Samsung Galaxy A90 5G Hands-on


The new Galaxy A90 5G is the first phone that brings 5G connectivity at a price way lower than that of a flagship. While the top-tier Galaxy S10 Plus 5G model costs nearly $1300 dollars, the A90 5G can be had for about half that price. Interestingly, the A90 5G also features the same top-grade processor as the flagship Samsung phone, so it's by no means just another mid-ranger. We took a look at the device at IFA 2019 in Berlin and these are our hands-on impressions.

Big screen and new geometric design



The phone comes in two classic color options – black and white, but it stands out thanks to the unique geometric pattern on the back glass. Twist and turn it around, and it reflects light beautifully, and it also feels very well made.

It sports a huge 6.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Full HD+ resolution, and that screen looks gorgeous. It comes with a tiny, waterdrop shaped notch, which accommodates a 32-megapixel selfie camera.

In terms of security and biometrics, you get a fingerprint scanner embedded under the screen, another traditional flagship feature. You do get face recognition, but it simply uses the front camera and a picture, not any complicated 3D model that would make it super secure.

Probably most impressive, however, is the massive 4,500 mAh battery inside. When you are connected to 5G the battery drain is much higher, but this large battery should handle it well. It also supports 25 watt fast charging with the fast-charge adapter coming included in the box with the phone.

Specs and Camera



As far as the specs go, Samsung has teamed up with Qualcomm to include the Snapdragon 855 chipset while the X50 5G modem supports the 5G connectivity. The phone also comes in either 6GB or 8GB RAM, and it features 128 gigs of expandable storage.

On the backside, there's a triple-camera setup:

  • 48-megapixel main sensor
  • 5-megapixel depth sensor
  • 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera

The main camera supports familiar Samsung tricks: a Super Steady mode and the Scene Optimizer. Camera quality is one area where we expect this A90 to be a bit behind the other flagships, so don’t quite expect the very best here.

This is also the first Galaxy A series phone that includes the new Samsung DeX, so you can easily expand your phone's display to a PC or TV and even mirror the phone, and reply to notifications and messages.

Final Words


The Galaxy A90 5G is trying to appeal to a slightly different audience that can't afford to purchase a flagship, but still wants those 5G speeds. The phone is coming to Europe in October for a price of 750 euro, while a US launch is not impossible, but Samsung has refused to comment on that yet. What do you think about this new, more affordable 5G phone?

Are you ready to make the jump to the network of the future?

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Galaxy A90 5G
  • Display 6.7" 1080 x 2400 pixels
  • Camera 48 MP / 32 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4500 mAh

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6 Comments

1. saif2711

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Realme,a chinese OEM with strong market share in India and China and rapidly growing in other Asian markets is launching a SD730 based 5G smartphone with Samsung's owned 64 mp isocell camera and sAmoled panel in November 2019 at a price about half of A90.

3. Sasha19

Posts: 3; Member since: Aug 30, 2019

SD730 + 5G combo phone would never sell for less than 500$ !

4. torr310

Posts: 1659; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I am interested! Hope it comes to the United States with both ATT and Tmobile bands supported!

5. saif2711

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Their pricing is very dynamic and are giving tough competition to xiaomi.They claim a profit margin of just 5% that's why so affordable price.Today they launched realme XT with 6.4 inch FHD+ sAmoled screen with in-display fingerprint scanner using goodix G3.0 sensor,quad camera setup with primary sensor of Samsung's isocell 64 mp,20W Vooc fast charger,dual LTE 4G phone in India at just INR 15,999 for 4/64 GB expandable upto 256 gb which roughly equals $225.There are 6/64 and 8/128 GB variants also available at 235$ and 265$ respectively.

7. sleepypandaeyes

Posts: 373; Member since: Apr 12, 2015

Is realme a subdivision of Xiaomi, similar to the Honor brand for Huawei

6. saif2711

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 22, 2016

Processor in realme XT is SD712.

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