Considering purchasing a Samsung Galaxy A50? In recent years, Samsung has introduced its A series, a range of devices that fit comfortably in between their high-end S series phones and their budget J devices. The new A50 is one phone that perfectly sits this intersection: it is a device that offers a premium look and feel, all while selling at a major price break.
Not only does the A50 outperform Samsung’s old J-series phones, but it is also gaining recognition as the superior option even among the A series. Some reviews are calling this device “Samsung’s best mid-ranger in years.”
If that sounds promising to you, read on. In this post, we’re reviewing that recently released Samsung Galaxy A50, which retails for approximately $549 AUD.
Here’s what you can expect from Samsung’s Galaxy A50:
6.4” Super AMOLED display
2340×1080 px resolution Infinity display with an aspect ratio of 9.5:9
Exynos 9610 Processor Octa-Core 2.3GHz
Internal Storage 64GB/128GB + Up to 512GB with microSD
3 rear-facing cameras: a 25-megapixel with f/1.7 aperture, a 5-megapixel depth lens with a f/2.2 aperture, and an 8-megapixel ultra-wide with f/2.4
25-megapixel front camera with f/2.4 aperture
Battery: 4,000 mAh battery
15-watt fast charging
Dimensions: 158.5 x 74.5 x 7.7mm
OS Android 9.0 Pie
Front Gorilla 5 Glass, plastic body
Colours: Black, White, Blue, and Coral
The A50’s design shares some elements with Samsung’s M50 device, such as the gradient style which gives the phone a colourful sheen.
While the display retains Gorilla Glass 5, providing a smooth screen viewing experience, the rear of the A50 is plastic and polymer. Still, both the frame and the back give the look of higher-quality materials, which really makes the phone stand out. The plastic panel is referred to as “glastic,” a plastic material with resembles glass.
The plastic elements ensure a lighter device, so the A50 is pleasant to hold. The slight curves and ergonomic features of the back panel make it extra comfortable in a user’s hand.
The phone is definitely large, but not overly so. For those in search of sizeable display, this is a good choice. In terms of dimensions, the A50 is sized the same as the A30, and both have a 7.7mm thickness as well as the same 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-U display. One reason for its size may be the built-in fingerprint sensor. This is located within/beneath the screen instead of on the rear, as with other Samsung phones.
On the sides of the A50 you’ll find the usual suspects. On the right sit the volume rocker and the power button. On the left are a nano-SIM tray and a dedicated microSD card slot. Along the bottom edge of the device, you will find a 3.5mm headphone jack and a USB-C port.
Reviewers who have had hands-on experience with the A50 are praising its surprisingly quick and fluid usability. This is a phone that prioritises user experience, and it shows.
The display offers vivid colours and rich blacks, satisfactory brightness levels, and wide viewing angles. One reviewer mentioned that the A30 device’s screen seemed a bit brighter and more vibrant in comparison, but the differences were negligible.
The in-screen fingerprint sensor is an exciting feature for this device, but it may be more trouble than it’s worth. The A50 also supports facial recognition, which many reviewers have said works much more quickly and accurately than the fingerprint sensor, which frequently creates errors. Still, for those who prefer facial recognition, this phone is a good choice since it seems more than up to the task.
Performance-wise, the A50 is outfitted with the Exynos 9610 chip, which is the most powerful processor yet to be found in a Samsung mid-range device. This, combined with the phone’s graphics, provides for a powerful user experience, even when playing some fairly heavy-duty game.
The hefty 4,000mAH battery is one of the A50’s best features. This promises a full day of phone usage. Testing showed that with common activities such as some gaming, social media interaction, and a typical amount of calling and texting, users were provided with around 6+ hours of screen time. If that power doesn’t prove adequate, the fast-charging will help ensure you’re juiced up again in no time.
What users are most likely to rave about with Samsung’s Galaxy A50 is its camera specifications. Samsung is currently the only mobile phone manufacturer placing ultra-wide rear cameras in their budget and mid-range devices. With the A50, you can get near-flagship camera specs at a mid-range price. That’s pretty exciting.
The A50 has a triple rear camera setup. This includes a 25-megapixel main lens, a 5-megapixel depth sensor, and an ultra-wide 8-megapixel lens.
The ultra-wide camera is what makes the biggest difference in the versatility of images. In any case, this device’s cameras perform best in natural light, especially when using the wide lens or the front-facing camera. However, you do have the option to manually change the exposure prior to capturing your image. All in all, photo fans will be pleased with the A50’s abilities---especially for the price.
In 2019, you can easily get a solid quality mobile phone at a great price. It’s an exciting era when mid-range and even budget devices are showing off some flagship features. If you want a phone with more-than-adequate performance, long-lasting battery life, and some premium-esque features (in particular, superior cameras), it’s worth taking a closer look at the Galaxy A50.