Galaxy A12 vs Galaxy A11: Better in every aspect that counts

This week Samsung took the veil off two brand-new budget phones destined to hit the shelves in early 2021, namely the Galaxy A12 and the Galaxy A02s. The Galaxy A12, in particular, is meant to succeed the Galaxy A11. The latter was announced in March 2020 whereas latest model is a couple of months away from release.

The Galaxy A12 will be going on sale before the Galaxy A11 will have a chance to celebrate its one-year anniversary. It will become available in Europe in January 2021 for the starting price of 179 EUR. But should you upgrade from the Galaxy A11 to the newer model? How do these two budget phones compare side by side and was the Galaxy A11 made obsolete by the sequel? Let’s try to find out.

Galaxy A12 versus Galaxy A11

Both the Galaxy A11 and the Galaxy A12 have a TFT display with a pixel count of 1560 by 720 but the new model has a 6.5-inch panel that’s 0.1-inch larger, as well as an Infinity-V display notch as opposed to a Infinity-O corner cutout. The Infinity-V display notch is virtually the only characteristic that feels like a downgrade over the previous model.

Other than that, the Galaxy A12 is offered with more memory configurations and it carries four rear-facing cameras instead of three. The main shooter has a 48MP resolution and the phone benefits from the addition of a 2MP macro sensor, albeit in the real world you probably won’t get a lot of use out of it.

Lastly, the Galaxy A12 arguably has a more modern design with a side-mounted fingerprint scanner as opposed to a rear-facing one, and it’s powered by a larger 5,000mAh battery versus 4,000mAh. Under the hood, it should also use the MediaTek Helio P35 SoC as opposed to the Snapdragon 450 chipset.

All in all, yes, the Galaxy A12 has improved upon the existing formula in nearly every aspect and by spending a few tens of EUR on top of the A11’s price, you will be getting a better phone for your money. But should you ditch the Galaxy A11 for the Galaxy A12 if you already own it? Perhaps it is worth it as long as you find a good trade-in offer, otherwise you might be gaining too little in return for your efforts.

You can check our new device comparison widget below for a closer look at how the Galaxy A11 and Galaxy A12 compare. Feel free to let us know in the comment section if you own the Galaxy A11 and/or if you plan to buy the Galaxy A12 come February.

Galaxy A11
Galaxy A12
General Information
Model nameGalaxy A11Galaxy A12
Model numberSM-A115FSM-A125F
Model typeBarBar
ColorBlue (Blue)
Black (Black)
Red (Red)
White (White)
Blue (Blue)
Black (Black)
White (White)
Red (Red)
Announced2020, March2020, November
Released2020, March2020, November
Physical Specifications
DimensionsBar: 161.4 x 76.3 x 8.0 mmBar: 164 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm
Operating System
Operating systemAndroid 10
One UI version2.0
KindMain DisplayMain Display
NameInfinity-O DisplayInfinity-V Display
Size6.4 inch / 162.56 mm6.5 inch / 165.1 mm
ResolutionHD+ / 1560x720 pixelsHD+ / x pixels
Pixel density268 PPI PPI
Screen to body ratio~81.6%%
RAM/ROM sizes2 GB RAM with 32 GB ROM
3 GB RAM with 32 GB ROM
3 GB RAM with 32 MB ROM
4 GB RAM with 64 GB ROM
6 GB RAM with 128 GB ROM
Rear camera
Standard battery capacity4000 mAh5000 mAh
  • Model: SM-A125F
  • Dimensions: Bar: 164 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm
  • Display: 6.5 inch / 165.1 mm PLS TFT LCD
  • CPU:
  • Camera: 48MP
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