Samsung Galaxy A50 assessment: Nonetheless among the finest finances telephones

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

Samsung final month introduced updates to its Galaxy A collection, its household of finances telephones which can be poised to compete towards Apple’s newest iPhone SE for 2020. Whereas some fashions have new options like 5G, all of them are lower than $400 and have headphone jacks. One of many new telephones, the Galaxy A51, is a sequel to 2019’s Galaxy A50. 

The Galaxy A50 from 2019 will not be as fancy as the newest Galaxy S20 telephones or as cool-looking because the Z Flip. However at $350 at launch and now discounted by Samsung much more at $300, the A50 is considered one of two greatest Android telephones which can be beneath $400 and got here out final yr. (For extra telephones beneath $500, take a look at our roundup.) 

That different alternative is the Motorola Moto G7, which initially launched at $300 (£189, AU$349), however now you can get it for cheaper (within the US, Motorola at present sells it for $230). For the previous few years, Motorola’s G-series has persistently ranked as our favourite finances telephone and the G7 continues this legacy as an distinctive telephone for its value.

All in all, we nonetheless love the Moto G7. It is a unbelievable, reasonably priced telephone, and it gained our Editors’ Selection for its cheap value, good digicam and dependable efficiency. However I do suppose the Galaxy A50 is healthier, even when it is a bit dearer. For that, it too earned itself an Editors’ Selection. When you’ve got an additional $70 to spare, go for the Galaxy A50 over the Moto G7. Although it does not shoot 4K video and I am not an enormous fan of Samsung’s One UI, the A50’s superior digicam, sleeker design and longer battery life make it the higher telephone.

Galaxy A50 seems higher, however has no water safety

Although each telephones are related in dimension and design, there are a couple of particulars that elevate the Galaxy A50 above the Moto G7. As an example, the Moto G7 has a bigger digicam bump on the again. Having a bump is not a deal breaker, and loads of telephones have it together with the iPhone. The Galaxy A50’s digicam is far more flushed, it seems flatter and sleeker. The on-screen digicam notch for the front-facing digicam can be smaller, so it is much less obtrusive whenever you’re viewing the show. Lastly, as a result of the Galaxy A50 has an in-screen fingerprint scanner, the system seems extra seamless general. The Moto G7, then again, has a visual reader on the again that is emblazoned with the Motorola emblem (and there is a Motorola emblem on the entrance too, on the underside bezel), which is not as interesting.

As well as, the Galaxy A50 has an AMOLED show in comparison with the Moto G7’s LCD display screen. Although each telephones have about the identical decision and pixel density, the Galaxy A50 display screen is brighter and colours are way more vibrant. Blacks are a lot darker and inkier as nicely. When viewing each telephones at completely different angles, the colour shift is extra extreme on the Moto G7 too. Which means colours wash out dramatically and the display screen seems to get dimmer at sure angles.

One benefit the Moto G7 does have is that it is barely water repellent. You possibly can’t totally submerge it underwater, nevertheless it does have a nano-coating that protects it towards gentle water sprinkles and splashes. Samsung didn’t add water safety to the A50.


The digicam bump on the A50 is much less outstanding.

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Do not care about 4K video? Galaxy A50’s digicam is superior

Each the Galaxy A50 and Moto G7 take clear and vibrant pictures when circumstances are preferrred, as in settings with loads of even lighting. And whereas the Galaxy A50 can file solely 1080p video (in comparison with the Moto G7’s 4K most), the Galaxy A50’s digicam nonetheless pulls forward of the Moto G7 in some ways. 

Footage are sharper, so you may see finer particulars in issues like leaves and bricks. In low gentle, the A50 brightens and punches up colours, whereas pictures taken with the G7 are muddier with a lot hazier and washed out colours. The A50 additionally has a wider dynamic vary, which means scenes with completely different lighting conditions are uncovered extra evenly in comparison with the Moto G7. I did discover that there have been instances when the A50’s HDR impact seemed a bit of too unrealistic, however I most well-liked it over the Moto G7 nonetheless. The Galaxy A50 has a second wide-angle digicam too, which means you seize extra content material inside every body. That is helpful whenever you need to seize huge landscapes and surroundings too. 

The Galaxy A50 (left) brightened up this scene and has a wider dynamic vary in comparison with the Moto G7 (proper).

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