Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy M21 (4GB RAM, 64GB) is a slightly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A50s (4GB RAM), and is also slightly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy M21 (4GB RAM, 64GB)!

Samsung Galaxy A50s (4GB RAM)  Samsung Galaxy M21 (4GB RAM, 64GB) 
Samsung Galaxy A50s Samsung Galaxy M21
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Excellence Score
32.8
34.1
Value for Money Score
72.3
76.9
Price ₹ 12,994 onwards ₹ 12,499 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Mar, 2020
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 10Expected 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 Yes, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super AMOLED Super AMOLED
Full Physical QWERTY Keypad
Processor 2.3 GHz 2.3 GHz
Processor Type Octa Core Octa Core
Processor Name Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Samsung Exynos 9611Ranked #37 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Mali-G72 MP3
RAM 4 GB 4 GB
3G Yes Yes
4G Yes Yes
5G
VoLTE Yes Yes
WiFi Yes Yes
VoWiFi/WiFi-Calling Yes Yes
GPS Yes Yes
Bluetooth Yes Yes
Connecting Port USB-C USB-C
Primary Camera 48MP + 8MP + 5MP 48MP + 8MP + 5MP
Camera Auto-Focus Yes Yes
Camera Flash Yes Yes
HD Video Recording Yes (4K) Yes (4K)
Other Camera Features 48MP: F/2.0 Aperture; 1/2" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.2 Aperture; 13mm Focal Length; Ultrawide Lens, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected] 48MP: f/2.0 aperture; 26mm Focal Length; 1/2.0" Sensor Size; 0.8um Pixel Size; PDAF, 8MP: f/2.2 aperture; 12mm Focal Length; Ultra-wide; 1/4.0" Sensor Size; 1.12um Pixel Size, 5MP: f/2.2 aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR, Video: [email protected]; [email protected]; EIS
Secondary Camera 32MP 20MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 25mm Focal Length, HDR f/2.0 aperture, 26mm Focal Length, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 64 GB
Expandable Memory Slot Yes, up to 512 GB Yes, up to 512 GB
Contacts Storage Unlimited Unlimited
SMS Storage Unlimited Unlimited
Music Player Yes Yes
FM Radio Yes Yes (Wireless)
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mmMedium 8.9 mmMedium
Weight 166 gmMedium 188 gmMedium
Width 74.5 mmOk for one-handed use 75.1 mmOk for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 6000 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, 15W Fast Charging
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger
Other Battery Parameters Internet Usage Time (4G): Upto 14 hrs, Internet Usage Time (WiFi): Upto 15 hrs, Video Playback Time: Upto 20 hrs, Audio Playback Time: Upto 92 hrs, Talktime (4G): Upto 32 hrs N/A
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; NFC; ANT+; Noise Filtration Noise Filtration
2-minute Review [Positives]
  • Looks slick, and reflects off the same iridescent rainbow-like effects at the back as the Samsung Galaxy A50 when caught against light, only this one, comes with a prism-like pattern that Samsung calls a “3D prism design” - it's a head-turner no doubt
  • And while the Samsung Galaxy A50s bears a polycarbonate body, it doesn’t look cheap and sports a very premium “glassy” look overall
  • On the front is a sharp, modern panel with slim-bezels, and a U-shaped notch design (similar to Galaxy A50)
  • Facial recognition to unlock your phone works well
  • Beautiful 6.4-inch Full HD+ Infinity-U Super AMOLED display with a high 91.6% screen-to-body ratio, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for protection
  • The screen looks sharp and bright, and being an AMOLED display, you will get deep black and vivid colors - sunlight legibility is also pretty good
  • Samsung's One UI is now one of the better, more clean and streamlined Android UIs around, and is well optimised for modern large displays (like this one)
  • Samsung has also added a Game Booster tool to the A50s to offer a better gaming experience
  • Other features include an intuitive gesture-based navigation system, and an option to wake up Bixby using the power button
  • Solid mid-range performance with the robust Samsung Exynos 9611 SoC (similar to Snapdragon 660 and Exynos 9610) - the experience is pleasant and smooth throughout including with games like PUBG Mobile and Asphalt 9
  • Good thermal management too - the phone doesn't warm up quickly despite extended game play
  • Decent set of triple rear cameras for the price bracket - a 48MP primary camera with an f/2.0 aperture
  • a second 5MP depth camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a third 8MP ultra-wide lens
  • The quality of the pictures from the primary camera is quite good during daylight and outdoors - the A50s handles high-contrast scenes well and adds the right amount of detail and vibrance
  • Night mode works reasonably ok for low-light situations and doesn’t add unnatural exposure to the scene
  • Portrait mode ("Live focus") works well too especially when capturing outdoor daylight scenes
  • Decent video recording performance with a dedicated 'super steady' mode which allows you to shoot decent “action” videos
  • Decent 32MP selfie camera - in daylight outdoor lighting, selfies clicked turn out quite clear (not so much is low-light though)
  • Overall, this is a fairly good camera setup for this price bracket (though not quite up to the level of the category leaders)
  • Very good battery life with a 4000mAh battery - you will get about 1.5 days of use
  • Decent looks and build quality - very similar to the Samsung Galaxy M31, with a a unibody polycarbonate design, and glossy finish on the back panel - the only major difference is the camera module which houses a triple rear camera
  • The plastic body keeps the phone feeling relatively lightweight at 188 grams, which is mighty impressive for a phone packing a big 6000 mAh battery
  • It also feels great to hold with a seamless curved panel that meets the display up front
  • Modern, Infinity-U front - bezels around the screen are slim, except for a slightly thick chin - you still get around 90 per cent screen-to-body ratio, which is great
  • Fingerprint sensor at the back is easy to reach and work very well
  • Gorgeous, 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display with excellent viewing angles, and brightness levels - easily one of the best displays in the price bracket
  • It also comes with "Widevine L1" certification, which helps stream content in crisp HD resolution
  • Blacks are deep on the AMOLED display, which looks good with Night mode enabled
  • Samsung's OneUI is today one of the more clean, refined Android UIs that's especially well optimised for large displays like this
  • One UI also brings in other useful stuff, like a System-wide Dark mode (which turns the background completely black, and looks great on the M21's AMOLED display), and Always On Display option
  • Decent performance with the Exynos 9611 at the core (similar to Snapdragon 665) - the device is fairly quick to load up apps - multitasking is a breeze
  • Decent triple rear camera setup - a 48MP primary snapper, an 8MP ultra-wide lens and a 5MP depth sensor
  • In broad daylight, you'll get consistent, crispy shots with decent dynamic range and sharpness levels are respectable with the primary lens
  • The ultra-wide sensor, like on any budget phone, is a good addition - it takes social media-worthy images in great lighting conditions (in low-light, the quality dips and pictures look grainy and noisy, wide-angle shots also have barrel distortion at the edges)
  • Live Focus shots are quite good and the camera app does give you the option to set the level of blur before taking a shot - edge detection is very good and the Galaxy M21 does a good job of separating the subject from the background
  • The 20MP selfie camera is quite good and takes detailed selfies (though, in low light, the quality goes down a notch and results are grainy)
  • Monster 6000 mAh battery delivers an incredible 2-3 days of usage easily, making for one of the largest battery life smartphones currently available
  • Supports 15W fast charging
  • If you're someone who consumes a lot of content on their phone, the Galaxy M21 is a good phone for you, it has great AMOLED display, outstanding battery backup that will last you for days
2-minute Review [Negatives]
  • The fingerprint sensor that sits beneath the display, is a tad bit slow
  • The phone is a smudge-magnet, relatively easy to scratch, and also slippery (so you will want to use a case)
  • This is however not the best performing phone in this price bracket - you will get better CPUs and stronger performance from Xiaomi and Realme phones
  • The camera app is a little bit slow to launch and there is a small shutter lag when capturing photos
  • As is right now the case with most mid-range phones, the wide-angle camera’s photos look fairly distorted, and details are soft
  • Low light performance could have been better, across the board
  • Volume levels of the speaker are a bit on the low side and could have been better - it's a little difficult to hear audio outdoors in a noisy environment
  • Although the phone supports 15W fast charging, but it only includes a 10W standard (non fast) charger - it takes over 3 hours for A50s to go from 0% to 100%
  • On the whole, the A50s, while a pretty decent phone by itself, will find the competition much more intense (than what its predecessor A50 faced) - unless you are a Samsung loyalist, you will want to look at the competition especially from the likes of Realme and Xiaomi
  • The power button and volumes are quite flush with the frame which means they lack that tactile, clicky feel
  • Design feels a bit dated and underwhelming, there is no spark in Galaxy M21's design as we see in other brand's phones like Xiaomi and Realme
  • However, this is an old chipset and heavy gaming isn't best on this phone - the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Realme 6 are much better options that will handle gaming better than the Galaxy M21
  • Photos taken in low-light are average - focusing gets worse in low light and the extreme noise-correction makes images look like water paintings
  • Overall, the cameras on the M21 are decent, but there are better cameras available in this price bracket, including the Galaxy M31, which is just a tad bit pricier
  • Samsung Galaxy M11 falls behind in fast charging as competitors are offering close to 30W fast charging, the 15W on M21 feels low
  • Having said that, the Redmi Note 9 Pro and the Realme 6 will still offer you more bang for your buck, overall and when it comes to intensive tasks like gaming, you’ll be better off choosing the Realme 6 or the Redmi Note 8 Pro that are probably the best phones for gaming in this segment
Expert Reviews
  1. Two steps forward, One step backward
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. One of the best mid-range Samsung phones yet
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. Not a bad phone....but competition like Redmi K20, Nokia 7.2 will make it harder to stand out
    indianexpress.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Experience with the Galaxy A50s is a mixed bag
    hindustantimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. A pretty attractive phone...but it becomes difficult to blindly suggest it, especially for its performance, given the competition (Realme XT, Redmi K20 Pro)
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. Given its performance and pricing, and, of course, its considerable brand equity, Samsung could have another bestseller on its hands here
    techpp.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. The A50, but with a better camera
    deccanchronicle.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. Comes with its own set of hits and misses...but is still one of the better midrangers Samsung has made till date
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. A good offering in the mid-range segment but faces a tough competition from rivals
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  11. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. themobileindian.com hands-on Read Review »
  1. All the battery life you need
    fonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Big battery and display at an affordable price
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  3. A good option if you are out in the market looking for a capable smartphone that is not Xiaomi or Realme
    business-standard.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. A Phone That Caters Best To Video Content Consumers
    in.mashable.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. Sharp display, good cameras, decent performance and an amazing battery life, though the Galaxy M31 is better
    zeebiz.com in-depth Read Review »
  6. bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  7. economictimes.indiatimes.com in-depth Read Review »
  8. news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  9. gadgetsnow.com in-depth Read Review »
  10. gsmarena.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. ibtimes.co.in hands-on Read Review »
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