Samsung Galaxy A10 specs
- Size: 155.6 x 75.8 x 8.1mm
- Weight: 168 grams
- Screen: 6.2 inches
- Resolution: 720 x 1520 pixels (HD+)
- Processor: Octa Core
- RAM: 2GB
- Storage: 32GB, expandable
- Operating System: Android v9.0 (Pie)
- Cameras: 13MP rear camera and 5MP front camera
- Battery: 3400 mAh
- Colours: Red, Black, Blue
Design and screen:
Samsung has cracked the secret to making affordable handsets look good, and the Galaxy A10 has the appeal of a high-end glossy model. The gloss is courtesy of plastic, no metal or glass at this price, but it is a fingerprint magnet, nonetheless. The bezels and notch are small, giving way to the expansive looking screen. Basically, it’s a great handset to look at, and it has a nice weight to it too.
The screen at 6.2 inches is a good size, and holding the phone proves comfortable thanks to the curved edges. The design is rather minimalist; on the back of the phone, you’ll find a single camera with an LED flash on the top left corner. The bottom left of the phone houses the speaker, which does interfere with sound when the phone is flat on its back. You’ll also find space for two SIMs and a MicroSD slot to expand the phone’s storage.
Performance and processor:
No one is going to be blown away by Galaxy A10’s internal specs, they’re not bad, but there aren’t standouts here either. Its chipset, Exynos 7884, was released in 2018, and there’s only 2GB of RAM. How does it translate to real life? Those looking for budget smartphones know not to expect the world from their handset, looking for a good day-to-day option instead, and Hoppy is happy to report that the Samsung A10 does pretty great with light usage. All the simple daily tasks like calling, messaging, scrolling social media, and so on, were easy to accomplish.
Prolonged continuous use and running lots of apps at once does lead to a temperature increase and mild lag though this seems to be the worst of it.
Now, heavy usage is a different story. Running multiple heavy apps causes the phone to heat a lot; in turn, this affects performance. It can all be fixed by closing background apps, especially if you’re a keen gamer, but the 2GB RAM will always be a limitation. Again, no miracles can be expected from budget smartphones, and the Samsung A10 performs predictably well enough, per its specs.
The single-lens 13MP rear camera takes decent photos though they lack in the kind of detail we’ve become accustomed to. Keen photographers will criticise the lack of sharpness and dynamic range, too, but this handset isn’t aimed at them. For the casual photo-snapper, the camera will be more than enough, taking decent pictures in favourable conditions; it struggles in low light, but even the best camera smartphones have only recently started perfecting dark mode.
Having said that, low light photos turn out nicely saturated while HDR mode can even net you a good one. There is no coveted portrait mode to be found here as the handset is missing a secondary depth sensor – omitted luxuries that keep the price low. Still, if it’s a selfie you want, the 5MP camera performs well enough at the task.
Battery and charging:
The battery life on this model is pretty good. In real terms, the 3400 mAh battery can give you about two days of light usage while heavy use will make you reach for the charger sooner, possibly early to late evening. A full recharge is achieved in just over two hours though you could opt for a higher wattage charger to take advantage of the phone’s fast charge capability.
Price and release date:
The Samsung A10 is an excellent option for the budget-conscious with its lovely design and satisfactory performance. It’s not going to blow your socks off, but it never intended to at £139 retail price. It’s a budget phone, which fulfills all the essential functions you’d want it to, with a good battery life. It was released in March 2019, and there are now plenty of deals to be found, which is where Hoppy can help. Browse hundreds of deals, starting from as little as £9.99 with no upfront costs, and find the best one for you.
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