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Samsung announces Galaxy A30 and A50 with big AMOLED displays and batteries

New midrangers for the mass market

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After the introduction of the Galaxy S10 flagships, Samsung announced two midrange phones which sport what the company calls Infinity-U displays. The Galaxy A30 and Galaxy A50 are two new models under the upgraded Galaxy A series.

Let’s start with the Galaxy A30 with its 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display (Full HD+ in resolution) and small notch housing a 16-megapixel selfie snapper. It’s powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 7885 processor with up to 4GB of memory and up to 64GB of storage. If that’s not enough, users can expand the storage capacity using a microSD card.

On the back, the phone has two rear cameras with 16- and 5-megapixel sensors. Good thing the secondary camera is not just a depth sensor; it’s an ultra wide-angle shooter.

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A fingerprint reader sits in the middle of the phone’s glossy back, while the large 4000mAh fast-charging battery is sealed inside.

The Galaxy A30 will come in black, white, and blue colors. If you’re wondering about the build of the phone, Samsung calls the design “3D Glasstic” which is a combined word of glass and plastic. We’re inclined to believe that this is just another marketing ploy to sell the phone’s mostly plastic body.

Moving on to the Galaxy A50 which is a more modern smartphone. For starters, it has its fingerprint sensor built into the display — something the Galaxy S10E doesn’t even have. The screen of the Galaxy A50 is identical to the Galaxy A30’s sans the in-display scanner, of course.

Samsung Galaxy A50 | Image credit: Samsung

Under the hood is a slightly faster Exynos 9610 processor with up to 6GB of memory and up to 128GB of expandable storage.

In the camera department, the Galaxy A50 has a vertical triple camera setup on its back with AI. It has a main 25-megapixel f/1.7 camera paired with a 5-megapixel depth sensor and an 8-megapixel ultra wide-angle shooter. In front, it has a 25-megapixel camera for taking selfies.

The Galaxy A50 has a “3D Glasstic” body as well, and the same color choices with the addition of Coral. The battery capacity is also at 4000mAh with support for fast charging.

Pricing and retail availability were not mentioned in Samsung’s press release.

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SEE ALSO: Apple, Samsung sold fewer smartphones in 2018 — report

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip fails a scratch test

Scored as low as Galaxy Fold

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Today, the average smartphone has a tougher display than it did years ago. You can’t scratch a smartphone display as easily anymore, even without a screen protector.

That said, the arrival of the foldable smartphone sets the industry back by a decade. Because of the flexible display, the current standards don’t necessarily apply. Case in point, last year’s Galaxy Fold kept breaking down in controversial fashion. It was no surprise, though; the first foldable phones were built with plastic.

Now, 2020 has promised an improved generation for the foldable smartphone. Unfortunately, Motorola has proved the year wrong already. Reported previously, the new Motorola razr’s screen failed way before its advertised usage rate.

Recently, Samsung launched the new Galaxy Z Flip. This time, Samsung’s foldable phone advertised a glass screen, instead of the former’s plastic. As expected, eager reviewers subjected the new phone to the fiercest conditions. Like its contemporaries, the new foldable kid on the block failed.

Renowned stress tester JerryRigEverything brought the sharpest knives over the Galaxy Z Flip’s screen. As always, the tester used knives with increasing sharpness.

The Galaxy Z Flip started getting scratches as early as the second level of sharpness. For reference, most smartphones today usually last until level 6. Also, the previous Galaxy Fold and the Motorola razr both got the same low score.

Still, the Galaxy Z Flip’s failure is much more resonant this time around. Before launch, Samsung advertised a more resistant screen for the foldable display, owing to its glass construction.

Unfortunately, the boast might be a marketing ploy. The screen definitely lasted shorter than glass. If anything, it might not consist of 100 percent glass, having a mix of plastic in some way. Most of the time, Samsung has not commented on the surface’s actual composition.

However, in a statement to The Verge, the company clarified that “while the display does bend, it should be handled with care. Also, Galaxy Z Flip has a protective layer on top of the Ultra Thin Glass similar to Galaxy Fold.” If true, the knives were affecting the topmost layer, rather than the glass itself. Regardless, take good care of your Galaxy Z Flip.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Hands-on

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Realme X50 Pro 5G confirmed to have 65W fast charging

Fastest charging technology available right now

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Following the cancellation of MWC 2020, Realme has announced it will launch its next flagship product, the Realme X50 Pro 5G, via an online event.

The Realme X50 Pro 5G will be powered by a Snapdragon 865 processor, 5G support, a Full HD+ display, 12 GB of RAM, 256 GB of internal storage, 65W SuperDart fast charging ability, and the new Android 10-based Realme UI.

Unlike the Realme X50 5G, which comes with a 120Hz IPS LCD display, the Realme X50 Pro 5G will sport an AMOLED display with a 90Hz refresh rate. Multiple cameras on the back are also certain, but it remains to be seen what image sensors make the cut.

 

At the Snapdragon Tech Summit in December, Realme was one of the notable smartphone makers that confirmed the use of the new generation of 5G chipsets for its upcoming smartphones.

OPPO’s Reno Ace is the only phone to support 65W fast charging today and Realme’s offering will be called SuperDart. Realme’s CMO Xu Qi Chase revealed additional information about the new charging technology over on Weibo, stating that the Realme X50 Pro will use a GaN charger which is more compact, efficient, and generates less heat.

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Lenovo’s new phone will supposedly score 600,000 on AnTuTu

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Since its inception, AnTuTu has dominated the benchmark conversation for mobile devices. Even today, smartphones are still touting higher and higher scores for their marketing campaigns. Naturally, when a device brags about a new top score, all eyes are focused on the new contender.

Today, Lenovo wants to hog all that spotlight. On Chinese social network Weibo, leaks have teased an all-new Lenovo phone that will supposedly score 600000 on the AnTuTu scale. It’s quite a huge boast for the Chinese smartphone company. Currently, Apple owns the highest-scoring phone on AnTuTu; the iPhone 11 Pro Max holds a score of 548239. On the Android side, the ROG Phone 2 holds the high score of 507051. Only Apple’s 12.9-inch iPad Pro 3 has a higher score — a whopping 720076 — but, of course, it’s a tablet and not a phone.

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Like the ROG Phone 2, Lenovo’s new phone will likely cater to the gaming market. One of the posters uses the slogan, “Game On.”

In another poster, Lenovo has confirmed the industry-leading Snapdragon 865 for the upcoming smartphone. A new AnTuTu high score is definitely in the realm of possibility.

Since it will go up against the ROG Phone 2, Lenovo will likely launch the smartphone under its own gaming line, Legion. No word on an official launch yet, though.

SEE ALSO: Lenovo IdeaPad S540 review: A professional’s daily driver

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