While US carriers don't sell a lot of mid-range Galaxy devices nowadays, Samsung didn't exactly catch us off guard
with the A50 announcement for Verizon earlier this week
. More interestingly (and somewhat surprisingly), the company vaguely suggested the sleek and decently powerful Galaxy A50
, as well as the lower-end Galaxy A20
and A10e, would be released on "additional carriers" in the "coming weeks."
Even better, it doesn't look like you'll have to wait very long for the Samsung Galaxy A50
to hit its second major US carrier. Sprint has just discreetly announced the "edge-to-edge" 6.4-incher will become available on the "Now Network" tomorrow, June 14, fetching as little as $10 a month.
There's obviously a catch, though, as the mid-ranger's recommended retail price is set at $349.99. Namely, you'll need to sign an 18-month Flex Lease agreement to get the $10 offer after $4.59 bill credits. You'll also want to keep in mind leasing a phone is not the same thing as owning it outright, although there's a good chance you'll get bored or frustrated with the A50
a year and a half down the line anyway.
It's not that this is a bad device, but mid-rangers in the sub-$400 price bracket have come a long way over the years and something tells us smartphone manufacturers will continue to push the category's boundaries going forward. Right now, the Galaxy A50
certainly provides decent bang for your buck, with a modern design, extra-large 6.4-inch "Infinity-U" Super AMOLED display, a respectable octa-core processor, fancy in-screen fingerprint sensor, excellent battery life, versatile triple rear-facing cameras, and yes, even a headphone jack.
Before Sprint kicks off Galaxy A50 sales on Friday, the handset is already up for grabs from Verizon
at $350 or $14.58 a month with two-year installment plans. There's also an unlocked US-compatible Latin America variant available at B&H Photo Video for a significantly lower $280, although you may want to wait for a prospective launch of an unlocked model designed specifically for use on US networks.