Samsung utterly misplaced its grip over the price range market up to now few years as Chinese language rivals, most notably Xiaomi, swooped in. These corporations proceed to launch mannequin after mannequin with every new era bringing much more unimaginable options and specs to each worth level. Lastly, Samsung has determined to strike again with its new M-series and the reimagined A-series. In simply the previous month or so, the corporate has launched six new low-cost fashions with sufficient variants to strike ten main worth factors between Rs. 7,990 and Rs. 22,990.
We appreciated what we noticed from the Galaxy M10 (Evaluation) and Galaxy M20 (Assessment), for probably the most half. As the primary two fashions of this new wave, these telephones set the tempo with various scorching options together with giant screens with waterdrop notches, beneficiant quantities of RAM and storage, a number of cameras, and enormous batteries.
Now, the newly repositioned A-series overlaps with the M-series on the low finish of the market with costs beginning at Rs. Eight,490. This previously premium sub-brand was second solely to the Galaxy S and Word strains with costs often within the Rs. 20,000 to 40,000 vary. The newly introduced Galaxy A10, Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50 do strongly resemble the Galaxy M10, Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30, however at every tier they add a number of conveniences and premium options that consumers may think about stepping as much as.
In the present day, we’re reviewing the brand new top-of-the-line Samsung Galaxy A50. It guarantees fairly a number of options that would tempt consumers, together with an in-display fingerprint sensor and three rear cameras, however at a better worth than any of the present M-series fashions. Let’s get began.
Samsung Galaxy A50 design
The primary attraction of the Galaxy A50 is its 6.Four-inch Tremendous AMOLED display. This is identical measurement and panel sort used on the Galaxy A30 and the just lately launched Galaxy M30. All three fashions even have the identical scoop-shaped Infinity-U notch. Samsung has finished properly to attempt to trim the borders across the display, and the rounded corners and 91.6 % screen-to-body ratio are very in line with present tendencies. There’s nonetheless a noticeable chin, however the look is fairly slick general for a comparatively low-cost telephone – the Galaxy A50 makes even the very lately launched Galaxy A9 (2018) (Evaluation) look old-school.
One function that’s unique to the Galaxy A50 is the in-display fingerprint sensor. Sadly it isn’t the identical ultrasonic sensor that the corporate has used within the flagship Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ (Evaluation), however that may have been anticipating far an excessive amount of at this worth level. It’s one thing that customers will love displaying off and could possibly be an enormous promoting level on this worth phase, however we’ll speak about it extra later on this evaluate.
Samsung has not said precisely what materials the rear of this telephone is made from, nevertheless it seems like plastic or polycarbonate. The panel curves barely to satisfy the metallic rim and there are not any sharp edges anyplace. There are three color choices – black, white, and blue. A coral pink model proven off at MWC 2019 has not been launched in India, a minimum of not but.
The rear panel of our black evaluate unit was extra like a translucent gray with an irredescent high quality to it that makes mild refract into rainbow patterns. You’ll see this particularly on the edges of the telephone if you transfer it round beneath robust mild. Sadly the floor could be very shiny and so it will get utterly smudged just about the second you contact it. After utilizing our evaluation unit very rigorously with its bundled plastic case for a number of days, we nonetheless observed a couple of tiny little scratches.
The vertically stacked triple digital camera module within the higher left nook stands proud just a bit bit. That is one design contact that has carried over from earlier fashions, most notably the Galaxy A7 (2018) (Evaluation). There’s an LED flash proper under the cameras, and in the event you look very intently you’ll see a faint Samsung emblem and a few regulatory textual content on the rear of the Galaxy A50 as nicely.
The facility and quantity buttons on the best are fairly inside attain, and there’s a USB Sort-C port in addition to a three.5mm headphones socket and a speaker grille on the underside. The twin-SIM tray with its devoted microSD card slot is on the higher left. Some consumers will probably be disenchanted that there’s no room for a notification LED on the entrance of this telephone however the Tremendous AMOLED panel helps an always-on mode so you’ll be able to nonetheless verify notifications and alerts at a look. By default, you need to faucet the display calmly to point out this info however you’ll be able to allow a real always-on mode from inside the Settings app.
So far as consolation goes, the Galaxy A50 is sort of straightforward to make use of and doesn’t really feel too heavy or thick in any respect. It matches properly in a single hand and isn’t slippery. Reaching all corners of the display with one thumb is a little bit of a stretch, however it wasn’t uncomfortable for us. We expect anybody who buys this telephone shall be proud of the way it seems to be and feels.
The Galaxy M10 and M20 have been criticised by a few of our readers for his or her bare-bones retail packages, and Samsung appears to have heard them. The marginally extra premium Galaxy A50’s retail field does embrace a headset and a plastic slip case along with a SIM eject pin, 15W charger, and USB Sort-C cable (the latter two in black, apparently).
Samsung Galaxy A50 specs and options
It’s slightly troublesome to distinguish all of the Galaxy M-series and A-series fashions and variants. The Galaxy A50 has a 6.Four-inch full-HD+ 1080×2340-pixel Tremendous AMOLED panel which is shared with a few of its siblings, as we’ve identified, however its octa-core Samsung Exynos 9610 SoC is a reduce above the Exynos 7904 that the others use.
This chip has 4 ARM Cortex-A73 and 4 Cortex A-53 CPU cores operating at as much as 2.3GHz and 1.6GHz respectively, to stability processing energy and battery effectivity, together with a contemporary ARM Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. Samsung touts this SoC’s picture sign processor and help for deep studying algorithms to energy options like single-camera depth sensing and face recognition.
There are two variants of the Galaxy A50, and the one distinction between them is RAM. You possibly can select between 4GB and 6GB, however storage is identical at 64GB between the 2, no less than for the choices launched in India as of now. This can be a little bit of a shock, particularly contemplating that the inexpensive Galaxy M30 has a 128GB choice (and each fashions have the identical worth hole of Rs. three,000 between variants).
By the way, 128GB was listed as an choice when the Galaxy A50 was first unveiled at MWC 2019, so different nations may nonetheless get higher specs. The 4000mAh battery is smaller than the 5000mAh unit that the Galaxy M30 has. These elements may confuse consumers a bit. You additionally get Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, FM radio, LTE and VoLTE on each SIMs, and the standard sensors.
It’s very fascinating that whereas the Galaxy M-series ships with Android Eight.1 and Samsung’s older Expertise UI pores and skin, the very comparable Galaxy A50 runs Android 9 with the brand new One UI. That is excellent news, since customers gained’t have to attend an unknown period of time to get a serious replace. Throughout our assessment interval, we acquired an replace to the February 2019 Android safety patch.
One UI is usually an enchancment when it comes to design, and it does look fairly trendy. Samsung says it has targeted on usability on telephones with giant screens, however what meaning is it has decreased info density all through and made textual content and icons all over the place monumental, with a great deal of padding between parts.
Some issues, similar to the fast settings panel, at the moment are outsized in order that icons are nearer to the underside of the display the place your thumbs are more likely to be. It takes a little bit of time to get used to. In some situations, it could really feel as if display area is being wasted, however however there are tremendous helpful touches just like the Again button within the Settings app coming down inside attain as you scroll quite than being anchored to the top-left nook of the display.
We discovered that we have been happier growing the density of the icon grids for the house screens and the app drawer and decreasing the default textual content measurement. You possibly can disable the app drawer and in addition select whether or not to open it with a swipe or by tapping an icon. An optionally available swipe downwards anyplace on the house display can pull down the notifications shade. There are a number of customisation choices inside numerous sub-menus of the Settings app which are properly value digging to seek out.
Night time Mode is a darkish theme, not the standard blue mild filter (which can also be nonetheless there). You’ll be able to have it on on a regular basis, schedule it, or sync it to dawn and sundown for every day. You possibly can reorder the Android navigation buttons or cover them and use swipe gestures as an alternative (although Android 9’s swipeable Residence button isn’t an choice). FaceWidgets are helpful lock display modules for issues like music controls, a calendar schedule overview, and the climate, they usually’ll keep seen on the always-on display in case you select.
A few of Samsung’s wallpapers seem to have been designed intentionally to cowl up the digital camera notch on the prime. Samsung’s Themes app is one of some that ask for permission earlier than sending you spammy notifications. There are a great deal of free and paid themes that you could obtain.
There are a number of useful gestures together with one which captures a screenshot for those who swipe inwards from both aspect of the display utilizing the sting of your palm. You’ll be able to have message alerts present up as bubbles, and tapping them will open the respective app in a floating window so you’ll be able to see the entire thread whereas typing a response.
Google’s Digital Wellbeing function for Android 9 can also be supported so you possibly can see detailed app utilization statistics, have the Galaxy A50 immediate you when it’s time to wind down for the night time, and impose time constraints on particular person apps to assist your self focus. The Bixby assistant can guess set to set off with a long-press of the facility button, do you have to select to make use of it. There’s additionally Samsung Pay Mini for UPI cash transactions.
We had an enormous drawback with spammy notifications and advertisements on the lock display with the Galaxy M-series. That is nonetheless a problem with the Galaxy A50, though the preliminary setup course of does allow you to select to disable “lock display tales”. The default Samsung apps are nonetheless spammy and now there’s Amazon Buying along with Dailyhunt, a number of of Samsung’s personal apps, Microsoft Workplace and LinkedIn, and naturally Google’s apps.
Shortly after getting began with our system we have been tricked into tapping a notification asking us to finish the setup course of. This turned out to be from a background app referred to as IronSource which sneakily put in six spammy and pointless apps – these have been Calculator, myTuner Radio and Flashlight (the telephone already has these features), HotSpotShield VPN, ShareChat, and Sweet Crush Saga. For sure, even the dead-simple Flashlight app confirmed a number of advertisements together with full-screen interstitials blocking the one toggle button on display – its sole perform. This can be a persevering with disappointment.
Samsung Galaxy A50 efficiency, battery life, and cameras
Samsung is closely selling the Galaxy A50’s Tremendous AMOLED display and it truly is crisp, shiny and vibrant. Blacks are deep and hues actually pop, however with out being oversaturated. Every little thing seems to be nice, proper from the UI to movies and video games. The always-on show function is good to have, and you may arrange a schedule so it doesn’t annoy you at night time.
As for sound high quality, this telephone’s single speaker can get very loud however isn’t very clear. Music and voices are grating at excessive volumes, and whereas you should use it for the occasional video clip, don’t anticipate to take pleasure in a full film. The included headset isn’t very snug, and the massive Y-splitter dangled slightly below our proper ear, leaving the lengthy wire to the left earbud bunching up round our chin. Sound isn’t too dangerous, however highs are a bit shrill and there’s barely any bass. The open design lets plenty of background noise in and broadcasts no matter you’re listening to for individuals round you to listen to. We might a lot moderately use our personal price range earphones.
The in-display fingerprint sensor might be an enormous draw for lots of people, however it does have its downsides. Recognition is pretty sluggish, and it typically took two seconds or extra for the telephone to unlock itself, which is simply sufficient to be mildly irritating. You’ll be able to truly unlock the telephone with even when it’s in standby, however it’s going to take trial and error to study precisely the place to put your finger. A single faucet will mild up the spot you want to hit, which could truly prevent a while. We didn’t have hassle with accuracy however recognition can fail when you don’t contact the sensor lengthy sufficient.
There’s additionally face recognition, which is usually a lot faster. You’ll be able to select to activate the entrance digital camera as quickly as you increase the telephone. It’s extra fluid and also you don’t have to attend for visible affirmation that it has labored.
Common day-to-day utilization was positive, with no hiccups or slowdowns. Our assessment unit was the model with 4GB of RAM and have been have been glad, however you may need to spend the Rs. three,000 extra for the 6GB RAM variant if assume you’ll cling on to this telephone for a few years. There have been advertisements in some Samsung apps and spammy notifications to cope with, however past that, our time utilizing the Galaxy A50 was nice. We performed PUBG Cellular and Asphalt 9: Legends at their excessive settings and weren’t disillusioned.
The Exynos 9610 processor isn’t setting any data however it’s competent for this worth degree. Benchmark exams confirmed efficiency in keeping with most of our present picks for the most effective telephones beneath Rs. 20,000, although a number of of those choices value means much less. AnTuTu gave us a rating of 145,408 and Geekbench’s single-core and multi-score check outcomes have been 1,719 and 5,586 respectively. 3DMark’s Sling Shot Excessive rating was 1,269, and we additionally received 37fps and 22fps in GFXBench’s T-rex and Manhattan exams respectively.
Battery life can simply stretch to a day and a half with regular use. We took a lot of photographs and movies, streamed a film, performed a couple of video games, and surfed the Net all through the day. We began within the morning, and had about 30 % left at night time. Our HD video loop check ran for 14 hours, 59 minutes which is sort of good. The included charger took us up from zero to 11 % in about 10 minutes, and 30 % in 30 minutes.
The Samsung Galaxy A50 does boast of a variety of images options, staring with the triple-camera module on the rear. The first digital camera has a 25-megapixel sensor and f/1.7 aperture; the secondary digital camera is for vast photographs and has an Eight-megapixel sensor with a 123-degree area of view and f/2.2 aperture; and the third one is an ordinary 5-megapixel depth sensor. The only front-facing digital camera has a 25-megpixel sensor and f/2.zero aperture.
Samsung additionally touts a Reside Focus mode for portraits, a 480fps 720p slow-motion video mode, Hyper-Lapse mode for timelapse movies, AR emojis, and clever scene optimisation. The Professional mode is disappointing with solely metering, ISO, white stability, and publicity compensation controls. You possibly can change between the usual and wide-angle cameras earlier than you start capturing movies, however not whereas recording.
You’ll be able to change the kind of background blur in portrait photographs from the usual bokeh to assorted filter results, and there’s even a pretend dolly-zoom impact which you could make GIFs out of. Sadly, this solely separates the background and zooms it out and in, with out the distinctive perspective warping impact of a digital camera’s subject of view altering in movement. Edge detection was fairly good, however the background between our topics’ torsos and arms was not recognized.
The app is straightforward to make use of and is just about the identical as what we’ve seen on earlier Samsung telephones together with the Galaxy A9 (2018). It’s nicely laid out with helpful controls inside attain. You’ll be able to select whether or not the app remembers the mode you have been utilizing final, and allow a floating shutter button for those who typically discover the standard one out of attain. The Galaxy A50 helps the high-efficiency HEIF and HEVC codecs for photographs and movies, however these aren’t enabled by default. Video recording with the entrance and rear cameras solely goes as much as 2336×1080 (full-HD however prolonged in width to match the facet ratio of the telephone’s show).
We have been usually proud of the pictures that the Galaxy A50 took. It tended to overexpose brightly lit elements of a body within the daytime, however most of our pictures got here out wanting good with various element. The wide-angle digital camera provides you lots of flexibility and it’s truly fairly shocking how far more you’ll be able to match right into a body when standing in precisely the identical spot, however high quality is certainly decrease and there’s main distortion that isn’t simply restricted to the sides of the body.
Efficiency at night time was respectable, however not nice. Pictures may look good on the telephone’s personal display and when posted on-line, however they don’t actually maintain up when examined at full measurement. There might be some movement blurring because of the shutter staying open a bit too lengthy. If there’s sufficient mild round, close-ups taken at night time are pretty good.
Movies shot whereas we have been standing nonetheless got here out wanting nice, with not one of the focus searching or wobbling that impacts lower-end telephone cameras. Within the daytime, movement was crisp and particulars have been good. The wide-angle digital camera provides all the things a fish-eye impact and video is barely darker however nonetheless clean. There’s no official point out of video stabilisation however we discovered that footage was nonetheless very usable. At night time, issues have been lots shakier and movies didn’t have a lot element. The secondary digital camera produced darkish, blotchy video.
The entrance digital camera additionally has a Stay Focus mode however with out the consequences. You’ll be able to nonetheless change the blur depth after taking a shot, however edge detection isn’t nice. The default beautification makes photographs look fairly synthetic, and turning it off requires a number of faucets.
Samsung Galaxy A50 in footage
Sadly for Samsung, the Galaxy A50 with its beginning worth of Rs. 19,990 competes with Xiaomi’s Poco F1 (Evaluation) which options the top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. That’s clearly the higher selection of telephone in the event you’re a gamer or need the smoothest attainable expertise, however it doesn’t have three rear cameras or a contemporary all-screen design.
As aggressive as Samsung is, it has been slightly upstaged by the model new Xiaomi Redmi Notice 7 Professional with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC, 48-megapixel main digital camera, Gorilla Glass 5, and different spectacular specs. The Redmi Word 7 Professional has a beginning worth of Rs. 13,999 and even the higher-end variant at Rs. 16,999 (with 128GB of storage) undercuts Samsung dramatically.
One other massive competitor to the Samsung Galaxy A50 would be the firm’s personal Galaxy M30, which has the identical display and a bigger battery, however a weaker processor, commonplace fingerprint sensor, and a much less flashy rear panel. Should you aren’t too fussed about digital camera high quality, the Galaxy M30 begins for Rs. 5,000 much less.
Even with these options out there, we expect lots of people will discover the Galaxy A50 fascinating sufficient to think about significantly. It has all of the current-day options that you simply’d need to exhibit, and there are not any main issues. We expect there’s scope for enchancment with the cameras and software program, however general, Samsung is absolutely displaying that it is aware of methods to convey the battle again.