Samsung’s newest handset could compete with the best cheap phones

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Samsung has just unveiled what could be its final phone of 2021, and while it won’t compete with the Samsung Galaxy S21, it could have a shot at being one of the cheapest phones around.

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Dubbed the Samsung Galaxy A03, it follows the entry-level Samsung Galaxy A03s that was announced in September, and it looks a bit more end-of-life than that phone – but still definitely on the affordable side.

It packs a 6.5-inch HD+ screen, 5,000mAh battery, 48MP main camera, 2MP depth sensor, 5MP front-facing camera, Dolby Atmos audio, and an unnamed octa-core chipset.

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An infographic detailing the Samsung Galaxy A03
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According to an infographic, it is set to land in a choice of three configurations – one with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, one with 4GB RAM and 64GB storage, and one with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage – although we will be offering all regions. Don’t expect all three models in

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As for the design, the Samsung Galaxy A03 flaunts a plastic body in a choice of red, blue or black, and has a notch at the top of the screen.

We don’t yet know how much it will cost or where it will be available, but for reference the Samsung Galaxy A03s landed in the UK for a price of £139 (about $195 / AU$260), so we’d expect the Galaxy A03 The price is a little higher than that – but not by much.


Analysis: Galaxy A03 has a lot of competition

Until we know the price, it’s hard to say for sure how attractive the Samsung Galaxy A03 will be, but its specs are nostalgic for the most part.

The battery is a reasonable size and its 48MP camera could be fine, but in every other sense it feels extremely basic – which is fine if it’s priced accordingly.

However, it’ll need to be much cheaper (or perform better than specifications) to top our list of cheapest phones, though with a 120Hz screen like the Xiaomi Poco X3 NFC and the Moto G9 Power 6,000mAh battery. Offer too much for not too much money.

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