Samsung Galaxy A02 Quietly Unveiled; An Entry-level Handset With 64GB Storage and 5,000mAh Battery

Faisal Rasool

The Samsung Galaxy A02s' twin sibling aka the Galaxy A02 is the cheapest phone The Korean tech giant is making this year. It had already secured several certifications. And today, it was quietly listed on the Samsung Thailand website. Official sources haven’t shared the global launch timeline yet.

Samsung doesn’t name chipsets on its product pages. But according to SamMobile, the new Samsung Galaxy A02 runs on MediaTek MT6739. It’s an old 28nm chip from 2017 with a quad-core CPU clocked at 1.5GHz. Compared to Galaxy A01’s 12nm Snapdragon 439, the MT6739 is generations behind.  

Performance is hardly the focus for Samsung’s entry-level phones, but the 28nm fabrication process inside the Galaxy A02 is practically obsolete. It means the battery life will take a hit, and the hardware can’t run full-fledged Android.

Instead, the Samsung new model 2021 is powered by OneUI Core, based on Android 10 Go Edition, which is optimized for low-end hardware. An obvious upgrade over last year’s Galaxy A01 would have been the addition of a fingerprint sensor. But the Samsung A02 still lacks the feature. The phone uses a 13MP+2MP rear-camera setup. Aside from the standard wide camera, the array can also take macro shots. The selfie camera is 5MP.

The Samsung Galaxy A02 ships with a 5000 mAh battery — that’s a 2000 mAh bump in battery capacity from last year. It charges over a micro-USB at 7.75W. Similarly, the maximum storage has doubled to 64GB and the memory goes up to 3GB (the base variant is still 2GB/32GB).

If you gravitated towards the small, compact form factor of the A01, it’s gone now. A standard-size 6.5” LCD screen replaces it. Galaxy A02 starts from THB 2,999 (~ Rs. 16,000) and comes in blue, black, grey, and red colors.


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