Release date, price, features and specifications
Not everyone needs, wants or can afford a flagship smartphone. This is evidenced by the popularity of Samsung’s mid-range A-series models. While the new Galaxy S23 family of gadgets always make headlines, the anticipation for the latest A-series phone – this year’s A54 – is almost as high.
Official information about the A Series comes a little later than the S Series, at a separate Unpacked event in March or April. While we’ll wait to see if that’s the case in 2023, here’s what we’ve gathered so far on Samsung’s next affordable phone.
Samsung Galaxy A54 release date and price
- March/April 2023?
- Under $500/£400/€500?
There is no official release date for the Galaxy A54 as of yet, but if previous leaks are to be believed, we can expect to hear about it in the next few months. Since Samsung announced the A-series phone on January 18th, we thought it might launch early this year, but it turns out to be the entry-level A14 instead.
Last year’s Galaxy A53 was launched in March 2022, while the Galaxy A52 was launched a year earlier in March 2021. The only exception to this rule in recent years has been the Galaxy A51 and A52, which were announced in April 2020. Iterative version launched in August 2021 with improved predecessor.
As for price, the A-series has followed a pretty strong model for the past two years under $500 / £400 / €500, so we’re expecting a similar price point this time around. Last year’s A53 retailed for $449/£399/€449, while the A52 (and A52s for that matter) retailed for $499/£399/€459.
Samsung Galaxy A54 design and display
- On-screen fingerprint scanner
- 6.4-inch FHD+ AMOLED display, 120Hz refresh rate
- New colors are expected
If the leaked renders are to be believed, Samsung’s Galaxy A53 replacement should look very similar to its predecessor in terms of design, with only a few subtle changes.
The most obvious difference is the triple camera array, which now sits directly on the back of the phone, rather than a molded raised section like the new S23 and S23+. There is a single flash as before, but the depth sensor seems to have disappeared, a feature most likely taken over by the main camera.
As always, the physical buttons are kept to a minimum, with only volume and power on the right side. Instead, rumors suggest that the A53’s in-display fingerprint scanner will return this time around. We found it to be reliable, if a bit slow, so it will be interesting to see if it’s improved at all.
In terms of finish, the renders suggest that we can expect it to be similar to what we are used to from the A series, so it will have a plastic body with a matte feel on the back and Gorilla Glass on the front.
Other leaked renders suggest that there could be some pretty weird colors like purple and neon green yellow sitting next to the standard black and white. Considering Samsung went all the way with the color options for the S23 family, that doesn’t seem like a stretch.
Rumors suggest that the Galaxy A54 will have a slightly smaller AMOLED display than the A53, which is 6.4 inches compared to last year’s 6.5 inches. It is still expected to have an FHD+ resolution with a 120Hz refresh rate with an overall size of 158.3 x 76.7 x 8.2mm.
Samsung Galaxy A54 hardware and specifications
- Exynos 1380?
- 6GB/8GB RAM?
- 128GB/256GB storage
- 4,905mAh battery, 25W wireless charging.
Inside comes a battery of around 4,905 mAh with a 25W wireless chargingAlong with a choice of 128 or 256 GB of storage and 6 or 8 GB of RAM – to allow for price variation.
That’s an improvement over the A53’s 4,860mAh battery, but what that means in real terms remains to be seen.
Early rumors suggested that the processing would be carried out by the Exynos 7904 chip, but more recently it has been suggested that Samsung’s Exynos 1380 will fill in, which would make sense given that the Exynos 1280 is at the heart of the Galaxy A53 5G.
If the specs on the Geekbench database are correct, it looks like the 1380 will eclipse its predecessor’s performance with a 50 percent increase in multi-core counts.
Samsung Galaxy A54 cameras
- 50MP (OIS)/12MP ultra-wide/5MP macro main camera
- 32 MP selfie camera
From the renders mentioned above, it appears that the depth sensor has been removed from the A53 and we can expect a triple camera setup with its functionality transferred to the main camera.
That primary camera is said to be a 50-megapixel lens with OIS alongside a 12-megapixel camera for ultra-wide shots and a 5-megapixel macro lens. On the front, there’s a 32-megapixel selfie camera with a punch-hole design, which means there’s no useless notch taking up space on your screen.
By comparison, it all looks pretty familiar to the A53, except that the primary camera has dropped from 64MP to 50MP.
Samsung Galaxy A54 rumours: What’s the story so far?
Here’s everything we’ve heard about the Samsung Galaxy A54 so far.
October 24, 2022: Samsung Galaxy A54 may have slightly bigger battery than A53
A new report gives us some initial details on the A54’s battery size.
November 15, 2022: Samsung Galaxy A54 5G launched and shows off cameras and more.
The new leaked renders give us some big clues about some of the A54’s features, along with the new specifications.
January 5, 2023: Samsung Galaxy A54 officially certified as it nears release.
A look at the Indian certification database confirms that the A54 is well and truly on its way.
January 9, 2023: Samsung Galaxy A54 will be announced on January 18.
We thought so. Except it wasn’t … it was A14 instead.
January 27, 2023: Samsung Galaxy A54 5G appears on FCC website, launching soon?
And now it has been discovered in the US FCC (Federal Communications Commission) certification database.