Comments about Samsung Galaxy A50 SM-A505G 64GB 4GB RAM 25 MP 6.4" Factory Unlocked International Version- Black

Samsung Galaxy A50 SM-A505G 64GB 4GB RAM 25 MP 6.4 Factory Unlocked International Version- Black

The Samsung galaxy A50 is a complete device that provides for a onscreen fingerprint sensor along with the 6.4-inch (16.21 centimeters) super AMOLED - infinity u cut display, FHD+ resolution (2340 x 1080), 404 ppi with 16m colours and triple camera setup - 16mp (f1.9)+ 5mp (2.2) wide angle camera + 5mp (2.2) with flash and 25mp (f2.0) front facing camera. May come with foreign charger. charger may be foreign


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I picked this phone up to replace an aging OnePlus 3T and have been very pleased with it so far. I’ll run through a bit of my personal experience with it and some of the specs below.

As a quick note, I use it in the east Tennessee region of the United States on T-Mobile, so I’ll cover band support for those interested as well.

What’s included and ease of setup:
The phone came in genuine packaging which is easy to open. The package included the phone, a 3.5mm audio cable and ear buds, a USB-C charging cable and power brick (two-prong compatible with US outlets), SIM tray tool, 64GB microSD card, and a basic clear TPU case. The phone itself has a screen protector pre-applied, though it’s fairly flimsy and I immediately replaced it with a tempered glass protector. Instructions for multiple languages are included, though the box itself is in Spanish and English.

The phone is unlocked, so I was able to pop my SIM card and the included 64GB microSD card in and use them immediately with no additional hurdles.

Band support:
It was a bit hard to do research on this due to conflicting info online and the presence of different models with varying band support. What I know for sure is that it’s GSM only, meaning that in the US it will only work on carriers such as AT&T and T-Mobile. Based on the FCC certification test report for the model I purchased here (SM-A505G, FCC ID A3LSMA505G), it should support the following LTE bands: 2, 5, 12, 13, 26, 41, 66. On T-Mobile, that covers 4 of their 6 supported LTE bands (2, 5, 12, 66), assuming it’s accurate.

From my personal use, I haven't noticed any difference in signal quality or LTE support compared to my OnePlus 3T, which I know supports the proper bands. Internet speeds are just as fast as they were on the 3T (typically averaging about 60 Mbps down and 11 Mbps up) and I haven't had any trouble with call quality or drops.

Build quality:
The phone looks and feels like a premium offering. The body is an absolute fingerprint magnet, but it features a very attractive (and highly reflective) plastic shell that looks and feels like the glass shell you’d see on something from the Galaxy S series. Great to look at and feels good in the hand. It’s a bit on the larger side, so don’t buy it if you’re wanting something compact.

I’m not entirely sure what type of glass the screen of this phone uses. I’ve seen references to both Gorilla Glass 3 and 5 from different sources. Either way, I’ve already dropped it twice from about counter height onto a hard wood floor and haven’t broken it. To me, that’s a solid plus…though the case and tempered glass protector may have helped.

Wireless support:
This phone supports typical WiFi 802.11A/G/N/AC protocols. As a point of comparison, I’ve run speed tests on both my home PC (which is wired directly to the router) and the A50 on WiFi. On the PC, I typically see speeds in the 115 Mbps down/11 Mbps up range. This phone on WiFi averaged 112 Mbps down/11 Mbps up, so roughly the same speeds.

WiFi Calling is also supported, meaning you can make calls when connected to WiFi instead of using your mobile network. This is useful in areas where you have a WiFi connection but no mobile signal.

Performance and specifications:
The phone uses Samsung’s Exynos 9610 SoC and has 4GB of RAM. In practical terms, this translates to “it runs very smoothly for typical use”. The system UI is crisp and snappy with no notable input lag. The same can be said for web browsing and video streaming. I do notice a small bit of what seems to be input lag between the time I tap a number in my contacts to call and when the phone UI appears on screen, but that doesn’t affect the call itself.

The screen is vibrant and colorful. On full bright I have no trouble seeing clearly with the sun shining directly on it.

As for gaming, this is a mid-range chip, so you won’t be looking at flagship performance by any stretch of the imagination. However, the games and applications I've run on it have seemed to perform well. I don’t do a lot of gaming on my phone, so I’d recommend looking up some performance benchmarks if you want more information on that.

The version I bought has 64GB of storage, though I believe a variant with 128GB and 6GB of RAM also exists.

UI/Software:
The A505G comes with Android 9 Pie installed (running March 1 security patch level as of writing) and uses Samsung's "One UI" interface. This is a very clean and straight-forward interface, though it's a bit limited compared to stock Android. It does have some bloatware preinstalled (such as Facebook and LinkedIn) which cannot be fully removed without rooting the phone. Overall this seems to be fairly minimal, but it’s definitely a downside. It also includes multiple Samsung applications as well as their app and themes store which, again, can’t be removed.

Battery:
This phone is advertised as having a 4,000 mAh battery, though the actual rating is 3,900 mAh. According to AccuBattery averages I collected over a week, that 4,000 mAh figure has typically been accurate. I use the phone fairly heavily during the day at work (web browsing with adaptive brightness and mp3 playback primarily) and typically have anywhere from 50%-60% charge remaining when I get home in the evening. At full charge, AccuBattery estimates a little over 9 hours of charge with the screen on and over 20 hours with screen off. In standby, the battery can last around 3-4 days.

The fast charging feature with the included power brick can get it back up to full charge in about an hour if it’s very low. Due to lack of NFC support the phone doesn’t offer wireless charging, so keep that in mind. I haven’t tried running the screen on full bright for a day to see how that affects things, but I’d imagine it would significantly lower the battery life.

Camera:
To be honest, I don’t feel very qualified to really review this aspect. I don’t take a lot of pictures, so I can’t speak to how it compares to other phones on the market. Visually, the images appear crisper and more colorful than the camera in my 3T did. It has a little trouble focusing in low light, though. For my personal needs, the camera works well and looks good enough.

Security:
The phone offers the option to encrypt the contents of the SD card so that it can’t be read if removed. It also features multiple different methods of unlock: face recognition, an in-screen fingerprint reader, password and PIN.

The face recognition works well in light but is nearly useless in the dark. The in-screen fingerprint reader is a bit fiddly compared to the standard variety, requiring very precise thumb placement and is by no means a fast experience. It works well enough and I prefer it over having a dedicated reader on the rear of the phone, though your mileage may vary.

One absence I did note was the lack of individual app encryption. On the 3T I was able to set each app individually to use the fingerprint for unlocking from the phone settings. Some apps have this support natively and work the same on the A50, but I haven’t seen anything in the UI itself to suggest it supports this same functionality.

In conclusion:
To me, this is an excellent lower cost alternative to the skyrocketing prices of ‘flagship’ smartphones. It has enough horsepower to do the tasks that average users will want without any hiccups and a battery that will get you through the whole day. I was a bit iffy due to the question of 4G LTE band support, but I’ve ultimately been happy with my purchase.

This phone is amazing and better than many apple devices and cost just a fraction of money compared with iPhones. This phone make iPhones look old and overvalue.

IN ALL, THIS PHONE AND SELLER IS THE BOMB. I got this for myself for a gift FOR MYSELF, lol, as my 14th birthday is coming up and I was skeptical about it at first. I knew that Samsung released the A Series for MID RANGE PHONES but for $283.00, this phone is GUCCI, like it's working good and it is a value for money. I replaced my phone SamsungJ3 2016 and this phone is LIT. The battery is long lasting, the camera quality is super good for its price, BIG SCREEN, and the holo effect at the back of the phone is THE BOMB. To me, the phone is not light weight at all, it is a bit heavier IN MY OPINION, lol. It works for Cricket Wireless and is easy to set up. Comes with everything too, and I chose Standard Shipping, and it came literally after 3 days of ordering, fast shipping y'all. Comes with the ejector pin, clear jelly case THAT IS HIDDEN IN THE BOX, THE TOP BOX, the manual chi chi, Samsung earphones, the type C cable, the charger, and the phone itself. And a disclaimer, the finger print sensor is a bit of a hassle, it takes about more than 5 seconds fot me, so idk. That is why I just chose the PIN and the Face Recognition for the lock screen as it works in a speed of a lightning. In all, this phone is GUCCI and y'all should buy it. :))))))

Good phone, unlocked. Works with brazilian network providers.

I was a little hesitant since this phone is yet available in the US. It came in today and I'm super impressed already. My previous phone was a Samsung also and a notification came up to transfer data from my other device. My wallpaper automatically loaded and my most used apps. I have not had any issues with calls, texts, etc. I did have to go to att to get a new SIM card, the rep who helped was super impressed with the phone, as he had not seen one yet. I saw a review that said group messaging is not available, but that is incorrect. You have to go into settings and turn it on.

Had the phone for about a week now and i'am very impressed. Very smooth interface, sleek design, great screen resolution, good for gaming (plays PUBG on high settings) and huge battery. This version has 64 GB of on on-board storage and comes with a 64 GB SD card in the box! Only complaint i have about this phone is the on screen fingerprint sensor. While still a cool feature, its does not work all the time and its slow.

The Galaxy A50 is the first phone I've ever bought unlocked. I've had it for over a month now and I feel I can safely say that this really is an incredible phone for the price point.

Its battery is the best thing about it, and it's actually why I bought the phone. It always lasts the entire day with heavy usage AND GPS on, will probably last you two if you don't use it very often throughout the way. Full marks.
I'm on AT&T's network and there's been absolutely no reception issues in Texas. Can't say for anywhere else but I assume it's still good.
The speaker volume is very good and the phone even came pre-installed with a screen protector, which is awesome. (And a microSD card!)
I can't say much for its gaming performance. Not because it's bad, but rather, I hardly play games on my phone to properly give an opinion. Seemed solid with Minecraft though.
And although it may not serve much use in the US, its radio feature is actually very cool. I love that.
This may be a hot take, especially considering others' reviews of it, but the in-screen fingerprint reader is not half bad. It's definitely not as lenient as you would hope, but if you can learn to scan your finger in a consistent angle, it's acceptable.

The camera's the worst part about the phone, but I feel the default Samsung Camera app does it even more injustice. For video capture, stabilization is always on so you have a large feeling of delay when you capture video. Some aspect ratios aren't available, and video framerate options are nowhere to be seen. Additionally, while the camera supports the Camera2 API, those features are stripped from Pro mode. A workaround I now use is downloading Open Camera off the Play Store and enabling Camera2 features.

All that aside though, the camera still offers interesting and fun shots to take. It really should be fine for people who aren't power users. It's good enough.

Another minor inconvenience is that the phone lacks Smart Capture entirely, for whatever reason. I had to download Screen Master as a replacement ... which seems to do fine as is, so it's not a big deal.

One last thing is that I notice my touches stick when I type too fast, resulting in accidental swipe text input. I don't know if that's a global thing or if that's just some sort of unfortunate issue I have. This never happened with my S7. I just remedy it by typing slower.

Overall though? This is a really good phone. It's exceeded my expectations in several areas. :)

PS. Attached images are shots I've taken with the camera. Aside from resolution shrinking (for bandwidth's sake) and captions, these are unedited.

First, I ordered a galaxy a50F version which didn’t work well with MetroPCS but this one, a505G works great. Text call and data and perfectly working. Fingerprint is kind of hard to read but it’s okay. Volume is good . IT ALSO COMES WITH A FREE 64GB SD CARD.

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This is worth it. It's a 750$ phone priced under 300$. This is a smartphone that you'll get the most out of your money from. Trust me when I say this, only thing bad is the fingerprint scanner, no NFC, and no water resistance. But you're not buying this phone for those aspects. You're buying it for the resolution, performance, etc. Long story short, this is the best value you can get out of your money. Buy it.

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