The Samsung Galaxy F12: Should You Buy It?

The Samsung Galaxy F12 (64GB) is the company's entry-level smartphone with a strong set of features. A quad-rear camera array (48MP+5MP+2MP+2MP) and an 8MP selfie camera are included in the device's camera arrangement. Thanks to the 4GB of RAM, multitasking is a breeze. It has plenty of storage space and can be expanded up to 1TB with a microSD card. An amazing 6000mAh battery with fast-charging capabilities powers the smartphone. On the downside, the device lacks any kind of glass protection and weighs in at 221 grams. 

The Samsung Galaxy F12


PROS AND CONS

PROS:

1. 128GB internal storage
2. Exynos 850 processor
3. Android 11 Operating System
4. Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
5. 6.5-inch HD+ display with 90Hz refresh rate
6. Extra-large 6000 mah battery
7. Stunning 48MP quad-rear camera setup.

CONS:

1. No dust and water resistance
2. No fast charging
3. No Gorilla Glass protection
4. No 5G connectivity
5. 720-pixel resolution

Price In India:

In India, the Samsung Galaxy F12 is available on Flipkart India and the Samsung India website, among other retailers. It is priced at Rs.10,999/- for the 64GB+4GB model, and Rs.11,999/- for the 128GB+4GB model. Flipkart offers a discount of up to Rs.11,200/- on exchanges. There is a slew of other offers and discounts, including an Rs.1,000 instant discount on ICICI Bank CC, Credit EMI, and Debit non-EMI transactions, as well as an Rs.1,000 quick discount on ICICI Bank CC. Celestial Black, Sea Green, and Sky Blue are the color options available. 

Some Key Specs

× Display: 16.55 cm (6.515 inch) HD+
× Infinity-V Display, 90Hz refresh rate
× Processor: Exynos 850 chipset
× Battery: 6000 mAh
× Weight: 221g
× Storage: 4GB/64GB, 4GB/128GB
× Rear cameras: 48MP+5MP+2MP+2MP 
× Software: OneUI 3.0 based on Android 11
×Selfie camera: 8MP
× Dimensions: 164.00 x 75.90 x 9.70 mm

Now let's go through the detailed review. 

Design 

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy M12, which features a textured plastic rear panel, the Samsung Galaxy F12 sports a vertically striped pattern. When you hold it, you'll notice that all of the lines are parallel to one other, which aids in maintaining a strong grip on the phone. You won't have to worry about fingerprints or smudges because there's no glass. Though I believe the strips make the phone appear cheap, this is just my perspective, and you may have a different viewpoint.

A quad-camera system in a square camera bump takes up only a little portion of the back panel. That's a thing because the phone appears to be tall.

When you flip the phone over, you'll see a massive display with a waterdrop-shaped notch. Yes, there are deep bezels around the edges, and the chin is quite thick, but that's to be expected at this price point, so it's not a major flaw. If you don't like the stripped-down design, the Galaxy M12 is a better option. The device's weight of 221 grams justifies the price tag it is aiming for. The Samsung Galaxy F12 sports a secondary microphone on top, a SIM card slot on the left, a power button with a fingerprint scanner and a volume rocker on the right, and a primary microphone, a 3.5mm headphone connector, a USB Type-C port, and a single bottom-firing loudspeaker at the bottom. 

Display 

A 6.5-inch HD+ LCD panel with a resolution of 720 x 1600 pixels is included in the Samsung Galaxy F12. It does come with an unidentified version of Corning Gorilla Glass on top, but everything else is identical to the Galaxy M12.

At Rs.10,999/-, you get a display with a 60Hz refresh rate, which is thankfully adaptive rather than static. This guarantees that the refresh rate varies according to the needs. The display has a tendency to mess with the refresh rate, such as when YouTube is set to 90Hz and the notification shade to 60Hz. Scrolling on Instagram and Facebook works at 90Hz. Similarly, high-resolution programs like games would benefit from 90Hz. Although the display is brilliant, it will struggle in intense sunlight, which is a trade-off you will have to accept when purchasing a budget smartphone. The panel is massive and there's no denying it, so watching anything on it in HD+ or lower is a satisfying experience.

Furthermore, the display includes an eye comfort barrier that blocks out excessive blue light and avoids eye strain. This is especially noticeable at night when there is little to no ambient light to compensate for the brilliantly lighted display, however, you may reduce the brightness to a minimum in such situations. 

The display is ordinary, and the only selling point is the 90Hz refresh rate, but can you expect more at this price? No, I don't believe so. You will enjoy the Galaxy F12's IPS LCD panel if you are upgrading from a TFT or LCD panel, but if you are downgrading from AMOLED, I highly doubt you will find a reason to love it other than the fact that LCD panels are excellent battery savers. 

Camera

In terms of optics, the Samsung Galaxy F12 features a quad-camera configuration. It will have a 48MP primary sensor with an f/2.0 aperture, as well as a 5MP ultrawide sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, a 2MP macro sensor, and a 2MP depth sensor, all with an f/2.4 aperture. The front camera has an 8MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.2.

If you've seen those specifications before, it's because the Samsung Galaxy F12 and the Galaxy M12 share nearly all of their specifications.

I put the camera equipment to the test in order to see how well it worked. In the daytime or with artificial lighting, the back primary shooter can produce good shots with decent details. Because there is no night mode on board, low-light photography will undoubtedly suffer.

Because the photographs aren't very detailed, you'll have to settle for ordinary results, but at Rs.10,999/-, I don't think it detracts from the price justification. The ultrawide snapper captures a wider image, though Samsung hasn't specified how much wider. The Galaxy M12 takes ultrawide images at 123 degrees, while I believe the Galaxy F12 takes photos with a smaller or equivalent field of view.

For portrait photographs, the depth sensor is used in conjunction with the primary shooter, and it is undeniably ordinary, as are the shots were taken with the macro sensor. 

Overall, if the Galaxy F12 is your first Android smartphone and you've never used an iPhone or an Android device from a few years ago, you'll be pleased with the camera photos and videos. The images are disappointing for the remainder of the users, with a lack of sharpness, details, and dynamic range. The shutter speed is also mehh..., thus there are some drawbacks to utilizing the Galaxy F12 smartphone on a budget. 

Performance 

The Exynos 850 octa-core chipset used in the Samsung Galaxy F12 proven to be a good entry-level chipset on the Galaxy M12. There are two storage configurations available: 64GB and 128GB storage, both with 4GB RAM and a dedicated card slot.

So far, day-to-day usage has been smooth, and we are hopeful that this will continue in the future. We'll test the phone to its limits and report back in our review with further performance numbers and gaming experience.

Dual-band Wi-Fi is not supported by the phone. Apart from that, we haven't had any problems with connectivity or calling.

With light to moderate use, the 6000mAh battery should last more than a day, if not two. When it comes to quick charging, Samsung is once again holding back. It comes with a 15W Adaptive fast charger, which is standard on practically all low-cost, mid-range, and even high-end phones. 

Battery

The Samsung Galaxy F12 is equipped with a massive 6,000 mAh battery that should easily last more than a day and a half on mixed usage. Using it sparingly will almost certainly extend its battery life to the next day.