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Huawei P30 Lite vs Samsung Galaxy A50: Which Should You Choose?

author Luis Silva (March 2020 Updated: August 2021 - 6 min. reading time)

The price of the P30 Lite isn't that much higher, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It has better cameras, a glass back, and more internal storage (128GB vs. 64GB). But the Galaxy A50 brings a better display.

Anything else?

The Galaxy A50 also brings an AMOLED, Always-On, larger (+0.3") display, and Bluetooth 5.

Having said that, none of them truly stood out because they ended up with similar scores.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're going off-contract, it should be about $15 more expensive.

Is it still worth buying the P30 Lite in 2021?

Do consider not getting the P30 Lite in 2021. It's losing its security updates, and the Galaxy S20 FE is an overall better phone, for example, because then you'll get better performance, better cameras, more security updates, faster charging, more RAM, an AMOLED display, 4K video recording, and water resistance.

Is it worth getting the Galaxy A50 in 2021?

The Galaxy A50 remains a great smartphone in part thanks to its good cameras and good battery life. If you can find a great deal, it does make sense in 2021, but note that the Xiaomi Poco X3 Pro features better performance, more storage, faster charging, more RAM, and 4K recordings.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they compare to similarly priced rivals, and you'll know how the tech experts evaluate their specs.

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Huawei P30 Lite, Samsung Galaxy A50

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Introduction

In March of 2019, Samsung launched its Galaxy A50. The P30 Lite, however, saw the light of day one month later.

With this article, you'll be able to compare every feature of the P30 Lite and the Galaxy A50. Then, you can decide what model better suits your needs. Let's start.

You should be aware that the P30 Lite will stop receiving security updates in the meantime.

The weight of each section

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Price*
vs.
Device P30 Lite Galaxy A50
Release Date 2019, April 2019, March 0y.
OS Updates 2 years 3 years 1y.
Security Updates 2 years 4 years 2y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Geekbench 5 scores the P30 Lite 8% ahead of its rival in the multi-core ranking. All in all, there's not much of a difference between the two.

Both smartphones are clearly under the average performance against similarly priced phones.

By the way, you can define both of them as low to mid-range.

Performance*
vs.
Features P30 Lite Galaxy A50
SoC Hisilicon Kirin 710 Exynos 9610
Graphics Mali-G51 MP4 Mali-G72 MP3
Geekbench 5 Score 1281
1186
-95
OS Android 9 (Pie) Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI
Tek-Score
4.1
4.0
-0.2

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Huawei P30 Lite front transparent png Samsung Galaxy A50 front transparent png

The Galaxy A50 is the title-holder here, and you'd be able to tell the difference.

Usually, devices in this price range average at 622 nits, but the P30 Lite stays at 166 nits below that.

Your next device must go over 500 nits, or else it will disappoint you when in direct sunlight or displaying HDR content.

Given the P30 Lite, 82% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen, and 79% have an Always-On display. At the same time, only 18% of them have refresh rates over 60hz, and only 11% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Regarding the Galaxy A50, as a reference, 77% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen and have an Always-On display. In contrast, only 17% of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, and only 10% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features P30 Lite Galaxy A50
Size 6.1
6.4
0.3
Screen Type LCD AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2312
1080x2340
30240
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 418.33
402.69
-15.64
Always-On-Display No Yes
Notch Teardrop Teardrop
Peak Brightness 456 nits
550 nits
94
HDR - -
Sub Tek-Score
1.8
7.8
6.0
Protection Aluminosilicate glass Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Tek-Score
3.0
3.9
0.9

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Huawei P30 Lite back transparent png Samsung Galaxy A50 back transparent png

Overall, I'm sure the Huawei P30 Lite has a better camera.

You should be aware that the 48 MP shooter is market dependent, so when you buy, make sure that the smartphone is compatible with your carrier.

About the P30 Lite: Seems like DXOMARK will never review this shooter, but we don't need a crystal ball to guess the score: 94*. If you also consider its wide-angle lens, the final score goes up to 104** points.

PS: 86% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Although only 25% of them come with a telephoto lens.

About the Galaxy A50: DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 81. By considering its wide-angle lens, we get a score of 86 points. For an out-and-out review, check their article.

Finally, just so you know, 80% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Still, only 23% of them come with a telephoto lens.

Considering this score, we can classify the P30 Lite as mid-range and the Galaxy A50 as low to mid-range.

If you're a snapper addict, you'll miss a telephoto lens, so just ignore these two and check the Galaxy S20 FE or the Oppo Find X2 Neo instead.

*I do recommend DXOMARK's reviews. Unfortunately, there are lots of good cameras left out of their labs. So when I get my hands on one of them, I do my best to get a comparable score by evaluating hardware specs only (sensor size, Aperture, HDR, OIS, Lenses, and so on). You should give it a borderline margin of error of 2 points.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, especially for cameras with no zoom and with less than 40MP. They moved to a new camera test protocol, and they don't have enough reviews, so I can refine the pre-update camera scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera P30 Lite Galaxy A50
Megapixels 48
25
-23
Aperture 1.8
1.7
-0.1
Lens 27mm
26mm
-1
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS No No
Video 1080 1080 0
Score 104
86
-18

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) P30 Lite Galaxy A50 vs.
Megapixels 8
8
0
Aperture 2.4
2.2
-0.2
Lens 17mm 13mm -4
Lens Type Wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels 2 5 3
Aperture 2.4 2.2 -0.2
Score 10 5 -5
Selfie Camera P30 Lite Galaxy A50 vs.
Megapixels 24
25
1
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens 26mm 25mm -1
P30 Lite Galaxy A50 vs.
Tek-Score
6.1
5.1
-1.1

Who has the best frame?

If you're still undecided about them, the P30 Lite is a better choice based on its glass build and better looks. But the Galaxy A50 is also pretty decent.

The P30 Lite weighs 159 g. (5.61 oz), while its rival is 7 g. (0.28 oz) heavier. But because screen size also matters, the P30 Lite has a "weight to screen size" score of 7.6, showing it's one of the lightest phones for its screen size. The Galaxy A50, on the other hand, has 7.7, which suggests exceptional work from Samsung.

If you'd rather have a water-resistant device, you should check out the competition, like the Galaxy S20 FE.

Looks*
vs.
Body P30 Lite Galaxy A50
Size 152 x 72 x 7 mm
(5.36 x 2.54 x 0.25 in)
158 x 74 x 7 mm
(5.57 x 2.61 x 0.25 in)
5236
Weight 159 g. (5.61 oz)
166 g. (5.86 oz)
7
Build Front and back glass Front glass
Colors Peacock Blue, Pearl White, and Midnight Black Black, Blue, White, and Coral
Screen To Body Ratio 84.11%
86.00%
1.88
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.6 7.7 0.1
Looks 8.5/10
6.4/10
-2.1
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
3.5
2.8
-0.7

*100% = 4+ colors + front and back glass + S2BR: 86+%.

Which has the best battery?

The P30 Lite does have a battery capacity of 3340 mAh versus the 4000 mAh of the Galaxy A50. But by GSMArena's standards, you shouldn't expect any real contrast here.

And if you'd like to try out reverse wireless charging, that's already a reality on the Galaxy S20 FE, for example.

Battery*
vs.
Features P30 Lite Galaxy A50
Capacity (mAh) 3340 4000 660
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 82% left
82% left
0
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 68% left
66% left
-2
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 66% left
70% left
4
Bat. To Phone Size Score 6.0 4.3 -1.6
Sub Tek-Score
7.2
7.3
0.1
Fast Charging 18w
15w
-3
Wireless Charging No No 0
Tek-Score
6.2
6.2
0.0

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The P30 Lite, for sure.

The P30 Lite comes equipped with 128GB of integrated storage and 4GB of RAM. Be aware that at this price segment, others deliver more RAM but less storage. They're around 5GB of RAM and 80Gb of storage.

Storage shouldn't be an issue on any of these phones. However, if videos or big games are your thing, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Storage*
vs.
Features P30 Lite Galaxy A50
RAM (GB) 4GB
4GB
0
Internal (GB) 128GB
64GB
-64
Micro SD microSDXC (shared SIM slot) microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Tek-Score
7.5
6.3
-1.3

*Internal Storage + 256GB Memory Card (Max: 512GB).

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Galaxy A50 for sure, as it has Bluetooth 5.0.

They both run on LTE networks. If you'd rather have a smartphone with 5G, you may want to check the Galaxy A42 or the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite.

Connectivity
vs.
Features P30 Lite Galaxy A50
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 4.2
5.0
NFC Yes (market dependent) Yes (market dependent)
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
6.9
8.5
1.5

Which is more affordable?

Here are the best prices that we've found:

Huawei P30 Lite

Reference: $280

Huawei P30 Lite

Samsung Galaxy A50

Reference: $265

Samsung Galaxy A50

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How much of a "phone" can your money buy?
That's how much "score" you can get with $100 based on the global score that you'll see in the next section (higher is better).

Have you found better prices elsewhere? The formula is simple: score/price*100.

Value for money P30 Lite Galaxy A50 VS
Amazon - - -
eBay 1.56 1.62 0.06
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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So, what about that global score? We'll get there. First, let me mention the average at their price range. And it isn't that far from 5.7 for both.

Verdict: Does any of them really stand out?

As you can see, they both are great phones.

I do like the A50 because of its battery and the Always-On display. But my oh my, the P30 Lite sure does look great on my hands.

Pros P30 Lite Galaxy A50
#1 Cameras AMOLED
#2 Fast Charging Always-On-Display
#3 MicroSD Slot Fast Charging
#4 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#5 3.5mm Jack
Cons P30 Lite Galaxy A50
#1 AMOLED Wireless Charging
#2 Always-On-Display Glass Protection
#3 Wireless Charging
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score P30 Lite Galaxy A50
Gaming Score
3.8
4.3
0.6
Tek-Score
5.45
5.17
-0.28
Your Score

Scroll the sliders down below to get your own personalized score. Let's suppose you value performance and battery life, and you don't really care about anything else. Then, just set the "Performance" and the "Battery" sliders up to 5 (5+5=10), and then the other sliders down to 0. You'll know what's the best phone for you.

Performance 1.9
Display 1.7
Cameras 1.4
Frame 0.9
Battery 1.9
Storage 2.0
Connectivity 0.4
Total Should be 10 or as close as possible: 9.6

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

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"Display size to phone weight" ratio explained

This indeed is a "display size to phone weight" ratio, but because every phone ended up somewhere between 0.0272 and 0.0421, I've amplified (adapted) those values so they would fit in a 0-10 scale. As of now, the best smartphone is the Samsung Galaxy A40, with 140g. (4.94 oz) for a 5.9 inch display. It got a score of 9.92. While the worse device is the iPhone 8 Plus, which weighs 202 g. (7.13 oz) and has a 5.5-inch display. It ended up with a score of 0.75.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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"Battery to device size" ratio explained

This score should give you an idea about the energy footprint of the devices you're considering. It reflects not only the hardware and the energy that it requires but also the amount of energy that the battery can deliver.

The major spenders on any device should be the display and the SoC. But everything from a notification led to its modems need to be optimized, or else, the OEM should simply include a bigger battery as a compensation. Unfortunately, it isn't always possible due to size limitations. But in the end, if a particular OEM can do a good job and give you excellent battery life on a small device, so should everyone else. That's why I've added a "battery to device size" ratio. But since the real scale went from 119 (for the Galaxy S10e, Snapdragon variant) and up to 164 (for the iPhone 7 Plus), I've decided to convert them so they would fit in a 0-10 scale, being 0 the worst device, (the iPhone 7 Plus) and 10 the one every OEM should look up to.

As an example, Apple did an excellent job on the iPhone 7. It has a score of 8. Despite having a small capacity, the hardware is well optimized, and it still gives you decent battery life considering its size. The iPhone 7 Plus, on the other hand, with those bezels shrinking its display size, clearly could've been the #1 in our top 10 list of best battery devices if Apple simply filled all that empty space with a bigger battery.

As a side note: I haven't included the dept of the devices in this formula because even if a device ended up being 1mm/0.03 inches thicker, it wouldn't matter that much to those who really value battery life.

Please, be aware that this score is subject to change if and when a new smartphone comes along that ends up being outside of this scale.

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Rivals

As of now, these are the rivals that were considered for each of them. They may change every time its prices are updated.

These are the lowest prices found on Amazon, eBay, BestBuy, and Walmart.


 Huawei P30 Lite 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
    $265
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
    $229
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8
    $328
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A40
    $240
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $249
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
    $250
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
    $260
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $298
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $248
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $298
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $249
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • OnePlusrival6
    $232
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $305
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $285
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $279
  • XiaomirivalMi 8
    $264
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 SE
    $250
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A71
    $319
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A31
    $225
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $239
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro
    $255
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A32
    $252
  • XiaomirivalPoco X3 Pro
    $274
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10
    $234
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro Max
    $292
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t
    $270

 Samsung Galaxy A50 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
    $229
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A30
    $220
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A40
    $240
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • ApplerivaliPhone 8 Plus
    $249
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
    $250
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
    $260
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e
    $298
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $248
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10e SD
    $298
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 SD
    $249
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • OnePlusrival6
    $232
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $305
  • XiaomirivalMi 9
    $285
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • ApplerivaliPhone SE 2
    $279
  • XiaomirivalMi 8
    $264
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 SE
    $250
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
    $223
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A31
    $225
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $239
  • XiaomirivalPoco X3 NFC
    $224
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro
    $255
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A32
    $252
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A42
    $215
  • XiaomirivalPoco X3 Pro
    $274
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10
    $234
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro Max
    $292
  • XiaomirivalMi 9t
    $270
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Formula deviation

Since the guys at DxoMark don't review every camera out there, I've come up with a formula based on the ones that they do rate, so I could get an equivalent score for the ones they don't review. After testing it against these cameras, I got the deviation between that and their DxO score.

Device: DxOScore Deviation
Samsung Galaxy A50: 88 -1
Apple iPhone XR: 104 1
Xiaomi Mi 9T Pro: 108 -7
Xiaomi Redmi Note 8 Pro: 87 1
Sony Xperia 1: 99 -1
Sony Xperia 5: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus: 126 2
Apple iPhone 8 Plus: 96 -3
Xiaomi Pocophone F1: 92 -1
Apple iPhone 7 Plus: 90 -1
Apple iPhone X: 101 3
Apple iPhone 11: 112 -1
Samsung Galaxy Note 8: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy Note 9: 107 1
Apple iPhone XS Max: 110 -2
Apple iPhone 11 Pro Max: 124 1
Samsung Galaxy S10: 124 2
Apple iPhone XS: 110 -1
Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus: 120 -2
OnePlus 7 Pro: 122 0
OnePlus 7T Pro: 122 0
Huawei P30 Pro: 125 -1
Google Pixel 4: 117 0
Google Pixel 3: 103 0
Google Pixel 2: 100 0
Samsung Galaxy S20 Plus: 127 -2
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra: 132 2
OnePlus 6: 100 0
OnePlus 6T: 101 1
Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus: 105 -1
Huawei Mate 20 Pro: 120 0
Xiaomi Mi 9: 115 0
Huawei Mate 30 Pro: 132 0
Huawei P40 Pro: 140 -1
Apple iPhone SE 2: 101 0
OnePlus 8 Pro: 126 0
Xiaomi Mi 8: 105 1
Samsung Galaxy A71: 89 1
Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro: 134 0

As you can see, most cameras sit between 1 and -1, while a few of them go up to 2 or -2. That means it's reasonable to assume other similar cameras that they don't review to, in the worst-case scenario, be anywhere from -2 to 2 points from the score that the formula gets.

For example: Given that the Pixel 4 got 117 points and that the Pixel 4 XL share the same year and camera specs, it's reasonable to expect a score of 117 too. But in reality, if they do review that camera, it may end up anywhere between 115 and 119.

Be aware that at DxO, they give a score based on their opinion, not based on any formula. That's why I think there's an odd difference of 6 points between the iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X. In theory, they should have the same camera.

I'm guessing that the Mi 9T Pro got a deviation of 7 points because they tested its Chinese variant (the K20 Pro).

Update: They just changed their protocol to include preview image evaluation and trustability. I'm keeping the old table (for now) for reference purposes, and I'll be adding a new one as soon as they review at least a couple of new mclass-range cameras.

You can expect the same (or a bit bigger) deviation for high-end cameras, but anything with a score below 100-110 should be taken with a grain of salt.

This is valid for all cameras tested with the previous protocol. For those that they dclassn't test, the deviation may be up to twice as much.

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About GeekBench 5

This is just a quick note to let you know that, if, by any chance, the smartphone you're looking for isn't on the GeekBench site yet, you can check on GsmArena.com, as they also usually test smartphones with that benchmark tool.



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