Samsung Galaxy A Series Phones 2020: Great smartphones without the big price tag

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When you think of Samsung, you might immediately think of the big launches around premium smartphones priced anywhere from $1,000 up to $2,000, but Samsung offers so much more than that.

The good news is that if you like Samsung phones but you’re in the market for a cheap smartphone, you can grab some great value for money with Samsung’s Galaxy A series.

Just like the annual release of the S series of smartphones, each year Samsung launches a new range of smartphones under the A series name. You can expect with each year a range at various price points across that low to mid-price range, and each year, the tech gets better.

So, what can you expect from the Samsung Galaxy A series phones released in 2020? Let’s take a look at some of the 2020 Galaxy A phones and what you can get for your money.

Samsung Galaxy A11

Front and back of Samsung Galaxy A11 in black
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Starting at the cheapest end of the price spectrum, the Galaxy A11 is $299 with a 6.4-inch display and triple-rear camera for all your photo-taking needs. Here’s a summary of the A11 specs and features:

  • Priced at $299 AUD
  • 6.4-inch Infinity-O HD+ display
  • Octa-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB storage size + expandable external memory MicroSD up to 512GB
  • Triple rear camera (2MP + 12MP + 5MP)
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Rear fingerprint scanner & face recognition
  • Comes in black and white

Samsung Galaxy A21s

Front and back of Samsung Galaxy A21s in white
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The next step up is the Galaxy A21s, coming in at the $379 price mark. It’s a fair jump up from the A11 with a quad-rear camera setup and improved battery life. Here are some of the basic specs and features of the Galaxy A21s:

  • Priced at $379 AUD
  • 6.5 inch Infinity-O HD+ display
  • Holographic finish in black and white
  • Rear fingerprint scanner & face recognition
  • Octa-core processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB internal storage + expandable external MicroSD memory (up to 512GB)
  • Quad-rear camera setup (48MP + 8MP + 2MP + 2MP)
  • 13MP front-facing camera
  • 5,000mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy A31

Front and back of Samsung Galaxy A31 phone
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Going up to the Galaxy A31 for $499 gives you much more internal storage than the lower two models. The screen quality also improves and the quad-rear camera setup gets a bit of an upgrade too. Let’s check out some of the features and specs for the Galaxy A31:

  • Priced at $499 AUD
  • 6.4 inch Infinity-U FHD+ Super AMOLED display
  • Slim design with your choice between black or red colourways
  • Octa-Core processor
  • 4GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage + expandable external MicroSD memory (up to 512GB)
  • Quad-rear camera setup (48MP + 5MP + 8MP + 5MP)
  • 20MP front-facing camera
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • On-screen fingerprint scanner

Samsung Galaxy A51

Front and back of Samsung Galaxy A51 phone
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If you want a bit more than what’s on offer from the A31, the Galaxy A51 jumps up to $599. It has many of the same upgrades as the A31, like storage size, but there are a few upgrades that might justify the $100 increase in price. Here are some of the specs and features for the Galaxy A51:

  • Priced at $599 AUD
  • 6.5 inch Infinity-O FHD+ Super AMOLED display with minimised bezel for maximum screen space
  • Slim design with premium gloss finish in black or blue colourways
  • Octa-Core processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage + expandable external MicroSD memory (up to 512GB)
  • Quad-rear camera setup (48MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP) with Macro Cam and Depth Camera
  • 32MP front-facing camera
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Game Booster feature for optimised battery, temperature and memory when gaming
  • On-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Includes Bixby intelligence assistant

Samsung Galaxy A71

Front and back of Samsung Galaxy A71 phone in Silver
Source: Samsung

The top-of-the-line for the current A series, the Galaxy A71 comes in both a 4G and 5G model. For the 4G version, you’ll pay $749, while the 5G version is priced at $899. If you’re considering the 5G model, you might want to compare 5G networks from Telstra, Optus and Vodafone to see if you have 5G coverage in your area and sign up to a compatible 5G phone plan. There are some similarities between these devices but some differences too. Here are the specs and features for the Galaxy A71 4G device:

  • Priced at $749 AUD
  • 6.7 inch Infinity-O Super FHD+ AMOLED Plus display with minimised bezel for maximum screen space
  • Curved-edge design with premium gloss finish in black and silver colourways
  • Octa-Core processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage + expandable external MicroSD memory (up to 512GB)
  • Quad-rear camera (64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP) with Ultra Wide Camera, Macro Cam, Super Steady (for smooth live videos) and Depth Camera
  • 32MP front-facing camera
  • 4,500mAg battery
  • Game Booster feature for optimised battery, temperature and memory when gaming
  • On-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Includes Bixby intelligence assistant

Looking for a 5G Samsung Galaxy A series device? Here are the specs and features for the Galaxy A71 5G phone:

  • Priced at $899 AUD
  • 5G connectivity
  • 6.7 inch Infinity-O Super FHD+ AMOLED Plus display with minimised bezel for maximum screen space
  • Slim design with smooth curves encased in a metal frame, available in black only
  • Octa-Core processor
  • 8GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage + expandable external MicroSD memory (up to 1TB)
  • Quad-rear camera (64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP) with Ultra Wide Camera, Macro Cam, Super Steady (for smooth live videos) and Depth Camera
  • 32MP front-facing camera
  • 4,500mAh battery
  • Game Booster feature for optimised battery, temperature and memory when gaming
  • On-screen fingerprint scanner
  • Includes Bixby intelligence assistant

All of Samsung’s Galaxy A series phones use the Android operating system and if you want device security, all of the above mentioned devices (except the A11) include Samsung Knox with multi-layered security.

Styled shot of Samsung Galaxy A71 5G phone in black with racing game on screen
Source: Samsung

Where can I buy the Samsung Galaxy A series phones?

Whether you want to buy a Samsung Galaxy A series phone outright or on a plan, you have a few options.

If you’d prefer to buy your device outright, you can buy from the Samsung store as well as retailers such as JB Hi Fi and The Good Guys.

Prefer to buy on a plan? Telstra, Optus, Vodafone, Woolworths Mobile, Southern Phone and TeleChoice all offer at least one of these devices which are bundled with a postpaid phone plan. Telstra currently only offers the Galaxy A51, while Optus offers the Galaxy A21s, Galaxy A51 and the Galaxy A71 5G device.

Vodafone offers the Galaxy A11, Galaxy A51 and the Galaxy A71 5G phones, while Woolworths Mobile offers all five of the above mentioned devices (but excluding the 5G variant of the A71) — the Galaxy A11, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy A31, Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 (4G). Southern Phone stocks the Galaxy A11, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 (4G). TeleChoice stocks all give devices — Galaxy A11, Galaxy A21s, Galaxy A31, Galaxy A51 and Galaxy A71 (4G).

The following table shows a selection of 24-month 32GB Samsung Galaxy A11 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products which may contain links to a referral partner.

The following table shows a selection of 24-month 128GB Samsung Galaxy A51 plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products which may contain links to a referral partner.

The following table shows a selection of 24-month 128GB Samsung Galaxy A71 4G plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products which may contain links to a referral partner.

The following table shows a selection of 24-month 128GB Samsung Galaxy A71 5G plans on Canstar Blue’s database, listed in order of standard monthly cost, from the lowest to highest and then by data allowance, largest to smallest. Use our comparison tool to see plans from a range of other providers. This is a selection of products which may contain links to a referral partner.

Are the Samsung Galaxy A series phones right for me?

If you’re a fan of Samsung’s smartphones but you don’t have the budget for the Galaxy S20 phones or Galaxy Note 20, the A series is a great compromise when it comes to value for money. Each year the features and specs for these devices get better and some of these cheaper smartphones even include 5G connectivity. With the Samsung Galaxy A series, you aren’t compromising quality for price. These phones also make a great smartphone for kids or seniors looking for basic smartphone functionality but without the big price tag.

Considering these device prices start at under $300 and the top-end device stays under that $1,000 price mark, they are reasonably affordable to buy outright from retailers — simply bundle with a SIM-only phone plan of your choice. However, even buying these new phones on a plan will see you paying a much smaller monthly bill than you would for the Galaxy S20 phones or other premium devices. If you prefer to buy your phone on a plan and have a reasonably flexible budget, you might prefer to bundle a cheaper Galaxy A phone with a postpaid phone plan with lots of data. Ultimately you have a lot of choice of smartphones and phone plans if you’re looking to buy a Samsung Galaxy A series phone.

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