Rumors about Samsung Galaxy A54 release date, price and specs
Samsung’s Galaxy A series of smartphones are generally a decent mix of performance and affordability.
In March 2022, the company unveiled the latest iteration of the series, including the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G and Samsung Galaxy A33 5G. Almost a year later, we are now seeing rumors of the A54 appearing, which may launch a little earlier than expected.
So here’s everything we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy A54.
What is the release date of the Samsung Galaxy A54?
There is no official release date for the Galaxy A54 yet, but Samsung India has teased the launch of an unnamed A-series phone on January 18. The only confirmed details are some specs and display colors, which roughly match what we expect from the A54, although there are some inconsistencies as well. So an A54 launch this month isn’t certain, but is certainly possible.
This would mark a slightly early launch for the A54 compared to the arrival of its predecessors, but it could make sense given that Samsung seemed to decide against releasing the A53 model halfway through.
As you can see, the usual release time is around March/April for the main numbered A-series entries. So if the January 18 date is a miss, then the next best bet is that the Galaxy A54 will arrive in March/April 2023.
How much will the Samsung Galaxy A54 cost?
As for the release date, there is no confirmed price for the Galaxy A54 at the time of writing. Again, we can look to its ancestors to see the cost that may be involved. Here’s how they lined up:
- Samsung Galaxy A53 5G – $449 / £399 / €449
- Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G – $499 / £399 / €459
- Samsung Galaxy A52 – $499 / £399 / €459
- Samsung Galaxy A51 – $399 / £329 / €399
Based on these fairly stable prices, we expect the Galaxy A54 to come in at around the same level as the A53 5G.
What will the specs and features of the Samsung Galaxy A54 be?
As you’ve probably already realized, Samsung hasn’t made any announcements regarding the Galaxy A54 yet, so we’re back in the realm of rumors and past performance to sort this out. We’ve seen some news creeping in though, with suggestions of what might be in store for the new device.
A leak from OnLeaks and 91Mobiles shows a render of the purported A54 with three rear cameras and a centered hole-punch camera, but no camera island, just three bumps where the lenses are – mimicking the S22 Ultra design, which should also be seen on the upcoming Galaxy S23 series.
OnLeaks / 91Mobiles
The leaker adds that it expects the phone to have a 6.4-inch screen and measure around 158.3 x 76.7 x 8.2mm. That’s quite a bit smaller than the 6.6-inch 120Hz screen teased by Samsung India for January 18, which is the main reason to think the launch might not be for the A54.
If this match is for the A54, then the colors we can expect will be Awesome Black, Awesome Burgundy, and Awesome Green. This is another possible inconsistency, as Android Headlines also shared a set of A54 renders, but these are shown in black, green, white and pale purple – not the same trio of finishes.
We’ve seen the display again in an image from another leaker, Evan Blass aka evleaks, with a hint of a pale green finish. He tweeted images of the screens of two phones with one word: “Awesome”. That’s the classic Galaxy A series slogan, and since the other phone has a teardrop notch rather than a punch-hole, it seems likely that this model is the A54.
As for specs, we’ve already seen the A54 appear on the Geekbench benchmark, where it scored 776 in the single-core test and 2,599 in the multi-core benchmark – decent scores for a mid-range and a significant improvement over compared to the 1,833 multi-core scores we recorded when reviewing the A53.
The listing reveals that the phone runs Android 13 (no big surprise) and has 6GB of RAM – although we’d expect to see at least an 8GB option as well at launch. The chipset is listed as the S5E8835, which is most likely the successor to the Exynos 1280, and presumably called the Exynos 1380. The processor apparently has four 2.4 GHz performance cores and four 2.0 GHz efficiency cores. , with a Mali G68 GPU.
Galaxy Club reports a few more details about the phone’s specs. First, it will apparently upgrade to a 50Mp main camera – something you might see as a downgrade from the A53’s 64Mp shooter, but in practice it’s likely to be a better sensor and lens .
The site also says the phone is expected to have a slightly larger battery, with a rated capacity of 4905mAh. The A53 battery was rated at 4860mAh and advertised as a typical 5000mAh battery, so that likely means the A54 will be officially listed with either 5050mAh or 5100mAh. Not a big difference, but hey, every little bit counts.
In terms of other specs, we haven’t seen any solid rumors so far, but here’s what we hope to see in the new Samsung A54:
In our review of the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, the number one complaint was performance, which we attributed to the Exynos 1280 chipset. If Samsung wants the next model to compete in an increasingly aggressive part of the market, the processor needs to be much better.
We’ve seen reports recently that Samsung is working on developing bespoke processors specifically for its Galaxy line. By doing so, it is believed that the company will limit the development of the Exynos range, as its resources will be deployed elsewhere. This means we could see Qualcomm processors in all Samsung devices next year, which could mean improved performance for customers in Europe and India – although the Geekbench listing above suggests we’re still stuck. with Exynos for now.
Both the A52 and A52 were powered by Snapdragon 7-series processors, which was fine, so if Samsung can revert to something like that, things could improve significantly. XDA Developers have already reported that Qualcomm has new Snapdragon 7-series chips on the way, so perhaps the Galaxy A54 will see improved performance with this silicon.
Depending on the configuration available in your region, the A53 5G comes with 4, 6 or 8 GB of RAM. In these days of demanding apps and high-quality photo/video capture, we hope the top end of this selection will become the default for the Galaxy A54.
Faster charging times
While the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G’s battery life was impressive, the charging times weren’t. Limited to just 25W, this meant it took around two hours to bring a 100% drained battery back. Even at the lower end of the price scale, that’s mediocre, especially when some cheaper Android phones can be fully topped up in just over 30 minutes.
We really want to see improvements in this area for the Galaxy A54. Plus, putting a decent charger in the box would also be a real plus for customers.
That’s all we’ve gathered so far, but of course we’ll update this article as more details emerge. Be sure to check back regularly to see what we discover. Until then, why not browse our roundup of the best mid-range phones to see what other options are available.
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