Samsung completely lost its grip over the budget market before couple of years as Chinese rivals, especially Xiaomi, swooped in. These businesses continue steadily to release model after model with each new generation bringing a lot more incredible features and specifications to every price. Finally, Samsung has made a decision to strike back using its new M-series and the reimagined A-series. In only the past month roughly, the business has launched six new low-cost models with enough variants to strike ten major price points between Rs. 7,990 and Rs. 22,990.
We liked what we saw from the Galaxy M10 (Review) and Galaxy M20 (Review), generally. As the first two types of this new wave, these to set the pace with several hot features including large screens with waterdrop notches, generous levels of RAM and storage, multiple cameras, and large batteries.
Now, the newly repositioned A-series overlaps with the M-series at the reduced end of the marketplace with prices starting at Rs. 8,490. This formerly premium sub-brand used to be second and then the Galaxy S and Note lines with prices usually in the Rs. 20,000 to 40,000 range. The newly announced Galaxy A10, Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50 do strongly resemble the Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30, but at each tier they put in a few conveniences and premium features that buyers might consider upgrading to.
Today, we’re reviewing the brand new top-of-the-line Samsung Galaxy A50. It promises several features that could tempt buyers, including an in-display fingerprint sensor and three rear cameras, but at an increased price than the current M-series models. Let’s begin.
Samsung Galaxy A50 design
The primary attraction of the Galaxy A50 is its 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen. This is actually the same size and panel type applied to the Galaxy A30 and the recently launched Galaxy M30. All three models likewise have the same scoop-shaped Infinity-U notch. Samsung did well to trim the borders around the screen, and the rounded corners and 91.6 percent screen-to-body ratio are incredibly commensurate with current trends. There continues to be a noticeable chin, however the look is pretty slick overall for a comparatively low-cost phone – the Galaxy A50 makes even the recently released Galaxy A9 (2018) (Review) look old-school.
One feature that’s exclusive to the Galaxy A50 may be the in-display fingerprint sensor. Unfortunately it is not the same ultrasonic sensor that the business has found in the flagship Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ (Review), but that could have been expecting much too much at this price. It’s a thing that users will love revealing and could be a major feature in this price segment, but we’ll speak about it more later in this review.
Samsung has not explained precisely what material the trunk of this phone is constructed of, but it feels as though plastic or polycarbonate. The panel curves slightly to meet up the metal rim and there are no sharp edges anywhere. There are three colour options – black, white, and blue. A coral pink version displayed off at MWC 2019 is not launched in India, at least not yet.
The trunk panel of our black review unit was similar to a translucent grey with an irredescent quality to it which makes light refract into rainbow patterns. You will see this especially at the edges of the telephone when you move it around under strong light. Unfortunately the top is very glossy therefore it gets completely smudged just about as soon as you touch it. After using our review unit meticulously using its bundled plastic case for a couple of days, we still noticed a few tiny little scratches.
The vertically stacked triple camera module in the upper left corner shines only a tiny bit. That is one design touch which has carried over from previous models, especially the Galaxy A7 (2018) (Review). There’s an LED flash right below the cameras, and if you look very closely you will see a faint Samsung logo plus some regulatory text on the trunk of the Galaxy A50 aswell.
The energy and volume buttons on the proper are reasonably at your fingertips, and there’s a USB Type-C port in addition to a 3.5mm headphones socket and a speaker grille on underneath. The dual-SIM tray using its dedicated microSD card slot is on the upper left. Some buyers will be disappointed that there surely is no room for a notification LED on leading of this phone however the Super AMOLED panel supports an always-on mode so that you can still check notifications and alerts instantly. By default, you will need to tap the screen lightly showing this information nevertheless, you can allow a genuine always-on mode from within the Settings app.
So far as comfort goes, the Galaxy A50 is pretty simple to use and doesn’t feel overweight or thick at all. It fits nicely in a single hand and isn’t slippery. Reaching all corners of the screen with one thumb is somewhat of a stretch, nonetheless it wasn’t uncomfortable for all of us. We think anyone who buys this phone will enjoy a how it looks and feels.
The Galaxy M10 and M20 were criticised by a few of our readers because of their bare-bones retail packages, and Samsung appears to have heard them. The slightly more premium Galaxy A50’s retail box does add a headset and a plastic slip case and a SIM eject pin, 15W charger, and USB Type-C cable (the latter two in black, interestingly).
Samsung Galaxy A50 specifications and features
It’s just a little difficult to differentiate all of the Galaxy M-series and A-series models and variants. The Galaxy A50 includes a 6.4-inch full-HD+ 1080×2340-pixel Super AMOLED panel which is distributed to a few of its siblings, as we’ve described, but its octa-core Samsung Exynos 9610 SoC is a cut above the Exynos 7904 that others use.
This chip has four ARM Cortex-A73 and four Cortex A-53 CPU cores running at up to 2.3GHz and 1.6GHz respectively, to balance processing power and battery efficiency, plus a modern ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. Samsung touts this SoC’s image signal processor and support for deep learning algorithms to power features like single-camera depth sensing and face recognition.