Sunday, 12 Jul 2020

REVIEW | Samsung Galaxy A50: Getting all the basics right

This is a good one. Not great. But almost.





Samsung’s Galaxy A50 is a smartphone that does all the basics right: impressive camera, long battery life, fast performance.

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
  • 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

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 in the hand, and it’s not heavy to hold.

On the right hand side, you have the usual lock/power button and volume rocker
On the left side, you have the microSD/dual-sim slot
At the bottom, you will find a USB-C Port which allows for fast charging, headphone jack, and bottom-firing speakers

Among its key features aside from the high megapixel camera configuration, it has a plethora of choices for biometric security: built in optical fingerprint sensor underneath its display, face unlock, and PIN.

Hardware-wise, the new Exynos 9610 chipset is a very efficient 10nm that performs really well while consuming less power. The 1080 x 2340 pixels, 19.5:9 ratio (~403 ppi density) Super AMOLED display, on the other hand, gives a vivid color reproduction, deep blacks, excellent viewing angles, and is bright enough even when used under sunlight.

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

Look at the front you will see a notch that Samsung calls the Infinity-U display which is not intrusive and the user has the option to hide it through software. It  also houses 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. Given that you have ideal lighting, the photos comes out nicely. 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

One of the things that we loved about this camera is the fast-charging capability battery life. With the included fast charger, the Samsung A50 can have a 0-100% battery  juice in only one hour of charging. On regular use, the battery lasted up to 14 hours, which included always on display, mobile data and wifi connection, social media usage and the Spotify playlist.

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

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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