Galaxy A-Series Bolstered With Improved A30s, A50s Variants

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Samsung has now unveiled two brand new handsets — the Galaxy A30s and Galaxy A50s — reinforcing its A-series with small but significant improvements. The freshly-reported models build off of their respective namesakes, the Galaxy A30 and A50. As the new 's' designation in the branding implies, the changes are slight.

For those who love mobile photography and gaming with a bit more style, this will probably be big news. The most immediately noticeable change can be squarely planted in the latter category. That's because both gadgets take things up a notch, incorporating a distinctly 'techy' new aesthetic in the rear panel's finish.

Multi-colored accents in the panel split across geometric patterning. Samsung infused the pattern with a similar color-shift effect as is found on its top tier white flagships.

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There are slight differences between the models in terms of hues, setting them apart from one another and their respective counterparts. Both will ship in in four colors, including "Prism Crush Black, Prism Crush White, Prism Crush Green, and Prism Crush Violet."

How has Samsung improved with the Galaxy A30s & A50s?

Changes under the hood are primarily relegated to the new 's' series Galaxy A30 and A50's software features. But at least one of the new feature sets depends on another big external change.

Namely, that's Samsung's inclusion of a 48-megapixel primary snapper on the rear panel of the A50s. That's supporting the same secondary sensors — an 8-megapixel ultra-wide f/2.2 aperture and 5-megapixel f/2.2 aperture depth sensor — as the previous configurations. For the A30s, Samsung has bumped the cameras up to a triple array, similar to the Galaxy A50s but with a 25-megapixel main camera instead.

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The bigger sensor is needed to power big camera changes in terms of user experience. That starts with the Samsung Galaxy A30s's new Live Focus mode. The Galaxy A50s has even more in store, thanks to the addition of the same video-smoothing Super Steady mode found in Samsung's flagship Galaxy S10 series devices.

Other key differences between the new gadgets remain too. Although both have gained the AI-driven Game Booster features from the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 series, the new Galaxy A30s also gets an in-display fingerprint scanner.

When and where to buy?

Samsung is not providing any information about where users will be able to pick up the new Galaxy A gadgets. Each of those improvements will undoubtedly raise the price of Samsung's more affordable Galaxy A30 and A50. But Samsung is keeping mum on that front as well. The price will almost certainly be somewhat higher unless the company plans to discount the original A30 and A50 handsets.

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Regardless, the new announcement does seem to be a step away from Samsung's originally-reported purpose for releasing the new series. The revamped A-series was intended to help consolidate the company's budget and mid-range offerings considerably. The overall goal was, of course, to alleviate confusion caused by having so many different brandings available.

It's not immediately clear whether or not similar treatment has been planned for the Samsung Galaxy A70 is also unknown.