Samsung’s Galaxy A54 is a complete smartphone under $500

What makes the A54 5G stand out from all the others under $500 is its software support cycle. Samsung promises a whopping four major updates to the Android operating system. That means since you’re running Android 13 out of the box, you’re getting Android 17 in 2027. Wowza. That’s better than what Google offers. The icing on the cake is that you’ll get five years of security updates. It’s nice to know that the phone you spent hundreds of dollars on will still get new features, critical bug fixes, and security patches for years instead of just one. Speaking of which, the A54 is IP67 rated, so it can survive rain and even a drop in the pool, so it can withstand years of accidents.

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That brings me to its performance. Unlike some budget phones that have a 120Hz panel on the screen only to deliver a choppy experience due to a weak processor, the Galaxy A54 5G is powerful enough that you can enjoy that buttery smooth display all around. your extension. It’s powered by Samsung’s Exynos 1380 processor with 6 gigabytes of RAM, and my benchmark tests show a decent jump from last year’s model, but it’s firmly a mid-range chipset.

For the most part, you won’t have much trouble trying to navigate your favorite apps or send an email. Even games like Dead cells and streets of rage 4 it ran without a problem. However, I have noticed slowness here and there, particularly when moving back and forth between various apps. This can be annoying when you’re in a rush to get a task done quickly, but I only ran into this occasionally. The camera can also be a bit slow to start up.

As for the battery, you get a large 5,000mAh cell, which can easily get you through two full days with light use. However, on days when I was out and about, taking photos, using GPS to navigate, and killing time on Reddit, I ended up with about 30 percent before bed. That’s not as good as many of Motorola’s budget phones that can easily last two full days.

Speaking of which, Motorola has started offering 256 gigabytes as a base storage option on its smartphones, and this is a big change. Almost every phone, yes, even the ones that cost $1,000, still offers 128 gigs of storage, and the A54 5G is no different. It would be nice to see Samsung buck the trend here. (You do get a microSD slot to expand the space if you need to). Unlike the Motorola, there’s an NFC sensor, so you can use Google or Samsung Wallet to pay for that vital kombucha, even if you’ve forgotten the physical wallet at home.

There is no wireless charging support yet. This feature is often shunned with most phones under $500, but with the latest Google Pixel 7A rumors claiming the phone will have it, it’s strange that Google was able to beat Samsung. You might also mind that there’s also no charging adapter in the box (you get a USB-C cable) and no headphone jack.

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Fortunately, the cameras are pretty cool. I often don’t take as many photos with cheaper phones because I’m not happy with the results, but I never stopped taking photos with the A54 5G. It’s not too far off from the Google Pixel 6A (dare I say it performs better sometimes!). The 50-megapixel main camera can take some sharp photos during the day, with the usual Samsung flaws like overexposure and oversaturation.


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