When it comes to outfitting your workforce with mobile devices, it’s tempting to look at the latest flagship phones with the fastest processors, sharpest screens and maximum storage. 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 great performance, long-lasting batteries and bright, high-resolution screens, so your team can do everything from keeping up with nonstop communications and accessing business apps, to scanning barcodes and capturing crisp photos on the go – all without needing a charge mid-shift.

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

1. Speed and storage capacity

Speed can make the difference between a happy employee 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 is often enough get the job done when workers are primarily using just one or two apps. 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 capture a photo or 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 get the job done 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.

Samsung’s entry-level Galaxy A03s, for example, features 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage, while Galaxy A53 5G boasts 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage. Galaxy A03s, A13, A13 5G and A53 5G all support expandable storage via a microSD card slot.

2. An expansive display

If your team reviews technical documents or inputs data on their smartphone, they need a screen that’s large enough to clearly show those details without having to squint or hold the device three inches from their face. With a larger display, your team can work more comfortably, input data faster and even show information on the screen to clients if they are customer-facing. If you need to view content outdoors, like during a walkthrough of a property for example, the bright display of the A53 5G will be easy on the eyes while also brilliantly showcasing what you need to see.

While in the past, you had to spend significantly more to get a phone with a display of six inches or more, today there are several mid-tier options that will give you plenty of screen real estate.

For example, with a large, 6.6-inch FHD+ display, Samsung’s Galaxy A13 gives workers a clear, edge-to-edge view of all their work. If you are looking for an even more vibrant screen, Galaxy A53 5G’s Super AMOLED display also features a switchable 120Hz refresh rate giving you smooth-flowing motion when scrolling or viewing graphics.

3. A versatile camera

Many enterprise teams rely on smartphones to quickly capture and share images and video, and this is much more effective with a versatile multi-lens 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 A53 5G stands out in this respect, featuring a four-lens rear camera system including a 64MP main sensor with optical image stabilization, a 5MP macro, 5MP depth and 12MP ultra-wide angle. It shoots video in 4K at 30 frames per second. When you need to jump on a video call, Galaxy A53’s 32MP selfie camera will have you looking very sharp. It’s also perfect for business owners or team members who create content for social media and more – crisp, professional-looking images are only a click away.

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 A03s, A13, A13 5G and A53 5G, unlocking your device is extra secure and easy. On the A03s, A13 and A13 5G, the fingerprint sensor is incorporated into the power key on the right side of the device, while Galaxy A53 5G utilizes Samsung’s embedded optical fingerprint-on-display technology for a convenient unlock with your thumb as you hold the device.  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

Your business needs to stay connected even when team members are working remotely. All four A Series devices feature core connectivity essentials including Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with dual bands (2.4GHz + 5GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, as well as support for 4G LTE.

Samsung has been a leader introducing high-speed, low-latency 5G connectivity to its midrange lineup. As their names suggest, Galaxy A13 5G and A53 5G both feature high-speed 5G cellular modems. For businesses wanting to take advantage of Verizon’s mmWave network, the A53 5G UW supports that high-end spectrum.

With the A Series’ robust performance and lightning-fast 5G on some models, you have the freedom to explore unlimited professional possibilities. Access your work in the cloud and stream video from your office or on the go.

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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Abhay Ganesh

Abhaykrishnan Ganesh is a B2B Category Management Lead at Samsung, driving the product strategy for the mobile phone portfolio. He has been at Samsung since 2013, starting as one of the founding members of the worldwide Knox go-to-market team. Prior to joining Samsung, he worked at Motorola Solutions, focusing on solution-based sales for the retail, manufacturing, hospitality and healthcare verticals. He has a M.S. in Telecom & Network Management from Syracuse University and a Bachelors of Engineering in Electronic and Telecommunications from Mumbai University.

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