Hello! Today, we have the long-anticipated battle between the new Samsung Galaxy A30s and the bestselling Galaxy A50. Let’s try to find out whether it’s worth shelling out the dough for a more expensive model, or if there is no difference between them.
The all-new Samsung A-Series models are very similar. This is good for a cheap A10, but should not be liked by the owner of the A70 because it’s three times more expensive, but looks exactly the same.
Let’s move on to the competing models. They differ slightly in the shape of the drop-shaped cutout under the front camera. The screen sizes are the same – 6.4 inches. The frames around the edges of the screens are minimal. The chin is also not very large.
The arrangement of buttons and connectors is standard for the entire A-series. On the left is the tray for the SIM card and SD-flash drive, which can be installed in a separate slot. On the right are the volume rocker and the power button. On top is an additional noise reduction microphone. On the bottom, there is a USB Type-C connector, a speaker, a main microphone, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack.
On the rear panel, everything is also in the same place. In the upper left corner is a triple camera with flash. In the middle is a large inscription reading “Samsung”. There is a fingerprint scanner built into the screen.
The back panel of the A30s looks more interesting due to the iridescent prismatic pattern. The Galaxy A30s is available in green, purple, white, and black. The A50 is available in blue, white, black, and a rare coral color.
All A-series models look good. They are made of modern plastic with a glossy protective layer. This is such a mid-budget option. It most definitely isn’t glass, but it isn’t cheap plastic either. The coating is practical, and scratches are not very noticeable. But fingerprints are very obviously visible.
Both competing models feature 6.4-inch Super AMOLED displays. But the screen resolution is different. In A30s, it is 1560 by 720 pixels versus 2340 by 1080 pixels in the A50. Both displays have a good margin of brightness, rich colors, and large viewing angles. But the FULL HD + resolution of the older model allows you to achieve better detail, which with a large screen size is noticeable to the naked eye.
The Galaxy A50 has another significant advantage over the A30s – it’s the Always On Display feature, which allows you to display information on the screen when the phone is locked. It is not clear why Samsung removed this feature in the new A30s. After all, this is one of the advantages of using AMOLED displays. In terms of screen quality, the A50 is clearly superior to the A30s.
The Galaxy A30s and the A50 use the same software. They both use Android 9 with a proprietary Samsung shell, which is called One UI. It replaced Samsung Experience and is installed on all new devices, including flagships. This is a convenient modern launcher. It seems to me that this is the best user interface along with Xiaomi’s MIUI. I know they say you shouldn’t argue over tastes, but I’m very interested in which smartphone interface you like the most. Share your opinion in the comments below this video.
In One UI, I like the fact that everything is intuitive. There are wide possibilities for customization. The shell is not heavy and works reasonably well on weak processors, which is especially valuable for the Galaxy A30s, because the performance of the chipset leaves much to be desired. We’ll come back to smartphone performance a bit later. In the meantime, let’s talk about cameras.
The Samsung Galaxy A30s got the same main camera as the older Galaxy A50. There are three modules. The main one is a 25-megapixel Sony IMX576 sensor with aperture optics. The second module is an 8 megapixel wide-angle camera. The third camera is a 5 megapixel depth of field sensor.
The camera allows you to take good pictures. But this is clearly not a leader in its price range. For the budget A30s, shooting quality can be considered good. The camera shows accurate color reproduction and good auto-focus, but in the photos and videos, a wide dynamic range is felt. In addition, in low light, the detail drops sharply and there is too much noise.
The ultra-wide-angle module is quite common for budget smartphones. During the day, photos are more or less good,but they’re very bad at night. Geometric distortions are noticeable at any time of the day. The frame depth measuring module together with the software work clearly – I was pleased with the portrait mode with the bokeh effect.
The camera shoots movies well, although its maximum, Full HD at 30 frames per second, is not very impressive. Nevertheless, electronic stabilization works well, the image is not twitching, clear enough, and with good sound.
The front cameras in the two models are different. The Galaxy A30s has a 16 megapixel module with which you can get quite decent photos. On the A50, the camera uses a 25 megapixel module from Samsung. Selfies are very good. The dynamic range is even higher than the main camera, but sometimes the frame lacks sharpness. Background blur is most definitely present. Even in low light, you can get pretty decent shots. On the front camera, the Galaxy A50 is ahead of the A30s, though not by much.
The second major difference between these phones lies in their performance. The processor is the weak point of the new Galaxy A30s. It is equipped with the Samsung Exynos 7904, manufactured using 14-nanometer technology. With this processor, you can forget about heavy games in normal resolution. In less demanding applications, the smartphone works acceptably, but still – the device can not be called smart. Sometimes it becomes laggy.
The Galaxy A50 uses a more modern 10-nanometer Exynos 9610. This is a strong middle of the road processor. Of course, this smartphone cannot be called a gaming phone. When the most resource-intensive games are ran at maximum settings, it will not pull through. But in everyday use, users will not feel any problems with speed. Applications start quickly, and the interface works smoothly and clearly.
In the case of the Galaxy A30s, 3 or 4 gigabytes of RAM can be installed. As for the A50, 4 or 6 gigabytes can be installed. Permanent memory can be 64 or 128 gigabytes. The A30s, in a minimal configuration, can be equipped with 32 gigabytes of internal memory. Let me remind you that the memory can be expanded by installing the SD card in a separate slot along with two SIM cards.
So, in this round, the Samsung Galaxy A50 wins with a clear advantage.
The communication capabilities of both models are up to date. There is 4G on both SIM cards, there is bluetooth 5.0, and dual-band Wi-Fi. An NFC module is also in place, so there will be no problems making contactless payments. GPS and GLONASS are supported. Both models find satellites quickly and their geolocation is accurate.
Both models have the same 4000 mAh battery. This is a suitable capacity for a modern phone. Another plus is the use of energy-efficient AMOLED matrices. Therefore, the autonomy of both smartphones is very good. It is approximately the same for both models. The lower screen resolution on the Galaxy A30s is offset by the more energy-efficient processor on the Galaxy A50. The battery life is enough for a day, and with economical use it can last for a couple of days.
Both models support fast charging, but do not support wireless charging.
As always, before wrapping up the battle, we turn to the reviews. First, let’s go over what I didn’t like about these models.
Samsung Galaxy A30s
- The back cover is glossy and prone to scratches
- Low HD + screen resolution and lack of Always on Display
- Logs in the interface when you open standard applications
Samsung Galaxy A50
- Marked and slippery plastic case
- Bad sound from the speaker
- Slow fingerprint scanner
Samsung Galaxy A30s
- Original design; geometric gradient back
- Triple camera; high quality photos
- The ability to install additional memory in a separate slot
- A large battery that lasts for two days
Samsung Galaxy A50
- The modern design of the device; minimal frames and a small cutout on the screen
- Great AMOLED display with high resolution
- Good video quality
- NFC module and USB Type-C connector
Time to summarize the battle! The Samsung Galaxy A50 defeated the Galaxy A30s in two ways – it has a better screen and higher performance. With the release of new models with the letter “s” in the name, the price of old ones has decreased. Therefore, the choice when buying is obvious. There is still an A50 on sale, and they need to be taken. The new Galaxy A30s can be bought if the games are not important at all and you aren’t too critical of the screen. You will be able to find this model much cheaper than the cost of the A50.