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5 must-have features to look for in an affordable smartphone

When it comes to outfitting your workforce with mobile devices, it’s tempting to look at the latest flagship phone with the fastest processors and the smallest bezels. But inevitably, cost becomes a factor. IT decision makers have to consider which options are most affordable while meeting employees’ needs.

Today’s midrange smartphones like Samsung’s Galaxy A Series offer incredible performance, design and capabilities, so your team can do everything from keeping up with nonstop communications to capturing crisp photos for timely collaboration on the go.

But how do you know which smartphone is best for you and your business? As you search for the right fit, look out for these five must-have features that have the greatest impact on your team’s productivity:

1. Speed and storage capacity

Speed can make the difference between a happy customer and a frustrated one. With today’s midrange business smartphones, you don’t have to sacrifice speed for price. But you will need a smartphone that has the processing power to run all your business-critical apps. With enough RAM, your employees’ mobile devices will allow them to multitask more efficiently on the go. As a starting point, 3GB RAM isn’t shabby. But for smoother multitasking, look for 4GB or more of onboard RAM.

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You should also consider your devices’ storage capacity. When an employee needs to download a file before meeting with a client, they shouldn’t have to worry that their phone’s internal storage is full. Repeatedly clearing space on their device saps time — and productivity. Avoid this sacrifice by giving your team members the tools they need to close the deal without a hitch.

If you think you might need more storage in the future, make sure your smartphone has expandable storage with a microSD card. The Galaxy A12, for example, features 32GB of built-in storage, while the Galaxy A52 5G boasts 128GB. Both smartphones allow you to boost their storage with a microSD card — for up to 1TB storage capacity — so you can get the storage you need, without getting a more expensive phone.

2. An expansive display

As they interact with customers, employees need a display that’s large enough to clearly show the finer aspects of the product or service they’re interested in. On a larger display, your team can share elegant diagrams, zoom in on image details or offer up a quick tutorial video, all in vibrant color.

With a large, 6.6-inch Infinity-U Display with HD+ resolution, like the Galaxy A42 5G’s, employees gain a clear, edge-to-edge view of all their work. Combined with robust processing power, your team can work far more efficiently on the go, for elevated productivity. And with a 120Hz refresh rate, the Galaxy A52 5G’s display maintains smooth-flowing motion, such as quickly scrolling text, so it’s easier on your eyes.

3. A high-quality camera

Many enterprise teams rely on smartphones to quickly capture and share images and video, and this is much more effective with a high-quality camera system. With an ultra-wide lens, for instance, your team can capture meeting notes or project areas in their entirety and share snapshots with their colleagues before the meeting is even over.

With crisper photos and videos, remote colleagues can see a more detailed view of everything they’re collaborating on, whether it’s a project site or an event space. Greater visibility will help your team coordinate complex tasks from a distance, so business keeps running smoothly regardless of where everyone’s working from.

The Galaxy A52 5G stands out in this respect, featuring a 64MP/12MP/5MP/5MP rear quad camera system, including an ultra-wide lens. When you need to jump on a video call, the A52’s front-facing 13MP camera will have you looking sharp.

4. Built-in security

Every business depends on reliable data security. You’ll want to select a device with built-in mobile security you can trust.

Whatever smartphone you choose, it should fully integrate with a robust mobile device management (MDM) solution so your IT team can easily configure your devices, access mobile security controls, apply device security policies and update software across your fleet. A defense-grade security platform like Samsung Knox — which is built into Samsung devices from the chip up — will keep your critical data secure as your business continues to grow.

Biometric authentication is another key security feature to consider. With the fingerprint scanners on the Galaxy A12, A32 5G, A42 5G and A52 5G, unlocking your device is extra secure and easy. The Galaxy A52 and A42’s fingerprint sensors are under the screen, so all you need to do to to unlock your phone is touch the display. You don’t have to sacrifice convenience and productivity for security. What’s more, you don’t have to stretch your budget to protect your business.

5. Maximum mobility with 5G

In today’s rapidly changing business landscape, adaptability is key to success. Your midrange smartphone should give you the freedom to work from wherever you want. As their names suggest, the Galaxy A32 5G, A42 5G and A52 5G all feature high-speed 5G cellular connectivity, so all you need to stay productive on the move is a cellular signal. For an extra boost, the Galaxy A42 also supports millimeter wave technology for download speeds of of up to 1.8GB per second (dependent on carrier network and other factors).

If you don’t need a cellular connection, you can opt to go unlocked, allowing your employees’ smartphones to connect only over Wi-Fi rather than cellular data. This can bring significant cost savings, while still letting you take full advantage of your mobile apps and workflows. All of these options can help you lower your total cost of ownership (TCO) while avoiding vendor lock-in, so you can enjoy maximum budget flexibility.

With so many affordable business smartphones to choose from, it can be tricky to figure out which one best suits your needs. By focusing on speed, storage, display size, camera quality, security and flexibility, you can quickly filter out which smartphones won’t fit the bill. Once you’ve picked the right midrange smartphone for your fleet, you can be confident you’ve made a smart technology investment for your business.

Choosing a new business smartphone is a big decision, but it doesn’t have to be a huge investment. See whether Galaxy A Series smartphones could help you get it all done, at no extra cost. And if you’re looking to outfit a small to medium-sized business, get expert advice on planning your smartphone deployment with this free guide.

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Michael Archambault

Michael Archambault is a technology writer located in Long Island, New York. For the past decade, Michael has covered the consumer technology space, reporting on the latest industry offerings while crafting comprehensive how-to guides, hands-on-reviews and opinion-editorials.

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