Samsung’s new affordable phone has a nice screen


Available for pre-order on March 30, the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G offers a 120Hz display and four years of guaranteed OS updates. Best of all, it’s only $450 and you can get it for $200 with a qualifying trade-in.

I am quite impressed with the specs of this device. It uses an unspecified octa-core processor (probably Samsung’s Exynos 1380) with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage (expandable up to 1TB with a microSD card). The massive 5000mAh battery should last you more than a full day, and the 6.4-inch 1080p AMOLED display offers a 120Hz refresh rate for super-smooth animations.

The Samsung A54 5G in gray.

Camera-wise, we’re looking at a 50MP main camera, a 12MP ultra-wide camera, a 5MP macro lens, and a 32MP selfie camera. Based on my experience with Samsung’s A-series phones, these cameras are probably pretty decent (though I don’t have high hopes for the macro lens).

And to my surprise, the Galaxy A54 5G has an IP67 dust and water resistance rating. This is something rarely seen on affordable devices; Technically speaking, the A54 5G should withstand a half-hour immersion in up to a meter of water.

But my favorite feature of the Galaxy A54 5G is its support cycle. Samsung guarantees four years of operating system updates for this device: it ships with Android 13 and will reach end-of-life with Android 17. Customers also get five years of security updates and bug fixes, so the Galaxy A54 5G should be usable until 2028. (That said, if you plan to use a phone for a full five years, you should probably buy something more powerful.)

The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G is $450 before any trade-ins or promotions. Pre-orders open on March 30, while general availability begins in early April.

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G

Samsung’s latest budget phone has a large 6.4-inch screen, 5G support, and several years of promised OS and security updates.

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