Lab – The Samsung Galaxy A50 and its Super Amoled screen

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As soon as we received the Samsung Galaxy A50, the new mid-range mobile equipped with a Super Amoled screen from the Korean brand, we subjected it to a few tests to check if it is as good as its big brothers.



Samsung Galaxy A50 Introductory price €350


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The Samsung Galaxy A50 was apparently highly anticipated by you, our readers. We have therefore decided to launch a few lab tests before presenting you with a complete test which will be published next week. The first point we are going to address today: the quality of the screen of this brand new mid-range from the South Korean company. A 6,4-inch, Super Amoled 2 x 340 px panel with a teardrop notch.



A maximum brightness. very good and a min. almost excellent

Probe in hand, it's time to tackle the various measurements of our slab. To begin, let's look at the maximum and minimum brightness of this Super Amoled screen offered by Samsung. Regarding the first measurement, we reach 446 cd / m², a more than comfortable value for reading in broad daylight and under the sun. In addition, the screen manages reflections very well and you will not be disturbed by your face appearing unexpectedly on the phone. 

In minimum brightness, the screen is almost excellent. With a measurement raised to 1,9 cd / m², you will be more than comfortable when you have to use your smartphone in the dark. 

For comparison, the screen of the Sony Xperia 10 displays a maximum brightness of 590 cd / m² and a minimum brightness of 5,9 cd / m² and the panel of the Pocophone F1, for its part, offers a maximum brightness of 428 cd /m² and a minimum of 1,1 cd/m². For both mobiles, the management of reflections is also well controlled. 

Ultimately, the brightness of that Super Amoled display will make the Galaxy A50 a perfect companion day or night. Even if the maximum brightness is more contained than that of the Xperia 10, it catches up on the minimum brightness (a little higher than that of the Pocophone F1). In terms of results, it falls between the two, which makes it a quality choice. 

Unlike the Samsung Galaxy S10, this Galaxy A50 does not have a protective screen that could disrupt the tests carried out. 



The Samsung Galaxy A50 screen can be perfect if you take the trouble to change a few settings. 


A rather high delta E by default

The mobile allows you to choose the colorimetry of the screen between 4 modes. By default, it is in "Adaptive display" mode and as much to tell you right away, it will not be the one that will pay the best tribute to the panel. The raised delta E peaks at 5,6 (which is still well above 3, the reference threshold below which we do not perceive colorimetric drifts), with red, green and yellow drifting a lot until you reach a delta E of 10.

The screen temperature is also well above the standard 6K as it reaches 500K. 

Default Delta E = 5,6

To take advantage of the best of this screen, you will have to fall back on the “basic” or “Amoled cinema” modes. The first offers a delta E of 1,5, which is really excellent. Red and greens still drift a little to almost reach a delta E measurement of 3. The color temperature is much closer to the norm as it tops out at 6K.

A delta E a bit better controlled than on the Dynamic Amoled screens that equip the flagships of the Galaxy S10, S10 + but also the S10e.


Basic mode Delta E = 1,5

With the "Amoled cinema" setting, the delta E measurement will be a little higher, reaching 2,4. As in the other two modes, the greens, yellow and red pick up enough to exceed a delta E of 4 and 6 (for red and green in particular). 

Cinema mode Delta E = 2,4

Faced with the competition in this price bracket (350 €), the Galaxy A50 is blithely overtaken with the default values. The Sony Xperia 10 has a delta E of 3,7, that of the Huawei Mate 20 Lite has a delta E of 2 and the Pocophone F1 reaches a delta E of 1,2. The latter also does better with its default settings than the Galaxy A50 with the best possible setting – that is to say the “basic” mode.

The PenTile is back

To finish dissecting this slab, we passed it under a camera in macro mode. The sub-pixels reveal the use of a PenTile panel, as on previous Samsung Galaxy models. A diamond arrangement, characteristic of this matrix family.


The subpixels of the Samsung Galaxy A50.

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The Super Amoled panel of the Samsung Galaxy A50 borders on excellence for its price bracket. Even if we can regret a delta E a little too high with the default settings. It will be enough to change the mode to adopt either the "basic" or the "Amoled cinema" in order to enjoy a screen that can boast of being close to the flagships that are the recent Samsung Galaxy S10. 

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