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Samsung Galaxy A50 Review: The New King of Midrange

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Samsung Galaxy A50 Review

For many years, Samsung has been making midrange smartphones that we think does not cut the standards even on its competition. Boring design, underpowered processor, poor camera performance. Come 2019, everything has changed when it launched the Samsung Galaxy A30 and the Galaxy A50, Priced at Php 13,990 and Php 17,990 respectively, it offers specs and features already at par with the competition. The question is, will it stand out? Let’s findout.

Samsung Galaxy A50 Review

Samsung Galaxy A50 specs:

  • Octa Core Exynos 9610 processor
  • Mali G72 MP3 graphics
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB internal storage expandable memory via microSD up to 512GB
  • 6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display (1080 x 2340 pixels)
  • Triple Rear Cameras 
    25 MP, f/1.7, PDAF
    8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide)
    5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
  • 25 megapixel front facing camera (f/2.0 aperture)
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth,
  • Under Display Fingerprint Scanner, USB Type C
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • 4,000 mAh battery with fast battery charging
  • Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung One UI
  • Price: Php 17,990
  • Status: Available in Samsung Experience Stores

HARDWARE

Samsung Galaxy A50 Review

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy A50 is a beautiful piece of hardware. It does not have those gradient finish that we see on Huawei, OPPO and Vivo smartphones but we do love the simple yet elegant look of this phone.

On the top we have a noise cancelling microphone, down below houses the audio jack, USB Type C port and speaker. On the left we have the dual SIM card tray with the dedicated microSD card slot. On the right we have the power button and the volume rocker.

The phone is fairly light despite housing a 4,000 mAh battery. It is also comfortable to use with one hand. Sadly, Samsung did not include a case on the package which mean you need to buy one.

Samsung Galaxy A50 Review

Since its a Samsung, expect Super AMOLED as a choice of display tech. Its bright, punchy colors and also saturated. We do love watching Netflix here. Audio coming out from the rear firing speakers is decent but it does not have any kind of distortions at max volume.

SOFTWARE

Samsung Galaxy A50 Review

Another big improvement here is the software experience. Samsung’s redesigned One UI is simplier, cleaner and more user friendly compared to its older Samsung Experience UI. Icons are bigger, a bit bugger from our taste. The design is also meant for easy one hand use as most settings and options are located below the screen. Smart move indeed.

The Exynos 9610 is a higher midrange chipset which performs and behaves like a Snapdragon 660 or Snapdragon 675. It is smooth and handles games very well. We never encountered any lags during our 3 week review duration.

CAMERA

We have a triple camera set up at the rear – a 25MP main camera, 8MP ultrawide camera and 5MP for depth sensing. The camera takes excellent pictures in low light, good light and even wide angle shots are excellent. The 25MP selfie camera also takes really good photos too. There is also AI here that recognizes your subject and automatically adjusts the settings for better photos.

Here are some of the sample photos:

Regular and wide angle shots

Random photos – daylight, night shots, bokeh

Selfie

BATTERY AND CONNECTIVITY

Samsung Galaxy A50 Review

All connectivity options comes standard – 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth. Internet speeds are within normal standards on our Smart SIM. Calls are clear with no issues and WiFi reception is strong and stable. There is an under display fingerprint scanner although its a bit slower.

Battery life is excellent. With 4,000 mAh battery onboard, we managed to get around 6 to 7 hours of screen on time on our video loop test by watching non stop Netflix and IWant. On moderate use, two days is easily achievable.

Samsung Galaxy A50 Review

VERDICT

we think the Samsung Galaxy A50 is the new king of midrange. It takes better photos than its competitors the OPPO F11, Vivo V15 and Huawei P30 Lite. One UI is smooth, fast and clean. It has simple yet elegant design. Plus it has a bright, vibrant Super AMOLED display and excellent battery life.

To be honest, we don’t have any gripes here. If we could just nitpick, the audio quality from the speakers could be improved but we do understand this is not the Galaxy S10. We could also wish Samsung included a soft case just like the competitors do. We give our #FTARecommended seal of approval for its excellent package

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