Two of Samsung's hot new mid-range phones are up for grabs with a US warranty
The Galaxy A50 and A30 are practically identical at a first glance
If you're in the market for a high-end Samsung phone in the US, you simply have to decide which of the three Galaxy S10 models fits your needs (and budget) best. But if you want a Galaxy mid-ranger, the world's number one handset maker curiously offers very few modern options for its American fans.
At least officially, because you can now get the Galaxy A50 or A30 from the same reputable third-party retailer that also stocks Latin America variants of the otherwise inaccessible Huawei P30 and P30 Pro. Like the competition's latest flagships, Samsung's stylish but relatively affordable 6.4-inchers on sale at B&H Photo Video are technically designed with different markets in mind.
Nonetheless, you're looking at unlocked GSM Galaxy A30 and A50 units here that should be easy to activate and use on US networks like AT&T and T-Mobile at their full 4G LTE potential. They're also backed by limited 1-year B&H warranties, so unless you're a Sprint or Verizon customer unwilling to switch your carrier, it doesn't seem like you'll be making any major compromises if you buy these "unofficial", US-imported devices.
Internationally unveiled back in February, the A50 and A30 share a sleek Infinity-U Super AMOLED display with 2340 x 1080 pixel resolution and a large 4,000 mAh battery, as well as an elegant body primarily made from plastic to keep prices low. Speaking of, the higher-end model costs $299.99 in a single 64GB configuration, while the Galaxy A30 starts at $219.99 with 32 gigs of internal storage space, setting you back an extra 30 bucks for twice that digital hoarding tally.
The Galaxy A50 mostly stands out in the photography department, with a triple 25 + 8 + 5MP rear-facing camera setup, compared to the A30's 16 + 5MP dual shooter arrangement. The single 16MP selfie cam on the Galaxy A30 is bumped up to a 25MP unit for the A50, with the latter also opting for a state-of-the-art in-display fingerprint recognition solution instead of the conventional biometric reader mounted on the back of the former phone.
Both devices come with Android 9.0 Pie on the software side of things, as well as 4GB RAM and 3.5 mm headphone jacks. Unsurprisingly, the Galaxy A50 packs a snappier Exynos 9610 processor than the Exynos 7904 powering the A30. All in all, the value for money doesn't seem half bad as far as either handset is concerned, but if you have a little extra dough to spare, it might be a good idea to wait for the snazzier Galaxy A80 and Galaxy A70.