Our Opinion

The Samsung Galaxy A50s (6GB RAM) is a significantly better phone than the Samsung Galaxy A9 (6GB RAM, 2018), and is also significantly better value for money. What should you buy? Go for the Samsung Galaxy A50s (6GB RAM)!

Samsung Galaxy A50s (6GB RAM)  Samsung Galaxy A9 (6GB RAM, 2018) 
Samsung Galaxy A50s Samsung Galaxy A9
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Excellence Score
38.2
30.7
Value for Money Score
61.1
39.4
Price ₹ 22,323 onwards ₹ 36,990 onwards
Launch Date (India) Sep, 2019 Nov, 2018
Expected Launch Date N/A N/A
Smartphone OS Android 9.0 Pie, Upgradeable to Android 10Expected update to next Android version Android 8.0 Oreo, Upgradeable to Android 10Low likelihood of getting updated to next Android version
Touchscreen Yes (Capacitive) Yes (Capacitive)
Screen Size 6.4 inches 6.3 inches
Screen Resolution 1080x2340 pixels (~ 403 pixels per inch) 1080x2220 pixels (~ 392 pixels per inch)
Tall Aspect Ratio / Minimal Bezels Yes Yes
Scratch Resistant Display Yes Yes, Gorilla Glass 6
Display Type AMOLED AMOLED
Screen Refresh Rate 60 HzStandard 60 HzStandard
Display Features Super AMOLED 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 9611Ranked #33 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks Qualcomm Snapdragon 660Ranked #43 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPU Mali-G72 MP3 Adreno 512
RAM 6 GB 6 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 24MP + 10MP + 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: 2160p@30fps; 1080p@30fps 24MP: F/1.7 Aperture; PDAF, 8MP: F/2.4 Aperture; 12mm Focal Length (ultrawide), 10MP: F/2.4 Aperture; (telephoto); 2x Optical Zoom, 5MP: F/2.2 Aperture; Depth Sensor, Panorama, HDR
Secondary Camera 32MP 24MP
Secondary Camera Features F/2.0 Aperture, 25mm Focal Length, HDR F/2.0 Aperture, HDR
Internal Memory 128 GB 128 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
Dual SIM GSM+GSM GSM+GSM
Thickness 7.7 mmMedium 7.8 mmMedium
Weight 166 gmMedium 183 gmMedium
Width 74.5 mmOk for one-handed use 77.0 mmInconvenient for one-handed use
Audio Output 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack
Water Resistant
Battery Capacity 4000 mAh 3800 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 23.00 hrs
Fast Charging Support Yes, 15W Fast Charging Yes
Included Fast Charger Yes, 15.0W Fast Charger Yes
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 Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 13 hrs, Internet Usage Time (4G): upto 15 hrs, Internet Usage Time (3G): upto 15 hrs, Video Playback Time: upto 19 hrs, Audio Playback Time: upto 59 hrs, Audio Playback Time (Always-On-Display Off): upto 112 hrs
Fingerprint sensor Yes Yes
Other Features In-display Fingerprint Sensor; NFC; ANT+; Noise Filtration NFC; ANT+ Support; 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
  • Attractive taffy-inspired colors, and a premium glass design
  • Immaculate 6.3inch FullHD+ Super AMOLED display - it is super bright, very rich when it comes to colors, vibrant, and has a good contrast -Colors, whether natural or artificially enhanced, pop out – thus, laying out a dramatic and vivid picture - watching videos, reading text - everything is a pleasant experience
  • The display, being an AMOLED, also supports 'always-on' feature
  • Overall, this is one of the best displays you will get on a smartphone under Rs. 40k
  • Samsung Experience UI is a decent, polished Android UI
  • Solid mid-range performance with the Snapdragon 660 - which means that everything except high-end games runs butter smooth
  • This is the world's first mainstream phone to pack 4 cameras on the rear - the quad camera comprises a 24-megapixel primary sensor with f/1.7 sensor aimed at providing ample muscle power for night light shots, a 10-megapixel telephoto sensor for 2x zoom, an 8-megapixel ultra-wide sensor for a 120-degree field of view, and lastly a 5-megapixel sensor for sensing depth to render images with bokeh effects
  • Out of these, the wide-angle sensor is actually pretty good - and is a useful power tool to have to capture wide shots
  • The included set of in-ear style earphones are pretty good in terms of clarity and a good amount of isolation
  • The Galaxy A9’s solo speaker too seems very powerful and punchy (although there is not much bass)
  • Dolby Sound support
  • Very good battery life with a 3800mAh battery - will comfortably last the day even with heavy use
  • Fast charging support - takes 1 hour 25 minutes to go from 10% battery to 100% battery - it's not mind blowing, but it's good
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
  • Feel slightly hefty and using it would be a two-hand affair if you have small or medium-sized hands
  • The left side features a dedicated button for Bixby (Samsung's AI assistant), which still has a very limited use case
  • The fingerprint scanner on the back feels cramped and is not fast at all - further, the slow wake up animation don't åhelp the cause
  • The Face unlocking, too, misses the mark here with very slow performance and high dependency on a bright light source.
  • Like most custom UIs though, it has plenty of bloatware, and is not as simple and minimalistic as a stock Android interface
  • The issue though is that, at this price, other competitors come with flagship chipsets (Snapdragon 845) that leave the Galaxy A9 far behind - the Snapdragon 660 is now a more mid-range chipset, available at as low as Rs. 15k price ranges
  • You will see the difference mostly in games like PUBG Mobile, Asphalt 9, and Mortal Kombat X
  • Overall though, the cameras are a complete let-down especially given all the hype - they are just ok - and you can certainly get better camera performance in this price bracket
  • Generally, the cameras tend to fall flat in terms of details, especially when the object is too close or too far
  • When there’s low light, the smartphone again struggles to capture details, especially when the object is moving, the saturation is overblown, and the smartphone often fails at retaining ample light in the image
  • Portrait mode shots are also not very impressive - edge detection is not the best in class
  • The front camera is average too
  • In the portrait mode on the front camera, the phone can struggle to detect edges cleanly - and there is an over-smoothening of images
  • Video recording is average too, and EIS only works upto Full HD resolution
  • If you are a multimedia/video centric consumer and a loyal Samsung fan, you may want to consider the Galaxy A9 (2018) because of it's good display and audio chops - but for all other users, you will find much better value elsewhere - in phones like the OnePlus 6T (much better performance, better cameras, stock-like Android), or the Pixel 2/XL (again better performance, much better cameras, and stock Android) - you can also look at much cheaper phones like the Poco F1 and get much better value
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. If you are after taking nice pictures with your phone regardless of the number of cameras it has - well, there are better options out there
    gsmarena.com in-depth Read Review »
  2. Seriously, Samsung? Seriously?! Is this really the best you can come up to rival OnePlus, Pocophone, Honor and all the rest?
    phonearena.com in-depth Read Review »
  3. Does not live up to the hype
    beebom.com in-depth Read Review »
  4. Samsung is trying to take on the OnePlus 6T, and that doesn't quite work out in its favour
    gadgets.ndtv.com in-depth Read Review »
  5. This might not be a heavily spec’d smartphone to beat the competition, but the four cameras and a great design still make it a worthy contender
    bgr.in in-depth Read Review »
  6. If you are thinking of buying the Samsung Galaxy A9 purely for photography purposes, caught up by the hype, we would suggest holding off
    news18.com in-depth Read Review »
  7. A good attempt by Samsung to bring some new flavour to its mid-range line
    indiatoday.in in-depth Read Review »
  8. stuff.tv in-depth Read Review »
  9. techradar.com hands-on Read Review »
  10. digitaltrends.com hands-on Read Review »
  11. trustedreviews.com hands-on Read Review »
  12. hindustantimes.com hands-on Read Review »
  13. alphr.com hands-on Read Review »
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