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Samsung Galaxy A35 5G review: More value

Samsung Galaxy A35 5G review: More value

Samsung Galaxy A35 5G

At S$528, the Samsung Galaxy A35 5G is on the lower-end of midrange phones. It costs a bit more than the excellent Samsung Galaxy A25 5G, but offers a slightly faster processor, slightly bigger display, and Wi-Fi 6. However, it does drop stuff such as a headphone jack, though.

Quick specs

  • 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display (2,340 x 1,080 pixels, 120Hz)
  • Samsung Exynos 1380 chip with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage
  • 50MP main camera, 8MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro, and 13MP front
  • 5,000mAh battery (with 25W fast charging)

Like the Galaxy A25, the Galaxy A35 is plastic and glass. It's light, and feels quite premium. Since it's the same series, the design aesthetic is the same. You get the same rounded contours, and four choices of colours: Blue, blue-black, lilac, and yellow. The screen bezels remain chunky, but I can live with that. The Super AMOLED display has a 120Hz refresh rate, and a peak brightness of 1,000 nits. It's just slightly usable in our bright Singapore outdoors. The SIM card slot doubles up as a microSD card slot, so you can decide if you want more storage or a second SIM card.

Samsung Galaxy A35 5G
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The 50MP camera is decent. You get an 8MP ultra-wide, and a 5MP macro lens (up from the A25's 2MP). The phone doesn't switch to the macro lens automatically. It may prompt you to do so, though. The 50MP camera takes pretty good shots in bright light. You get some night shots aren't too bad, without too much noise, but lacks details. The 2x zoom is digital — there's no telephoto lens on the phone. Like the A25, the Galaxy A35 has a pretty good selfie camera too. Video is decent, you can shoot up to 4K 30fps.

Samsung Galaxy A35 5G
Credit: Aloysius Low/Can Buy or Not

Performance for the Galaxy A35 is decent. It's as fast (on paper) as the Nothing Phone 2A, and is slightly faster than the A25. The Exynos 1380 can handle games such as Marvel Snap at max settings (60fps, graphics on High). Most apps opened quickly, and I didn't feel it was laggy. Android Auto ran pretty smoothly, though there were times where it feels slightly sluggish, but still acceptable to me. The Nothing Phone 2A felt smoother, though. The Samsung phone comes with several preloaded apps that you can't choose to skip. You can only uninstall these apps after they are installed. In Geekbench 6, the Galaxy A35 performed similar to the Nothing Phone 2A, with a score of 1,009 (single) and 2,816 (multi). It did fare slightly better in the multi-core test — the Nothing Phone 2A scored 1,046 and 2,471 respectively.

The Samsung Galaxy A35's 5,000mAh battery lasted 9hr 31min in PCMark's battery test, better than the A25. It also easily lasted a full day of use in our testing. You get four Android OS upgrades, five years of security updates with this phone. Retailing at S$528, the Samsung Galaxy A35 is priced to compete, and both this and the S$499 Nothing Phone 2A are great options to consider if you're looking for a lower-end mid-range phone. Get from Shopee or Lazada. The phone may also be available cheaper on these platforms from other retailers.

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Good mix of value and performance

Available on Lazada
Get from Shopee

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