Samsung Brings Affordable A Series Phones to U.S.

The cheapest one starts at $109.99 and some will get 5G this summer

Manufacturers have been pushing the price of smartphones into the stratosphere. Samsung’s nicely appointed collection of sub $500 devices could change the U.S market, or at least make consumers rethink their choices.

Samsung Galaxy A01
Samsung Galaxy A01.  Samsung

Samsung’s more affordable Galaxy A-Series is finally coming to the U.S. with an expanded lineup that starts with a 5.7-inch Android smartphone for $109.99 and will eventually include 5G.

What’s the A-Series: Samsung has traditionally sold its A-Series outside the U.S., especially in developing countries. These smartphones typically feature last generation components, screens, and camera technology, but are always considerably cheaper than top-of-the line S-series phones like the Samsung Galaxy S20 5G Samsung released this year, which starts at $999.99.

The choices: Samsung’s range of options in the new A-Series is not unlike the lineup Samsung released last year in India. The new lineup, which goes on sale today includes:

Samsung Galaxy A01

  • 5.7-inch HD+ Infinity-V display
  • 5MP front-facing
  • 13 MP Rear
  • 2MP Depth Camera
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • $109.99

Samsung Galaxy A11

  • 6.4-inch Infinity-O display
  • Wide lens
  • Ultra-wide lens
  • Depth lens
  • 4000 mAh battery
  • 32 GB storage
  • $179.99

Samsung Galaxy A51

  • 6.5-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display
  • 48MP main camera
  • 4000 mAh battery
  • 128 GB storage (expandable to 512 GB with micro SD)
  • $399.99

Coming soon: Samsung is also finally adding 5G support to its A-Series with a pair of handsets: the Galaxy A51 5G and Galaxy A71 5G, both set to arrive this summer. The A71 will feature a 6.7-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-O display, a 64 MP main camera and will support up to 1 TB of storage through the microSD card slot. The company is also prepping the 6.5-inch A21, which will add a macro lens to its four-camera array and a 15W fast-charge option. It’ll sell for $249.99.

Bottom line: For those craving bigger screens and batteries, and better cameras than, perhaps, their aging handsets, but are not willing to pay more than $500 (or more than $1,000), these Android 10 devices could be quite attractive. On the other hand, significant questions remain about internal components, performance, and screen quality, especially on the A01’s 5.7-inch HD+ display.

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