Samsung Galaxy A54 5G review: A is for affordable-ish

The A54 5G is the best Samsung phone at its price, but can you do better outside the Samsung Galaxy range?

A photo of the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
(Image: © Basil Kronfli)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Galaxy A54 5G is a very good phone with few chinks in its armor. It has great battery life, water resistance, and its screen is stunning. Its camera is also well-specced and can do a great job in a range of lighting conditions, though enthusiast photographers will find Samsung’s processing too heavy-handed, and might be put off by the phone's lack of RAW capture.


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    IP67 water resistance is great at the price

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    Stunning and smooth AMOLED display

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    Excellent battery life


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    Clunky design doesn’t feel as rich as some competition

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    No native or third-party RAW capture support

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    Punchy photo processing won’t be to enthusiasts' tastes

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The Galaxy A54 5G is Samsung's lower-cost alternative to the flagship Samsung Galaxy S23 series. Starting at $499 / £449 / AUS $699, the A54 isn’t quite half the S23’s price, but it isn’t far off. 

So what do you compromise when you opt for Samsung’s affordable series? The design is less premium for starters – there’s a plastic frame instead of a metal one on the S23. The Galaxy A54 5G also misses out on wireless charging and a flagship processor, and its entire camera system is stripped back too.

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Basil Kronfli

Basil Kronfli is a freelance technology journalist, consultant, and content creator. He trained in graphic design and started his career at Canon Europe before moving into journalism. Basil is also experienced in video production, independently running the YouTube channel TechEdit, and during his time at Future, he worked alongside the Digital Camera World team as a senior video producer.