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Samsung Galaxy A50: Trustworthy Mid-range Device (Tech Review)

The battery lasted almost a day on heavy-to-moderate usage. The bundled USB-C charger facilitated fast charging

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Samsung's retail presence in the US was marked only by pop-up stores and dedicated spaces in franchisees like Best Buy. Pixabay

The mid-price range smartphone segment in India, ruled by China-based Xiaomi, recently saw some competition from South Korean Samsung which, after introducing its budget-friendly “India-first” Galaxy M series, has now refreshed the mid-ranged “A” series with a new device — “A50”.

Priced at Rs 19,990, the 4GB RAM and 64GB internal memory variant has some interesting features.

With rounded corners, the device sports a glossy back body which reflects light beautifully in rainbow patterns. The company did not specify whether the material was plastic or polycarbonate,

The Samsung logo is placed at the back, below the 25MP+5MP+8MP vertical triple rear camera set-up, and the flash.

The camera app brings along Panorama, Pro, Live Focus, Slow-mo and hyper-lapse features along with camera settings including HDR, grid lines and location tags.

The volume rockers are positioned on the right followed by the lock button.

On the left edge, the device houses a SIM slot that opens into a tray with space for two SIMs as well as a memory card that allowed us to expand the 64GB internal memory to 512GB with ease.

Featuring a waterdrop notch, “A50” comes with an impressive 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED screen with what Samsung calls its Infinity-U display.

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Arvin Baalu, vice president of product management at Harman International, talks about the Samsung Digital Cockpit during a Samsung news conference at the 2019 CES in Las Vegas, Jan. 7, 2019. VOA

The big screen shows images in vivid and punchy colours, hence watching videos and playing games on this device is a visual treat.

Within the notch lies a 25MP selfie camera that comes with a Live Focus option for selfies and offers “Bokeh” effect.

The missing notification LED on top of the phone interfered with keeping tabs on missed calls, messages and device charging status.

Galaxy A50 has the company’s latest Android 9 One user interface (UI) that brought along artsy icons and stylish animations.

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At this price point, the Exynos 9610 processor worked alright. However, the phone did tend to mildly heat up during long calls and charging. Galaxy A50 houses non-removable 4000mAh battery.

The battery lasted almost a day on heavy-to-moderate usage. The bundled USB-C charger facilitated fast charging.

The in-display fingerprint sensor in “A50” is slow and repeatedly fails to identify the registered touch. The face recognition feature took over two to three seconds to unlock the device in daylight.

Conclusion: The “A50” offers a near premium experience at a mid-ranged price point. Since users are accustomed to one-touch or one glance snappy unlock methods, adjusting back to drawing patterns and punching pins is a bit annoying. (IANS)

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5G Samsung Smartphones Capture 5% of Global Premium Market

Currently, all the 5G phones available fall within the premium segment, but this will also change in 2020

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The adoption of 5G will play a key role in the growth of the premium segment as well as the overall global smartphone market. Pixabay

5G smartphones captured 5 per cent of the global premium market in the third quarter (Q3) of 2019 led by Samsung with 74 per cent share followed by LG with 11 per cent and Vivo with 5 per cent share, a new report by Counterpoint Research has said.

According to Counterpoint Research “Market Pulse” service, the global premium market sell-through, however, declined 7 per cent YoY.

The Samsung Galaxy S10 5G was the top-selling model which captured over one-third of the total sales of all 5G devices.

“All major OEMs in the premium segment now have 5G-capable devices, except Apple. Still, Apple alone captured over half of the premium market in Q3 2019. Apple grew 1 per cent YoY increasing its market share from 48 per cent a year back to 52 per cent during the quarter. iPhone XR was the top-selling model globally in the premium segment,” Varun Mishra, Research Analyst, Counterpoint Research, said in a statement.

Huawei remained in the top three OEMs in the premium segment driven by the popularity of its P30 series, especially in China, despite the US ban.

China contributed to over 80 per cent of Huawei’s sell-through in the premium segment as compared to 73 per cent in the year ago quarter.

“The trend is likely to continue. It will be difficult for the newly launched Mate 30 series to create any progress outside China because it lacks Google Mobile Services (GMS). GMS is an important enabler for Huawei to continue its success outside China,” Mishra noted.

OnePlus recaptured its position among the top five OEMs in the segment and also led the India premium segment, which reached a record high shipment level during Q3.

South Korean smartphone maker LG also captured a spot in the top five, driven by the V50 ThinQ 5G. The firm grew 20 per cent YoY in the premium segment. This is in contrast with its overall smartphone shipments, which declined over 30 per cent YoY during Q3.

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5G smartphones captured 5 per cent of the global premium market in the third quarter (Q3) of 2019 led by Samsung with 74 per cent share followed by LG with 11 per cent and Vivo with 5 per cent share. Wikimedia Commons

The adoption of 5G will play a key role in the growth of the premium segment as well as the overall global smartphone market.

Apple will launch its 5G devices in 2020 driving upgrades among Apple users and potentially pulling in some previous Android users.

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“Currently, all the 5G phones available fall within the premium segment, but this will also change in 2020. Major Chinese OEMs will launch 5G-capable devices in the sub-$ 400 price band. China will drive the 5G segment followed by other key markets like the US and Korea,” Mishra added. (IANS)