Samsung’s Galaxy A phone series achieved double numbers in style, with a huge range of handsets–there are the A10, A20, A30, A40, A50, A60, A70 and A80 (also with a possible A90 on the manner).
The Galaxy A50 is the definitive smartphone in the series–it has strong mid-range specs, a relatively small price, and stands as proof of what Samsung is attempting to do with the latest Galaxy A devices.
These are the best smartphones from Samsung But there is also a dark horse of the spectrum in the form of the A80, with its distinctive design element in the form of a rear pop-up panel that houses cameras on the front and back. It’s definitely a more’ premium’ tool, with a cost reflecting it.
So, if you’re on the market for a fresh affordable Samsung phone, or just want to understand what the distinction between the A50 and A80 is, read on as we compare their specs.
Samsung Galaxy A50 vs Galaxy A80 price
The Samsung Galaxy A50, which costs $350/ £ 309/AU$500, is the most inexpensive handset of both. It’s a price that straddles the line between budget and mid-range, but because of the specs it certainly feels mid-range.
It’s a fair price increase for the Galaxy A80, at £ 579 (around $725, AU$1,040). We haven’t seen it on sale in the U.S. or Australia yet, so we have transformed the UK price approximately, but its final cost may be greater or lower than our projections. Anyway, buying an A80 is nearly twice as costly as buying an A50.
Design and display
The Samsung Galaxy A80 is a slightly larger phone with a 6.7-inch display instead of the Galaxy A50’s 6.4-inch display. However, the screen resolution of the A80 is only a small bit better, at 1080x 2400 instead of 1080x 2340 in the A50, resulting in a reduced pixel count per inch.
However, both handsets have Super AMOLED displays with bold color promises and a high contrast ratio, so you’ll have a wonderful viewing experience in particular whether you’re using the A50 or A80.
The Galaxy A50 Another distinction between the screens is that the A50 has a tiny’ tear-drop’ notch housing the front-facing camera, while the A80 has an unbroken screen–we’re going to get into it later.
Since the Galaxy A50 has a smaller screen, it also has a smaller body at 158.5x 74.7x 7.7 mm compared to the Galaxy A80’s 165.2x 76.5x 9.3 mm, and this difference is reflected in the A50’s 166 g weight dwarfed by the A80’s 220 g, which is one of the heaviest handsets we’ve ever had.
While you get a USB-C port on both smartphones, the Galaxy A50 has a 3.5 mm headphone jack missing on the A80, a difference that will break the deal if you still enjoy your wired headphones.
Both handsets are equipped with Gorilla Glass displays, but while the Galaxy A80 also has this protective material on the back, the Galaxy A50 has a plastic body–this is a sign of its more budget design, resulting in less protection.
The back of the phone actually shows the largest device distinctions. While the A50 is vertically down the left with its three-camera array, the A80’s cameras are horizontal, high on the body.
The flip-up panel for the Samsung Galaxy A80.
That’s why the top of the phone’s back pops up. The panel surrounding the rear cameras opens up when you need to take a selfie, and then the cameras spin around–it’s a pleasant novelty, and it solves the front-facing camera positioning issue in a distinctive manner.
However, we discovered this mechanical element rather questionable, as it seemed frail, and it began to rattle when not in use after not much use, so if you want something that will last a long time, maybe the Galaxy A50 is a safer choice.
While there are three cameras for both the Samsung Galaxy A50 and the Galaxy A80, they are very distinct in what they are.
The Galaxy A50 is equipped with a 25MP primary snapper, an ultra-wide lens 8MP camera and a third 5MP deep sensor.
The Galaxy A80, on the other side, as a 48MP primary sensor with the same ultra-wide setup, and then a 3D Time-of-Flight (ToF) camera, which does the same thing as the depth sensor but does not take its own images.
Then, in terms of raw photography, the Galaxy A80 requires better photos with its 48MP snapper, but in ultra-wide and close-up circumstances, the A50 holds its ground. However, for zoomed shots, neither phone has a unique lens.
There’s a 25MP front camera on the front of the Galaxy A50–it’s uncommon for a smartphone to have the same front and back snapper, and Samsung has argued that this phone is for individuals who like taking a lot of selfies.
Of course, the Galaxy A80 has the same front cameras as the rear, because it’s the same array–in practice we found that when you put the camera in front-facing mode, it doesn’t have all the capabilities when it’s back-facing, like Night Mode or Zoom, so it’s just a ordinary selfie camera.
In terms of video, you can only record 1080p 30fps on the Galaxy A50, but the A80 has a range of options such as 2160p and 60fps, so it’s a better device if you want a lot of video recording.
Battery life and specs
You get a 4,000mAh battery in the Samsung Galaxy A50 but it’s a slight downgrade in the A80 because you only get 3,700mAh. The latter phone also drains energy faster because of the shifting back panel and the bigger screen, so the battery life in the A50 is much longer.
However, the Galaxy A80 supports 25W quick charging compared to the A50’s 15W, so it will power up faster at least.
The Galaxy A50 has a Samsung Exynos 9610 processor in terms of chipsets, while the A80 has a Snapdragon 730 processor. Both are comparable chipsets, so there’s no clear champion, but the A80 has 8GM RAM to the 6 GB of the A50 so you may feel a slight distinction.
The phones will feel relatively similar in terms of general use–they have in-screen fingerprint sensors, run Android 9 Pie with Samsung’s OneUI overhead, and have internal memory of 128 GB.
The Samsung Galaxy A80 is much more expensive than the A50, but some might say it is not worth the difference.
While in the A80 you get more RAM and an unbroken screen, this is a tiny upgrade for a phone that is about twice the cost.
The A80’s true selling point is its back camera pop-up panel, and if this is an attractive novelty for you, you may find the handset fun enough to buy.
The Galaxy A50 doesn’t have so many groundbreaking characteristics, but it’s a reliable phone, and in terms of quiet energy at its price point you could do much worse.