Galaxy A-series of phones includes Samsung’s mid-range and entry-level devices, which typically offer consumers a great deal. This is one of the main reasons why you’ll find a few models on our list of the best budget Android devices. The Samsung Galaxy A54 must step into the enormous shoes left by the Samsung Galaxy A53, one of our favourite mid-range smartphones from the previous year.
The amount that each gadget changes as a result of these yearly upgrades from firms like Samsung can vary. It can be challenging to distinguish between little and significant changes on occasion when the phone changes very little, a lot, or neither. Is the Galaxy A54 a worthwhile upgrade for the Galaxy A53?
Cost and availability
The Samsung Galaxy A54 has a starting price of $450, 128GB of storage, and the same processor as the A53. Both devices are available in 256GB variants outside of the United States. Also, the Galaxy A54 offers a model with 8GB of RAM rather than 6GB, but once more, this is only the case for the international version.
Regrettably, we haven’t noticed the Galaxy A53 for sale much yet. Nevertheless, if the A54 is readily available, there might be a chance to get a nice deal on the model from a year ago.
Both phones support 5G networks, including mmWave; keep in mind, however, that in some locations, this may be constrained depending on your network. Neither phone can compete with the finest 5G phones.
Display and design
With a brand-new design that is similar of the Samsung Galaxy S23 range, the Samsung Galaxy A54 saw a fairly major aesthetic improvement. With its plastic back and prominent camera module on the back, the Galaxy A53 gave off a cheap impression. The Galaxy A54, however, has done away with all of that in favour of a glass back with a much smaller camera bump. Instead, the only three cameras in the rear of the A54 stick out separately, just like we saw on the S-series phones this year.
Although the Galaxy A54 is significantly heavier than its predecessor (202g vs. 189g) due to the change in materials, it also has slightly more rounded corners than the A53, which probably improves how well it fits in the hand.
Naturally, the display’s size difference will also help, as it makes the Galaxy A54 slightly smaller overall than the A53 because it has a 6.4-inch AMOLED display rather than a 6.5-inch one. In addition to the deep blacks and vibrant colours you’ll get from OLED screens, both models’ displays have a 120Hz refresh rate, so they scroll smoothly and have a lot of clarity. With a maximum brightness of 1000 nits, the Galaxy A54 can also get slightly brighter in sunny or other bright light environments. Although most people probably won’t notice much of a change from the A53’s maximum brightness of 800 nits, having a screen that is easier to read while lounging by the beach is useful.
The Galaxy A54 and A53 can have a multi-day battery life, as Samsung will claim, but it truly depends on how you use them.
The Galaxy A53’s 5,000mAh battery easily extended to a full 48 hours with light to moderate use, but on days when you start using it a lot more, you’ll find yourself needing to recharge at night. Although the Galaxy A54’s battery capacity is the same as that of its predecessor, it’s unlikely that you’ll see many improvements in battery life, with the possible exception of new software efficiency or the Exynos 1380 chip proving to be significantly less power-intensive than its predecessor.
However, the Galaxy A54’s new glass back does not allow for wireless charging, thus you can only charge the device with a USB-C cable at 25W speeds. It is a little disheartening that the A54 is still charging that slowly, but it is the same as the A53.
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