- Samsung has introduced the Galaxy F12, which offers a 90Hz screen for Rs 9,999.
- You also get a large 6000 mAh battery and four cameras.
- Galaxy F02s are also available with some compromises for Rs 8,999.
The days of paying a premium for a high refresh rate display are well and truly over. Samsung has introduced the Galaxy F12, an India-focused entry-level phone that includes a 90Hz screen at a standard starting price of Rs 10,999 (about $ 150).
The 6.5-inch “HD +” screen is otherwise unspectacular, but it still makes the Galaxy F12 a potentially very solid choice for modest game and video viewing. The eight-core, 2 GHz Exynos 850 chip, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB non-expandable storage (128 GB for 11999 Rs) are suitable for this phone class, if not much more.
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You may be more impressed with the rest of the design. The Galaxy F12 has a very large 6,000 mAh battery – and yes, there is a 15W USB-C charger in the box. You’ll also find a square rear camera setup that includes a 48MP ISOCELL GM2 main shooter, a 5MP ultra-wide camera, a 2MP depth sensor and a 2MP macro camera. An 8MP front camera handles selfies.
If you do not need the F12’s benefits, you can also buy the equally new Galaxy F02s. It offers a 60Hz 6.5-inch screen, a 5,000mAh battery (again, including charger), a Snapdragon 450 chip and a triple rear camera setup that includes a 13MP primary cam along with 2MP depth and macro sensors. However, you get stuck with Android 10. It starts at Rs 8,999 ($ 123) for a version with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, although you can pay R 9999 (about $ 137) to upgrade to 4 GB RAM and 64 GB of space.
Galaxy F02s will be available first, and will be sold through Flipkart, Samsung and other outlets on April 9 at 12 noon local time, Galaxy F12 will arrive on April 12. Pricing can make them tougher sellers than rivals like the Poco M3, which has a larger, sharper screen and expandable storage. However, a 90Hz screen is still unusual at this price – it is worth considering, although it may involve a few compromises.