Rumor | The Samsung Galaxy A82 5G will have a quarterly security-patch upgrade schedule on its launch
The Galaxy Quantum 2 has now been made official in the South Korean market. It is a phone that combines a 6.7-inch AMOLED display, triple rear cameras with a 64MP main sensor and a 4,500mAh battery in a form-factor that closely resembles the A52 or A72. However, unlike those mid-rangers, the Quantum 2's display is QHD in resolution and has a flagship-grade chipset. Well, ex-flagship, in truth: it runs One UI 3.1 on the Snapdragon 855+ SoC.
Those specs might make up for the fact that it is also projected to launch as the successor to the Galaxy A80 without that phone's distinctive flip-cam apparatus in other regions. (It has a very standard 10MP punch-hole selfie camera instead.). Should this be the case, it might come in at a ~US$500 price-point.
The Galaxy A82 5G has been added to Samsung's support website by name as a device that is eligible for a security patch upgrade once per quarter for the first 4 years or so post-launch. Newer devices, on the other hand, get 12 such upgrades per year.
They include the Galaxy S21 series, along with the Galaxy Z Folds, Z Flips and Notes 20. Furthermore, even older flagships such as the S20s, S10s and Notes 10 are still on the same monthly update schedule. Finally, they are joined by the Galaxy A52, the A52 5G and even the A50 (Enterprise Model).
Therefore, it is suprising that the A82 5G has been bumped down to the quarterly schedule, even prior to its launch as a brand new device. This might be explained by its older chipset: the Galaxy Tab S6 series is also on this security-patch list; then again, so are the Tab S7 and S7+.