Samsung Drops Price of Galaxy A50 in India, Rolls Out Android 9 Pie Update for Galaxy A8s in China

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A few months after its launch, Samsung has slashed the price of its popular mid-range smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy A50 in India. At the time of its launch, the base 4GB+64GB version of the device was priced at INR 19,990 while the 6GB+64GB version cost INR 22,990. Both these variants are now cheaper by INR 1500 following which the base version is now available for INR 18,490. The 6GB+64GB version, on the other hand, gets a revised price of INR 21,490. These new prices are effective May 25, 2019, and valid across all the e-commerce platforms where the device is on sale, including Flipkart, Amazon, and Samsung’s own online store.

The news of Samsung’s decision to slash the price of the Galaxy A50 comes on the day we reported about the company planning to launch two new devices in the country. These new handsets include the Samsung Galaxy A10s (an updated version of the existing Galaxy A10), and a new A-Series handset called the Galaxy A40. If you recall, the Galaxy A40 had a limited release in Europe a few months ago. As evident from its name, the A40 will be positioned between the existing Galaxy A30 and the Galaxy A50 models.

Another piece of information that we have around Samsung is about another mid-range device that it had launched late last year. The Samsung Galaxy A8s which saw its launch in China with Android 8 Oreo has started to receive the official Android 9 Pie update earlier this week. While we do not have a change-log for this update yet, it is almost certain that the Galaxy A8s will receive Google’s April Security Patch and an official update to the new One UI.

While the Samsung Galaxy A50 uses Samsung’ sown Exynos 9610 SoC, the A8s uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 chipset that is also found doing duty on the Realme 3 Pro. Both the handsets feature a 6.4-inch AMOLED panel with Full HD+ resolution. The A50, however, gets a traditional waterdrop notch while the A8s opts for a cooler looking Infinity-O style cutout for the front-facing camera.  The A50 with its massive 4,000 mAh battery is ahead of the A8s’ 3,400 mAh power-pack.

Both the devices boast of a triple rear camera setup at the rear. While the A50 manages with a 25-megapixel primary camera, an 8-megapixel     camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor, the 8s gets a 24-megapixel primary camera, a 10-megapixel secondary wide-angle camera, and a 5-megapixel  depth sensor. As for the front cameras, the Galaxy A50 gets a 25-megapixel camera while the Galaxy A8s gets a 24-megapixel sensor.



Having spent the better part of the last decade writing about technology, Rahul is among the most experienced tech journalists in India. His writing career began back to 2006 when he started off as a member of the Microsoft PYPC (Protect Your PC) team. At Microsoft, most of his time was spent on creating and updating Microsoft’s Knowledge Base articles. In 2008, thanks to his proclivity for consumer technology, he joined Techtree, then India’s most popular consumer tech website. In his decade-long career, Rahul has contributed to several Indian and International publications including GQ Magazine, Onlygizmos, iPhoneHacks, and The Inquisitr.

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