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If you’re anything like me, you don’t know how to go about choosing a phone. If you’re even more like me, you’d rather pay the lower price.
Samsung has long rivaled the sleek Apple Company in both design and popularity. Since the early 2000s, the two brands have developed fierce brand loyalty, sparking intense debate between respective enthusiasts.
One thing Apple doesn’t have on Samsung is several series less costly than its main line, considered mid-tier mobile devices. While the two brands battle it out, how does competition fare with Samsung’s individual mobile series?
Most likely, by pitting their releases against each other. Let’s take a look at two Samsung Galaxy models – the Samsung A50 vs S9.
There are several things to consider when comparing mobile devices. Here are some areas to start.
Release Date of Samsung A50 vs S9
Surprisingly, the Samsung S9 is older, and was released on 09 March of 2018. The Samsung A50 was released the following year at around the same time. By then, the Samsung Galaxy S10 was released, phasing out the S9. The S9 was released to run on Android 8.0 (Oreo), the precursor to Android 9.0 (Pie). However, like all devices after December 2019, both now run on Android Pie.
Is Anything the Same?
Contrary to popular opinion, the Samsung Galaxy A series is here to serve. At Rs. 15,899, the Samsung A50 is the cheaper price point, but performs many of the same features as the devices in the S series.
With similar fingerprint-sensor technology, face recognition, 64GB of memory and 4GB RAM processor, the A50 fully keeps up with the Galaxy S9 (Rs. 24,999).
Many buyers seek excellent sound quality in a smartphone, produced by speakers, or played through in-ear headphones.
Again, it’s about personal preference. Given the Samsung A50’s price, reviews praise the device’s ability to reach high volumes. Unfortunately, these same reviews claim sound quality falls short of expectation, and complex audio is dulled.
If you’re one of those die-hard audiophiles I mentioned, you may be disappointed. Although it’s credited as the first of its line to offer stereo speakers, the S9 is also known for a lack of clarity in audio playback.
But does a higher price guarantee better quality? With all the time people spend staring at their phones, screen resolution may make a difference. The Samsung S9 delivers premium quality through 1440 x 2960 pixels, far higher than the A50’s 1080 x 2340 pixels. So, from this standpoint, it’s easy to say yes.
Now, people all come in different shapes and sizes, right? So it makes sense that phones do too. The Samsung A50 towers a 6.4 inches (100.5 cm2) above the Samsung S9, sitting at 5.8 inches (84.8 cm2)! That may not seem like a lot, until it falls on your face late one night in bed.
And like any accessory, a phone forms to your lifestyle. Are you fancy? Artsy? A die-hard audiophile?
Some like to stand out. Hoping your phone will showcase your fantastic personality? The Samsung Galaxy S9 comes in Midnight Black, Coral Blue, Titanium Gray, Lilac Purple, Burgundy Red, Sunrise Gold, and Ice Blue. Those with less flair may opt for the A50’s calmer Black, White, Blue, and Coral.
We live in a world where anyone can be a photographer. If you find yourself taking sultry, evening shots, you may want to opt for a device with a high-performance camera. While the Samsung A50 boasts 25MP front and rear-facing cameras, some users find it does not excel in low-level lighting. Meanwhile, users commend the Samsung S9’s 12MP camera for stellar shots, day or night.
Still, it may not be about the device as a whole. Many users look for lasting battery life in a phone to keep up with daily routines.
Unfortunately, there are drawbacks in this area. Samsung Galaxy S9 Users claim the device’s battery performance is compromised, and does not live up to expectations of a higher-priced phone.
While this could be due to the phone’s high screen resolution, it could just be poor timing. Launched in 2018, the Samsung S9 houses a Lithium Ion 3,000 mAh battery, trailing behind the A50’s 4,000 mAh battery.
So is one of these phones “better” than the other? When many features are similar, or exactly the same, the question becomes about the consumers. Who will fall for dreamy exterior colors, and who will not? Is it best to rely on overall performance, or the features that matter more than others?
Samsung understands its audience, and caters to their needs. The brand is deeply personal, filling homes with televisions, washing machines, and the like for decades. It incorporates unique touches that shift with buyers’ changing lifestyles.
Each line appears to cater to a different base. While both the Samsung A50 vs S9 are fully capable of handling the daily functions of life, we take it upon ourselves to choose what works best for our personal routines. As times change, may we never forget the things that attract and drive us as individuals in this life.
For some, the S series of Samsung will always stir some form of nostalgia, maybe even wealth and affluence. But for those happy to settle for the dutiful, reliable A series, those options will always be available, and affordable, for fans like me.