Samsung Galaxy A21s announced as cheap alternative to the Galaxy S20

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Update: Just a day or so after the Samsung Galaxy A21s was leaked in full, Samsung has now announced the handset, and the details are more or less exactly what was leaked, including a 6.5-inch 720 x 1600 screen, a quad-lens camera with 48MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro and 2MP depth sensors, 3GB of RAM, an octa-core chipset, a 5,000mAh battery, 32GB of storage and a 13MP front camera.

The Galaxy A21s is hitting UK stores in black, white and blue shades on June 19 for £179 (roughly $220 / AU$340 but with availability in these regions still to be confirmed at the time of writing).

You'll find the original story below, with notes where the official specs differ to the leaked ones.

The Galaxy A21s specs, as previously leaked by Roland Quandt for (a German tech website), include a 6.5-inch 720 x 1600 screen, a 5,000mAh battery, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of storage. Quandt additionally claimed that there would be a 64GB model and an Exynos 850 chipset.

That’s a new chipset which is apparently octa-core, with a maximum clock speed of 2GHz, but neither that chipset name nor the larger storage size have been confirmed at the time of writing - though we do know it uses a 2GHz octa-core one.

Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy A21s has a quad-lens rear camera, with a 48MP main sensor and an 8MP ultra-wide one. Those were both leaked, but we now know that they're joined by 2MP depth and 2MP macro sensors. On the front there’s a 13MP snapper, with the Galaxy A21s also packing a microSD card slot, Android 10, and - at least according to the leak - NFC and a headphone port.

Moving on to the design, you can see from the official renders above (and which also match the leaks) that the Samsung Galaxy A21s has an all-screen look, with a punch-hole camera in the top left corner and a slim bezel below the display.

The back meanwhile houses the quad-lens camera in a large block, and there’s also a fingerprint scanner on the rear. The Samsung Galaxy A21s is
75.3 x 163.6 x 8.9mm and is rumored to be clad in plastic and weigh 191g - though those details are yet to be confirmed at the time of writing.

It comes in black, white and blue shades, and this design bears a lot in common with some of the mid-range Galaxy A phones including the Galaxy A51, showing the low price isn't getting you a cheap-looking phone.

James Rogerson

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