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Samsung Galaxy A30 vs A50 in 2021: Is Affordable Good Enough?

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

The Galaxy A50 isn't that affordable, but it also is the better device of the two considering their specs.

It comes with better performance (+26%) and more internal storage (64GB vs. 32GB).

Anything else?

With the Galaxy A50, you'll also get more RAM (4GB vs. 3GB) and NFC.

How much will the additional specs cost me?

If you're not considering going for a carrier subscription, you'll have to invest an additional amount close to $45.

Is it still worth buying the Galaxy A30 in 2021?

The Galaxy A30 is a pretty decent smartphone in 2021, especially now that it's cheaper. You can also consider other devices like the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10, as it has better performance, better battery life, more storage, faster charging, more RAM, and 4K video recording.

Is it worth getting the Galaxy A50 in 2021?

The Galaxy A50 remains a great smartphone in part thanks to its good cameras. It holds up pretty well in 2021, but note that the Galaxy A42 features better performance, better battery life, more storage, more security updates, and 4K recordings.

Read on and find out more about them, how they compare to similarly priced rivals, and how the tech industry is evaluating their specs.

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Samsung Galaxy A30, Samsung Galaxy A50

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Introduction

These phones were released in March 2019.

In this article, we see how the Galaxy A30 and the Galaxy A50 compare to each other to help you decide and see which one of these is the right one for you.

The weight of each section

For additional information regarding our smartphone comparisons, check this FAQ.

to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy A30 Galaxy A50
Release Date 2019, March 2019, March 0y.
OS Updates 3 years 3 years 0y.
Security Updates 4 years 4 years 0y.

*Reference: 100: Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

Which One Has The Best Performance?

Performance-wise, Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy A50 26% ahead in the multi-core ranking. You should notice that it is a bit faster if you test them side by side.

Too bad these two have such a low performance by comparing them with other smartphones from this price range.

We can label the Galaxy A30 as a low-end and the Galaxy A50 as a low to mid-range.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy A30 Galaxy A50
SoC Exynos 7904 Exynos 9610
Graphics Mali-G71 MP2 Mali-G72 MP3
Geekbench 5 Score 942
1186
244
OS Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI
Tek-Score
3.6
4.0
0.4

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy A30 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy A50 front transparent png

They ended up with identical scores, so don't worry about it.

Usually, anything below 500 nits can't do true HDR, nor is that great on a sunny day.

If you favor the Galaxy A30, you should know that none of its competitors have refresh rates over 60hz, nor feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

If you're still not sure about the Galaxy A50, only 19% of its competitors have over 60hz of refresh rate, and only 8% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy A30 Galaxy A50
Size 6.4
6.4
0.0
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1080x2340
0
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 402.69
402.69
0.00
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Teardrop Teardrop
Peak Brightness 550 nits
550 nits
0
HDR - -
Sub Tek-Score
7.8
7.8
0.0
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Tek-Score
3.9
3.9
0.0

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy A30 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy A50 back transparent png

You should get similar performance with these two in the camera domain.

About the Galaxy A30: I'm sure the guys at DXOMARK will not look back at this camera, but by doing some math, it scored 78*. If you also consider its wide-angle lens, the final score goes up to 84** points.

Before moving on, 75% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens. However, only 25% of them come with a telephoto lens and feature a macro lens.

About the Galaxy A50: DXOMARK's gurus gave this shooter a score of 81. And if we consider its wide-angle lens, we get a score of 86 points. If you want to know more about it, check it here.

Last (but not least), just to let you know, 81% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Regardless, only 15% of them come with a telephoto lens and come with Optical Image Stabilization.

Considering this score, we can classify these two as low to mid-range.

Have you noticed yet? If you want a telephoto lens, just ignore these two and check the Galaxy S20 FE instead.

*DXOMARK is a well-known market reference when it comes to camera benchmarking. Too bad they don't get a chance to test most of the cameras out there. So when I find one such shooter, I try to do my best by giving a similar score based on hardware specs only (OIS, Sensor size, Aperture, Lenses, HDR, and so on). You should give it a borderline margin of error of 2 points.

**Please take this with a grain of salt, particularly on mid-end cameras with less than 40MP and no zoom lens. They just changed their protocol, and there aren't enough reviewed cameras to extrapolate a backward-compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy A30 Galaxy A50
Megapixels 16
25
9
Aperture 1.7
1.7
0.0
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 84
86
2

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy A30 Galaxy A50 vs.
Megapixels 5
8
3
Aperture 2.2
2.2
0.0
Lens 12mm 13mm 1
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle Ultra-wide-Angle
Megapixels - 5
Aperture - 2.2
Score 6 5 -1
Selfie Camera Galaxy A30 Galaxy A50 vs.
Megapixels 16
25
9
Aperture 2.0
2.0
0.0
Lens 26mm 25mm -1
Galaxy A30 Galaxy A50 vs.
Tek-Score
4.9
5.1
0.1

Who has the best frame?

There isn't a clear winner, so any will do.

I'm hoping you don't mind carrying a phone with about 165 g. (5.82 oz), because they both weigh that. But because screen size also matters, the Galaxy A30 has a "weight to screen size" score of 7.9, which suggests it's one of the lightest phones for a 6.4 inches display. The Galaxy A50, however, has 7.7, which suggests exceptional work from Samsung.

If you want waterproofness on your next device, check out the Galaxy S20 FE.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy A30 Galaxy A50
Size 158 x 74 x 7 mm
(5.57 x 2.61 x 0.25 in)
158 x 74 x 7 mm
(5.57 x 2.61 x 0.25 in)
0
Weight 165 g. (5.82 oz)
166 g. (5.86 oz)
1
Build Front glass Front glass
Colors Black, Red, Blue, and White Black, Blue, White, and Coral
Screen To Body Ratio 86.00%
86.00%
0.00
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.9 7.7 -0.1
Looks 6.4/10 6.4/10 0.0
Waterproof - -
Biometrics Fingerprint Under Display Fingerprint
Tek-Score
2.8
2.8
0.0

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

Which has the best battery?

Both have about 4000 mAh. And according to GSMArena's tests, the Galaxy A50 is the winner here.

What about having reverse wireless charging on your next phone? If you want it, that's already a reality on the Galaxy S20 FE, for example.

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy A30 Galaxy A50
Capacity (mAh) 4000 4000 0
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 80% left
82% left
2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 62% left
66% left
4
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 66% left
70% left
4
Bat. To Phone Size Score 3.7 4.3 0.6
Sub Tek-Score
6.9
7.3
0.3
Fast Charging 15w
15w
0
Wireless Charging No No 0
Tek-Score
5.9
6.2
0.3

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

The Galaxy A50 has about two times more storage.

The Galaxy A30 has 32GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM. Be aware that at this price segment, others offer more RAM and more storage. They're around 4GB of RAM and 56Gb of storage.

Most people should be OK with only 64 GB of internal storage. However, if you love to have or record tons of videos, 32 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy A30 Galaxy A50
RAM (GB) 3GB
4GB
1
Internal (GB) 32GB
64GB
32
Micro SD microSDXC (dedicated slot) microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Tek-Score
5.6
6.3
0.6

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

The Galaxy A50, unless you don't care about NFC.

They both run on LTE networks. Do you want 5G on your next phone? Then, you should look at the Galaxy A42 or the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite instead.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy A30 Galaxy A50
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC No Yes (market dependent)
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
6.4
8.5
2.1

Which is more affordable?

Here's what we've found out:

Samsung Galaxy A30

Reference: $220

Samsung Galaxy A30

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 Galaxy A30 Galaxy A50 VS
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eBay 3.23 - -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - -

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Smartphone Specs Statistics: The State Of The Art (Q1 2021)

Are you curious to know what their global score is? For reference purposes, I'll tell you where most of its rivals average. They're at 5.2 (for the Galaxy A30) and 5.6 (for the Galaxy A50).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy A50 Stand Out?

As you can see, there isn't a lot of differences between these two.

You do get a slight improvement in performance, storage, and RAM on the A50. You'll also get a depth camera and some extra megapixels, but that's about it.

One major feature that's lacking here is the wireless charging.

Should you pay about $50 to $100 more? That's the real question here.

Pros Galaxy A30 Galaxy A50
#1 AMOLED AMOLED
#2 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#3 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#4 MicroSD Slot MicroSD Slot
#5 3.5mm Jack 3.5mm Jack
Cons Galaxy A30 Galaxy A50
#1 Wireless Charging Wireless Charging
#2 Glass Protection Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy A30 Galaxy A50
Gaming Score
4.0
4.3
0.3
Tek-Score
4.82
5.17
0.35
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.


 Samsung Galaxy A30 
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 8
    $171
  • GooglerivalPixel 2
    $150
  • GooglerivalPixel 3
    $149
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 7
    $140
  • XiaomirivalMi 8
    $175

 Samsung Galaxy A50 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
    $255
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A40
    $240
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 8 Pro
    $215
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
    $250
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
    $260
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9
    $305
  • RealmerivalXT
    $290
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7
    $250
  • OnePlusrival6T
    $300
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S9 Plus
    $305
  • HuaweirivalMate 20
    $285
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 Lite
    $317
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10 Lite
    $299
  • XiaomirivalMi 9 SE
    $250
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A51
    $280
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
    $223
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A31
    $225
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $299
  • XiaomirivalPoco X3 NFC
    $230
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro
    $255
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A32
    $252
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A42
    $299
  • XiaomirivalPoco X3 Pro
    $243
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10
    $218
  • 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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