Tuesday, November 30

Galaxy A12 vs Moto g20: duel between low-end favorites | Digital Trends Spanish

You need a cell phone but you want a cheap one, and there are options to choose from. However, two of the best contenders for the so-called low-end are the Samsung Galaxy A12 and the Moto G20, which for prices ranging between $ 150 and $ 190 dollars (if you read us from Mexico, both teams are around 4,000 pesos) offer features that guarantee you an adequate experience for basic functions, such as browsing social networks and enjoying a series or Netflix movie on the way to work. In this versus we present the Galaxy A12 vs Moto G20 to tell you what their differences are and suggest which one suits you depending on your budget.

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Samsung Galaxy A12 Motorola Moto G20
Size 164 x 75.8 x 8.9 mm (6.46 x 2.98 x 0.35 inches) 165.2 x 75.7 x 9.1 mm (6.50 x 2.98 x 0.36 inches)
Weight 205 g (7.23 oz) 200 grams (7.05 oz)
Screen size 6.5 inch PLS IPS 6.5 inch IPS LCD 90Hz
Screen resolution 720 x 1600 pixels (270 ppi) 720 x 1600 pixels (270 ppi)
OS Android 10 Android 11
Storage 64 or 128 GB 64 or 128 GB
Micro SD Yes Yes
Wireless payment service
Processor Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 (12nm) Unisoc T700
Camera Quad system with 48 MP main lens, 5 MP wide angle, 2 MP macro and 2 MP depth Quad system with 48 MP main lens, 8 MP wide angle, 2 MP macro and 2 MP depth
Video 1080p at 30 fps 1080p at 30 fps
Bluetooth 5.0 5.0
Ports USB Type C 2.0 USB Type C 2.0
Fingerprint reader Yes, on side button Yes, on side button
Waterproof No No
Battery 5,000mAh, fast charge (15W) 5,000mAh (10W)
App store Google Play Store, Galaxy Store Google Play Store, Galaxy Store
Colors Awesome Black (black), Awesome White (white), Awesome Red (red) Breeze Blue (blue)

Flamingo Pink (pink)

Price $ 190 dollars $ 160 dollars

Design, display and durability

There is not much to note in terms of differences in the design of the Galaxy A12 and the Moto G20. Both fall within the contemporary standard and share features such as the screen size (6.5 inches), the plastic chassis, and the four-lens camera system.

Where there is a notable difference is in the technology of the screen, and that is that while the Galaxy A12 integrates PLS technology, that of the Moto G20 is an IPS panel. Out of technicalities, the most important difference is that the screen of the Moto G20 has a better viewing angle, that is, if you see the phone from the side you will notice that the image looks good, while if you do it in the Galaxy A12 you will notice that it darkens . Yes, we know that most of the time you will see your phone from the front, however, from our perspective an IPS screen, like the one on the Moto G20, is better than the PLS on the Galaxy A12.

Regarding the durability of each smartphone, none really stands out, as they do not have Gorilla Glass protection on the screen and their design does not have any IP certification that makes them resistant to water. So whatever your choice, make sure you buy at least one screen protector and maybe a case protective.

Winner: Moto G20

Performance, battery life and charging

Galaxy A12. Samsung

We are in the low-end, so don’t expect the best performance from these phones. However, both the Galaxy A12 and Moto G20 offer acceptable performance, although you will certainly experience delays when opening multiple applications at the same time. And if you are looking to play, you better do it with basic games, although it is true that there will be some titles that thanks to their fantastic optimization, such as Free fire, they will play well on both teams.

The Galaxy A12 incorporates a Mediatek MT6765 Helio P35 chipset with 4 GB of RAM. You can have WhatsApp, Facebook, Netflix and some other app open and switch between them without your phone crashing, but you definitely won’t go from one to another in a blink of an eye.

For its part, the Moto G20 integrates the little-known Unisoc T700 chipset (the same as the Redmi 9 and Poco M3), equivalent to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 662. The performance is not spectacular either, but it offers an acceptable user experience.

Regarding the duration of the battery, it stands out that both incorporate 5,000 mAh batteries, which since they work with not very demanding components ensures autonomy for the whole day and more. It is a very favorable point and that we even highlight as the best feature of both phones, however, we must note that the Galaxy A12 incorporates 15 W fast charging, while the G20 does 10 W, that is, the Samsung charges a little faster.

Winner: Galaxy A12


On paper, both smartphones They have practically the same camera system, with four lenses and hardly any variations in the wide angle. However, the photographs that can be taken with both equipment are certainly different.

The one that gives the best results is the Galaxy A12. Youtuber Isa Marcial highlights that the 48 megapixel main camera offers very favorable results considering that it is a low range. Notable features include 10x digital zoom and blur photos (the bokeh).

Regarding the results of the G20, the comparison of the channel Your Tech Friend gives us a good idea of ​​what can and cannot be achieved with cameras. The night mode highlights a very visible grain in the images, while when using the main camera some color variations are noticed in different photographs taken with the same lens. The results are not always negative, but in general, the camera of the Moto G20 is inferior to that of the Galaxy A12

Winner: Galaxy A12

Software and updates

Except that the Moto G20 comes out of its box with Android 11, while the Galaxy A12 does so with Android 10, we consider that there are no notable differences in the software and updates that each device has and will have. Both the Galaxy A12 and Moto G20 are scheduled to update to Android 12, so both smartphones will be up to date at least until the end of 2022.

Also, it is true that genres are broken in tastes, but Samsung’s One UI customization layer seems to us one of the most beautiful on Android. We also love that the Moto G20 maintains the tradition of integrating Android in an almost pure version, that is, without any kind of customization layer.

Winner: Tie

Special features

Actually, we do not find any characteristics that we consider “special” in either model. Perhaps the Moto G20 screen has a 90 Hz refresh rate means smoother images, but we consider that in terms of image, the first difference to notice – and perhaps the only difference at first glance – is the IPS technology. Not all eyes are those of gamers capable of differentiating between 1080p, 2140p and 60 or 90 fps.

Of course, if you are a user who drains the battery of your phone quickly and values ​​that the charge is as fast as possible, definitely the team to choose is the Galaxy A12. That extra 5W pull on the load is a small, but welcome difference.

Winner: Tie

Price and availability

Both the Galaxy A12 and Moto G20 can be purchased from Amazon at prices ranging from $ 160 to $ 190, with Motorola’s phone being the cheapest option.

However, whichever phone you choose, our recommendation is to go for the model with 128GB of storage, and for that model, we found practically identical prices for the Galaxy A12 and Moto G20 on Amazon: around $ 200.

Galaxy A12 128 GB

Moto G20 128 GB

Winner: Galaxy A12

An image of the Galaxy A12

The end seems to us of photography, but we consider that there is more value in having a camera that will give good results for its range and load a little faster than a screen with a better viewing angle. And it is that we like photography or not, we all use the camera of the phone and the best thing is always that whatever it is that has been pointed out looks visible. And while we highly value a good screen, the one on the Galaxy A12 doesn’t do all that badly.

Likewise, we are facing two cell phones with very similar characteristics. And if the characteristics that we highlight of one or the other are indifferent to you, then let yourself be carried away by the price and buy the one that is cheaper, because both are very good equipment.

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