Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A50 (4GB RAM) is a slightly better phone, but the Huawei Honor Play (6GB RAM) is slightly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? It’s a close call, but if your budget allows for it, then Samsung Galaxy A50 (4GB RAM) might be a slightly better choice.

Huawei Honor Play (6GB RAM)  Samsung Galaxy A50 (4GB RAM) 
Huawei Honor Play Samsung Galaxy A50
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Excellence Score
36.8
39.0
Value for Money Score
81.3
80.0
Price ₹ 12,999 onwards ₹ 13,994 onwards
Launch Date (India) Aug, 2018 Mar, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.3 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 409 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type IPS LCD AMOLED
Display Features IPS LCD, 2.5D Curved Glass, FullView Display Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.4 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name HiSilicon Kirin 970, i7 Co-processorRanked #16 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9610Ranked #24 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP12, GPU Turbo Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 6 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 2MP 25MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (Full HD)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/2.2 Aperture; PDAF; Continuous Autofocus, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture, HDR, Panorama 25MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 16.0MP 25MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture F/2.0 Aperture, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 256 GB up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot) GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.5 mm 7.7 mm
Weight 176 gm 166 gm
Width 74.3 mm 74.7 mm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3750 mAh 4000 mAh
Battery Standby N/A N/A
Battery Standby (3G) N/A N/A
Battery Talktime N/A N/A
Battery Talktime (3G) N/A N/A
Fast Charging Support Yes Yes, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 18W Fast Charger Yes, 15W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features NFC; Noise Filtration; 7.1-channel Histen Audio; Party Mode In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Well built, unibody metal design - the Honor Play is sturdy, solid, and reassuring
  • Slim & sleek at just 7.5mm thick, which is quite an achievement especially as it packs a large 3750mAh battery
  • Nice, immersive, modern 19.5:9 'notch' display - colour accuracy and viewing angles are both good - and playing games or watching videos is an immersive experience
  • Power packed performance with Huawei's flagship SoC, and super fast UFS 2.1 storage - the benchmark numbers put it not that much behind the performance monster, OnePlus 6 (and at a significantly lower price point!) - gaming performance is top-notch too
  • Also special is support for 'GPU Turbo' which reduces battery drain when playing supported games (technically it is a core level change to how the GPU handles the rendering of visuals) - Honor also is working on implementing GPU Turbo for EMUI visuals which should improve battery performance of the phone even during general use
  • Decent rear dual camera setup - takes good images in good light, and clicks decent bokeh shots too
  • Good selfie camera, especially in daylight conditions - selfies are rather pleasant and the colours, contrast and dynamic range are all within an acceptable range
  • Very good battery life - it will easily last a day and a half or more on moderate to heavy usage - and if Honor does truly end up implementing GPU Turbo for EMUI’s interface like they plan to, you can expect even better battery life over the course of time
  • Supports fast charging
  • Also enabled later via an OTA would be a feature called AI 4D Smart Shock to bring a new level of immersion for gamers - the feature will provide haptic feedback that is unique and customised to the games you play and the actions you execute within that game
  • On the whole, the Honor Play looks like a good choice at this price point - if you’re looking for a phone that’s all about great battery life, really good performance and great visuals, the Honor Play will suit your needs beautifully, as long as you don’t particularly care about having the very best imaging device as well
  • Looks absolutely slick with a modern, Infinity U-notch display, and a beautiful iridescent back panel, that reflects light in interesting ways
  • The rear panel curves slightly to meet the metal rim and there are no sharp edges anywhere - as far as comfort goes, the Galaxy A50 is quite easy to use and doesn't feel too heavy or thick - it fits nicely in one hand, and isn't slippery
  • Packs an in-display fingerprint sensor, that works reasonably fine (though it can often take about two seconds to unlock - and so is not quite as efficient as a standard fingerprint sensor)
  • There's also some very handy and quick face recognition - you can choose to activate the front camera as soon as you raise the phone - it's fluid and you don't have to wait for visual confirmation that it has worked
  • The main attraction of the Galaxy A50 is its gorgeous 6.4-inch full-HD+ Super AMOLED screen, with the scoop-shaped Infinity-U notch - it is crisp, bright and vibrant - blacks are deep and colours really pop, but without being oversaturated - everything looks great, right from the UI to videos and games
  • The always-on display feature is nice to have too
  • Packs One UI, Samsung's modern flagship UI, with a number of design improvements over Samsung's old Experience UI (which is there on the Galaxy M-series siblings)
  • One UI reduces information density throughout, and is optimized for large displays
  • There are of course tons of customization options like text size, icon size, gesture shortcuts, gesture navigation, lock-screen widgets, message bubbles, etc
  • Google's Digital Wellbeing feature for Android 9 is also supported so you can see detailed app usage statistics, have the Galaxy A50 prompt you when it's time to wind down for the night, and impose time constraints on individual apps to help yourself focus
  • Solid mid-range performance with the powerful Samsung Exynos 9610 SoC (similar to Snapdragon 660) - the experience is pleasant and smooth throughout including with games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9
  • Good, three rear camera setup at the back - the primary camera has a 25-megapixel sensor and f/1.7 aperture
  • the secondary camera is for wide shots and has an 8-megapixel sensor with a 123-degree field of view and f/2.2 aperture
  • and the third one is a standard 5-megapixel depth sensor
  • There are also lots of add-ons like Live Focus mode for portraits, a 480fps 720p slow-motion video mode, Hyper-Lapse mode for timelapse videos, AR emojis, and intelligent scene optimisation
  • Overall image quality is good, especially in daylight - photos come out looking nice with quite a lot of detail
  • The wide-angle camera gives you a lot of flexibility and it's actually quite surprising how much more you can fit into a frame when standing in exactly the same spot (but quality is definitely lower and there's major distortion that isn't just limited to the edges of the frame)
  • You can change the type of background blur in portrait shots from the standard bokeh to assorted filter effects, and there's even a fake dolly-zoom effect that you can make GIFs out of - edge detection is quite good too
  • Video recording is good too - with none of the focus hunting or wobbling that affects lower-end phone cameras - in the daytime, motion is crisp and details are good - the wide-angle camera gives everything a fish-eye effect and video is slightly darker but still smooth
  • Decent single front-facing camera too, with a 25-megpixel sensor and f/2.0 aperture - though edge detection of the Live Focus mode here isn't great
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - you can easily stretch to a day and a half with normal use
  • Support for fast charging - the included charger charges from 0 to 30 percent in 30 minutes
  • With the re-imaged A-series, Samsung is really showing that it knows how to bring the fight back, and seen on it's own, the Galaxy A50 is a solid mid-range device
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • EMUI is not the most simple Android UI and can be cluttered at places
  • GPU Turbo is also not an exclusive feature - it will roll it out to existing phones like the Honor 10, Honor View 10, Honor 9 Lite and Honor 7X via a software update - so if you can afford the Honor View 10, it might be a better choice, since the Honor Play is basically a toned down version of the Honor View 10 (the View 10 especially has an edge with its cameras)
  • GPU Turbo support is currently limited to very few games
  • The rear dual camera setup does decently well in good light, but the low-light performance could have been significantly better - at the same time, the video recording quality is also strictly average - there are better-overall-camera phones around in this price bracket, including the likes of the Mi A2, the Redmi Note 5 Pro, and the Zenfone 5Z
  • The rear panel is quite glossy, and so it gets completely smudged pretty much the moment you touch it - it will also have a tendency to pick scratches - so using the bundled plastic case is pretty much essential
  • Bloatware, spammy notifications, and ads within some Samsung apps are still part of the package though - and you will have to disable some of these individually to have a cleaner experience with the phone
  • Low light performance of the rear and front cameras could have been better
  • While the phone's single speaker can get very loud, at higher volumes, clarity does suffer
  • The included earphones are not too great - you will probably want to use your own pair
  • Having said that, the competition is intense these days, and one the hardest ones to fight against will be Xiaomi's Poco F1 with its top-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor - that's obviously the better choice of phone if you're a gamer or want the smoothest possible experience - though it doesn't have three rear cameras or a modern tiny-notch, all-screen design
  • Competition will also be hard from the new Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro with its Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 SoC, 48-megapixel primary camera, Gorilla Glass 5, and other impressive specifications - presenting a much stronger value-for-your-buck package
  • Lastly, there will also be competition from the company's own Galaxy M30, which is a notch below in cameras and performance - but does pack an even larger battery, and is much cheaper
Expert Reviews
  1. The Honor Play has one of the best bang-for-the-buck ratios, probably bested only by the Pocophone F1 by Xiaomi
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. If you play a lot of PUBG and are short on cash, the Play will keep you happy...For the regular user, though, there are better options out there
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A power packed smartphone for gamers and non-gamers alike
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Offers stellar value for money
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. If you’re looking for a phone that’s all about great battery life, really good performance and great visuals, the Honor Play will suit your needs beautifully, as long as you don’t particularly care about having the very best imaging device as well
    digit.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. A formidable mid-range smartphone at a great value
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. An excellent smartphone that comes very close to matching a premium, flagship smartphone
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. A gaming phone for the masses
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  9. techradar.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  13. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. slashgear.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  16. t3.com in-depth Read Review »
  17. business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  18. fonearena.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. bgr.in hands-on Read Review »
  20. tomsguide.com hands-on Read Review »
  21. thequint.com hands-on Read Review »
  22. firstpost.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. Samsung got a lot of things right in the Galaxy A50...we liked it for sure, and we'd recommend checking it out if it fits your budget bracket
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. One of the best budget phones
    cnet.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. A premium mid-ranger worth your money
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Samsung is really showing that it knows how to bring the fight back
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. An appreciable effort that needs some polishing
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. A well rounded mid-ranger you always wanted
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Samsung’s best mid-ranger in years...the Samsung Galaxy A50 is all about a quality user experience
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. The budget Samsung phone of your dreams
    digitaltrends.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A mid-range phone done right...a strong contender in this price range
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. A brilliant mid-ranger at a great price
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  11. Buy it...it is excellent value with a class-leading display
    tomsguide.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. Samsung has finally figured out how to make a great budget phone
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. If you are a Samsung loyalist then this phone might excite you, else consider alternatives
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  14. The new budget smartphone to beat
    gizmodo.com in-depth Read Review »
  15. Excellent midrange smartphone
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  16. Give you a lot of value at its price point...a delight to use
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  17. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  18. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  19. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  20. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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