Samsung Galaxy A54 5G review: Who needs a Galaxy S23 FE?

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Apr 27, 2023

It’s become almost cliche to declare that the gap between cheap phones and their flagship counterparts is shrinking. It’s also true, especially in the hyper-competitive, sub-$500 mid-range market. Google’s Pixel 6a packs the Tensor chip with its brilliant image processing and AI smarts, and Apple’s iPhone SE (2022) carries the ridiculously powerful A15 Bionic chipset — even if it’s trapped in the body of an iPhone 8. Samsung, however, kept its Galaxy A50 series distinct from its premium Galaxy S series for the last few years, relying on varying designs and camera setups to entice buyers. Not anymore. The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G looks and feels like a budget-friendly Galaxy S23, and in doing so becomes the de facto replacement for two generations of missing Galaxy S Fan Editions. But what sacrifices did it have to make to get there? Find out in our Samsung Galaxy A54 5G review.

About this Samsung Galaxy A54 5G review: I tested the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G (6GB RAM, 128GB) over a period of seven days. It was running Android 13 with Samsung’s One UI 5.1 skin on the March 1, 2023 security patch. Android Authority purchased the unit for this review.

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G review: What you need to know