Gadget Reviews

Samsung Galaxy A50 | mid-range camera phone that gets all the basics right.

Samsung’s Galaxy A50 was released earlier this year in the mid-range segment having decent features like a built in optical fingerprint sensor underneath it’s display, packing the Exynos 9610 chipset, a Super Amoled display and triple rear cameras. It recently received a price cut to stay competitive and is also available in Globe Telecom’s postpaid plans.

The Samsung Galaxy A50 is running Android 9.0 out of the box underneath the Samsung One UI. The overall feel of the operating system feels snappy but as expected you will have some Samsung’s own apps come pre-installed.

Samsung Galaxy A50 Specs:

  • 6.4-inch FHD+ 19.5:9 sAMOLED Infinity-U display @ 1080 x 2340 px, 403ppi
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Octa-core Exynos 9610
  • Mali-G72 MP3 GPU
  • 4GB/6GB RAM
  • 64GB/128GB internal storage
  • 25MP f/1.7 AF + 5MP f/2.2 FF + 8MP f/2.2 FF triple rear cameras with LED Flash
  • 25MP f/1.7 front camera
  • 4G LTE
  • Single SIM, Dual SIM (nano)
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
  • In-display fingerprint scanner
  • USB 2.0 Type-C
  • Samsung One UI (Android 9 Pie)
  • 4000mAh Li-Po battery
  • 15W Fast Charging
  • 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm
  • Blue, Black, White

Aesthetics

Our unit came in white that reflects a rainbow-like pearlescent effect when put under light and it looks beautiful. The material for the body is what Samsung calls “glastic” which is basically a fancy term for plastic that looks like glass. Though the frame and the body itself is made of plastic, it doesn’t feel cheap on the hand, and it’s not heavy to hold.

The front features a center notch that Samsung calling the Infinity-U display. The Super Amoled display has a vivid color reproduction, deep blacks and excellent viewing angles. We don’t find the top notch to be intrusive unlike the other notch designs found on other phones and it houses the 24mp front camera.

You can find the micro SD/dual sim card slot on the left side and the power and volume rocker on the right. On the back you have your camera assembly and LED flash.

At the bottom you will find a headphone/mic jack, a USB-C port that supports fast charging, a microphone and bottom firing speakers.

Hardware

The new Exynos 9610 is a very efficient 10nm-based SoC that performs well while consuming less power providing an extended battery life. The 1080 x 2340 Super AMOLED display has a 19.5:9 aspect ratio (~403 ppi density) and it gives a vivid color reproduction, deep blacks, excellent viewing angles, and is bright enough even when used under sunlight.

Aside from the usual Android 9.0 stuff, i think it’s still worth noting that the optical fingerprint sensor is still kind of slow even though Samsung has rolled out updates in the past few months. I would highly suggest adding face unlock and pin to work in tandem with the optical fingerprint sensor

Performance wise, the Samsung A50 stacks itself pretty well in the performance expected from a mid-range in 2019.

Camera

Being a camera-centric smartphone, the Samsung A50 provides a flexible camera setup for both the front and back.

The 24mp front camera which provides beautiful selfies and an option to use the wide-angle feature to get everyone inside a groufie shot.

The rear camera on the other hand allows for different settings such as a wide-angle shots and full-frame shots among others. Under ideal lighting conditions, the photos comes out nicely giving adjustments to the dynamic range as necessary.

It was only in low light shots that the cameras tend to become underwhelming. You can take a look at the shots we took below.

4:3 aspect ratio, 25mp main camera, f/1.7
16:9 aspect ratio, 25mp main camera, f/1.7
full aspect ratio, 25mp main camera, f/1.7
4:3 aspect ratio, 8mp ultrawide rear camera, f/2.2
full aspect ratio, 25mp main camera, f/1.7
full aspect ratio, 25mp main camera, f/1.7, HDR
4:3 aspect ratio, 25mp main camera, f/1.7
full aspect ratio, 25mp selfie camera, f/2.0
16:9 aspect ratio, 25mp main camera, f/1.7
16:9 aspect ratio, 25mp main camera, f/1.7

Battery life

One of the things that we loved about this camera is the fast charging capability and it’s overall battery life. With the included fast charger, the Samsung A50 can have a 10-100% juice of battery under an hour of charging.

With regular use, the battery lasted up to 14 hours on regular use which included always on display, mobile data and wifi connection, social media usage and the Spotify playlist.

To conclude, the Samsung A50 is a mid-range phone that does all the basic things right. It has everything we look for in a smartphone in this price range: camera, snappy performance, security, and long battery life.

The Super AMOLED display is a lot better than other phones out there and the Samsung One UI is pretty clean and snappy. The cameras are workable and it does the job well that even a mobile photography savvy person will find it’s output satisfying.

Ira James
Ira James is an enthusiast who has his roots on PC hardware and gaming. His career as a tech journalist began after working in the PR industry for two years. He started GGWPTech to write PC hardware reviews, gaming, cyber security, and enterprise tech news. His works are also syndicated by other media publishers: Tech Sabado, and the Sunday and Business I.T. section of Manila Times.

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