Update Samsung A50s Features And Price Review – The Galaxy A50s starts at Rs 20,999 in India, in our review we find out if the phone is worth the price tag compared to today’s competition.
By Sanket Vijayasarathy: In recent months, Samsung has been rolling out updated versions of phones released in the first half of the year such as Galaxy M30s, Galaxy M10s, Galaxy A20s, Galaxy A50s and Galaxy A70s. These phones carry the same DNA as their original counterparts, but their internals have been upgraded and it looks like they will become more relevant in the second half of 2019. The Galaxy M30s (Review), for example, offers 2-day battery life and triple 48 MP cameras. Today we take a look at the Galaxy A50s.
Update Samsung A50s Features And Price Review
You may remember the Galaxy A50 (Review) from earlier this year. It was a stylish and attractive smartphone under Rs 20,000 with features like AMOLED display, in-display fingerprint sensor and a solid battery. The Galaxy A50s is similar in terms of sleek looks, but with an arguably more attractive design and upgraded hardware like the new Exynos 9611 SoC and 48MP triple camera setup.
Samsung Galaxy A50 Price In India, Full Specifications & Features
The Galaxy A50 starts at just under Rs 20,000, while the Galaxy A50s is available at a slightly higher starting price of Rs 20,999. We review to find out.
Holding the Galaxy A50s will instantly remind you of the Galaxy A50. It carries the same sleeper, thin and light body that we loved on the original model. The Galaxy A50s is an incredibly light and easy-to-hold smartphone, with a thickness of 7.7mm and a weight of only 166 grams. The slim shape combined with the curved back panel offers a great hand feel.
The curved back panel is made of plastic, which is a bit more disappointing on a phone over Rs 20,000. However, the plastic body makes the phone light and comfortable to hold, so this is a positive trade-off, if any.
The biggest visual change comes in the panel itself, which has a checkered pattern on the back, where each box presents a different shade of the same color. Galaxy A50s comes in Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White and Prism Crush Violet colors. The purple color definitely stands out from the visuals. I actually have a black option that looks gray-baked and offers a prism-like gradient when viewed from different angles.
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The Galaxy A50s is a tall phone, but easy to use with one hand. Reaching the top of the screen will require you to readjust your grip, but the keys are quite long and offer a very pleasant tactile feel. The volume buttons and power button are located on the right side of the thin bezel. On the left is a SIM tray that can accommodate two nano SIM cards and a microSD card. At the bottom of the bezel, on either side of the Type-C port, you can see the 3.5mm headphone jack and the speaker grille.
Samsung hasn’t changed anything when it comes to the screen, and rightfully so. The Galaxy A50 featured an astonishing 6.4 inch FHD+ (2340×1080) Super AMOLED Infinity-U display, again returning to the Galaxy A50s. It’s no surprise that the AMOLED display looks great with vibrant colors, excellent brightness levels and viewing angles.
The Galaxy A50s has 1080p resolution, which is crisp and clear for watching videos, playing games and reading text. An added bonus here is that the phone is also Widevine L1 certified, meaning you can stream content in true HD clarity on platforms like Netflix and Prime Video.
Samsung uses a newer 2.3GHz Exynos 9611 SoC chipset in the Galaxy A50s. A50 got Exynos 9610. The difference between the two processors is marginal, so don’t expect a huge performance boost. The Exynos 9611 is based on the 10nm FinFET process and, like its predecessor, is equipped with the Mali-G72 MP3 GPU.
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Right out of the box, the Galaxy A50s feels as great as you’d expect. Apps open and load quickly and I didn’t experience any crashes while using it. The 6GB RAM model we received for review can switch between apps with ease, but you may experience some stuttering while doing so.
The Galaxy A50s performs well enough for everyday use, such as web browsing or social media apps, messaging and video streaming. However, it won’t feel extremely fluid or smooth as you’ll notice some stuttering when navigating between apps. It runs games like PUBG smoothly at medium graphics, but anything higher than that will cause framerate drops and lags. The 10nm chipset is highly efficient and helps reduce battery consumption while gaming.
Overall, the Galaxy A50s offers good mid-range performance, but much more is expected from phones over Rs 20,000 today. Its speed is nowhere near that offered by the Redmi K20 in this segment. It comes in even slower than the Realme XT which costs around Rs 16,000.
Galaxy A50s comes with One UI based on Android Pie. It’s unclear when the phone will be updated to Android 10, but Samsung has been pretty consistent in upgrading its portfolio to the latest version of Android. By now, you’ll be aware that One UI offers a system-wide dark mode that the Galaxy A50s’ AMOLED display can really take advantage of.
Samsung Galaxy A50s First Impressions
One UI also offers a cleaner and smoother interface with a new layout that lets you do most of your work with one hand. Other than a few Samsung apps, Microsoft Office apps, and third-party apps like Helo, DailyHunt, and Snapchat, you won’t find much bloatware on the Galaxy A50s.
Galaxy A50s comes with in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock. Both biometric options are slower compared to what brands like Oppo, Realme, and Vivo offer. For example, the fingerprint sensor is weak and the animation doesn’t feel smooth at all. The subwoofer may be loud, but it’s not extremely clear at higher levels. Galaxy A50s also supports Dolby Atmos surround sound via wired and Bluetooth headphones.
Samsung has upgraded the triple camera setup on the Galaxy A50s. The A50 offers a 25-megapixel primary camera, while the Galaxy A50s has a 48-megapixel sensor, keeping it up to date with the competition. The other two cameras in the setup include an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie camera has also been upgraded from 25MP to 32MP sensor.
The Galaxy A50s cameras definitely seem to fit phones like the Redmi K20 and Realme XT. Their main camera can take really nice pictures in daylight, which is not surprising. Provided there is enough light in your environment, the Galaxy A50s will take attractive photos.
Samsung Galaxy A50s Early Hands On Impressions
However, in low light the phone starts struggling. A dedicated night mode doesn’t get the kind of computational photography Oppo and Xiaomi can offer. Despite the noise reduction doing its best, photos will look grainy and the overall image will look much softer than sharp and detailed.
You can easily switch between the main camera and the wide-angle lens to add more room to the frame. Wide angle is useful in difficult places or if you are looking for a new perspective shot. Keep in mind that quality takes a big hit when you switch to the 8MP wide-angle lens. Compared to a high-resolution main camera, wide-angle photos will lack detail and sharpness. A change in color tone is also noticeable and the photo looks darker than the main camera.
Galaxy A50s can shoot sharp and beautiful videos in 1080p and 4K. It can record 4K videos at 30fps, which looks pretty good, but will be shaky compared to 1080p recording. The camera gets some EIS (electronic stabilization) for 1080p recording; this is good enough if you’re shooting handheld while walking.
The upgraded front camera also captures some clear and natural selfies in daylight, provided beautification effects are disabled. The sharpness and clarity of selfies will decrease as it gets darker, whether indoors or after sunset.
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Samsung didn’t feel the need to upgrade the battery on the Galaxy A50s. It has the same 4,000mAh capacity as the original A50, which is fine. The Galaxy A50s will last all day on a single charge, but don’t expect the phone to last much longer than that. I found the battery life to be pretty consistent no matter what I did during the day. Battery consumption in standby mode is minimal and you can use the Always On display without worrying about significant battery drain.
The Galaxy A50s supports up to 15W fast charging, but the company only offers a 10W charger in the box. If you have a 15W charger, you can fully charge the Galaxy A50s in about an hour and a half. It’s going to happen
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