Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A50 (6GB RAM) is a slightly better phone, but the Samsung Galaxy A8 Star 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 (6GB RAM) might be a slightly better choice.

Samsung Galaxy A50 (6GB RAM)  Samsung Galaxy A8 Star 
Samsung Galaxy A50 Samsung Galaxy A8 Star
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Excellence Score
51.4
48.5
Value for Money Score
69.1
69.9
Price ₹ 21,400 onwards ₹ 19,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2019 Aug, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.28 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2220 pixels (~ 393 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Display Features Super AMOLED, Infinity-U Display Super AMOLED, Infinity Display
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9610Ranked #19 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #26 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 512
RAM 6 GB 6 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 25MP + 8MP + 5MP 24MP + 16MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 25MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR 16MP: F/1.7 Aperture, 24MP: F/1.7 Aperture, PDAF, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 25MP 24.0MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, HDR F/2.0 Aperture
Internal Memory 64 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot up to 512 GB up to 256 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM (Hybrid SIM slot)
Thickness 7.7 mm 7.55 mm
Weight 166 gm 188 gm
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3700 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 Yes
Other Battery Parameters N/A N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; Noise Filtration Samsung Pay; Bixby; NFC; ANT+ support; FM Recording; Noise Filtration; Dolby Atmos
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • 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
  • Overall, the One UI is definitely one of the better Android UIs around now, possibly behind only OnePlus's Oxygen OS
  • 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 very 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
  • Solid build quality
  • The Samsung Galaxy A8 Star sports a tall, 6.28-inch FHD+ (1080×2220 pixels) Super AMOLED Infinity display- the display is bright, the text looks sharp and sunlight legibility looks good too (viewing angles could be better though)
  • Additional options like a Blue light filter, and customisable font size and style, are good to have - you can also choose which apps you want to run in the 'full-screen' mode
  • Samsung Experience UI is one of the better Android UIs - it's not too heavy - and comes with useful software add-ons like 'Smart stay' (to keep the screen on while you are looking at it), Games Launcher, one-handed operation mode, Multi Window mode, 'Smart capture' (to capture the current screen and scrollable area), 'direct call' (to make a voice call by picking up and holding the device near your ear while viewing call, message, or contact details), 'Smart alert' (to set the device to alert you if you have missed calls or new messages when you pick up the device), 'Easy mute' (to mute incoming calls or alarms by using palm motions or facing the device’s screen downwards), 'Samsung Secure Folder' (that lets you save your personal data and information), and Bixby Assistant
  • Good, solid, snappy performance powered by Octa Core Snapdragon 660 - it never misses a beat, whatever you throw at it - having said that, it's still a notch below the Snapdragon 845 powered OnePlus 6
  • Decent dual rear camera setup - daylight shots are good and the camera captures a good amount of detail, creates really well-exposed photos with good dynamic range - the autofocus speeds are fast and accurate too - and macro shots are good as well - Dual-camera Live focus mode clearly blurs out the background - low light performance is ok too, though not exceptional
  • The 24MP front camera is decent too, and can also do software bokeh effects
  • Decent loudspeaker
  • Good call quality
  • Very good battery life - powered by a huge 3700mAh battery - in regular use, you can get approximately two days on a single charge
  • Fast charging support: it can charge from 0 to 50% in just 44 minutes and 0 to 100% takes 1 hour and 44 minutes using the bundled adaptive fast charger
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • 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
  • A bit on the bulky side
  • In absolute terms, the Samsung Galaxy A8 Star is a good all-round device, but it may find it difficult to compete against the reigning champions of this price range - OnePlus 6, and Asus Zenfone 5Z - that offer even better performance (with the Snapdragon 845), and better software
Expert Reviews
  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 »
  1. Other smartphones including OnePlus 6, and Asus Zenfone 5Z seem like a better deal
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
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