The Samsung galaxy A50 is a complete device that provides for a onscreen fingerprint sensor along with the 6.4-inch (16.21 centimeters) super AMOLED – infinity u cut display, FHD+ resolution (2340 x 1080), 404 ppi with 16m colours and triple camera setup – 16mp (f1.9)+ 5mp (2.2) wide angle camera + 5mp (2.2) with flash and 25mp (f2.0) front facing camera.
|Package Dimensions||7 x 5.2 x 2.3 inches|
|Item Weight||12 ounces|
|Shipping Weight||13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)|
|Item model number||A50|
|Batteries||1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)|
4.3 out of 5 stars
|Best Sellers Rank|| #1,807 in Cell Phones & Accessories (See Top 100 in Cell Phones & Accessories)
#21 in Unlocked Cell Phones
- face recognition
- sim card
- bang for your buck
- fingerprint sensor
- wifi calling
- screen fingerprint
- works great
- nice phone
- budget phone
- phone that does everything
- phone for the price
- new phone
- better phone
- great phone
- phone is great
- phone came with broken screen
Best Bang For Your Buck
by :RE (Amazon.com)
Nice mid-range phone
by kmrotterdam (Amazon.com)
A very solid alternative to skyrocketing flagship prices
by MDiddles (Amazon.com)
As a quick note, I use it in the east Tennessee region of the United States on T-Mobile, so I’ll cover band support for those interested as well.
What’s included and ease of setup:
The phone came in genuine packaging which is easy to open. The package included the phone, a 3.5mm audio cable and ear buds, a USB-C charging cable and power brick (two-prong compatible with US outlets), SIM tray tool, 64GB microSD card, and a basic clear TPU case. The phone itself has a screen protector pre-applied, though it’s fairly flimsy and I immediately replaced it with a tempered glass protector. Instructions for multiple languages are included, though the box itself is in Spanish and English.
The phone is unlocked, so I was able to pop my SIM card and the included 64GB microSD card in and use them immediately with no additional hurdles.
It was a bit hard to do research on this due to conflicting info online and the presence of different models with varying band support. What I know for sure is that it’s GSM only, meaning that in the US it will only work on carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile. Based on the FCC certification test report for the model I purchased here (SM-A505G, FCC ID A3LSMA505G), it should support the following LTE bands: 2, 5, 12, 13, 26, 41, 66. On T-Mobile, that covers 4 of their 6 supported LTE bands (2, 5, 12, 66), assuming it’s accurate.
From my personal use, I haven’t noticed any difference in signal quality or LTE support compared to my OnePlus 3T, which I know supports the proper bands. Internet speeds are just as fast as they were on the 3T (typically averaging about 60 Mbps down and 11 Mbps up) and I haven’t had any trouble with call quality or drops.
The phone looks and feels like a premium offering. The body is an absolute fingerprint magnet, but it features a very attractive (and highly reflective) plastic shell that looks and feels like the glass shell you’d see on something from the Galaxy S series. Great to look at and feels good in the hand. It’s a bit on the larger side, so don’t buy it if you’re wanting something compact.
I’m not entirely sure what type of glass the screen of this phone uses. I’ve seen references to both Gorilla Glass 3 and 5 from different sources. Either way, I’ve already dropped it twice from about counter height onto a hard wood floor and haven’t broken it. To me, that’s a solid plus…though the case and tempered glass protector may have helped.
This phone supports typical WiFi 802.11A/G/N/AC protocols. As a point of comparison, I’ve run speed tests on both my home PC (which is wired directly to the router) and the A50 on WiFi. On the PC, I typically see speeds in the 115 Mbps down/11 Mbps up range. This phone on WiFi averaged 112 Mbps down/11 Mbps up, so roughly the same speeds.
WiFi Calling is also supported, meaning you can make calls when connected to WiFi instead of using your mobile network. This is useful in areas where you have a WiFi connection but no mobile signal.
Performance and specifications:
The phone uses Samsung’s Exynos 9610 SoC and has 4GB of RAM. In practical terms, this translates to “it runs very smoothly for typical use”. The system UI is crisp and snappy with no notable input lag. The same can be said for web browsing and video streaming. I do notice a small bit of what seems to be input lag between the time I tap a number in my contacts to call and when the phone UI appears on screen, but that doesn’t affect the call itself.
The screen is vibrant and colorful. On full bright I have no trouble seeing clearly with the sun shining directly on it.
As for gaming, this is a mid-range chip, so you won’t be looking at flagship performance by any stretch of the imagination. However, the games and applications I’ve run on it have seemed to perform well. I don’t do a lot of gaming on my phone, so I’d recommend looking up some performance benchmarks if you want more information on that.
The version I bought has 64GB of storage, though I believe a variant with 128GB and 6GB of RAM also exists.
The A505G comes with Android 9 Pie installed (running March 1 security patch level as of writing) and uses Samsung’s “One UI” interface. This is a very clean and straight-forward interface, though it’s a bit limited compared to stock Android. It does have some bloatware preinstalled (such as Facebook and LinkedIn) which cannot be fully removed without rooting the phone. Overall this seems to be fairly minimal, but it’s definitely a downside. It also includes multiple Samsung applications as well as their app and themes store which, again, can’t be removed.
This phone is advertised as having a 4,000 mAh battery, though the actual rating is 3,900 mAh. According to AccuBattery averages I collected over a week, that 4,000 mAh figure has typically been accurate. I use the phone fairly heavily during the day at work (web browsing with adaptive brightness and mp3 playback primarily) and typically have anywhere from 50%-60% charge remaining when I get home in the evening. At full charge, AccuBattery estimates a little over 9 hours of charge with the screen on and over 20 hours with screen off. In standby, the battery can last around 3-4 days.
The fast charging feature with the included power brick can get it back up to full charge in about an hour if it’s very low. Due to lack of NFC support the phone doesn’t offer wireless charging, so keep that in mind. I haven’t tried running the screen on full bright for a day to see how that affects things, but I’d imagine it would significantly lower the battery life.
To be honest, I don’t feel very qualified to really review this aspect. I don’t take a lot of pictures, so I can’t speak to how it compares to other phones on the market. Visually, the images appear crisper and more colorful than the camera in my 3T did. It has a little trouble focusing in low light, though. For my personal needs, the camera works well and looks good enough.
The phone offers the option to encrypt the contents of the SD card so that it can’t be read if removed. It also features multiple different methods of unlock: face recognition, an in-screen fingerprint reader, password and PIN.
The face recognition works well in light but is nearly useless in the dark. The in-screen fingerprint reader is a bit fiddly compared to the standard variety, requiring very precise thumb placement and is by no means a fast experience. It works well enough and I prefer it over having a dedicated reader on the rear of the phone, though your mileage may vary.
One absence I did note was the lack of individual app encryption. On the 3T I was able to set each app individually to use the fingerprint for unlocking from the phone settings. Some apps have this support natively and work the same on the A50, but I haven’t seen anything in the UI itself to suggest it supports this same functionality.
To me, this is an excellent lower cost alternative to the skyrocketing prices of ‘flagship’ smartphones. It has enough horsepower to do the tasks that average users will want without any hiccups and a battery that will get you through the whole day. I was a bit iffy due to the question of 4G LTE band support, but I’ve ultimately been happy with my purchase.
Great bang for the buck
by Davis Dombrowski (Amazon.com)
Money well spent
by Brandon Laddon (Amazon.com)
Nice phone….except fingerprint sensor
by Craig Klosterman (Amazon.com)
Works on BRAZIL
by Felipe Lima (Amazon.com)
by Dante (Amazon.com)
Soruce : //www.amazon.com/dp/B07PV68K73/