Samsung to bring 5G to A-series phones this summer

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Samsung's new A-series phones will support 5G this summer.
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Samsung’s Galaxy S-series smartphones tend to steal the show. However, its budget-friendly A-series devices are nothing to scoff at. This summer, Samsung will release two Galaxy A-series smartphones that are 5G-enabled. That’s big news for anyone looking to hop on the fastest networks without breaking the bank.

Even before those devices launch, Samsung is releasing two new Series-A devices that could be worth considering for users that don’t need the extra features of a flagship phone.

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With the coronavirus pandemic in full-swing, the smartphone market has stumbled. Consumers are more concerned about their health than the latest new gadget. However, when it ends, people will certainly be back to buying phones.

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In the aftermath of the pandemic, spending $1,000+ on the new Galaxy S20 probably won’t be an option for many people. While that is a terrific smartphone, Samsung’s new A-series devices measure up fairly well.

Four of these will be LTE devices while the other two are 5G-enabled. All of the new phones feature Samsung’s curved displays and fast charging capabilities. It’s also worth noting that they include a 3.5mm headphone jack—a feature that’s painfully missing from the new Galaxy S20 lineup.

It will release two of six models this April. The Galaxy A01 and A51 will hit the market first on April 9 from Verizon. Other carriers will begin supporting them in the following weeks. Samsung previously unveiled these devices for international markets, but this is the first time that they were announced for the U.S.

Caleb Slavin, senior manager of smartphone product strategy at Samsung Electronics America, says, “What’s great is the midtier consumer doesn’t have to choose between great technology and great value.”

Samsung’s new A-series phones boast impressive features like big, crystal-clear screens, and batteries that support all-day use. The $400 A51 even has a fingerprint scanner built into its display.

New Series-A 5G Models

This year’s Galaxy S20 phones will all support 5G. However, the cheapest among them is still $1,000. It’s a bit surprising that Samsung is unveiling budget-friendly A-series phones with 5G capabilities since this is the first generation of smartphones to widely support the new network.

The company plans to release both of its 5G A-series devices this summer. They will be a 5G version of the A51 and the A71. At $600, the latter is near the lower range of flagship pricing. However, its specs warrant the price tag.

It boasts a 6.7-inch FHD+ OLED Infinity-O display with a hole-punch camera and an in-display fingerprint sensor. The A71 also has a rear quad-camera system with a 64-megapixel main lens. It comes with 128GB of storage that’s expandable to 1TB via microSD card. In terms of 5G support, the A71 works with both mmWave and sub-600MHz spectrums. That will help futureproof it for at least a couple of years.

The big draw of Samsung’s new A-series phones, of course, is the 5G capabilities coupled with their lower price tag. However, even the LTE versions could be worth considering as consumers look to upgrade following the coronavirus pandemic.

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