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The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G is a slightly awkward phone that will age less well than Samsung’s best. Its job is to make 5G a bit more affordable, to open it up to more people ahead of incoming technologies that will make significantly cheaper 5G mobiles possible.
Samsung gets a polite ripple of applause for that alone. But with 5G in its current state, only of real use in select pockets of select cities, it is tough to give the phone a full recommendation.
Much cheaper phones have significantly better cameras, and our expectations for cameras at this price are high. The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G doesn’t match them.
Who's this for?
The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G is for people who want 5G now, but can’t stretch to the painful price of the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G. More than half a year on from that phone's launch you still have to pay a lot for it.
Should you buy it?
As long as you don’t care too much about camera quality, the Samsung Galaxy A90 5G is a solid buy. And here’s our issue: the camera is at or near the top of the priority list of almost everyone we talk to these days.
Right now, prioritizing 5G over a camera seems a tough sell at the price, particularly when we expect the 5G premium to decrease significantly before too long.
First reviewed: January 2020
Andrew is a freelance journalist and has been writing and editing for some of the UK's top tech and lifestyle publications including TrustedReviews, Stuff, T3, TechRadar, Lifehacker and others.