Galaxy A54 5G: Hands-on With Samsung's New Budget Phone

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Speaker 1: Samsung just announced the Galaxy A 54. Its new budget friendly Galaxy phone compared to last year's Galaxy A 53. The A 54 has an updated design, a camera with larger pixels and a new processor with the Galaxy. A 54 Samsung wants to provide some of the features you'd get from a premium phone, like the Galaxy S 23, but for hundreds of dollars less. We'll [00:00:30] have to spend more time with it before we know if Samsung actually achieves that goal. But here's an early look at the device. The Galaxy A 54 launches on April 6th and starts at $450, putting it in direct competition with Google's Pixel six A. The biggest difference that's immediately noticeable compared to last year's phone is the Galaxy A 54 S new design. It inherits the floating camera setup found on the Galaxy S 23, which means there's [00:01:00] no more camera bump. Speaker 1: This gives the back of the phone a neater look. In my opinion, the Galaxy A 54 has a triple lens camera with a 50 megapixel main camera, 12 megapixel ultra wide camera, and five megapixel macro camera. If you're familiar with the Galaxy A 53, you might be wondering why the A 54 has a lower resolution than the 8 53 S 64 megapixel camera. Samsung says the wide camera sensor on the Galaxy A 54 [00:01:30] has larger pixels, so fewer pixels are needed. I thought the Galaxy a 53 S camera was okay for a phone of its price, but the Pixel six a's was better. Let's see if the Galaxy A 54 helps Samsung catch up the Galaxy. A 54 is also about the same size as the A 53. It has a 6.4 inch screen with the 120 hertz refresh rate while the Galaxy A 53 has a 6.5 inch display. Speaker 1: But what I am really looking [00:02:00] for is better performance in the Galaxy A 54. My biggest complaint about the Galaxy A 53 was that it was sometimes a bit laggy. There were times when the keyboard didn't pop up as quickly as it should have, or I had to press the home button multiple times to quit an app. The Galaxy A 54 runs on a newer processor called the XOs 1380. So I'm hoping to see an improvement, but I'm glad to see the Galaxy A 54 inherit. Some of the things I really liked about [00:02:30] the A 53, such as its 5,000 million battery and four generations of guaranteed Android upgrades. The Galaxy A 54 doesn't seem like a huge leap over the A 53, but if it offers better performance, it doesn't necessarily have to be. It looks like a promising option for those in need of an Android phone for less than $500, although we'll need to use it for a longer period of time before we know for sure. There's also a chance Google could release the Pixel [00:03:00] seven a soon enough since it announced the Pixel six A at Google IO last year. So what do you think of the Galaxy A 54? Let me know in the comments and don't forget to follow CNET to catch more of our smartphone coverage. Thanks for watching, and I'll see you next time.

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