Following the highly anticipated release of the Galaxy S23 series earlier this year, Samsung has now turned its attention to the Galaxy A54 5G, aimed at budget-conscious consumers seeking a phone with strong performance and durability.
While we eagerly anticipate discussing the phone’s performance, we must first complete and thoroughly test the device before sharing our findings in our comprehensive review that’ll come in a few more days.
In the meantime, let us examine the unboxing experience and our initial impressions of the phone’s design, build quality, and feature set.
|Dimension||158.2 x 76.7 x 8.2 mm|
|Body||Gorilla Glass 5 (Front & Back) with Plastic Frame|
|Display||6.4” Display 82.9% screen-to-body ratio |
1080 x 2340 19.5.9 ratio
120 Hz Refresh Rates
HR10+, 1000 nits (HBM)
|OS||Android 13, One UI 5.1|
|Processor||Exynos 1380 5nm|
|Memory||256GB Storage |
Upgradeable to 1TB via microSDXC
|Camera (Rear)||Photography : |
50 MP, f/1.8 Wide
12 MP, f/2.2 123˚ Ultrawide
5 MP, f/2.4 Macro
4K @ 30FPS
1080p @ 30/60FPS,
720p @ 480 FPS
|Camera (Front)||Photography : |
32 MP, f/2.2 26mm Wide
Videos : 4K @ 30FPS
1080p @ 30/60FPS,
|Connectivity||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct |
Bluetooth – 5.3 A2DP, LE
|Battery||Li-Po 5000 mAh |
Charging at 25W Wired
|Protection||IP67 Dust/Water Resistant up to 1 Meter for 30 minutes|
|Colours||Lime, Graphite, Violet, White|
In the box
- USB Type-C to C charging cable
- Quick Start Manual/Guide
- SIM Slot Ejector Pin
- And of course, the A54 5G phone itself.
When it comes to the A54 5G’s box contents, let’s just say it’s about as standard as your average plain white t-shirt. No surprises, nothing to write home about, but hey, at least it gets the job done. I will say this though – the protection offered by its packaging is trustworthy.
I accidentally dropped the box (with the precious phone inside!) from chest level onto hard concrete. As a 6-foot-tall person, I gotta admit, I almost had a heart attack and shat my pants.
But to my relief, the phone was unscathed. Talk about durable packaging – it survived a fall that would make a cat jealous. But still, I am just relating from my experience and you should NOT drop yours to test what I’ve just said.
Impression so far
Last year’s Galaxy A53 was all plastic – back, front, and frame. The A54, on the other hand, sports a glass front and back, with a plastic frame that holds it all together. Clearly, the newer model takes the cake in terms of appearance, leaving the A53 in the dust if looks could kill.
However, this aesthetic upgrade does come at a cost – the A54 is slightly heavier due to the shift in materials, but let’s be real, we’re only talking about a measly 13-15 grams. Who cares about that when you’ve got a sleek and sexy phone to show off?
The battery level on the A54 is the same as the A53 – both phones carry an impressive flagship-level 5,000mAh battery which is frankly speaking, amazing.
But unlike their flagship S-series cousins, the A54 only charges at 25W. The S23 Ultra that we reviewed earlier charges at 45W in comparison and even so, we thought it should be charging faster.
Now, onto protection – the A54 has an IP67 rating, which means it can withstand dust and water submersion up to 1 meter for 30 minutes.
Translation? Don’t take this baby for a swim (duh!), but if you get caught in a heavy downpour or accidentally spill a jug of juice onto your phone, no sweat – the A54 has got your back.
Look forward to the full review
I’d love to talk more about the phone with you, especially how it feels like;
- In my day-to-day user experience,
- How well (or not) is the Exynos 1380 processor in handling battery management,
- How good (or not) is the camera front and back
- The quality of its display and colours
- What about its performance when it comes to multitasking?
- Can it game? If so, on which quality level?
- Where the phone is not doing so well, as well as what other things it can be good for (if any).
- And of course, if the price tag is justified, or if you should just get the now cheaper A53 model.
See you soon in our full review of the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G.