Samsung’s latest budget phones offer you the choice between 5G and OLED
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While the flagship Samsung Galaxy S series might get the most attention, the A series phones offer a much better deal for those shopping on a tight budget. The company has already announced several available devices for 2021 and is adding two more today. The Galaxy A22 and A22 5G follow up on last year’s A21 with two unique models, each with their own pros and cons.
Let’s start with 5G, the flagship of the two phones – at least that’s how it should be. Samsung’s 5G variant has many advantages on paper, including up to 8GB of RAM, 128GB of storage with a microSD card slot, and a massive 5,000mAh battery. It even has some bonuses that you would not expect in this price range, such as a 90Hz refresh rate.
However, it lacks the 2MP macro lens included in last year’s Galaxy A21, and its 1080p display is a TFT panel rather than an OLED. It’s no surprise to see a TFT display on a budget smartphone until you look at the specs of its LTE cousin.
While the 5G model is available in Full HD, the standard A22 uses a 720p OLED screen while maintaining the same refresh rate. It also ups the ultra wide-angle camera resolution to 8MP and adds a 2MP macro lens for a total of four cameras on the back. Even the front camera gets more megapixels.
The LTE version moves the flash and adds a macro camera.
Both phones run Android 11 with One UI Core 3.1 and are available in a variety of colors to suit your taste. The 5G version is powered by the MediaTek Dimensity 700, while the LTE variant uses an unspecified “eight-core” processor (although rumors point to the Helio G80).
So far, Samsung has announced that the Galaxy A22 5G will be available in United Kingdom as well as Netherlands later this summer for a suggested price of £ 199 and £ 229, respectively. There is no word yet on when (or if) any of the phones will end up in the US, although the Galaxy A21 did make it here. Based on European pricing, you can expect the US-friendly Galaxy A22 5G to set you back around $ 250 if it ever makes it to the US.