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Galaxy A50 vs. Galaxy S10e: Which Budget Samsung Phone to Buy

by Feritter Owich
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The Samsung Galaxy A50 gives you a major price break from the high-end Galaxy S10 handsets, yet more functionality than the Galaxy A10, Galaxy 20 and Galaxy A30.

Back in February when Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S10 lineup, the Galaxy S10e, which skipped some of the flashier features of the other S10 models, like an in-display fingerprint sensor and third rear camera lens, cost $150 less than the regular Galaxy S10.

But in April Samsung rolled out the Galaxy A series midrange Android phones, the A20, A30, and A50. The A50 makes a few more concessions on some features; a slower processor, no wireless charging, in exchange for an even lower price. At Kes. 30,000, the Galaxy A50 has a price tag that’s less than half of what you’d pay for a Galaxy S10e.

Here is how the two smartphones compare in a chart.

Galaxy A50 vs. Galaxy S10e: Specs

Galaxy A50 Galaxy S10e
Price Kes. 30,000 Kes. 78,000
Screen (Resolution) 6.4-inch Super AMOLED(2340 x 1080) 5.8-inch Dynamic AMOLED (2160 x 1080)
CPU Exynos 9610 Snapdragon 855
RAM 4GB 6GB, 8GB
Storage 64GB 128GB, 256GB
MicroSD Yes Yes
Rear Camera 25-MP main (f/1.7),
8-MP wide (f/2.2),
5-MP depth (f/2.2)
16-MP ultrawide (f/2.2), 12-MP
dual-pixel wide (f/1.5, f/2.4)
Front Camera 25 MP (f/2.0) 10 MP (f/1.9)
Battery Size 4,000 mAh 3,100 mAh
Size 6.2 x 2.9 x 0.3 inches 5.6 x 2.75 x 0.3 inches
Weight 5.86 ounces 5.29 ounces

Design and display

The Galaxy S10e was among the first phones to feature Samsung’s Infinity-O display, where the front camera is housed inside a punch-hole cutout. The Galaxy A50 comes with an Infinity-U display having the camera is inside a teardrop-style notch in the center of the screen.

The Galaxy S10e offers a 5.8-inch screen, making it a good choice if you’re a fan of small phones, whereas the A50 goes big, with a 6.4-inch display. Both phones use OLED panels and offer Full HD+ resolution. The S10e features a sturdier version of Corning’s Gorilla Glass, Gorilla Glass 5 while there’s Gorilla Glass 3 on the A50.

Performance

A major selling point for the Galaxy S10e is the fact that, while it may be the least expensive Galaxy S10 model, it runs on the same top-of-the-line Snapdragon 855 processor. Even though you’re paying less for the S10e than you would for the Galaxy S10 or S10 Plus, you can expect comparable performance.

The Galaxy A50 runs on Samsung’s in-house Exynos 9610 chipset. That’s a midtier processor, roughly equivalent to the Snapdragon 670.

Cameras

In this day and age, the formula for smartphones has become that the cheaper the phone, the fewer the cameras. The Galaxy S10e has just two rear lenses; a 12-megapixel, dual-pixel main camera, and a 16-MP ultrawide shooter. The S10 and S10 Plus include a third camera, a telephoto lens.

Although this formula is not the case for the Galaxy A50. It features three rear cameras, with a 25-MP main lens topped up by an 8-MP, wide-angle shooter and a 5-MP depth sensor which helps with portrait shots.

Additionally, the Galaxy A50 adopts a feature found on the Galaxy S10 series: a Scene Optimizer that turns to artificial intelligence to recognize what it is you’re shooting and adjusts camera settings on the fly for the best possible shot. The A50 can recognize 20 different scenes but the s10e can recognize more.

At the front, the S10e and A50 both offer single selfie cameras. A 10-MP camera on the S10e and a 25-MP lens on the A50.

Battery

This is one area where the Galaxy A50 could surpass the Samsung Galaxy S10e. The A50 has a 4,000-mAh power pack while the Galaxy S10e uses a 3,100-mAh battery.

Both smartphones offer fast-charging features but there’s no support for wireless charging on the A50 like there is on the Galaxy S10e. The S10e also supports Wireless PowerShare, where you can charge other Qi-enabled devices when you put them on the back of the Galaxy S10e.

Software and special features

Another big difference between the two Samsung phones is in how they are unlocked. The Galaxy S10e relies on a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, but the Galaxy A50 offers an optical in-display sensor like the other S10 models.

The Galaxy A50 features the same One UI interface Samsung introduced with the S10 lineup and it also includes the Bixby digital assistant.

Price and availability

There’s no debate on this one as the Galaxy A50 has the S10e beat on price, the S10e gives you more options, in addition to the 128GB model, you can pay an extra $100 to double the storage to 256GB, and you get 8GB of memory as part of the bargain. The Galaxy A50 comes in a lone 64GB version with 4GB of RAM.

The Galaxy S10e is available for about Kes. 78,000, but can be purchased at a cheaper rate at select retailers online, while the A50 retails at Kes. 30,000.

Why is Samsung Galaxy S10e better than Samsung Galaxy A50?

  • 12.82% faster CPU speed
    2 x 2.7GHz & 2 x 2.3GHz & 4 x 1.9GHzvs4 x 2.3 & 4 x 1.6GHz
  • 8.68% higher pixel density – 438ppi vs 403ppi
  • Is dustproof and water resistant
  • Has built-in optical image stabilization
  • Has stereo speakers
  • 3.33x faster downloads – 2000MBits/s vs 600MBits/s
  • 16g lighter – 150gvs166g
  • 2x better video recording quality (main camera) – 2160 x 60fpsvs2160 x 30fps

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