Samsung launches the Galaxy A10, Galaxy A30, and Galaxy A50 in India
After announcing the Galaxy A30 and the Galaxy A50 at Mobile World Congress, Samsung has now officially brought both phones to India. The company also launched the entry-level Galaxy A10, which hadn’t been announced before. All three phones have Infinity notched displays (Infinity-V or Infinity-U). In terms of hierarchy, the Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50 slots in above the Galaxy M30, while the Galaxy A10 is only slightly more expensive than the Galaxy M10, which means it’s cheaper than both the Galaxy M20 and the Galaxy M30. The specifications of all three phones are noted below:
|Specification||Samsung Galaxy A10||Samsung Galaxy A30||Samsung Galaxy A50|
|Design||Plastic||3D Glasstic||3D Glasstic|
|Colors||Black, Blue, Red||Black, Blue, Red||Black, White, Blue|
|Display||6.2-inch; HD+ 720 x 1520, 19:9, IPS LCD||6.4-inch; FHD+ 1080 x 2340, 19.5:9, Super AMOLED||6.4-inch; FHD+ 1080 x 2340, 19.5:9, Super AMOLED|
|Dimensions||155.6 x 75.6 x 7.94 mm||158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm||158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7 mm|
Octa-core @ 1.6GHz
2x Arm Cortex-A73 cores @ 1.8GHz + 6x Arm Cortex-A53 cores 1.6GHz
4x Arm Cortex-A73 cores @ 2.3GHz + 4x Arm Cortex-A53 cores @ 1.7GHz
|RAM and Storage||3GB + 32GB||3GB + 32GB;
4GB + 64GB
|4GB + 64GB;
6GB + 128GB
|Expandable Storage||Up to 512GB||Up to 512GB||Up to 512GB|
|Battery and Charging||4,000mAh
15W Fast Charging
15W Fast Charging
|Fingerprint Sensor||Not present||Rear||On-screen|
|Rear Camera||13MP, f/1.9||16MP, f/1.7 +
5MP, f/2.2, ultra wide
|25MP, f/1.7 +
5MP, f/2.2, fixed focus for depth sensing +
8MP, f/2.4, ultra wide, fixed focus
|Front Camera||5MP, f/2.0, fixed focus||16MP, f/2.0, fixed focus||25MP, f/2.0, fixed focus|
The Galaxy A10 is the cheapest Galaxy A-series phone Samsung has launched so far. In order to move to a lower price point, Samsung has cut corners with biometrics (there is no fingerprint sensor on the device), charging port (microUSB vs. USB Type-C), charging (5W vs. 15W), SoC (Exynos 7884B vs. Exynos 7904 on the M20 and M30), RAM and storage configuration, rear camera, and front camera.
In terms of competition, the Galaxy A10 competes with the Asus ZenFone Max Pro M1, Asus ZenFone Max M2, Xiaomi Redmi Y2, Xiaomi Redmi 6 Pro, the upcoming Realme 3, and a few other phones.
The Galaxy A30 steps up to the Exynos 7904 SoC, which also powers the Galaxy M20 and Galaxy M30. It has a higher-resolution display, more RAM and storage, a USB Type-C port, 15W fast charging, dual rear cameras incluing an ultra wide angle 5MP camera, and a higher-resolution front camera. It has a rear fingerprint sensor.
The Galaxy A50 has the best specifications of the three. It moves to a Super AMOLED Infinity-U display, same as the Galaxy M30. It’s powered by the Exynos 9610 SoC, which was announced in March last year. Unfortunately, the Exynos 9610 falls behind newer SoCs such as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 675, which powers the Xiaomi Redmi Note 7 Pro.
It also has a triple rear camera setup, with a tertiary 5MP depth sensor. The depth sensor enables Samsung’s Live Focus hardware-level portrait mode. The camera also features AI Camera with Scene Optimizer to recognize and optimize 20 scenes, and Flaw Detection to recognize missteps in photos with the help of AI. The front camera can also do background blur with the help of Selfie Focus.
In terms of security, the Galaxy A50 is the first Galaxy A-series phone to feature an on-screen fingerprint sensor. We are assuming that this is an optical sensor. All three phones have Samsung’s software-based face unlock.
In terms of software, all three phones are notable for being powered by Android Pie-based One UI out of the box.
Pricing and availability
The Galaxy A10 costs ₹8,490 ($119) in India for the single 3GB RAM/32GB storage variant. The Galaxy A30 will be available for ₹16,990 ($239) for the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant. Finally, the Galaxy A50’s price has been set at ₹19,990 ($281) for the 4GB RAM/64GB storage variant, and at ₹22,990 ($323) for the 6GB RAM/64GB storage variant.
The Galaxy A30 and the Galaxy A50 will go on sale starting March 2, while the Galaxy A10 will be available from March 20.
In terms of value propositions, Samsung’s new A-series phones are a marked improvement over past efforts. However, there is still quite a way to go before Samsung catches up with the likes of Xiaomi, particularly in areas such as the SoC, where the company is significantly behind.
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