Samsung Galaxy A02s/M02s review

GSMArena Team, 07 March 2021.

6.5-inch LCD has high contrast ratio, not so high brightness

The Galaxy A02s has the same display as the A12 at first glance - a 6.5-inch PLS LCD with 720x1600px resolution in a 20:9 ratio. The Poco M3 and the Redmi 9 do have 1080p panels, though the Realme 7i stands at 720p as do the Moto G8 Power and G9 Power.

Samsung Galaxy A02s review

In our testing, however, the A02s returned different results than what we got out of the A12. The contrast ratio was higher on the A02s, approaching an excellent 1800:1, compared to the 1350-ish-to-one on the A12 thanks mostly to the deeper blacks.

The maximum brightness of around 400nits is virtually the same we measured on the A12 in manual mode, though that one had a (small) boost in Adaptive mode, which we didn't see here on the A02s.

Display test 100% brightness
Black,cd/m2 White,cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Samsung Galaxy A02s 0.23 406 1765:1
Samsung Galaxy A12 0.292 398 1363:1
Samsung Galaxy A12 (Max Auto) 0.349 472 1352:1
Samsung Galaxy A21s 0.317 408 1287:1
Samsung Galaxy A21s (Max Auto) 0.384 491 1279:1
Poco M3 0.252 395 1567:1
Poco M3 (Max Auto) 0.277 439 1585:1
Realme 6 0.343 451 1315:1
Realme 7 0.31 457 1474:1
Realme 7 (Max Auto) 0.374 526 1406:1
Huawei P smart 2021 0.353 442 1252:1
Motorola Moto G8 Power 0.341 500 1466:1
Motorola Moto G8 Power (Max Auto) 0.53 741 1398:1
Moto G9 Power 0.259 435 1680:1
Moto G9 Power (Max Auto) 0.325 521 1603:1

Similarly to the A12, there are no color modes on the A02s. Color reproduction is different on the A02s, though, with an even stronger blue shift (the white point is some 14 units off the mark) and an average dE2000 of 7.3 when examining sRGB color swatches. Those numbers were 8 and 4.9 on the A12, respectively.

Samsung Galaxy A02s battery life

There's a 5,000mAh battery inside the Galaxy A02s, same as in the A12 we had here a couple of weeks ago. We got more or less similar endurance out of the A02s, too.

We clocked Wi-Fi web browsing at 16:29h, while video playback in airplane mode worked out to 16 hours flat, both numbers ever so slightly longer than on the A12. The voice call result was 34 full hours on the Galaxy A02s, again a little better than what we got out on the A12. Standby battery draw turned out higher on the A02s, however, ultimately hurting the overall result. In any case, the Galaxy A02s' Endurance rating of 114h is still excellent.

Samsung Galaxy A02s review

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSerDevice app. The endurance rating denotes how long the battery charge will last you if you use the device for an hour of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. More details can be found here.

All test results shown are achieved under the highest screen refresh rate mode. You can adjust the endurance rating formula manually so it matches better your own usage in our all-time battery test results chart where you can also find all phones we've tested.

Charging speed

The Galaxy A02s ships with the 15W Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging adapter (QuickCharge 2.0 compliant), a staple in the Samsung charging history that was replaced for flagships in recent years, but you can still find it bundled with the lesser models.

With this included charger, we clocked a little over two and a half hours from flat to full and 30% at the half-hour mark. Neither number is spectacular in the grand scheme of things, but the A02s charges quicker than the A12, so another small win for the cheaper phone.

30min charging test (from 0%)

  • Huawei P Smart 2021
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9 (18W)
  • Realme 6i
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
  • Infinix S5 Pro
  • Poco M3
  • Samsung Galaxy A12
  • Xiaomi Redmi 9
  • Motorola Moto G9 Power

Time to full charge (from 0%)

  • Huawei P Smart 2021
  • Motorola Moto G9 Power
  • Poco M3
  • Samsung Galaxy A02s
  • Samsung Galaxy A12

Speaker test

Samsung Galaxy A02s review

Typically for the class, the Galaxy A02s has a single speaker located on the bottom of the handset. In our testing, it returned a slightly louder result than the A12, just enough to make it into the 'Average' bowl for loudness. It sounds a little better, too, with noticeably more sparkle in the highs and nicer vocals, though bass remains non-existent.

Use the Playback controls to listen to the phone sample recordings (best use headphones). We measure the average loudness of the speakers in LUFS. A lower absolute value means a louder sound. A look at the frequency response chart will tell you how far off the ideal "0db" flat line is the reproduction of the bass, treble, and mid frequencies. You can add more phones to compare how they differ. The scores and ratings are not comparable with our older loudspeaker test. Learn more about how we test here.

Reader comments

  • Anonymous
  • 04 Mar 2023
  • t7$

my samsung galaxy a02s

  • KofiDela
  • 13 Feb 2023
  • fuI

The review was done in 2021 just bear with them

To be fair as a budget phone (cost me £100) the A02s is n't all bad. Obviously no bells & whistles (like fingerprint, wireless charge, high pixels camera, fast gaming etc.) . Wifi speed is slow BUT for basic use /largish screen / long batte...