Galaxy A series vs. Galaxy S20 FE vs. Galaxy S21: Samsung’s affordable phones comparedMarch 19, 2021
After a low-key launch in the United States last year, Samsung pulled out all the digital stops this week for the announcement of its new Galaxy A family members. The South Korean smartphone giant unveiled theon Wednesday at a virtual Unpacked event, declaring it’s “bringing Awesome to everyone.”
If you’re a Samsung fan and you want to upgrade to a phone that won’t break the bank, you’re probably eyeing the newest members of the company’s midrange A series. But it might be a good idea to consider the $700(winner of CNET’s Editors’ Choice Award) and even the $800 .
Samsung hasn’t revealed US pricing for the Galaxy A series yet, but European prices converted to US dollars have the Galaxy A phones ranging from approximately $410 to $530. For international prices, scroll down to our specs chart at the bottom of this page. Of the newest Galaxy A phones, the A52 5G is the only one with 5G, whereas the highest-end A72 has the best camera system. It comes with a telephoto lens capable of 3x optical zoom and 30x digital zoom.
The Galaxy A52, A52 5G, and A72 share a series of premium features including AMOLED displays, speedy refresh rates, big batteries and fast-charging support. They aren’t all as high-end as those found on the Galaxy S21 or the Galaxy S20 FE, but some are on par. For instance, the A52 5G has a 120Hz display, the same refresh rate seen on the S21, S20 FE and the $1,200 Galaxy S21 Ultra. By comparison, the entire iPhone 12 line relies on a 60Hz screen.
Keep in mind that even though the new Galaxy A phones run cheaper than the Galaxy S21, each packs popular features that have been eliminated from the S21 line, including a bundled charger and expandable storage.
For the extra cost of the S21, you get things like a top-of-the-line processor, an all-round better camera system and 5G support. That covers both the slower but more reliable sub-6 and superfast but patchy mmWave versions of 5G, so in the US you’ll have you choice of the three major carriers.
To learn more of the differences between these phones, take a look at our spec-by-spec comparison below.
Samsung Galaxy A series vs. Galaxy S20 FE vs. Galaxy S21
|Samsung Galaxy A52||Samsung Galaxy A52 5G (LTE only)||Samsung Galaxy A72 (LTE only)||Samsung Galaxy S20 FE||Samsung Galaxy S21|
|Display size, resolution||6.5 inch FHD Plus Super AMOLED, Infinity-O Display (1,080×2,400 pixels)||6.5 inch FHD Plus Super AMOLED, Infinity-O Display (1,080×2,400 pixels)||6.7 inch FHD Plus Super AMOLED, Infinity-O Display (1,080×2,400 pixels)||6.5-inch super AMOLED; (2,400×1,080 pixels)||6.2-inch Flat FHD Plus Dynamic AMOLED 2x, (2,400×1,080 pixels)|
|Dimensions (Inches)||2.95×6.29×0.33 inches||2.95×6.29×0.33 inches||3.04×6.49×0.33 inches||6.29×2.97×0.33 inches||2.80×5.97×0.31 inches|
|Weight (Ounces, Grams)||189g||189g||203g||190g||171g|
|Mobile software||Android 11||Android 11||Android 11||Android 10||Android 11|
|Camera||64-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 5-megapixel (depth), and 5-megapixel (macro)||64-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 5-megapixel (depth), and 5-megapixel (macro)||64-megapixel (main), 12-megapixel (ultrawide), 8-megapixel (telephoto), and 5-megapixel (macro)||12-megapixel (standard), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide), 8-megapixel (3x telephoto)||64-megapixel (telephoto), 12-megapixel (wide), 12-megapixel (ultra-wide)|
|Processor||Octa-Core (2×2.3GHz + 6×1.8GHz)||Octa-Core (2×2.3GHz + 6×1.8GHz)||Octa-Core (2×2.3GHz + 6×1.8GHz)||Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 (5G) Samsung Exynos 990 (4G)||Snapdragon 888 64-bit octa-core processor 2.8GHz (max 2.4GHz+1.8GHz)|
|Expandable storage||Yes, up to 1TB||Yes, up to 1TB||Yes, up to 1TB||Yes, up to 1TB||None|
|Battery||4,500 mAh||4,500 mAh||5,000 mAh||4,500 mAh||4,000 mAh|
|Special features||90 Hz display, IP67 rating, stereo speakers, 25W Fast Charging||5G-enabled, 120Hz display, IP67 rating, stereo speakers, 25W Fast Charging||90Hz, IP67 rating, stereo speakers, 25W Fast Charging||120Hz screen refresh rate, support for 30W fast charging and 15W fast wireless charging||IP68 rating, 5G-enabled, 30x Space Zoom, 10W wireless charging, 120Hz display|
|Price off-contract||349 euros, converts to approximately $415||429 euros converts to approximately $510||449 euros converts to approximately $534||$699 (128GB)||$800 (128GB)|
|Price (GBP)||349 euros, converts to approximately £298||429 euros converts to approximately £366||449 euros converts to approximately £383||£599 (4G) £699 (5G)||£769|
|Price (AUD)||349 euros converts to approximately AU$540||429 euros converts to approximately AU$660||449 euros converts to approximately AU$690||Converts to approximately AU$975||AU$1,249|