Samsung’s Galaxy A-series is back. With the Galaxy A50 bringing a few changes, this time around against the relentless mid-range competition.
SAMSUNG GALAXY A50 REVIEW
The Samsung Galaxy A50 brings a new design from its frame and back Panel, made of plastic while the screen is Gorilla Glass 3.
Samsung call’s the back material “shinny glass tech”.
The back is a hyper-reflective surface unlike any we’ve seen. It refracts light in a holographic way such that it’s hard for the eyes to decide and sort of difficult to catch which color. Though A50 is made of plastic, the color changing effect is quite loud, mesmerizing and doesn’t feel cheap because of it tapered sides and slim edge which is quite comfortable in hand.
There is No IP rating for dust/water protection.
This is a 6.4” inch Super AMOLED with 19.5 by 9 aspect ratio and a 1080P resolution. Traditionally, A-series phones has a flat display which cuts down on accidental damages on fall.
The display house a U-shaped notch at the top for the selfie camera. The screen has plenty of pixel density at 403 PPI with an AMOLED and it’s get pretty bright with 420 nits of max brightness in Manual mode and 515 nits in Auto mode.
The Galaxy A50 has an Always-ON display, No LED notification light with an under-display fingerprint reader ( it’s one of the slower reader ).
The Galaxy A50 plays audio with a single speaker at the bottom next to the USB-C Port, it sounds very good in loudness test but lacking in high frequency’s and has some distortion at max volume. You have a traditional headphone jack and sound through headphones is loud but it doesn’t have the best clarity.
STORAGE & PERFORMANCE
There’s plenty of storage available with 64GB or 128GB on board with an expandable microSD option.
The User interface of the Galaxy A50 is the same as the S10 which is One UI based on Android 9 Pie and come with some heavy customizations but is pretty clean and easy to use compared to Previous version.
The One UI has some colorful new icons and designed notifications shade which is easier to reach.
Inside A50 is Samsung’s last year 10nm Exynos 9610 chipset with either 4GB or 6GB of ram in benchmarks. Exynos 9610 chipset can be compared in between the snapdragon 660 and snapdragon 710 i.e performance is great for it’s class and dependable for everyday tasks with games running smoothly with no heating or throttling.
Battery life is excellent on the Galaxy A50 with a 4,000mAH battery and, a 98hrs endurance rating in proprietary tests. The phone supports 15 watt charging.
A triple camera setup;
- 25 megapixel main camera ( face detection, autofocus ),
- 8 megapixel fixed-focus ultra-wide camera and
- 5 Megapixel depth sensor for portrait mode.
Bydefault, The main camera is set at 12 Megapixels which you can change to 25 megapixel.
Using the camera capturing images we notice:
In daylight, images have good colors and contrast but the resolved detail is not clear. If HDR is involved the photos often look a bit better with even exposure.
Using the ultra-wide camera, gives great colors, contrast, average dynamic range and decent level of detail of photos. Overall Photo are decent but since there is no distortion or correction applied there is a lot of warping around the edges.
In portrait mode, 12MP bokeh shots were impressive for this mid-range with excellent subject separation. In low-light portrait mode, photos come out solid with nice color saturation, exposure even sharpness and a decent level of detail in photo.
In low-light, the main-camera results are much worse lacking in detail, noisy and even a bit blurry. The ultra-wide shots at night are pretty disappointing.
The Selfie camera is 25 Megapixels, though the default output is 12 megapixel. It has fixed focus and if there’s plenty of lights the images are very detailed and have excellent colors.
Also, A50 can record videos up to 1080p@30fps, it’s worth noting that you can record in 4k if you use a third-party camera app. The main-camera is great, highly detailed with little noise and colors are spot on the footage. The ultra-wide camera doesn’t have great detail but is decent.
The A50 brings a stunning looking and design even though made of plastic with an excellent AMOLED screen, great battery life, solid chipset and versatile camera all for less than €300.
There are a few things Samsung could’ve done better here:
- The fingerprint reader which is quite In-consistent.
- You don’t get water resistant.
- The speaker quality isn’t the best.
Even with all that said at this competitive price is pretty easy to look past these shortcomings. so if you’re looking for a solid mid-range phone on a budget, the Galaxy A50 is worth checking out.