Huawei Nova 5T vs Samsung Galaxy A50s: Midrange heavy hitters

Which one’s for you?



We’re entering the fourth quarter of the year and that means there’s a second wave of smartphones that are ready for your purchase just ahead of the holiday rush. Two of those are these heavy-hitting midrangers: the Huawei Nova 5T and the Samsung Galaxy A50s.

Before we go on any further, take a look at how the two stack up on paper.

There’s a fair number of similarities and differences and we’ll try to break them down for you one by one.

Display and UI

The differences in the display are almost negligible. Whether you’re indoors or underneath bright sunlight, the displays of both the Nova 5T and the Galaxy A50s are more than adequate.

As it is right now, the EMUI version on the Nova 5T currently doesn’t have a night mode even if you enable developer options. Which is why we can’t wait for EMUI 10 to arrive on this phone as an update. The new and improved UI should take the Nova 5T to another level.

In terms of bells and whistles on EMUI and ONE UI, this one ultimately comes down to preference. We have a whole other output in mind for different Android UIs but that’s a topic for another day.

We’ve transitioned to using full screen gestures and really like EMUI’s implementation better. It’s a lot closer to Android 10. You can swipe from either side to go back, swipe up one to go to the home screen, and hold and swipe up for recent apps. The one on the ONE UI is closer to Android 9 in that it just essentially hides the navigation bar and asks you to swipe up from where the recent apps, home, and back buttons used to be.

Processor and performance

This where the Nova 5T looks so much better at first glance. It’s literally carrying the internals of the P30 Pro — that’s Huawei’s flagship for the first half of the year. And that chip is no joke. It literally can handle anything you throw at it.

However, the Exynos 9611on the Galaxy A50s is no slouch either. We noticed some slow down — which has addressed via a software update — of the Exynos 9610 on the Galaxy A50. But we’re inclined to believe the same thing won’t happen to the Galaxy A50s. This chip is flagship grade and can more than hold its own.

We tried a few games on both devices and the Nova 5T was ahead by a hair. The Nova 5T seemed to launch some games a few milliseconds faster. Titles like Honkai Impact 3 and Asphalt 9 ran smoothly. Curiously, the Galaxy A50s edged the Nova 5T in launching PUBG mobile. But again, only by a few milliseconds. Mobile Legends isn’t a particularly difficult game to run so both phones had no trouble running it.

For other regular tasks, these midrangers are more than capable of handling them. We even watched a VLIVE on both phones with the video player floating on top of Twitter and the apps ran flawlessly.

Multi-camera showdown

We didn’t have enough time to dig too deep into all of the cameras. We’ll reserve that for a more detailed look in a separate camera shootout.

But to give initial impressions, the few shots we’ve taken so far suggest that the Nova 5T captures more detail with its main cameras. This is especially true with the wide angle camera which we find more useful than the telephoto lens.

Selfies are about the same and will mostly be decided by the software’s post-processing. Again, watch out for the upcoming camera shootout to really scrutinize images.


Design and other features

We’ve talked about the Nova 5T’s design identity and it appears Huawei put more thought into it than Samsung did with the Galaxy A50s. While both phones strived for a standout look, the Nova 5T’s approach — especially with the Midsummer Purple variant — appear more deliberate in targeting those that truly value self-expression.

The Samsung Galaxy A50s is made of plastic which helps push costs down but the Huawei Nova 5T is able to do this despite sticking to a metal body.

The Nova 5T doesn’t have the heft you feel from some premium phones, but we can argue that it’s a good thing. Nobody wants to carry around a heavy phone for no apparent reason.

The Huawei Nova 5T goes for a 3D back and one that builds upon the changing colors that it has been known for. In this regard, Huawei has distinguished itself, pioneering this kind of look. The Galaxy A50s has a curious shattered glass like design that we’ve seen before from OPPO.

This ultimately will go down to what speaks to you aesthetically. But we’re giving Huawei some plus points for sticking to its identity.

Both phones also have a fingerprint unlock system. On paper, the Galaxy A50s looks more advance with its in-display sensor. However, in practice, the fingerprint sensor on the Nova 5T situated on the power button is way faster and makes a lot of sense ergonomically.

You can unlock your phone whether the display is upright or facing down. That’s convenience at its finest.

Which one is your GadgetMatch? 

The Huawei Nova 5T and Samsung Galaxy A50s have very little difference in terms of overall performance.

The Galaxy A50s has battery life and the dying headphone jack going for it, but the Nova 5T more than makes for it in other departments. It has more RAM (8GB vs 6GB), can potentially do more with its quad-cameras, takes better low-light selfies, and charges faster thanks to SuperCharge. Huawei’s 22.5W SuperCharge system can take you from zero to 50 percent in just 30 minutes. It’s fast and efficient.

The decision might come down to aesthetics and comfortability with the UI. You’re gonna have to pick as well which notch you prefer — you have the Infinity-U on the Galaxy A50s and a punch-hole that sits on the top left side on the Nova 5T.

Whichever one you choose, know that you’re getting a phone that can more than keep up with all your tasks, social media usage, gaming and look good while it’s at it.

This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.


Why the IdeaPad is an ideal partner

For getting started and more



Lenovo IdeaPad

Every good thing we have today began with an idea. But it didn’t end as just being that.

When you’re in the late stages of college or university education or perhaps about to enter the workforce, this is the time when you’re full of youthful energy and a desire to make a dent in the world.

It’s also around this time that you’re bursting at the seams with ideas on what you want to do, and what you want to contribute to society. You might also be looking for a tool that can help you bring these ideas to life.

It’s a critical time in your life and you may not have the resources for multiple tools. So if you’re putting all your eggs in one basket — or in this case one gadget — let it be something that’s powerful, versatile, and can match all your needs.

Here’s an idea: Perhaps you should get a Lenovo IdeaPad! We think you should choose the new IdeaPad Slim 5/5i or IdeaPad Flex 5/5i. Read on to know why.

The processing power you need 

The IdeaPad Slim 5/5i and Flex 5/5i are equipped with fresh Intel or AMD Ryzen processors to go along with configurations of up to 16GB of DDR4 RAM and up to 1TB of SSD internal storage. That means all the computing power and speed you would need to last you for a few years.

Whether you’re dealing with tons of documents, endless pages of spreadsheets, and slide after slide of presentations, an IdeaPad will have you more than covered.

A workhorse like you deserves a partner that can more than keep up. These IdeaPads come with batteries that can stay with you for over 10 hours. Whether you’re making things happen at home or lugging it around for necessary remote work, it’s a device that has enough juice for a day.

Tools that keep you going

If you’re working with videos and images, the IdeaPad Slim 5/5i and Flex 5/5i will surely help in bringing your ideas to life. The only limit is your imagination.

It’s peppered with ports to unlock the multimedia mage in you. IdeaPads typically have a USB-C port, two USB 3.1 ports, a DisplayPort, an SD card reader, and an audio jack. You’re also equipped with competent connectivity (WiFi 5, Bluetooth 4.2). That’s everything you need to work your magic.

If you’re really deep into the arts, the IdeaPad Flex 5/5i comes with a stylus to give your creativity even more flexibility. Flip it however you like and whatever form you’re comfortable with. This is a gadget line that won’t leave you wanting.

A worthy partner

Life is already difficult enough as it is. Make it easier on yourself by choosing a partner that will help you achieve your goals. A partner that can stay with you through the grind and enable you to do things you probably didn’t think you’re capable of.

You need a partner that you can just let loose on without fear that it will give up on you at a crucial moment. This is what Lenovo IdeaPads are built for. They’re designed to provide you better opportunities, greater connectivity, and the ability to transcend limitations with its smarter technology and solutions that unlock your potential when turning ideas into reality.

The IdeaPad Slim 5/5i and Flex 5/5i are pre-installed with Microsoft Office Home & Student 2019 and come bundled with Lenovo’s 3-Year Premium Care warranty upon purchase. This top-notch service provides customers with direct access to Lenovo engineers. They can guide you on basic troubleshooting and do an annual PC Health Check, as well as on-site repairs if absolutely necessary.

Don’t let yourself be held back by machines that fall short of the greatness you wish to achieve. With a Lenovo IdeaPad, you’re equipped with the necessary tools to make it big. Once you have one, all you really need is an idea to build on.

Contact any Lenovo authorized reseller to get your hands on an IdeaPad: http://lenovoph.com/authorizedresellers

This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Lenovo Philippines.

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How to get NBA League Pass with your telco provider

There are two package options



NBA action is in full swing. In fact, it has been since August when the season restarted following a shut down that was caused by the dreaded Coronavirus pandemic. As of writing, we’re in the thick of the Conference Finals series. If you want to catch all the action, here’s how you can get NBA League Pass through different telecomm providers in the Philippines.

It’s now easier than ever to get access to the games legally. All of Smart, PLDT, and Globe are offering the same price packages.

PhP 85 — Watch any three games of your choice
PhP 485 — 30-day pass for all games including live and on-demand

Here’s how to get the subscription for each provider.

Smart Postpaid and Prepaid
(Also works with TNT and SUN Postpaid)

  • Download the NBA app (iOS / Android /APKPure)
  • On the app, click on the icon at the top-right corner
  • Click sign-in
  • A banner on top of the page will appear for Smart, Sun and TNT subscribers
  • Click ‘Get Started’
  • Enter mobile number for verification and a one-time PIN which will be sent to your mobile number
  • Choose your provider: Smart, TNT or Sun.
  • Choose your NBA League Pass Package (3-game or 30-days) and enter mobile number
  • Confirm your payment by entering the one-time PIN sent to your mobile number
  • Click NBA logo and start watching


  • Go to pldthome.com/nbaleaguepass
  • Select your preferred package
  • The amount will be added to your next bill
  • PLDT will give a voucher
  • Download and sign-in to the NBA app
  • Enter the voucher in the promotion code field
  • Click NBA logo and start watching


  • Open the GCash app
  • Go to Buy Load
  • Look for the PayTV tab
  • Choose your preferred package. (Note: The chosen package is valid for 90 days).
  • Confirm payment
  • Open the NBA app and enjoy!

As mentioned earlier, we’re no in the Conference Finals with four teams remaining. Dueling in the West are the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets. Meanwhile in the East, it’s a battle between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics.

A new NBA champion will likely be crowned in the next 30 days so now is the best time to subscribe!

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Apple Watch Series 6 vs Watch SE: Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide



There’s a new Apple Watch iteration every year — although this year, we have two new models to unbox. Other than that, we also have the newest one-piece bands called ‘Solo Loop’ — both in silicon and braided.

Although Apple completely removed the charging brick out from the usual packaging, they packed several new features on the Watch Series 6 including the new blood oxygen sensor and Always-On Altimeter. Meanwhile, the Watch SE is meant for people who’d want to experience Apple’s wearable without having to spend too much.

Between these two, which of them is your GadgetMatch? Or are you struggling to choose one?

You can head over to our latest Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide right here to find out more.

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