Samsung announced on Wednesday that six A-series smartphones – some new and some previously announced – will be coming to the United States. The product line popular in recent months is known ascompared to the company's striking and devices. The four 4G LTE phones cost between $ 110 for the Galaxy A10 and $ 400 for the Galaxy A51. Samsung even launched two 5G models, the $ 500 Galaxy A51 5G and the $ 600 Galaxy A71 5G, making Samsung get two of the cheapest 5G phones in the U.S. Here is how .
All devices are equipped with curved displays and quick-charging functions from Samsung. The high-end models have more and better camera lenses than the cheaper phones and offer further improvements such as larger batteries and more internal storage. In particular, they are all supplied with 3.5 mm headphone jacks.
The Galaxy A01 and A51 will be released at Verizon on Thursday, while the others, including the 5G models, will arrive this summer. Samsung previously introduced the A01, A11 and A51 phones for other markets, but the 5G models and the new Galaxy A21 were first introduced on Wednesday.
"What's great is that the mid-weight consumer doesn't have to choose between great technology and great value for money," Caleb Slavin, senior manager of smartphone product strategy at Samsung Electronics America, said in a conversation on Tuesday Journalists. He noted that the A-series is aimed at consumers who are interested in the essentials, such as large displays and batteries.
Samsung's mobile phone news comes as the globe fights the new outbreak of the corona virus. The virus that causes a disease called COVID-19 was first discovered in the Chinese city of Wuhan at the end of last year. The World Health Organization classified COVID-19 as a pandemic in March, and the virus has changed our way of life since then. Cities and countries around the world have issued bans, closed shops, canceled events, and told citizens to stay home to contain the corona virus. Millions of people have lost their jobs in one of the worst economic downturns in decades.
Slowdown in the phone
Smartphone manufacturers, led by Samsung and Apple, have pushed prices up in recent years. However, people who are on their budget are unlikely to currently spend $ 1,000 on a new phone. Even before the pandemic, people pushed back by waiting longer to upgrade their phones or. However, the corona virus affects both production and distribution and slows down the expansion of 5G radio technology.
Smartphone shipments saw the biggest drop ever in February – 38% to 61.8 million units, according to Strategy Analytics – when COVID-19 devastated China, one of the largest markets in the world and a major manufacturing base. Telephone sales are likely to hit a 10-year low for the year. Cellphone deliveries, including flipphones, are expected to decrease 13% to 1.57 billion units in 2020, while smartphone deliveries are expected to decrease 11% to 1.26 billion units, according to CCS Insights.
Samsung was one of the first technology companies on Monday. The company announced that sales in March will increase compared to the previous year, but will not be quite as strong as Wall Street had expected. The preliminary results have not been discussed, but will provide more information later this month. It likely benefited from strong memory chip sales, but saw a decline in smartphone business.
Smartphones have long been indispensable, even for people who cannot afford the latest expensive devices. Some purchases that would normally take place in early 2020 will be delayed later in the year, predicted Neil Shah, an analyst at Counterpoint Research. "The US should recover quickly from the rollout perspective in the second half," he said.
Cheaper 5G devices
Companies that manufacture cheaper phones have the opportunity, especially when it comes to 5G. The first 5G devices to access the superfast network were expensive. Last year's Samsung Galaxy S10 5G cost $ 1,299, while the regular 4G-enabled S10 started at $ 900. This year'sand starts at $ 1,000.
The Samsung Galaxy A90,was sold for 749 euros when it went on sale in Europe in October. The company's new 5G A51 and A71 phones are even cheaper and closer to the level advertised by companies like Chinese giant TCL.
TCL, known for its televisions, announced on Monday that it wouldin the US for $ 399 (£ 399, approximately AU $ 800) later this year. The company hopes pricing will help attract buyers immediately if it tries to build its brand outside of its BlackBerry and Alcatel labels.
Apple is expected to launch its new, cheaper iPhone every day. This device is believed to be based on the iPhone SE loved in 2016, but no 5G connectivity is expected. The iPhone SE 2020 may cost $ 399 (likely GBP 399 or AU $ 699), the same amount as its predecessor four years ago.
Samsung A Series Specifications
For Samsung, the two new 5G phones are hard to buy to match many companies in the United States. The A51 5G will cost $ 500 when it hits stores this summer. It features a 6.5-inch FHD Plus Super AMOLED Infinity-O display, a quad camera array with a 48-megapixel main lens, and 15-watt quick charge support.
The A71 5G will retail for $ 600. It features a 6.7-inch FHD Plus Super AMOLED Plus Infinity-O display, a quad camera array with a 64 megapixel main lens and a 25 watt quick charge. Both have 128 GB of internal memory, 6 GB of RAM, 4,500 mAh batteries and optical fingerprint sensors on the screen. They are also equipped with microSD slots, so you can add up to 1 TB of additional storage.
The LTE version of the Galaxy A51 offers many of the same specifications as its 5G sibling, but comes with a smaller 4,000 mAh battery. only 4 GB RAM instead of 6; and expandable memory up to 512 GB. It costs $ 400 and will be sold at Verizon on Thursday before arriving at Sprint on Friday. It will arrive at other carriers and retailers later. 4G LTE versions of the A71 and A51 are already available in the UK and Australia and start at £ 329 and AU $ 749.
AT&T plans to operate the A51 in early May. As soon as it is available, customers can order online and use the AT & T front door with virtual furnishings in selected markets.
The other phone that will be on sale at Verizon on Thursday is the low-end Galaxy A01. It costs $ 110 and has 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-facing selfie camera has 5 megapixels. The Galaxy A01 has a 3,000 mAh battery with quick charge, 16 GB internal memory and 2 GB RAM. The memory can be expanded to 512 GB using a microSD card. It will arrive at other airlines in the coming weeks.
Two more phones will be launched this summer: the $ 180 Galaxy A11 and the $ 250 Galaxy A21. The A11 has a 6.4-inch HD Plus Infinity-O display, a 4,000 mAh battery, 32 GB internal memory and 2 GB RAM. It comes with three rear-facing lenses – a 13-megapixel wide-angle, a 5-megapixel ultra-wide angle, and a 2-megapixel depth – and an 8-megapixel selfie camera with a front view.
The A21 features a 6.5-inch HD Plus Infinity-O display, a 4,000 mAh battery, 15-watt quick charge support, 32 GB internal storage and 3 GB RAM. The device has a 13-megapixel front camera and four camera lenses on the back: a 16-megapixel main camera, an 8-megapixel ultrawide, a 2-megapixel macro and a 2-megapixel depth camera. Both the A11 and the A21 can be expanded to 512 GB of memory via a microSD card.
AT & T's cricket wireless and AT&T prepaid companies will be leading the Galaxy A01 and A11 smartphones this year. Pricing and availability will be announced in the coming months.
Originally published April 8, 6 a.m. PT.
Update, 9:30 AM:  Adds the availability of AT&T.