April 20, 2021

Samsung leak teases the next powerhouse mid-range Galaxy phone


Samsung’s mid-range Galaxy A series is deep and wide, much more so than the mainline S series. The latest A phone to break cover is the A82, also referred to as the “Quantum2” in its leaked materials. It’s a sequel to the Galaxy A Quantum announced last summer, which was a variant of the excellent Galaxy A71. The leaked specifications describe, as implied by its model number, a phone on the high end of the mid-range.

According to a series of photos posted to South Korean social site Naver, the Galaxy Quantum2 will sport a huge 6.7-inch full HD screen with a rather pedestrian 1080p (plus a little extra) resolution, but a 120Hz refresh rate and an impressive 800 nit brightness on its AMOLED panel. That puts it in similar territory to the Galaxy S20 FE (it’s a hair bigger). Underneath is a Snapdragon 855+ processor, similar to the SoC from the S10 series, paired to 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. It’s also considerably more powerful than the 700-series chip in the Galaxy A72.

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The leaked Galaxy Quantum2 next to a Galaxy S21+

The Quantum2 gets Samsung’s semi-standard in-screen fingerprint sensor, an impressive IP67 water resistance rating, and a MicroSD card slot. The 4500mAh battery can recharge at up to 25 watts, and the primary rear camera (of three) is a 64 megapixel sensor with optical stabilization. Alas, the interesting rear camera flip of the original Galaxy A80 seems to be gone, replaced with a conventional centered hole punch for the forward-facing camera. The rear styling, in what appears to be black or white plastic, is a little more subtle than the recent Galaxy S redesign. Note the soft transition to the camera bump.

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The poster says that this model will be exclusive to Korean carrier SK Telecom, at least at launch, which is expected to come on April 23rd. They say that pre-orders will open on April the 13th with a set of bronze Galaxy Buds Live and a protective case as freebies. An international release wasn’t mentioned, but it seems unlikely that Samsung would keep this phone exclusive to its home territory for very long.

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