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Samsung Galaxy A50 vs S8 in 2021: How Do They Compare?

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

The Galaxy A50 isn't that affordable, but considering its features, its sibling is the one you should pick.

It gives you better battery life and more OS updates (2 additional years). But the Galaxy S8 adds better performance (+23%), a better display, water-resistance, and a glass back.

What else sets them apart?

The Galaxy A50 also features a larger (+0.6") display and more cameras. But the Galaxy S8 also features optical image stabilization and wireless charging.

How much more are you willing to spend on the Galaxy S8?

If you're going off-contract, you can be saving up to around $75, so think about it.

Is it worth getting the Galaxy A50 in 2021?

The Galaxy A50 is still a great phone, even in 2021, even more so if you can find it with a great deal. However, you should also consider other phones like the Galaxy A42 because it has better performance, better battery life, more storage, more security updates, and 4K video recording.

Is it still worth buying the Galaxy S8 in 2021?

It's 2021. Just skip the Galaxy S8. If you want fast wireless charging and a great display, then fine. But if you prefer better battery life, more security updates, and faster charging, there are other options. You'll get it on the Xiaomi Redmi Note 10, for example.

Read on so you can learn more about their differences, how they rival their competition, and you'll know what the industry thinks about their specs.

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Samsung Galaxy A50, Samsung Galaxy S8

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Introduction

Samsung launched its Galaxy S8 in April 2017, while Samsung's Galaxy A50 arrived at stores in March 2019.

We've run down the specs, design, price, and much more in this guide to help you choose between the Galaxy A50 and the Galaxy S8.

It's probably a good idea to stay away from the Galaxy S8 because it isn't getting any security updates.

The weight of each section

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to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy A50 Galaxy S8
Release Date 2019, March 2017, April -2y.
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?

Geekbench 5 scores the Galaxy S8 23% ahead of its sibling in the multi-core ranking. It's something to consider, but it shouldn't be a deal-breaker.

You should know that performance-wise, the Galaxy A50 is below the norm by comparing it with other smartphones from this price range. While the average sits at 1662, this one is 29% below them.

One can entitle the Galaxy A50 as a low to mid-range.

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 (with the Adreno 540 GPU) and the Exynos 8895 (with the Mali-G71) are market-dependent.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy A50 Galaxy S8
SoC Exynos 9610 Exynos 8895
Graphics Mali-G72 MP3 Mali-G71 MP20
Geekbench 5 Score 1186
1454
268
OS Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI Android 7 (Nougat) and TouchWiz
Tek-Score
4.0
4.4
0.4

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy A50 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S8 front transparent png

The Galaxy S8 is the winner here, but the Galaxy A50 is just as good.

Usually, anything below 500 nits will disappoint you when in direct sunlight or displaying HDR content. About HDR content:

Putting the Galaxy A50 in perspective: only 19% of its competitors have refresh rates over 60hz, and only 8% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

If you're having second thoughts on the Galaxy S8, only 22% of its competitors can play HDR content, and none of them have over 60hz of refresh rate, nor feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy A50 Galaxy S8
Size 6.4
5.8
-0.6
Screen Type AMOLED AMOLED
Resolution (px) 1080x2340
1440x2960
1735200
Refresh Rate 60hz 60hz 0
Dots per Inch 402.69
567.53
164.84
Always-On-Display Yes Yes
Notch Teardrop -
Peak Brightness 550 nits
620 nits
70
HDR - HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
7.8
8.3
0.6
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
3.9
6.5
2.6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy A50 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S8 back transparent png

Considering their score, I think that the Samsung Galaxy S8 has a more dependable camera.

About the Galaxy A50: This camera came out of DXOMARK's labs with a score of 81. By including its wide-angle lens, it can go up to 86 points. If you want to know more about it, click here.

Before moving on, you should know that 81% of its rivals can record videos in 4K or more, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens. However, only 15% of them come with a telephoto lens and come with Optical Image Stabilization.

About the Galaxy S8: Too bad DXOMARK didn't test this shooter out, but based on its specs, you'd find it at nearly 93* points. And by adding its digital zoom abilities, we'll get to the final score of 95** points.

Furthermore, just so you know, 78% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens. Still, only 11% of them come with a telephoto lens, and only 22% of them come with Optical Image Stabilization.

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

If you're a snapper addict, you'll miss a telephoto lens, so none of these will help you. Just pick something like the Galaxy S20 FE instead.

*DXOMARK knows how to test these shooters out. Too bad some cameras don't have a chance to be tested. That's why when I come across one of them, I score every camera spec (like sensor size, lenses, and so on) to get a similar global score. The last time I've checked this formula, some cameras had a 2 points (more or less) error threshold.

**You should give this score a margin of error of up to 6 points, at least for phones with no zoom and up to 35 to 40MP. They just changed their protocol, and they don't have enough reviews, so I can refine the pre-update camera scores.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy A50 Galaxy S8
Megapixels 25
12
-13
Aperture 1.7
1.7
0.0
Lens 26mm
26mm
0
Lens Type Wide-Angle Wide-Angle
Flash 1 1 0
HDR Yes Yes
OIS No Yes
Video 1080 2160 1080
Score 86
95
9

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy A50 Galaxy S8 vs.
Megapixels 8
-
Aperture 2.2
-
Lens 13mm -
Lens Type Ultra-wide-Angle -
Megapixels 5 -
Aperture 2.2 -
Score 5 2 -3
Selfie Camera Galaxy A50 Galaxy S8 vs.
Megapixels 25
8
-17
Aperture 2.0
1.7
-0.3
Lens 25mm 25mm 0
Galaxy A50 Galaxy S8 vs.
Tek-Score
5.1
5.6
0.5

Who has the best frame?

If you're still undecided about them, the Galaxy S8 is a better choice based on its weight, glass back, water resistance, and looks.

The Galaxy S8 weighs 155 g. (5.47 oz), while its sibling is 11 g. (0.39 oz) heavier. But because this is a bit relative, I've created an adapted score for a "weight to display size" ratio. The Galaxy A50 got 7.7, showing it's one of the lightest phones for its screen size. Having said that, the Galaxy S8 has 7.0, which is pretty nice.

The Galaxy S8 is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. It should be for less than 30 minutes, in standby and freshwater only, so no saltwater or pools here.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy A50 Galaxy S8
Size 158 x 74 x 7 mm
(5.57 x 2.61 x 0.25 in)
148 x 68 x 8 mm
(5.22 x 2.40 x 0.28 in)
-1332
Weight 166 g. (5.86 oz)
155 g. (5.47 oz)
-11
Build Front glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Blue, White, and Coral Midnight Black, Arctic Silver, Orchid Gray, Rose Pink, Maple Gold, Coral Blue, and Burgundy Red
Screen To Body Ratio 86.00%
84.83%
-1.16
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.7 7.0 -0.7
Looks 6.4/10 9.5/10 3.0
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Fingerprint
Tek-Score
2.8
8.9
6.1

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy A50 has a 4000 mAh battery, and the Galaxy S8 has a 3000 mAh. And by GSMArena's standards, the former does have better battery life.

Reverse wireless charging is also a thing these days, and you can try it with the Galaxy S20 FE, for example.

If you want wireless charging on the Galaxy S8, make sure you're purchasing the right version.

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy A50 Galaxy S8
Capacity (mAh) 4000 3000 -1000
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 82% left
79% left
-3
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 66% left
59% left
-7
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 70% left
65% left
-5
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.3 7.1 2.7
Sub Tek-Score
7.3
6.8
-0.5
Fast Charging 15w
15w
0
Wireless Charging No 5w 5
Tek-Score
6.2
6.0
-0.2

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

None of them.

Storage shouldn't be an issue on any of these phones. However, if you can't get enough of the record button, 64 GB will be a problem sooner than later.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy A50 Galaxy S8
RAM (GB) 4GB
4GB
0
Internal (GB) 64GB
64GB
0
Micro SD microSDXC (dedicated slot) microSDXC (shared SIM slot)
Tek-Score
6.3
6.3
0.0

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

Which is the most connectivity-friendly?

These two do look alike sometimes.

These two are LTE compatible. If you'd rather have a smartphone with 5G, you should also consider the Galaxy A42 or the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy A50 Galaxy S8
Network LTE LTE
Bluetooth 5.0
5.0
NFC Yes (market dependent) Yes
3.5mm jack Yes Yes
Tek-Score
8.5
8.5
0.0

Which is more affordable?

Here's what we've found out:

Samsung Galaxy A50

Reference: $265

Samsung Galaxy A50

Samsung Galaxy S8

Reference: $190

Samsung Galaxy S8

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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 A50 Galaxy S8 VS
Amazon 1.95 3.25 1.30
eBay - 3.09 -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - ! -

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Want to know about that global score? Let me point out the average of its competitors. They're at 5.6 (for the Galaxy A50) and 5.3 (for the Galaxy S8).

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S8 Stand Out?

If you're considering a cheap Galaxy experience, let me start by saying that personally, I don't recommend any of these. The A50 is just too slow, and the S8 will lose it's security updates anytime soon, if not already.

With that being said, you shouldn't go by my opinions. Just check the facts and decide for yourself.

The S8 indeed is a great device, and it was a flagship back in 2017. That still shows on the performance department (about 23% higher), on its DPIs, on glass protection, and on its camera, despite lacking an ultra-wide-angle lens.

While you'll lose on battery life, at least you'll get wireless charging.

It also has a more premium look and feel.

Aside from that, they're pretty much the same.

Pros Galaxy A50 Galaxy S8
#1 AMOLED AMOLED
#2 Always-On-Display Always-On-Display
#3 Fast Charging Fast Charging
#4 MicroSD Slot Wireless Charging
#5 3.5mm Jack MicroSD Slot
#6 3.5mm Jack
#7 Price
Cons Galaxy A50 Galaxy S8
#1 Wireless Charging
#2 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy A50 Galaxy S8
Gaming Score
4.3
5.3
1.0
Tek-Score
5.17
6.18
1.01
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 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

 Samsung Galaxy S8 
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 8 Pro
    $215
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 8
    $171
  • ApplerivaliPhone 6s
    $199
  • XiaomirivalMi A3
    $200
  • Realmerival5 Pro
    $179
  • OnePlusrival6
    $180
  • XiaomirivalMi 8
    $175
  • HuaweirivalP40 Lite
    $223
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A31
    $225
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10
    $218
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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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