After a while, Samsung is back with its A-series phones. Samsung A50 was is an upper-midrange phone which was released in the 1st quarter of 2019 and it is still one of the best Galaxy series phones at around $300/£ 189/Rs. 24000 in the market. In 2020 let us find out why Galaxy A50 is still in demand.
- Slim and light weight
- Long lasting battery
- Improved camera in daylight
- Average performance
- Slow in-display fingerprint sensor
Design & Display
The phone has a good design and looks similar to Galaxy M20 from the front side with dimensions 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm. It is very much sleek, thin, and quite comfortable to hold. It has plastic all around and so you have to be extra careful to avoid scratches on it. The weight of the Samsung A50 is only 166 g which makes the phone very light.
Though it is made of plastic it does not feel cheap. This phone has a tray to hold dual nano-SIM cards along with a dedicated MicroSD card. It has a 3.5 mm headphone jack and a USB-C port.
The display of this phone is a 6.4 inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ display with a waterdrop notch. You can hide the notch in the settings with a black bar if you find it uncomfortable. It does not have a curved display like the Galaxy S-series but a flat display like the previous A-series phones, which is actually good to avoid accidental touch. Whether you play games, stream movies, or just browse the internet, this display will surprise you every minute.
Samsung A50 has a rear triple camera setup with the main camera of 25 MP sensor with 26 mm-equivalent f/1.7 lens, ultra-wide camera of 8 MP sensor 13 mm-equivalent f/2.2 lens, and 5 MP depth-sensing sensor with f/2.2 lens. The camera setup captures bright and sharp images but cannot record 4K videos and the resolution is limited to 1080p only.
If you do not like the bumpy rear camera, this phone is for you. The camera is almost flushed and gives you brilliant images both indoor and outdoor. The front-facing camera is 25MP and captures images not up to the mark but images on the screen look good.
It is powered with Exynos 9610 and Mali G72 MP3 GPU. It is available in 4GB/6GB of RAM with 64GB/128GB internal storage. So playing games and multitasking won’t be an issue.
A50 comes with an in-display fingerprint sensor which is very slow and it does not even work properly with dry fingers. Face unlock is also available and is a better option though it is less secure than the fingerprint. It comes with only one speaker at the bottom and is pretty loud and clear except while in max volume. The phone supports Dolby Atmos for Bluetooth and wired audio output devices and gives better results.
Samsung A50 comes with One UI based on Android 9 Pie which very easy to navigate, fast, and has tons of customization. The icons are colorful and have few custom apps preinstalled on the phone.
In the AnTuTu benchmark test, Galaxy A50 scored 168767 which is similar to Snapdragon 660. The phone is great for normal users but struggles to handle power-intensive games like PUBG at a higher resolution.
It does not have IP rated water and dust protection which is bit unsatisfactory.
The Galaxy A50 comes with a 4000 mAh battery which easily lasts a full day even after you use it for gaming, editing videos, or media streaming. It supports 15-watt fast charging which can charge the battery from 0 to 100 percent in around 2 hours. With moderate use, the phone may last till the evening of the next day.
Samsung has a standard mode to minimize battery consumption but you may not have to turn it on ever.
Though A50 is a non-flagship phone from Samsung, it comes with lots of features out of the box and comes with Android Pie and One UI skin. This phone is sleek, lightweight, good looking and has everything from the look to performance which makes the phone a great purchase.
If you can afford a little more to your budget then Realme XT with Snapdragon 710 SoC and Redmi K20 with Snapdragon 855 are far better options over Samsung A50.