Nice phone to look at with average performance
The A-Series, along with the M-Series, has done wonders for Samsung in regaining market share to Korean brands as a viable alternative to low-cost smartphones. Over the past few years, Samsung’s mid-range and budget phones have been sold by Xiaomi, Oppo and the likes. The reason was initially good performance, new chipsets and better cameras. Since the beginning of 2019, Samsung has been playing the same game by introducing new features and hardware at competitive prices. The Samsung Galaxy A50s is the latest addition to that lineup. It replaces the Samsung Galaxy A50, which also launched this year. How fast Samsung has become in replacing its portfolio. But what is the value of Galaxy A50s? Find out –
Samsung is going to pack new Exynos chipsets with its A-series phones The A50s now comes with the Exynos 9611. It is based on a 10nm platform, which lends it more power efficiency than rival Qualcomm SoCs, at least on paper. The 2.3GHz has four Cortex-A73 cores and the 1.7GHz has four Cortex-A53 cores, offering a good mix of performance and efficiency within that price range. The phone comes with 4GB and 6GB RAM with UFS 2.1 storage up to 128GB.
On paper, the A50s feel like a good performer. This is confirmed by the benchmark results. On AnTuTu, the Galaxy A50s scored 171696, which is similar to the Redmi Note 7 Pro but not higher than the Redmi Note 8 Pro. This is close to the score achieved by Realme X and much higher than the Galaxy M30.
With the release of Geekbench 5, scores from Geekbench 4 (which was used to test older devices launched this year) are not comparable. So we looked at PCMark Work 2.0 scores to get an idea of real-world performance. As can be seen, despite the high AnTuTu score, the Galaxy A50s lags behind PCmark Work 2.0.
In terms of graphics, the Exynos 9611 packs a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU that competes fairly well with the popular Adreno GPU on Qualcomm SoCs. The A50s surpassed most of the other M-Series and A-Series mid-rangers launched by Samsung and came close to losing the Redmi Note 7 Pro and Realme X.
In the real-world, the Galaxy A50s seemed quite smooth when used. I won’t say it fast, but at least it didn’t feel lazy out of the box. Conversions are smooth, but scrolling through heavy apps like Facebook is not as smooth as the Redmi K20. There is also a noticeable gap between pressing the power button and showing the lockscreen, and this is primarily because Samsung thought it would be a good idea to change the lockscreen wallpaper every time you wake up the phone using the content served by the third party. – Party I think it’s getting slower over time. The on-screen fingerprint sensor takes longer to unlock than the similarly priced Redmi K20.
While the Galaxy A50s is good enough to get your regular tasks done browsing social media, gaming isn’t something that makes it particularly efficient. On the gamebench, the Galaxy A50s clocked 28 FPS with 87 percent stability, and even on PUBG Mobile it clocked 29 FPS with 89 percent stability. These numbers will offer most mid-range phones, but the A50s will feel really lazy if you play all the settings to the maximum.
Samsung Galaxy A50s runs on OneUI based on Android 9. This is a huge improvement over what the icons look like, conversion and overall stability of the UI compared to the UI of previous experience. It’s a lot more intuitive, but it’s the presence of several additional apps from Samsung that make the experience a bit better. For one, these apps cannot be uninstalled. Even more frustrating is how many notifications they give you. Moreover, the wallpaper on the lock-screen takes the carousel far beyond the experience, but this is my personal opinion. These features are just as aggressive as serving ads in the UI.
The Samsung Galaxy A50s produces a 4000mAh battery despite maintaining a slim and light profile. The battery life of the A50s is also quite impressive under moderate to heavy usage. In the PCMark battery test, the A50s lasted 9 hours 16 minutes, indicating a longer battery life. PUBG drains 4 percent of the battery while playing mobile and Netflix drains 7 percent of the battery in 30 minutes. The combination of a 10nm chipset and a 4000mAh seems to work together to provide a longer battery life.
The Galaxy A50s comes with a 15W fast charger which takes about 2 hours to top up the phone. However, it is not as fast as VOOC charging on Realme phones.
While high performance isn’t something that is known for mid-range Samsung phones, most people expect Samsung to get it right. With the A50s, Samsung is offering several options for shooting. First, there is a 48MP primary shooter that can shoot at 48MP and 12MP resolutions. Then there is another 8MP ultraviolet sensor with a 5MP depth sensor.
Here are some shots we took with Galaxy A50s –
Primary camera (48MP, 1/2 “sensor, 0.8-micron pixel pitch, f / 2.0 aperture)
The default 12MP resolution photos from the primary lens come out fairly sharp and well detailed. In the above samples, the warm aura is primary due to the slope of the sun through the fog. The camera in 12MP mode is also quick to capture shots but autofocus adjusts exposure rather than initially locking on a subject. The close-up photo below is a good example where the phone could not lock in the flower focus and as a result the detail looks soft.
Shot at 48MP
Hundred percent harvest
100 percent harvest
In 48MP mode, the visual detection algorithm doesn’t work, so you can find high-resolution photos somewhat flexible. That being said, the detail that the 48MP camera produces is quite impressive. Remote objects with text were easily readable.
Wide-angle lens (8MP, f / 2.2)
The Galaxy A50s camera isn’t the fastest, but the images it clicks are quite sharp and well detailed. The colors in the photos are particularly vibrant and it manages to bring out both the color of the sky and the building with a good balance. Wide-angle lenses are not very helpful in the evening. Night mode does not support wide-angle lenses, and even during the day, wide-angle lenses distort much of the surrounding objects.
Design and display
One thing we had to give Samsung is their ability to design handsome phones. The A50s is one of the lightest and thinnest smartphones that can be held and used It looks just as great as the Redmis and Realmes with its diamond-cut gradient design. The A50s uses a small waterdrop notch to hold the front camera and has a minimal bezel around the edges. The camera module doesn’t have a big bump and overall, it’s really ergonomic and can be used with one hand. However, due to the plastic build of the phone, durability remains a concern. Samsung has not specified whether the phone’s display comes with Gorilla Glass protection.
As for the display, it is a 6.4-inch AMOLED display with FHD + resolution. It’s not as bright or vibrant as the panel of Samsung flagships, but whether you’re playing from Netflix or YouTube, the high-definition content looks good on the display. HDR is one of the things you can miss. The color depth of the panel is good and does not show banding in the videos.
The last row
The Samsung Galaxy A50s isn’t the best performer in the top mid-range segment, but if you’re looking for a phone that’s good looking and easy to use, the A50s is a good option to consider. It comes with a reliable camera system. The initial 48MP camera is optimized for taking well-detailed, vivid pictures during the day, but not very effective after sunset. Based on Android 9, OneUI also goes a long way in making the Galaxy A50s highly usable, with many features borrowed from the flagship S-Series, but keep in mind that this is not the case if you are gaming on the phone. The best option.