Samsung Galaxy A50 and Galaxy A30 Review

The new Samsung budget models are here! The Galaxy A50 and A30 deliver gorgeous Super AMOLED screens and solid battery life at reasonable prices...
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15 Comments

1. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

More than 8/10 for this? How the hell do you rate stuff on PA? We all know it's BS, but seriously 8/10? :D

2. Victor.H

Posts: 1062; Member since: May 27, 2011

We always rate considering the price, simple as that. So naturally, this score is in the context of other affordable phones and at just around $200, the Galaxy A30 particularly offers some great value.

3. Valdomero

Posts: 674; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

How much would you rate them?

5. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Considering the price and competition 7/10 seems like a score that reflects reality of the market. Not to mention if you compare it to something like a last year flagship, but we do not do that here, blasphemy I say!

7. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

You're ranting about an arbitrary point of difference and it's insufferable.

9. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

And how would you rate my insufferqbility? 10/10?

10. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Solid 7.5 out of 10.

14. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

You are too kind good sir :-D

4. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

"it’s about on par with the Snapdragon 660 chip, which in turn is actually slower than a Snapdragon 821 flagship grade chip from two years ago" The 820 and 821 (msm8996) are 3 year old chips now. They were in 2016 phones, and we are in 2019 now.

6. redmd

Posts: 1935; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Nice review Victor. These are Samsung reply to the Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo at the midrange. They're both great value for money if branding is important to you.

8. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

With all these downsides you rate the A30 8.3 and yet you gave a vastly superior device in the Redmi Note 7 7.o just because you didn't like the notification? I didn't see where no LED notification was mentioned as a CON,yet the tiny led notification in the Redmi was clearly a CON in your ratings.. The partiality and bias stinks to the high heavens..

11. fakenewzz

Posts: 133; Member since: Nov 15, 2018

So many grammatical errors where too begin? Stupid article.

12. oldskool50

Posts: 1520; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Samsung proves you can make premium quality devices at low price points. Unlike Apple who said, we can't make a lower costing device without it being a piece of crap. And I believe them, because they can't make an expensive one that isn't a piece of crap either. They can, but they won't. What Apple should have said was, we can't make a cheap luxury device because, if its cheap it can't be luxurious.

13. oldskool50

Posts: 1520; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

So hypocritical. You gave it a con for no 4K video option? Its a cheap phone. How come the iPhone not being able to record 4K with its front camera being a con? After all other phones can record 4K from the front camera. Slightly stuttery performance? It's $230. Go and get an iPhone that cost $230 and run it on the highest possible version of IOS. I bet it will be slightly stuttery. But I bet you won't list it as a con. $230 is pricey? Show me an iPhone for $230 with an OLED display, decent cameras, USB-C, FPS and a 4000MaH battery. You can't even get that in the XR for $750 and you say $230 is pricey? OMG this is just so unreal. And you guys wonder why you get ridiculed. For $230, you want this phone to have features you find on a mid-range or premium device. But the iPhonme XR doesn't have a 4000MaH battery, no FPS, the XR doesn't even ahve an OLED display, A50 vs XR $230 vs $750 6.4" vs 6.1" displsay SuperAMOLED @ 1080x2340 vs IPS LCD @ 848x1792 403PPI vs 326PPI Octa-Core vs HexaCore 128GB vs 64GB starting storage. 25MP @1.7/8 @ 2.2/5 @ 2.2 vs 12MP @ 1.8 for main camera both with HDR 25MP @ 2.0 vs 7MP @ 2.2 selfie cam Same wifi Same BT 5.0 FM radio vs NONE FPS vs Face ID - FPS is more secure. 4000Mah vs 2942MaH We know Samsung's fast charging is faster than Apple's fast charging, even with a Mac adpater. The A50 certainly has some faults in the spec, but the ones that do count are all higher than the $750 option for less than half the price. $350 euros vs $850 Euros. And the A50 doesn't have that eye sore uni-brow either. According to Margues, this device hits all 5 of his main marks. The cons you picked were just a reach for the stars. The final score is ok. But the cons were just stupid. if a cheap phone had 4K, then what would be the appeal to buy a more expensive model to get it? And why would you want 4K on a 2.0 lens? The video is gonna be terrible.

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