Samsung’s Galaxy A54 is an Affordable Way to Get One of the Best Smartphone Displays
Samsung’s next-gen mid-range release is the Galaxy A54.
The Pixel 7a is around the corner, but if you don’t care for Google’s series of smartphones, there’s always a Samsung alternative. This week, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy A54 5G, the mid-range follow-up to its Galaxy S flagship series. Like the last two generations of the Galaxy A-series, the Galaxy A54 5G is worth a look if you want a bright AMOLED screen without flagship level prices.
The Galaxy A54 is a mid-sized Android smartphone. It has a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display, and while the “super” there means little beyond the screen supposedly having less glare and is in fact a Samsung marketing term relating to where the phone’s touch layer is, that’s still great. The screen’s also got a maximum brightness of 1000 nits in broad daylight, making those summertime Pokémon Go sessions easier to see. It has a whopping 120Hz refresh rate, which isn’t common at the phone’s sub-$500 price point. That higher refresh rate isn’t the best for battery, but it makes for smoother gameplay and UI animations on a small screen. The current Google Pixel 6a release is 60Hz, while rumors say the Pixel 7a caps at 90Hz.
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Speaking of battery life, the battery size in the Galaxy A54 remains unchanged from the Galaxy A53. Samsung’s equipping the Galaxy A54 with a 5,000 mAh battery pack. Even with that high refresh rate, the battery will likely impress; last year’s Galaxy A53 lasted nearly 19 hours off the charger.
The processor inside the Galaxy A54 is Samsung’s own 5nm Exynos 1380. It is available with either 6 or 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of storage. For those who like to hoard data, the Galaxy A54 also has a microSD slot for up to 1TB more storage space.
Last-gen’s Galaxy A53 camera was acceptable, but it could have been much more capable in low light. It also needed more finely tuned saturation. The Galaxy A54 has a three-camera system that will hopefully impress. It features a 50-MP primary camera with an f/1.8 aperture, a 12-MP ultra-wide camera, and a 5-MP macro camera. There’s also a 32-MP front-facing camera with an f/2.2 aperture.
The Samsung Galaxy A54 costs $450. It will be on sale starting April 6 and come in two colors: Awesome Violet (purple) and Awesome Graphite (black).
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