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Review: SAMSUNG Galaxy A54 5G

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Review: SAMSUNG Galaxy A54 5G

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The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G is an innovative mid-ranged priced smartphone that could make a great alternative to the flagship range. I’ve been using the device for more than a month now and for its price, it has a great display, good battery, it’s water resistant and it can capture great photos as it has a great line-up of cameras built-in. For those not wanting to spend a huge amount of money on a new smartphone, this smart phone is worth a look.

I first encountered Samsung when they launch the Samsung Galaxy Note 1 back in 2011, it was my first smart phone / phablet and everyone is amazed with it. I’m a fan of their camera and AMOLED screen and they popularized having stylus pen in smartphones, too.

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G features a decent 6.4-inch display, a modern design and is available in a variety of colors. You get 8GB RAM and either 128GB or 256GB storage and memory cards are supported should you wish to expand the memory even further. A 5000mAh battery is built-in and the smartphone is IP67 water/dust-resistant rated.

As for the cameras, you get a 50MP f/1.8 (wide) with PDAF and OIS, 12MP f/2.2 (ultrawide), 5MP f/2.4 (macro) and a 32MP f/2.2 (wide) selfie camera. Various photo modes are built-in and you can capture up to 4K video quality.

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G Specs:

OS: Android 13 with One UI 5.1
CHIPSET: Samsung Exynos 1380
CPU: Octa Core CPU 4x Cortex-A78 @ 2.4GHz & 4x Cortex-A55 @ 2.0GHz
GPU: Mali-G68 MP5
RAM: 8GB
REAR CAMERA : 50MP Main Camera (f/1.8 Aperture, Autofocus, OIS); 12MP Ultra-wide (f/2.2 Aperture, 123˚ Field-of-View); 5MP Macro (f/2.4 Aperture); LED Flash: Up to 4K video recording
FRONT CAMERA: 32 Megapixels (f/2.2 Aperture) – Up to 4K video recording
STORAGE: 256GB
EXPANSION: Up to 1TB via microSD
SIM CARD: Dual SIM (Nano-SIM)
CELLULAR : 5G, 4G LTE (with VoLTE), 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE & GPRS Networks
WI-FI : Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac/6
NFC: Yes
BLUETOOTH: Bluetooth 5.3
POSITIONING: GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou
USB OTG: Yes
USB PORT: USB Type-C
SOUND: USB Type-C Audio Output (Dolby Atmos Audio and Stereo Dual Speakers)
BIOMETRICS: Face Recognition & Fingerprint Sensor (under-display)
SENSORS: Gyroscope, Compass, Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor and Accelerometer
BATTERY: 5000 mAh Li-Po Battery (Non-removable); 25W Fast Charging
MATERIAL: Glass front (IP67 Water and Dust Resistance)
DIMENSIONS: 158.2 x 76.7 x 8.2 mm
WEIGHT: 202 g
COLORS: Awesome Graphite, Awesome Violet, and Awesome Lime
PRICE: ₱24,990.0050MP f/1.8 (wide) with PDAF and OIS, 12MP f/2.2 (ultrawide), 5MP f/2.4 (macro)
32MP f/2.2 (wide) selfie camera
Up to 10X digital zoom
6.4-inch Super AMOLED display (1080 x 2340 pixels)
5000mAh battery
IP67 rating
Dimensions: 158.2mm x 76.7mm x 8.2mm
Weight: 202g

Galaxy A54 5G
Galaxy A54 5G

Display

This phone features immersive Super AMOLED displays with FHD+ resolution for realistic awesome colors. They are also built with fast 5G connectivity for downloads, streaming, and gaming possibilities, and offer super-fast charging. The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G is available in awesome colorways Lime, Violet and Graphite.

The Galaxy A54 5G boast an IP67 rating that ensures your phone’s resistance and durability, so you won’t have to worry about dust and occasional splashes. Its Corning Gorilla Glass ensures that the screen is durable and scratch-free which preserves the aesthetic design.

It has 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Display (1080 x 2340 Pixels, 403 ppi) with Scratch Resistant Glass, 19.5:9 Aspect Ratio, 120Hz Refresh Rate, 1000nits (high brightness mode), and punch-hole.

Camera

Take striking night selfies with Galaxy A54 5G’s 32 MP front camera and record outstanding videos with amazing clarity without the shakiness and blur with the A series improved optical image stabilization (OIS) and video digital image stabilization (VDIS).

A54 5G in particular has 50MP OIS Main (F1.8), 12MP Ultra-Wide (F2.2), and 5MP Macro (F2.4) rear cameras which means you can explore the full extent of your creativity through different shots and angles.

Whether you want to capture the small details or grand, panoramic landscapes, the Galaxy A54 5G has the camera setup to deliver crisp and vivid photos. The Galaxy A54 5G has 50MP OIS Main (F1.8), 12MP Ultra-Wide (F2.2), and 5MP Macro (F2.4) rear cameras which gives you options for different shots and angles to help you be as inventive as you want. 

And if you’re into taking endless selfies, you’ll love the hands-free feature of the Galaxy A54 5G, which also gives you stunning and high-quality photos with its 32MP (F2.2) front camera.

One UI 5.1 new features like Photo Remaster, let you refine images by reducing blur and noise, all the while increasing the resolution with an AI-powered tool. You can even have fun and personalize your photos and wallpaper with stickers.

Built-In Object Eraser

Aside from stunning, highly defined images, the Galaxy A54 5G also offers the Object Eraser, where you can remove objects or people in the background from the photos like they were never there. All you have to do is click on the object, and the feature will do its job to erase it. You can simply edit and instantly share your awesome memories with the world.

If you’ve got shaky cam woes,  worry no more with the Galaxy A54 5G’s optimized stabilization, which helps you shoot super steady videos in 1080p resolution. It comes with VDIS (Video Digital Image Stabilization) which minimizes and corrects the unsteadiness of a video by utilizing motion sensor data and video analysis and a wider Optical Image Stabilization angle, which helps reduce distortion. Couple this with automatic reframing and autofocus and you’ve got much smoother and clearer videos.

Battery

There’s a 5,000mAh battery built-in which is good for the price point and it easily lasts a day before you need to reach for the charging cable. I was easily able to get more than a day’s worth of usage from the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G. I’m a moderate user and I only use my phones for social media and its camera and I don’t do games nowadays so I wasn’t I always end my days with more than 50% battery left. Your battery may vary depending on the usage, but you can expect a good battery life overall.

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Samsung Galaxy A54 5G: Powerful Midrange Device

When it comes to the overall design, there’s nothing wrong with the Galaxy A54 5G, the Gorilla Glass front and back feels well made. You do get an IP67 water/dust resistant rating which is unusual at this price point and a wide variety of color options are available.

On the front is a 6.4-inch display which is sharp, bright and offers excellent color reproduction. There’s a small screen bezel and the front camera is cut out of the display. On the sides are the volume and power controls and on the bottom of the smartphone you find the USB-C port. Turn the smartphone over and three large camera lenses can be seen which do protrude quite a bit so the phone doesn’t sit flush when on a table.

The rear triple camera system lines up as a 50MP f/1.8 (wide), 12MP f/2.2 (ultrawide) and 5MP f/2.4 (macro) with the wide camera featuring Phase Detection Auto Focus and Optical Image Stabilisation. Selfies are captured with a 32MP f/2.2 camera positioned top-centre of the screen.

The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G is impressive for its price and performance. You also get a water-resistance rating which you don’t always find on other mid-ranged smartphones. There’s a good line-up of cameras and most of the images it produced are great, the AI for its camera works well, too.

The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G retails for PHP 26,990 for the 256GB variant and PHP 24,990. It comes in three trendy colors: Awesome Graphite, Awesome Lime and the online-exclusive Awesome Violet.