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Last Updated : Jun 18, 2019 04:34 PM IST | Source: Moneycontrol.com

Galaxy M40 vs Galaxy A50: Which is the better Samsung smartphone under Rs 20K?

For Rs 1,500 less, is the Galaxy A50 a better deal than the Galaxy M40?

Pranav Hegde

Samsung has been aggressively launching budget to mid-range smartphones in India to regain its market share. Its most recent launch is the Galaxy M40 that comes with a punch-hole display and has been priced at Rs 19,990.

Another Samsung smartphone available in the same price range is the Galaxy A50 which recently received a price cut and it is no priced at Rs 18,490. For Rs 1,500 less, is the Galaxy A50 a better deal than the Galaxy M40? Let’s find out.

Design and Display

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The Galaxy M40 comes with a 6.3-inch Full HD+ LCD with a 1080 * 2340 resolution. Unlike other Galaxy M smartphones, the M40 gets an Infinity-O display which has a punch-hole instead of the water-drop notch. The smartphone has a screen-to-body ratio of 91.8 percent, courtesy of the tiny bezels on all three sides except the slightly thicker chin. Samsung has replaced the earpiece on Galaxy M40 with a screen sound technology that produces vibrations for audio. 

The Galaxy A50 has a slightly bigger 6.4-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080*2340 pixels. It gets an Infinity-U display which is basically a water-drop notch for the front camera. Although the Galaxy A50 might not have a screen-to-body ratio similar to the Galaxy M40, it comes with a Super AMOLED panel that offers better colours, deeper blacks, and also consumes lesser battery.

Both smartphones come with a glasstic design at the back with unique gradient finishes. Galaxy M40 is offered in Midnight Blue, and Seawater Blue colours whereas the Galaxy A50 is available in Black, Blue, and White colour options.

Performance

Under the hood, Galaxy M40 gets a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 675 SoC and Adreno 612 GPU with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. The Galaxy A50 comes with 2.3GHz Samsung Exynos 9610 with 4GB/ 6GB RAM and 64GB/ 128GB storage. While the clock speed of Galaxy A50’s processor is higher, our past experience with Snapdragon 675 SoC has proved to be comparatively smoother. 

In terms of battery backup, the Galaxy M40 gets a 3,500 mAh battery with 15W fast charging. Galaxy A50 has an edge here with a bigger 4,000 mAh battery coupled with 15W fast charging.

For secure unlocking, Galaxy M40 gets a fingerprint scanner at the back and face-unlock as an alternative. The Galaxy A50 comes with an optical in-display fingerprint scanner, which unlocks the device a bit slower than physical fingerprint scanners.

Both the devices come with Android 9.0 based One UI out of the box. The Galaxy M40 misses out on a headphone jack that is found on the Galaxy A50.

Camera

Both the devices offer triple camera setup at the back. The Galaxy M40 comes with a 32MP + 8MP + 5MP setup whereas the Galaxy A50 has a 25MP + 8MP + 5MP setup.

For selfies, the Galaxy M40 has a 16MP sensor at the front, whereas the Galaxy A50 gets a 25MP shooter.

Verdict

Both the smartphones are priced in the same price range. There are minor differences between the two smartphones that make it even more difficult to choose. 

The Galaxy M40 comes with a punch-hole display that is not found on any other smartphone in its category. It also comes with a Snapdragon 675 SoC with 6GB RAM for Rs 19,990. 

The Galaxy A50 has a better display and a bigger battery compared to Galaxy M40. It also gets the new optical in-display fingerprint scanner. The smartphone is available for Rs 18,490 for the 4GB RAM variant.

However, the 6GB RAM variant of Galaxy A50 can be bought for Rs 21,490 compared to Galaxy M40’s 6GB RAM variant for Rs 19,990.

If you are looking for a modern looking smartphone and can comprise on a slightly smaller battery, the Galaxy M40 can be a good buy. For Rs 18,490, the Galaxy A50 suits best for users who stream content and want to have a rich viewing experience on the Super AMOLED display. If you are looking for other options within the similar price range, click here.
First Published on Jun 18, 2019 04:34 pm
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