It looks like an intermediary, but the name soon breaks that impression. THE Galaxy A02s is the new economic cell phone from Samsung for those who need the basics and don’t want to spend a lot of money. The model appears to be more sympathetic than the A01 Core and is slightly more advanced than the Galaxy A01, considered to be the predecessor of the A02s.
The new device has a large 6.5-inch screen, 5,000 mAh battery, triple camera, Snapdragon 450 processor and a beautiful design reminiscent of the advanced models of the Galaxy A line. Is this a good smartphone for those who only access social networks? Can you play, too? Is it worth paying more than R $ 1,000? I tested the Samsung Galaxy A02s in the last few days and answered these and other questions in this review.
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As with all entry-level phones, Samsung has saved on construction to favor the price. The Galaxy A02s is simple, but does not have that more conservative look of the A01 Core and is close to models like the Galaxy A21s, A31 and A51, at least in design. It is all plastic in the rear and the material is kind of rough with diagonal lines, presenting a beautiful effect when the light reflects there. The sides, also made of plastic, have a matte appearance and were even more attractive in the red version we analyzed.
Although the screen is a little bigger, the A02s keeps a good grip and I managed to move the device quietly with just one hand. However, the smartphone is a little heavier than the Galaxy A01, A10 and A11, but it is worth remembering that it has more battery than these three models and this may have influenced it here. The phone weighs 196 grams.
Unfortunately, Samsung did not add a fingerprint reader, so the screen must be unlocked by password or facial recognition. It’s a shame because other input devices like the Philco Hit P10, the recently launched Moto E7 Power and even the Positivo Q20 have this security system.
In addition, he is no exception: he has a cooktop module for the cameras and has three slots to use two nano-SIM cards and a MicroSD simultaneously; Samsung added a USB-C port at the bottom, a major breakthrough, and a 3.5mm audio jack. However, there is a setback: just as it did with the S21 line, the manufacturer does not send headphones in the box of the A02s, a somewhat unusual strategy, taking into account the public who is going to buy this model, is it not?
Screen and sound
The A02s’ screen is a 6.5-inch TFT LCD screen with HD + resolution (1600 x 720 pixels) with a drop-shaped notch (the Infinity-V) that hides the selfie camera. Although it is possible to notice the definition slightly impaired, especially in the icons, this model does not have a bad panel, the brightness has a good intensity, the colors are vivid and the black is a little weaker when compared to an AMOLED panel.
The slightly more prominent edges and chin do not spoil the navigation, except when the navigation bar was in the button type. This is because some applications, like Instagram, seemed to be squeezed on the screen due to the considerable area that these buttons occupy. To solve this, just change the gesture to the sliding mode.
The mono speaker is not loud and can be shrill when the volume is turned up, so I recommend you to use a headset to listen to music and watch movies or series.
From the factory, the device has been running Android 10 accompanied by the One UI Core 2.5 which is an interface similar to that of other more expensive devices in South Korea. They keep coming with several pre-installed apps: there’s the Galaxy Shop, Samsung Global Goals, the app transport app and Microsoft’s with Office, OneDrive, LinkedIn and Outlook (luckily you can uninstall them all).
For the rest, there is no news. The Galaxy A02s delivers an excellent and easy to navigate interface. Dark mode is available and works with compatible applications, you can install other themes and it brings the same wallpapers as the Galaxy A21s and other models that belong to the Galaxy A family.
In cameras, the smartphone stands out a little more than the Moto E7 Power, which only has two lenses. Samsung’s phone is equipped with a 13 megapixel main camera, a 2 megapixel macro and a 2 MP depth sensor, for portrait mode.
To be very straightforward, I don’t remember recently evaluating a device of this category with such a good main camera. However, this quality is only visible when the lighting conditions are favorable. In this situation, you can expect crisp, controlled noise and accurate color fidelity records. As usual, post-processing raises saturation, but nothing radical, luckily. The depth sensor (or dynamic focus) is not very accurate and I would like to test my patience with focusing difficulties.
The macro is not as interesting as the Galaxy A21s, which also has 2 megapixels of resolution. The image is very noisy, even in an environment with adequate lighting, and the sharpness is very detrimental. So far, nothing new, other models like this show similar results.
Unsurprisingly (again), the Galaxy A02s does not promise to deliver great night records. The definition is slightly impaired and it is possible to notice smudges in some areas of the image, especially in dark spots and where there is artificial lighting.
The front camera has 5 megapixels, in general, I liked it, although I noticed a little difficulty in balancing the exposure. In addition, the definition is satisfactory and the software does not soften the face too much, which is great. The blurring is well done, cropping the subject without problems, even when there is a lot of information in the scene.
Hardware and battery
In hardware, Samsung chose Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 450, the same chip that equips the Galaxy A11. The specifications complete 32 GB of storage, which I consider little for today, and 3 GB of RAM, an ok number. In short, this is a configuration for basic use and the device can even handle running some heavier games as long as the details are at a minimum. Still on the internal memory, the manufacturer allows inserting a MicroSD card of up to 1TB.
This hardware allows you to run Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and Google Chrome without many obstacles, only that multitasking is a weak point. Switching between apps takes a little longer, but if you’re not too demanding, this limitation shouldn’t bother you in practice.
I already gave a spoiler about his performance with games and my experience was as follows: Asphalt 8 runs well with reduced graphics and few chokes. And the same goes for PUBG, which, with the details in the smooth mode, was executed smoothly, even better than I expected. It is worth mentioning that Asphalt 9 is not available for download.
The 5,000 mAh battery is a considerable advance, all the more so because other entry-level models like the Galaxy A01, A10s and A11 have lower capacity. With this number, you can have battery for the whole day of use: I spent 1h30min on Netflix, 30 minutes browsing social networks and closed with 30 minutes of Asphalt 8. It was connected to Wi-Fi and with the screen brightness on maximum. Result: the battery went from 100% to 74%, excellent performance.
The feeding time did not cheer me up much. Samsung sends a plug adapter of only 5 watts that makes the A02s reach 50% after 1h57min connected to the outlet; to reach 100%, he needs another 2h26min, a huge amount of time. At least, according to Samsung, the phone accepts a 15 W charger.
Samsung Galaxy A02s: is it worth it?
It’s worth it, but with caution. The Galaxy A02s is a basic phone that was launched for R $ 1,400, that is, more expensive than some intermediaries from Motorola, Xiaomi and even Samsung itself. Fortunately, you can already find this device for about R $ 1,100 in e-commerce, it is still a high value, but this reduction movement is already positive.
The A02s has a satisfactory performance for the category, the cell phone runs the Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube application well; the screen has a quality I expected, after all Samsung does not disappoint in this regard; and the 5,000 mAh battery ensures that you have a charge for the whole day, depending on usage.
If you just want the essentials for everyday life, the South Korean model can be a good option when prices drop. It is also worth monitoring your rival, the Moto E7 Power, which, as I said earlier, loses a lens, but still looks similar when delivering a 6.5-inch screen, 5,000 mAh battery, 32 GB of internal memory and has a headset In the box.
Samsung Galaxy A02s
- Quality LCD panel
- Main camera does a good job
- Has USB-C
- Could have fingerprint reader
- No headset? Yea
- Launch price is high
- 5 watt charger is slow
- Screen: 6.5-inch TFT LCD HD + (1600 x 720 pixels);
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 octa-core 1.8 GHz and GPU Adreno 506;
- RAM: 3 GB;
- Internal storage: 32 GB, expandable by microSD card up to 1 TB;
- Frontal camera: 5 megapixels (f / 2.2);
- Triple rear camera:
- Main: 12 megapixels (f / 2.2);
- Macro: 2 megapixels (f / 2.4);
- Depth sensor: 2 megapixels (f / 2.4);
- Recording: FHD (1920 x 1080) at 30 fps;
- Drums: 5,000 mAh with 5 watt charger;
- Connections: 2G, 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b / g / n (2.4 GHz), Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, 3.5 mm headphone jack, USB-C;
- Sensors: accelerometer, light and proximity sensor;
- Operational system: Android 10 with One UI Core 2.5;
- Dimensions and weight: 164.2 x 75.9 x 9.1 mm, 196 grams.