Samsung Galaxy A50 overview: Nonetheless the most effective price range telephones

Samsung Galaxy A50 overview: Nonetheless the most effective price range telephones

On April 10, Samsung introduced updates to its Galaxy A sequence, its household of price range telephones which might be poised to compete in opposition to 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 might not be as fancy as the most recent Galaxy S20 telephones or as cool-looking because the Z Flip. However at $350 at launch (£309, AU$500) and now discounted by Samsung much more at $300, the A50 is certainly one of two greatest Android telephones which might be below $400 and got here out final 12 months. (For extra telephones below $500, take a look at our roundup.) 

That different selection 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 presently sells it for $230). For the previous few years, Motorola’s G-series has persistently ranked as our favourite price range 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 incredible, inexpensive telephone, and it gained our Editors’ Selection for its cheap value, good digital camera 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. In case you have an additional $70 to spare, go for the Galaxy A50 over the Moto G7. Although it would not shoot 4K video and I am not an enormous fan of Samsung’s One UI, the A50’s superior digital camera, sleeker design and longer battery life make it the higher telephone.

Galaxy A50 appears higher, however has no water safety

Although each telephones are related in dimension and design, there are a number of particulars that elevate the Galaxy A50 above the Moto G7. As an illustration, the Moto G7 has a bigger digital camera bump on the again. Having a bump is not a deal breaker, and plenty of telephones have it together with the iPhone. The Galaxy A50’s digital camera is far more flushed, it appears flatter and sleeker. The on-screen digital camera notch for the front-facing digital camera can be smaller, so it is much less obtrusive once you’re viewing the show. Lastly, as a result of the Galaxy A50 has an in-screen fingerprint scanner, the gadget appears extra seamless total. The Moto G7, alternatively, has a visual reader on the again that is emblazoned with the Motorola brand (and there is a Motorola brand 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. Although each telephones have about the identical decision and pixel density, the Galaxy A50 display is brighter and colours are way more vibrant. Blacks are a lot darker and inkier as effectively. When viewing each telephones at totally different angles, the colour shift is extra extreme on the Moto G7 too. Which means colours wash out dramatically and the display seems to get dimmer at sure angles.

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


The digital camera bump on the A50 is much less outstanding.

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

Each the Galaxy A50 and Moto G7 take clear and vibrant photographs when situations are ultimate, as in settings with plenty of even lighting. And whereas the Galaxy A50 can document solely 1080p video (in comparison with the Moto G7’s 4K most), the Galaxy A50’s digital camera nonetheless pulls forward of the Moto G7 in some ways. 

Photos are sharper, so you possibly can see finer particulars in issues like leaves and bricks. In low gentle, the A50 brightens and punches up colours, whereas photographs 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 totally 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 appeared somewhat too unrealistic, however I most popular it over the Moto G7 nonetheless. The Galaxy A50 has a second wide-angle digital camera too, which means you seize extra content material inside every body. That is helpful once 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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