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6.4″ Screen Size

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128 GB Storage

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Super Fluid Crisp Display

Enjoy binge-watching on a clear, 6.4″ screen 2 that provides a smooth entertainment experience. Scroll through social feeds and watch action-packed movies, catching all the details you need on your Galaxy A54 5G. 2 Measured diagonally, the screen size is 6.4″ in the full rectangle and 6.3″ accounting for the rounded corners. Actual viewable area is less due to the rounded corners and the camera cutout.

High-Resolution Camera

Brilliant sunrises, awesome selfies. capture incredible content with Galaxy A54 5G. Snap clear images with Single Take and OIS, and even take shots in low light with Nightography.

Power for the day-to-day

Always be ready for an impromptu photo op or newly released video with a powerful battery that has your back. With a long lasting, Super Fast Charging 3 5,000mAh battery, Galaxy A54 5G keeps you up and running. 3 Wallcharger sold separately;useonly Samsung-approved chargers and cables. To avoid injury or damage to your device, do not use incompatible, worn or damaged batteries, chargers or cables. Supports up to 25W Fast Charging.

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G review: S23 lite in all but name

Samsung’s Galaxy A54 5G wants to be the obvious choice for anyone who needs a new phone but doesn’t want to stump up for a pricey Galaxy S23. Its styling is similar, its interface is virtually identical, and its photos and videos have that trademark Samsung pop.

After last year’s Galaxy A53 was so hampered by underpowered internals, though, can its 2023 refresh win back some goodwill for the line? Samsung certainly hopes so, after all, it’s packed the phone chock-full of features, including water and dust resistance, a punchy, smooth screen, and a nifty triple camera setup. Best of all, there’s a new processor, so hopefully, it doesn’t grind to a halt like the A53 did when we tested it.

While the A53 cost £399 when it launched, though, the A54 5G starts at a pricier £449. With its higher price and stiff competition from the 200MP Redmi Note 12 Pro, and cheaper alternatives like the Poco X5 5G and Nothing Phone (1) chomping at Samsung’s heels, can the A-series still earn a spot on our best affordable smartphones list?

Design build: bulbous but flat

The A54 5G has a rounded, bulbous frame that’s set against its very flat front and back for a nice bit of contrast. It’s available in Black, Lime, Violet and White; we tested the white one, complete with a silver plastic banding sandwiched by two sheets of glass. It’s comfortable to hold and grippy.

While the white version repels fingerprints nicely, the glossy back will look smudgy in no time if you pick up a darker option. Choose a light-coloured A54 5G if you want it to stay looking box-fresh for longer.

It looks like a Galaxy S23, but the A54 5G’s glass back panel doesn’t look or feel super-premium. The phone also misses out on a cool-to-the-touch metal frame most flagships pack. Alongside other plastic-framed competition like the Redmi Note 12 Pro, between its chunky bezel and blocky design, its styling is on the whole less mature. Still, we can’t argue with the fact the A54 5G is water and dust resistant up to IP67 – a feature that’s seldom seen under the £600 mark.

With all the buttons on the right side, and a USB-C port and speaker at the base being the only interruption to the matte silver plastic banding, the phone misses out on a 3.5mm headphone jack. Around the back, the main visual draws are the three raised camera rings on the top left, that pull FOCUS from a Samsung insignia and a CE marking.

Screen: Super, thanks for asking

With a 6.5in Super AMOLED panel, the Galaxy A54 5G delivers exactly what you’d expect from a Samsung phone – quality display credentials. In the flesh, visuals pop nicely with vibrancy and saturation, blacks are inky and deep, and thanks to a smooth 120Hz refresh rate, feeds glide with the floatiness we’d expect at the phone’s price point.

Samsung’s upgraded the display to feature a more responsive dynamic refresh rate, so the A54 5G can switch between 60Hz and 120Hz depending on what’s on-screen to save power.

While we can’t complain about the phone’s screen quality after a week with the phone – it showcased content across Disney and Netflix brilliantly – it doesn’t get as bright as some competition, capping out at 800 nits in high brightness mode. London’s April showers hardly pushed the A54 5G’s screen to the limits of comfortable outdoor viewing, but if you live somewhere more perpetually sunny, the fact it isn’t best-in-class when it comes to brightness might be a consideration.

Camera: Macroeconomics

The A54 5G ditches the depth sensor from the A53’s quad-camera to create a triple camera setup with a primary, ultra-wide, and macro camera mix.

This year, the primary 50MP camera is new and comes complete with an f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilisation (OIS). The flanking cameras – a 12MP ultra-wide with an f/2.2 lens and a 5MP macro camera with an f/2.4 lens are the same secondary cameras we saw on its predecessor.

Photos captured in bright environments look excellent for the most part, loaded with contrast and saturation, but still sporting a decent amount of dynamic range. Provided you don’t want to crop into your snaps too much or edit your photos, the A54 5G’s main camera is about as good as you’ll get for the price if you consider yourself a discerning casual picture taker.

For amateur photographers, though, you might find Samsung’s processing a little heavy-handed, especially as the lights start to drop. The phone also misses out on RAW capture, so you won’t be able to edit unadulterated versions of your photos in apps like Lightroom for Mobile.

The phone’s secondary cameras are decent for the price too, even if they won’t blow you away. The ultra-wide is a fixed-FOCUS lens system, and misses out on the dynamic range of the main camera, especially when recording video. Its nighttime performance is also inferior, though Samsung’s processing keeps noise in check, provided your subject stays still.

The 5MP macro camera on the A54 5G is powerful in bright environments – more than can be said of its 2MP competition on almost every midrange Oppo, Poco, Realme, Redmi, and Xiaomi phone launched in the last two years. However when the lights drop, avoid shooting with it, as noise overtakes shots in all but the best lighting.

The 32MP selfie camera sports an f/2.2 lens and captures decent photos with pared-back beauty filters for realistic, yet flattering results out of the box. Video is captured at up to 4K (30fps) on both cameras, though stabilization is at its best at Full HD (30fps), so that’s the resolution we’d suggest shooting in for great-looking footage for the price.

Performance: box checking

Thank goodness the A54 delivers better performance than last year’s A53. By opting for an Exynos 1380 processor to power the experience, and matching it with either 8GB or 12GB RAM, the A54 5G is, for the most part, lag-free.

We tested the 8GB RAM, 128GB storage variant, and the phone also supports Dynamic RAM, so we sectioned off an additional 8GB of storage to help manage multitasking. There’s also SD card support so you can bump up storage space.

Despite being a marked improvement over its predecessor, we still experienced a couple of teething problems in our first 24 hours with the phone – specifically, the app ground to a halt a couple of times. That said, by the second day, everything from games to social media apps ran well for the most part.

The phone runs with Android 13 and Samsung’s OneUI 5.1 over the top. The fact OneUI packs many of the same core experiences as the Galaxy S23, including Link to Windows baked-in, means that, for the most part, it does indeed deliver an S23 Lite experience across the board which many will be looking for.

The A54 5G also benchmarks well – a little better than the similarly priced Redmi Note 12 Pro. While it isn’t a gaming champ, the phone chewed through Marvel Snap at maximum graphics settings (60fps), and played back Genshin Impact at low graphics settings (30fps) smoothly, making it a competent midrange gamer.

Battery: Wired

There’s no wireless charging here, so that’s one S23 highlight missing, and an area where lower-cost competition like the Nothing Phone (1) bests the A54 5G. You also don’t get a power brick with the phone, just a USB-C cable – a win for the planet, but possibly not your wallet. Still, you do get a large 5000mAh battery to keep things ticking over.

Plug the A54 5G into a fast charger, and the phone powers up by 50 per cent in 28 minutes, and 100 per cent in an hour and 25 minutes. These numbers are hardly earth-shattering, and neither is the phone’s 25W charging speed but should do the job for a quick top-up or an overnight charge.

The phone also makes it through a comfortable day with a fair amount of photo-taking, gaming, and watching. Generally, we had a quarter tank left by the end of the day, which is great going.

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G verdict

The A54 5G is a solid midrange phone. Is it exciting? Not especially. Its design is a clunky take on the flagship S23 line, and its respectable performance across the board is matched with very few wows. Still, we’re happy to recommend the A54 5G to most.

The phone does what it needed to do, especially after last year’s underpowered A53 5G, its cameras are capable for the price, and it has a great screen that’s perfect for watching content on.

The price hike year-on-year, and the fact you can get more fully-featured phones for less both gave us early reservations when we first saw the phone. But if you can’t justify spending £899 on an S23, want a Samsung phone and don’t mind sacrificing some style and power, the A54 5G definitely warrants your consideration.

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The A54 5G is a great shout for anyone who can’t justify S23 but still wants Samsung’s latest smarts

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G technical specifications

Screen 6.4in, 2400×1080 AMOLED w/ 120Hz
Processor Samsung Exynos 1380
Memory 6/8GB
Cameras 50MP, f/1.8 w/ OIS 12MP, f/2.2 ultrawide 5MP, f/2.4 macro rear32MP front
Storage 128/256GB, plus microSD
Operating system Android 13 w/ OneUI
Battery 5000mAh w/ 25W wired charging
Dimensions 158x77x8.2mm, 202g

Samsung Galaxy A54: Everything you need to know

Though Samsung’s S series smartphones tend to get the headlines, it’s the company’ A-series devices that often fill best-seller charts worldwide.

That trend looks set to continue with the launch of the long-awaited Samsung Galaxy A54 5G, one of the Korean giant’s main mid-range phone releases for 2023.

We had big hopes for 2022’s Galaxy A53, and it largely delivered, but was hampered by terrible performance. Here’s hoping the A54 doesn’t suffer the same fate.

Samsung has also announced the cheaper Galaxy A34 5G, a phone with slightly shaved-off specs but a design that I think is a little nicer than the A54.

I will stick to my guns with this claim because I went hands-on with both phones at Samsung’s fancy flagship store in London earlier this week.

Here’s everything you need to know and some of my first impressions of the phones, including their exceptional software support.

When is the Samsung Galaxy A54 release date?

The Samsung Galaxy A54 is now available to buy in the UK. It went on sale on 17 March.

The Galaxy A54 is also now available to pre-order in the US, with an expected shipping date of 11 April

Check out our full article on the best Galaxy A54 deals for other retail options.

How much does the Samsung Galaxy A54 cost?

There are two variants of the Samsung Galaxy A54, with specs and cost below:

The US only appears to have the 128GB option.

This is a price increase over the Galaxy A53, which cost £399 with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. At least for £50 more you get 8GB RAM with the A54, plus a newer chipset.

You’ll be able to buy the phone direct from Samsung.

What features and specs does the Samsung Galaxy A54 have?

The Galaxy A54’s specs look better than the phone’s sub-£500 suggest. Here’s a snapshot:

  • 6.4in 120Hz FHD AMOLED display
  • Samsung Exynos 1380 chipset
  • 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 25W wired charging
  • Cameras:
  • 12MP f/2.2 ultrawide
  • 50Mp f/1.8 main with OIS
  • 5Mp f/2.4 macro camera
  • 32Mp f/2.2 front camera
  • Four years of software updates
  • Five years of security updates

Aside from the brand new Exynos chipset, which is an unknown quanitity, the specs here are largely proven. This looks like a high-end spec sheet from a two years ago.

In fact, the 50Mp main camera, 5,000mAh battery, and five years of software support are straight out of flagship territory, and beats many more expensive phones on the market even today. Kudos to Samsung for that.

A 120Hz display is superb and goes some way to justifying this phone being more expensive than the £399 Google Pixel 6a. You also get a 256GB option with expandable storage up to 1TB.

The camera design is changed too, now aping the three distinct circles from the back of the Galaxy S23 series, the idea being you can’t tell at a glance that this is a cheaper phone.

In person, I was disappointed that the Galaxy A54 has such a glossy finish. The phone comes in graphite, white, lime and violet colours but each collected fingerprints within seconds. If you don’t want to see prints, white is the way to go.

The bezels around the display are noticeable but I don’t tend to get put off by bezels in general, and the flat display was responsive and bright – Samsung claims 1,000 nits is its peak.

Samsung Galaxy A34: Everything you need to know

So what about the cheaper Galaxy A34? Here’s a quick lowdown.

When is the Samsung Galaxy A34 release date?

The Samsung Galaxy A34 also went on sale on 17 March in the UK.

How much does the Samsung Galaxy A34 cost?

The Galaxy A34 also has two variants, even more attractively priced:

You’ll be able to get them direct from Samsung.

What features and specs does the Samsung Galaxy A34 have?

A glance at the specs shows you how Samsung can shave £100 off the RRP of the A54 to get to the A34, but it’s closer than you might think:

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  • 6.6in 120Hz FHD AMOLED display
  • MediaTek Dimensity 1080 chipset
  • 6GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 128/256GB UFS 3.1 storage
  • 5,000mAh battery
  • 25W wired charging
  • Cameras:
  • 8MP f/2.2 ultrawide
  • 48Mp f/1.8 main with OIS
  • 5Mp f/2.4 macro camera
  • 13Mp f/2.2 front camera
  • Four years of software updates
  • Five years of security updates

The A34 has a larger display, the same large 5,000mAh battery, a solid mid-range chipset, IP67 dust and water resistance, and a main 48Mp camera that looked very solid to me in my time playing around with it.

Samsung has definitely decided to put three cameras on the A34 to make it look like the S23, and the ultrawide and macro look particularly weak.

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G im TCS-Test | endlich Konkurrenz fürs A52s!?

But the Galaxy A34’s secret weapon is its matt glasstic back, which I prefer to the glossy glass A54.

Samsung’s glasstic is plastic that’s meant to feel like glass, but that aside, the A34’s matt finish not only feels nice but on the attractive silver colour, completely hides fingerprints. It should also mean you might confidently use the A34 without a case (though obviously that front screen could still smash).

A clue to the A34’s corner cutting is its less attractive U-shaped front facing camera, which is clumsy and cuts more of the screen out compared to the A54’s circular floating cut out. But when you sacrifice little else, the A34 looks like it might be a bit of a bargain – especially with that killer five years of updates.

We should be reviewing both these phones soon, and I look forward to properly testing out Samsung’s claim that both can do two full days on a single charge. It’s about time Samsung had a couple of truly excellent mid-range phones to rival the Pixel A-series and Xiaomi’s Redmi phones. Fingers crossed these two are those handsets.

Samsung Galaxy A54 review: A solid mid-range phone with long battery life

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If Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S23 phones are out of your budget, the company has a more affordable option in the Galaxy A54.

The A54 is a mid-range smartphone that combines the top-end features of some of the best Android phones with a low starting price of 450. It has the look of the premium S23 phones, a 120Hz-capable display, a three-lens camera system, and exceptional battery life.

But there are reminders that you get what you pay for. You’ll notice some hesitation when running apps, and the camera will do its job, but it’s not the best. For many who just want an affordable phone that works well enough, however, the A54 is worth a look.

Samsung’s Galaxy A54 boasts an impressive 120Hz display and remarkable battery life for its mid-range price.

  • Battery surpasses premium phones
  • Stellar display with up to 120Hz refresh rate
  • 25W charging is fast for the price range
  • Mid-range processor can stunt performance
  • Cameras can deliver mediocre results
  • Niche macro camera disappoints at 5MP

The A54’s battery outperforms many flagship Android phones

Samsung’s Galaxy A54 had a 65% charge remaining after our battery stress test.

That’s an excellent score for a phone with a 6.4-inch screen, especially one running at 120Hz. It handily outperforms premium phones with smaller 6.1-inch displays, like Samsung’s Galaxy S23 with its 56% result. Surprisingly, it nearly matches or beats phones with similar and larger screens, too, like the Google Pixel 7 (6.3 inches, 60%), Galaxy S23 Plus (6.6 inches, 67%), and even the gargantuan Galaxy S23 Ultra (6.8 inches, 61%).

The Galaxy A54 is capable of charging up to 25W, which is fast for a mid-range phone — Samsung‘s Galaxy S23 also has 25W charging speeds. Samsung doesn’t include a charger, so you’ll need to buy your own if you don’t already have one.

Solid performance for general, everyday use, with some stuttering

Samsung uses its Exynos 1380 mobile processor for its mid-range phones. It delivers solid performance, running apps smoothly, but there is occasional hesitation and stuttering, especially while opening apps.

In our Geekbench 6 and 3DMark benchmark testing, the Exynos 1380 scored significantly lower than processors used in premium phones, such as Qualcomm’s high-end version of the Snapdragon chipset and Google’s Tensor, but it provides the performance we would expect from phones in this price range — plenty for YouTube videos, casual games, checking email, surfing the web, and other general tasks.

The A54 should have lasting power for two to three years, but those occasional stutters will become more pronounced down the road, which would be an issue for those who don’t upgrade as often.

An impressive display that’s held back by the processor

The Galaxy A54’s 6.4-inch screen is a nice middle-ground between small 6.1-inch and large 6.7-inch screens — apps and content are bigger while keeping icons and on-screen items within reach of your thumbs.

Continuing its premium-on-a-budget offering, the A54’s display uses an OLED panel with a refresh rate that can be set to 120Hz. It has a max resolution of 1080p, and while that’s shy of the 1440p or 4K resolution found in flagship models, the sharp output is ideal for this screen size. Plus, it saves on battery life.

Performance at 120Hz is smooth, but there are occasional stutters while swiping quickly and opening apps — another example of the Exynos 1380 processor’s weak points.

You can adjust the setting to 60Hz, which is what you’d normally find in a mid-range phone like this. However, in our testing we didn’t find this to improve performance, and it didn’t feel like the Galaxy A54 was optimized to run its screen at 60Hz. Animations become significantly less smooth with no positive effect on performance, and the display was less responsive when tapping and swiping around.

The A54 would have benefitted from a 90Hz option, which we believe would have offered better performance without taxing the processor.

A camera system with mixed results and one questionable lens

The Galaxy A54 has a triple-lens camera system, including a 50-megapixel (MP) main camera and a 12MP ultra-wide and 5MP macro cameras, and it can deliver good results, like the example below.

However, it can often deliver mediocre photo quality. I find that the Galaxy A54 can try too hard to produce a pleasing photo by overly processing it with boosted colors, especially with the color green. It’s a common issue with Samsung phones.

Details in bright areas also fall victim to the Galaxy A54’s over-processing, as the phone can overexpose photos for the sake of a brighter, more pleasing result. In the photo below, it seems to totally disregard the details in this cat’s white fur, for example.

It also tries to liven up a naturally gloomy-looking photo by boosting overall brightness and brightening darker spots, which creates a flat-looking photo.

Macro cameras are meant to let you take super-up-close macro shots of a subject like rain drops on a leaf or pollen on a flower petal, which might be something you’re actively looking for. Still, macro shots are ultimately a niche feature, as premium phones generally don’t come with macro cameras.

And at 5MP, the A54’s macro camera isn’t especially sharp or impressive. I would have preferred if Samsung had shifted the resources for it into better main and ultrawide cameras, or a zoom lens.

Flagship styling with lesser-quality parts

The Galaxy A54 mimics the clean design of the Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus, including a glass front and back that are commonly found in flagship phones. The three rear camera lenses are understated, each protruding like individual islands rather than a big module that bumps out.

The frame is made of plastic instead of metal, and the black borders surrounding the display are thick — aspects that are expected in a mid-range phone. Despite the plastic frame, the A54’s 7.13-ounce weight is heavier than either the metal-clad S23 and S23 Plus, but it’s still perfectly acceptable and comfortable in the hand.

Though we didn’t drop-test the phone, we expect that the A54’s plastic frame would be more susceptible to damage than the metal frames on premium phones and on some mid-range phones like the Pixel 6a and Pixel 7a. We recommend using a good case for extra protection.

Should you buy the Samsung Galaxy A54?

Samsung’s Galaxy A54 has impressive battery life and a display on par with many flagship phones, though its spotty camera quality and occasionally hesitant performance make it clear you’re not getting a flagship phone like the Galaxy S23.

To be sure, the Galaxy A54 starts at 450 and costs almost half as much as the Galaxy S23, which starts at 800, so the compromises are understandable, and its shortcomings are excusable if you’re set on spending under 500 on a phone.

Still, Google’s mid-range Pixel 7a, which starts at 500, doesn’t suffer from the A54’s deficiencies. The extra 50 Google demands for the Pixel 7a is well worth it for a phone that, overall, simply delivers a better experience than the A54 when it comes to performance and camera quality.

Samsung Galaxy A54 review: buy it, and make your life more colorful

Color is at the heart of the Galaxy A54. I’ll say this again in a few moments, but if you decide to buy the Samsung Galaxy A54, get it in bright purple or lime. It looks fantastic, and the colorful body matches the really colorful photos it takes — and the lovely screen too.

But should you consider buying it in the first place? I’ve had a very happy relationship with the Galaxy A54, and provided you ask yourself a pertinent question before handing over your money, I think you’ll like it. Let’s talk about why and that all-important question next.

Samsung Galaxy A54: design

The Samsung Galaxy A54 looks a lot like the Galaxy S23, which is no bad thing, particularly if you want flagship phone looks for mid-range money. However, the Galaxy S23 is slightly more compact than the Galaxy A54, which is taller, wider, and thicker at 8.2mm and 202 grams in weight. This is mostly due to the 6.4-inch screen, which is larger than the Galaxy S23’s 6.1-inch screen.

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SAMSUNG GALAXY A54 Hands-On (deutsch): Das wahre Flaggschiff

As I already mentioned, I love the Galaxy A54’s colors. There are the usual black and white versions available, but it’s absolutely worth injecting some actual color into your life with either the Violet or Lime versions. They really do look fantastic, and I’ve been using the Lime version for my review (but also loved the Violet version when I saw it ahead of the Galaxy A54’s launch). Pick one of these, and you’ll stand out from the crowd in the best way possible.

The screen and the back of the Galaxy A54 are covered in Gorilla Glass 5, while the chassis is made from plastic, and the mix is just right when you consider the price. The glass feels high quality, and the plastic frame feels durable. Add the IP67 water and dust resistance, and the Galaxy A54 should withstand some fairly tough everyday treatment. It’s not slippery in your hand, and although it’s fairly weighty, you never feel like it’s about to make a bid for freedom.

Anything that’s not so good? The flat screen is more reflective than I like, and it does get quite smeary, as does the glass on the back. The bezels around the screen are fairly prominent, but this is to be expected on a phone at this level, and the fingerprint sensor is set quite low on the screen. None of these are dealbreakers.

I’ve found the Galaxy A54 to be very easy to live with — from the phone’s size and dimensions to the way it feels in your hand, particularly the smooth taper where the chassis and glass meet to minimize any sharpness. It’s thoughtfully designed, has decent durability, and looks much like a phone that costs quite a lot more.

Oh, and it comes in two of the best colors seen on a phone in ages. What’s not to like?

Samsung Galaxy A54: screen

There’s not a huge amount of difference between the Galaxy A54 and Galaxy A53’s screen technology, apart from one particular feature. The maximum brightness has been increased to 1,000 nits compared to the A53’s 800-nit maximum, and the difference is very noticeable. Like the Galaxy S23 Ultra, the Galaxy A54’s screen jumps to its maximum in very bright conditions, and it makes it much easier to view. It’s immediately noticeable, particularly when taking photos outdoors, and a considerable benefit.

Outside of this, it’s a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR10 certification, and it looks great with Samsung’s signature strong colors and contrast on display.

The high refresh rate is extremely important, and when you’ve tried a phone with a 90Hz or 120Hz refresh rate, you will never want to go back to a 60Hz refresh rate. It makes scrolling through the operating system, apps, and games smoother and easier on the eyes. At this price, don’t accept a phone without it.

Video and games look great, but special mention should go to the stereo speakers.

Video and games look great, but special mention should go to the stereo speakers. They have a very pleasant sound and provided you hold the phone in a way that doesn’t block them in landscape orientation, they project sound towards you really effectively. Great sound makes a real difference to a phone, and they genuinely enhance the Galaxy A54’s multimedia capability.

Samsung Galaxy A54: software and performance

Android 13 with One UI 5.1 is installed on the Galaxy A54, which is the same software you’ll find on the latest Galaxy S23 series, with the March 1, 2023, security patch at the time of writing. Samsung’s software update commitment is excellent; the Galaxy A54 will receive major updates for the next four years and security updates for the next five years.

I really like One UI, mostly because it’s smooth, fast, and for the most part, non-intrusive. There are plenty of features hidden inside, but they’re the right kind of features — such as the edge panel to show recent apps, routines that prompt actions based on your use and location, and access to Samsung’s Labs feature where you can experiment with different modes that are still in beta.

There’s nothing that feels overly superfluous, and if there is anything that’s a bit of a gimmick, it’s not shoved in your face until you’re forced to find a way for it to disappear. All my apps run without a problem, and it doesn’t appear to have restricted use drastically in order to conserve battery life. The setup is a little long-winded, with prompts to sign in with a Samsung account and advice to download unwanted apps, but that’s all. Calls sound good, I’ve had no problems with connectivity, and it pulls in a 5G signal without issue.

Performance comes from Samsung’s own Exynos 1380 processor, which is backed up by either 6GB or 8GB of RAM and 128GB or 256GB of internal storage space, plus there’s space for a MicroSD card too. It’s not blazing fast like the Galaxy S23 or the OnePlus 11, and the animations when opening apps and scrolling through the phone are a tiny bit ponderous, but it never feels slow. It’s perfectly fine for normal use, including games. I’ve played Asphalt 9: Legends enough to spot any slowdown or stutter, but there’s no evidence of anything that would spoil your enjoyment.

It’s not faultless, though. The camera app isn’t very fast at all, especially shooting in low light compared to other devices. It can also take a beat to react when you’re trying to multi-task, which can be frustrating. However, it’s not really made to do anything too strenuous. That said, I’m not convinced there’s much room for growth inside the Exynos 1380, so if you think your phone use will increase or you’ll want to play more power-intensive games in the future, it may not be able to keep up.

This is when a phone like the OnePlus 11 makes sense. It’s more money at 699, but not so much more that it could be considered out of reach. The specification means it’s far more future-proof than the Galaxy A54. It also brings the 599 Google Pixel 7 into play, as it is also more powerful and far better than the A54 when it comes to the camera, which we’ll talk about next.

Samsung Galaxy A54: camera

The Galaxy A54’s main camera has 50 megapixels and optical image stabilization (OIS), and it sits in between a 12MP wide-angle camera and a 5MP macro camera on the back of the phone. The (useless) depth camera from the Galaxy A53’s setup has been removed, and the overall design is cleaner and more attractive. The video mode shoots up to 4K resolution at 30 frames per second, and it now has digital image stabilization and intelligent reframing if it notices something happening at the edge of the frame.

Photos taken with the Galaxy A54 are likely to cause controversy. Samsung has long been associated with overly saturated colors, and it seems to have embraced this reputation with the Galaxy A54. The colors on display sometimes border on the insane, with reds, blues, and greens all amplified to a state that’s often out of control. I like a photo that pops, but not one that threatens to make my eyeballs explode with its intensity.

It can rob the Galaxy A54’s camera of realism, and because photos look relatively normal when the weather is a bit grey, the sudden retina-scorching colors in photos when the sun comes out are even more jarring. I don’t hate it, but it would benefit from a little toning down. I can see the A54’s sunny day performance appealing to those who love applying the most amped-up filter they can find on their photos, though. However, anyone who values natural tones and realism will, I suspect, absolutely hate it.

Put it against the Nothing Phone 1, and you can see where Samsung increases the saturation, taking it slightly beyond even the very color-orientated Phone 1’s camera. Results vary between the two when comparing the wide-angle cameras, too, with the Nothing Phone 1 providing more consistent shots.

The Galaxy A54’s camera is good, but it struggles with consistency and a lack of realism, while the selfie camera — despite having 32MP — doesn’t show much detail and washes faces out in difficult lighting.

If the camera really matters, and you don’t want to spend 1,000 or more, then consider the Google Pixel 7. It takes far superior and much more realistic photos than the Galaxy A54, and it’s more versatile too. The phone itself is a bigger question mark, as although I’ve had a great experience with Google’s latest phone, others have not been so lucky.

Samsung Galaxy A54: battery and charging

The Galaxy A54’s battery life has been a little disappointing, especially considering it’s a 5,000mAh cell inside the phone, and it’s not having to work all that hard to run the hardware. My daily use time hasn’t stretched much beyond three hours, with some days connected to a Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, and the battery consistently has less than 40% remaining in the late evening.

That’s not enough for two days’ use, and if you push the phone much harder, a full day is all you’ll get. Getting two days of battery out of the far more powerful Galaxy S23 Ultra is easy, and the Galaxy A54 really should be matching this, if not exceeding it. Considering the modest specification and the size of the battery, the reason it’s not lasting very long may come down to the efficiency of the Exynos processor.

The 6GB RAM/128GB Samsung Galaxy A54 is available to buy now for 450 through Samsung’s own online store, plus various carriers — including ATT, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon. It appears only the Violet and Graphite versions are available in the U.S. at the moment, and only the 6GB/128GB version is listed.

In the U.K., the 6GB/128GB version costs 449 British pounds, or around 561, and the 8GB/256GB version is 499 pounds, which is about 624. It’s available through various retailers and networks, plus Samsung’s online store, where all four colors are listed.

The Galaxy A54 is a very safe, sensible buy, even with its downsides.

The Galaxy A54’s price puts it against the Google Pixel 6a, which is a very good phone but is in imminent danger of being replaced by the rumored Google Pixel 7a. It’s cheaper than the cheapest competing Apple iPhone, the 599 iPhone 12, and superior to the aging iPhone SE (2022). The Galaxy A54 is a very safe, sensible buy, even with its downsides.

Samsung Galaxy A54: verdict

The Galaxy A54 has been my daily device with my main SIM card inside, so it has been called into action on everything from GPS navigation to photos, chats, calls, games, and app browsing. Nothing special about that, but I have been using it alongside the Apple iPhone 14 Pro and the Galaxy S23 Ultra.

I find that if a phone I’m reviewing has notable downsides or frustrations, I’ll reach for the other phones I have with me at the time just because I don’t want to deal with them. Despite the strength of the other devices in my bag, the Galaxy A54 hasn’t prompted me to grab either of its far more expensive peers. I’ve not even made a point of using the A54 — I just used it. That speaks volumes about the A54’s ability and software.

This is a great phone let down slightly by its disappointing battery life, the camera’s performance is sure to split opinions and I’m not sure there’s much more performance to give, raising questions about its longevity. It’s a shame when the phone’s software commitment is so strong. However, take the quality, software, durability, and design into account, and the Galaxy A54 becomes very appealing.

This brings me on to that important consideration and the question you must ask yourself before buying the Galaxy A54. It’s excellent, but if you spend a little more, the next steps up — the OnePlus 11, Google Pixel 7, and even a Galaxy S23 if you can find it on offer — are seriously good. They’ll also last you a lot longer than the Galaxy A54 on a hardware level, meaning the extra initial cost will be offset in the future. It’s a hard decision, but if you don’t want to spend more, the Galaxy A54 is a safe purchase you won’t regret, provided your requirements don’t change over time.

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Kerariel

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