The best Android phones of 2023: Tested and reviewed

The best Android phones of 2023: Tested and reviewed

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G features: Processor: Exynos 1380 | Display size: 6.4 inches | Storage options: 128GB | Rear cameras: 50MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, 5MP macro | Front camera: 32MP

Yes, the mid-range Android market has gotten so competitive that we had to nominate an alternative, too. You deserve options, so let us introduce you to the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G.

Samsung’s Galaxy A series of smartphones focus on value, display quality, and battery life above all else. That’s a recipe for a great handset if you can live without the flashy features found on more premium devices. And that’s also compared to Google’s Pixel A devices that put camera performance before other things.

Like last year’s Galaxy A53, the new A54 sports a 120Hz OLED display, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage (expandable up to 1TB), and all the Samsung software fix-ins. While the improvements are minor this year — you’re looking at a more modern design that pays homage to the S-series models and an updated Exynos processor — the A54 somehow costs the same as its predecessor at $350.

The camera system is solid, though I wouldn’t put it above the Pixel 7a’s standard. The A54 won’t snap the sharpest shots in the dark, but the built-in optical image stabilization helps the 50MP camera capture images of people, animals, food, places, and more to an acceptable degree. From ZDNET’s testing of the device, the image results were satisfyingly clear, with a hint of saturation that should suit most users’ tastes.

Again, if your feature priority list starts with display quality, battery life, and performance, and in that order, the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G is for you.

Review: Samsung Galaxy A54 5G