Samsung's hot mid-ranger just weeks away from U.S. launch

Samsung's hot mid-ranger just weeks away from U.S. launch
Last month, we told you that Samsung's new mid-range Galaxy A line sold over 5 million units overseas in its first 70 days. That generated over $1 billion in revenue for the company. Back in April, we passed along the news that three of the Galaxy A phones will be coming to the U.S.; those models are the Galaxy A20, Galaxy A50, and Galaxy A70. The four major U.S. carriers are each expected to carry at least one of these handsets, and last month tipster Evan Blass tweeted that the Galaxy A50 is headed to Verizon. But newer information shared by Blass includes a render of the phone running on Sprint. The June 21st date on the screen is the likely release date for the Galaxy A50 in the U.S., and the tipster hints that all four major U.S. carriers will offer this smartphone.

According to XDA, an update to the Samsung Pay app includes a pretty big hint "confirming" that the Galaxy A50 is coming to the states. Details about the update show that the Samsung Pay app supports the "A50 US," which most likely is the U.S. version of the Galaxy A50. The latter model has been certified by the FCC and all three of the handsets rumored to be U.S. bound have received certification from the Wi-Fi Alliance.

The international version of the Galaxy A50 is already available in the states

The Galaxy A line replaces the Galaxy J series and the new phones have large screens, viable cameras, and huge batteries. The Galaxy A50 is equipped with a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display sporting a teardrop notch (or the Infinity-U display as Samsung calls it). The 1080 x 2340 resolution works out to an aspect ratio of 19.5:9. An octa-core chipset is under the hood and there are two different configurations of the device: 4GB of memory with 64GB of storage, and 6GB of memory with 128GB of storage. The triple camera setup on back includes a 25MP primary with an aperture of f/1.7, an 8MP Ultra-Wide camera sporting a 123-degree field of vision, and a 5MP depth sensor. There is a 25MP front-facing selfie snapper with an aperture of f/2.0. As advertised, the handset is powered by a nice sized 4000mAh battery with fast charging capabilities. In fact, Samsung includes a 25W charging adapter in the box. There is an in-screen fingerprint scanner along with facial recognition, and the Galaxy A50 is offered in Black, Blue, White, and Coral.

The 64GB unlocked international version of the phone is already available at B&H for $299.99 while Walmart has it in the same price range. The Galaxy A50 is priced to go up against the recently released Google Pixel 3a and Pixel 3a XL. Those two mid-rangers can't touch the specs on Samsung's phone and are priced higher at $399 and $499 respectively. Even if the U.S. version of the device is priced at $350 as originally rumored, it would still be cheaper than the mid-range Pixels. If photography or quick Android updates are your things, Google's new phones might work out better for you.

With the pricing of new flagship models trending higher, Samsung and Google both appear to have done the right thing by offering well-spec'd mid-range phones at half the price of today's top-shelf handsets. The Galaxy A70 is a good example. That device will carry a massive 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a triple-camera setup on back and a massive 4500mAh battery inside. The price will no doubt be competitive. Note that both the Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A70 meet the criteria for the line that we mentioned before; they have large screens, viable cameras, and big batteries.

Related phones

Galaxy A50
  • Display 6.4" 1080 x 2340 pixels
  • Camera 25 MP / 25 MP front
  • Processor Samsung Exynos 7 Octa, Octa-core, 2300 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh(23h 3G talk time)



1. LawnBoy

Posts: 204; Member since: Feb 23, 2019

5 Billion Units?????????

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7605; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

With specs and prices like these no wonder why sales of the mid range smartphones continues to grow. Think about it, a year in some cases, or two years ago these were flagship specs. But now we see Android smartphones with 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage at prices starting at $299. No wonder why OEMs are investing more in the lower and mid range smartphones. People don't want to spend $1000 - $1500 USD on a smartphone or iPhone that will degrade after two to three years. Just think at $299, you could buy a new mid range device every and you are still ahead in terms of cost, and you get a new smartphone every year with new battery. Plus next year the specs will be updated again for the next gen $299 - $399 smartphones. No wonder why Apple's iPhones sales are seeing significant drops.

8. Vancetastic

Posts: 1834; Member since: May 17, 2017

Not an iPhone article, buddy.

16. kiko007

Posts: 7521; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

That's a bot. Has to be at this point.

17. Vancetastic

Posts: 1834; Member since: May 17, 2017

A bot triggered by...yeah. Whatever it is, it’s ridiculous.

2. warrenellis93

Posts: 558; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

thats the phone ive been waiting for, since cdma doesnt have many good options at a low price.

7. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 719; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Why aren’t you going for a previous year flagship? They cost as much as a 2019 mid ranger. In my home country, I even can get a Galaxy S10e for 450 EUR new. That is about 500 USD. Give it one more month and it will be 450 USD. A Galaxy S9 is 400 EUR. Much better device than any mid ranger.

11. warrenellis93

Posts: 558; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

overpriced, ive done that in the past, my comment is what it is, you buy last years flagship if you want.

10. tuminatr

Posts: 1170; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Unless you have sprint you probably don't need CDMA

12. warrenellis93

Posts: 558; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

i have boost and this will most likely come to boost if there isnt any major changes due to the sale of the carrier

3. antroid

Posts: 396; Member since: Jan 24, 2018

I wish they made it a little smaller 6.4 inch is too big of a phone

4. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 403; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Good to see the A series finally hit the States, I wonder why Samsung were so resistant to launch there initially.

13. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

One reason could be because they want to sell as many high end phones to US consumers as possible before introducing a mid-range phone with above average specs.

5. liteon163

Posts: 83; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

I find it interesting that many manufacturers hide their notches or punch holes with a wallpaper that is conveniently dark in the requisite area. I suspect this is because they know people would rather have an uninterrupted screen.

9. thefantasticspastic

Posts: 21; Member since: May 27, 2019

I wonder if they're going to replace the Exynos chipset with a Snapdragon chipset like they do with their flagships in the US. Personally I'd rather have a SD chipset over Exynos, Exynos has way too many problems and it's apparent with the Exynos S10 variants

14. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1482; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I've got the 128GB version, love the AMOLED screen, 8+ hours screen-on time, expandable storage and pretty good performance. In screen fps is alright but could be better. Only cost me $220.

15. JamesSv

Posts: 18; Member since: Sep 14, 2018

They need to start making mid rangers with old flagship chips like snap835/45

19. teerex41

Posts: 5; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I want the A70 dangit!!!

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