Samsung Galaxy A50 review
Samsung Galaxy A50 review
Triple camera/big display
Our Samsung Galaxy A50 review finds a fantastic large display and a powerful triple camera. This Samsung phone is a very important one, because it gives you much of what the Galaxy A80 (Samsung Galaxy A80 review) offers, but without the expense of the pop-up and rotating camera module.
Choosing the Samsung Galaxy A50 will save you a lot of money and you can pick one up from £19.75 per month on a 2-year contract or from £309 handset only.
The Samsung Galaxy A50 has a very well-sized 6.4” Infinity-U Display. This is a superb size for enjoying media and gaming and it looks very cool with its near bezel-less form.
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The Super AMOLED display technology puts new meaning to vivid colours and it permits you to have an Always On Display feature, without killing your battery. The FHD+ resolution is detailed-indeed with 2,340x 1,080 pixels.
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A slim glass form
A 3D glass back is smooth and comfortable to hold and you can choose between four colours; Black, Blue, Coral, or White. The phone is slimmer than most at 7.7mm and it isn’t overly heavy at 166g.
The Samsung Galaxy A50 has a powerful and fast 2.3GHz octa-core processor with 4GB RAM. With this large amount of RAM, no task is too challenging, be that opening apps in a fraction of a second, multitasking or playing graphically intensive games.
Phone Set Up
Samsung includes the Smart Switch app with its mobile phones and this takes all of the hard work out of bringing your old content over to your new phone. The Galaxy A50 has a 128GB internal memory and this can be expanded in the future with an up to 512GB memory card.
On-Screen Fingerprint Scanner
This smartphone is one of just a few out there that have adopted the new on-screen fingerprint technology. Instead of placing your finger on a dedicated sensor or button, you simply press your finger on the lower half of the screen to unlock the phone.
To cater to all tastes, you can also use Face Recognition. With your security system in place, you can activate the Secure Folder and protect documents and photos from unauthorised viewing.
The Bixby digital assistant
Only Samsung phones have the Bixby assistant and it is a pretty handy tool to have. With Bixby, you can forget navigating through menus. You can manage phone settings and complete tasks with this assistant instead.
The Bixby assistant has three main modes:
- Bixby Home – this curates useful content and apps based on your usage patterns
- Bixby Vision – this translates text, scans business cards, and searches for things that you see when you are out and about
- Bixby AR – make use of augmented reality and see what you would look like with virtual makeup on or while wearing sunglasses that you can actually buy online
The Samsung Galaxy A50 uses Samsung’s own One UI. This user interface has a special Night Mode and plenty of refinements that make the experience unique.
The user interface is based on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system and this allows you to download apps and content from both the Galaxy Apps Store and from Google Play.
Features that are very useful include Split Screen mode, Multi Window mode, and Kids Home. Kids Home offers a selection of curated apps that are appropriate to the age group. As a parent, you can set daily playtime limits.
Further pre-loaded apps and features include Dolby Atmos surround sound, Samsung Notes, Samsung Health, and Game Launcher. Game Launcher brings all of your games into one place and lets you control the performance of the phone. You can have the phone focus on power saving, performance, or select a balance between the two.
Camera & Video
The Samsung Galaxy A50 has three lenses that give a camera experience rarely seen on a smartphone. The three lenses are as follows:
- 8MP Ultra-Wide lens – this has a 123-degree field of vision, which is the same as a human eye
- 25MP main lens – this captures crisp day shots and captures more light for night photos with less noise
- 5MP depth lens – this allows you to capture photos with a highly-accurate background blur effect
The AI Scene Optimiser makes all of the setting decisions for you, and it is hard to beat even if you go into Pro mode and make adjustments yourself. The optimiser controls saturation and brightness levels for 20 different categories such as flowers, sunset, snow, bird, and text.
Flaw Detection is another camera tool that will guide you to photographic success. Flaw Detection alerts you to problems such as someone blinking, poor backlighting, or the blurring of faces.
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Further camera tools that you might like to play around with include an animated GIF maker, Super Slo-mo, and Hyperlapse mode.
The 25MP selfie camera uses Selfie Focus to capture bokeh effects with background blurring. There are many ways to make your selfie photos stand out such as converting your likeness to an emoji with My Emoji, AR Emojis, and AR Stickers that include stamps and filters.
A fast-charging powerhouse
The Samsung Galaxy A50 has a very high-capacity 4,000mAh battery. There are probably only another one or two phones with this kind of power reserve. The battery can give up to 92 hours of audio playback, or up to 19 hours of video playback, or up to 15 hours of internet browsing.
When you want to recharge, simply connect the symmetrical USB Type-C 15W Fast Charger and top the battery up in record time.
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Written by: Michael Brown