So we generally expect the price and the quality of a device to be directly correlated. If a company has a line-up, the cheapest device is supposed to be the worst one, and the most expensive device is expected to be the best one. But lately this just isn’t true anymore. Not only has the gap between flagships and a midrange become much smaller over the years, but depending on which phones you compare and which aspects of a phone you find important, it is very possible that you will find a midrange phone that is not just a better deal for your money, but actually a better device for you overall. Google’s A lineup is a good example of that.
Pixel 3a was a huge hit for its bread-and-butter approach: affordable price and awesome camera. And if the rumors are true, the Pixel 4a will be even better. It’s not often that we see a trimmed-down version of a phone selling better than its premium equivalent, but thanks to Google’s market strategy, here we are. Samsung’s Galaxy A range of devices are also pretty good. Especially the Galaxy A51 and A71. In fact, the Galaxy A51 became so popular that it outsold Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S20 series in Quarter 1 of this year something that we’ve never seen in the history of Galaxy S series phones where it was outsold by a mid-range handset. And let’s not forget the iPhone SE 2, if we keep the crappy battery and outdated design aside for a second, the phone does bring some flagship features to a mid-range market such as the latest processor and wireless charging.
Speaking of wireless charging it has been around for a few years now, but sadly it has been exclusive to the more premium phones but that changed with the iPhone SE this year. Apple by the way is a direct competitor to Samsung, and since Apple brought the wireless charging to mid-range smartphone segment, a lot of people were expecting Samsung to do the same with their Galaxy A range of devices. And it looks like Samsung is actually doing it. According to South Korean media Samsung will bring wireless charging to the Galaxy A range of devices in 2021.
Of course, not every Galaxy A handset will get it but some of them for sure. If I were to guess, the successor to the Galaxy A51 and A71, two of the most popular Galaxy A series handsets will most likely get wireless charging support. Wireless charging is one of my favorite features on a smartphone, I mean being able to plop your phone on a wireless charging mat while at your desk, eating dinner, or sleeping can make a world of difference to the phone and to its user.
So good to know that they are expanding this feature to the midrange market as well. By the way, wireless charging is not the only flagship feature the Galaxy A devices are getting, according to reports, they will also get a flagship camera feature, the optical image stabilization. OIS isn’t something that you’d find on affordable devices but competition in this segment of the market heats up, Samsung is looking to make its Galaxy A series of devices stand out of the crowd and OIS, as well as wireless charging, would certainly help these devices to achieve just that.