Samsung Galaxy A50 review

GSMArena team, 18 April 2019.

Display

All Galaxy A phones have always had one thing in common and that's the Super AMOLED screen. The A50 isn't a combo breaker either and it also packs a large 6.4" Super AMOLED screen of 1080p+ resolution. The actual pixel count is 2,340 x 1,080 making the aspect ratio quite wide at 19.5:9 and the pixel density is more than enough at 403ppi.

Samsung Galaxy A50 review

The A50 features the so-called Infinity-U panel, meaning it has a U-shaped notch at the top for the selfie camera. Samsung was one of the few makers to stay away as long as possible from the screen cutouts but eventually it caved in. We guess this makes Sony the last defender of the notch-free screens.

Anyway, notch or not, the Super AMOLED screen is of the usual high-quality we've grown to like. We measured about 420 nits of maximum brightness in manual mode and 550nits in auto with the ambient light sensor is exposed to bright light. We measured a minimum brightness of 1.8nits - pretty great result.

Display test 100% brightness
Black, cd/m2 White, cd/m2 Contrast ratio
Samsung Galaxy A50 0 424
Samsung Galaxy A50 (Max Auto) 0 551
Samsung Galaxy A40 0 410
Samsung Galaxy A40 (Max Auto) 0 548
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) 0 399
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) (Max Auto) 0 606
Samsung Galaxy S10+ 0 385
Samsung Galaxy S10+ (Max Auto) 0 793
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 0.358 479 1338
Huawei Honor 10 Lite 0.344 441 1282
Oppo F11 Pro 0.316 440 1392
Nokia 7.1 0.377 490 1300
Nokia 7.1 (Max Auto) 0.465 600 1290
Motorola Moto G7 Plus 0.332 473 1425
Motorola Moto G7 Plus (Max Auto) 0.469 590 1258
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) 0 390
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) (Max Auto) 0 590
Sony Xperia 10 0.362 549 1517
Sony Xperia 10 Plus 0.381 583 1530
Xiaomi Mi 9 0 428
Xiaomi Mi 9 (Max Auto) 0 620

As we've come to expect from Samsung Super AMOLEDs, the display on the Galaxy A50 is capable of accurately reproducing different color spaces depending on content and selected display mode. The Basic mode stays true to sRGB (average DeltaE of 1.7), AMOLED Photo is for Adobe RGB applications (average DeltaE of 1.8), while AMOLED Cinema adheres to the DCI-P3 color space (average DeltaE of 2.0). Of course, the default Adaptive mode makes no claims for accuracy and posts an average DeltaE of 3.3 against a DCI-P3 target with a maximum deviation of 8.8.

Battery life

The Galaxy A50 has a large 4,000mAh battery inside, quite like them Redmi Notes. It supports 15W charging but we didn't get a retail box so we can't provide you with any charging stats.

In our testing, the Galaxy A50 achieved more than respectable results. We clocked north of 12 hours on our Wi-Fi web browsing script and almost 16 hours of looping videos in airplane mode. The 3G talk time is over a day - an excellent score as well.

Adding to the mix the excellent standby performance the Galaxy A50 posted an overall Endurance rating of 98h. And we now know what to expect from any future Exynos 9610-powered smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy A50

Our battery tests were automated thanks to SmartViser, using its viSer App. The endurance rating above denotes how long a single battery charge will last you if you use the Samsung Galaxy A50 for an hour each of telephony, web browsing, and video playback daily. We've established this usage pattern so that our battery results are comparable across devices in the most common day-to-day tasks. The battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you're interested in the nitty-gritty. You can check out our complete battery test table, where you can see how all of the smartphones we've tested will compare under your own typical use.

Speaker

The Galaxy A50 has a single loudspeaker located on the bottom. It scored a 'Very Good' mark in our three-pronged test when it comes to loudness, but the good news stops here. The output is rather poor and lacks big time in the high frequency. So, as far as quality is concerned - the A50 has a loud sound, but not that clean or rich.

Speakerphone testVoice, dB Pink noise/ Music, dB Ringing phone, dB Overall score
Realme 3 66.0 71.8 81.2 Good
Samsung Galaxy A9 (2018) 69.5 72.4 77.8 Very Good
Oppo F11 Pro 67.6 72.3 80.5 Very Good
Samsung Galaxy A8 (2018) 69.2 70.6 81.6 Very Good
Moto G7 Plus (Music) 70.5 73.6 78.4 Very Good
Samsung Galaxy A50 68.9 71.3 82.7 Very Good
Xiaomi Mi 9 70.1 74.2 81.6 Very Good
Sony Xperia 10 68.7 73.0 87.8 Excellent
Huawei Honor 10 Lite 70.0 73.8 87.0 Excellent
Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 69.8 71.5 90.5 Excellent
Samsung Galaxy S10+ 74.4 74.2 83.6 Excellent
Sony Xperia 10 Plus 68.5 73.2 90.7 Excellent
Nokia 7.1 75.6 76.0 81.1 Excellent

Audio quality

The Samsung Galaxy A50 delivered a stellar performance when tested with an external amplifier with high volume levels and perfect clarity marks.

Hеadphones markedly degraded the reproduction accuracy - some intermodulation distortion crept in while stereo crosstalk shot up markedly. The harmonic distortion reading was also a bit worse than usual, adding up to output that's average at best. On the upside the loudness was just as high as in the first part of the test and certainly among the best in the mid-range market.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk
Samsung Galaxy A50+0.03, -0.06-93.493.20.00090.0082-92.3
Samsung Galaxy A50 (headphones)+0.30, -0.12-92.091.90.1020.231-47.0
Sony Xperia 10+0.04, -0.04-92.291.90.00320.015-97.1
Sony Xperia 10 (headphones)+0.05, -0.03-96.191.60.00330.024-56.4
Motorola Moto G7 Plus+0.04, -0.00-93.393.20.00290.0077-93.8
Motorola Moto G7 Plus (headphones)+0.07, -0.01-92.993.20.0150.076-68.8
Redmi Note 7+0.04, -0.04-90.790.70.00150.014-94.5
Redmi Note 7 (headphones)+0.05, -0.29-92.592.50.0240.296-55.0
Honor 8X+0.01, -0.04-92.392.40.00410.0085-80.7
Honor 8X (headphones)+0.45, -0.54-92.292.80.00840.492-51.5

Samsung Galaxy A50 frequency response
Samsung Galaxy A50 frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.

Reader comments

  • Kamal

I used samsung a5 which was much more user friendly its not. Its Ram 4 gb not fast as it should be. Fingerprint sensor is a flop show Oppo is much better in this. Touch seems little slow.

  • nizar

finger print very very slow

  • Jj

The a50 is a very good phone . Would recommend it a lot .my only negative i feel about the phone is the fingerprint scanner...(maximum only 3 fing frints)