About Samsung Galaxy A40 - Review, Specs + more Back in April 2019, Samsung unleashed a huge swathe of mid-range "Galaxy A" smartphones at its grand unveiling event in Milan. And they have been confusing us ever since, so let's recap from cheapest price, to most expensive: Galaxy A10 Galaxy A20e Galaxy A40 (this phone) Galaxy A50 Galaxy A70 Galaxy A80 You can see the A40 sitting right in the 'centre of the mid-range' of the Galaxy A series; indeed the Korean tech titan revealed that even more brand new flagship-killing smartphones would soon be joining the ranks, each in time bringing something special to the table. So prepare to be even more confused shortly. In our opinion, the new Galaxy A80 is perhaps the most interesting of the bunch, thanks to its crazy rotating triple camera. It is, however, also the most expensive of the lot, so I'm here to review the Samsung Galaxy A40, which is far better suited for lighter wallets - you may be looking to buy it outright, but will a contract make more sense? Let's find out... For a fairly low price, you will receive a solid smartphone. In addition to a high-resolution OLED display, the Samsung Galaxy A40 stands out in particular due to its large device memory. It's a suitable compromise between the cheaper phones such as the A20e, and the too-expensive A80. Read our full review to find out more. What you need to know: RIght in the middle of the mid-range... with AMOLED display Octacore processor and decent 4GB of memory 64GB of storage space - expandable via microSD card The 140g Galaxy A40 brings - despite its fairly low purchase price - a Super AMOLED display. This measures 5.9 inches in the diagonal and really dazzles at 2340 × 1080 pixels in Full HD. The testers at Express.co.uk also praise for its natural colour representation and brightness. Smartphone - on a budget? As this is really the "mid level" smartphone for Samsung, they had to cut costs somewhere, to make the more expensive "A" Series' models more desirable; otherwise nobody would buy the A70 or A80. And that cost-cutting stands out when it comes to a few things: the camera equipment in particular is pretty mediocre. It consists of a 25-megapixel front camera, which is sufficient in terms of megapixels, but lacks a lot of features according to this review. There are also 2 cameras on the back. According to various reviewers on YouTube, the cameras quickly reach their limits in difficult lighting conditions. Decent enough video recordings *are* possible: only with the main camera with an optical image stabiliser in full HD, though. Unless you're looking for advanced effects like bokeh or do a lot of Instagramming you're probably not going to notice. (Check out our review of the Huawei P Smart here if you're looking at creating a lot of Instagram content). Onto the design: It's a pretty standard Samsung affair, but we love it. The design looks premium from a distance, but pick up the Galaxy A40 and the lightweight frame and cheaper feel reveals it's made up of a glass and plastic combo, rather than being an all-glass affair like the premium Galaxy S9 for example. Still, it looks smart and functional, and is available in three colours; blue, coral (sometimes called pink) and white. Above-average performance For system performance, the dual-SIM smartphone has an eight-core processor with 1.8 GHz and 4 GB of RAM. You can expand the 64 GB device memory up to 512 GB. The device can be unlocked either by face-unlock or fingerprint sensor, which is not really practical at all as they've placed it on the back. If you're keen on surfing the Internet then the Galaxy A40 goes over fast ac-WLAN and LTE. The battery is smaller at 3100 mAh compared to the Samsung Galaxy A50 (4000 mAh) - again, another clever compromise to cut costs. Nevertheless, according to the manufacturer, this is enough for 11 hours of intensive use. Charging takes place via Quick-Charge technology via the USB Type-C interface. Overall, computerbild.de rated the price-performance ratio as fair. The oneCOMPARE verdict The "A" Series is just too confusing, even journalists and reviewers like myself find it difficult to keep up. Samsung would be much better advised to have only 2 or 3 A series phones, not 7. That said, the A40 is a decent compromise, and if your budget cannot stretch to, or you do not want some of the more advanced features of the A70 or A80, then this is the model to get. If it were up to me I'd spend a little more and get the A70, which now that it has been superceded by the A80, is a real steal and you'll probably only end up paying £2 a month more for, if that.