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Samsung reveals new Galaxy A phones at MWC

The Galaxy A50 and A30 are the latest in the series.


Samsung's Galaxy A30 was revealed Monday.

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Samsung announced a pair of fresh phones in its midrange Galaxy A series during Mobile World Congress on Monday.

The Galaxy A50 and A30 are the initial models for 2019, and both feature 6.4-inch 1,080×2,340-pixel Super AMOLED Infinity-U displays, with dimensions of 158.5 by 74.7 by 7.7mm.

The differences start with the cameras -- the A50 has a 25-megapixel camera on the front, with 25-, 5- and 8-megapixel options on the back (continuing the triple-rear camera trend). The A30 has a 16-megapixel one on the front, and 16- and 5-megapixel cameras at the rear.

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Memory-wise, you can get the A50 with 4 or 6GB of RAM and 64 or 128GB internal storage. The A30 comes with either 3 or 4GB RAM and 32 or 64 GB internal storage.


The A30 has 16- and 5-megapixel cameras on the back.

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The A50 is available in four colors: black, white, blue and coral (which is apparently "inspired by scattered light"). It also comes equipped with on-screen fingerprint unlocking.

The A series may not be Samsung's flagship Galaxy line (the S series still holds that crown), but still offers full access to its ecosystem -- so you can use Samsung Health, Samsung Pay, Bixby and other features.

"People are changing the way they connect, and their smartphones need to keep up," said DJ Koh, head of Samsung's mobile business, in a release. "Our new Galaxy A Series offers improvements to the essential features that will support these live interactions, with diverse options to meet their ever-changing needs."

We've reached out to Samsung for details on pricing and a release date.

Last week, Samsung unveiled its much-hyped flexible Galaxy Fold and a quartet of Galaxy S10 models.

First published at 2:35 a.m. PT.
Updated at 3:55 a.m. PT: Adds more details.