Samsung Galaxy A50 review: Still one of the best budget phones

Victoria D. Doty

On April 10, Samsung announced updates to its Galaxy A collection, its family of spending budget phones that are poised to compete from Apple’s latest Iphone SE for 2020. Although some styles have new functions like 5G, all of them are considerably less than $400 and have headphone jacks. 1 of the new phones, the Galaxy A51, is a sequel to 2019’s Galaxy A50. 

The Galaxy A50 from 2019 may possibly not be as fancy as the latest Galaxy S20 phones or as great-looking as the Z Flip. But at $350 at launch (£309, AU$five hundred) and now discounted by Samsung even a lot more at $300, the A50 is a single of two finest Android phones that are less than $400 and arrived out very last calendar year. (For more phones less than $five hundred, check out our roundup.) 

That other alternative is the Motorola Moto G7, which initially introduced at $300 (£189, AU$349), but you can now get it for more affordable (in the US, Motorola at present sells it for $230). For the past several yrs, Motorola’s G-collection has regularly rated as our favorite spending budget mobile phone and the G7 proceeds this legacy as an exceptional mobile phone for its price tag.

All in all, we nonetheless love the Moto G7. It’s a fantastic, cost-effective mobile phone, and it received our Editors’ Option for its cheap price tag, great camera and reputable functionality. But I do feel the Galaxy A50 is much better, even if it’s a bit a lot more high-priced. For that, it too attained itself an Editors’ Option. If you have an more $70 to spare, go for the Galaxy A50 in excess of the Moto G7. Nevertheless it won’t shoot 4K video clip and I am not a huge enthusiast of Samsung’s 1 UI, the A50’s remarkable camera, sleeker structure and more time battery lifestyle make it the much better mobile phone.

Galaxy A50 appears to be like much better, but has no h2o protection

Nevertheless both of those phones are related in size and structure, there are a several facts that elevate the Galaxy A50 previously mentioned the Moto G7. For occasion, the Moto G7 has a bigger camera bump on the again. Possessing a bump is not a offer breaker, and a great deal of phones have it together with the Iphone. The Galaxy A50’s camera is way a lot more flushed, it appears to be like flatter and sleeker. The on-display screen camera notch for the front-struggling with camera is also more compact, so it’s considerably less obtrusive when you are viewing the screen. And finally, mainly because the Galaxy A50 has an in-display screen fingerprint scanner, the machine appears to be like a lot more seamless over-all. The Moto G7, on the other hand, has a seen reader on the again which is emblazoned with the Motorola brand (and there’s a Motorola brand on the front too, on the base bezel), which is not as desirable.

In addition, the Galaxy A50 has an AMOLED screen in comparison to the Moto G7’s Liquid crystal display display screen. Nevertheless both of those phones have about the exact resolution and pixel density, the Galaxy A50 display screen is brighter and colors are much a lot more vivid. Blacks are much darker and inkier as perfectly. When viewing both of those phones at diverse angles, the color shift is a lot more severe on the Moto G7 too. That signifies colors clean out considerably and the display screen seems to get dimmer at selected angles.

1 advantage the Moto G7 does have is that it’s a bit h2o repellent. You cannot thoroughly submerge it underwater, but it does have a nano-coating that shields it from gentle h2o sprinkles and splashes. Samsung did not add h2o protection to the A50.


The camera bump on the A50 is considerably less distinguished.

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Never care about 4K video clip? Galaxy A50’s camera is remarkable

Both the Galaxy A50 and Moto G7 consider clear and dazzling photographs when circumstances are best, as in settings with a great deal of even lighting. And while the Galaxy A50 can report only 1080p video clip (in comparison to the Moto G7’s 4K optimum), the Galaxy A50’s camera nonetheless pulls in advance of the Moto G7 in several approaches. 

Pictures are sharper, so you can see finer facts in issues like leaves and bricks. In small gentle, the A50 brightens and punches up colors, while photographs taken with the G7 are muddier with much hazier and washed out colors. The A50 also has a broader dynamic array, meaning scenes with diverse lighting cases are exposed a lot more evenly in comparison to the Moto G7. I did detect that there ended up occasions when the A50’s HDR effect seemed a tiny too unrealistic, but I most well-liked it in excess of the Moto G7 however. The Galaxy A50 has a next large-angle camera too, meaning you seize a lot more content within just about every frame. This is helpful when you want to seize large landscapes and surroundings too. 

The Galaxy A50 (remaining) brightened up this scene and has a broader dynamic array in comparison to the Moto G7 (ideal).

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