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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:
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.
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.
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.
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 "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.
We are currently comparing 9221 Samsung Galaxy A40 contract deals on SIX major
mobile phone network(s):
We'll shortly be adding Three, Tesco Mobile, Plusnet Mobile and more! No other comparison website offers such
a huge number of possible comparisons.
OneCompare completely gets it, it's not easy trying to understand the differences of each mobile network
operator. Is o2 any better than Vodafone for this smartphone, when it comes to coverage? Or worse? It's a
real minefield. Another example, which is better? A Samsung Galaxy A40 ee
contract or a Samsung Galaxy A40 Tesco Mobile contract?
The reality is, it can make a huge difference to your satifaction with the overall product. Who wants to have
cruddy download speeds? But never fear - OneCompare is here. Don't forget to check our latest Blog posts
Before you decide to buy a contract or handset, it's important to know if you'll get a signal. Who wants to
be walking around into mobile network's blackholes?! After all, ordering your brand
new Samsung Galaxy A40 contract only to find you can't use your data (never
mind going over the allowance!) in your own house will be pretty not cool.
A simple website a number of our visitors have used is Open Signal which maps signal
across all major mobile networks across the UK.
According to Which?, In their latest research, covering June to August 2017, they focused on 4G performance
and found that EE offered the fastest average 4G download speeds of the four networks (EE, O2, Three and
Vodafone). While EE customers enjoyed average 4G download speeds of 29Mbps, those using the O2 network had
to put up with an average speed of just 15.1Mbps.
EE's network was also at the top of the list when it came to the availability of its 4G signal, with
customers able to access it 78.5% of the time. Customers with Three had the poorest access to a 4G signal -
they were able to access it just 57.1% of the time - that's only just more than half the time, 24/7!
OneCompare.com extensive deals & contracts database includes
9221 Samsung Galaxy A40 deals covering 4 model(s):
In truth, this answer will depend on your personal financial circumstances, in combination with your mobile
phone usage requirements.
Out of our 9221 Samsung Galaxy A40 deals, our
cheapest Samsung Galaxy A40 deal over the entire life of the contract is
£204.00, this includes any upfront handset cost and cashback redemption.
We have seen a number of scenarios where our cheapest contract is actually cheaper than buying the phone SIM
free without any contract, this loophole can be a great way to save on your new phone and is largely
possible as the Mobile Networks subsidise the handset cost to gain you as a new customer.
A relatively simple SIM Only comparison calculation is to add up how much
a Samsung Galaxy A40 SIM free phone would cost, this is where you buy the phone
without a contract and pay for the full cost of the handset upfront. The benefit here is flexibility: you're
able to then compare the SIM Only contract market where Mobile Networks often give you far better usage
allowances and shorter contract terms. Once you've found a SIM Only contract that meets your needs, note the
monthly cost over the course of 24 months and add this to your SIM
Free Samsung Galaxy A40 handset cost. You're now in a great position to compare
this cost to a regular Samsung Galaxy A40 Contract.
Pro Tip: A great way to save a few extra pounds when comparing SIM Only contract is to consider purchasing a
pre owned Samsung Galaxy A40 phone from the likes of Music Magpie who provide
warranties and flexible handset payment terms.