It has just been a month since Samsung released its S23 series at the Galaxy Unpacked event. Coming out with the midrange smartphones A34 and A54 so soon tends to indicate that Samsung means business as usual in 2023 in all segments. Samsung’s S23 Ultra is already creating waves in the flagship segment. Can the A34 and A54 do the same in the mid-range segment? Read the article to learn more about the devices and the refinements they have undergone compared to their predecessors.
Build And Design
The first change that you will notice in the design department is the replacement of the contour camera setup for the single-line module. With this minimalistic approach, both devices look more premium than their predecessors. To further enhance the premium feel, the rear of the A54 has been built with glass, while that of the A34 is still plastic. Providing a glass back has added a bit of weight, making the A54 weigh 202 g and the A34 weigh 199 g. Both of them have a good in-hand feel with round corners, and you get a comfortable grip while using either of the devices. In the sea of mundane colors provided by all the smartphone companies, Samsung’s color palette is a welcome change, and the A34 and A54 are available in Violet, Lime, Silver, and Graphite. Both devices come with IP67 certification, making them resistant to dust and water.
Both the A34 and A54 sport a Super AMOLED screen, where the former has a 6.6 in display and the latter has a 6.4 in display. The A34 boasts an “Infinity U” display design, while the A54 has an “Infinity O” display design. Do not scratch your head upon “Infinity U” and “Infinity O”, simply put, the A34 comes with a teardrop-shaped notch, while the A54 has a punch hole cutout where the selfie camera is placed. The bezels are prominently visible, and the addition of a 120 Hz refresh rate on both models has made them buttery smooth. The A54 further has a dynamic refresh rate, where, according to its purpose, it will fluctuate between 60 Hz and 120 Hz. Both of them have 1000 nits of peak brightness, which means visibility in outdoors on a bright day would not be a problem. The A34 and A54 come with a resolution of 1080 x 2340 pixels, and the former has a pixel density of around 390 PPI while the latter has around 403 PPI.
Android 13 with a patch of Samsung One UI 5.1 comes pre-installed in both A34 and A54. The A34 model has ditched Samsung’s homegrown chipset, which is kind of strange, and has opted for a MediaTek Dimensity 1080 processor with 6 nm nodes. It has an octa-core CPU and Mali-G68 (MC4) GPU, where the company promises that the chipset will provide a 17% boost to the CPU and a 14% boost to the GPU. The A54 is equipped with the Exynos 1380 processor with 5 nm nodes, and here Samsung has promised a 20% and 26% boost for the octa-core CPU and Mali-G68 (MP5) GPU, respectively. The software setup is pretty clean, with some dedicated Samsung apps but not plenty of bloatware. Once they hit the market, you will be able to understand how the processors handle performance in real life and whether the numbers provided by Samsung are legit or not. The base variants for both models come with 128 GB internal storage and 6 GB RAM, with a slot for microSDXC, which is indeed a nice touch. Other than that, the devices are equipped with stereo speakers but not with the 3.5 mm headphone jack.
The camera setup for the A34 model has not changed from its predecessors, which included 48 MP (wide), 8 MP (ultrawide), and 5 MP (macro) in the rear and a 13 MP camera on the front. Features like OIS and the ability to shoot 4K videos at 30 FPS are exciting, while the addition of Night Mode is a plus, but do not expect it to have night photography like the S23 Series. On paper, the A54 seems to be a downgrade from its predecessors in the camera setup, which includes 50 MP (wide), 12 MP (ultrawide), and 5 MP (macro), but the selfie camera is still the same 32 MP. Though one thing is noteworthy, the camera used in the rear comes with larger pixels and large sensors, which means it will be able to capture more details and light than its predecessor. The A54 also has Night Mode and enhanced OIS, and it is yet to be seen how both models’ cameras perform in the real world.
Battery And Connectivity
A whopping 5000 mAh battery is used for the Samsung A34 and A54, which is even larger than the Samsung S23 and S23+. The company has promised that you can work for 2 days without charging your smartphone. But that is probably using it in a minimal condition. We are expecting it to last a single day with a full charge on average usage, but it will be interesting to see how it handles battery drainage on power usage. In the department of charging, Samsung still disappoints with their 25 W charger, and they also do not support wireless charging. Both models have the latest WiFi 6, NFC, and Bluetooth 5.3.
As per reports, the Samsung A34 will be priced at around $400/ ₹30,999 while the Samsung A54 will be around $500/ ₹38,999. The features with which both devices are coming, the price seems quite competitive and will provide rivalry to the Google Pixel 6a, Nothing Phone (1), and Motorola Edge 30 Fusion, among many others. If you want to opt for a brand new mid-range handset, then mark your calendars for March 24, 2023, as the devices are expected to go on sale on this date.