Samsung Galaxy A90 5G Review: Hands on

First impressions

It’s not exactly cheap, but if you want to upgrade to the 5G system with Samsung and are unwilling to spend a lot of money on the Note 10 Plus, this may be the next best option.

key specifications

  • 6.7-inch 1080 x 2400 screen
  • 48MP camera
  • 6 / 8GB RAM
  • 4500mAh battery
  • 5G

The Samsung Galaxy A90 5G combines the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the Galaxy S10 5G with the next-generation data link of the Korean brand. Here at IFA 2019 we took a first look at the cheapest way to get 5G from Samsung.

5G in the UK has grown surprisingly fast. One of the main entry barriers, however, is that the currently available handsets are expensive flagship options. With the A90 5G, Samsung hopes to offer a more “affordable” option to those who want to get into the 5G early.

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G price and release date

You can already pack the A90 5G in Korea. A publication in the UK will follow in early October with a price of 749 euros. No US or UK prices have yet been announced.

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G Specifications and Display – Large screen, large battery and plenty of power

The Galaxy A90 5G does not offer the performance you’ll find on the Note 10, but it’s not far off. There is a Snapdragon 855 chipset that will provide the device with 6 or 8 GB of RAM, depending on which model you choose. That’s a lot more power than you would normally find in an A-Series phone.

If you think the Note 10 Plus is too big, the A90 5G is probably not for you. The 6.7-inch display is huge and since the bezel is slightly wider than Samsung’s elegant touch series, it feels like a much larger phone overall.

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The screen itself is really good and that’s no surprise as Samsung’s phones are constantly seeing some of the best displays. Like the brand’s flagship phones, it also features an AMOLED panel with expressive colors and high saturation and a resolution of 2400 x 1080 pixels.

The bright lights of the IFA 2019 showroom were not an ideal test site for evaluating a display, but I was impressed by it.

Samsung Galaxy A90 5g

Samsung has used a variety of notches in its phones this year. We had a pop-up camera on the A80, a centrally located punch on the Note 10 and a pill-shaped version on the S10 Plus. In the A90, Samsung has probably used the most popular notch 2019 in the form of a dewdrop style. This sticks out of the screen and hides the front camera.

This big screen has a big battery. The A90 has a 4500 mAh cell, which should lead to impressive endurance, even with the extra juice needed for the 5G smarts. There is a 25-watt charger for juicing, but no wireless charging, which is a bit of a pity.

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G Design – A typical Samsung look

To be honest, the A90 5G is not the most visually unique phone. It lacks the high-end finish of the Note 10 and it’s not trying to do anything different.

It feels good to hold – though I would not recommend it to anyone who does not like big phones – thanks to rounded sides. Thanks to the plastic body, it also feels quite light.

Samsung Galaxy A90

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G Camera – Much more megapixels than the Note 10 Plus

Like many other phones this year from OnePlus, Xiaomi and Nokia, the A90 5G has a 48 megapixel main sensor covering the triple camera array. These two other cameras consist of a 5 megapixel depth sensor and an 8 megapixel ultra-wide snapper. It’s a versatile setup that should provide some good shots.

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Turn the phone over and you have a 32 megapixel selfie camera on the front.

Trying to test the camera capabilities of a phone in a demo room is never ideal, and I’ll need a lot more time on this phone to see how it develops against the fierce competition. However, it was obvious how quickly the camera opened and focused on a moving subject. There are also a number of camera modes to spice up your snapshots.

Samsung Galaxy A90

Samsung Galaxy A90 5G – Early verdict

It’s not exactly cheap, but if you want to upgrade to the 5G model with Samsung and are unwilling to spend a lot of money on the Note 10 Plus, this may be the next best option.

A “hands-on review” is just our first taste of a product – it’s not a complete test and judgment. Our author must have spent some time with the product to get a first impression of how it is used. We call these “hands on reviews” to make them visible in the search. However, these are always unweighted and give no recommendations.
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