Samsung has an enormous vary of Galaxy A telephones to select from with the A50 being one of the vital outstanding. It is reasonably priced and but appears to have many options from the Galaxy S10, so what is the catch? Discover out in our full overview.
To rapidly clarify, the Galaxy A collection is decrease down than the flagship S fashions and canopy a wide variety of costs. Most are mid-range and the next quantity means a extra premium gadget. So the Galaxy A30, for instance, present one thing much more wallet-friendly.
Worth & Availability
The Galaxy A50 is now out within the UK and may be bought from the likes of Samsung, John Lewis, ebuyer and Vodafone. The official worth is £309. Amazon has it for simply £255 in order for you the black color.
Our overview pattern was offered by AO Cellular, the place the A50 is obtainable on contract from £29 monthly.
It is also accessible on different markets at 349 Euros and $319 within the US the place you may get it from Newegg or Amazon.
That is properly reasonably priced when you think about that earlier units, just like the Galaxy A8, was £449 at launch. Nonetheless, there may be robust competitors on this market with the likes of the Moto G7, Pixel 3a, Honor 20 and Xiaomi Pocophone F1.
Design & Construct
Though Samsung has skipped notches on the Galaxy S10 vary to the punch-hole digital camera possibility, the Galaxy A50 (and others within the vary) have a teardrop, or waterdrop should you like, notch curving around the digital camera.
It doesn’t influence a lot on the display actually and should you haven’t had a telephone with a notch earlier than then you definitely’ll in all probability get used to it faster than you suppose.
You don’t get a glass again right here however the plastic feels pretty near glass truly and retains premium impression. Nonetheless, the telephone is IP68 waterproof, which is sweet to see. There’s additionally USB-C and a headphone jack, the latter of which is getting fairly uncommon.
That plastic construct helps hold the load down (166g) and the A50 is just 7.7mm thick which is first rate for a mid-range handset. Total, it feels good, particularly for a big dimension telephone.
The Galaxy A50 is available in black, white, blue and coral.
Specs & Options
Regardless of being an enormous chunk cheaper than the Galaxy S10, the Galaxy A50 has a very nice display. It’s 6.4in, makes use of SuperAMOLED tech, and has a Full HD+ decision. That is maybe greater than you’d anticipate for simply over £300.
It’s vivid, crisp and vibrant and is likely one of the A50’s greatest options. The tall side ratio, like so many telephones now, does make it a little bit laborious to succeed in the highest portion and watching most video content material will lead to black bars at both aspect, though that does imply the notch would not have an effect.
You may noice that there isn’t any fingerprint scanner on the again, however Samsung is not counting on facial recognition right here. There is a scanner embedded within the display, which is one other factor you in all probability would not anticipate at this worth. It is simply optical somewhat than ultrasonic as per the S10 and we have discovered it to be fairly hit or miss general.
It is doable to position your finger on the display whereas it is off to unlock it but it surely’s fairly troublesome to guage the appropriate place with no steerage. Waking the display up exhibits you the place the scanner is, although.
You get, considerably surprisingly, a reasonably high-end processor within the type of the Exynos 9610. There’s Four- or 6GB of RAM paired with both 64- or 128GB of storage. The most typical mannequin we are able to see on-line is Four/128GB and that is what we have been testing.
That is an honest quantity of strorage for the worth and and in true Samsung fashion there’s a microSD card slot so you’ll be able to add as much as 512GB extra.
Efficiency on the entire is fairly good, but it surely’s actually not flawless. The A50 is liable to occasional lag and an absence of responsiveness – not all the time when being pushed laborious both. To an extent, that is what you get for a telephone at this worth level however there are extra highly effective rivals on the market within the mid-range.
It may also be a shock to be taught that the A50 has at least three on the again and a 25Mp selfie digital camera in that notch. The rear will not be the identical because the S10 telephones, although. There’s a 25Mp digital camera flanked by an 8Mp wide-angle possibility and a 5Mp depth sensor for Reside Focus (Samsung’s portrait mode).
Total, the cameras are fairly good and produce high quality outcomes when lighting is sweet. There is a first rate quantity of element and colors are correct. Issues get fairly noisy in low mild and the night time mode would not make an enormous quantity of distinction.
It is helpful to have the large angle possibility and the third sensor helps portrait mode minimize the topic out. As you’ll be able to see in our gallery, it isn’t all the time excellent, although.
We’re fairly impressed with the entrance digital camera, which is 25Mp and helps HDR. The Reside Focus portrait mode works nicely, even with out a depth sensor.
Just like the A30, the Galaxy A50 has a 4000mAh battery and15W quick charging. There’s no wi-fi charging right here however that’s pretty comprehensible at this worth level. A complete of 5 hours a 49 minutes within the Geekbench Four battery check is affordable and we have discovered the telephone to comfortably final by a day with blended utilization.
In our standard charging check, the A50 reached 33% in half an hour ranging from zero. That is one other cheap end result, however nothing to write down residence about. Nonetheless, it means you may get a very good few hours of utilization from a comparatively quick prime up.
In the case of software program the A50 runs Android 9.zero Pie. It has Samsung’s One UI, which you’ll additionally discover on the S10. For Samsung, it is clear and contemporary look together with some helpful options, though you will must delve into the settings menu to find lots of them.
Whether or not you wish to use Bixby, Samsung’s Alexa and Siri rival, is one other matter. It has its personal display – Bixby Residence – a swipe away from the homescreen and the agency additionally gives its personal apps alongside Google’s for issues like gallery and web.
One small pet hat of ours is the way in which the app menu is a virtical swipe from the homescreen however then is cut up into horizontal pages.
There actually is quite a bit to love concerning the Galaxy A50, which may be although of as a kind of fake flagship Samsung smartphone. It is like an S10 however at a way more reasonably priced worth.
We just like the engaging design which is waterproof and light-weight. You then get some wonderful and options in your cash inlcuding a very nice display, first rate cameras and 128GB of storage.
It is not all plain crusing although, because the fingerprint scanner is not very dependable and efficiency may be sluggish at occasions. So there are higher mid-range telephones round this worth or a little bit bit extra should you coronary heart is not set on Samsung.
Check out the Honor 20, Pixel 3a and Xiaomi Pocophone F1.
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