Samsung Galaxy A12 review: Sluggish but stylish starter smartphone

The Galaxy A12 brings more than a facelift to Samsung's entry-level range. ...

Samsung’s Galaxy A12 budget smartphone is more than just an iterative update over the Galaxy A11 — with a bigger battery, another camera, and so much more on board. Value hunters will also appreciate that Samsung managed to keep its sub-$200 price tag. How well do these new upgrades fare? Let’s find out in our Samsung Galaxy A12 review.

$179 .99
Samsung Galaxy A12

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Samsung Galaxy A12 Buy it Now
$179 .99

What you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy A12

Samsung Galaxy A12 face up open to the app drawer

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  • Samsung Galaxy A12 (3GB, 32GB): $179.99
  • Samsung Galaxy A12 (4GB, 64GB): $189.99 / £169.99 / €179.99 / Rs. 13,999
  • Samsung Galaxy A12 (6GB, 128GB): $195.99 / Rs. 16,499

Samsung introduced its Galaxy A12 as a direct successor to the Galaxy A11 in November 2020 before bringing it to the US in April 2021. The Galaxy A12 offers a total of six different configurations, starting with as little as 2GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. However, only three are readily available in the United States right now (listed above). No matter which way you go, you’ll also have access to four color options — red, blue, black, and white.

Our Samsung Galaxy A12 arrived with Android 10 on board, though the Android 11 update with Samsung’s One UI 3.1 is available via OTA. It also ran the July 1, 2021 Android security patch at the time of testing. It should receive two years of software updates as well as four total years of security patches, which will carry the Galaxy A12 through late 2024 or early 2025.

See also: The best Samsung phones you can buy

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