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If you want a bigger screen, the A11 costs $180 unlocked and steps things up with a larger 6.4-inch (still 720p) screen. Instead of a notch, this phone’s display has a hole-punch cutout on the top left for the selfie camera, mimicking Samsung’s higher-end devices. You also get a 5-megapixel ultrawide angle camera. The battery is bigger at 4,000 mAh and so is the 32 GB of storage (though you should still aim for a minimum of 64 GB storage). You still only get 2 GB of RAM, but hey, at least there’s a fingerprint sensor. It’s launching later this summer, but Samsung hasn’t mentioned what networks it will operate on.

Typically, we do not recommend phones this cheap because they tend to feel laggy. The amount of storage and RAM on these two devices will likely hamper performance and annoy you, so we advise caution.

The Galaxy A21 and A51 ($250 – $400)

Samsung’s Galaxy A21.

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The unlocked A21 costs $250, and has a 6.5-inch HD (still 720p!) screen with a fancy 13-megapixel selfie camera in its display’s hole-punch cutout. The rear camera array has four lenses: a higher-end 16 megapixel lens, 8-megapixel ultrawide lens, a depth camera for portrait shots, and an added macro camera so you can snap super up-close photos of almost anything. The battery, storage, and existence of a fingerprint sensor remain the same as the A11, but you get faster charging to juice the phone up a little quicker. RAM has been bumped to 3 GB, so performance should be a little better. This phone is somewhat comparable to the Motorola Moto G, but the display won’t be as crisp.

The $400 A51 (also unlocked) is the first on the list with a Full HD (1080p) pixel resolution for its 6.5-inch screen. This phone has a similar quad-camera array as the A21, but Samsung bumped the megapixel count with a 48-megapixel main camera and bumps for the other lenses. The fingerprint sensor is built into the screen in this phone, just like Samsung’s flagships, and you get 128 GB of storage with 4 GB of RAM. The A51 will be available from Verizon starting April 9, Sprint on April 10, and will come to other networks and retailers in the following weeks.

The Galaxy A51 5G and A71 5G ($500 – $600)

Samsung’s Galaxy A51. The A51 5G will likely look very similar, but Samsung hasn’t shared photos of the A51 5G or A71 5G.

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