Samsung Galaxy A50 Review – The Galaxy A series is between the Galaxy J and Galaxy S series as mid-range Samsung devices. The Galaxy A series currently contains the A70, A50, A40 and A20E, which means that the Galaxy A50 is actually the middle of the medium.
The outstanding feature of the Samsung Galaxy A50 consists of three rear-facing cameras that should excite photo enthusiasts with tight budgets. The device costs 349 euros (about $ 392), a classic price for a mid-range smartphone. It has a 6.4-inch “Infinity-U” screen, a term marketed by Samsung for what other manufacturers call a drop-shaped notch that contains a front camera. The A50 also contains a fingerprint sensor built into the screen and is available in a variety of colors.
We chose to compare the A50 with other mid-range smartphones at a comparable price, including its predecessor, the Galaxy A7 (2018). Our other comparison devices include Motorola Moto G7 Plus, Nokia 7.1 and Xiaomi Mi 9. Please note that it costs around 100 euros (around $ 112) more than our evaluation device at the time of the test. Similarly, the Moto G7 Plus is a bit cheaper than the A50.
Samsung Galaxy A50 Review
Samsung Galaxy A50 Design
The fact that the A50 is a more modern smartphone than its predecessor becomes obvious when you look at the screen. Samsung has equipped the A50 with a screen with much smaller viewers than the Galaxy A7 (2018), which the company calls an Infinity-U screen. However, it is quite incorrect marketing marketing, because the notched screen of the A50 borders the front camera instead of the one with a hole for the camera, like the Galaxy S10 series with its Infinity O screens.
Samsung covers the back of the A50 glass, which gave it a very polished and almost metallic finish. The rear window is interrupted by the back-facing camera case, the LED flash and the Samsung logo. The A50 is currently available in a choice of black, blue, coral and white. Samsung colors the rear window and frame of all models, except the white model, which has a silver frame. All models have black glasses.
The A50 weighs 2 grams less than the Galaxy A7 (2018), which will feel virtually identical in the hand. Our review unit is lighter than anything else, except the Xiaomi Mi 9 of our comparison devices. However, the A50 is well built and robust. The area around the rear-facing cameras creaks softly as we try to bend the device, but it is insensitive to our attempts, no matter how strong we apply pressure with our hands.
In addition, we cannot distort the screen even when we press hard on the front of the device. The spaces between the materials are uniform and small, although the upper and lower edges of the screen are a bit rough for some reason. Apart from this minor spot, the A50 is a well made device.
Samsung Galaxy A50 Connectivity
The A50 comes with 128 GB of UFS 2.1 flash storage and 4 GB of RAM. The first is much faster than eMMC storage that other manufacturers still use in their mid-range smartphones, such as Sony with their Xperia 10. See the Performance section of this article for a more detailed description of UFS 2.1 storage.
The Galaxy A series is switched to USB Type-C ports, which is nice to see. The A50’s works according to the USB 2.0 standard slower than USB 3.1, as do some modern flagship products. However, Samsung has retained the headphone jack, which is something that the Samsung Galaxy A50 has in most of the star products launched in the last 18 months.
The A50 also supports microSD cards up to 512 GB and can read exFAT, which does not have a realistic file size, unlike FAT32. We could not format our reference microSD card as internal storage, but we could store applications and data there. You must first enable this option in the developer options.
Samsung Galaxy A50 Software
Samsung preinstalls Android 9.0 Pie on the A50, to which it adds a user interface. The South Korean company has added a dark mode and has generally made its custom operating system more orderly than Samsung Experience. Check out our reviews of Galaxy S10 and S10 + to see our complete thoughts on One UI. Our review unit also had updated security patches at the time of the test.
The A50 does not have a dedicated Bixby button, unlike its Galaxy S brothers, but you can still swipe right when you use the default home screen to display the wizard. digital. The Bixby homepage is customizable and contains information on the most recently used applications, as well as other general information, such as news or weather. The Samsung Galaxy A50 also supports Bixby routines, in which we have deepened our Galaxy S10 and S10 + reviews.
Samsung preinstalls several third-party applications, including social networks and music streaming services. These can only be disabled and not uninstalled, which is a shame. The A50 is DRM Widevine Level 1 certified. You can stream content from DRM-protected services such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix in HD.
Samsung Galaxy A50 Communication
The Samsung Galaxy A50 can run on LTE Cat.6, which means that, in theory, it can reach a download speed of 300 Mb / s and a download speed of 50 Mb / s on LTE. These are the same speeds that its predecessor could handle, but they still remain on par with other mid-range devices. The Samsung Exynos 9610 SoC supports even faster speeds than the LTE. Therefore, it seems that the South Korean manufacturer has artificially limited the LTE capabilities of the A50, for whatever reason.
The A50 also supports an adequate amount of LTE tapes, which should be sufficient to travel beyond Europe. However, we recommend that you always check which LTE tapes are used before traveling intercontinental and if the A50 supports them. Our review unit maintained a decent network reception in the buildings of an urbanized area during our tests.
Samsung has not improved Wi-Fi speed with the A50 compared to its predecessor. Our test device achieved slightly better download speeds than the Galaxy A7 (2018) in iperf3 Client, but interestingly, it could average only 15% less than its predecessor in the download test. In addition, the A50 is between 6% and 11% slower than the Moto G7 Plus, although it is significantly faster than the Nokia 7.1 during the load test. The Mi 9 is in a separate category here and cleans the floor with the A50.
It should also be noted that the A50 retains only about half of the signal strength when placed about 10 meters away and three walls from our reference router. As a result, loading web pages and content takes much longer than when we tested the device near our router.
The A50 uses BeiDou, Galileo, Glonass and GPS technologies for location services. The result of our GPS test application may seem surprising, but there seems to be an error. Google Maps was able to locate us quickly and accurately in our tests, but GPS Test did not report at any time that our review unit had reached a satellite arrangement. Even the Google Maps compass has moved accurately. We suspect that the GPS test on the Samsung Galaxy A50 is a problem rather than a bigger problem.
Anyway, we took the A50 bike with our reliable Garmin Edge 520 to compare its location data. The Garmin informed us that it had traveled a distance of 3.91 km, drawn with precision. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A50 said we had traveled only 3.54 km, a difference of approximately 10%. By observing the itinerary in detail, we realize that our exam unit cannot follow us and has regularly taken shortcuts to do so. In short, the A50 is accurate enough for general navigation tasks, but not if you want to track your position precisely, such as during a bike ride.