About Samsung Galaxy A50 — Review, Specs & more
Samsung continues to push its popular Galaxy A-series of mid-range phones, and now they get new names - instead of yearly updates for the different models like A5, A7 etc, there is now a sequential number - which should cause less confusion.
So with that out of the way (see our full model rundown below) - is the A50 worth buying? We think so, but read our full review to find out the fuller picture.
Summary of contents
- OLED - high-end tech
- Galaxy A50: Under the bonnet
- On to the equipment...
- Samsung Galaxy A50 Price in UK
- Verdict on the Galaxy A50
The confusing lineup of A Series phones leaves even some gadget enthusiasts confused, so let's recap the current range:
Now that that's out of the way, let's start the review of the Galaxy A50. This is the successor to the Samsung Galaxy A5: the South Koreans have packed good hardware into this midrange phone and also attached quite a nice design to it. The result is very interesting.
If you aren't quite clear, the A range is a mid-range selection of phones, and the S range e.g. the Galaxy S10 are slightly more powerful and much more expensive. If you don't particularly need the features of the "S" range, or want to save money, then the A50 is definitely worthy of your consideration.
OLED - high-end tech
The display is one of the highlights of the Samsung Galaxy A50, because for less than £300 (for price comparison) you get a high-quality OLED display with impressive specs at first flance. For example, the 6.4-inch Full HD Plus screen (2340 x 1,080 pixels) has flagship-level brightness: in direct sunlight, the mid-range mobile turns up to 710 candelas per square metre. The chessboard contrast increases to 189: 1, a new high in our leaderboard.
As usual with an AMOLED display from Samsung, the colour space representation is excellent: the standard RGB colour space is covered to 147 percent, the extended DCI-P3 color space to 97 percent, so almost completely. A representation of HDR content with intense colours does not stand in the way of these values, as this review found.
You do not have to do HDR streaming on YouTube, Netflix or Amazon Prime Video - the Galaxy A50 is not really aimed at that segment anyway. Apart from that, the OLED display convinces us that it definitely belongs in the high-end category.
Galaxy A50: Under the bonnet
As for the processor, Samsung has installed in the Galaxy A50 its own eight-core model Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 9610 with 2.3 GHz clock. Its performance is on par with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 - a mid-range processor, which is among others in the Motorola Moto G7 Plus.
The Galaxy A50 shows with the processor and the 4GB of RAM in everyday use a good performance. Basically everything runs smoothly with the menus and pps, the loading times that do occasionally appear are a bit longer than with smartphones with high-end processors. But then you should expect that.
When it comes to graphics performance, the A50 even achieves slightly better results than the Qualcomm competition - but the 7.7 images per second, which reaches the middle-class mobile phone in the benchmarks, are not enough for demanding games long enough. For a Samsung Exynos 9 would be necessary, as it is installed in the Galaxy flagship ships.
For the performance nerds, there is still a smooth UI to be found here, because with "normal" tasks, the Galaxy A50 copes easily. In Android Authority's group comparison, it currently ranks between the 2018 versions of the Galaxy A7 and Galaxy A9.
A50: On to the equipment...
Although the equipment is also middle class and thus, for example, a certified dust and water protection is missing, the Samsung Galaxy A50 still comes up with some positive surprises.
Among other things, 128 GB of internal memory are on board, which is rare in a sub £300 mobile phone. About 110 GB of this are actually available in reality for UK users, as 20GB is taken up by the Android system files.
In addition, there is a support for SD memory cards up to a size of 512 GB. A separate slot is available for this, the two slots of the dual SIM function (4G / 4G) remain free.
In terms of WIFI standards and frequencies, the current standards are available: With the WLAN you get a fast connection through 802.11-ac and also Bluetooth 5.0 is included. The download via LTE Internet reaches a maximum of 600 Mbps. Both a USB Type-C interface and a jack for headphones are available, a headset with a plug is included as an accessory. The fingerprint sensor is now no longer on the back, but in the display.
The operating system is Android 9 or later versions will have Android One, with a security update at the time of testing. Samsung has heavily modified the user interface and installed a lot of its own apps. As the past has shown, this mostly delays the delivery of current Android versions, but thankfully the Galaxy phones are going to be supported for quite a long time with updates.
And with Samsung's additions to the UI, you can now choose, for example, between the language assistants: Google Assistant or Bixby - to use the latter, but you have to sign up with your own Samsung account.
Samsung Galaxy A50 Price in UK
The price for Samsung's largely convincing mid-range mobile phone is around £299 at the time of the test. This is an acceptable price, with which the Galaxy A50 but can hardly prevail against the many competitors in the market.
Verdict on the Galaxy A50
The A50 manages to strike the right balance between cheap, and feature-rich. For £310, you’re getting a pretty impressive smartphone that looks good, has a great screen, is fast enough for most people and takes decent snaps too. Indeed, Samsung need to be careful as this may just eat into the "S" range.
In short, this will be a handset that’ll be more than enough for most people.
Saying that, some Honor, Nokia and Motorola models are in the same quality range, but are in part significantly cheaper. And instead of the A50 you could instead get the high-end hitman the Xiaomi Pocophone F1 plus quite a bit of change.
As always, Samsung charge a premium - and some are happy to pay it, but the Chinese manufacturers are eating away at their bottom line all the time.
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Specifications for Samsung Galaxy A50
- Dimensions: 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm
- Weight: 166 g
- Platform: Android
- Operating System: Android 9.0 Pie
- Resolution: 1080 x 2340
- Memory Card:
- Processor: 2.3 Ghz
- RAM: 6 GB
- Battery Capacity: 4000
- Front Camera: 25 MP
- Back Camera: 25 MP
- Connection Type: 3G
- SIM Capacity: 2
- WIFI Hotspot: