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


Last updated: November 25th, 2020 at 18:12 UTC+02:00

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.

General Information

  • Model Name

    Galaxy A11

    Galaxy A12

  • Model type



  • Colors

    Blue (Blue)Black (Black)Red (Red)White (White)

    Blue (Blue)Black (Black)White (White)Red (Red)

  • Announced

    2020, March

    2020, November

  • Released

    2020, May

    2021, January

Physical specifications

  • Dimensions

    Bar: 161.4 x 76.3 x 8.0 mm

    Bar: 164 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm

  • Weights



Operating system

  • Operating system

    Android 10

  • One UI version



  • SIM

    Dual SIM model

  • SIM card sizes

    Nano-SIM (4FF)

    Nano-SIM (4FF)

  • Networks



  • eSIM support




  • Kind

    Main Display

  • Name

    Infinity-V Display

  • Technology


  • Size

    6.5 inch / 165.1 mm

  • Resolution

    HD+ / x pixels

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