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Samsung's India-focused Galaxy F12 packs a 90Hz display at a low price
- Samsung has introduced the Galaxy F12, which offers a 90Hz display for Rs 9,999.
- You’ll also get a large 6,000mAh battery and quad cameras.
- The Galaxy F02s is also available with a few tradeoffs 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 display for a regular starting price of Rs 10,999 (about $150).
The 6.5-inch “HD+” screen is otherwise unspectacular, but that still makes the Galaxy F12 a potentially very solid pick for modest gaming and video viewing. The eight-core, 2GHz Exynos 850 chip, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of non-expandable storage (128GB for Rs 11,999) are appropriate for this phone class, if not much more.
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You may be more impressed by the rest of the design. The Galaxy F12 carries a very large 6,000mAh battery — and yes, there’s a 15W USB-C charger in the box. You’ll also find a quad rear camera array that includes a 48MP ISOCELL GM2 main shooter, a 5MP ultra-wide cam, a 2MP depth sensor, and a 2MP macro camera. An 8MP front-facing camera handles selfies.
If you don’t need the F12’s perks, you can also buy the equally new Galaxy F02s. It offers a 60Hz 6.5-inch display, a 5,000mAh battery (again, charger included), a Snapdragon 450 chip, and a triple rear camera setup that includes a 13MP primary cam along with 2MP depth and macro sensors. You’ll be stuck with Android 10 at first, though. It starts at Rs 8,999 ($123) for a version with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, although you can pay Rs 9,999 (about $137) to upgrade to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of space.
The Galaxy F02s will be available first, going on sale through Flipkart, Samsung, and other outlets on April 9 at 12PM local time, The Galaxy F12 will arrive on April 12. The pricing may make them tougher sells than rivals like the POCO M3, which boasts a larger, sharper display and expandable storage. However, a 90Hz display is still uncommon at this price — that’s worth considering even if it might involve a few tradeoffs.