Samsung Galaxy M12 Review: 90 Hz on a Budget

The Samsung Galaxy Om series began as an online-only, affordable smartphone lineup, avoiding strong competition from rivals. Some M Series devices offer some of the key features that are appreciated by the audience… especially the heavy batteries and capable displays. Some recent M series smartphones have entered the lower and upper mid-range market, including the more recent Galaxy M51 (Review) Or M31s (Review). Now, it looks like Samsung is once again offering its power to deliver the sub-Rs 12,000 phone that checks the right boxes and the result Galaxy M12. The new handset brings the new 8nm chipset, 90Hz screen and 48MP quad-camera setup. Priced at Rs 10,999, the M12 faces stiff competition from the likes Redmi Note 10 (Review), Poco M3 (Review), And others. Let’s find out if the device packs in a valuable punch.


The introduction of the Samsung 90 Hz screen on a budget phone is definitely a step in the right direction. There are certain areas of improvement, such as performance and cameras. Overall, the giant 6,000 mAh battery and clean UI make up for it somewhat, making the Galaxy M12 a good buy.


The Galaxy M12 uses a plain polycarbonate design that provides a rigid and sturdy structure. One rear is very rear, while the quad-camera setup in the square housing‌ is flush with the body. There is no fingerprint sensor on the back with Samsung choosing to connect with the power button, which is a very good choice. The phone is likely to be scratched, some dinks appear without keeping the phone in my pocket for a few hours. Its narrow frame device allows me to sit more comfortably in the palm of my hand, although it is rejected due to its high weight. Samsung is great at using a USB Type-C port for its affordable devices and it has a 3.5mm headphone jack and speaker grille at the bottom. The M12 doesn’t win any style awards but that’s not really the point of the phone. Its durability, robustness and ergonomic design are more important to its target population.

On the move, the display on the Galaxy M12 a 6.5-inch HD + (720 x 1,600) TFT panel with 90 Hz adaptive refresh rate. In its price range, the Galaxy M12 appears to be the only phone with a high refresh rate. This is a crucial point of sale as it allows budget customers to experience the response of the new customer base 90Hz screen. Note that the refresh rate is ‘adaptive’, which means the panel will not be locked with a high refresh rate. However, it works well with the minimal jitters that appear here and there when scrolling through Facebook or browsing Chrome. Apart from this, the display is a standard panel with healthy peak brightness, controlled saturation levels and minimal color changes when viewed at an angle. The wide bezels around the panel and the waterdrop drop line are a bit off-putting, but with the exception of that, there is very little to complain about.

The Galaxy M12 features a quad-camera system with a 48MP primary sensor, f / 2.0 aperture, 5MP secondary ultra-wide lens, 123-degree large field, 2MP depth and 2MP macro sensor. . As far as budget phones go, the Galaxy M12 does a good job of capturing details, but the ability to bring in more dynamic range is much desired. The colors look a little dull at times and the sensor seems to prefer warmer tones in most cases rather than the natural look. Selected filters are also available to increase the saturation level if you are in it. For the most part, the photos won’t disappoint you, but I was hoping for a little faster focusing speed. The ultra-wide sensor is free from warping at the edges but on the plus side, it covers a significantly larger area inside the same frame than I have seen in competing ultra-wide sensors. Close to 4cm for macro shooter shots, but low-resolution shots don’t pack with the details I expect. When it comes to depth sensor, you see an effective background separation in portrait shots, which summarizes its use.

At night, the camera is a bit unstable and triggers blur in slight shake shots. I keep my expectations of low-light photography under control from most budget phones, but the M12 is said to be above average. Lack of dedicated night mode does not help. My only solution in very dim lighting is to use a flash that reveals an unnecessary amount. The details hit-or-miss depending on how much external light is taken on the subject. Finally, you also get an 8MP selfie shooter that enhances facial details, but I like how well the skin tones are generally handled.


Samsung has introduced a new 8nm chipset called the Exynos 850 SoC, with 8 cores running at a maximum of 2GHz. On paper, it seemed to be effective in speeding up basic tasks on the Galaxy M12. Truth be told, the performance on the device is not excellent but on par with other budget-centric devices. The benchmarks revealed that the phone scored 178 and 1,012 in the single-core and multi-core tests on the Geekbench 5. Normal daily use is fine as the apps are seamless as they open at good speed and switch between them. . However, the phone is not for heavy duty gaming, as can be expected at this price. It has 4GB LPDDR4 RAM and 64GB internal storage along with a microSD card slot expanded to 1TB. You are also getting a surprisingly fast fingerprint scanner. The speaker is a bit tinted to my liking but has a headphone jack for the wired audio experience. It is also prudent to mention that the device will lose dual-band Wi-Fi.

The Galaxy M12 comes with the Android 11-based OneUI 3.1 UI, which meets most of my needs from the functional user interface. It includes easy one-handed access, dedicated app drawer, customization of themes, proper widget options and overall clean aesthetics. You can go to my coworker Galaxy S21 + Review For more details on the software.

Finally, you get a thick 6,000 mAh battery that will last you two days in moderate use. When using the device with a 90Hz refresh rate, I got a consistent 6 hours of screen-on time with 30 percent battery left. However, you will find a slow 10W charger inside the box, which takes over 2 and a half hours to fully charge the phone.

Final judgment

The Galaxy M12 Banks has made its mark in the budget segment with its fast 90 Hz refresh screen and 6,000 mAh battery. Other aspects of the phone are less impressive. Thankfully the phone is out of the box with Android 11 and has a UI that has been very clean over the years. The phone can use the FHD + resolution panel and punch hole instead of the old-fashioned water drop notch. Other than that, the Galaxy M12 is a reasonable purchase, not just for users who have been investing in Samsung devices for years, but for anyone who wants to buy an easy-to-use, no-frills budget smartphone with a clean UI.

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5


  • 90 Hz screen on a budget
  • Great battery life
  • Comes with Android 11


  • Cameras could be better
  • The design does not stand
  • Slow charging speed


Source by [91 Mobiles]

Re Writted By [Baji Infotech]

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