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The ultra-budget Samsung Galaxy A02s is headed for the US: new leak

The Galaxy A02s in all its known colors. (Source: Samsung)
The Galaxy A02s in all its known colors. (Source: Samsung)
Samsung has made the Galaxy A02s - a potential 2021 cost-effectiveness champ - official, but has yet to release it to any market. A new leak has led to speculation that the US will be first among them. The OEM has certified a number of A02s variants that could correspond to various carriers in the country.
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Samsung slipped the Galaxy A02s in very much under the radar in November 2020. It, as its name alone suggests, is an extremely affordable new smartphone: the OEM has indicated that it will start at around €150 (~US$183) on its February 2021 release to the European market.

A new leak suggest this super-budget prospect is also nearing a debut in the US market. SamMobile has found several new Galaxy A02s (SM-A025) variants that have been certified with the Bluetooth SIG. It is possible that they might be destined for different carriers, most likely AT&T (SM-A025A); Verizon (SM-A025V) and Cricket Wireless (SM-A025AZ).

Then again, there is also a new SM-A205U that could be a US unlocked variant. It has also surface on the Bluetooth SIG website, as well as on that of the Wi-Fi Alliance. The new leaks have led to theories that the Galaxy A02s will be priced at about US$150 in these new forms.

Should that be the case, the buyer will get a 6.5-inch HD TFT display with a V-shaped notch; 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage (albeit with a microSD slot that can support a 1TB card), 13+2+2MP triple rear cameras and no fingerprint sensor of any kind.

Samsung has yet to reveal exactly which SoC it runs on and which OS version it will keep on, although it looks most like these specs will turn out to be the Snapdragon 450 and One UI 2 based on Android 10 respectively.

The Galaxy A02s in its new leaks. (Source:  Bluetooth SIG, Wi-Fi Alliance via SamMobile)
The Galaxy A02s in its new leaks. (Source: Bluetooth SIG, Wi-Fi Alliance via SamMobile)
 
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-01-10 (Update: 2021-01-10)