Technology Oppo put a 48MP camera and 5,000mAh battery into a budget phone
Samsung's $399 Galaxy A51 comes to AT&T and Xfinity Mobile
Samsung’s Galaxy A51 is a viable alternative to the iPhone SE if you’re looking for a mid-priced phone, but you’ve been out of luck if you wanted to get it through a carrier besides Sprint or Verizon (Engadget’s parent company). You won’t have to wait longer for more options, though. AT&T and Xfinity Mobile have announced (via The Verge) that they’re carrying the A51, with orders open now. This is the LTE model rather than the 5G variant due in the summer, but you might not mind given the $399 price and lack of ubiquitous 5G coverage.
The affordable smartphone category is, and Oppo wants to ride that wave. It just an entry-level A72 phone that promises some strong features for the money, at least based on the spec sheet. It revolves around a 6.5-inch, 1080p display with a hole-punch 16-megapixel selfie camera, but the star of the show is a 48MP main rear camera joined by an 8MP ultra wide-angle cam and two 2MP portrait-oriented sensors. We’ve found Oppo’s budget camera quality to be , but it should be acceptable in this price range and will pack an Ultra Night Mode 2.0 to improve low-light shots without overexposing bright spots.
iPhone SE may be small, but it signals the end of Apple's tiny phone era
Commentary: Apple seems to wave goodbye to tiny iPhones with the launch of its "small" iPhone SE.Apple claims that it's a "small" phone. And it is the smallest (and cheapest) iPhone currently available in Apple's lineup. It's also relatively compact by today's phone standards, especially when compared to, say, the popular Samsung Galaxy S20, which has a 6.2-inch screen.
The A72 might also be a longevity champ. It’s only using a Snapdragon 665 processor with 4GB of RAM, but it touts a 5,000mAh battery that’s still not as common in entry devices. The combination of a modest CPU and a large power pack may work in your favor if you need to keep going all day.
There are relatively few glaring compromises beyond the performance. You’ll still get 128GB of storage (it doesn’t appear to be expandable), stereo speakers, NFC and a side-mounted fingerprint reader.
As is often the case, the price adds some all-important context. The A72 is available in the UK for £219, or about $269 — you’re getting a lot for the money. There aren’t plans to officially release this in the US, alas, unlike some. Not that you’ll necessarily be left wanting. Oppo’s sibling brand OnePlus is preparing , and it won’t be shocking if features you like in the A72 carry over.
Samsung's Galaxy A71 5G comes to the US on June 19th for $600 .
Don’t despair if you want a new Samsung phone somewhere between the cheap-but-cheerful Galaxy A51 and the more powerful Galaxy S20 family — relief will soon be at hand. Samsung has announced that the Galaxy A71 5G will be available to buy in the US through T-Mobile, Sprint and Samsung itself on June 19th for $600. It’ll also be available later in the summer in AT&T, Verizon (Engadget’s parent company) and unlocked variants. In some ways, this could be one of Samsung’s hotter phones by providing a significant performance boost over the A51 without venturing into premium territory.