Samsung Galaxy A01 is an entry-level smartphone for the Z generation that has a smartphone for the first time.
For those who are looking for an Android smartphone with the price of a million, but the brand must be Samsung, then the answer is Galaxy A01 and Galaxy A10s. The prices of these two smartphones are slightly different, the specifications are somewhat similar even though the difference is quite a lot, especially in the screen size, chipset, and battery capacity.
When released in March, the Samsung Galaxy A01 is priced at USD$100. As a comparison, currently the price of the Galaxy A10s is around 1.6 million. According to Samsung, the entry-level smartphone market in the one million segment is very large and very sensitive to price differences.
So, which one is better to choose, Galaxy A01 or A10s? Let’s find out and the following review Samsung Galaxy A01 in full.
Although the price is affordable, the design style of the Galaxy A01 is the same as the Galaxy A series which is priced more expensive. Appear simple and minimalist with Infinity V display on the face and have rounded corners that feel tight in the palm of the hand.
Comes with dimensions of 146.2 × 70.9 × 8.3 mm and weighs 149 grams. Its size is compact and thin, so easily stored in a pants pocket. Even so, actually the screen is still quite wide at 5.7 inches with a resolution of 720 × 1520 pixels in a 19: 9 ratio.
The screen quality is indeed not special, but it is sufficient to sustain the user’s smartphone activities. Bezel edge of the screen is quite thin, although the chin is a bit thick but not too annoying and can instead serve as a place to rest your thumb when watching videos in landscape mode.
The body itself is made of plastic material which should make it more durable, but the back cover needs protection so it doesn’t get scratched. Because the contents of the Galaxy A01 sales package only consist of a smartphone unit, charger head, and microUSB data cable – users should look for scratch resistant and cases that are purchased separately to protect the screen and back cover.
The Samsung Galaxy A01 review unit that I tested was black, the other options were blue and red. About the completeness of its attributes, the power button and SIM tray are placed on the right side, and the volume buttons on the opposite side, the buttons are tight and feel solid when pressed. The 3.5mm audio jack is on top, while the microUSB port and microphone are below. For speakers, can be found behind the smartphone body.
This device is already running on the latest Android 10 operating system with the touch of version OneUI 2.0 as found on middle and premium Samsung smartphones. The focus of OneUI 2.0 is to improve user experience and ease of use, the interface is simplified and can be operated with one hand.
OneUI 2.0 also buries new Android 10 features, such as new permission options, navigation systems, and includes a dark mode feature. When exploring the main menu, you will find a number of applications with gray logos. It’s called AppCloud, basically Samsung recommends downloading the bloatware to our smartphone.
This smartphone does not have a fingerprint sensor, but at least Samsung buried the face unlock feature as a pleasant enough way to unlock smartphones compared to traditional methods such as patterns, PINs, and passwords. When using face unlock, an animation will appear around the front camera, the process is quite fast, and consistent in good lighting.
In the price range of one million, the camera is usually only as a complementary feature. In the Galaxy A01, Samsung has buried a dual rear camera setup. The main camera is 13MP resolution with f / 2.2 aperture. Then, the secondary camera is 2MP as a depth sensor for the live focus feature so users can adjust the intensity of the blur effect when shooting.
Meanwhile, the front camera is 5MP for selfie and face unlock security system. Both the front and rear cameras of the Galaxy A01 can record 1080p video. Camera features are not many, there are only five modes recorded, namely photos, videos, live focus, Pro, and panorama. In photo mode, it is equipped with a filter with a beauty mode, so what is quite interesting is the sticker. Here are the results of the photo:
Hardware and Performance
The Galaxy A01 runway is actually quite powerful, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 439 chipset.
To keep the performance of the smartphone stable, you should insert a micro SD to store all types of files and use internal memory specifically for applications. The good news, the SIM tray on the Galaxy A01 consists of three slots so there is no need to sacrifice a second SIM slot to use micro SD.
Of course, we also need to be wise in installing games and applications to the Galaxy A01. So far, the performance is quite smooth although it is also often found pauses for example when accessing the camera or opening applications.
The Samsung Galaxy A01 is an entry-level smartphone that is priced at under one and a half million and is designed to meet the basic needs of smartphones. Like accessing social media, browsing, streaming video, to playing light games.
The Samsung Galaxy A01 carries a tagline of one for a million styles. Suitable for children entering school age for the first time having a smartphone, for those who are new to switching from feature phones or old school phones, and also ideal as a second smartphone for those who miss a smartphone with a compact dimension.
Then, what are the main differences between Galaxy A01 and Galaxy A10s ? From the screen, the Galaxy A10s carries a larger screen which is 6.2 inches but with the same resolution HD +. Meanwhile, the innards are completely different because they rely on Mediatek Helio P22 chipsets supported by 2GB of RAM but have more roomy internal memory of 32GB. The capacity of the battery is also greater, 4,000 mAh and the most distinguishing feature is the fingerprint sensor.