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Samsung Galaxy A50 vs S9 in 2021: How Do They Compare?

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

You shouldn't have to pay much more for the Galaxy S9, but it's the smartphone you should pick.

It gives you better performance (+59%), a better display, water-resistance, and a glass back.

What else stands out?

With the Galaxy S9, you'll also get optical image stabilization and wireless charging. But the Galaxy A50 adds a larger (+0.6") display and more cameras.

How much more are you willing to spend on the Galaxy S9?

If you're considering a new and unlocked smartphone, it'll cost you around $40 more.

Is it worth buying the Galaxy A50 in 2021?

The Galaxy A50 is a pretty decent smartphone in 2021, especially now that it's cheaper. Having said that, the Galaxy A42 has better performance, better battery life, more storage, more security updates, and 4K video recording.

Is the Galaxy S9 still worth getting in 2021?

Of course, I still recommend the Galaxy S9 in 2021. I like its below-average weight. Although you can also check the Galaxy S20 FE.

Keep reading to learn more about what sets them apart, how they compare to similarly priced rivals, and how other specialists evaluate them.

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Samsung Galaxy A50, Samsung Galaxy S9

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Introduction

Samsung launched its Galaxy S9 in March 2018, while Samsung's Galaxy A50 arrived at stores one year later.

We are looking at how the Galaxy A50 and the Galaxy S9 compare to each other to help you decide which might be the right one for you.

The weight of each section

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to check who their rivals are.

Price*
vs.
Device Galaxy A50 Galaxy S9
Release Date 2019, March 2018, March -1y.
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 S9 59% ahead in the multi-core ranking. This should be noticeable when opening apps or games.

When it comes to performance, the Galaxy A50 is way under the average if you consider its rivals. About 29% below.

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

PS: The Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (with the Adreno 630 GPU) and the Exynos 9810 (with the Mali-G72) are market-dependent.

Performance*
vs.
Features Galaxy A50 Galaxy S9
SoC Exynos 9610 Exynos 9810
Graphics Mali-G72 MP3 Mali-G72 MP18
Geekbench 5 Score 1186
1887
701
OS Android 9 (Pie) and OneUI Android 8 (Oreo) and OneUI
Tek-Score
4.0
5.1
1.2

*Reference: 100: Apple iPhone 12.

Which Phone Has The Best Display?

Samsung Galaxy A50 front transparent png Samsung Galaxy S9 front transparent png

The Galaxy S9 has the best screen, but the Galaxy A50 is just as good.

Be aware that anything less than 500 nits just will disappoint you when in direct sunlight or displaying HDR content. Speaking of HDR content:

If you favor the Galaxy A50, you should know that only 19% of its competitors have refresh rates over 60hz, and only 8% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

For the Galaxy S9, please be aware that 85% of its rivals have an AMOLED screen. In contrast, only 15% of them feature Gorilla Glass 6 or Victus.

Display Density (DPIs)*
vs.
Features Galaxy A50 Galaxy S9
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
658 nits
108
HDR - HDR10
Sub Tek-Score
7.8
8.4
0.6
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Tek-Score
3.9
6.6
2.6

*Reference: 100: Sony Xperia 1 II.

Which Phone Has The Best Cameras?

Samsung Galaxy A50 back transparent png Samsung Galaxy S9 back transparent png

We can safely state that the Samsung Galaxy S9 has a better camera.

About the Galaxy A50: DXOMARK has rated this camera with a score of 81. By including its wide-angle lens, that will go up to 86. For a thorough review, 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.

The Galaxy S9 has a dual aperture camera. You can choose between f/1.5 or f/2.4.

About the Galaxy S9: I guess the gurus at DXOMARK labs skipped this phone, but I'd give it around 95* points, based on what we know about this shooter. By considering its digital zoom abilities, this score goes up to 97** points.

Furthermore, if you must know, 89% of its rivals can record videos in 4 or 8K, and all have an ultra-wide-angle lens.

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

A telephoto lens would've been a great addition. If you agree with me, you better wrap it up and start looking for other devices like the Galaxy S20 FE or the Oppo Find X2 Neo.

The Galaxy S9's lens does open wide to absorb more light and enable more exposure with its wider aperture.

*DXOMARK knows how to test these shooters out. Unfortunately, there are lots of good cameras left out of their labs. That's why when I come across one of them, 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). This score should have 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 moved to a new camera test protocol, and I only have few reviewed devices to deduce a compatible score.

Picture Quality*
vs.
Primary Camera Galaxy A50 Galaxy S9
Megapixels 25
12
-13
Aperture 1.7
1.5
-0.2
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
97
11

*Reference: 100: Xiaomi Mi 11 Ultra.

Extra Camera(s) Galaxy A50 Galaxy S9 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 S9 vs.
Megapixels 25
8
-17
Aperture 2.0
1.7
-0.3
Lens 25mm 25mm 0
Galaxy A50 Galaxy S9 vs.
Tek-Score
5.1
5.7
0.6

Who has the best frame?

The Galaxy S9 does win some points here, mainly for its glass back, water resistance, and looks.

Both also have about the same weight: 163 g. (5.75 oz). If you want a big screen in a lightweight phone, the Galaxy A50 has a "weight to screen size" score of 7.7, showing it's one of the lightest phones for its screen size. Having said that, the Galaxy S9 has 5.9, so nothing to state here.

The Galaxy S9 is water-resistant in up to 1 to 3 meters. It should be for less than 30 minutes, on standby, and freshwater only.

Looks*
vs.
Body Galaxy A50 Galaxy S9
Size 158 x 74 x 7 mm
(5.57 x 2.61 x 0.25 in)
147 x 68 x 8 mm
(5.19 x 2.40 x 0.28 in)
-1876
Weight 166 g. (5.86 oz)
163 g. (5.75 oz)
-3
Build Front glass Front and back glass
Colors Black, Blue, White, and Coral Midnight Black, Titanium Gray, Coral Blue, Sunrise Gold, Burgundy Red, Lilac Purple, and Ice Blue
Screen To Body Ratio 86.00%
85.41%
-0.59
Disp.Size To Weight Score 7.7 5.9 -1.8
Looks 6.4/10 9.6/10
3.2
Waterproof - IP68
Biometrics Under Display Fingerprint Fingerprint
Tek-Score
2.8
8.5
5.8

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

Which has the best battery?

The Galaxy A50 does have a battery capacity of 4000 mAh versus the 3000 mAh of the Galaxy S9. And as claimed by GSMArena, the former is the one that stands out.

Battery life on the Galaxy S9 isn't anything to write home about, but Samsung did a great job here if you ask me. Its "battery to device size" rate is 7.5.

Reverse wireless charging is also a thing these days, and the Galaxy S20 FE has it.

The wireless charging on the Galaxy S9 is market-dependent, so do your research before you buy it.

Battery*
vs.
Features Galaxy A50 Galaxy S9
Capacity (mAh) 4000 3000 -1000
1h Talk + 1h Web + 1h Video 82% left
80% left
-2
1h Talk + 3h Web + 1h Video 66% left
60% left
-6
1h Talk + 1h Web + 3h Video 70% left
68% left
-2
Bat. To Phone Size Score 4.3 7.5 3.2
Sub Tek-Score
7.3
6.9
-0.3
Fast Charging 15w
15w
0
Wireless Charging No 5w
5
Tek-Score
6.2
6.1
0.0

*Reference: 90: Samsung Galaxy A31.

Which has more storage?

There isn't a winner here.

Both phones have more than enough storage and RAM for the average consumer. However, if you plan to store some movies or record tons of videos, you'll soon figure out that 64 GB is too short for you.

Storage*
vs.
Features Galaxy A50 Galaxy S9
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?

They also do have a resemblance here.

You can find these two in the LTE variant. Do you want 5G on your next phone? Then, you should also check the Galaxy A42 or the Xiaomi Mi 11 Lite.

Connectivity
vs.
Features Galaxy A50 Galaxy S9
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 are the best prices that we've found:

Samsung Galaxy A50

Reference: $265

Samsung Galaxy A50

Samsung Galaxy S9

Reference: $305

Samsung Galaxy S9

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Prices marked with ! are from renewed/refurbished/carrier-locked phones (except eBay prices that, as a last resort, can be from bids or used devices).

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 S9 VS
Amazon 1.95 - -
eBay - 2.08 -
Best Buy - - -
Walmart - - ! -

Also, don't forget to check the latest deals from these four stores, and the state of the art on mobile technology, if you don't want to overpay on your next smartphone.


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Are you curious to know what their global score is? But first, let's see where its rivals are. It's 5.6 for the Galaxy A50 and 5.8 for the Galaxy S9.

Verdict: What Makes the Samsung Galaxy S9 Stand Out?

If you don't value security updates that much (you should, by the way), then the S9 is a better overall choice. Partly because the A50 doesn't feel like a real mid-range phone, and the S9 was the flagship, back in its own time.

When it comes to performance, the A50 still is far behind the S9. But this isn't about performance alone. Its display doesn't have the same resolution and the same Gorilla Glass version. It also misses the optical image stabilization and the 4K video recording of the S9, although it has an extra ultra-wide-angle lens. Its looks also show where it actually belongs, and while it hasn't wireless charging, at least its battery can last you a few hours long.

Pros Galaxy A50 Galaxy S9
#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
Cons Galaxy A50 Galaxy S9
#1 Wireless Charging
#2 Glass Protection
Relative Score*
vs.
Global Score Galaxy A50 Galaxy S9
Gaming Score
4.3
5.5
1.2
Tek-Score
5.17
6.34
1.17
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 S9 
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A50
    $265
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A70
    $255
  • ApplerivaliPhone XR
    $344
  • HuaweirivalP30 Lite
    $280
  • XiaomirivalMi 9T
    $270
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy M30s
    $300
  • XiaomirivalPocophone F1
    $250
  • ApplerivaliPhone 7 Plus
    $260
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S10+ SD
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20+ EX
    $329
  • OnePlusrival7T
    $329
  • 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
  • GooglerivalPixel 4a
    $350
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE
    $359
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy S20 FE 5G
    $359
  • OnePlusrivalNord N10
    $299
  • XiaomirivalMi 10T Lite
    $325
  • XiaomirivalMi 11 Lite
    $349
  • XiaomirivalRedmi Note 10 Pro
    $255
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A32
    $252
  • SamsungrivalGalaxy A42
    $299
  • 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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