It is apparent that in 2019, Samsung will go all out to reclaim its market share in India markets. The Chinese competitors have been slowly but surely eating away at the Korean giant’s leadership position. This has made Samsung go on the offensive with multiple releases across all segments. The recent addition of Galaxy A50 to it’s A-series boosts its aggressive plans for the budget segment.
The Galaxy A50 is the best example of what a great budget phone can be. It features a striking design with a gradient pattern at the back, a sturdy hardware, the latest Android, triple camera setup, and an in-display fingerprint sensor.
Following are the observations after we took a closer look at the device.
Samsung’s overall design aesthetic has taken massive jump forward with Galaxy A50. The phone stunning appearance owes its look to a gradient finish, which displayed rainbow like patterns when light hit its surface. Though, after using it a while, we had an urge to opt for a protective case, since the gloss attracted fingerprint smudges and lint. A new Prism style design finish, a sleek shape, smooth flowing curves, and rounded corners make it a pretty impressive looker. Presence of small bezels around the display made the one-handed usage quite easy.
Galaxy A50 scores a first for a budget Samsung phone by having an in-display fingerprint sensor. While testing, it initially felt quite quick to authenticate. But sometimes we faced repeated errors after tapping it on the sensor multiple times, which seemed like a drawback as compared to other physical fingerprint sensors. The phone also has a facial recognition aided by Android Pie’s Lift to wake feature, which felt decent, though it does not work with apps.
The device also has a 3.5mm jack at the bottom, and it charges over USB-C. A50 has a slightly rounder Infinity-U display instead of the popular Infinity-V display, but it does not feel much of a difference. A Glastic chassis helps in making the A50 lighter in weight while adding to the looks. The back lines up a three rear camera setup with the three sensors stacked vertically.
The Galaxy A50 boasts of another high point with a Super AMOLED screen. It is a 6.4-inch Full HD+.display with a screen resolution 2340 x 1080 pixels. The screen offers vivid (but not too vivid) colors, high brightness levels, deep blacks, 19.5:9 aspect ratio and wide viewing angles. Streaming Netflix or Amazon Prime Music felt a treat with a screen to body ratio of 91.6%, 404 dpi pixel density and an effective colour output.
Camera experience on the Galaxy A50 was a mixed bag, but with more hits than misses. The smartphone has a triple rear camera set-up, consisting of a 25MP (f/1.7) camera, a 5MP (f/2.2) camera, and an ultra-wide f2.2 8MP. It is supported by a 25MP camera for selfies and video calling.
While testing, the rear cameras performed remarkably well in well-lit conditions, while the night shooting also was quite good. However, some grainy sots came out in very low-light and artificial light scenarios. The selfie camera also performed well in good light, but produced softer smudged images in low light conditions.
Galaxy A50 is one of the first phones in budget range that has been equipped with Android Pie coupled with Samsung’s freshest One UI skin out of the box. We found the new and smooth user interface well equipped with a lot of fascinating features like a new all black Night Mode. A newly introduced Google’s Wellbeing feature felt decent, allowing to keep a track on app usage.
Samsung has equipped Galaxy A50 with Exynos 9610, the most powerful chip put inside its budget phones yet. It contains four 2.3 GHz Cortex-A73 cores, and four 1.7 GHz Cortex-A53 cores, along with the Mali-G72 GPU. It powered the device well enough while running most of the games, but lagged a bit on heavy duty gaming. However, 6GB RAM variant performed better than the 4GB variant which showed a bit of lag. Additionally, there was no noticeable heating up of the device in the process.
Galaxy A50 is powered by a strong 4000 mAh battery, which lasted a full day of moderate to quite exhaustive usage while testing. It also has a fast charging support, which felt adequate though took a little longer time for a full charge.
To summarize, despite a few short comings here and there, Galaxy A50 checks most of the boxes, and can hold its own against its competitors in this segment. Considering its affordable cost (Rs 19,990 for 4GB RAM variant, and 22,990 for the 6GB RAM variant), it is certainly one of the best options one can get in this price band.