Which is the most versatile Samsung phone of 2021?

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When you look at Samsung’s range of smartphones for the year 2021, the S21 series devices stand out, with all the bells and whistles, yet none of them is the most versatile Samsung phone. Versatility is all about range – the ability to fit into many classes and suitable for a wide range of users and price points.

One of the candidates for the most versatile Samsung phone of 2021 falls on a mid-range model, Samsung A12. It is a no-frills model, to be sure. It offers a 6.5″, 720 x 1600 pixels, IPS display, Refresh Rate is good old 60Hz, so there is nothing special there. There is an 8-megapixel camera in a water drop notch at the top of the display.


This is the most versatile Samsung phone of 2021

At the back is a decent 48-megapixel quad camera and a big 5000mAh battery coupled with 15W fast charging. It is powered by a decent MediaTek Helio P35 processor, and there is a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. The a12 has you covered with decent performance, but that isn’t enough to make it versatile, is it? Definitely not.

what makes this phone versatile is its range of memory options. It is available in 2GB, 3GB, 4GB, and 6GB RAM options. That’s four variants already. But thanks to multiple internal storage options, the phone is available in 5 variants in all, as follows:



  • 2 GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage,
  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage,
  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB internal storage,
  • 4 GB RAM + 128 GB internal storage,
  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB internal storage.

Hopefully, it becomes clear why the A12 can be said to be the most versatile Samsung phone of the year. It has got range. This is pretty much a phone that spans the entry-level space into the upper midrange space. There is a $129 Galaxy A12, and there is a $270 model, and 3 other options in between. There is a Samsung A12 for almost any budget. It sits between a bottom entry-level 4G smartphone like Samsung A02 and A02s and a higher mid-tier device like the A21s.

That is super versatility from one device. But, there is the catch. There is an even more versatile Samsung phone on the block, but it was released mid-2020 and so is more of a 2020 device, though we can’t argue that it still isn’t relevant today. Say hello to Samsung A21s. Here are the available variants:



  • 2 GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage,
  • 3 GB RAM + 32 GB internal storage,
  • 3 GB RAM + 64 GB internal storage,
  • 3 GB RAM + 128 GB internal storage,
  • 4 GB RAM + 64 GB internal storage,
  • 4 GB RAM + 128 GB internal storage,
  • 6 GB RAM + 64 GB internal storage,
  • 6 GB RAM + 128 GB internal storage.

Samsung A21s has 8 variants! It looks like we should be naming the Galaxy A21s the most versatile Samsung phone of 2021. It shares many specs, including screen size, type, and resolution, battery, charging, main rear camera lens, and more, with the A12. On the flip side, the A21s has a punch hole instead of a notch, and it is powered by an 8 nm EXYNOS 850 chipset, which delivers much more performance than the A12’s Helio P35.

samsung A21s

Clearly, Samsung A21s offers more value and has a wider range. Of course, it exists at a much higher price point than the A12. Prices start from around $180, depending on your country. Between these two smartphones, you have your pick of the most versatile Samsung phone of the year. One fits the more budget-conscious consumer, while the other delivers extra power and performance for individuals who can afford to pay more.


Performance and prices aside, visually, the punch hole and rear camera island distinguishes the A21s from its sibling. If you ignore the key differences, they are pretty much identical twins – arguably even the same phone with two different names and multiple flavours.

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