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What are the differences between the Samsung Galaxy S devices and the Galaxy A series? If you are currently thinking about buying a new Samsung smartphone, you should be aware of the differences that this means for you as an end user. You will also find a short overview below and finally find out what the letters really stand for.

Samsung already presented itself well in 2021 with devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S21 or the mid-range Galaxy A72. Along the way, it seems like both smartphone series are about to converge in terms of functionality. Premium functions such as AMOLED displays with a refresh rate of 120 Hz are already included in the Galaxy A52 5G, for example.

However, there are definitely reasons why Samsung has ensured that its smartphone series remain separate. We reveal the most important differences between the models of the Galaxy S series and the Galaxy A series. If you’d rather know which devices to choose from, just click on our market overview in the link above.

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  1. Galaxy A and Galaxy S: what are the differences?
  2. These models were released in 2021
  3. What do “A” and “S” really stand for?

These are the differences between “A” and “S”

The smartphone market is divided into segments such as “flagship”, “mid-range” or “entry-level” models. Samsung’s flagship has always been the S-series, and mid-range A-series models are also being made. New technology like the powerful quad camera setup of the Galaxy S21 Ultra can usually be found in the more expensive models.

When it comes to processing quality, you can expect higher quality materials such as metal frames and glass elements from the S series. Samsung uses shatterproof Gorilla Glass Victus in the Plus and Ultra models of the S21 series and thus offers a particularly high-quality appearance. But polycarbonate is now also used in the standard model of the S series.

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Models like the Galaxy S21 Plus are characterized by a very high quality of workmanship. / © NextPit

Even if the Galaxy S21 is an exception, the build quality is consistently higher compared to the current A-series models. The polycarbonate just feels of higher quality and you can find metal elements on the frame or on the camera of the phone.

In addition to new technologies and build quality, you can expect better performance from the S-series handsets. Samsung mostly uses its own SoCs from the Exynos range in Europe. Find out more about Samsung’s latest smartphone processor in our SoC “Best of” list.

In the mid-range segment, Samsung also offers Snapdragon models that come from the chip manufacturer Qualcomm in Europe. These are usually dedicated mid-range SoCs that are less powerful for the best user experience, especially for mobile gaming or tasks like video editing. However, more powerful hardware also has its own disadvantage, as you will find out when using the S-series handsets.

This is because Samsung’s flagship phones have always had battery life issues. The rather compact Galaxy S21 has a 4,000 mAh battery, and this capacity alone is simply not enough to power high-performance components like the Snapdragon 888 SoC and the bright 120 Hz AMOLED panel for too long before a Drive to the nearest electrical outlet becomes necessary. However, this is a problem that many smaller smartphones have and the manufacturer has started adding larger capacity batteries to the new A series.

Samsung Galaxy A72 review

You can also find a telephoto camera in the Galaxy A72, which is surprising! / © NextPit

Since Samsung has started to blur the line between the A-series and the S-series, be sure to check out the individual devices of both series if you are interested in a new handset! Below is an overview of the models that were released for both series in 2021.

These models were released in 2021

Both the S-series and A-series models from Samsung received an upgrade as early as 2021. Three models have appeared in Germany to make your decision easier.

Galaxy A and Galaxy S: These devices were released in 2021

Click on the respective device model to get more information about this handset. All devices except the Galaxy A52 without 5G are detailed reviews.

This is what the letters “A” and “S” really stand for

Of course, Samsung’s two classes of devices are part of the company’s marketing strategy that the company has been pursuing for a number of years. The first S model, simply called the Galaxy S, hit the market in 2010. The “S” does not stand for the “Super AMOLED” display used earlier and as many have suspected, but stands for “Very intelligent”.

The “A” in “Galaxy A”, on the other hand, stands for a somewhat less spectacular “Alpha”. Other Samsung names include “Y” for “Young”, “C” for “China”, “M” for “Magic” and “J” for “Joy”. Aren’t these funny facts to be remembered as trivia?

Which Samsung device series do you find more exciting? Do you prefer the A-series or the new S-series released this year?

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