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Samsung Galaxy A25 5G review: Value for money

Samsung Galaxy A25 5G review: Value for money

Samsung Galaxy A25 5G

For less than S$400, you can get a Samsung Galaxy smartphone experience (well, minus the AI found in the flagship models), including four Android OS upgrades, and five years of security updates, with the Galaxy A25 5G. This mid-range smartphone also comes with some features that are practically extinct in higher-end models (headphone jack and microSD card). Understandably, it's not as snappy as more expensive phones, though battery life is not too shabby.

Quick specs

  • 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display (2,340 x 1,080 pixels, 120Hz)
  • Samsung Exynos 1280 chip with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage
  • 50MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide, 2MP macro, and 13MP front
  • 5,000mAh battery (with 25W fast charging)

Given its budget nature, the Galaxy A25 is unsurprisingly plastic and glass. But it felt good in the hand with its flat sides, and not at all slippery. One side is contoured, so it's easy to hit the fingerprint sensor, while maintaining a good grip. Singapore consumers can pick from three colours (blue, blue-black, and yellow). At 197g, it has a bit of a heft. However, the relatively chunky screen bezels signal that it's not a flagship phone. The Super AMOLED screen now has a 120Hz refresh rate (up from 90Hz). It also has a peak brightness of 1,000 nits, which is just about usable in sunlight. There's no IP rating. But the Galaxy A25 still offers a headphone jack. Users can also increase the base 128GB storage using the microSD card slot. The stereo speakers are decently loud.

Samsung Galaxy A25 5G
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Like the previous Galaxy A24, the 50MP primary camera on the Galaxy A25 has optical image stabilisation (OIS), which is great. This year's upgrade is the ultra-wide camera, which has gone up from a 5MP version to 8MP. And you can now shoot 4K 30fps, up from 1080p 30fps. For its price, the selfie camera is better than expected. Selfies have good detail and colours, and have a nice background blur. As for the main camera, it produces daylight shots that are a touch more saturated than the Pixel 8 Pro. Images are not too noisy, or over-sharpened. The photos by the ultra-wide camera are less vibrant than the ones taken by the main camera. The zoom at higher than 2x is quite middling. Night photos look soft, but decent enough for a mid-range phone.

Samsung Galaxy A25 5G
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The Galaxy A25 5G uses the same Exynos 1280 chipset found in the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G. It wasn't fast back in 2022, and in 2024, it feels even slower. But that's kinda expected for a lower mid-range phone like the A25. Just expect everything, from opening apps to bringing up the virtual keyboard, to take an extra second compared with a more capable smartphone. In Geekbench 6, the A25 scored 981 (single), and 2,124 (multi-core). That's not too far off from the Nothing Phone 2A (1,046 and 2,471). The good news: This smartphone runs quite cool, it's only slightly warm while charging. In 3DMark's Wild Life Extreme stress test, temperatures peaked at a comfortable 34 degrees Celsius.

With a 5,000mAh battery, the Samsung Galaxy A25 5G can easily last a day of use. It managed a very decent 8hr 44min in PCMark's battery test. That's a bit longer than the Samsung Galaxy S23 FE (8hr 9min). At S$388, the A25 is competing with mid-range phones from Chinese smartphone makers, as well as older Samsung models, such as last year's Galaxy A34. With prices falling to around S$350, the A34 is definitely a contender, as it's very similar to the A25, and has an IP67 rating. But you do get a newer Android system, updated One UI interface, and longer software support for the A25. Alternatively, the Poco X6 Pro, which often goes on sale for less than S$400, is another option for those who prioritise performance. Get the A25 now from Shopee, and Lazada.

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Note: Review unit provided by Samsung.


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Verdict



CAN BUY

Good value for a mid-range phone

Buy it at Shopee
Buy it at Lazada

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