Samsung has unveiled its latest budget-friendly smartphone offering. The new Galaxy A03s arrives a few months after the A02s, and is aggressively priced at only £139 (approximately $190 USD).
At that price, consumers will get a smartphone with an Octa Core processor and a 6.5-inch Infinity-V display. The phone also comes with four built-in cameras, including a front-facing MP Selfie Camera and a Triple Rear Camera comprising a 13MP Main Camera, a 2MP Refined Macro Camera, and a 2MP Depth Camera.
The cameras will support facial recognition applications, while the side-mounted fingerprint sensor will allow owners to unlock their phones with a fingerprint recognition scan. The A03s is fully integrated with Samsung’s portfolio of Galaxy apps, which is to say that it offers support for the Samsung Knox, Samsung Health, and Samsung Smart Switch solutions.
The phone will debut in the United Kingdom on September 24, and will be made available through all Samsung channels at the same time. In the meantime, Samsung’s decision to go with a side-mounted fingerprint sensor (rather than an in-display sensor) could suggest that it views the more tactile side-mounted offering as a more reliable option in a budget device. The company’s mid-tier Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A70 phones featured in-display fingerprint sensors when they debuted in 2019, but both were saddled with performance issues that forced Samsung to release a series of software updates in the months following release.
Samsung would eventually release a Galaxy A10 phone with a rear-mounted fingerprint sensor. The company also placed a side-mounted sensor in its Galaxy Z Flip 5G phone in July of 2020.