If you’re in the market for a new mid-range device, there are a lot to choose from. If Samsung is your favorite (or one of your favorites), and you just don’t see yourself getting the latest S10 or S10+ because they are way out of your budget, don’t worry, Samsung has a place for simple people like you (and me).
The Galaxy A50 is one of the mid-range devices released by Samsung earlier this year. Others include the A10, A20, A30… up to A80. What’s really cool about the A Series is you get some features you’ll find on most premium phones.
They may not be offered in the best ways (in the case of the under display fingerprint scanner on the A50), but it should give you a close experience of what it’s like to have a premium phone.
Anyways, this is Shaibu and today, I will be giving you a review of the Samsung Galaxy A50.
This review is based on research. I don’t own the product. Everything you will be reading here comes from so many sources I have looked at.
If I haven’t lost you yet, that’s great. Without wasting any more time, let’s get to it.
- Android 9.0 (Pie), One UI
- 6.4 inch 1080 x 2340 Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen
- Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU
- Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
- 4GB / 6GB RAM
- 64GB / 128GB Internal Storage
- 25MP Front Camera
- 25MP / 8MP / 5MP Rear Cameras
- 4000mAh non-removable battery
- Dual Nano SIM
The first thing you’re going to notice on the phone is the color… or should I say colors? Even though you can get the phone in specific colors such as Black, Blue, Coral or White, you still get a “rainbow-like” color combination.
This can be seen at the back of the phone. It sometimes makes it hard to see the primary color of the phone itself. The back of the phone is a combination of plastic and glass. Samsung calls this Glasstic (you know, combining the words “glass” and “plastic.”)
The device is pretty sleek, edges are curved and feel comfortable when held. The frame on the Galaxy A50 is made out of plastic.
Turning over to the front, you get a Gorilla Glass 3 protected screen. Now with Gorilla Glass, you get that protection from scratches and dust and some occasional drops. The only thing to note here is this is Gorilla Glass 3 not like the latest Gorilla Glass 5 or 6.
The latest ones are more durable and can withstand a lot while still giving you a very responsive screen. It’s safe to get the phone protected with one if you decide to get the phone.
This time, Samsung is going with a water drop notch or the Infinity-U.
For placements, you get the volume rocker and power button on the right side of the phone. On the top-left are the microSD and SIM slot. At the bottom of the phone, you get the 3.5mm headphone jack, a USB Type-C port and a speaker.
The selfie camera is on the front of the phone and on the back, you get a triple camera setup with an LED flash.
The Galaxy A50 doesn’t come with a physical fingerprint scanner. Its fingerprint scanner is placed under the display. We’ll talk about it when we get to talking about the display on the phone.
What you’re missing here on the A50 is an IP68 rating, you can’t take this phone for a swim, it is not resistant to water.
There isn’t a dedicated Bixby button as well. To access Bixby, you’ll have to hold the power button for a few seconds.
The overall design on the Samsung Galaxy A50 is quite simple. It is really good for a mid-range phone. Although you get that great rainbow-like design on the back and a waterdrop notch on the front, it’s still is quite a simple design.
Over the years, Samsung has been really good with their displays. Their AMOLED Screens are what you’ll find mostly on their premium devices. This time, they have put the same panel on the A50, cool right?
The A50 comes with a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen and with all AMOLED’s, you know you’re getting those deep blacks. The Resolution on the A50 is 1080 x 2340 pixels.
The screen is not curved around the sides but flat, and the bezels on this device are really slim, you will only notice the one on the bottom of the screen.
It does have a water drop notch but you have the option to hide it with a black bar. That is if you don’t like notches getting in the way of your display.
So really, how does the display look? Well, you get a really sharp display with accurate colors and really deep blacks.
The phone also gets bright when you’re using it under direct sunlight so I don’t think you’ll have any problem using it outdoors.
You get the option to use the Always On Display feature. This shows you time, notification and other relevant stuff while the phone sleeps. As always, if you’re concerned with battery life, it’s safe to turn this feature off.
Okay so about that fingerprint scanner under the display, if you’ve always wanted to use a phone that has this kind of scanner and not one on the back, well, you will be having a bad experience with this one.
The fingerprint scanner on this phone is actually one of the slowest and inaccurate ones you’ll find on a phone.
You’ll eventually find yourself using the face recognition feature or the pattern over the fingerprint scanner because you will get frustrated on how slow it is on the long run. I can’t tell if a software update will fix this but for now, it is what it is.
Look on the bright side though, the screen is really large for all your gaming and video watching. It is a Full HD+ display.
Overall, besides the fact that the fingerprint scanner is really slow on this phone, there isn’t really anything holding the display back. It’s got all the necessary things needed to give you an awesome experience.
The Galaxy A50 comes with three cameras on the back and a single camera on the front. We’ll start with the ones on the back.
What you’re getting here is a 25 Megapixel Primary camera, an 8 Megapixel Ultrawide camera and a 5 Megapixel Depth Sensor.
Although the primary camera is 25 Megapixels, by default, it shoots pictures in 12 Megapixels. The results, however, are really nice. You get accurate colors when there’s enough light. Sometimes images come out a little too sharp and detail isn’t that spectacular but overall, really good.
You can shoot pictures in 25 Megapixels, but you’ll have to change the aspect ratio to 4:3H. With this switch though, you won’t be able to shoot HDR pictures.
Images shot with the whole 25MP come out with more detail than those shot with 12MP. But it’s best to stick with the default 12MP shooter.
Portrait shots are taken with the primary camera and the 5MP depth sensor. The results are very good. The subject separation here is really accurate, kind of what you’ll find on some flagship devices.
With the ultrawide camera well, you get a wider field of view. The results are also quite good, colors are accurate, the dynamic range is average and details aren’t the best but still okay.
You should be aware though, there is no distortion correction here so you will find buildings bending on the corners of your shots.
Low light shots aren’t the best but still really good with all cameras. You will take more accurate shots using the primary camera in 12MP but 25MP shots and ultrawide shots won’t leave you very impressed.
For videos, you can shoot up to 1080p at 30 frames per second. There is Electronic image stabilization to make sure your videos don’t come out all shaky if you move while recording.
The results here are very good, there’s a lot of detail if you use the primary camera for your videos. If you use the ultrawide camera, the videos are going to come out warmer, the details aren’t going to be as great but you do get a wider angle so that’s good.
Turning over to the front is the 25MP Selfie shooter, and just like the primary camera at the back, you take 12MP pictures by default.
Selfies taken here are really good with lively colors and enough details.
To use the whole 25MP, you’ll have to switch the aspect ratio to 4:3H. You lose the HDR support here as well but you do get a lot more detail in every shot.
You can also use the selfie camera for all your face unlocking feature but note that it is not as secure as a pattern or fingerprint scanner (one that’s not frustrating, though).
Overall, the cameras on the Samsung Galaxy A50 are really good, it’s one of those phones that offers really good cameras at a fair price.
Performance and Features
This phone packs a punch when it comes to performance. For gamers out there, good news, you can play your favorite games like PUB-G on high settings here without any problems. If you’re more of a Call of Duty fan, well, you should be able to play it on this phone as soon as the game is officially out.
The Galaxy A50 comes with an Exynos 9610 chipset you find an Octa-core (4×2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 & 4×1.7 GHz Cortex-A53) CPU and a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU here.
Although games run smoothly on this phone, there is a tendency for it to heat up if you play really demanding games.
You can carry out most tasks besides games without any problem on this phone. For its class, this is a really good phone to have for all your daily activities.
The Samsung Galaxy A50 comes with Samsung’s One UI and Android 9 (Pie). It’s the same you find on the S10.
You get a lot of preinstalled apps on the phone, not a new thing on a Samsung device. It is a clean user interface, though, and it’s very customizable.
You get Gesture Navigation here, if activated, swiping up from the bottom-right will take you “Back”, swiping up from the bottom-center will take you “Home” and swiping up from the bottom-left will show you your “Recent Apps.”
Personally, I don’t really see the difference between this and having the buttons on the screen besides the fact that they aren’t visible. But all the same, that’s how Samsung has implemented it.
One UI is a pretty decent and not very hard to use. Yeah the customization can get a little heavy but if you stick to the basics, you’ll probably be fine.
The speaker at the bottom of the phone is quite loud, but you will notice some distortion when the sound gets high.
Overall, the A50 is currently a very good phone for handling all your day to day tasks. For gamers out there, this is one of the phones you should consider if you’re looking for a phone that can handle most of your games.
RAM and Internal Storage
The A50 comes in either 4GB of RAM or 6GB of RAM. What I feel is the best way to choose which one to go for depends on three things. First thing is the obvious one, can you can afford the more expensive 6GB of RAM over the 4GB?
If you can, then go for that.
Second thing you should consider is how long you will be using the phone. If you’re going to be using the phone for a long time to come… say 2 years, then you should definitely go for the 6GB of RAM. Phones with 4GB of RAM are like the minimum requirement these days.
Final thing to consider is what you’ll be using this phone for, for people who just want a device for the basics, like taking pictures, making phone calls, using social media, etc. sure, get the 4GB of RAM model.
But if you’re into more intense stuff like gaming and multitasking and don’t want to get limited, you should go for 6GB of RAM model.
For internal storage, there are two options as well. A 64GB of internal storage model (for the 4GB of RAM) and 128GB of Internal Storage (for the 6GB of RAM).
Storage can be expanded using a microSD card of up to 1 Terabyte.
Technically, RAM is the only major concern here. I know some games use internal storage to save obb files but when not in use, they can be moved to the SD card on the phone. This just takes away the issue of space.
Overall, RAM and Internal storage options are fair considering that this is a mid-range device. Depending on what you feel will be okay, I don’t think the phone is going to slow you down any time soon.
You get an impressive 4,000mAh battery on this phone. Better than what you get on some flagship phones.
This phone will be able to handle a lot of tasks for a day if you’re a heavy user. Light users will be able to get a whole lot more before needing to charge the phone.
The Galaxy A50 supports fast charging as well using a 15W charging brick.
Battery life overall is great, only thing you’re not getting here is wireless charging.
For internet, you get 4G, 3G, 2G and WiFi.
You also get an FM Radio, Bluetooth V5.0, NFC, GPS, USB 2.0 Type-C, etc.
This phone costs around $300.
*Please note that prices vary from time to time.
The Samsung Galaxy A50 is a really nice mid-range device. You get really nice cameras on the phone, a really nice display and a fantastic design.
The only thing you’re going to find annoying on the phone is that fingerprint scanner. It’s just slow and not always accurate.
But for handling all your day to day tasks, you get a really impressive chipset. It is great for gaming as well. You also get a really good battery.
Okay guys, that’s it for now, make sure you share, comment and like if you enjoyed the review.
Until next time, thanks for reading, see you on the next phone.