Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A50 (4GB RAM) is a significantly better phone, but the Oppo K1 is significantly better value for money. Which phone should you buy? Depends on how much you want to spend! But if budget is not a constraint then we recommend the Samsung Galaxy A50 (4GB RAM)

Oppo K1  Samsung Galaxy A50 (4GB RAM) 
Oppo K1 Samsung Galaxy A50
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Excellence Score
41.9
49.0
Value for Money Score
79.4
72.7
Price ₹ 14,990 onwards ₹ 18,490 onwards
Launch Date (India) Feb, 2019 Mar, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 8.1 OreoLow likelihood of getting updated to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.4 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 5 Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Super AMOLED, Waterdrop Notch Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #20 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9610Ranked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Adreno 512 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB USB-C
Primary Camera 16MP + 2MP 25MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture; 1/2.8" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size; PDAF, 2MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama 25MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 25MP 25MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 1/2.8" Sensor Size, 0.9um Pixel Size, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.4 mm 7.7 mm
Weight 156 gm 166 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 3600 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 Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Follows Oppo's recent aesthetics and design language with a striking gradient design at the back - the 3D injection-moulded back creates some cool effects when held against light
  • The plastic body is also well put-together and the phone has a good heft to it
  • The placement of buttons is also good and so is their build quality
  • The cheapest phone yet to support a modern in-display fingerprint sensor - which works reasonably well - in line with other in-display fingerprint sensor phones
  • There is also some solid face recognition - that tends to be a lot quicker and more convenient most of the time - it's very quick, and works in low light by bumping up the screen brightness to illuminate your face
  • Very good, crisp and vivid AMOLED display - produces bright, saturated, punchy colours - and sunlight legibility is also very good
  • The display has good touch response too, which was evident when typing
  • The large 6.41-inch display is pretty great for watching videos on - the large screen combined with the small water-drop notch at the top means there's plenty of screen real-estate available for use - the bezels are minimal as well
  • ColorOS has some useful add-on features like Game Space, Hyper Boost game optimisation feature, Smart Sidebar (pop-out tray for app shortcuts), Smart Scan (which lets you do some multi-lingual translations), and ORoaming (which creates a virtual SIM card with affordable data packs when you're overseas)
  • Excellent performance for the price bracket with the rock solid Snapdragon 660 - everything from daily use to heavy games is handled effortlessly - the phone also doesn't get too hot when gaming even for more than 30 minutes at a stretch
  • Decent dual rear camera at the back, especially in daylight - the main camera captures good details in close-ups - edges are well defined and colours aren't exaggerated - Landscapes also packed in a fair bit of detail, and HDR seems to do a decent job of balancing the exposure
  • The second 2-megapixel sensor at the rear is only used for edge detection when shooting in Portrait mode - it does a decent job with objects and people, with a few minor misses at times (however, the camera takes a while to focus in this mode, even when shooting in good light)
  • Decent 25MP selfie camera too - overall image quality is good in daylight, and skin textures look natural (with beauty mode turned off) - you can also have a background blur for selfies (but the edge detection isn't the most accurate)
  • Decent video recording quality at resolution of up to 4K - stabilisation is only upto 1080p though
  • Fairly loud speaker (though audio quality is average at best, sounding a bit tinny and one-sided, since there's only one speaker at the bottom)
  • Good battery life with a 3600mAh battery - for most users this will translate to well over a day's worth of actual usage
  • Overall, the Oppo K1 is a pretty decent choice in the competitive mid-range - you get a fast phone with a good battery life, a great AMOLED display, and a cutting edge in-display fingerprint sensor - though the low-light camera performance, and the lack of fast charging will leave you wanting more - whether it makes it to your shortlist might therefore depend on your priorities
  • 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]
  • Like all glossy backs, the phone of course does pick up fingerprints quite easily, if you use it without a case
  • The phone also does feel a bit large when you hold it, so one-handed operation isn't very easy
  • On the whole though, ColorOS is still fairly clunky and there is stuff like ad notifications from Oppo's custom app store and custom browser, that will make you miss the simplicity of a more stock Android UI, if you have experienced that before
  • Average low light performance for both the rear cameras and the selfie camera
  • You can't use the shutter button several times in rapid succession to take multiple pictures as there's a wait of about a second or two before the camera processes your photo and is ready to go again
  • No fast charging support - takes about 2.5 hours to charge fully
  • 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. A good package...worth considering
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Offers a few interesting features to keep a user satisfied
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. bgr.in 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. A premium mid-ranger worth your money
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Samsung is really showing that it knows how to bring the fight back
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. An appreciable effort that needs some polishing
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A well rounded mid-ranger you always wanted
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Samsung’s best mid-ranger in years...the Samsung Galaxy A50 is all about a quality user experience
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. Samsung has finally figured out how to make a great budget phone
    androidcentral.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. If you are a Samsung loyalist then this phone might excite you, else consider alternatives
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. Give you a lot of value at its price point...a delight to use
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  10. Excellent midrange smartphone
    notebookcheck.net in-depth Read Review »
  11. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  12. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  14. techadvisor.co.uk hands-on Read Review »
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