The Galaxy A90 5G is Samsung’s more price-friendly alternative to their Galaxy S and Note line-up while still offering a high-quality build and 5G connectivity. Despite this, the Samsung A90 5G still feels like a flagship while in hand. Also, it has similar specs, with a Snapdragon855 processor and 6GB RAM – so it’s definitely an interesting smartphone, to say the least.

External Appearance of Galaxy A90 5G

Galaxy A90 5G

The A90 5G has an extremely nice design. The front and back of the device have Gorilla Glass 6 on which both sit around the aluminum frame while giving it a premium look and feel. The Samsung A90 5G is a big phone, without a doubt. This is dictated by the 6.7-inch display on the front of the device, meaning that the device does need both hands to use comfortably, or you’ll be shuffling the phone around in your hands a lot, stretching your thumb to reach the top corners of the display. The display features a teardrop cut-out for the front-facing camera, which I found hidden with a small earpiece cut-out just above it. The bezel thickness is the same around the whole display except the bottom of the device. This gives the front of the device a pleasant uniform look.

The fingerprint reader is also on the front, housed underneath the display. Although it is not the Ultrasonic Fingerprint scanner introduced with the Galaxy S10 series in March 2019, it is an optical fingerprint sensor. I would presume this is one way that Samsung can maintain a premium feeling device and keep the price down. Flipping over the device, the glass has an impressive design with a reflective holographic effect. I like the design as it is something different, and I think the white glass looks great, but this is more to do with personal taste. The edges of the rear glass curve inwards. But not like the previous Samsung devices I have looked at, the front glass is flat, which can help reduce accidental screen taps along the device’s edge. The device’s back is also included with a triple-camera array, which is housed within the latest camera bump alongside the camera flash.

As far as physical connectivity goes, there is a USB Type-C port on the bottom for charging and using Samsung DeX and a microSDXC card slot on the 6GB RAM model, which is built into the SIM card tray at the top. If you’re interested in wired earbuds, Samsung has included some USB Type-C earbuds in the box, but no headphone jack can be found. I wanted to mention another couple of things. The power and volume buttons are on the right-hand side and feel nice and clicky. Unfortunately, the device does not have an IP water resistance rating, so you’ll want to keep this phone away from liquids. As far as wireless connectivity goes, the device supports NFC. So you can make contactless payments with Samsung Pay, AC Wi-Fi, Bluetooth5.0, and of course, cellular 5G connectivity.

Overall, I like the design of the phone. It looks fantastic and feels great to use. The Samsung A90 5G has a 6.7-inch rounded display with a 1080p resolution, giving it a pixel density of 393ppi. The display looks crisp, resulting in sharp text and imagery on the screen, giving an aspect ratio of 9:20; this does allow you to watch 16:9 video without worrying about the camera protruding into the viewport. The display uses a Super AMOLED panel, which results in fantastic contrast with pure black and bright white colours. The colours are also well saturated, and this can be further adjusted in the device settings if you would like a more vivid appearance. The display has great viewing angles when looking at the phone from an angle.

Software Experience

The A90 5G ships with Android 9.0 with Samsung’sOne UI interface running over the top, but this device can be upgraded to Android 10 to include the latest Android features and One UI 2.0. There are preinstalled apps from not only Samsung but also Microsoft and Google – some of which overlap in functionality. Being a Samsung device, Samsung DeX is also included, which allows you to use your phone with a desktop interface when you plug it into a monitor – this could be quite handy if you’re getting the phone for work. I did find myself needing to do 3 separate updates before the A90 5G was entirely up to date, which I thought was a little peculiar but not a huge problem once completed. Overall, the software experience on this device is very pleasant and fluid to use.

Processor & Performance

The Samsung A90 5G has plenty of horsepower to deliver a pleasant and smooth experience to the user. This has a good performance with a Snapdragon855 processor and 6GB or 8GB RAM, which will provide snappy performance and plenty of RAM for fluid multitasking. Apps load and execute quickly, and general performance is snappy and smooth. I’m not a high-end mobile gamer, but I Found 3D titles such as Real Racing to perform well with reasonable graphics quality and responsive performance. If you’re a fan of benchmarks, the A90 5Gperforms favorably. Running the Geekbench 5 CPU benchmark, the device scores a single-core score of 714 and a multi-core score of 2604, which puts it in line with the pricier Galaxy S20 flagship.

The built-in Security Force

The device supports some different biometric unlocking methods. Face recognition is supported in this device. But unfortunately, it uses only the front-facing camera, which makes it less secure than an infra-red face recognition system. So I have been using the optical under-the-display fingerprint reader. The fingerprint scanner is much responsive, although it can be temperamental at times, and can be used even when the device is sleeping – so the device doesn’t need to be woken using the power button. If you’re not using headphones, you’re likely going to be using the A90 5G’s built-in speaker. The speaker sounds okay for watching youtube videos or TV shows, but when listening to music, the listening experience is a little tinny. The speaker works alongside the earpiece to provide a sound, which I think is more immersive, but it lacks the low end.

Amazing Camera Specs

Camera Specs

The cameras on the A90 5G perform well, providing well-exposed sharp images with good detail. The device is released with a 48-megapixel sensor on the back to capture high-resolution images. But this is set to capture a 12-megapixel image out of the box in order to save disk space. For landscape photography, the device does an excellent job at exposing both the bright sky and darker land – ensuring that you’ll be able to see detail in both parts of the photo. This is thanks to the HDR functionality that is built into the camera app and will determine whether an HDR photograph needs to be taken without you having to worry about it. The saturation of colors and color quality within photos looks good, vibrant, but not oversaturated. I did not notice the camera struggling to figure out the correct balance, which is a good sign. The A90 5G also comes with 2 additional camera sensors on the back, an 8-megapixel ultrawide camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor for the “Live Focus” mode in the camera app. I’m a big fan of the ultra-wide lens, and it manages to add a considerable amount of field of view when used, so it can be useful for getting that shot of a big subject or for experimenting with. The depth sensor is doing a good job of ensuring the live focus mode is effective, considering only 5 megapixels. I found it was able to isolate the subject from the background appropriately. It was most effective with portraits, but it can also be used for any object – I tried it out on some flowers, and it worked quite well and can be used with different background effects. Sometimes the edges would look a little soft between the foreground and the background, but overall, it does a good job. The front-facing camera performs just as well as the rear-facing camera. Similar to the rear-facing camera, the sensor has a 32-megapixel sensor that, by default, takes 12-megapixel photos to save on space.

Interestingly, the camera has an ultrawide mode feature which reduces the crop that the built-in camera app introduces. Also it seems to be a little unnecessary. Front-facing camera helps Live focus.But it does not perform quite well since the lack of a depth sensor, resulting in softer edges and a halo around your subject – the rear camera with a depth sensor is definitely the way to go if you want a nice background blur.

The device can also shoot up to 4K 30fps video. I have stuck with shooting 1080p 30fps as it allows for image stabilization to take place to help capture smoother video that is a little less shaky. The camera app includes additional modes such as night, slow motion, pro,etc. Unfortunately, the pro model has a deceiving name as it does give more control of the camera settings, but not full control – so if you want to set your shutter speed manually, you’ll need a third-party app.

Battery Life and Durability

The A90 5G sports a substantially large 4500mAhbattery, which has provided plenty of power for using the device throughout the day. I’ve mainly been using social media apps such as Instagram, Twitter, and Messenger as well as Spotify and email with some occasional video watching on YouTube, and the device has been able to keep going fluid without any issues. Depending on your usage and the apps you use on a day to day basis, you should be able to easily make it through a day’s usage with the device, maybe even two, before you need to charge it up again. Although this doesn’t support wireless charging, fast charging is supported. You can use a 25W fast charger to charge up the device quickly.

Samsung’s A90 5G is a compelling offer that manages to undercut flagship prices which you would expect but in a more affordable package. If you’re keen to use 5G connectivity and you’re in an area that supports it but doesn’t want to spend the money on a high-end flagship, the mid-range A90 5G is a great option.

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