Starting at just $ 110, Samsung's low-priced Galaxy A series phones for the US Introduced on Wednesday, the US is more accessible to buyers on a budget. And they come as consumers wait for Apple to come up with its own cheaper smartphone, likely a successor to the 2016s.. So yes, as the world economy collapses and more than a million people have been diagnosed with the novel We, Samsung bets will still need new phones, even if we are not willing to pay that much for them.
Samsung said Wednesday that six smartphones in its Series A line, some new and others previously announced, will come to the United States. The lineup, which has been popular in recent months, iscompared to flashy company Y devices. All four 4G LTE phones range from $ 110 for the Galaxy A10 to $ 400 for the Galaxy A51. Samsung even introduced two 5G models, the $ 500 Galaxy A51 5G and $ 600 Galaxy A71 5G, giving Samsung two of the cheapest 5G phones in the United States. Here it is .
All devices have curved displays and Samsung fast charge capabilities. High-end models have more, and better, camera lenses than cheaper phones, and come with other improvements, such as larger batteries and more internal storage. And notably, they all come with 3.5mm headphone jacks.
The Galaxy A01 and A51 will hit the market on Thursday first at Verizon, while the others, including 5G models, will arrive this summer. Samsung previously unveiled the A01, A11, and A51 phones for other markets, but Wednesday is the first time it talks about its 5G models and its new Galaxy A21.
"The good thing is that the average consumer doesn't have to choose between great technology and great value," Caleb Slavin, senior manager of smartphone product strategy at Samsung Electronics America, said Tuesday in a call with reporters. He noted that Series A is aimed at consumers who care about "essentials" like big screens and batteries.
The news from Samsung's phone comes as the world battles the new coronavirus outbreak. The virus, which causes a disease called COVID-19, was first detected in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year. The World Health Organization in March called COVID-19 a pandemic, and the virus has since changed the way we live. Entire cities and countries around the world have issued lockouts, closing stores, canceling events, and ordering citizens to stay home to help contain the coronavirus. Millions of people have lost their jobs amid one of the worst economic crises in decades.
A slowdown of the phone
Smartphone manufacturers, led by Samsung and Apple, have been raising prices in recent years. But people on the budget are unlikely to spend $ 1,000 on a new phone right now. Even before the pandemic, people were backing off by waiting longer to update their phones or. But the coronavirus is hurting both production and sales, as well as slowing the expansion of 5G wireless technology.
Smartphone shipments saw their biggest drop in February: 38% to 61.8 million units, according to Strategy Analytics, as COVID-19 devastated China, one of the world's largest markets and a manufacturing hub. vital. Throughout this year, phone sales should reach a minimum of 10 years. Mobile phone shipments, which include folding phones, are likely to drop 13% to 1.57 billion units in 2020, while smartphone shipments are expected to drop approximately 11% to 1.26 billion units, according to CCS Insights.
Samsung on Monday became. The company said its sales for the March quarter will increase from a year earlier, but will not be as strong as Wall Street anticipated. He did not elaborate on his preliminary results, but will provide more information later this month. It probably benefited from strong memory chip sales, but saw a decline in its smartphone business.
Still, smartphones have long been viewed as essential, even for people who can't afford the latest expensive devices. Some purchases that would normally be made in early 2020 will be delayed until later in the year, Counterpoint Research analyst Neil Shah predicted. "The United States should recover quickly in the second half from a deployment perspective," he said.
Cheaper 5G devices
There is an opportunity for companies that make cheaper phones, especially when it comes to 5G. The first 5G devices to access the super fast network have been expensive. Last year's Samsung Galaxy S10 5G cost $ 1,299, while its normal 4G-enabled S10 started at $ 900. These yearsand start at $ 1,000.
Samsung Galaxy A90,, sold for 749 euros (about $ 830) when it went on sale in Europe in October. The company's new A51 and A71 5G phones are even cheaper and closer to the level promoted by companies like the Chinese giant TCL.
TCL, best known for its televisions, said Monday it will sellin the United States for $ 399 (£ 399, approximately AU $ 800) later this year. The company hopes that the prices will help it attract buyers immediately as it tries to build its brand out of its BlackBerry and Alcatel labels.
Apple, meanwhile, is expected to unveil its new, less expensive iPhone any day. That device is believed to be based on the beloved iPhone SE of 2016, but is not expected to have 5G connectivity. The iPhone SE 2020 can cost $ 399 (probably £ 399 or AU $ 699), the same amount as its predecessor four years ago.
Samsung A Series Specifications
As for Samsung, its two new 5G phones will be difficult to match for many companies in the United States. The A51 5G will cost $ 500 when it goes on sale this summer. It features a 6.5-inch FHD Plus Super AMOLED Infinity-O display, a four-camera array with a 48-megapixel main lens, and 15-watt fast charge support.
The A71 5G will retail for $ 600. It has a 6.7-inch FHD Plus Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O display, a four-camera array with a 64-megapixel primary lens, and 25-watt fast charge. Both have 128GB of internal storage, 6GB of RAM, 4,500mAh batteries, and optical on-screen fingerprint sensors. They also come with microSD slots, allowing you to add up to 1TB of additional memory.
The LTE version of the Galaxy A51 features many of the same specs as its 5G brother, but it comes with a smaller 4,000 mAh battery; only 4 GB of RAM instead of 6; and expandable memory of up to 512 GB. It costs $ 400 and goes on sale at Verizon on Thursday before hitting Sprint on Friday. It will reach other operators and retailers later. The 4G LTE versions of the A71 and A51 are already on sale in the UK and Australia, starting at £ 329 and AU $ 749.
AT&T plans to bring the A51 out in early May. When available, customers will be able to order online and access AT&T deliveries with virtual setup in select markets.
The other phone to go on sale at Verizon on Thursday is the low-end Galaxy A01. It costs $ 110 and features a 5.7-inch HD Plus Infinity-V display. It has two rear cameras, a 13-megapixel main camera, and a 2-megapixel depth lens. The front selfie camera is 5 megapixels. The Galaxy A01 has a 3,000 mAh battery with fast charge and comes with 16 GB of internal memory and 2 GB of RAM. The memory can be expanded to 512 GB through a microSD card. It will reach other carriers in the coming weeks.
Two other phones will hit the market this summer: the $ 180 Galaxy A11 and $ 250 Galaxy A21. The A11 features a 6.4-inch HD Plus Infinity-O display, a 4,000 mAh battery, 32GB of internal storage, and 2GB. of RAM. It comes with three rear-facing lenses: a 13-megapixel wide-angle, 5-megapixel ultra-wide-angle and 2-megapixel depth, and an 8-megapixel front-facing selfie camera.
The A21 has a 6.5-inch HD Plus Infinity-O display, 4,000 mAh battery, 15-watt fast charge support, 32 GB of internal storage and 3 GB of RAM. The device has a 13-megapixel front camera and four camera lenses on the back: a 16-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultra-wide angle, 2-megapixel macro, and 2-megapixel depth camera. Both the A11 and A21 can be expanded to 512 GB of memory via a microSD card.
AT&T and AT&T Prepaid companies Cricket Wireless will carry the Galaxy A01 and A11 smartphones this year. He said he will announce prices and availability in the coming months.
Originally posted on April 8 at 6 a.m. PT.
Update, 9:30 a.m.: Add AT&T availability.