Samsung did something earlier this year that was unthinkable: it made a good budget phone. After years of releasing phones under the Galaxy J series with boring designs and under-powered hardware, Samsung finally started paying attention to the budget segment. It nixed the Galaxy J series, brought Galaxy A designs with fresh designs and robust hardware to the budget category, and it did all that while still managing to stay competitive with Xiaomi and Realme.
I called the Galaxy A50 the most interesting budget phone from Samsung in a long time. The South Korean manufacturer is now introducing an updated variant with a stunning new design at the back, a 48MP primary camera, and 32MP front shooter.
The Galaxy A50s is a true mid-cycle refresh: it shares the same underlying hardware as its predecessor, with Samsung focusing on the new design and 48MP camera as the differentiator. Samsung is also bringing a few camera features from its flagships, and overall there’s a lot to like here.