Even if the brand is no longer as predominant, Samsung remains a sure value in telephony. And it is often when it is in trouble that the Korean firm offers the best of itself. And the spring 2019 vintage confirms it. Here is our selection of 5 Samsung smartphones.
Samsung is still, at the time of writing, the leading brand in mobile telephony in terms of sales volume. The Galaxy accounts for nearly one in five smartphone sales worldwide. Of course, this position is disputed, not by Apple, but by Huawei (and Honor) whose technical and ergonomic qualities have nothing to envy to the Korean brand. On the other hand, prices are lower. And Samsung’s sales are down in 2018.
To fight more effectively against Chinese competition, Samsung therefore deployed a dozen new smartphones in early 2019, divided into two categories: Galaxy A, in the mid-range, and Galaxy S, in the high-end. This harvest is particularly interesting. In fact, as is often the case with Samsung, it is when the firm is in trouble that it reveals its capacity for innovation, both technologically and commercially.
While the Galaxy S are exclusively high-end smartphones, the Galaxy A range is much wider this year. There are about ten models, and four, maybe five. It ranges from low cost to premium. And the screens, almost all of which are equipped with notches (except for the special case you’ll find here), measure between 5.8 inches and 6.7 inches. So if you’re looking for big screens, that’s as far as you should go. Another big change is that the A range will no longer wait for new technology to arrive in the flagships before taking it over.
In this guide, you’ll find five smartphones unveiled by Samsung between February and April 2019. We chose them not for their technical specifications or their price, but for the balance offered between these two criteria. So you won’t find the most expensive Galaxy or the cheapest. Some of these smartphones will have a special feature of their own that appealed to us. And we have also selected them for this reason. Of course, here you will find models for every budget, because it’s not just the premium segments at Samsung.
Samsung Galaxy S10
” Everything you need without overdoing it “
The Galaxy S10 is a flagship in the purest Samsung tradition. It presents all the technological innovations of the Korean firm, without falling into ostentation or exuberance, unlike the Galaxy S10+. We prefer the “classic” version of the S10 over the “Plus” version. Mainly because it is much cheaper, whereas the advantages of the S10+ are not so convincing.
Indeed, the Galaxy S10 has the same triple photo sensor (with optical zoom). His webcam is the same (and the secondary sensor on the front is only used to calculate distances). His chipset’s the same: Exynos 9820. And in addition to a prohibitively expensive 12GB + 1TB version, the S10+ benefits from the same storage levels. The only real advantages of the S10+: 0.3 inch more on the display (the nature of which remains the same) and 700 mAh of battery. Fingerprint reader under the screen, Dynamic AMOLED panel, dual speakers, wireless reverse charge, it’s all there!
Samsung Galaxy S10e
” A small flagship at a friendly price “
Galaxy S10e is a nice surprise. Without falling into the trap of the old “Lite” versions of Samsung’s flagship models, the Galaxy S10e keeps the basics of the S10 and benefits from a few changes that are either beneficial or not so important. And all this for a very attractive price, 150 euros cheaper than the standard version.
The changes are the decrease of the screen size (to 5.8 inches), the decrease of the battery capacity (3100 mAh, still wireless reverse charge compatible), the deportation of the fingerprint reader (placed here on the right side), the suppression of the sensor with telephoto lens (no more zoom therefore) and the decrease of the RAM, to 6 GB.
The display remains Dynamic AMOLED. The chipset remains the Exynos 9820. The webcam remains the 10 megapixel model of the S10. The main photo sensor always has a variable aperture and a stabilizer. The double speaker is still present. And the glass and metal frame is always watertight.
Samsung Galaxy A80
” Samsung’s first rotary camera “
The Galaxy A80 is the most advanced model in the Galaxy A range at the beginning of 2019. It is the most expensive, of course, with a price 100 euros below the Galaxy S10e (positioning it as a hyphen between A and S). It is also the one that shows the most astonishing physical particularity: part of its hull at the rear rises and leaves enough space for the whole photo block to rotate, turning its main sensors into webcams.
Thanks to this clever handling, the Galaxy A80 has a borderless screen without notches or holes that is up to 6.7 inches in size. An ideal screen for gaming and movies. The Galaxy A80 is the largest of the Galaxy A’s, tied with the Galaxy A70. Both photo sensors are 48+8 megapixel models with a time-of-flight camera. The chipset is Qualcomm’s newest Snapdragon 730. The proposed configuration is 8+128 GB. The battery has a capacity of 3700 mAh. And the fingerprint reader is integrated into the tile to perfect this premium proposition.
Samsung Galaxy A50
” The right balance between price and power “
The Galaxy A50 could be seen as the successor to the Galaxy A8 of 2018 or the illustrious Galaxy A5s that have followed one another since the reorganisation of Samsung’s catalogue. As with the latter, the strength of the Galaxy A50 is not so much in the specification sheet or the price (below 350 euros), but in the price/performance ratio.
A good configuration : Exynos 9610 Octa clocked at 2.3 GHz. A large storage space: 128 GB expandable. A large 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ screen with a small notch. Three photo sensors in the back and a webcam in the front. A fingerprint reader integrated into the screen. A generous 4000 mAh battery with quick charge. Even if it is not extravagant, the proposal here is complete.
Samsung Galaxy A40
” A more compact Galaxy A50 “
The Galaxy A40 is not the cheapest of the Galaxy A’s. There are two other models underneath it: the Galaxy A20e and the Galaxy A10. Nor is it the most expensive in the low cost part of the A range, since it is headed by the Galaxy A50. However, it is not without interest. Indeed, the Galaxy A40 is one of the most compact Galaxy A’s of this generation with a screen that does not exceed 6 inches.
In its data sheet, you’ll find a 5.9-inch Super AMOLED Full HD+ screen (with a slightly better resolution than the Galaxy A50). It also includes the Exynos 7885, a chipset very slightly less powerful than that of the Galaxy A50. There is a 16+5 megapixel dual photo sensor, as well as a 25 megapixel webcam for selfies. The battery has a capacity of 3100 mAh.