Samsung Galaxy A02s bags NBTC certification, launch seems imminent

Galaxy A02s

Samsung has pretty much reinvented its lineup of budget smartphones with the Galaxy A and M series. This year, the company gave a step further to make its smartphones more accessible by introducing the Galaxy A01 and M01 smartphones. Apparently, these devices are performing well to the point that the company is now preparing new devices to continue this super budget lineup. A new entry-level device dubbed Galaxy A02s will soon join Samsung’s portfolio as it has just passed through Thailand’s NBTC certification. The new listing confirms dual-SIM support and 4G LTE connectivity.

Galaxy A02s

Galaxy A02s rumored specs

Unfortunately, Thailand’s NBTC certification fails to give deeper details about the handset. However, the device passed through the GeekBench benchmark and it reveals some tidbits about its internals. First of all, the handset packs a 1.8GHz Octa-Core Qualcomm chipset. While the chipset name is unknown, it is most likely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 460 SoC. This is an excellent chipset, even for the low-end segment. It packs four Cortex-A73 cores. The handset processing power is paired with 3GB of RAM. The phone scored 756 points in the Single-Core tests and 3,932 in the Multi-Core department. Those results are quite high, but worth noting that this was taken on GeekBench 4.x which has higher scores than the 5.x platform.

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It’s interesting to see 3GB of RAM here, but not a big surprise. Starting in November, Google will require 2GB RAM phones to run Android Go. Samsung probably does not want its budget device to come without One UI. After all, the Snapdragon 460 SoC can run stock Android 10 without problems. We’ll probably see more variants with extra storage at the launch. The Storage should start at 32GB, but of course, the device will bring microSD card support. Other rumored specifications include a 5.7-inch HD+ waterdrop notch display. It is likely coming with a dual-camera setup at the back with a 13MP primary camera and a 2MP depth sensor. In connectivity options, the phone packs GSM/WCDMA/FDD-LTE, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi-Direct, and Bluetooth V 4.2. However, all the other specs are still unknown.

Samsung is yet to confirm the Galaxy A02s arrival. However, the device already passed through several certification departments like NBTC and Bluetooth SIG. Considering the number of certifications popping out, we assume that the device’s launch is not too far from here, maybe in November.

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