Samsung took a major leap forward in its fight against the Chinese competition in The World marketplace also in Bangladesh with the Galaxy M series of phones earlier this year. The Galaxy M20 was something of a masterstroke in Samsung’s budget lineup in terms of what it offered for the price, and the company has now shifted focus to its mid-range with the Galaxy A50. The Samsung Galaxy A50 is the bigger and more powerful of the pair, boasting a main camera with three lenses, and in-display fingerprint scanner, 15W fast charging and a big 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen. It looks attractive too and guarantees to supply a small amount of high-end smartphone expertise for a smaller price range.Design and Display
Samsung’s M and A series of phones share a lot of design elements. The Galaxy M30 and A50 are particularly similar. There’s nothing inherently wrong with this, and Samsung made just enough changes across products to make them stand out. The Galaxy A50 picks up the gradient type of the M30 and offers it a rather attractive rainbow-like sheen. The phone looks great and will definitely turn heads. Samsung opted to use plastic all around, that helps keep the weight of the phone right down to a spirited 166 grams. The downside, of course, is that the phone is a fingerprint and scuff magnet. The phone will definitely pick up scratches over time and you’ll be well served by a quality case.
The weight reduction combined with excellent ergonomics makes the Galaxy A50 comfortable to hold. The back panel smoothly flows and curves around the edges ensuring there are no hard edges hurting your palm. The central frame is created of metal and has the volume rocker and power button on the right side. On the left is a tray with dual nano-SIM card slots as well as a dedicated microSD card slot.
Along the bottom edge of the phone is a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C port as well as the speaker grille. Talking about the speaker, volume levels here are significantly better than on the M30 and the audio reproduction is much fuller sounding. Despite a definite focus on the higher frequencies, there’s just a hint of bass too and you can safely crank up the volume if you wish to.
You might have noticed the lack of a fingerprint reader at the back. That’s because the Galaxy A50 employs an optical in-display fingerprint scanner. It works fine but definitely isn’t as fast as a standard capacitive fingerprint reader. The in-display scanner takes just over a second to recognize your biometrics and let you into your phone. Personally, I found the face unlock option faster, but it definitely isn’t as safe.
The front of the phone resembles the Galaxy M30 quite a bit. The Samsung Galaxy A50’s Infinity-U waterdrop notch juts into the 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display. Bezels at the sides and top area unit as slim as they get during this category however the look is marred by the rather massive chin at the lowest side. Overall screen-to-body ratio could be a terribly respectable 85.2 percent.
The 6.4 inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ display on the Galaxy A50 is definitely one of the highlights of the phone. It looks absolutely fantastic and makes watching multimedia content a pleasurable experience. With support for the Widevine L1 DRM, the phone is capable of streaming HD content from Netflix. The screen is vibrant to the point of appearing ever so slightly oversaturated. There are options within the settings menu to tweak this to your taste. Being a Super AMOLED display, black levels are sufficiently deep too.
Viewing angles on the Galaxy A50
are great and the phone works outdoors comfortably. The screen brightness more than compensates for direct sunlight. The phone comes with an option to toggle on the always-on display mode for notifications which is great since there is no dedicated notification LED here.Camera
The Galaxy A50 comes with a triple rear camera setup that has a 25MP primary lens, 8MP ultra-wide lens (123-degree field of view), and a 5MP depth sensor. The front-facing camera also has a 25MP sensor. It’s a setup similar to the Galaxy A7 (2018)’s, only the primary camera is a 25MP sensor and not a 24MP sensor, and picture quality hasn’t changed as a result. The primary camera takes smart photos in ample natural light-weight however falters in low-light scenes. Detail gets smudgy get into low-light conditions, and if there are too many artificial lights around, the phone also can overexpose shots.
The cameras on the Samsung Galaxy A50
are quite smart for social media junkies. As long as there is good light out, the cameras can capture some great-looking shots. The primary camera has a tendency to overexpose, because of which the scene can appear brighter than it is. A quick toggle switch lets you move to the wide-angle lens. You can notice the difference in exposure between the two shots.
You definitely do not want to be pixel-peeping with the photos on the Galaxy A50. In a bid to reduce noise, Samsung has very aggressive algorithms going on that completely destroy low-level details and give images an almost watercolor-like effect. On the flip side, if all you do is look at images on your phone’s display, photos will look perfectly fine and ready to share on your preferred social platform. Like most mid-range phones, low-light image quality is wherever things take a heavy hit. Both in the standard and wide-angle modes, images have an incredible amount of noise and look very soft.
The 25MP front-facing camera produces images that look good on screen but are once again short on low-level details. Compared to the Redmi Note 7 Pro and its pixel-binning-capable 48MP camera, the Samsung Galaxy A50 doesn’t do as well but it is still a versatile performer that can get good-looking shots as long as there is sufficient light. The front camera also can take Live Focus photos. It’s a software trick that does great in ample light and not-so-bright conditions, although the camera tends to soften the face a bit if there isn’t enough light. As for regular selfies, the same applies: You get plenty of detail in daylight pictures and a softer output indoors and in low-light conditions.Operating System
The Galaxy A50 runs the Android 9 Pie Operating system. Not just that, the phone has One UI-based interface which is almost exactly the same as what you get on the Galaxy S10 as well.Storage and Ram
The Galaxy A50 comes with 4GB/6GB of RAM and 64GB storage which can further be expandable by up to 512GB. Without a doubt, the Galaxy A50 offers one of the best PUBG experiences in this category of phones.Conclusion
The Galaxy A50 is incredibly smart, and it's refreshing to see. Samsung take the midrange market seriously. Samsung continues to be the only manufacturer giving you ultra-wide rear cameras in the budget and mid-range, and the Galaxy A50 has excellent battery life and comes with Android Pie and Samsung’s latest One UI interface and features. In my opinion, the biggest misstep is that the in-display fingerprint sensor, which simply doesn’t match the accuracy and consistency of capacitive fingerprint sensors. The Galaxy A50 additionally falters generally day-after-day performance despite the fairly powerful Exynos 9610 chipset below the hood. The rear cameras might additionally do with improvement in low-light conditions which ultra-wide camera might have a better megapixel count, though none of those are deal-breakers.