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Samsung Galaxy M40 vs Galaxy A50: What’s the difference?

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After years of being left out and upstaged by a lot of Chinese brands, Samsung is bouncing back and starting to come up with value-oriented smartphones. Especially in the midrange and entry-level segment.

One of those devices is the Samsung Galaxy A50. Unlike the Galaxy A devices before it, this one offers really compelling value for the price — from the design department, performance, and camera.

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In our full review of the Galaxy A50, we hailed it as one of the best — if not the best — Samsung midrange smartphone today.

However, just the other day, the Samsung Galaxy M40 came into the picture. And since it’s part of the company’s value-oriented line-up, we really expect to get a great value for the price with this one.

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With that, here in our Samsung Galaxy M40 vs Galaxy A50 specs comparison, we shall see if the Galaxy A50 has been dethroned by the Galaxy M40 as the leading midrange device that Samsung offers.

 Samsung Galaxy M40Samsung Galaxy A50
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Samsung One UI
Android 9.0 Pie
Samsung One UI
SIMDual SIM
Dual Standby
Hybrid
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.3-inch FHD+ Infinity-O IPS
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
~409ppi
91.8% screen-to-body ratio
Corning Gorilla Glass
6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
~403ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 675 octa-core2.3GHz Exynos 9610 octa-core
RAM6GB6GB
GPUAdreno 612Mali-G72 MP3
Storage128GB
expandable via microSD up to 512GB
128GB
expandable via microSD up to 512GB
Front camera16-megapixel
Punch-hole
25-megapixel
Rear Camera32-megapixel (f/1.7) +
8-megapixel (ultra wide) +
5-megapixel (depth sensor)
PDAF
LED flash
AI scene optimizer
25-megapixel (f/1.7) +
8-megapixel (ultra wide) +
5-megapixel (depth sensor)
PDAF
LED flash
AI scene optimizer
AudioNo headphone jack
Dolby Atmos
Screen sound technology
Headphone jack
Dolby Atmos
SecurityRear-mounted fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
In-display fingerprint scanner
Face unlock
ConnectivityHSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo
USB Type-C
HSPA+, 4G LTE
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
GPS, GLONASS, BDS, Galileo
USB Type-C
Dimensions155.3 x 73.9 x 7.9mm158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7mm
Weight168g166g
ColorsMidnight Blue
Seawater Blue
Gradient Black
Blue
White
Coral
Battery3,500mAh
15W charger
4,000mAh
15W charger
Price INR19,990 (~Php15,000)Php17,990

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As what you just saw on the table above, it’s a very close fight between the Samsung Galaxy M40 and the Galaxy A50. So to determine which between the two is right for you, let’s check out their respective strengths and weaknesses.

Let’s start with the processor. The Exynos 9610 chipset on the Galaxy A50 has faster CPU speeds and a smaller semiconductor size (10m vs 11m). This means that you can get faster multitasking performance and battery efficiency on this one.

But if gaming is top priority, then the Galaxy M40 might serve you better. This one comes with an Adreno 612 GPU, which can handle games better than the Mali-G72 MP3 on the Galaxy A50.

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The Galaxy A50 will also outperform the latter in battery performance. Besides having the aforementioned power-efficient processor, it also comes with an AMOLED screen, and a bigger 4,000mAh battery (versus the 3,500mAh on the Galaxy M40).

Speaking of which, the AMOLED panel is obviously better than the IPS display on the Galaxy M40. It gives better colors and contrast that’s good for media consumption. But, there’s no denying that the Infinity-O punch-hole design on the Galaxy M40 looks cooler.

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The OLED screen also allowed Samsung to use an in-display fingerprint scanner on the Galaxy A50. However, in our review of that device, I think it’s better if Samsung just settled for the traditional, faster and more accurate rear-mounted sensor. Just like what the Galaxy M40 has.

Probably the most solid win of the Samsung Galaxy M40 is the cameras. It has a 32-megapixel primary camera. While the Galaxy A50 has a 25-megapixel sensor. Although the two of them do come with an 8-megapixel ultra-wide shooter and a 5-megapixel depth-sensor.

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The screen sound technology on the Galaxy M40 is also a brag-able feature to have. This allowed it to have slimmer bezels. Making the Galaxy M40 win the design category. On the downside, it does lack a headphone jack, which the Galaxy A50 still has.

As for the price, we expect the Samsung Galaxy M40 and Galaxy A50 to be priced similar. The former is available in India for INR19,990 (~Php15,000). And we expect it to be close to the Galaxy A50’s price, which is at Php17,990, when it makes its way here in the Philippines.

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