The midrange smartphone segment became incredibly powerful and feature-packed that there’s almost no reason to spend twice as much on a high-end one anymore.

One of the latest devices to have these characteristics is the newly announced Huawei Nova 5T. With this device, Huawei aims to reclaim the spot of being one of the best bang-for-the-buck smartphone brands in the market.


However, for the price, Huawei’s offering is not the only available option out there. We also have the brand new Samsung Galaxy A50s, a follow-up to the tech giant’s most popular midrange smartphone. Which is, unsurprisingly, priced exactly the same as the Nova 5T.

With that, here in our Huawei Nova 5T vs Samsung Galaxy A50s specs comparison, we want to see which between these two sub-Php18k devices is really worth your time and money.


Huawei Nova 5TSamsung Galaxy A50s
Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie
EMUI 9.1
Android 9.0 Pie
Samsung One UI
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.26-inch FHD+ IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
NTSC 96%
6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor2.6GHz Kirin 980 octa-core2.3GHz Exynos 9611 octa-core
GPUMali-G76 MP10
GPU Turbo 3.0
Mali-G72 MP3
UFS 2.1
UFS 2.0
expandable via microSD up to 512GB
Front camera32-megapixel
Rear Camera48-megapixel (Sony IMX 586, f/1.8)
16-megapixel (ultra wide)
2-megapixel (macro)
2-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
48-megapixel (f/1.7)
8-megapixel (ultra wide)
5-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
AudioSingle loudspeaker
No headphone jack
Single loudspeaker
Headphone jack
Dolby Atmos
SecuritySide-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
In-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
Connectivity4G LTE, VoLTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
Dual-band GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BDS, QZSS
USB Type-C
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
Dimensions154.25 x 73.97 x 7.87mm158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7mm
ColorsMidsummer Purple
Crush Blue
Prism Crush White
Prism Crush Black
Prism Crush Violet
Prism Crush Green
22.5W Huawei SuperCharge
15W charger


The table above shows a clear winner between the Huawei Nova 5T and the Samsung Galaxy A50s. The former’s monstrous processor and a killer set of cameras put it in a major lead over the latter.

However, Samsung’s bet did outshine the Huawei’s offering in some areas. One of which is in the display department.


Samsung makes the best displays in the industry, so it would be ironic if the Samsung Galaxy A50s didn’t have it. It comes with a bigger and more colorful 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED panel, while the Nova 5T only comes with a 6.26-inch IPS screen.

Also, the use of an OLED panel allowed Samsung to put their ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on this device. However, Huawei was able to make up for it by cleverly relocating the fingerprint scanner on the side and merging it with the lock/power switch.


It’s quite bizarre that Huawei used a smaller 3,750mAh battery when having a 4,000mAh capacity have started to become a standard in most smartphones today. Including the Galaxy A50s.

But to make up for it, Huawei did include a faster 22.5W Huawei SuperCharge support. Meanwhile, the Galaxy A50s only comes with a 15W charger.


We also commend Samsung for keeping the headphone jack on the Galaxy A50s. Unlike what they did on the Galaxy Note 10 series, and Huawei on the Nova 5T.



But other than those minor things, if an overall value for money is what you’re after, then it’s a no brainer to pick the Huawei Nova 5T over the Galaxy A50s.

One of the most obvious reasons is its powerful Kirin 980 octa-core processor. That’s the same chipset found on Huawei’s flagship devices like the P30 Pro, which costs two times more.


The Huawei Nova 5T also offers 8GB of RAM, which is 2GB more than what the Galaxy A50s have. The two share the same storage capacity, but the UFS 2.1 standard on the former is obviously faster than UFS 2.0 of the latter.

Of course, we have the cameras. Both devices do come with 48-megapixel primary shooters and ultra-wide snapper. But, the Nova 5T gets the one up by having a 16-megapixel sensor on its ultra-wide (vs 8-megapixel) and extra two 2-megapixel sensors for depth sensing and macro shots.


I also prefer the less distracting punch-hole cutout for the Huawei Nova 5T’s selfie camera than the Infinity-U notch that the Samsung Galaxy A50s.

Well, basically that’s it. Clearly, for the same price of Php18,990, the Huawei Nova 5T offers better overall value for the money. Not unless having a Super AMOLED panel and a headphone jack really means a lot to you.

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  1. Samsung has been dead for quite some time now, their only saving grace as their flagships. Look at India, for exemple, where they are already vanquished by chinese brands.