It looks like there’s no stopping Xiaomi from climbing up the ladder to become the biggest smartphone manufacturer in the industry.

The Chinese brand keeps on coming up with value-oriented devices, from the flagship segment up to low-end ones. With that, just recently, the company’s local arm just released the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE in the country.


This device, just like its other siblings, wants to be your best option if you’re shopping in the midrange price category.

But the thing is, other prominent brands have started to get their act straight, and finally introduce capable products that are worthy of competition to Xiaomi’s releases. One of them is Samsung and their latest Galaxy A50.


We sure did love the Samsung Galaxy A50 in our full review. Clearly, it’s the best midrange device that the company currently offers.

But the question is, how does it stack up against a device from an enthusiast-favorite brand like Xiaomi? That’s what we’re about to find out in our Xiaomi Mi 9 SE vs Samsung Galaxy A50 specs comparison.

 Samsung Galaxy A50Xiaomi Mi 9 SE
Operating SystemAndroid 9.0 Pie
Samsung One UI
Android 9 Pie
Dual Standby
Dual SIM
Dual Standby
Display6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
5.97-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED
2340 x 1080 pixel resolution
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
Processor2.3GHz Exynos 9610 octa-core2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 712 octa-core
GPUMali-G72 MP3Adreno 616
expandable via microSD up to 512GB
64GB UFS 2.1
Front camera25-megapixel20-megapixel
Rear Camera25-megapixel +
8-megapixel (ultra wide) +
5-megapixel (depth sensor)
LED flash
AI scene optimizer
48-megapixel (f/1.8) +
12-megapixel (ultra wide) +
16-megapixel (telephoto, f/2.4)
LED flash
AudioHeadphone jack
Dolby Atmos
No headphone jack
SecurityIn-display 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
USB Type-C
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band
Bluetooth 5.0
USB Type-C
Dimensions158.5 x 74.7 x 7.7mm147.5 x 70.5 x 7.5mm
ColorsGradient Black
15W charger
18W charging


As what you just saw, it’s been a very close fight between the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE and the Samsung Galaxy A50. So to ultimately decide which one is right for you, let’s digest the facts that we just saw.

To start, both the Mi 9 SE and Galaxy A50 has an identical FHD+ Super AMOLED screens with an in-display fingerprint scanner. However, the Galaxy A50 is much taller at 6.4-inches.

Having a big screen can provide more space for gaming and productivity. But if you have butterfingers, then you might want to settle to the smaller 5.97-inch screen that the Mi 9 SE has as it comes with a sturdier Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Samsung used its own Exynos 9610 processor on the Galaxy A50, while Xiaomi utilized a Snapdragon 712 chipset from Qualcomm. Both processors shall provide an identical speed in terms of basic tasks and gaming.


The two also have the same 6GB of RAM, with the only difference here is the storage. The Galaxy A50 has 128GB of expandable storage out of the box.

Meanwhile, the Mi 9 SE only has half of that at 64GB, and doesn’t have microSD card support. On the upside, it has a faster UFS 2.1 storage technology, which shall provide better overall performance.


We’re also seeing a close fight in the battery department. The Samsung Galaxy A50 has a bigger 4,000mAh battery over the 3,070mAh capacity on the competition. However, the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE makes up for it by having a faster 18W fast-charging (vs 15W on the A50).



These two devices really went neck and neck in this comparison. But on this next round, we have a clear winner.

The Xiaomi Mi 9 SE sports a 48-megapixel primary camera, which is nothing against the 25-megapixel shooter that the Galaxy A50 has. There’s also the 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera, which can offer sharper details than the 8-megapixel one on the competition.


Lastly, the Mi 9 SE’s trifecta of cameras is completed by a 16-megapixel telephoto camera, while the Galaxy A50 settles for a 5-megapixel depth-sensor.

To Samsung’s credit, the Galaxy A50 does come with a 25-megapixel selfie camera, which is better than the 20-megapixel on the former. It also has a headphone jack, which we’re disappointed to not see on Xiaomi’s offering.


With that all said, I guess it’s clear which is the ultimate winner here. The Samsung Galaxy A50 might be the best midrange device that we saw from Samsung, but it still failed to match Xiaomi’s offering.

The two clearly has tons of similarities, but the Xiaomi Mi 9 SE was able to one-up the competition by having a better set of cameras.

More importantly, it has a more value-oriented price tag. This thing comes at only Php15,990, which is Php2,000 cheaper than the Galaxy A50, which is at Php17,990.

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