In no unsure phrases, there’s nothing concerning the $350 Galaxy A50 that’s solely half nearly as good because the $750 S10e. Quite frankly, there’s nothing about it that’s solely 40 p.c nearly as good because the $900 S10, both. I do know that’s not technically how pricing works, however when you could have two telephones from the identical firm which are priced to this point aside, it’s solely pure to match them.

Unlike the Google Pixel 3a, which mainly copied the Pixel 3 be aware for be aware with delicate downgrades to carry down the value, there are some main variations between the mid-range A50 and the premium Galaxy S10+. But the primary similarities—a large OLED show, triple-camera array, in-screen fingerprint sensor, and a selfie cutout—give the telephones a exceptional kinship. They even have the identical fairly, prism-inspired shade choices and IP68 water resistance.

Of course, each mid-range Android telephone is basically designed for individuals who can’t or just don’t need to pay upwards of a thousand bucks for an S10 or a Pixel 3, and nonetheless need a top-notch Android expertise. But with the A50, Samsung has executed greater than create an inexpensive telephone with the phantasm of premium. It’s given budget-minded smartphone purchasers a Galaxy handset they’ll love as a lot as an S10.

An amazing design begins on the show

There’s no “plus” mannequin of the A50, however it clocks in at whopping 6.4 inches in diagonal show width, the identical measurement because the Note 9 and Galaxy S10+. Suffice it to say, if you happen to don’t like huge telephones, the A50 in all probability gained’t attraction to you.

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The Infinity U show on the A50 has its points when in comparison with the S10+, however that shouldn’t deter you from shopping for one.

If you’ll be able to deal with its measurement, the A50 is an especially properly designed telephone for $350. Like the S10e, the Galaxy A50 has a “flat” Infinity U display screen versus the curved show on the Galaxy S and Note traces. The flatness means there are seen bezels throughout, however they’re not distracting within the slightest. If you’re coming from a Galaxy S, in actual fact, you would possibly truly admire them, since you’re a lot much less more likely to contact the facet of the display screen unintentionally with the improper grip. The show’s namesake characteristic—the tiny notch on the prime for the selfie cam—makes the entire bundle really feel extra compact than a 6.4-inch telephone ought to.

What isn’t so nice is the fingerprint sensor constructed into the underside of the display screen. Samsung is utilizing an optical scanner right here quite than the ultrasonic one on the S10, however the outcomes aren’t any much less spotty. Even after a mid-review replace, missed scans and error messages had been the norm. Oftentimes I opted to enter my passcode quite than even attempt. It would possibly look cool, however there’s a purpose why in-screen scanners are extra frequent on midrange telephones than premium ones: The know-how isn’t almost as polished because the pricier one it’s supposed to exchange.

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The $350 A50 has one factor the thousand-dollar Galaxy S10+ doesn’t have: a headphone jack.

The show on the A50 is Full HD OLED (2340×1080), however the distinction between it and the 1440p display screen on the S10 is extra than simply pixel density. The hole in show high quality is much extra noticeable than the one between the Pixel 3 XL and the Pixel 3a, and the pristine consideration to element isn’t almost as evident as it’s on the S10. Case in level: When you’re utilizing an app that doesn’t fill the entire show, the highest few millimeters of the display screen bend barely inward, a phenomenon you gained’t discover on the S10 or Note 9.

If you’re hoping for the deep blacks and superlative readability of the Galaxy S10 shows, you gained’t discover it within the A50. But you’ll get shiny, crisp, and colourful photos, even when they’re a bit too saturated for my tastes on the default Adaptive Display mode. After all, it’s not simple to compete with Samsung’s flagship Galaxy telephones, whose shows are among the many finest within the enterprise. But for its worth, the A50 nonetheless has a strong show. 

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