display is still very clear and crisp for media playback and gaming. Brightness is also on the higher side making it very usable outdoors. The screen covers most of the front side, with a screen-to-body ratio of 85.7 %. For the processor, it comes with Samsung’s very own Exynos 7885 octa core CPU paired with the Mali-G71 GPU. There is 4 GB of RAM coupled with 64 GB of internal storage and an additional support for micro SD memory card via the dedicated slot (up to 512 GB). In all, the specs are good enough for some playing most of the graphics demanding games including PUBG and Fortnite albeit not in extreme settings.

As for the camera, the A40 comes with a dual camera setup. The main one is a 16 MP f/2.0 camera and the second one is a 5 MP f/2.2 ultra-wide camera. The cameras should be able to provide decent photo qualities. It also shoots videos in 4K resolution. The front facing camera is a 25 MP camera capable of shooting in Full-HD. Like the S series, the A series also has that rather important 3.5 mm audio jack. Call it a feature but to some, it is a basic requirement. The fingerprint reader is mounted at the back, where many users prefer it to be. Its placement is perfect as the phone itself is on the smaller side and when held, the finger naturally rests on the reader. While the S series offers the latest Bluetooth 5.0, the A40 is still stuck with the older Bluetooth 4.2. However, it does come with NFC. Powering all these is a 3100 mAh battery which is rather small for today’s standards, but it supports fast charging via its Type-C port. Despite being on the cheaper side, the Samsung Galaxy A40 is packed with features such as the AMOLED display that users would normally look for in a flagship. In many ways, the A40 and its bigger sibling, the A50 competes with Samsung’s very own Galaxy S10e. It is priced at around half the price without losing too much of the specs.

Hands-on article by Jagadisa Rajarathnam

ARM Mali-G71 MP2: Integrated GPU that can be found e.g. in the Mediatek Helio P23 SoC with 700 or 770 MHz clock speed. Supports OpenGL ES 3.2, Vulkan 1.0, OpenCL 2.0, DirectX 11 FL11_1 and RenderScript. Non demanding games should be playable with these graphics cards. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
7904: Exynos 7 Series SoC that includes two fast Cortex-A73 cores clocked at up to 1.8 GHz and six power efficient Cortex-A53 cores clocked at 1.6 GHz. The integrated LTE modem supports Cat.12 DL and Cat.13 UL. Compared to the older and faster Exynos 7885, the 7904 offers a slower clocked A73 cores (1.8 versus 2.2 GHz).» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

This display is quite big for a smartphone but frequently used for smartphones.

Large display-sizes allow higher resolutions. So, details like letters are bigger. On the other hand, the power consumption is lower with small screen diagonals and the devices are smaller, more lightweight and cheaper.  

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.14 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.

Samsung: The Samsung Group is composed of numerous international businesses, all united under the Samsung brand in South Korea. The meaning of the Korean word Samsung is "tristar" or "three stars". The Samsung brand is one of the most important brands of South Korea. Samsung is an international notebook manufacturer of medium size according market shares and reviews.

In 2015 and 2016, Samsung had a market share of around 24-25% in the global smartphone market and was undisputed market leader. In the laptop sector, Samsung is on the 8th place in the global manufacturer rankings from 2014-2016 with 1.7-2.7%.

In 2016 Samsung slipped into a crisis due to exploding smartphone batteries and a failed recall action.

81.7%: This rating should be considered to be average. This is because the proportion of notebooks which have a higher rating is approximately equal to the proportion which have a lower rating.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.
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Stefan Hinum, 2019-04-16 (Update: 2019-04-16)