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Hands on: Samsung Galaxy A50s review

The revisited A50 is here

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Early Verdict

Samsung Galaxy A50s doesn’t look like a definitive update to the Galaxy A50 and is more of an incremental upgrade. A large focus here has gone into bringing the 48MP camera to the A-series and we're looking forward to checking it out.

For

  • Feels solid & well-built
  • sAMOLED screen
  • Support for fast-charging
  • 48MP primary camera

Against

  • Fingerprint sensor struggles

Samsung has announced an update to its Galaxy A50 from earlier this year-- the Galaxy A50s which just went on sale. The A50s brings some of the camera features found in the company’s premium phones to the mid-range segment. And there’s a new chipset that powers the phone along with support for Samsung Pay.

We were highly impressed with the display and build quality of the Galaxy A50 but the cameras left us out asking for more. Likewise, Samsung’s OneUI didn’t feel as polished in regular use which is often a pain point for buyers.

So, does this incremental update bring any distinguishing features to the table or remains just another phone by the South Korean electronics maker? Here are our first impressions of the Samsung Galaxy A50s.

Price and availability

Samsung Galaxy A50s is priced starting at Rs 22,999 with 4GB RAM and 128GB storage. The second variant has 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage to boot, is priced at Rs 24,999.

The phone is available across leading online retailers, Samsung India online shop and Samsung Opera House in Bangalore.

The A50s comes in three colours-- Prism Crush Black, White and Violet. Samsung sent us the Prism Crush Violet colour of the top-end variant (6GB RAM + 128GB) for our review.

Design

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Following the lines of the Galaxy A50, the A50s also features a glossy and reflective coating that produce visually appealing hues of different colours. However, this time the back panel has been tweaked to include a prism-like design which only accentuates the reflective colours.

The back is also susceptible to fingerprints and smudges very easily and one would have a really hard time keeping the back of the phone clean.

There’s a camera module situated on the top-left corner of the back panel followed by a LED flash. The centrally positioned company initials are also engraved into the back. This is a similar setup as seen on the A50.

The volume rocker and power on/off button is placed on the right edge while the SIM-card slot is present on the left edge. 

There are noticeable bezels surrounding the display flush with a u-shaped notch cutout. The bottom edge of the phone has a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB Type-C port and a speaker grill. There’s an additional one at the top of the notch cutout.

The Galaxy A50s has the same dimensions as the Galaxy A50, 158.5 x 74.5 x 7.7mm and weighs 166 grams. It feels sleek in hand and doesn’t have too much heft attached so one can hold and use it comfortably.

Display

Samsung Galaxy A50s features a 6.4-inch Full HD+ (2340 x 1080 pixels) resolution display which uses a Super AMOLED panel. The u-shaped notch cutout on the front gives it a 19.5:9 aspect ratio and a 91.6% screen estate.

Given the size, we believe that this is the same display as we saw on the Galaxy A50. If that holds to be true, the screen is also topped with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

We were impressed by the visual performance of the Galaxy A50 and we expect nothing less from the A50s. We will be testing the phone further, so keep an eye out for our full review soon.

Under the hood

Samsung Galaxy A50s is powered by the home-grown Exynos 9611 chipset with an octa-core CPU clocked upto 2.3GHz. This processor is manufactured on a 10nm FinFET fabrication process and is paired with 4GB/6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The new chipset has been optimized to consume less power without losing its efficiency.

Buyers will also have an option to increase the storage up by 512GB using microSD card.

The Galaxy A50s runs on Android 9.0 Pie-based One UI 1.5. Most features remain the same while Samsung has added a Game Booster tool to the A50s for users to experience lag-free gaming and smooth multi-task operations. The phone also supports Samsung Pay which is powered by Knox security.

There’s an in-display fingerprint sensor on the screen which in our initial use is taking a bit longer to unlock the phone. We’ll test the phone extensively and see if it improves over time. 

Samsung Galaxy A50s is powered by a 4,000mAh battery which supports 15W fast charging adapter provided in-the-box. 

Cameras

One of the most significant updates to the Galaxy A50s is its primary camera. It is now a 48MP sensor with an f/2.0 aperture and although Samsung hasn’t confirmed, it looks like they’re using their ISOCELL sensor.

In addition to the primary camera, there’s an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 5MP depth camera with an f/2.2 aperture.

The camera app features a dedicated night mode, best shot, scene optimiser with 30 presets and Super Steady Video mode. On the front, there’s a 32MP selfie camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

We are currently testing the cameras of the Galaxy A50s, so be sure to check out our full review for more details.

Early Verdict

Samsung Galaxy A50s doesn’t look like a definitive update to the Galaxy A50 and is more of an incremental upgrade. The A50s build upon the fundamentals of the Galaxy A50 and tries to improve the overall user experience. A large focus here has gone into optimizing the 48MP camera and we’re looking forward to checking that out for our full review. 

What is a hands on review?

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