Samsung Galaxy A50: First look and impressions

The mid-range smartphone to buy?

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Samsung’s Galaxy A50 is a step up from its Galaxy A30 we covered earlier. Both phones form a duo of smartphones that offer meaningful and essential features.

Design

On the Galaxy A50, you find a glass and plastic hybrid construction that makes the phone seem premium. The material choice allows the phone to feel lightweight in the hand but not cheap. Including a case with the smartphone is a good move by Samsung but the A50 has enough grip for you not having to use a case whatsoever.

Triple-cameras on the Galaxy A50 may make it a decent shooter

Apart from this, the phone’s buttons are tactile and it comes with essentials like the 3.5mm headphone jack and the Type-C USB port. This allows you to fast charge the 4,000mAh battery on it. On the overall, it follows a lot of design cues from the A30 like the curves, slim-profile and the dual-SIM and simultaneous micro-SD card slot which can expand memory by 512GB, on top of the in-built 128GB.

Display

Boasting a nearly bezel-less 6.4-inch Infinity-U type Super AMOLED panel, colours from the display are saturated. They are pleasing to the eye but not good for colour reproduction or accuracy. In fact, this is the exact same 1080 x 2340 resolution panel from the Galaxy A30, which is great for an immersive multimedia experience.

The in-screen fingerprint scanner is a novelty but slow

However, one of the biggest changes is the in-screen fingerprint scanner. At the phone’s Dh1,149 price tag, this is a big deal. Having this function is great but using it in the real world is slow. And for this reason, a side-mounted or rear fingerprint scanner would have been the smarter choice.

Specifications

Inside, the Galaxy A50 runs off an Exynos 9610 octa-core CPU clocked at 2.3GHz and up to 6GB of RAM depending on variant. Being an octa-core CPU means it will be able to handle a lot more day to day operations smoothly. On the software front, the phone comes with Android 9.0 Pie and Samsung’s OneUI 1.1 which includes full Bixby support.

Full Bixby support may come in handy

The other big change are the cameras. In addition to its 25MP front selfie snapper with portrait support, the Galaxy A50 has a triple-camera setup. A 25MP primary wide, 8MP ultra-wide and 5MP depth sensor completes the capable trio enabling both Samsung’s Live Focus and AI support. We will have to test these out to see how they hold up in different lighting scenarios.

Conclusion

Samsung’s Galaxy A50 has some stiff competition against it, especially at its price bracket. For us, we are looking forward to how it fares both with performance and its camera setup. Make sure you look for some tests in the coming weeks.