The Samsung Galaxy A Series: Plans, Prices and Features Compared

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Despite the fanfare that comes with every iPhone or Galaxy S release, premium-priced devices aren’t for everyone. It looks like the mid-range smartphone market is where more phone manufacturers are starting to take notice, with Samsung’s recent launch of the Galaxy A Series.

This is great news for anyone looking to save money on a new smartphone. While this announcement hasn’t generated as much hype as the Galaxy S10 series, it’s still good news, especially for fans of Samsung who couldn’t quite bring themselves to fork out for any of the high-priced S10 devices. This launch comes after Google announced new mid-range devices in the Pixel 3 series, further proof that the big names are paying more attention to creating quality mid-range smartphones at more affordable prices.

Samsung Galaxy A70 In Blue, White, Black And Coral
Source: Samsung

Samsung Galaxy A70, A50, A30 and A20 price and features compared

The release of the Galaxy A series isn’t as big as what we saw with the Galaxy S10 series, so finding these devices in store and on a plan is currently harder than with more popular smartphone models.

At the top-end of this series, is the A70, which retails at $649 — around $1,000 less than some of the premium S10 devices. As for the specs, you can expect a 6.7-inch Infinity-U, Full HD+, Super AMOLED display, 32MP front and rear cameras, plus a 5MP depth and 8MP ultra-wide additional rear cameras. It also features 25W fast-charging and an Optical In-Display Fingerprint Reader, all with Android 9.0 installed. It’s available in both black and white, with Woolworths Mobile stocking both colours and Telstra and Vodafone only stocking the black version.

Samsung Galaxy A30 And A50
Source: Samsung

The next step down, the A50, is available now through Optus and Southern Phone, retailing for $499 and available in black. When it comes to display, the A50 features a 6.4-inch Full HD+, Super AMOLED screen with Infinity-U notch, while the camera is 25MP in front and rear, with an additional rear 5MP depth and 8MP -ultra-wide cameras — not bad for the price point. It also comes with 15W fast-charging and Optical In-display Fingerprint Reader, with Android 9.0 pre-installed.

Another step down and the A30 retails for $379 and is currently available from a range of retailers, and from both Southern Phone and TeleChoice. It comes with a  6.4-inch Infinity-U, Full HD+, Super AMOLED display, 16MP front and rear camera, plus a 5MP ultra-wide additional rear camera. It also comes with 15W fast-charging, fingerprint reader and installed with Android 9.0. This device comes in a choice of black or white.

The cheapest of the A series, the A20, still provides good value at a retail price of $279. While it does have some similar specs to the A30, the most noticeable differences are in the display, which is a 6.4-inch Infinity-V HD+ Super AMOLED screen, and in its cameras. The front camera is 8MP, while the rear camera is 13MP with a 5MP ultra-wide additional rear camera. This device is available from retailers as well as from Woolworths Mobile, Southern Phone and TeleChoice, and is only available in blue.

Galaxy A70 Galaxy A50 Galaxy A30 Galaxy A20
Price From $649 From $499 From $379 From $279
Screen size 6.7-inch Infinity-U, Full HD+, Super AMOLED 6.4-inch Infinity-U, Full HD+, Super AMOLED 6.4-inch Infinity-U, Full HD+, Super AMOLED 6.4-inch Infinity-V, HD+, Super AMOLED
Battery 4,500mAh 4,000mAh 4,000mAh 4,000mAh
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 Exynos 9610, Octa-Core Exynos 7885, Octa-Core Exynos 7884, Octa-Core
Storage 128GB (up to 512GB Micro SD) 64GB (up to 512GB Micro SD) 32GB (up to 512GB Micro SD) 32GB (up to 512GB Micro SD)
Rear camera 32MP Main, 5MP Depth, 8MP Ultra-Wide 25MP Main, 5MP Depth, 8MP Ultra-Wide 16MP Main, 5MP Ultra-Wide 13MP Main, 5MP Ultra-Wide
Front camera 32MP 25MP 16MP 8MP
Operating system Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie Android 9.0 Pie

Samsung Galaxy A70 Phone Plans

If you’re hanging out for the top-level device in the A Series, and you don’t want to buy it outright, the good news is that you can pick up this phone on a plan from Telstra, Woolworths Mobile, Vodafone, TeleChoice and Southern Phone.

This table includes the cheapest plans you can combine with the A70 from these four telcos on 24-month plans. This table includes links to referral partners.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Southern Phones Logo

Samsung Galaxy A70 + Green 11

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $29 monthly device payment

min. cost $960 over 24 month plan period

1GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Mobile

Samsung Galaxy A70 + $25 Handset Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • $29 set up fee
  • Price includes $21 monthly device payment

min. cost $1,133 over 24 month plan period

4.5GBMax Data**/billing period $46Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Woolworths Mobile

Samsung Galaxy A70 + Extra Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 100GB data bank
  • Price includes $25 plan + $28.50 monthly device payment

min. cost $1,284 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $53.50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Vodafone Logo

Samsung Galaxy A70 + $35 Red Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $27.04 monthly device payment

min. cost $1,488.96 over 24 month plan period

5GBMax Data**/billing period $62.04Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Telstra Logo

Samsung Galaxy A70 + $50 Small Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Data-free music and sports streaming
  • No excess data charges
  • Access the free Telstra Air WiFi network
  • 5G network access included until 20 June, 2020
  • Price includes $30 monthly device payment

min. cost $1,920 over 24 month plan period

15GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy A50 Phone Plans

While these phones are certainly more affordable than many other premium smartphones on the market, you might still prefer to pick up your phone on a plan to avoid paying upfront.

Here is a selection of plans for the 64GB Galaxy A50 from Optus and Southern Phone. This table includes links to a referral partner.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Southern Phones Logo

Samsung Galaxy A50 64GB + Green 22

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $22 monthly device payment

min. cost $1,056 over 24 month plan period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $44Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Optus Logo

Samsung Galaxy A50 64GB + Small $39 Choice Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $21 monthly device payment

min. cost $1,440 over 24 month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $60Advertised Data^^/billing period
Southern Phones Logo

Samsung Galaxy A50 64GB + Green 40

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $22 monthly device payment

min. cost $1,488 over 24 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $62Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Optus Logo

Samsung Galaxy A50 64GB + Medium $49 Choice Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Stream Optus Sport data free
  • Price includes $21 monthly device payment

min. cost $1,680 over 24 month plan period

60GBMax Data**/billing period $70Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Samsung Galaxy A50 64GB + Large $59 Choice Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 35 countries
  • Stream Optus Sport data free
  • Price includes $21 monthly device payment

min. cost $1,920 over 24 month plan period

100GBMax Data**/billing period $80Advertised Data^^/billing period
Optus Logo

Samsung Galaxy A50 64GB + Extra Large $79 Choice Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited standard international calls & SMS to 35 countries
  • Stream Optus Sport data free
  • 4GB overseas roaming data
  • Price includes $21 monthly device payment

min. cost $2,400 over 24 month plan period

120GBMax Data**/billing period $100Advertised Data^^/billing period

Samsung Galaxy A30 Phone Plans

If you’re more interested in the Galaxy A30, both Southern Phone and TeleChoice have these devices available to buy outright or on a plan.

Here is a selection of plans for the 32GB Galaxy A30 from Southern Phone and TeleChoice. This table includes sponsored links.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
TeleChoice Mobile

Samsung Galaxy A30 + $25 Handset Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • $29 set up fee
  • Price includes $9 monthly device payment

min. cost $845 over 24 month plan period

4.5GBMax Data**/billing period $34Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Southern Phones Logo

Samsung Galaxy A30 + Green 22

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $16 monthly device payment

min. cost $912 over 24 month plan period

7GBMax Data**/billing period $22Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Mobile

Samsung Galaxy A30 + $35 Handset Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • $29 set up fee
  • Price includes $8 monthly device payment

min. cost $1,061 over 24 month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $43Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Southern Phones Logo

Samsung Galaxy A30 + Green 32

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $16 monthly device payment

min. cost $1,152 over 24 month plan period

16GBMax Data**/billing period $32Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Samsung Galaxy A20 Phone Plans

Like the look of the Galaxy A20? You’ll be able to pick up this device on plans from Southern Phone, TeleChoice and Woolworths Mobile. It’s worth noting that Woolworths Mobile separates its payments, so you’ll select a handset payment term of 24 or 36 months, then add on a plan to that.

Woolworths’ handset plans are run month-to-month (switching telcos will require you to pay off your device), however for the below comparison, we’ve included the price of the plan and handset bundle each month over 24 months.

Here is a selection of plans for the 32GB Galaxy A20 from Southern Phone, TeleChoice and Woolworths Mobile. This table includes sponsored links.

Brand Features Max Data**/billing period Advertised Cost^^/billing period
Woolworths Mobile

Samsung Galaxy A20 + Extra Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 100GB data bank
  • Price includes $25 plan + $12 monthly device payment

min. cost $888 over 24 month plan period

3GBMax Data**/billing period $37Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Mobile

Samsung Galaxy A20 + $35 Handset Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • $29 set up fee
  • Price includes $3 monthly device payment

min. cost $941 over 24 month plan period

20GBMax Data**/billing period $38Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Woolworths Mobile

Samsung Galaxy A20 + Small

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • 100GB data bank
  • Price includes $30 plan + $12 monthly device payment

min. cost $1,008 over 24 month plan period

10GBMax Data**/billing period $42Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Southern Phones Logo

Samsung Galaxy A20 + Green 32

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $12 monthly device payment

min. cost $1,056 over 24 month plan period

16GBMax Data**/billing period $32Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
TeleChoice Mobile

Samsung Galaxy A20 + $50 Handset Plan

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Unlimited texts to any country
  • $29 set up fee
  • Price includes $0 monthly device payment

min. cost $1,229 over 24 month plan period

35GBMax Data**/billing period $50Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
Southern Phones Logo

Samsung Galaxy A20 + Green 40

  • Unlimited standard national calls & SMS
  • Price includes $12 monthly device payment

min. cost $1,248 over 24 month plan period

30GBMax Data**/billing period $40Advertised Data^^/billing period Go To Site
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Should I buy a Samsung Galaxy A Series phone?

We’re really spoilt for choice when it comes to high-quality smartphones on the market. While it can be tempting to choose one of the high-end devices from Apple, Samsung, Google or Huawei, these devices can really add up – even if you opt for a phone plan bundled with a new device, spreading the payments over a couple of years. Luckily, many of these manufacturers are paying attention to the middle market, so you can pick up good-quality devices for under $700.

These devices are especially good if you’re not too fussed about having the best technology that money can buy, especially for lighter phone users, such as seniors, who still want a quality smartphone with good technology. If you’re looking at a new smartphone for your child, especially younger kids, the A20 and A30 could be a good option that still gives them a quality handset from one of the most popular manufacturers, but without the huge price tag.

If you’d like better tech, cameras and more internal storage, the A50 and A70 are quality devices at their respective price points. Both of these devices include three rear cameras, so you’ll still be able to create great photos. However if you’re really serious about your phone’s camera tech, the Galaxy S10 series does have some of the best cameras on a smartphone, so you might want to do a comparison to see what you can afford.

All in all, the Galaxy A series is a well-timed announcement for Samsung after the reported issues and delays with the gimmicky Galaxy Fold. With the likes of Huawei and OPPO disrupting the market with quality mid-range devices, and the recently launched Google Pixel 3a, this is certainly a decent and diverse range of smartphones from Samsung, and a great option if you love what Samsung has to offer but can’t afford the hefty price tag of the S10 series.

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