Galaxy A50 vs Moto G7 vs Pixel 3a, battle on the carriers' midrange hill

Google Pixel 3a

Google Pixel 3a

Dimensions

5.96 x 2.76 x 0.32 inches

151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm

Weight

5.19 oz (147 g)

Samsung Galaxy A50

Samsung Galaxy A50

Dimensions

6.24 x 2.93 x 0.3 inches

158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm

Weight

5.86 oz (166 g)

Motorola Moto G7

Motorola Moto G7

Dimensions

6.18 x 2.96 x 0.31 inches

157 x 75.3 x 8 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

LG Stylo 5

LG Stylo 5

Dimensions

6.3 x 3.06 x 0.33 inches

160 x 77.7 x 8.4 mm

Weight

6.3 oz (179 g)

Google Pixel 3a

Google Pixel 3a

Dimensions

5.96 x 2.76 x 0.32 inches

151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm

Weight

5.19 oz (147 g)

Samsung Galaxy A50

Samsung Galaxy A50

Dimensions

6.24 x 2.93 x 0.3 inches

158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm

Weight

5.86 oz (166 g)

Motorola Moto G7

Motorola Moto G7

Dimensions

6.18 x 2.96 x 0.31 inches

157 x 75.3 x 8 mm

Weight

6.07 oz (172 g)

LG Stylo 5

LG Stylo 5

Dimensions

6.3 x 3.06 x 0.33 inches

160 x 77.7 x 8.4 mm

Weight

6.3 oz (179 g)

In the good old times, when carriers ate the iPhone or Galaxy S-line price above $200 with subsidies,  there was a veritable dearth of midrange option on US carriers for the simple fact that nobody cared about going cheaper than $200 or $300 if they could get less than a flagship for that tag.

Now that carriers managed to shift that full price phone burden to subscribers, people are either keeping their phones longer, or increasingly looking into affordable midrangers that now do most of what you can do with a flagship, save for the camera prowess. This market shift has slowly started to increase the number and quality of midrange offerings from carriers, even though the US still lags behind other countries in that respect.

It was usually last year's flagship from Samsung, LG, Apple and the like, that is this year's midranger, but with the arrival of Samsung and Google's A-series of phones, things have shaken up a little in that particular market segment. This is why we pit the newly-minted Galaxy A50 against the perennial Moto G7 favorite and the homebrew Pixel 3a to gauge who's boss in the value-for-money segment on US carriers.

Galaxy A50 vs Moto G7 vs Pixel 3a design and specs


On paper, the A50 has the best specs of these three puppies, with the largest, 4000mAh battery, fastest charging, the highest 128GB storage amount, extra wide-angle camera, and the highest sensor resolution, if anyone is still counting pixels.

The Pixel 3a, however, beats it where it counts in the camera area - it has the largest pixel sensor size of all three, presuming a better low-light performance, as well as 4K video recording abilities. Other than that, the three phones' processors are decidedly midrange.

AnTuTu is a multi-layered, comprehensive mobile benchmark app that assesses various aspects of a device, including CPU, GPU, RAM, I/O, and UX performance. A higher score means an overall faster device.

Higher is better
Google Pixel 3a
130209
Samsung Galaxy A50
146732
Motorola Moto G7
107447


While the A50's 6.4-inch OLED panel is brighter, with higher resolution, and the best minimum brightness compared to the 5.6" OLED display of the Pixel, or the 6.2" LCD screen of the Motorola, its color accuracy leaves something to be desired in comparison with the other two.


Last but not least here, design differences! The A50 and G7 have much larger screen diagonals than the Pixel 3a, yet they don't have a much bigger footprint due to the better screen-to-body ratio, and yet the Pixel feels most manageable in the hand, if you are willing to sacrifice some screen estate.

The Galaxy A50 and the Pixel are unapologetically plastic which is a breath of fresh air in a $350 phone you don't want to baby, whereas the Motorola goes with today's typical glass body. Samsung pledged to bring high-end features downmarket and the in-display finger scanner of the A50 is a case in point, making it as modern as they come at this price. 


Galaxy A50 vs Moto G7 vs Pixel 3a camera prowess



  • Pixel 3a: 12MP f/1.8 main + 8MP front cam, 4K30 video
  • Galaxy A50: 25MP f/1.7 main + 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide + 5MP depth, 25MP front cam
  • Moto G7: 12MP + 5MP depth cam, single LED flash, 4K30 video, 8MP front cam

We know what you've gathered around for, you can live without some internal storage or a bit shorter battery life, but when it comes to picture quality, that can not be rectified once the phone is purchased, right? Well, it may come as a shocker, but the Pixel 3a is football yard ahead of the direct competition here. Not only is it the only one with an optically-stabilized camera sensor, but it is also capable of cool 4K video recording, something that the A50 lacks.

As for the image quality - well, it's the same camera kit and most of the software available on the Pixel 3, one of the best mobile cameras out there. The A50 and Moto G7 ain't bad when there is enough light around, but once the sun starts to set down or once you press the video recording button, the Pixel 3a is dribbling flawlessly around them on the way to the goal posts. Check out some of its stills and video samples for better illustration.




If we have to rank the cameras on the three phones, despite the wide-angle prowess of the Galaxy A50, the G7 takes slightly better shots at night, and is capable of 4K video recording, so it would go second, whereas Samsung has more pleasing day shot colors. The first place in camera abilities, however, is unequivocally for the Pixel 3a.

Galaxy A50 vs Moto G7 vs Pixel 3a battery life and charging speeds


Don't look now, but the 4000 mAh battery pack of the Galaxy A50 does what it says on the tin - keeps you powered through the longest of days, with nearly 11 hours of screen-on time on our demanding battery test. 

While impressive, the difference with the Pixel and the Motorola that both behave admirably for their battery capacities, is not that big, considering the 30% larger battery pack on the A50. In short, you won't be disappointed with all three phones when it comes to endurance, and all three have fast charging that will top up their power units for about 1.5 hours which is pretty quick.

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

hours Higher is better
Google Pixel 3a
9h 55 min (Good)
Samsung Galaxy A50
10h 46 min (Excellent)
Motorola Moto G7
9h 17 min (Good)

Galaxy A50 vs Moto G7 vs Pixel 3a prices and wrap-up


So, which one should you get? The Pixel 3a is $399 retail, but can go down to $299 on promo, the A50 is $349 but can be $240 with Verizon's discounts, while the Moto G7 is the cheapest of the bunch at $299, and can often be found at $200 even.

If your budget is of concern, go with the Moto G7 - it is a well-rounded midranger that doesn't excel in any one point, but will disappoint in no respect, either. For two to three Benjamins, it's a no brainer.

If the camera part is not that important to you, the Galaxy A50 steps it up many notches - from its "all-screen" design with in-display finger scanner, to its longest endurance on a charge, and the generous 128GB memory amount.

If you are the socialite type that needs good photos and videos in any situations Google's stellar computational photography algorithms and optically-stabilized video can now be had on the cheap for less than four Benjamins. Besides the aging design and the lack of LED notification light, however, the Pixel 3a downsides aren't many at that price, so if you can trade those for the excellent camera and the quick software updates, Google's midrange Pixel rings as a winner, and it should, as it is the most expensive of the bunch.


Display

Size

6.2 inches
5.6 inches
6.4 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
OLED
Super AMOLED

Screen-to-body

82.58 %
73.93 %
85.24 %

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 632 SDM632
Qualcomm Snapdragon 670 SDM670
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 9610

Processor

Octa-core, 1800 MHz, Kryo 250, 64-bit, 14 nm
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, Kryo 360, 64-bit, 10 nm
Octa-core, 2300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A73 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 10 nm

GPU

Adreno 506
Adreno 615
Mali-G72 MP3

RAM

4GB LPDDR4
4GB LPDDR4
4GB

Internal storage

64GB
64GB, not expandable
128GB

OS

Android (9.0 Pie)
Android (11, 10, 9.0 Pie)
Android (10, 9.0 Pie), Samsung One UI

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
3000 mAh
4000 mAh

Charging

Motorola TurboPower
USB Power Delivery
Samsung Adaptive Fast Charging

Talk time (3G)

 
 
23.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)

Internet use

 
 
3G: 12 hours; LTE: 14 hours; Wi-Fi: 15 hours

Music playback

 
 
92.00 hours

Video playback

 
 
19.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Dual camera
Single camera
Triple camera

Main camera

12 MP (PDAF)
12.2 MP (OIS, PDAF)
25 MP (PDAF)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.8; Pixel size: 1.25 μm
Aperture size: F1.8; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.55"; Pixel size: 1.4 μm
Aperture size: F1.7; Focal length: 27 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.8"; Pixel size: 0.9 μm

Second camera

5 MP (Depth information)
 
8 MP (Ultra-wide)

Specifications

 
 
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 13 mm; Sensor size: 1/4"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Third camera

 
 
5 MP (Depth information)

Specifications

 
 
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal Length: 24 mm; Sensor size: 1/5"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)

Features

Time-lapse video, Hyperlapse, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
OIS, EIS, Video calling, Video sharing
Hyperlapse, EIS

Front

8 MP
8 MP
25 MP

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)

Design

Dimensions

6.18 x 2.96 x 0.31 inches (157 x 75.3 x 8 mm)
5.96 x 2.76 x 0.32 inches (151.3 x 70.1 x 8.2 mm)
6.24 x 2.93 x 0.30 inches (158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm)

Weight

6.07 oz (172.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (179 g)
5.19 oz (147.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (179 g)
5.86 oz (166.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (179 g)

Materials

Back: Glass; Frame: Aluminum
Back: Plastic
Back: Plastic

Resistance

Splash
 
 

Biometrics

2D Face unlock, Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
2D Face unlock, In-screen fingerprint

Buyers information

Price

$ 299
$ 399
$ 350


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Galaxy A50
  • Display 6.4 inches
    2340 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 25 MP (Triple camera)
    25 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh
  • OS Android 10
    Samsung One UI
Moto G7
  • Display 6.2 inches
    2270 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 632
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie
Pixel 3a
  • Display 5.6 inches
    2220 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Single camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 670
    4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 11

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