Updated on 2019-04-02 by Sylvester Avijit Gomes
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Samsung has been doing pretty well with the introduction of its budget lineup the M series. However, the A series which is basically its midrange flagship series has also been upping its game lately. Today we would be looking into the most affordable lot from the A series. Enter the Galaxy A10.
The question that remains is this that is the A10 going to beat the likes of Redmi and Realme? Or will it be just another phone trying to compete with the below rupees 10k range of smartphones? Read on to find out.
The first time when you see this phone you will be greeted with an all plastic build. Now we can’t really expect a glass build at this price range but the phone does not feel cheap all thanks to its rounded corners. The phone is quite hefty for a plastic build phone coming in at a 168g.
Apart from this, we have got a single 13MP shooter with an led flash at the top left corner with a back-firing speaker at the bottom left corner of the phone at the back. Turning over to the front of the phone we are greeted by the 6.2-inch infinity-V display which basically means that the notch on the phone looks like a V. More on the display to come later on. On the right side of the phone, you have the power button with the volume rocker on top of it. Coming to the left side of the phone we have a hybrid SIM slot carrying 2 SIM’s or a SIM and a micro SD card up to 512GB. At the bottom, we have the headphone jack to the left corner and the micro USB port to the center of the phone. The overall build and design are pretty much what is to be expected for a phone if this budget.
Now we mentioned that the screen is 6.2 inch with a V type notch earlier. This is, however, an HD+ panel with a resolution of 1520x720 pixels. This is nothing special nor is it a bad thing as it is expected from phones from in this budget. However, it is to be said that the quality of the panel is good considering the fact that it is from Samsung.
Coming to the software front its good news as the A10 runs on the latest One UI from Samsung on top of Android 9 Pie. One UI is a huge design, feature and performance overhaul from the previous messy versions of Experience UI that Samsung phones have been coming with. Honestly, this is probably our 2nd favorite custom skin after Oxygen OS that is close to stock android.
Well, sadly this is the end of the things that are okayish to decent about this phone. This is because the performance, camera, and battery are a bit of let down.
Looking at the battery rating, Galaxy A10 has a 3400mAh non-removable battery. Now when coupled with an HD+ display it offers a backup of more than a day. However, when we consider the presence of its closest competitor the Realme 3 the 3400mAh battery looks puny. That is because the Realme 3 has a massive 4230mAh coupled with the same resolution display.
Coming to the camera review, the Galaxy A10 packs a single 13MP F1.9 shooter to the rear with a 5MP F2.2 shooter to the front for a selfie. Now the pictures coming out of both the camera is decent. Now, what is disappointing is this that the cameras fail to compete with the lower priced M10 let alone phones from another brand. This is so as the M10 pack's dual cameras at the back, a similar primary 13MP at F1.9 along with a 5MP ultra-wide lens. Now things get even worse when we compare the cameras of the A10 with the Realme 3 which offers 13MP F1.8 primary camera and a 2MP depth sensor at the back and a whopping 13MP F2.0 sensor for selfies. Overall the camera at this price is not impressive considering the competition.
Now, we guess what one could do by an average camera and battery. But what if your phone feels sluggish all thanks to the choice of processor? The A10 comes with Samsung’s in-house Exynos 7884. This is an octa-core processor with 2 performance A-72 cores clocked at 1.6gHz and 6 power efficient A-53 cores clocked at 1.35gHz and is only marginally better than the Exynos 7870 used in the M10.
Again, matters get worse when we consider what the Realme 3 has got to offer. The Realme 3 comes with the Helio P70 which is literally the same processor used in the 25K priced Oppo F11 pro. Considering the Realme 3 cost only 500 rupees more than the A10 the bump in performance gives a difference of night and day. Not only is the CPU on the P70 more powerful than the 7884 but so is the GPU which in any given day is more powerful than the 7884. Overall the choice of processor is also sub-standard for the 9k pricing and the use of the Exynos 7904 would have been much appreciated.
The only variant of the A10 available is the Rupees 8499 one. This will get you 3 color option of Blue, Black or Red. What you get for this money is a 2GB RAM with a 32GB internal storage which is further expandable with the help of a hybrid memory card slot up to 512GB.
Comparing the Galaxy A10 with Galaxy M10 and Realme 3.
The Galaxy M10 has 2 variants: A rupees 7990 variant and an 8990 variant. The 7990 variant gets you 2GB RAM and 16GB of internal while the 8990 variant gets you a 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage which again is expandable up to 512GB using a dedicated memory card slot. If you don’t want to buy a Chinese phone then we’d advise you to go for the M10 rather than the A10 it’s a way greater value for money even at the base variant.
However, if you don’t have a beef with Chinese manufacturers, we’d definitely advise you to shell 500 rupees more and get the Realme 3 which is a better phone in every aspect possible. However, if you have a liking for the brand Samsung and trust in the quality, A10 and M10 are the best Samsung smartphone option for 9k budget despite a shortfall in features.
If you would like to read the reviews given by customers who bought Samsung A10, check out the links below
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Samsung A10 is a decent phone on its own but it is a bit disappointing when you start comparing it to Samsung's own M10 or Realme 3. Both M10 and Realme 3 provide much better overall performance at a slightly higher price.