ⓘ Samsung Galaxy A50

                                     

ⓘ Samsung Galaxy A50

The Samsung Galaxy A50 is an Android smartphone manufactured by Samsung Electronics as part of its fifth-generation Galaxy A series lineup. It came with Android 9, 128 GB of internal storage, and a 4000 mAh battery. It was launched internationally on 25 February 2019 and on 13 July 2019 in the United States.

                                     

1.1. Specifications Hardware

The A50 has a 6.4" FHD+ 2340 x 1080 Super AMOLED "Infinity-U" display. It is powered by an Octa-core, 2300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 10 nm CPU and a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU. The phone itself measures 158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7mm. It comes with a 4000 mAh battery.

The A50 is sold in 4GB RAM/64GB internal storage and 6GB/128GB internal storage configurations, both of which can be expanded via a MicroSD card up to 512GB.

The A50 has an optical under-screen fingerprint sensor and facial recognition features used for biometrics.

                                     

1.2. Specifications Camera

The Samsung Galaxy A50 comes with a triple rear camera array consisting of a 25MP wide camera, an 8MP ultra-wide camera, and a 5MP depth sensor camera. It also comes with a 25MP front-facing camera.

While the hardware is capable of taking 4K video, it is not accessible by normal means or by using the included camera app. It can be accessed using third party apps.

                                     

1.3. Specifications Software

The Samsung Galaxy A50 ships with One UI 1.1, based on Android 9.0 Pie. Samsung has promised a software upgrade to One UI 2.0 in mid-2020. Features include Bixby, Google Assistant and Samsung Pay.

                                     

2. Reception

The A50 received mostly positive reviews. PCWorld gave it 4/5 stars, praising the display, design and battery life while criticizing the in-screen fingerprint sensor and the camera processing. Toms Guide also gave it 4/5 stars, calling it "a budget phone with a big and colorful screen, solid performance and a sleek design" albeit with an "underwhelming battery life". CNET gave it an 8.4/10, describing it as "one of the best budget phones", and Digital Trends called it "the budget Samsung phone of your dreams".

The A50 was Samsungs best-selling smartphone in 2019, the best-selling smartphone in Europe in 2019, and the third best-selling phone in the world for the third quarter of 2019.

                                     

3. Known security flaws

Google has discovered a change in the Galaxy A50s kernel in November 2019 that allows an attacker to remotely execute code on the device. It was patched by Samsung in February 2020.