Samsung Galaxy A02 VS Competitors to consider

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The Samsung Galaxy A02 is a budget smartphone that is available for sale in South Africa. Samsung Galaxy smartphones are one of the leading cellphone brands in South Africa and can be considered a premium brand in other developing countries as well.

The Samsung Galaxy A02 is a popular budget smartphone for sale in South Africa. Image Source: twitter.com/amjoshcamarote

Samsung smartphones have also led the sales of cell phones in South Africa according to Statista.com. This makes them the main rival for all the other brands competing in the South African market. And as the adage goes, more competition can only be good for the consumer.

So, which alternatives to Samsung are there for us? In this article, we will explore the options in the budget smartphone category by comparing the Samsung Galaxy A02 to its direct rivals.

How will we rate the Galaxy A02’s competition?

We will compare the direct competitors of the A02, meaning we will compare other cellphones that match the cellphone specifications of the Samsung Galaxy A02 as close as possible against those from rival brands.

The specifications we will use are from the Galaxy A03 Core, and they are:

  • RAM Size: 2GB
  • Storage size: 32GB
  • Main camera size: 13MP
  • Internet speed: LTE/4G
  • Display: Hi-definition 6.5-inch screen
  • Android: Full Android 10 and above

Budget smartphones priced under R2,500

The guide price for a Samsung Galaxy A02 is around R2,500, but we have seen it on sale for R1,899. When you look at its rivals, which are budget smartphones with a price of around R2,500 and under, there is much more you can get over and above what this Samsung budget smartphone can give you.

The Galaxy A02 also lacks a fingerprint or face unlock. These features are available in phones similar to its price mark of R2,500. These features, and any extra features, will make a phone stand out.

Samsung Galaxy A02 (2021)

Let’s go through the most important specifications and features of the Samsung Galaxy A02:

CamerasMain camera 13MP, Full HD video recording
Selfie camera 5MP
RAM and StorageRAM Size 2GB
Storage Size 32GB
MicroSD (Up to 1TB)
Internet speed4G, Dual SIM
DisplayFull HD (1600×720) 6.52 inch LCD screen
Android 10 or aboveAndroid 10,  One UI Core 3.1
Extra featuresNo Face Unlock, or Fingerprint scanner
PriceOn sale for R2,413.95 from bobshop
Samsung Galaxy A02 32GB features, specs, and price.

A capable budget smartphone that can handle a everyday tasks, with dual-back cameras, 2GB of RAM and a large screen the Samsung Galaxy A02 works well as an entry-level or budget smartphone.

There might be a few things that are missing from this phone, there are a lot more reasons to buy it, its low price being one of them.

You will be able to get onto your WhatsApp and make video calls without that cloudy effect. The LTE network speed allows you watch HD videos on YouTube and download big files quickly over the internet.

Xiaomi Redmi 9a 32GB – Dual Sim (2020)

CamerasMain camera 13MP, Full HD video recording
Selfie camera 5MP
RAM and StorageRAM Size 2GB
Storage Size 32GB
MicroSD
Internet speed4G, Dual SIM
DisplayFull HD (1600×720) 6.5 inch LCD screen
Android 10 or aboveAndroid 10, MIUI 12
Extra featuresFace unlock
PriceR1,899 from BudgetCellular
Xiaomi Redmi 9a 32GB features, specs, and price.

The Xiaomi Redmi 9A features include an AI face unlock over its rival the Galaxy A02. The Samsung has a 2MP macro camera, which the Redmi does without.

The Samsung Galaxy A02 has dual rear cameras.

The price of the Redmi9A is in a similar price range to that of the Galaxy A02 and it has a big long-lasting 5000mAh battery, similar to that of this Samsung.

Redmi 9A sells for R2,124 on mia.africa.com, Xiaomi’s Africa website. Image source: mia.africa.com

Huawei Y5p (2020)

CamerasMain camera 8MP, HD video recording
Selfie camera 5MP
RAM and StorageRAM Size 2GB
Storage Size 32GB
MicroSD
Internet speed4G, Dual SIM
DisplayHD (1440×720) 5.45 inch LCD screen
Android 10 or aboveAndroid 10, EMUI 10.1
Extra features
PriceR1,999 from Loot.co.za
Huawei Y5p 32GB features, specs, and price.

The Huawei Y5P is a bit older than the Samsung Galaxy A02, but they are still on the same Android 10 Operating System. So, age might not be too big of a factor here.

The Y5P has a smaller screen, a significantly lower capacity battery at 3020mAh, and only one camera at the back. On the face of it you can only look forward to spending less on the Y5P than on the Galaxy A02.

Tecno SPARK 7 32GB Dual Sim

CamerasMain camera 16MP, HD video recording
Selfie camera 8MP
RAM and StorageRAM Size 2GB
Storage Size 32GB
MicroSD
Internet speed4G, Dual SIM
DisplayFull HD (1600×720) 5.45 inch LCD screen
Android 10 or aboveAndroid 11, HIOS 7.5
Extra featuresFingerprint unlock
PriceR1,699 from Bash
Tecno SPARK 7 32GB Dual Sim features, specs, and price

We’ve lauded the Tecno Spark Go as the best cheap smartphone to buy in South Africa, and the best cheap dual-SIM smartphone as well.

The Tecno Spark 7 is a very competent phone when compared to the Samsung Galaxy A02.

When compared to the Samsung Galaxy A02 it matches it and exceeds some of Samsung’s specifications. The Tecno has a fingerprint unlock and a bigger capacity 6000mAh battery. The Tecno also came out with Android 11 plus a bigger selfie camera sensor that is 8MP over Samsung’s 5MP.

But these differences are only on specifications. Tecno still has to prove itself as a good and reliable brand. It is a very good option to Samsung.

Vivo Y1s 32GB Dual Sim (2020)

CamerasMain camera 13MP, HD video recording
Selfie camera 5MP
RAM and StorageRAM Size 2GB
Storage Size 32GB
MicroSD
Internet speed4G, Dual SIM
DisplayHD (1520×720) 6.22-inch screen
Android 10 or aboveAndroid 10, Funtouch 10.5
Extra features
PriceR1,999 from DunnsMobile
vivo Y1s 32GB features, specs, and price.

The vivo Y1s is closely matched to the Samsung Galaxy A02, but it has a smaller screen, a smaller battery capacity, and one less back camera. The Galaxy A02 has a lead, but this vivo Y1s will have a similar performance to the Samsung for less of your rands.

Nevertheless, hunt online for specials on the vivo Y1s and you may feel that this is actually a bargain over the Samsung.

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