5G is a new technology, and it has this pervasive reputation that only top-tier phones can support it. Well, Samsung says that shouldn't be the case.
Whereas most 5G-capable offerings announced thus far have been variants of phones at the top end of the price spectrum, Samsung's latest, the Galaxy A90 5G, flips the script and declares 5G doesn't have to reside exclusively in the top-tier department. Essentially, this means Samsung is fitting 5G into its mid-range Galaxy A lineup, which is positioned below its fancier offerings such as the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Note 10.
Top-tier features appearing on mid-range offerings isn't a novel idea. Samsung itself has been doing a lot of this lately. For instance, it added high-end functionalities such as quad-camera systems and flip-up camera mechanisms on its mid-range lineup. At its core, this is a strategy to aggressively go after Chinese manufacturers offering very decently spec'd smartphones for cheap.
Galaxy A90 5G Specs
As for the specs, the Galaxy A90 5G has a solid sheet despite its mid-range underpinnings. It's got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, up to 8 GB of RAM, and 128 GB of onboard storage. Those are top-tier territory already.
The display is a 6.7-inch 1080p OLED panel with a tiny Infinity-U notch and an in-display fingerprint scanner, another feature not usually found on mid-range options these days. On the back is a triple-camera system — the main lens is a 48-megapixel sensor, the second is an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter, and the third is a 5-megapixel depth sensor. On the front, there's a sizable 32-megapixel selfie shooter. Under the hood, a 4,500 mAh battery keeps everything juiced, and it charges at up to 25 W.
With specs like that, one would think the Galaxy A90 is a true flagship device. The real differentiator here would be its price, something Samsung has yet to announce. 5G is a welcome innovation for this phone, but at this point, it's not a concrete selling point considering how underwhelming the current iteration of 5G is and its unavailability in other parts of the world.
Pricing And Release Date
It also remains unclear whether the Galaxy A90 5G will offer 5G in various markets as well, including in India, where mid-range phones are a very popular choice among budget-conscious customers. The only sure thing for now is that the Galaxy A90 5G is coming out in South Korea on Sept. 3. Make sure to check back with Tech Times as we learn more.