In terms of innovation and technical features, mid-price smartphones are catching up with flagship devices. This is also happening with Samsung's A series models. Today our focus is on the Galaxy A50. It not only amazes with top features, but also attracts with price.
Before reading the full review, you can familiarize yourself with the detailed Samsung Galaxy A50 specs or watch the video below the article.
- Release date: 2019, February
- Colors: Black, White, Blue, Coral
- Dimensions: 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm.
- Weight: 166 g.
- Screen: 6.4" inc, 1080 x 2340, Super AMOLED
- Camera : Triple, 25MP
- Chipset: Exynos 9610 Octa (10nm)
- CPU: Octa-core (4x2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4x1.7 GHz Cortex-A53)
- Memory: 64/128 GB, 4/6 GB RAM
- Battery: 4000, Non-removable Li-Po
- Network: GSM / HSPA / LTE
- Operating system: Android 9.0 (Pie)
- Sensors: Fingerprint (under display), accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
The Galaxy A30 can catch your eye with a contemporary design for a small investment. In the face of the Galaxy A50, we see a similar product solution - it strongly resembles its "brother" in the presence of a small notch for the front camera, a thin bottom bezel, gradient colors and a rear panel. There are two minor differences between the two models. First, there is no fingerprint scanner on the back. Second, the main camera consists of 3 modules rather than 2. The Galaxy A50 nevertheless remains a good smartphone. With its 7.7 mm thickness and 166 gram weight, it is ergonomic and comfortable to use.
Looking at the two models - A30 and A50, we should note the identical layout of all working elements. Among the advantages is the presence of a standard headphone jack, while for charging and connecting to other devices a convenient USB-C port is provided.
The displays of the flagship smartphones of the South Korean company from year to year are getting better. Even those in the mid-range devices are of excellent quality.
The Galaxy A50, for example, uses a 6.4-inch SuperAMOLED Infinity-U screen with a resolution of 1080:2340 pixels (403 ppi density) with an aspect ratio of 19.5:9, brightness of 500 nits, excellent viewing angles and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protective glass.
Thanks to the use of a small notch and thin bezels, the display occupies 85% of the front panel area. This performance is excellent. For comparison, in the former flagships Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and iPhone XS, it is equal to 83.4% and 82.9% respectively.
The main trump card of the screen is the built-in fingerprint scanner. An optical sensor is used, not an ultrasonic one like in Samsung's top models.
The Galaxy A50 is based on Samsung's proprietary Exynos 9610 processor - executed under the norms of 10nm tech process. It features 8 cores clocked up to 2.3 GHz and Mali-G72 MP3 graphics. It's a powerful enough chipset. Its power along with 4 GB of RAM is not only enough to perform common tasks, including browsing and watching FullHD videos, but also to run heavy games.
Face and fingerprint scanning
For quick device unlocking, Samsung offers two popular options. The less secure but more convenient one is the face scan. This is done using the front camera. The method is satisfyingly fast. However, the manufacturer warns that this is not the safest way to protect the device. In addition, there are conditions under which it works. For example, there will be no benefit in cases where you wear sunglasses.
Additionally, Samsung has provided an optical fingerprint scanner. It is hidden under the screen. Remembering its location is easy. It triggers after a short finger hold. It works satisfactorily without error. Adaptation to the way it works is quick. If you are on the move or your fingers are wet, it is advisable to use a password or facial recognition to unlock the device.
Speakers in the Galaxy A50 run out to one. There is no additional sound for games and video. With such a large screen, this may not suit some users.
The sound playback quality is at the level of a mid-range device. If you are a music lover, this is not your optimal choice. For all other tasks, the sound is good and loud enough.
A plus is the presence of the typical audio jack. Thanks to it, you won't have to change your favorite wired headphones to wireless ones.
The Galaxy A50's camera consists of three modules:
- The main one has a 25 MP sensor, f/1.7 aperture optics and phase autofocus;
- The ultra-wide module has a resolution of 8 MP and an equivalent focal length of 12 mm;
- There is one more module - auxiliary. It has a resolution of 5 MP and measures the depth of the scene.
The main camera takes satisfactory quality photos with good detail and not bad dynamic range.
The ultra-wide lens of the smartphone is not the most popular acquisition of modern smartphones. This is definitely a plus for the Galaxy A50. However, the resolution of the photos is only 8 MP. To take pictures with it, you need more light. This limits its use during the dark part of the day. During the day, however, you will take interesting shots.
As for the front-facing camera, it shoots at 25 MP resolution with f/2.0 optics. Its capabilities will delight the regular user. It allows you to shoot both in daylight and under "warm" house lights. In insufficient light, detail is lost.
Video can be shot at 1080p resolution at 30 frames per second. 4K resolution remains the privilege of the top models of the large Samsung family.
Autonomous operation has remained an important indicator in recent years. The battery capacity of the Galaxy A50 is 4000 mAh. Given the energy-efficient processor and ergonomic AMOLED display, the battery shows an excellent level of autonomous operation.
In normal usage mode without recharging, you can handle the device for up to two days. Here is the time to note that the smartphone features 15W fast charging technology. With its help, you can bring your device back to life in a very short time.
What does the Galaxy A50 offer you? This is a smartphone with a modern design, a good display, ample performance and excellent autonomous operation. In addition, one should not forget the triple camera and the presence of a fingerprint scanner under the screen. With such merits and an attractive price, behind which stands an established manufacturer Samsung, this model is the epitome of a quality standard. You won't go wrong if you opt for it.
Pros and cons
Every model on the market has its positives and negatives, even if it's a flagship.
The pros of the Galaxy A50 are a few things: nice looks, big and bright screen, USB-C port, competitive performance, NFC support, autonomous operation by modern standards and quality cameras.
As cons you can appreciate: the speed of operation of the fingerprint scanner and the choice of a plastic housing, which is prone to overgrowth.
Samsung Galaxy A50 video review
Disclaimer: The information presented in this article is based on our team's personal experience with the Samsung Galaxy A50 and third-party sources. While every effort has been made to provide accurate and reliable information, readers should keep in mind that this is a subjective assessment. The writing of this article was not paid for or sponsored by Samsung.