Samsung’s renewing its assault on the budget market by releasing a big-batteried, budget smartphone under the $150 (Php 7.2K) pricepoint. The Samsung Galaxy M12 packs all the essentials that most people need in a budget phone, as well as a feature that’s usually seen on more expensive mid-range phones.
The new phone comes with a 6.5-inch display that has a 90Hz refresh rate – something that you wouldn’t expect on a budget device – certainly not on a phone that’s priced at around Php 7.2K.
That’s paired with a massive 6000mAh battery, along with 15W fast charging via the USB Type-C port. All of these combined make the Galaxy M12 a solid contender on pure value alone, at least on paper.
The camera modules also look promising on the Samsung Galaxy M12. On the front is an 8-megapixel sensor for selfies while on the back is a quad-camera setup that houses a 48-megapixel main sensor, a 5-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and two 2-megapixel sensors – one depth, and one macro shooter.
Unfortunately, the insides don’t match the outsides – it’s powered by a two-year-old 8nm Exynos 850 processor, with a choice of either 4GB/64GB storage or 6GB/128GB of storage. The Exynos 850 is a serviceable processor, but it’s already showing its age, and it’s a major compromise on a somewhat promising phone and featureset.
Samsung Galaxy M12 Price Philippines
The Samsung Galaxy M12 comes in two variants: the standard model has 4GB RAM / 64GB storage going for Rs. 10,999 (Php 7,3K) while the higher 6GBRAM/128GB variant goes for Rs. 13,499 (Php 9K). The phone will be launching in India on March 18. There’s no official word yet whether Samsung Philippines will offer this phone in the country, but since many of the more budget-focused smartphones launched in the subcontinent finds its way here, it’s not far-fetched to expect it to officially arrive here.