Best Budget Phone - Samsung A50

Best Budget Phone - Samsung A50

5 stars
Updated: Apr 12, 2021

Known best for their high-end flagship models, Samsung has now set its sights on making a significant mark on the mid-range smartphone market too. And the Samsung Galaxy A50 is easily the best offering from the smartphone maker, blurring the lines between what consumers can expect from mid-market phones and their higher-end counterparts. It borrows some of the key features from its older brother, Samsung's best-selling S10, and presents them in a lower-specced device but without sacrificing any kind of performance.

No performance sacrifices
At the heart of the Galaxy A50 is the Exynos 9610 chipset, which ensures that the device can handle anything that is thrown at it while also not being a drain on the batteries. The A50 can last an entire day comfortably with moderate to high use on its 4,000mAh battery and you'll even have some charge left over to see out a lot of the following day. Support for 15-watt fast charging ensures the Galaxy A50 can be juiced up quickly when the need to charge does pop up.

Bright and brilliant display
Easily one of the highlights of the Galaxy A50 is its 6.4 inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ display. Whether its used for watching movies or playing games, the colours in the display are vivid without bordering on oversaturation (something that quite a few mid-range phones are guilty off). The display also doubles as a fingerprint sensor, removing the need of having a seperate one on the back of the device.

Versatile cameras
The Galaxy A50 features three rear-facing cameras: a 25MP primary camera, an 8MP wide-angle camera, and a 5MP depth sensor. Camera performance is exceptional, especially in mid to low-level lighting conditions. The front-facing 25MP camera is quite dynamic and does not disappoint in delivering high-quality selfies.

Best-in-class audio
While the Samsung A50's overall performance is already head-and-shoulders over the competition, it truly outshines them all when it comes to audio quality. Sound quality, whether using Bluetooth or wired headphones, is crisp and will be appreciated by everyone, even the staunches of audiophiles.

The verdict
With the Galaxy A50, Samsung delivers a great device and great user experience, at a great price. King of the mid-range smartphones.