The Samsung Galaxy A50 is a pretty solid mid ranger. It comes with enough and more features to satisfy you, so why haven’t you taken the leap yet?
If you’re on the fence and are looking for a review, we’ve got your back. Below, we promise a thorough look at who the A50 really is, so let’s get to it.
The A50 is definitely a mid-range powerhouse. That being said, its price tag can drastically defer, depending on where you get it from.
If you didn’t know, warranty and onboard memory influences the device’s price tag. Seller warranties are much cheaper than their company counterparts.
The phone is made from plastic. Its rear is polycarbonate, but it doesn’t look cheap. It has a rainbow finish that turns heads when you hold the phone right.
Although eye catching, you might turn heads for the wrong reason too. It’s glossy and can attract enough and more fingerprints.
The entire device isn’t fully plastic though. It has a metal frame that makes it premium like.
The A50 feels great. Its plastic body makes it lightweight. It’s around 166 g, so using it is a breeze. The fact that its plastic is soft, and its frame has rounded edges makes it comfortable in your hands.
It has 3 cameras on the rear, with the Samsung logo towards the top. This leaves empty space throughout the phone. This isn’t a bad thing as it allows the rainbow effect to truly shine.
It’s empty as there’s no fingerprint sensor. Instead, it’s built into the A50’s screen. It works alright, for the most part. The sensor takes around a second to read your fingerprint.
The A50 comes with a face unlock option. It’s much faster than its fingerprint reader.
The A50 rocks a 6.4 inch display. It’s a powerhouse of a display as the phone comes with a Super AMOLED FHD+ screen. As a result, colours are vibrant and are on par with more expensive phones.
This isn’t the only impressive thing about it. It has a screen to body ratio of 85.2% which basically means it’s bezel less.
The A50 has impeccable viewing angles. We all know how bright it can get in Sri Lanka, so this is appreciated.
If for some reason you’re not happy with its display, you can adjust it. Samsung lets you play with temperature, saturation and so much more.
The phone comes with a notch. Thankfully, you can hide it. To be frank, its notch isn’t the worst. It’s pretty small and isn’t in-your-face like others.
We do have a problem though:
The A50 comes with Gorilla Glass 3. Although strong, it’s not as strong as it should be as Gorilla Glass 5 and 6 are around.
The A50 comes with the Exynos 9610 chip. The chip is everything you’d want from a mid-range processor. It out beats the more premium Snapdragon 835.
As a result, you don’t have to worry about lag. It comes with the Mali G72 MP3 GPU too. So, gaming is easy. However, drops in frame rates are a thing.
It comes with 4 Gigs of RAM which isn’t bad. There is a 6 GB variant though.
In terms of storage capacity, the A50 can handle a lot. The phone comes with 64 and 128 GB variants, you can expand them to 512 GB with a microSD card.
Out of the box, the phone runs Android Pie. This won’t be an issue as The A50 is going to get theAndroid 10 update.
While it continues to receive security updates, the A50 sadly was not one of the devices confirmed to be part of Samsung's new three-year OS upgrade plan. This means that the device will not receive the new Android 11 update.
If you’re thinking about buying the A50, its battery would push you off the ledge. It’s 4000 mAh which is enough and more for its price tag. With moderate use, the phone can last about a day and a half. If you’re heavy with the device, expect it to last about a day.
Like many phones released in our day and age, the A50 doesn’t come with a removable battery. Although disappointing, it comes with a fast charge. The 15 W charger charges the phone from 0-30% in half an hour. It does this through its USB-C port.
Its cameras are really good. There are 3 on the rear, one being the 25 MP primary camera, the other the 8 MP wide angle camera, and the last one the 5 MP depth sensor. Its shots are vivid, but can be over exposed. This is true for everything but its wide angle camera. As with any phone, the A50 performs best in well-lit settings.
Low light shots are not your friend, whether you’re shooting from the back camera or not. In terms of its selfie cam, there’s a 25 MP sensor that’s as powerful as the one in the back.
The Samsung A50 is a mid-ranger that gives more expensive devices a run for their money, so should you buy it? Before you make a decision, go through some of our alternatives:
The A40 has a plastic body as well, and comes with the same rainbow effect as the A50. Its back is soft, but is slippery. This makes it a struggle to use if you’re clumsy.
The phone has a smaller screen at 5.4 inches. Although smaller, it also rocks a Super AMOLED display. It comes with a water drop notch too, but this can be hidden.
The A40 has a great screen to body ratio. It’s 85.33% which is better than the more expensive A50’s. The Exynos 7885 chip is present, but it’s not as powerful as the 9610 chip.
Unfortunately, the device has a much smaller battery. It’s 3100 mAh and can last around a day with moderate use. It comes with fast charging, which is a plus.
It has a plastic back with a rainbow effect. It’s soft too, but not as slippery as the A40.
The phone is heavier than the A50, which is funny as you’d expect this from a more premium device, which the A30s is not.
The A30s’ screen is huge. It rivals the A50’s as they’re both 6.4 inches, coming with a Super AMOLED panel. Its screen to body ratio is good too as it’s 84.9%.
Out of the box, the phone runs Android Pie. Unfortunately, it won’t be getting the Android 10 update. It has the Exynos 7904 chip which is fast, but not as great as the A50’s processor.
It comes with a battery that’s as good as the A50’s though. It’s 4000 mAh and can last over a day with moderate use. It’s non-removable, but this shouldn’t be a surprise.
The phone has 2 versions, each of which has a different RAM capacity. One of them has 3 gigs of RAM while the other has 4. The 2 models also come with different storage capacities. The 3 GB has 32 GB of space, while the 4 GB model either has 64 GB or 128 GB of space.
Whichever model you get, you can expand its storage with a microSD card.
Unlike the A50, the Note 8 is not made from plastic. It has Gorilla Glass 5 on its front and back, which is pretty durable. It’s frame is made of plastic.
It’s much heavier than the A50. It’s 190 g, after all.
Its screen is 6.3 inches. Although smaller, this is only by 0.1 inches. Unfortunately, the screen is IPS LCD.
The phone comes with the Snapdragon 665 processor. And depending on the version you buy, you’ll either get 3 or 6 gigs of RAM. The A50 is going to get the Android 10 update, but the Note 8 is not.
Its back has an effect too, but it’s obvious that the A50’s rainbow effect is more appealing. This is especially the case with the black variant.
They both have a 4000 mAh battery. So, there’s not much to talk about here.
The A50 is a great phone to own. Firstly, it looks amazing- Its rainbow effect is sure to turn heads. Although a larger phone, it isn’t difficult to use. The A50 is soft and comes with very rounded edges. What’s more, its buttons are tactile, which is a nice touch.
It has a killer battery. Its battery outperforms more expensive phones on the market, and comes with considerable charging.
Its processor is powerful. It out beats the more expensive Snapdragon 835.
The A50 has a superior GPU too, and comes with a camera that knows what it’s doing.
The cherry on top is the A50 getting the Android 10 update.
What do you think? It’s crystal clear that the phone is more than worth your money. We compared it against some alternatives too, and it still looks good.