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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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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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South Korean Tech Giant Samsung Takes on Xiaomi, Sells 2 mn Galaxy A Phones

Samsung earlier announced that it would launch at least one phone every month from March to June this year

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DJ Koh, President and CEO of IT and Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics. (IANS)

Taking on Chinese player Xiaomi big time, South Korean tech giant Samsung sold two million phones in its mid-price segment Galaxy A series in India in just 40 days starting March 1, earning a revenue of $500 million.

Samsung is targeting $4 billion in revenues from its Galaxy A series of phones this year.

Earlier this month, it announced Galaxy A20, its fourth smartphone in the Galaxy A series this year. Galaxy A20 is available in India at Rs 12,490.

In March, Samsung launched galaxy A10 at Rs 8,490, A 30 at Rs.16,990 and A50 in two variants – one at Rs 19,990 and the other at Rs 22,990.

“In the first 40 days starting March 1, we have sold a total of two million units of three Galaxy A models in India – A50, A30 and A10. The revenue turnover from these three phones in 40 days is $500 million,” Ranjivjit Singh, Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Samsung India, told IANS on Monday.

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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

“I think this a record for any brand in the industry,” Singh added.

“When the rest of the portfolio in A series becomes available, we are sure of not only achieving but exceeding our target,a the Samsung executive said, adding that the A series phones will continue to be available across the channels – both online and offline.

Samsung India is now gearing up to launch the Galaxy A70 smartphone with triple camera system next week and the Galaxy A80 with rotating camera in May.

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“We will launch the Galaxy A70 in India next week in Rs 25,000 to Rs 30,000 bracket and the Galaxy A80 in the Rs 45,000 to Rs 50,000 bracket in May,” Singh said.

Samsung earlier announced that it would launch at least one phone every month from March to June this year. (IANS)