Review of the budget smartphone Samsung Galaxy A01

Review of the budget smartphone Samsung Galaxy A01:

Positioning:

Samsung does not try to be in all price segments, as it is often unprofitable. Large manufacturers squeezed B / C brands into the smartphone segment up to 10 thousand rubles, made it highly competitive, and this automatically led to the fact that second-tier manufacturers give more in this segment than large companies. They often do not have such a strong name, and at the same time, they have to get their own due to the capabilities invested in the device. So, the models of this segment have long acquired fingerprint sensors, onboard, as a rule, there is NFC, there is a dual main camera.

Samsung did not try to compete in this segment; moreover, the initial A-series models (until recently it was the J-series) were always very different from their older counterparts. Exactly the same thing happens with the A-series, the initial model A01 was created for those who choose the Samsung brand, while denying the opportunity to buy something from another company, from the manufacturer, which is not so famous. It seems that this is irrational and there can not be many such people, but this is not so. Sales of initial, budget smartphones are always high, including for Samsung. But at the same time, the consumer does not get the maximum for his money, but the brand that he wanted. And in this aspect, positioning A01 is very simple – an entry-level model for those who want a smartphone from a large company. For those who do not want to understand the intricacies of the market,

For Samsung, such low-end devices are not very profitable, so the savings are on everything, and in this review we will see this in full. Let’s start.

Design, dimensions, controls:

What is required of a budget smartphone? To look decent, he wore well and, if possible, served for a long time. A01 has no problems with this – durable plastic with a matte finish, it tolerates all hardships well. There are three color schemes: black, blue and red, I had two devices of the last colors.

Review of the budget smartphone Samsung Galaxy A01 (SM-A015F / DS)Review of the budget smartphone Samsung Galaxy A01 (SM-A015F / DS)
The case is not big, the model is small in size, fits perfectly both in the male and female hands, suitable for children (146.2 x 70.9 x 8.3 mm, 149 grams). Pleasant tactile and with the usual arrangement of control elements, on the left side there is a paired volume control key, on the right – on/off button, there is also a slot for SIM-cards and a memory card. The tray is not combined, so you can install two nanoSIM cards, as well as a memory card.

Review of the budget smartphone Samsung Galaxy A01 (SM-A015F / DS)Review of the budget smartphone Samsung Galaxy A01 (SM-A015F / DS)Review of the budget smartphone Samsung Galaxy A01 (SM-A015F / DS)
At the bottom there is a micro USB connector (which is not so bad for the target audience), as well as a microphone (it is one in the device). At the top there is a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The speaker output is on the rear panel, its volume is average.

Review of the budget smartphone Samsung Galaxy A01 (SM-A015F / DS)Review of the budget smartphone Samsung Galaxy A01 (SM-A015F / DS)
The disadvantage of this device is that it does not have a fingerprint sensor, only face recognition from biometrics, and this is sad since in many situations the fingerprint sensor looks preferable, it is necessary for the target audience.

Display:

The technical characteristics of the screen are as follows: 5.7 inches, 720×1520 pixels (19: 9), PLS TFT, 301 PPI, automatic brightness control, Corning Gorilla Glass 3. In the settings, you will find not many points.

It’s good that they didn’t save on matches and left a light sensor, adaptive brightness works plus or minus correctly. In the sun, the screen becomes less readable, but still, it is easy to recognize both text and a picture on it.

Review of the budget smartphone Samsung Galaxy A01 (SM-A015F / DS)Review of the budget smartphone Samsung Galaxy A01 (SM-A015F / DS)
Worse when shooting with a camera, the screen is very different from Samsung’s AMOLED screens, but they cost a little more (on the other hand, the difference with the A20 is more than noticeable – five thousand rubles, and these are definitely products from different worlds).

For a user of low-end devices, the screen in A01 will not be something bad, it is of high enough quality for its category, at the level of matrices of other companies (this is an excellent screen in this class, it just does not give anything more to the user, as you might expect from Samsung )

The front camera is inscribed, like a droplet, on the screen, but this does not surprise anyone today.

Battery:

The built-in Li-Ion battery has a capacity of 3000 mAh. For a budget device, this is good battery capacity, especially since the chipset is quite economical. The device can work for 2-3 days at a moderate load (up to 30 minutes of calls, up to 4 hours of screen operation). In principle, if you download it in full, you will get about one day of work (an hour of calls, up to 1 GB of data, 5 hours of screen operation). Full battery charge time is about 2.5 hours.

Memory, chipset, performance:

The choice of chipset from Qualcomm is due to the fact that they tried to make the solution the cheapest and this is a more profitable option. It uses Snapdragon 439 (12 nm technology), 4 Cortex A-53 cores with a frequency of up to 1.95 GHz, 4 Cortex-A-

53 cores with a frequency of up to 1.45 GHz, Adreno 505. This is a fairly productive chipset, and there are no complaints about it, but the overall system performance is not very high since there is only 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal memory (initially half is free). The memory type is eMMC 5.1, which also shows the budget nature of this unit.

Look at performance in synthetic tests.

But in the shell everything is quite cheerful, there are no complaints, the device is smart. Another thing is that you simply won’t play heavy games on it.

Communication opportunities:

There is no NFC in the device, which is a serious limitation for the Russian market. Other possibilities are also exceptionally ascetic. So, Wi-Fi is single-band, Bluetooth version 4.2. There are no problems with GPS, everything works as it should.

Camera:

The front camera is very simple, the pictures are ordinary. The camera interface is typical of OneUI 2.0.

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There is a “Live Focus” function, the second camera module is needed for it, the background blurs well. But the problem is that this device focuses very slowly on objects, you can’t pull it with your hand, especially indoors.

Review of the budget smartphone Samsung Galaxy A01 (SM-A015F / DS) Review of the budget smartphone Samsung Galaxy A01 (SM-A015F / DS)
As in the good old days, you need to keep the phone stationary, if possible, and this makes the shooting process extraordinary. Even the budget component of the device cannot forgive this feature in its work. Look at sample shots and a short video.

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