The A10s is available if you want a budget device. You might think that it’s not that good, but we don’t think this is the case. It’s one of our favourite cheaper phones on the market.
The Samsung A10s is a vision in red. We major fans of how it looks as it screams luxury. The phone’s quite affordable, so this is a good thing.
It’s unfortunately made from plastic. When you hold it in your hand, you’ll know it’s not very expensive.
At least the device is built well. It is super ergonomic. It’s got some weight to it too. How much? Well, 168 grams.
You’re looking at a large phone. This shouldn’t surprise you as most are these days. It stretches 6.2 inches across. If you have smaller hands, holding it might be an issue.
You don’t just have to pick it up in red. The A10s is available in blue, green, and black too. We have to say, we were intrigued by its green variant. You don’t usually see handsets rocking the shade.
There is a fingerprint sensor on its rear. It’s towards the upper corner of the device. It’s positioned quite well. Something else that’s not hard to reach is its buttons. They are pretty tactile too.
Looking through its sides, you’ll see a 3.5 mm headphone jack. The port’s being removed from phones these days, but it looks like cheaper devices are being saved. You’ll also find a microSD slot. The fact that you can expand its storage is something to appreciate.
Unfortunately, there isn’t a USB-C port. You’ll be utilizing a dated micro USB one. Spoiler alert – this is one of the reasons why the phone charges so slowly.
As its screen is big, the A10s lets you dive into videos. However, you’re not getting the most powerful display. The handset rocks a PLS TFT screen. If you should know anything about the panel, it’s that it produces content that’s very far away from vibrant.
Samsung’s known to place its Super AMOLED panel even in cheaper devices. We would’ve loved if they did so with the A10s.
That being said, its screen-to-body ratio is good. It is 80.7%. This is the hallmark of a modern device as bezels aren’t in anymore. You get a pretty discreet notch too. You’ll be happy to know that you can hide it through the handset’s settings.
In terms of how sharp it is, you’re not met with pin-like resolutions. It boasts a 720 x 1520 p display. You don’t have to look close to notice pixelation.
You probably won’t be able to use it in bright settings – it can’t handle glare. This is something to consider as a Sri Lankan.
You might want to watch out how rough you are with its front. It’s made from regular strengthened glass.
To be honest, we weren’t expecting such a large battery. It’s 4000 mAh, which is why the phone lasts a while. It will be by your side for over a day. Samsung’s a pro at battery-saving. You’ll have many modes to play with.
As we mentioned, charging the device is not fun. You’ll be making use of a 10 W charger. The A10s takes over 2 hours to go from 0-100%. The fact that it uses a MicroUSB port instead of a USB-C one makes things slower than they should be.
The processor inside it is a Mediatek chip. You’re met with the Helio P22. Is it any good? This depends on what you’ll be using it for. It’ll be a dream with everyday tasks, but once you get heavy-handed, you’ll be in trouble.
The handset comes with Android 9 out of the box. As it was released in 2019, it isn’t surprising that it received the Android 10 update. This makes it easier to use as you’re getting an improved UI.
In terms of the storage variants available, you can pick it up with 32 GB of space, and 2 or 3 GB of RAM. If it had more RAM, it’d be easier to use. It’s one of the reasons you can’t multitask easily.
If you remember, we said that you can expand its storage. This is appreciated as 32 GB of space probably won’t be enough for you.
Its camera is not very good. There is a dual set-up on its rear. Its primary sensor is a 13 MP wide lens. Its secondary sensor is a 2 MP depth sensor. Shots look washed out. Things get especially bad in low light, as you can imagine.
Its front camera consists of a single shooter. It is an 8 MP lens. No surprise, it won’t leave you Instagram ready.
To help you make the best decision, we compared the Samsung A10s with alternatives.
You might be able to tell from its name that it’s newer than the A10s. It came out in 2020. The device is made from plastic. That being said, its rear has a cool metallic look to it.
It comes in at 177 grams. This makes it feel more premium than its counterpart.
It is a big phone. Its screen stretches 6.4 inches across.
They both rock the PLS TFT panel. As you know, this means that they don’t produce the best colour. The device is as sharp as its brother.
It comes with a better screen-to-body ratio, but it’s not superior by much.
If you’re a notch hater, you’ll love to know that there isn’t one on the handset. Instead, you’re met with a punch-hole.
Out of the box, you’re getting Android 10. This eliminates the headache of waiting for the update.
Its processor is better than the Helio P22. It is the Snapdragon 450. Like the chipset on its counterpart, it is also basic.
In terms of its storage options, you can pick it up in 32 and 64 GB of space. Along with this, 2 and 3 GB of RAM is available. If you’re wondering whether you can expand its storage or not, the answer’s yes.
The battery is as large as the A10s’. You don’t utilize a 10 W regular charger, though. The A11 thankfully makes use of a 15 W fast charger. The device takes around 2 hours to go from 0-100%.
There are 3 lenses on its rear. This is quite impressive for a phone its price. Its primary lens is a 13 MP wide lens, its secondary sensor is a 5 MP ultrawide lens, and its tertiary sensor is a 2 MP depth sensor. Meanwhile, its front camera is 8 MP.
The Samsung Galaxy M01 is also a new phone. It was released in June of this year. Newer devices tend to be larger, but it’s below 6 inches. It comes with a 5.7-inch display. It’s pretty thick too. Its dimensions are 147.5 x 70.9 x 9.8 mm.
It is fully made from plastic. The plastic on it has a metallic look to it, which is why the M01 looks more expensive than it is. It’s got some heft as well. It’s 168 grams like the A10s.
You know how large its screen is, but did you know that it rocks a PLS TFT panel? It’s the same one we met in its counterpart, so it’s not very vibrant.
The phone doesn’t have the best screen resolution. It’s 720 x 1520 pixels, which is common with other budget phones. In terms of its screen-to-body ratio, you’re getting 78.1%.
As it was released this year, it comes with Android 10 out of the box.
What about its processor? Well, the Snapdragon 439 chip is present. It’s a chipset that’s superior to its alternative.
The phone has identical storage options, though. You can pick it up with 32 GB of space, and 3 GB of RAM. Of course, there’s expandable storage.
Battery wise, a 4000 mAh unit is present. The M01 lasts over a day. Unfortunately, you’ll be making use of a 10 W regular charger to get it from 0-100%.
Its camera consists of a dual set-up. There is a primary 13 MP wide lens, and a 2 MP depth sensor. In terms of its front camera, a 5 MP shooter is present.
When it comes to budget devices, everyone knows Samsung does them the best. They’re jam packed with goodies, and built well too. That’s why it isn’t shocking that we think the Samsung A10s is one of the best budget ones around.
To begin with, it has a fabulous battery, is ergonomic, and has a good display (although not vibrant).
When compared with alternatives, the newer A11 outdoes it. However, the A10 gives it a run for its money.
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