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Samsung Galaxy A50s Review: Slight Upgrade

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Doing a slight upgrade to their current 2019 models has been a thing these days. OnePlus did it with the OnePlus 7 Pro and Huawei did it to the P30 Pro recently. Samsung focused more its slight upgrade to their midrange offerings like the Galaxy A-series.

We have the Samsung Galaxy A50s which a slight upgrade from the Galaxy A50 launched earlier this year. The Samsung Galaxy A50s now has a 48MP main camera and slightly upgraded Exynos 9611 processor. Should you upgrade or is it worth checking out? Find out on our review

Samsung Galaxy A50s 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)
  • Rear Cameras 
    • 48 MP, f/1.7, PDAF
    • 8 MP, f/2.2, (ultrawide)
    • 5 MP, f/2.2, depth sensor
  • 32 megapixel front facing camera (f/2.0 aperture)
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • Fingerprint Scanner (under display, optical) USB Type C
  • Sensors – accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
  • 4,000 mAh battery with fast battery charging
  • Android 9.0 Pie with Samsung One UI
  • Price: Php 18,990

Related article – Samsung Galaxy A50s Unboxing and First Impressions

HARDWARE

Compared with the Galaxy A50, the Galaxy A50s has a new diamond cut pattern at the back. It looks nice even if you put the included clear case. It is, however, still made in polycarbonate which makes the phone feel less premium. On the flip side, polycarbonate is more durable than glass and metal especially if you accidentally drop your phone. There are two things you need to know – there is a 3.5mm audio jack and the display is AMOLED.

Speaking of the display, that AMOLED panel is gorgeous. It is bright and very colorful. It is a joy to watch streaming media here because of the punchy colors. The waterdrop notch did not bother us at all. In fact, we prefer this notch over tucking away the selfie camera in a motorized pop up mechanism behind the screen.

SOFTWARE

The Galaxy A50s runs on Android 9.0 Pie on top of Samsung’s One UI. Based on our research, the Galaxy A50s, like the Galaxy A50 before it, receives regular security patches and updates. As for major software updates, Samsung is not that diligent when it comes to that especially for its midrange phones. They mostly update their flagship device more often. We hope things will change next year as Google wants more phones be updated to the next and latest Andriod version.

As for the performance, it did well on our daily grind. Multitasking and light gaming is very good. When doing intense gaming, just make sure you set your graphics to medium or lower. Keep in mind that the Exynos 9611 is more designed for multitasking and media consumption not heavy gaming. If you are a hardcore mobile gamer, look somewhere else.

CAMERA

If you are someone who loves taking Instragram-worthy photos, then you will love its camera. Samsung always shines in daylight photography. Taking photos using all rear cameras won’t disappoint especially those wide angle shots. Night photography is fine but you still need light in order to take beautiful photos. Another upgrade is the 32MP selfie camera and we are surprised with the photos we took.

Normal vs Wide Angle

Random photos

Selfies

CONNECTIVITY AND BATTERY

This always happen when we review Samsung phones powered by their own Exynos chipsets. We noticed that WiFi connectivity is excellent as it get WiFi signal very well but 4G/LTE signal using both Globe and Smart SIMs is a bit off. One time, we compared it to our Huawei Nova 5T in which both phones have Globe SIMs installed but the Nova 5T gets better 4G/LTE signal than the Galaxy A50s. The difference in speeds is also noticeable especially when we did a speed test. We hope Samsung could fix this in a future update.

It is safe to say that the battery is decent. It is not the best battery life we tested from 4,000 mAh mill but it is decent. We’ve seen more powerful phones with bigger displays that lasted longer on the same battery size so it is quite frusting to get OK battery life here. We managed to get 6 hours of screen on time, which is not bad but could be better. This is probably due to the software. We think OneUI sips more battery as compared to other custom Android skin of other brands.

VERDICT

The Samsung Galaxy A50s is very good offering from Samsung. The Samsung branding itself gives you assurance of quality and great after sales service. The camera upgrades are worth it and we enjoyed shooting those wide angle shots. You also get a beautiful AMOLED display perfect for streaming videos.

The phone is facing very tough competition as phones like Realme 5 Pro, Redmi Note 8 Pro offer more powerful chipset perfect for gaming experience with capable cameras and amazing battery life for a cheaper price. On its price point of Php 18,990, the phone is competing with the Huawei Nova 5T and Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro with flagship chipsets and amazing camera. FOr us, the Samsung Galaxy A50s is hard to recommend. On the flip side, if you like a Samsung phone, this should be on your list.

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