In early 2021, Samsung launched the Galaxy A12 as one of their first smartphones to enliven competition in the lower middle segment. The Galaxy A12 still carries the DNA of the Galaxy A-Series which always prioritizes the camera sector as one of its main selling points, and of course the current design.
Like the capabilities of the Samsung Galaxy A12? Is this smartphone a suitable choice for users who like to capture everyday moments and show them off on social media? Come on , just take a look at our review.
Stylish smartphone for young people
The Galaxy A12 appears with a fresher design than some of the other A-series members, especially on the back cover. In the upper left corner there is still a square camera frame. What is unique, Samsung now uses two different finishes.
At about 75 percent from top to bottom, the back cover of the Galaxy A12 has a diagonal line texture that makes it feel solid in the hand, aka not slippery. While the rest on the bottom, the finishing is smoother.
The rest is just standard. This smartphone is a bit thick and heavy because the battery is also big. Ergonomic corners, not rigid. The port used is also USB Type-C, and has two SIM-card slots and a separate microSD slot.
On the front you’ll find a large 6.5-inch Infinity-V display with a resolution that’s unfortunately still HD +. The refresh rate is still 60Hz. Brightness, sharpness, and color presentation are classified as normal. It’s still ideal for enjoying a variety of content, but nothing special when compared to competing phones.
One thing that is a plus is the Widevine L1 certification. That means, the Galaxy A12 can play movies on Netflix in HD resolution. To support audio quality, Samsung doesn’t forget to immerse in Dolby Atmos technology.
With such a combination, we think the Samsung Galaxy A12 is a smartphone that is suitable for young people. The design is quite stylish. While the screen and audio are also okay for watching movies, and are fairly wide to support needs such as school or online lectures.
Able to shoot well in ideal light conditions
The Samsung Galaxy A12 carries a Square-typed Quad Camera which consists of a 48 megapixel main camera, a 5 megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 2 megapixel live focus camera and a 2 megapixel macro camera. For those who like selfies, there is an 8 megapixel camera on the front.
There aren’t many extra built-in modes that you can find. Apart from Auto, Samsung only provides Live Focus for shooting with bokeh effects, Pro for manual settings, Panorama, Macro, and Food. Night Mode? Unfortunately not yet. Maybe because of chipset limitations?
If we had to pick the one thing we liked best about the Galaxy A12, we might just mention the camera. The reason is, to take pictures in ideal light conditions, the photos turn out to be quite good in its price class. Details are fine, color saturation and contrast are mostly always on hand, and dynamic range is decent.
Even without Night Mode, it turns out that the Galaxy A12 can capture night photos with quality that we think is still okay. The sharpness and color have indeed decreased. But the overall photo results are still ideal enough for you to upload to social media.
For an ultra-wide camera, the photos are also pretty good with a distortion that is still fairly reasonable. With notes, as long as adequate light. For shooting at night, we don’t recommend that you use an ultra-wide camera. The results of the ultra-wide photo can be seen below:
Can be used to play games
Samsung buried the MediaTek Helio P35 chipset on the Galaxy A12. In order to compete with other phones in the same price class, it is clear that this chipset is far from tempting. Naturally, there are competitors who are already using Snapdragon 662 and Helio G85 at a cheaper price.
Helio P35 on the Galaxy A12 is accompanied by RAm 4 GB (as in the variant we reviewed) or 6 GB, with 128 GB of internal storage. Yes, at least even though the performance is less promising, you still get a large storage space for storing lots of files.
For everyday use, the performance of the Galaxy A12 is quite smooth. Samsung’s decision to use an HD + (not Full HD +) screen also helped put a lighter load on hardware. Besides that, the combination of the Helio P35 and the HD + screen is also not greedy.
Even though the performance is not that great, those of you who like to play games don’t need to worry too much. Galaxy A12 is still able to serve popular games like Mobile Legends which can be played with High graphic settings with HFR mode active. PUBG Mobile can too, as long as it is on a low setting. Both games run quite smoothly without any significant frame drops. Genshin Impact? Better to cancel your intention unless you are curious and have abundant internet data.
About the battery, the Galaxy A12 is armed with a capacity of 5,000 mAh which is very capable of accompanying activities all day long. Yes, as mentioned above, the hardware composition of this phone is not wasteful. Charging itself takes approximately 2 hours.
An interesting option for those who like to take photos
In conclusion, in our opinion, the Samsung Galaxy A12 is one of the options that you must consider, especially if you are a fan of the Samsung brand who likes to capture everyday moments to be displayed on social media. In terms of design, this smartphone is also suitable for various groups, and its performance is also adequate for casual wear styles.
The Samsung Galaxy A12 comes with three color choices of Haze and Mate, namely Black, White and Blue. For those interested, the Galaxy A12 retails for around $173 USD for the variant with 4GB / 128GB memory, and around $193 USD for the variant with 6GB / 128GB memory.
The advantages of the Samsung Galaxy A12:
- Attractive design in its class
- The main camera is okay for shooting in ideal light conditions
- Wide screen, Widevine L1 already
- Long battery life
- Large 128 GB storage
- Dolby Atmos
- Side fingerprint sensor
Weaknesses of the Samsung Galaxy A12:
- There is no Night Mode yet
- Less fierce performance than competing phones
- The screen resolution is still HD +
Samsung Galaxy A12 user profile:
Students and students
The Galaxy A12 is suitable for school children and students who need a device for online learning. The screen size is large, the battery is durable, and it’s still okay to play light games like Mobile Legends.
Those of you who work as housewives can make the Galaxy A12 a daily driver. A pretty good camera can help you capture exciting everyday moments with your children.
Users who are active on social media
If you are one of those people who frequently use smartphones to access social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and so on, then the Galaxy A12 is an attractive option for you.
Netflix fans and Korean dramas
Do you enjoy watching Korean films, TV series, or dramas on platforms like Netflix? Galaxy A12 already has Widevine L1 certification so that it can play content in HD resolution.
Online meetings are the most common activity during a pandemic. With a wide screen and a large battery, the Galaxy A12 is suitable for those of you who need a device for WFH.
An okay camera, large screen, and long battery life is the right combination for those of you who have online stores both on e-commerce and Instagram. With the Galaxy A12, you can run a fun business without having to worry about the battery running out quickly, and you can use the camera to take pictures of your merchandise and upload it to the storefront. Remember, a good photo will attract more buyers!
|Specification||Samsung Galaxy A12|
|Screen||Infinity-V 6.5 inch HD + PLS (20: 9)|
|SoC||MediaTek Helio P35|
|RAM||4 GB or 6 GB|
|Internal memory||128 GB (there is a microSD slot)|
|Rear Camera||48 MP + 5 MP ultrawide + 2 MP Live Focus + 2 MP macro|
|Selfie Camera||8 MP|
|Charging||15W fast charging|
|Operating system||Android 10 (One UI Core 2.5)|
|Connectivity||4G LTE, Wi-Fi b / g / n, Bluetooth 5.0, USB Type-C, 3.5mm headphone jack|
|Security System||Side fingerprint sensor, Secure Folder|
|Color||Black, White, Blue|