The new Samsung Galaxy A04s brings some fairly good upgrades and changes over the previous generation A03s.
The number of smartphone subscriptions worldwide is over six billion, and is expected to grow in the next few years. China, India, and the United States are the countries with the highest number of smartphone users. As the penetration rate is still lower than 70 percent in highly populated countries, like China and India, tech giants like Samsung are focusing on mass market products with periodic upgrades.
Samsung’s Galaxy A Series is known for a range of smartphones that are dependable, solid, and affordable, in the budget to mid-range segment. Of course, the new Galaxy A04s also brings some upgrades and changes over the previous generation A03s.
The phone has plastic back where the 3 camera lenses are found vertically arranged, each of them is in its own bezel. On the front, around the screen, there is a clearly visible bezel and a waterdrop notch. The back panel has a textured finish which is less prone to smudges. The phone has Black, Green, White and Orange colour variants.
Galaxy A04s: Features Good and Bad
The device supports Dual SIM and measures 164.7 x 76.7 x 9.1 mm in dimension and weighs 195 grams. The smartphone features a bright, 6.5 inches PLS LCD display that has a 720 x 1600 pixels resolution, with an aspect ratio of 20:9 and a pixel density of 270ppi. Its Infinity-V display offers a refresh rate of 90Hz. At the bottom, it has a 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C port, and a speaker. On the right side, you get volume controls and the finger print sensor.
Galaxy A04s’ hardware is good at simple tasks. Powering the phone is Exynos 850 chipset designed by Samsung. Its Octa-core processor built with a Cortex A53 layout is capable of running with the highest frequency of 2GHz. It has 4GB RAM and a Mali-G52 MP1 GPU ensuring consistent speed and great visuals. However, the processor performance is average and it may have stutters, crashes, and long loading time. Lack of enough working memory and weak single-core performance are common in this price range.
The device runs on One UI 4.1 Core version of Android 12 operating system. It is packed with 3 GB, 4 GB RAM with 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB internal storage. For a full-fledged usage of the phone, you may have to opt for the 64/128GB model. Face recognition via the front-facing camera works well in proper light, but it does not have an infrared sensor thereby making it less secure.
Living up to market expectations
Galaxy A04s features Bluetooth 5.0, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS, GALILEO, QZSS, and the device is compatible with 4G VoLTE network options. It gets a triple camera setup with a 50MP main sensor, a 2MP depth sensor, a 2MP macro sensor and it has a 5MP selfie camera. It can capture videos up to 1080p 30fps with decent quality acceptable in this price range.
It is fuelled with a Li-Po 5000 mAh battery which can provide up to7-8 hours of screen time. It gets just 28% of the battery charge in the first 30 minutes while a full charge requires 2 hours and 14 minutes with the 15W charger, which is not available with the phone as part of the package.
Starting at around $170, and having a high-refresh-rate screen, a primary camera with a decent level of quality, and good battery life, it lives up to the expectations of the market as a realistic upgrade to its predecessor, Galaxy A03s. Looking to own one? Pick it here.