Samsung Galaxy A50 review: Best value-for-money from Samsung's new mid-range category
By Linky Johnson 2019-05-14 2895 0
Samsung Galaxy A50 - Release date and prices
The Galaxy A50 was launched at the same time as the A30, yet only one of the two entered the hex. On the other hand, the A40, officially launched in March, will be available, as will the A80, which was launched in April. The A50 is available at a price of 349 euros, so it is more expensive than the A40 (almost 100 euros difference) but much cheaper than the A80 which does not have the price of the eponymous Airbus but despite everything costs 659 euros. The colours offered are blue, black and coral.
Samsung Galaxy A50 - Design and finish
Until 2 or 3 years ago, such a design would have been synonymous with top-of-the-range. The fashion of glass has changed the situation but despite everything we have a rather good design/price ratio here. Aesthetically, despite its glossy plastic shell, the smartphone has a rather premium look. The effects of reflections with light are quite successful but despite the presence of plastic instead of glass, the back of the camera quickly takes the prints.
In hand, the smartphone makes a pretty good impression, especially at its slightly curved edges. The touch allows you to feel the passage slightly on the chassis but it's not easy and, anyway, for a smartphone at this price it's acceptable. On the other hand, the small hole in the loudspeaker, located just above the notch, is very discreet, both to the eye and to the touch. The other speaker is located at the bottom, near the USB port. The only small criticism I would like to make is that the lower edge is much wider than the upper edge, it's quite strange.
The finishing qualities are in line with Samsung's top-of-the-range production. The terminal gives an impression of solidity and a top-of-the-range look. There is nothing particular about the placement of the keys, but it is interesting to note that the smartphone has a fingerprint reader directly on the screen, we will come back to this later. At the back, we find the 3 vertically aligned sensors.
Note that the device charges with a USB-C port, has a mini-jack socket and you can have 2 SIM cards in addition to a microSD card. These features are often expected by users, and if Samsung has flaws it also knows what strengths to give its smartphones to sell, at a time when competition is so fierce it is important.
Samsung Galaxy A50 - Display
The Galaxy A50 is a pretty 6.4-inch smartphone with a design that Samsung calls Infinity U. This is Samsung's new name for the small, water drop-shaped notch on the AMOLED display, a notch similar to the one found on the OnePlus 6T, for example. This is very discreet and is quickly forgotten during navigation. The screen size ratio is not as advantageous as that of the S10s, but we still manage to achieve 84%, which is promising for multimedia content.
In practice, the screen is excellent and not only for its Full HD+ definition (1080 x 2340 pixels). The brightness is high enough to use it under the sun (which finally deigns to show itself in Berlin), the colors are successful and you really have to be fussy to blame such a screen for this price. In short, Samsung remains true to its reputation as the best screen builder.
Samsung Galaxy A50 - Other features
The device has two means of identification (in addition to the traditional PIN/password): facial recognition and the fingerprint reader which, as explained above, is located below the screen. Facial recognition is quite curious, of course, the more the environment is lit, the better it works, but sometimes it works extremely accurately and quickly, sometimes (and in the same bright conditions) it doesn't recognize my face at all and I find myself using the fingerprint reader.
The latter is optical and not ultrasonic, unlike the Galaxy S10. He's quite slow and a little capricious. To choose, I prefer it to facial recognition because it is (a little) more reliable, but it is quite painful to have 2 sophisticated unlocking systems to end up typing a code "the old way".
Samsung Galaxy A50 - Software interface
The device works under Android 9.0 but Samsung obviously places its One UI software interface (version 1.1) on it. The OneUI interface really changed my mind, by default the icons seem huge (but this can easily be changed by changing the size of the grid) and the design / colors seem to have been chosen by a 5 year old child but all this is of course subjective. There are many things you can personalize, including the use of gestures (although Samsung's gestures boil down to a gesture where there were keys before), and you get used to the rest.
No problem with the notch (given its size the opposite would have been surprising) because Samsung has adapted the notification menu so that the top of the device around the notch is always empty. For better or worse, we find Bixby, Samsung's assistant. We find it excellent and we use it, or we find it useless and we don't use it. At least there's no physical button to activate it.
As always, Samsung preinstalls several applications (Email, Samsung Members, Galaxy Wearable, Samsung Health, Smart Things...) as well as 3 Microsoft applications (Mobile Office, OneDrive, LinkedIn); and of course Facebook.
Samsung Galaxy A50 - Performance
Under the hood is an Exynos 9610 processor, with a Mali-G72 GPU and 6GB of RAM... The experience is not perfect, certainly, but if you are looking for a very powerful smartphone for less than 350 euros, I would advise you to choose a Pocophone instead.
It makes a good performance in terms of graphics. It's quite strange, it happens from time to time to slow down in the phone menus or when launching some applications while in really difficult tasks he keeps his head up high.
It should be noted that the smartphone is not compatible with the 700 MHz frequency (Band 28).
The Galaxy A50 on benchmarks
As you can see, the Redmi Note 7, which is much cheaper, even surpasses it on some benchmarks.
Samsung Galaxy A50 - Sound quality
The sound reminds us that we have a mid-range smartphone here. Without being bad, you shouldn't rely too much on him to set the mood in a room because the sound of the only loudspeaker is far from convincing. The mini-jack jack (in addition to having the merit of being present) offers a more correct sound but it will not turn the heads of audiophiles. Again, given the price, you have to accept some concessions.
Samsung Galaxy A50 - Camera
In terms of photography, Samsung has not done things halfway with the presence of three photo sensors in the back. The Galaxy A50 carries the famous magic trio of wide-angle (25 MP, f/1.7) + telephoto lens (5 MP, f/2.2) + ultra wide-angle (8 MP, f2.4). As always at Samsung, the development is proving to be very fast.
We can't say that it's a real revolution in the mid-range, or that it's the best photophone in this category, but these are very good results for the market. However, we appreciate the presence of an ultra wide angle sensor, something that several of its competitors do not offer at this price. When the brightness is good, the results are mostly surprisingly positive. At night, we lose a lot of quality, but not everything is to be thrown away either.
Generally the representation of the colors is successful but it happens sometimes that the colors become a little too bright. This is the case of the basketball court, which sometimes had colours that were a little too bleached / yellow. The camera also offers different video recording modes, including hyperlapse and slow motion. As for the portrait mode, the result is also successful, both front and rear.
In terms of selfies this is acceptable although the portrait mode could be a little faster.
Samsung Galaxy A50 - Autonomy
This is the greatest strength of the device. With its 4000 mAh battery, the device can easily hold a full day. As far as I'm concerned, I was able to last 2 days with a little more moderate use (emails, Telegram, Netflix and some podcasts).
Thanks to the quick charge (charger provided) at 15 watts, you can fully charge the phone in about 1 hour and 45 minutes. However, do not rely on wireless charging.
Samsung Galaxy A50 - Technical Specifications
158,5 x 74,7 x 7,7 mm
SCREEN SIZE :
SCREEN TECHNOLOGY :
2340 x 1080 pixels (403 dpi)
REAR CAMERA :
Android 9.0 (Pie)
INTERNAL MEMORY :
REMOVABLE MEMORY :
NAME OF COEURS :
MAXIMUM CLOCK FREQUENCY :
HSPA, LTE, NFC, Dual-SIM , Bluetooth 5.0
With this new generation of Galaxy A, Samsung has done a great job. The Galaxy A50 offers everything you would expect from a good mid-range smartphone with the endurance of the range. The South Korean manufacturer has even added an extra with the triple photo sensor, it does not compete with flagships but it offers completely correct results. On the other hand, the fingerprint reader under the screen and facial recognition do not have any real added value. In short, a good mid-range smartphone.
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