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Samsung Galaxy A05s, A Budget-Friendly Smartphone

Specification Summery

6.7″

6.7″

1080x2400 pixels

50MP

50MP

1080p

4/6GB RAM

4/6GB RAM

Snapdragon 680 4G

5000mAh

5000mAh

Li-Po

Samsung Galaxy A05s, A Budget-Friendly Smartphone

Network Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2 (dual-SIM model only)
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 2100
4G bands 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41
Speed HSPA, LTE
Launch Announced 2023, September 25
Status Available. Released 2023, October 18
Body Dimensions 168 x 77.8 x 8.8 mm (6.61 x 3.06 x 0.35 in)
Weight 194 g (6.84 oz)
Build Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame
SIM Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
Display Type PLS LCD, 90Hz
Size 6.7 inches, 108.4 cm2 (~82.9% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~393 ppi density)
Platform OS Android 13
Chipset Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G (6 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4×2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver)
GPU Adreno 610
Memory Card slot microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Internal 64GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM
eMMC 5.1
Main Camera Triple 50 MP, f/1.8, (wide), AF
2 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
Features LED flash
Video 1080p@30/60fps
Selfie camera Single 13 MP, f/2.0
Video 1080p@30fps
Sound Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Comms WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth 5.1, A2DP, LE
Positioning GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, QZSS
NFC No
Radio Unspecified
USB USB Type-C 2.0
Features Sensors Fingerprint (side-mounted), accelerometer, proximity
Battery Type Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
Charging 25W wired
Misc Colors Black, Silver, Light Green, Violet
Models SM-A057F, SM-A057F/DS, SM-A057M, SM-A057M/DS
SAR EU 0.58 W/kg (head)     1.31 W/kg (body)
Price Price of Samsung Galaxy A05s in USA is $ 159.50 

Price of Samsung Galaxy A05s in India is ₹ 12,749

Price of Samsung Galaxy A05s in Pakistan is Rs 39,999

Price of Samsung Galaxy A05s in UAE is AED. 449.
Tests Performance AnTuTu: 264654 (v9), 316956 (v10)
GeekBench: 1457 (v5), 1449 (v6)
GFXBench: 7fps (ES 3.1 onscreen)
Display Contrast ratio: 1418:1 (nominal)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker -30.0 LUFS (Average)
Battery (new)

Active use score 11:32h

 

Introduction:

Samsung keeps expanding its Galaxy A series, now introducing the Galaxy A05s. This device, part of the entry-level lineup, joins the ranks alongside the Galaxy A05. Today, we’ll delve into a detailed review of the Galaxy A05s.

Overview:

Initially launched in Malaysia and later making its way to India, the Galaxy A05s stands as a budget-oriented smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy A05s Color
Samsung Galaxy A05s Color

Variants:

To enhance accessibility and affordability, Samsung released a 4GB RAM version of the Galaxy A05s, supplementing the original 6GB model. In this review, we’ll focus on the 4GB RAM variant offering 128GB of expandable storage.

Specifications:

The Galaxy A05s measures 168.0×77.8×8.8mm and weighs 194g. Its design features a glass front, plastic back, and plastic frame. The device boasts a 6.70″ PLS LCD display with a 90Hz refresh rate, 1080x2400px resolution, and a 20:9 aspect ratio, delivering a pixel density of 393ppi.

Under the hood, it houses the Qualcomm SM6225 Snapdragon 680 4G chipset, an Octa-core processor (4×2.4 GHz Kryo 265 Gold & 4×1.9 GHz Kryo 265 Silver), paired with the Adreno 610 GPU. Memory options include 128GB storage with 4GB RAM or 128GB storage with 6GB RAM, expandable via microSDXC (dedicated slot) and using eMMC 5.1 technology.

Running on Android 13, the rear camera setup comprises a 50 MP wide (main) lens with f/1.8 aperture and autofocus, accompanied by a 2 MP macro lens and a 2 MP depth sensor. The front camera offers 13 MP with an f/2.0 aperture. Video capture capabilities include 1080p at 30/60fps for the rear camera and 1080p at 30fps for the front camera.

Powering the device is a robust 5000mAh battery, supporting 25W wired charging. Connectivity options encompass LTE, Dual SIM support, Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.1, and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The device features a side-mounted fingerprint reader for security.

Improvements:

Compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy A04s, notable enhancements include a larger 6.7-inch FullHD display, a Snapdragon 680 chipset offering better performance despite the absence of 5G connectivity, and an upgraded 13MP front camera capable of 1080p video recording. The device now supports faster 25W charging on the same 5000mAh battery.

Samsung A Series in black color
Samsung A Series in black color

Conclusion:

The Galaxy A05s appears to be a well-rounded upgrade over its forerunner, albeit with certain unchanged aspects such as the relatively slow eMMC 5.1 internal storage. Our detailed review will explore these facets comprehensively.

Unboxing Experience:

The retail package for the Galaxy A05s is minimalist, featuring a simple two-piece cardboard box, aligning with eco-friendly practices. Inside, a cardboard cradle securely holds the phone, while the accessory bundle includes only a USB Type-A to Type-C cable and a SIM ejector tool.

Design

Back Design:

Samsung maintains a consistent style across its phone lineup. The Galaxy A05s sports a triple vertical camera setup on the back, accompanied by an LED flash. The design is flat without a camera island, offering a recognizable appearance.

Color Options:

The Galaxy A05s comes in four color choices: Black, Silver, Violet, and the Light Green variant reviewed here.

Texture and Feel:

The back surface features a matte, slightly textured finish, offering a smooth and almost velvety feel. Despite the texture, it resists fingerprints well due to its plastic composition.

Build and Structure:

The phone employs a three-piece design, with the back and front connected to the middle frame. The front side aligns almost seamlessly with the middle frame. The display bezels are wide but not excessively so, considering the phone’s budget nature.

Frame and Build Quality:

The middle frame, though plastic, gives the appearance of brushed metal. However, this might not be as prominent on certain color variants that match the back side. The phone’s edges are rounded, offering a comfortable grip.

Build Quality

The Galaxy A05s feels well-constructed, weighing 194 grams and measuring 168 x 77.8 x 8.8 mm. Although not exceptionally heavy, it doesn’t feel flimsy either, largely due to its predominantly plastic construction.

The back panel and middle frame are both plastic, albeit with different surface finishes. Plastic, while not as premium as glass or metal, provides sturdiness and lightness. Additionally, it’s more resilient to dents and shattering, making it a practical choice, especially if using a protective case.

Galaxy A05s
Galaxy A05s

Glass and Protection

The front side features a glass surface; however, specifics about the type of glass used are undisclosed by Samsung. The Galaxy A05s lacks an official ingress protection rating, though a rubber gasket around the SIM card tray suggests some level of sealing. Despite this, deliberate exposure to water or dust is not recommended.

Controls and Ports

  • Bottom Side: Houses a 3.5mm audio jack and a singular bottom-firing speaker. It lacks stereo speakers and includes the main mic and USB Type-C port.
  • Top Side: Sparse, with only a hole for the secondary noise-canceling microphone. No antenna lines due to the plastic frame.
  • Left Side: Features the SIM tray positioned relatively high, accommodating two nano-SIM slots and a dedicated microSD slot.
  • Right Side: Holds the volume rocker and power button, with the power button doubling as a fingerprint reader. It offers good tactile feedback and accuracy.

Additional Features

The fingerprint reader integrated into the side-mounted power button provides convenient functionality. The phone lacks an in-display reader due to its LCD panel. The front side houses the selfie camera in a circular notch along with the earpiece and light/proximity sensors within the top bezel.

Connectivity

The Galaxy A05s offers:

  • 4G LTE connectivity on both Nano-SIM slots.
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5.1 (without NFC or IR blaster).
  • FM radio receiver (availability may vary).
  • GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS, and QZSS support for positioning.

Ports and Sensor Suite

The USB Type-C port supports up to 25W charging and USB Host/OTG. It also operates on a USB 2.0 connection, allowing speeds up to 480 Mbps. However, video output features are absent.

Regarding sensors, the phone includes an accelerometer (sc7a20) but lacks a gyroscope. It features a sip3515 light sensor with a hardware proximity sensor of the same model. Notably missing are the magnetometer, compass, and barometer.

Display Upgrades

Larger and Sharper Display:

The Galaxy A05s brings a substantial upgrade in its display. Boasting a 6.7-inch screen (up from its predecessor’s), it now features a FullHD resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, significantly enhancing sharpness to about 393 pixels per inch (PPI) from the previous 270 PPI, noticeably improving visual clarity.

Brightness and Contrast:

Despite these upgrades, the display’s brightness peaks at 468 nits, suitable for outdoor use but not particularly comfortable in bright light. Contrast could be better, measured at 1418:1, with noticeable light shining through blacks on the panel.

Color Accuracy and HDR Support:

Color accuracy isn’t a strong suit, with no color settings available. The display lacks HDR video support, affecting video decoding capabilities.

High Refresh Rate Handling:

Featuring a 90Hz refresh rate, the implementation isn’t flawless. Pixel response times cause ghosting and smearing during screen movements, resembling visual artifacts from aggressive panel overclocking. Additionally, there’s no manual control for the refresh rate.

Battery and Charging

Battery Life:

Equipped with a sizable 5,000mAh battery, the Galaxy A05s performs reasonably well in battery tests. Call endurance and video streaming are commendable, while gaming leaves room for improvement.

Charging Speed:

Supporting 25W charging (up from its predecessor’s 15W), the device, when paired with a compatible charger, reached 24% in 15 minutes, 43% in 30 minutes, and achieved a full charge in approximately 1 hour and 26 minutes. A decent performance for a budget device.

Samsung A Series Galaxy Screen performance,and gaming
Samsung A Series Galaxy Screen performance,and gaming

Audio Quality

Speaker Quality:

Sporting a single bottom-firing speaker, the Galaxy A05s delivers an average loudness score, barely surpassing below-average territory. The frequency response is decent, with passable performance in mid and voice ranges, considering the device’s affordability.

Audio Features:

Dolby Atmos and Dolby Atmos for gaming support exist but are limited to headphone and Bluetooth headset use. The device also includes Samsung’s Separate app sound feature, allowing users to redirect app audio output to a different device, a useful functionality.

Galaxy A05s Software: One UI Core 5.1 and Android 13

The Galaxy A05s runs on One UI Core 5.1, a slightly trimmed-down version of Samsung’s software. Some advanced features like Edge Panels, Good Lock, and Samsung Pay are missing, but it still looks and feels a lot like regular One UI.

Unlocking and Basics

You can unlock the phone with a fingerprint sensor or face recognition. The basics like the app drawer, notifications, and settings are easy to navigate. The system changes colors based on your wallpaper, and you can apply these colors to app icons.

Special Features

You can stack widgets for easy access and switch between them with a swipe. Modes and routines let you set up your phone for different activities, like driving or gaming, and the Gaming Hub helps limit distractions while playing games.

Built-in Apps and Split-Screen

It comes with a gallery, file manager, and web browser. You can also use split-screen multitasking for two apps at once.

Performance: Snapdragon 680 4G

The phone runs on a Snapdragon 680 4G chip. While it’s not the newest, it’s better than the previous model. It’s okay for everyday use, but it’s not as powerful as some other phones in this price range. The storage might slow it down a bit.

Benchmark Tests

In tests comparing its power, it’s not the strongest. Other phones perform better in things like gaming and speed tests. It can get a bit warm during heavy use, and there might be some small slowdowns during long gaming sessions.

Overall Performance

It’s okay for everyday tasks, but animations might be a bit slow. There are better phones with more power available for a similar price.

Camera Performance:

The camera setup of the Samsung Galaxy A05s doesn’t stray far from its predecessor, the A04s. It maintains a 50MP primary camera supported by two 2MP auxiliary cameras, one dedicated to macro shots and the other for depth sensing. Interestingly, the main camera houses a Hynix hi5022 sensor, a new addition with a 1/2.8″ size and 0.64µm pixels, paired with an f/1.8 lens and a basic autofocus system. The two 2MP cameras utilize the GalaxyCore gc2375h and SuperPix sp2507 sensors, respectively, lacking autofocus and operating at f/2.4 aperture.

The selfie camera has been upgraded to a 13MP sensor capable of capturing Full HD videos, a bump from the A04s. With three possible sensors listed—GalaxyCore gc13a0, Hynix hi1336, and SmartSens sc1320—the selfie cam retains a fixed-focus feature.

In terms of the camera app and settings, it mirrors typical Samsung interfaces, providing options to toggle Scene Optimizer, grid lines, and location data. Night Mode and Pro Mode are available, the latter offering manual controls like exposure settings and manual focus but limited to the main camera. Night Mode and high-resolution shots are possible with the primary and selfie cameras.

Daylight photography exhibits good detail with natural colors, albeit with noticeable noise and limited dynamic range. While the 50MP mode captures larger, less processed images, it doesn’t significantly enhance detail. Digital zoom works reasonably well without major compromises in detail or color accuracy.

Portrait mode, despite its quality background blur, could use improvement in subject detection considering the dedicated depth sensor present. The absence of an ultrawide camera is a downside, although the dedicated macro camera surprisingly captures decent detail.

The upgraded 13MP selfie camera captures usable but somewhat processed photos, occasionally lacking in dynamic range. Selfie portraits, however, perform comparably well to main camera portraits.

Video capture maxes out at 1080p@60fps for the rear camera and 1080p@30fps for the front, providing decent detail and color accuracy. However, stabilization options are notably absent, impacting video quality.

In low-light scenarios, the main camera struggles with noise and dynamic range issues, slightly mitigated by Night Mode. Low-light selfies and videos face similar challenges, with Night Mode offering limited improvements. Overall, while the camera setup offers versatility, it has notable shortcomings, particularly in low-light conditions and video stabilization.

Samsung A Series Galaxy Screen Visibility
Samsung A Series Galaxy Screen Visibility

Market Competition:

The Samsung Galaxy A05s sits firmly in the budget category, offering a 6GB RAM variant at INR 17,499 ($210) and a more affordable 4GB RAM version priced at INR 13,499 ($162). When comparing devices below $230 and those below $180, this $50 difference marks a notable distinction.

In Samsung’s lineup, the Galaxy A24 4G stands out with a price of around $175 (though not officially available in India). The Galaxy A14 5G, available in India, comes at INR 14,499 ($174) for the 4GB/64GB version and INR 16,999 ($204) for the 6GB/128GB variant. Despite being the 2023 model, the A14 5G boasts competitive features like 5G connectivity and a potentially more robust chipset compared to the A05s.

Xiaomi’s Redmi 12 offers a compelling choice with a large LCD display, Full HD+ resolution, an 8MP ultrawide camera, an IR blaster, and the MediaTek Helio G88 chipset—a slight improvement over the A05s.

For a slightly higher price, the Redmi Note 12 delivers an IP53 rating, a 120Hz AMOLED display, 33W charging, an ultrawide camera, and the Snapdragon 4 Gen 1 chipset, presenting a viable alternative with enhanced features.

Tecno’s options, particularly the Pova 5 Pro with a 120Hz IPS display, a more robust Dimensity 6080 chipset, stereo speakers, and rapid 68W charging, or the Spark 10 Pro, which surprisingly boasts better battery endurance despite being technically inferior, provide additional considerations.

In review, the Galaxy A05s boasts commendable upgrades from its predecessor—Full HD+ display resolution, increased onboard storage, a higher-resolution selfie camera, and 25W charging. However, the Snapdragon 680 chipset coupled with eMMC storage results in noticeable sluggishness, impacting user experience, compounded by display issues like sluggish pixel response times. Moreover, it lacks display refresh rate and color settings and falls short in terms of sensors, speaker quality, and camera versatility, notably missing ultrawide or telephoto lenses.

While it retains favorable features like a dedicated microSD card slot and a 3.5mm audio jack, these aren’t exclusive or sufficient to compensate for its central issues. For prospective Samsung buyers in this price range, the Galaxy A14 5G or Galaxy A24 4G might offer better experiences, but exploring other options is advisable.

Pros:

  • Appealing design and sturdy build quality.
  • Decent battery life.
  • Respectable daylight camera performance.
  • Expandable storage via dedicated microSD slot; includes a 3.5mm audio jack.

Cons:

  • Mediocre LCD with ghosting and fixed refresh rate.
  • Absence of NFC, gyroscope, magnetometer, or compass.
  • Average speaker loudness.
  • Subpar performance from the Snapdragon 680 chipset leading to UI slowdowns.
  • Lackluster low-light camera performance.
  • No video stabilization.