Review Samsung Galaxy A01 Core: compact design, Android 10 Go and high price [análise/vídeo]

THE Samsung Galaxy A01 Core is the new entry phone from the South Korean manufacturer in Brazil. The Galaxy A line model does not promise “absurd screen and camera”, as the company’s jingle points out, but it still seems to meet the needs of those looking for a compact smartphone to access social networks, send messages, among other basic tasks. .

Charging dearly, Samsung delivers a 5.3-inch screen, a single 8-megapixel camera and a 3,000 mAh battery. But how does the smartphone behave on a daily basis? Is it worth what it costs? The Galaxy A01 Core has been my primary phone for the past few days and I’ll tell you about the experience in the next few minutes.

Review of the Samsung Galaxy A01 Core on video

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Design

In a market dominated by large cell phones, the Galaxy A01 Core targets the consumer who tries to escape this trend and manages to please. In the company’s words, the device “has a compact shape and an ergonomic design”, features that I like – even more so because the device fits well in my hands.

Do you already know the Galaxy A01? If so, you have certainly noticed that the Core does not resemble the conventional version at all, at least in design. For a basic product, Samsung did not give up on a good finish; it’s not spectacular, but it’s not bad either.

What draws the most attention are the diagonal lines at the rear that reinforce the grip. In addition to helping to prevent the cell phone from slipping out of your hands, the material does not yet accumulate fingerprints.

Buttons and outputs are well distributed on the device. The audio output is located at the bottom, unlike the conventional A01, which received the speaker at the rear. Back to the Core, the P2 headphone and Micro-USB inputs remain in the lower area. Unfortunately, the brand was limited on Micro-USB.

At first glance, the Galaxy A01 Core makes a good impression, but you will take the phone in your hand, you may even enjoy the finish, but you will miss something. And let me tell you: fingerprint reader is not present in the model. You will have to use the numeric password, as it doesn’t even offer facial recognition.

At a time when virtually all manufacturers are betting on more robust security systems, with digital readers appearing even on entry devices, there is no doubt that Samsung has hit the ball badly.

Screen and sound

At least up front the company will win over the majority of consumers. I say this because the basic configuration of the screen is actually good for the category. Samsung is already known for having excellent panels and I could see this care also in the A01 Core. We have here a 5.3 inch PLS TFT LCD panel, HD + resolution (1480 x 720 pixels).

Galaxy A01 Core screen

Because I am alive and bright, I did not have to resort to maximum brightness to read content on the internet and watch movies on Netflix, a situation completely different from other accessible smartphones that I have already tested. In sunlight, you won’t have to turn the brightness to maximum to see the information on the screen.

For some more demanding consumers, the edges present in the front area can be annoying. They impair immersion a little while playing, but it is good to remember that this device is not dedicated for this purpose; we’ll talk better later. In social networks, the experience is acceptable, just like on YouTube.

Image showing various fish on the Galaxy A01 Core screen

And since we are talking about borders, you may have noticed that the drop-shaped notch has given way to a very prominent forehead, right?

The speaker, however, did not please me very much. He’s loud, but listening to music at full volume becomes a negative experience, because it seems like all the instruments are fighting. The experience is always more favorable when connecting a headset, but the model sent by Samsung is not of quality, at least the accessory will do the job for a portion of consumers, no doubt.

Software

In the software we have significant changes. First, it leaves the factory with Android 10 Go Edition, a lighter version of Google’s operating system, which aims to serve more basic smartphones like the Galaxy A01 Core.

Second, the phone brings some lighter applications to run without gagging. Present (pre-installed): Google Assistant Go, Google Go, Gallery Go and Facebook Lite. Other applications that are part of the search giant’s package are also available.

Android 10 on Galaxy A01 Core

Still in August 2020, when the A01 Core was launched in Brazil, Samsung announced that Spotify Lite would be shipped on the device. The simpler version consumes less data than the normal version. So, if you are a regular user of the music streaming platform, this is good news.

As expected, these apps mentioned here ran smoothly during the trial period.

It is nothing new for anyone else that Samsung has one of the best interfaces on the market. And how good it is to see this quality in branded entry phones. The A01 Core provides the user with a clean, fluid and easy to navigate interface. In addition, dark mode is available, working perfectly with compatible apps.

Camera

Samsung still manufactures devices with a lens and the Galaxy A01 Core is proof of that. For an affordable product, the South Korean device even won me over with photography. This model received an 8 megapixel camera with an aperture of f / 2.2. For comparison, the conventional A01 has two 13-megapixel and 2-megapixel lenses.

Galaxy A01 Core rear camera

The A01 Core can deliver images with intense colors, but without overdoing it. The clarity also pleased me, but I could see a certain difficulty in working with dark tones. Under these circumstances, the processor does not value colors, making room for noise. As usual, recording in dark environments is not his forte.

Here at the front, the 5 megapixel (f / 2.4) selfie camera produces very saturated images and can exaggerate the face, even in a well-lit environment. Running away from noises is almost impossible, at least they are not strongly emphasized.

Again, considering the category, the Galaxy A01 Core has a photographic set until acceptable and will suit you looking for the basics. My compliment still extends to the camera app, which is the same as that of other more expensive devices of the brand and is still easy to navigate.

Hardware and battery

Samsung is wrong to put a 2020 product on the market with a 2017 processor. The company opted for a quad-core MediaTek MT6739, the same chip as the Moto E6 Play, which I tested and performed disappointingly. But here on the Galaxy A01 Core I didn’t notice many gagging during the days I stayed with the phone and Android Go enters the scene here as an ally in good performance.

As I mentioned earlier, basic applications for everyday life run without suffocation, yet there is no way to avoid small problems when opening other apps that are not part of the “Go” or “Lite” line, but this is not always the case. The Instagram app was the only one that irritated me during the evaluation, as producing stories became a challenge with constant crashes.

Asphalt 8 on the Galaxy A01 Core

The A01 Core was made for basic tasks. This means that only light games can run well here. Despite this, I managed to play Call Of Duty and Asphalt 8 with the graphics at a minimum. Already Asphalt 9 it doesn’t run around here.

The specifications complete 2 GB of RAM and only 32 GB of internal storage. Be sure to use a microSD to store other data; you can insert a card up to 512 GB in the A01 Core. Taking advantage, the drawer still accepts two chips for simultaneous use.

Kit (box) with Galaxy A01 Core accessories

Still inside the brand placed a 3,000 mAh battery that should allow a day away from the sockets, if you just use the device for social networks and calls. Connected to Wi-Fi and with maximum brightness, an hour of YouTube made the battery go from 100% and drop to 81%; hard hours of Netflix and that number has dropped considerably to 43%.

I finished the test with 10 minutes of Asphalt 8 and 37% left.

Samsung sends a power supply for a measly 5 watts that makes the phone go from zero to 100% after 3 hours of 48 minutes. A very disappointing result, isn’t it?

Is Samsung Galaxy A01 Core worth it?

Although it fails to deliver fingerprint reader, facial recognition and USB-C input, the Samsung Galaxy A01 Core is still an interesting device. The excellent interface and other features that are found in more expensive models have been introduced here on the Core and this is very positive.

I would recommend it to anyone looking for an input device, but its price prevents me from making that statement.

Back of Galaxy A10 Core

The South Korean launched the smartphone in August for R $ 999. No, it is not worth paying for it. They must have realized that the price was not compatible and decided to leave it for R $ 849 on the official website in September 2020, while I evaluated the cell phone. But it is still expensive.

There are other more affordable options on the market that can deliver even more. For those who are on a tight budget and looking for an affordable product, be sure to review the LG K40S, K50S or the new K41S, which can be found at retail with a price equal to or less than the A01 Core and even delivers more battery , bigger screen, four cameras and digital reader. Other interesting options are Moto E6S and Philco Hit Plus.

In case you are looking at Nokia 2.3, know that the South Korean model leaves the Finnish device behind, considering that it did not do well in the tests of the Tecnoblog for losing breath in simple tasks.

Samsung Galaxy A01 Core – specs

  • Screen: 5.3 inch TFT LCD PLS and HD + resolution (1480 x 720 pixels)
  • Processor: MediaTek MT6739 (quad-core up to 1.5 GHz)
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: 32 GB, expandable with microSD up to 512 GB
  • Back camera: 8 megapixel, f / 2.2
  • Frontal camera: 5 megapixel, f / 2.4
  • Drums: 3000 mAh
  • Operational system: Android 10 Go Edition
  • Connectivity: Micro-USB, 3.5 mm headphone jack, dual-SIM, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n
  • Dimensions and weight: 141.7 x 67.5 x 8.6 mm, 150 g

Samsung Galaxy A01 Core

Pros

  • Compact design
  • Android 10 Go runs very well here and the interface is great
  • Good screen for the segment

Cons

  • Not worth R $ 999
  • Fingerprint reader and facial recognition are missing, see?
  • Battery could be more powerful
  • 2020 cell phone with micro-USB

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