Our Samsung Galaxy A12 shipped with Android 10, but the Android 11 update with Samsung’s One UI 3.1 is available via OTA. It should receive two years of software updates as well as a total of four years of security patches that will accompany the Galaxy A12 until late 2024 or early 2025. Our device has not received Android 12 yet, but it should be on its way shortly. Low-priced phones seem to be just eager to add a touch of quality with mirrored backs and fingerprint magnets. Fortunately, the Samsung Galaxy A12 bucks this trend and instead relies on a matte finish that feels soft in the hand. The large 6.5-inch display means that a good grip is a must if you want to forgo a case. The display may only have HD+ resolution, but it’s still big enough and clear enough to watch the latest shows. We’ll always praise a headphone jack, and wired headphones are the best way to enjoy sound on the Galaxy A12, as opposed to the down-firing mono speaker. Samsung has also decided to leave the fingerprint reader on the back of the Galaxy A11 in the past. Instead, the Galaxy A12 relies on a side-mounted option that is very quick and easy to use and enhances the overall look of the device. Adorning the back is Samsung’s camera array, topped by a 48MP main shooter that works well enough for a budget outdoor camera phone. You can also use the macro and ultrawide cameras for added flexibility. The camera app is easy to use, although it can take a moment to find the macro button as it’s hidden in the More tab. Samsung’s One UI is currently one of the better Android interfaces on the market, and it is as good as ever on the Galaxy A12. The Samsung Free app in particular is something like Google’s Discover feed, only with a kick. Instead of just offering news, Samsung Free combines Samsung TV Plus, Samsung Podcasts, Taboola News, and Instant Plays in one place.

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