Samsung Galaxy A11: Pros And Cons

By Amit Chowdhry ● Aug 7, 2020


Samsung Galaxy A11

  • Want to buy the Samsung Galaxy A11? Here are the Samsung Galaxy A11 pros and cons you should know about.

One of Samsung’s best budget smartphones of 2020 is the Galaxy A11. The Galaxy A11 is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy A10. Released in May 2020, these are the Samsung Galaxy A11 pros and cons you should know about.

Pro: Priced Under $200

The Samsung Galaxy A11 has an MSRP of about $180 thus making it affordable for people of a wide range of incomes. This also makes the Galaxy A11 competitive against devices like the Moto E. And the price has been also dropped a bit at several retailers since the MSRP was announced.

Pro: Great Cameras For The Price

The back of the Galaxy A11 has three rear cameras: a 13-megapixel main camera, a 5-megapixel wide-angle camera, and a 2-megapixel depth camera. In the camera tests I have seen, the performance of the cameras are much better than I expected too.

The front camera is built into an Infinity-O cutout at the top-left corner. This way Samsung was able to keep the bezels extra-thin.

Pro: 3.5mm Headphone Jack And USB-C

On the top of the Galaxy A11 is a 3.5mm headphone jack and it has a USB-C port for charging. It is uncommon to find both of these ports on a smartphone. Having both is a bonus.

Pro: Decent Internal Components

Inside of the Galaxy A11 is a Snapdragon 450 chipset and 2GB of RAM. While that chipset is powerful enough to handle productivity, social media, and video stream apps, it is about three years old. That is one of the ways that Samsung was able to cut costs for this device.

Pro: Solid Battery Life

Inside of the Galaxy A11 is a 4000 Mahers battery. This can last around two days with slightly active usage.

Con: Plastic Exterior Attracts Smudges

The Galaxy A11 was designed with a plastic exterior, which attracts smudges and fingerprints so will constantly find yourself cleaning the device (unless you put a case on it).

Con: 32-Bit Mode

The Galaxy A11 runs in 32-bit mode in order to keep the memory usage low. Android on the Galaxy A11 runs on 32-bit mode in order to keep memory usage down so you will not be able to use 64-bit apps — which includes certain games.

Con: Lack Of NFC

The Galaxy A11 lacks NFC. This means that you will not be able to use your Galaxy A11 as a credit card with Google Play or Samsung Pay. But to Samsung’s credit, it is not really expected to have NFC built into other devices that are below $200.

Pulse 2.0 Score

The Samsung Galaxy A11 has received a Pulse 2.0 score of 4.5 out of 5. The score would have been higher if the chipset was more powerful. However, Samsung packed this device with a ton of great hardware despite the low price-point.

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