Galaxy M12: an entry-level smartphone that promises mid-range performance!
The current sales champion of Samsung guarantees that it is better value for money for those looking for a cheap smartphone, without crashes and with good fluidity.
Yes, the Galaxy M12 promises to please different audiences, including less demanding gamers!
But is all this true?
Discover now what this entry-level smartphone has to offer:
Galaxy M12: design and construction
The Galaxy M12 brings a classic design that does not go out of style, where the protagonist is plastic.
This simple yet strong material is present in the frame and back of the device.
Reading this you must think that this is a very light smartphone, right?
In fact, the Galaxy M12 weighs 212g (7.47oz), which is a considerable weight for this build.
Well, a positive point is that it brings a 3.5mm input for conventional headphones, in addition to having a USB Type-C charging that guarantees a faster charge.
In addition, the Galaxy M12 has Gorilla Glass 3 protection, so it is protected from scratches.
Oh, and here comes the advantage of this entry-level smartphone against many more advanced devices: The Galaxy M12 features a non-hybrid card drawer!
This means you can expand your smartphone’s memory while using two chips.
And as a bonus, the device features a super responsive biometric reader on the power button.
Galaxy M12: screen
Even as an entry-level smartphone, the Galaxy M12 features a large 6.5″ PLS/IPS display with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels.
This screen has a response rate of 90hz which surprisingly refreshes very fast.
Unfortunately the construction has very considerable edges that are easily distinguished from the screen, so we have a utilization rate of only 81.9%.
But to compensate, the Galaxy M12 brings a full HD feature that delivers very beautiful colors and helps a lot with image quality.
And if we compare with other smartphones in the same category, this screen also does not disappoint in terms of brightness and sharpness!
Galaxy M12: hardware and software
Well, you have to keep in mind that this is an entry-level smartphone, so you should expect more basic hardware.
The Galaxy M12 features an 8nm Exynos 850 processor and a Mali-G52 graphics card. This union delivers a smartphone that is a little slow for downloads and for opening some app information.
The good news is that, as the days go by, we get used to the slowness and we don’t get so irritated, contrary to what happens with many devices in the same category.
Galaxy M12: Game Test
And of course we did a gaming test to see if the Galaxy M12 really can be a gaming partner, and we were impressed with the result.
Even with very basic hardware, the Galaxy M12 managed to run Call Of Duty, Pokémon Unite, PUBG, and even Free Fire very well!
Of course, it has certain limitations, but it didn’t crash even when we set it to a higher-than-allowed setting.
So, if you don’t mind some very subtle lags, this smartphone might be a good choice!
Galaxy M12: battery
The Galaxy M12 has a generous 5,000mAh LiPo battery. With that, Samsung promises 2940 minutes of talk time and an autonomy of 2 days of moderate use.
And when we put that battery to the test, we got 10 hours of continuous use at 50% brightness!
Galaxy M12: Cameras
The Galaxy M12 comes with a simple camera set that doesn’t have many features available.
For example, here we don’t have a stabilization feature or a night mode, which is a problem since the cameras have apertures that don’t let in much light.
In addition, the device does not bring many professional features for photo enhancement.
But it’s not all bad news!
The Galaxy M12 features a 48MP main camera that delivers great photos in good light conditions, and it also has a wide-angle camera with 10X zoom capability.
And for selfie lovers, it even has a great portrait mode!
48 MP, f/2.0 (main)
5 MP, f/2.2, 123° (ultra-g-angle)
2 MP, f/2.4 (macro)
2 MP, f/2.4 (depth)
8 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (ultra-angle)
1080p@30 (front and rear)