Our Opinion

The Vivo V15 Pro (6GB RAM) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A50 (6GB RAM), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Vivo V15 Pro (6GB RAM)!

Samsung Galaxy A50 (6GB RAM)  Vivo V15 Pro (6GB RAM) 
Samsung Galaxy A50 Vivo V15 Pro
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Excellence Score
44.7
56.4
Value for Money Score
73.8
77.8
Price ₹ 16,990 onwards ₹ 20,200 onwards
Launch Date (India) Mar, 2019 Feb, 2019
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version Android 9.0 PieExpected update to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.39 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2316 pixels (~ 400 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, FullView Display, 2.5D Curved Glass
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9610Ranked #24 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 675Ranked #18 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 612
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
Primary Camera 25MP + 8MP + 5MP 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (Full HD) 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 48MP: PDAF, 5MP: F/2.4 Aperture; Depth Sensor, HDR, Panorama
Secondary Camera 25MP 32MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, Pop-up camera, HDR
Internal Memory 64 GB 128 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mm 8.21 mm
Weight 166 gm 185 gm
Width 74.7 mm 74.7 mm
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 Support Yes, 15W Fast Charging Yes, Dual-Engine Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15W Fast Charger 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]
  • 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
  • Eye-catching, attractive design, like a lot of recent Vivo and Oppo phones - the back of the phone is all sorts of interesting, with gradient style colorways - it’s definitely going to turn heads
  • On the front, the phone is all screen - and looks really damn good - it's an expansive viewing field that is as close to the concept of all-screen devices as we’ve gotten to so far
  • This is not a small phone, but the gently curved edges and back make it very comfortable to hold - Vivo has also done a really good job with weight distribution, and the phone nestles very easily in the palm of your hand
  • There’s a direct shortcut for Google Assistant on the left side of the phone - double clicking the button activates Google Lens or Vivo’s own Jovi image recognition
  • The in-display fingerprint scanner works perfectly well
  • There's also perfectly capable face recognition that uses the unique pop-up selfie camera (takes less than half a second to pop-out)
  • The large, vibrant, 6.23 inch display Super AMOLED display of course stands out - the screen is nice and sharp with crisp text rendering - it's also excellent for media consumption, with no notch to disrupt a clean experience - it also gets sufficiently bright for outdoor use in direct sunlight
  • On it's own, FunTouch OS UI is pretty functional, customizable, and smooth
  • The Snapdragon 675 is a pretty good performer, just a notch below the 710 is real life use cases - navigating through the interface and jumping between apps is very smooth, and playing games like PUBG is also a very enjoyable experience (even with graphics set to high)
  • Pretty decent set of rear cameras - especially in day light - the Vivo V15 Pro has three different rear camera modules - there’s a 5MP depth-sensing camera, an 8MP wide-angle sensor and of course a 48MP primary camera - while you can shoot full resolution, 48MP, shots from the camera, it works best when pixel-binned to 12MP
  • Particularly useful is the ultra wide lens - which gives a really nice way to get a very different perspective
  • Very good popup selfie camera - that pops out in under half a second - and produces some good quality images in most lighting conditions - there's also a very powerful beauty mode, if you are into that sort of stuff - overall, as far as selfie cameras go, this is one of the best, not just in this price range, but on any smartphone
  • Good battery life with a 3700mAh battery -with moderate use the phone can give you up to 1.5 days
  • Supports fast charging with Vivo’s “Dual Engine” charging - you get a 25 percent charge in 15 minutes - and a full charge in about 1 and a half hours
  • Overall, the V15 Pro is another great, innovative device from the Vivo camp - you can go for it if you want a good balance between performance and design, and an amazing, true 'full screen' display - if on the other hand you are looking for the best rear camera experience or the best performance - look instead at the Poco F1, OnePlus 6T and Honor View 20
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
  • The volume rocker is a little bit too high up, sometimes requiring a little shimmy to reach
  • The location of the fingerprint touchpoint for the in-display scanner is a little too low on the screen and you might find yourself having to bend your thumb over a bit too much to unlock the phone
  • Coming as the the Vivo V15 Pro does with a glass back, the usual caveats apply - the phone is slippery, and is nearly impossible to keep the back clean of fingerprints and smudges (having said that, Vivo is throwing a well-designed case in the box, which takes care of these issues)
  • The lack of Widewine L1 certification means that the phone can’t stream HD videos on Netflix or Amazon (they will stream at 540p resolution)
  • It is still pretty much a clone of iOS though - and that might not be everyone's cup of tea
  • It also packs a bunch of bloatware (mostly un-installable, thankfully)
  • It's also somewhat buggy at places - for instance the aggressive battery management means that it sometimes force closes apps unexpectedly
  • It does get slightly warm though, when put under heavy continuous load
  • Sound quality during video recording is pretty average
  • Overall, the rear cameras are good, but they are still a notch below the top competitors - the Pocophone, Honor View 20 and OnePlus 6T (on the other hand, the front camera of the V15 Pro is arguably better than that of these three)
  • Uses the old microUSB standard, instead of the modern USB-C
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. Strongly depends on its unique features in the price range
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Might not be the best choice for everyone, but it does stand out with its design and innovations
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. The Honor View 20 and OnePlus 6T is probably still a better value overall because they have a more premium build and chipset, but the V15 Pro has a totally uninterrupted display and the best selfie camera of the three
    forbes.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Vivo has created an impressive package with the performance to back the design up
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  5. Looks pretty damn amazing, and the expansive display is gorgeous for heavy multimedia consumers...but if you’re always trying out the next high-end smartphone game, the Snapdragon 675 chipset might seem a bit limiting
    androidauthority.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. Lives up to the hype...ticks all the major points
    ibtimes.co.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. Brings high-end features down to a mid-range package...one of the best options in its segment
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Innovative but far from great
    expertreviews.co.uk in-depth Read Review »
  9. If you are considering a device with new innovations, then Vivo V15 Pro is a good option
    themobileindian.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. If style matters to you, the Vivo V15 Pro offers a lot of style
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  11. You get a great design and camera, but the UI is lacking
    firstpost.com in-depth Read Review »
  12. fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  13. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  14. beebom.com hands-on Read Review »
  15. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
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