Samsung Galaxy A50 full review

There was plenty of fanfare for the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy Fold but Samsung also announced some new mid-range phones at MWC 2019. Here’s our Galaxy A50 hands-on review.

Don’t get us wrong, we’re excited about the S10 family but not everyone will be able to afford Samsung’s new flagship devices. The mid-range A phones, including the Galaxy A30, will provide something more wallet-friendly.

Price

The Galaxy A50 is now out in the UK and can be purchased from the likes of Samsung, John Lewis, ebuyer and Vodafone. The official price is £309.

It's also available on other markets at 349 Euros and $319 in the US where you can get it from Newegg.

That's nicely affordable when you consider that previous devices, like the Galaxy A8, was £449 at launch.

Design & Build

Although Samsung has skipped notches on the S10 range to the punch-hole camera option, the Galaxy A50 (and A30) have a teardrop, or waterdrop if you like, notch curving round the camera.

It doesn’t impact much on the screen really and if you haven’t had a phone with a notch before then you’ll probably get used to it quicker than you think.

Galaxy A50 vs A30

You don’t get a glass back here but the plastic feels fairly close to glass actually and feels quite premium. However, the phone is IP68 waterproof, which is good to see. There’s also USB-C and a headphone jack.

That plastic build helps keep the weight down and the A50 is only 7.7mm thick which is decent for a mid-range handset. Overall, it feels nice, especially for a large size phone.

The Galaxy A50 will come in black, white, blue and coral.

Specs & Features

Despite being a huge chunk cheaper than theGalaxy S10, the Galaxy A50 has a really nice screen. It’s 6.4in, uses SuperAMOLED tech, and has a Full HD+ resolution.

It’s bright, crisp and colourful and is one of the A50’s best features.

Galaxy A50 design

You get, somewhat surprisingly, a fairly high-end processor in the form of the Exynos 9610. There’s 4- or 6GB of RAM paired with either 64- or 128GB of storage.

That’s all pretty impressive, and in true Samsung style there’s a microSD card slot so you can add up to 512GB more.

It might also be a surprise to learn that the A50 has no less than three on the back and a 25Mp selfie camera in that notch. The rear is not the same as the S10 phones, though. There’s a 25Mp camera flanked by an 8Mp wide-angle option and a 5Mp depth sensor for Live Focus.

It’s always difficult to test camera on the bright MWC show floor so we need to test them in a more normal environment. They seek ok with decent enough quality but elements like contrast don’t seem great and the cameras take a while to switch between them.

One of the main advantages over the A30 is that the A50 can record 4K video.

Galaxy A50 phone

It’s also got a fingerprint scanner embedded in the screen, which is unusual at this sort of price. We haven’t tried it out though so we’ll need to check it’s decent before giving it the all clear.

Like the A30, the Galaxy A50 has a 4000mAh battery and 15W fast charging. There’s no wireless charging here but that’s fairly understandable at this price point.

When it comes to software the A50 runs Android 9.0 Pie. It has Samsung’s One UI, which you’ll also find on the S10. So far we like it thanks to its clean and fresh look along with some handy features.

We’ll test it out properly when we get a review sample.

Early Verdict

The Galaxy A50 looks like it has a decent amount of potential to compete in the tough mid-range market and hits a very attractive price point.

It’s got some unexpected features like triple rear cameras and a fingerprint scanner embedded in the screen. There are also some excellent core specs here. 

There’s lots of things that need testing in the real world, though, so stay tuned.

Specs

Samsung Galaxy A50: Specs

  • Android 9.0 Pie with One UI
  • 6.4in Full HD+ (2340x1080) 19.5:9 SuperAMOLED
  • Exynos 9610 processor
  • 4/6GB RAM
  • 64/128GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot (up to 512GB)
  • 25Mp, f/1.7 rear camera + 8Mp Wide-angle + 5Mp Depth
  • 25Mp, f/2.0 front camera
  • Embedded Fingerprint scanner
  • 11ac dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • 4G LTE
  • Headphone jack
  • USB-C
  • 4000mAh non-removable battery
  • 15W Fast Wireless Charging
  • IP68 dust & waterproof rating
  • 74.7 x 158.5 x 7.7 mm

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