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New Challenger? Huawei Nova 5T VS Samsung Galaxy A50s Comparo

Which has the better value

Huawei’s Nova 5T has been enjoying brisk sales in stores, offering excellent value-for-money in the upper mid-range category of the market.

Obviously its rivals aren’t going to take this lying down especially with the holidays getting closer. One such rival – Samsung – has refreshed a majority of its A-series line to better compete with its rival.

Specifically, the Galaxy A50s, which is the refreshed model from the A50 that was released a few months ago. It’s armed with a bunch of mid-range features and more importantly the same Php 18,990 price tag as Huawei’s Nova 5T. How does it stack up to its main rival?

Both phones look dope

It’s not hard to find good looking phones nowadays, but the designs for the Nova 5T and the Galaxy A50s are next level. We’ve gushed about how the Nova 5T looks before in multiple comparos, but it bears repeating: the Nova 5T looks incredibly gorgeous especially the Midsummer Purple variant.

The Samsung Galaxy A50s is equally pretty, with the Prism Crush Violet topping all the other color variants.

As with anything design-related, your mileage may vary depending on what you prefer.

Glass and metal VS plastic

While both phones look great, there’s a big difference in terms of materials used for both phones. Huawei’s Nova 5T comes clad in glass and metal. As pretty as the Galaxy A50s is, the phone’s exterior is made of plastic, which is a little disappointing, considering how much it is.

AMOLED VS LCD

If Huawei has the leg up over Samsung in build material, Samsung wins over their rival when it comes to the display of the phones.

The Nova 5T uses a 6.26-inch full HD+ IPS panel with a punch-hole on the side, while the Galaxy A50s has a slightly larger 6.4-inch full HD+ Super AMOLED panel.

While the IPS display of the Nova 5T is pretty good, Super AMOLED displays are better technology-wise because they’re able to produce deeper blacks and better colors overall.

The Galaxy A50s also uses an in-display fingerprint scanner, while the Nova 5T uses a side-mounted physical fingerprint scanner. For what it’s worth, we found that the Nova 5T’s physical scanner felt faster than the in-display one in the Galaxy A50.

Flagship internals beat mid-range every time

One of the main draws of buying the Nova 5T is the fact that it comes with a flagship processor. Huawei’s Kirin 980 may have been superseded by their newest Kirin 990, but it’s still a potent chipset overall.

The Galaxy A50s meanwhile, sports Samsung’s Exynos 9611 chipset, which comes with a 2.3GHz octa-core processor and a Mali-G72 MP3 GPU for graphics.

Comparing both processors isn’t really fair since the Nova 5T demolishes the Exynos chipset in both synthetic benchmarks and real-world use.

The Nova 5T also comes with more RAM at 8GB, compared to the Galaxy A50s’ 6GB.

4 cameras beat 3

The Nova 5T comes out on top in the camera department as well, both in the sheer amount of cameras as well as the images produced by said cameras.

The Nova 5T’s quad-camera module is filled by a 48-megapixel f/1.8 Sony IMX586 main camera; 16-megapixel f/2.2 wide-angle camera a 2-megapixel f/2.4 macro lens and a 2-megapixel depth camera.

The Galaxy A50s meanwhile, has three cameras on the rear: a 48-megapixel f/2.0 main camera, an 8-megapixel f/2.2 ultrawide camera, and a 5-megapixel f/2.2 depth sensor.

Selfie duties are handled by a 32-megapixel f/2.0 aperture camera for the Nova 5T, while the Galaxy A50s have a 32-megapixel f/2.2 aperture camera.

When it comes to taking photos in bright light, both phones produce equally good images. Closer inspection will show that the Galaxy A50s has slightly cooler tones, while the Nova 5T has slightly warmer tones.

Samsung’s Galaxy A50s has a slightly wider FOV for its wide-angle lens, but we prefer photos taken by the Nova 5T.

Things are a little different when it comes to low-light photography, as Huawei’s low-light mastery shines in the photos taken by the Nova 5T.

Images are sharper, have better details, have less noise and are overall better exposed with the phone’s AI-assisted night-mode compared to the Galaxy A50s.

Bigger battery doesn’t always mean better performance

Samsung’s Galaxy A50s has a bigger battery than Huawei’s Nova 5T: 4000mAh VS 3750mAh, respectively.

But overall battery capacity isn’t the sole factor in determining battery life – processor efficiency is a big part of that too.

The Kirin 980’s 7nm lithography makes it more power-efficient than the Exynos 9611’s 10nm, with the Nova 5T achieving a 13 hour and 39 minute PCMark Battery Benchmark score VS the Galaxy A50s’ 10 hour and 13-minute score.

The Nova 5T also charges faster too, since it has 22.5W SuperCharge fast charging tech, while the Galaxy A50s tops at 15W.

Verdict: Huawei’s Nova 5T has better value

After all that’s said and done, Huawei’s Nova 5T delivers more value to the consumers compared to Samsung’s Galaxy A50s.

The Galaxy A50s has a better screen than the Nova 5T, but that’s about it. Huawei’s mid-range champion beats it in every other category: processor, storage, camera performance, battery life, and overall performance.

John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.

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