After the Galaxy A31, another one of Samsung’s budget Galaxy A smartphones will seemingly abandon the Exynos brand of chipsets (and Qualcomm, for that matter) in favor of a MediaTek solution. This time it’s the Galaxy A21, which was recently spotted in the Geekbench database running a MediaTek Helio P35 silicon paired with 3GB of RAM.
The Helio P35 chipset was built by TSMC on a 12nm FinFET process and comprises a total of eight ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores in a single cluster, operating at a maximum frequency of 2.3GHz. The CPU is paired with an IMG PowerVR GE8320 graphics chip clocked at 680MHz. The chipset supports a maximum of 6GB of RAM, and while there is no guarantee that the Galaxy A21 will have more than 3GB, Samsung could offer at least a 4GB variant to match last year’s Galaxy A20s configuration.
Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy A21 runs Android 10 out of the box, presumably with One UI Core 2 on top. It’s not going to deliver the full-fledged One UI 2.0/2.1 experience found on flagship phones, but the UI looks the same overall, except for a few missing features.
Judging by previously-leaked renders which may or may not be accurate, the Galaxy A21 could also transition from an Infinity-V display to an Infinity-O design with a circular corner cutout. It could sport a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner and four main cameras. The original Galaxy A20 was introduced in March 2019, so there is a chance that the launch of its MediaTek-powered direct sequel – the Galaxy A21 – is just around the corner.