Samsung’s Galaxy A34 and A54 are the latest additions to its popular mid-range A-series. While both phones offer a number of upgrades over last year’s models, the most striking thing for me is how similar they both are to this year’s Galaxy S23 and S23 Plus.
The camera bumps of the A33 and A53 are gone, leaving three single camera lenses per phone in their wake. That makes both more premium to me, and Samsung promises flagship-level support periods of up to four generations of major Android updates and five years of security patches.
The Galaxy A54 goes on sale April 6 in the US starting at $449.99 with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage. In the UK, the A54 is out this month starting at £449 for 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, or £499 for 8GB RAM and 256GB storage.
Meanwhile, the Galaxy A34 will also be available this month in the UK starting at £349 for 6GB RAM and 128GB storage, or £399 for 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. Samsung is not announcing a US release for the Galaxy A34 at this time. We’ve contacted the company for exact European pricing and release information.
Hold them in your hands and the flagship illusion disappears, these are obviously mid-range phones. Both feel a little thick (8.2mm, presumably to make room for their big 5,000mAh batteries), and the A34 in particular has a plastic-feel rear panel. Both phones support fast charging up to 25W.
The phones each come with a main, ultra-wide and macro camera on the back, although their exact specs differ. The A54 has a 50-megapixel main sensor, which is joined by a 12-megapixel ultrawide and a 5-megapixel macro. Samsung boasts that this main sensor is larger than that of its previous generation model, which should allow for better low-light photography. The A34, on the other hand, has a 48-megapixel main, 8-megapixel ultrawide and 5-megapixel macro camera.
Up front, the phones are more visually distinct. The A34 has its 13-megapixel selfie camera in a small teardrop notch, while the A54 has a punch-hole cutout containing its 32-megapixel front sensor. Both have 120Hz, 1080p OLED displays with a peak brightness of 1000 nits, though the A34’s screen is slightly larger at 6.6-inches, compared to 6.4-inches on the A54.
Internally, the A34 is powered by a MediaTek Dimensity 1080 processor, while the A54 has one of Samsung’s Exynos 1380 internal chips. Both phones have microSD card slots that support up to 1TB of cards.
Rounding out the specs, both phones feature a relatively robust IP67 rating for dust and water resistance (that’s technically good enough for full immersion, though we’d recommend not testing it yourself). same), 5G and in-display fingerprint sensors. Exact colors vary by market, but in the UK the A34 is available in black, silver, lime and purple, while the A54 will be sold in white rather than silver in addition to black, lime green and purple.
Stay tuned for our full Samsung Galaxy A54 review.