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The new budget smartphone to beat



Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)

At least Samsung's flagship Galaxy S phones are like that Galaxy S10 currently known to all and S10 +, and its slightly cheaper sibling, the $ 750 Galaxy S10e. However, as soon as you look for even better deals, Samsung's portfolio will quickly become chaotic.

There are a staggering number of phones between Samsung's various budget and mid-range offerings that all seem to be the same. Depending on which mobile service provider you're on, the same phone may have two different names, such as T-Mobile's Galaxy J7 Star and Verizon's Galaxy J7 V 2nd Gen.

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What is it?

A Budget / Midrange Phone from Samsung

Like

Big OLED screen, narrow bezels, dual rear view camera, microSD card slot, headphone jacks, excellent battery life

I do not like

No stereo speakers and no waterproof fingerprint reader in the display are problematic

With a Galaxy A50 of 350 US dollars, Samsung cleans up the mess and searches for some of the best budget and mid-range phones on the market. With a retail price of $ 350, the Galaxy A50 is neatly between the $ 300 Moto G7 and the $ 400 Pixel 3a. It also includes some features that the other two do not have, such as two rearview cameras and a built-in fingerprint reader.

From the outside, the Galaxy A50 looks pretty much like the Moto G7. Both phones feature selfie cameras that sit on a central notch that plunges into their screens, large, mostly frameless displays, and smooth, rounded backs.

However, if you look closely, you'll find that the Galaxy A50 feels and looks a bit more polished. The A50's bezels are narrower, its chin is smaller, and despite practically the same size, Samsung has overcrowded the Galaxy A50 with a 6.4-inch OLED (2340 x 1080) screen, while the Moto G7 has a 6.2 Inch screen (2270 x 2270) has 1080 LCD. The display of the A50 is not only bigger, but also brighter and more colorful.

Both phones are equipped with headphone jacks and expandable memory microSD card slots. On the back of the A50, however, are a 25-MP primary camera and an 8-MP-123-degree wide-angle camera and an additional 5-MP depth-detection camera for portrait shooting available. This is a nice improvement over the single cameras that can be found on pretty much every other phone in this price range. And while the back of the A50, like the G7, is made of plastic instead of glass, Samsung officially calls this material "glasstic" (I'm not kidding) and it's damn hard to tell the difference.

The Galaxy A50 has always outperformed the G7 thanks to its generally better sharpness, color saturation and especially in low light conditions. In almost every way, the A50 is simply a better device than the Moto G7.

Compared to the pixel 3a falls the Galaxy A50, however, behind. Although it has a camera less on the back, the photo quality of the Pixel 3a is much better and delivers shots with better detail and clarity than any other phone in this price range.

The Galaxy A50 side by side with its biggest competitors: the Pixel 3a (left) and the Moto G7 (right).
Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)

Take, for example, a photo of flowers taken by both phones (see gallery below). While the A50's image is bright and vibrant, its color saturation overwhelms details like the folds on the petals. In low light conditions, the pixel 3a provides better sensitivity, resulting in a brighter and better exposed image. Since the A50 does not have a special night mode, turning on the night-vision device of the Pixel 3a will make the picture quality gap between the two phones even more extreme.

The performance is similar when benchmarks such as WebXPRT 2015, Geekbench 4, and 3DMark achieved similar results for the A50 and the Moto G7. On Geekbench 4, the Galaxy A50 (5,536) left the Moto G7 (4,624) behind. This reflects the real performance, where the G7 suffers from more delay and UI stuttering than the A50. The Pixel 3a is the smoother of all models thanks to its Snapdragon 670 chip (compared to the Exynos 9610 in the A50). It performs significantly better in the 3DMark Slingshot Unlimited test (the pixel 3a value at 2,581 is 50 percent higher than the A50 value of 1,682).

And when it comes to battery life, the 4,000 mAh battery of the Galaxy A50 with a runtime of 12 hours and 17 minutes in the video test, the G7 of 9:29 absolutely exceeded , Meanwhile, the pixel 3a did not fare much worse at 11:51, while the larger pixel 3a XL performed slightly better at 12:43.

This hierarchy even extends to features like the speakers (or speakers) of each phone, because while the Moto G7 and the Galaxy A50 have mono speakers, the Pixel 3a offers true stereo sound. (I'd like to point out, however, that unlike the other two, the Pixel 3a does not have an SD card slot.)

Hopefully, Samsung can improve the fingerprint sensor of the A50 via an update, as this is the only feature of the entire phone that has caused me problems.
Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)

The only real problem with the A50 is the built-in fingerprint sensor. I want to thank Samsung for providing a budget device with such a technical feature, but in my experience, using this feature may be a hit or a failure. Usually I had no trouble reading my numbers, but occasionally it took three or four clicks to unlock the phone. And even after multiple registration of my prints, I could not fix the problem.

The most important factor in buying one of these devices is the price. The $ 350 Galaxy A50 is in virtually every respect better than the $ 300 Moto G7, but it costs $ 50 more. Then there is the pixel 3a. $ 400 is more of a midrange device. On the other hand, it has stereo speakers, superior performance and the best camera of the lot.


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