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Samsung's Galaxy A30 and A50 tiptoe into MWC 2019

The Galaxy S10 and Fold are winning tons of attention in Barcelona, but not every Galaxy phone need be so bold. Take a closer look at these less showy siblings.

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Samsung Galaxy A30

Samsung arrived at MWC in Barcelona armed with two blockbuster phones, the Galaxy S10 and the Galaxy Fold. But there's more to see here, especially if you'd like a less-assuming phone that still carries the Galaxy name and a few notable features.

We'll start with the Galaxy A30. OK, it's another black rectangle, but that thin bezel wraps around a 6.4-inch 1,080×2,340-pixel Super AMOLED Infinity-U display.

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Samsung Galaxy A30

Yep, no home button... it's all screen.

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Samsung Galaxy A30

The front camera pokes just a bit into the display. It has a resolution of 16 megapixels.

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Samsung Galaxy A30

Samsung packs in its own apps, including Bixby and Samsung Pay. The A30 comes with either 3 or 4GB RAM and 32 or 64 GB internal storage.

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Samsung Galaxy A30

The A30 measures 158.5 by 74.7 by 7.7mm.

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Samsung Galaxy A30

It has dual rear cameras: One with a 16-megapixel resolution and the other with a 5-megapixel resolution. Below them is a flash.

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Samsung Galaxy A30

The camera controls appear on the main display.

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Samsung Galaxy A30

The fingerprint reader sits next to the cameras.

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Samsung Galaxy A50

Though it has the same display size and resolution, the Galaxy A50 steps things up with an onscreen fingerprint reader.

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Samsung Galaxy A50

Just onscreen controls here, as well.

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Samsung Galaxy A50

The front camera's resolution is 25 megapixels.

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Samsung Galaxy A50

You can get the A50 with 4 or 6GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB internal storage. It adds a couple of more Bixby features over the A30 like Bixby Vision and Bixby Voice.

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Samsung Galaxy A50

The A50 also adds a third camera on the backside. The shooter trio have 25-, 5- and 8-megapixel resolutions.

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Samsung Galaxy A50

The A50 is available in four colors: Black, white, blue and coral.

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Both phones have 4,000-mAh batteries and support fast charging.  

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Samsung Galaxy A50

Dive into the Settings menu to customize the phone to your liking.

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