Samsung may have slowed down a bit last year but it doesn’t mean that it won’t making its immediate comeback anytime sooner. Smartphones with great specifications that sells for incredibly affordable price may seem to be the next trend and the Korean smartphone brand is currently leading the charge with the introduction of Galaxy A30 and A50.
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We managed to get a review unit of the A50, a sleek, stylish 6.4 inch smartphone packed with the latest specs for a price of just Php17,995.00! Read on below for our full review:
If there’s one thing that caught my attention on this device is its overall look and feel. Samsung did great job on the design department with its glossy finish with gradient color for that premium look. Although the back is made entirely of plastic, it does have round metallic frame that is comfortable to hold and surprisingly not slippery and not a fingerprint magnet. I usually use a flagship device as my daily driver and to be honest, it is the first time that I’ll be switching to A50 as my main phone. Comparing the two devices is really difficult because I cannot distinguish which one is more expensive than the other, the entire build of the A50 is durable and solid. Kudos to Samsung for that.
Aside for its design and aethetics, the A50 has still lot to offer. At the bottom you will see a 3.5mm audio jack, speaker grille and a USB Type-C port with Fast Charging capability. On the right side are the usuals: the volume rockers and its power button while on the left is a sim card tray that supports dual NANO sim that is both capable of LTE connectivity, lastly a micro SD card slot capable of storing up to 512GB. I just hoped that Samsung placed the audio jack at the top instead because it gets in the way when you hold your phone on a landscape mode while charging and using your wired earphones at the same time.
The screen is another great feature of the A50 which I really love, it has a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display capable of producing clear and crisp details. Watching on my Netflix with this device is an absolute delight, I mean I’m always been a fan of AMOLED screens because personally it is the best type of display capable of producing the brightest, and most color accurate images/ videos. Some apps doesn’t support full screen meaning the notch will always gets in the way but you can easily turn it off via settings and enable Hide front camera. For those who love to use their phones at night you can switch the whole theme into Dark mode for better viewing while in low lit areas.
Under the hood is Samsung’s in-house Octa Core 10nm chip, Exynos 9610 paired with Mali G72 GPU and 6 GB of RAM. Since I don’t play a lot of mobile games, I decided to try playing Mobile Legends with it first. I enabled all high settings including high frame rate mode for that 60 fps gaming experience. Fortunately, it didn’t disappoint as all games went smoothly with no lags or frame skips considering it has a mid-range specs on a huge 6.4-inch FHD+ display, although it gets a bit warm in about 20 minutes of straight gameplay but I think its normal for most phones running high intensive apps.
As for the software, the Galaxy A50 runs Samsung’s One UI version 1.1 on top of Android 9.0. Browsing through the apps are surprising better than I expected. For about two weeks since I got it, I didn’t experience any app crash or unresponsive program. Samsung did an outstanding job with this UI and I hope it will stay this way from now on.
It also has an on-screen fingerprint scanner, even though it is good to know that it has the latest unlocking feature, I’d still prefer the dedicated fingerprint reader at the back as it responds faster than its on-screen counterpart. It is indeed a great innovation but personally I think it needs more refinement.
Other great features of this phone includes sound enhancement with Dolby Atmos (works only with headset), it is not the usual sound app that just increases the volume but it balances all the audio elements for better output. I do suggest to download your tracks on Spotify in High Quality to get the best results.
The Galaxy A50 houses 3 rear cameras: a 25MP 1.7 f/1.7 aperture main shooter. a 5MP f/2.2 depth sensor for portrait shots and lastly, a 8MP f/2.2 wide lens. Images taken by the A50 are quite impressive with accurate details and color contrast however, it suffers a bit in low-light area so I strongly advise to keep that flash on or stay in a well-lit area when taking photos. The wide angle mode is very useful especially when taking landscape and group photos, I just also confirmed that it uses the same wide angle lens as the S10. At front, it has a 25MP selfie camera, although it pretty much has the same quality as the rear camera but for me the selfies are a bit too bright and smooth even if I turned of the beauty mode, might as well try other camera apps because maybe it has something to do with the post process of the app itself.
The huge 4,000 mAh battery is just enough for me to last a day since I mostly turn my data on and watch netflix with it during work breaks, so basically if you’re not a heavy user then this phone can last for two days tops. The good thing is, even though it is a sub-20k phone, it supports 15W fast charging which enables me to juice it up for under 2 hours.
The Galaxy A50 is the perfect example of what Samsung can do in getting back on track by creating a great smartphone that Filipino buyers would really love. Having all these great features squeezed in a very affordable price tag it really is without a doubt, a smartphone to beat under Php20,000.00 segment.
- Excellent display quality for its price segment
- Fast charging cability
- One UI is buttery smooth and is a great improvement from TouchWiz
- Supports dual LTE sim cards
- Audio enhancement for headphones/earphones
- Has the ability to record videos in HEVC format to save phone storage
- Mediocre audio quality (Loudspeakers)
- In-screen fingerprint scanner is not as accurate as the regular fingerprint reader