May 27, 2024
Samsung Galaxy A55 5G

Samsung Galaxy A55 5G

With the Samsung Galaxy A55 5G, which I have been using for about a week, the adage “Don’t fix it if it isn’t broken” rings true. The phone is comparable to the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G (review) from the previous year, which we found to be impressive in almost every way. Samsung has raised the stakes, though, with the release of the Galaxy A55 5G, which sports an improved Exynos 1480 SoC. For the smartphone, how much of a difference does it make? Above all, does it establish the Galaxy A55 5G as a better mid-range device than its rivals? Find out the answers to these and other questions by continuing to read.

Verdict

For those looking for a smartphone without going over budget but yet wanting Samsung’s luxury look and feel, the Galaxy A55 5G seems like a reasonable choice. The phone’s performance, viewing quality, camera capabilities, battery life, and other features are all quite dependable.

Design and display

It’s debatable whether the Samsung Galaxy A55 5G’s design has changed from the one before. The phone has three separate camera rings around the back and flat edges, drawing inspiration from the top S-series lineup. To differentiate the phone from other Samsung smartphones, there is one obvious improvement, though. The power button and volume rocker are located on the right spine of the Samsung Galaxy A55 5G, which has a little bump on it. The bump is called “Key Island” with affection, however this isn’t official. It fits the phone’s aluminum frame well and doesn’t rub off when you’re holding it. Furthermore, the handset’s edges include a brushed finish that improves ergonomics and grip.

A 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display featuring FHD+ resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, 1,000 nits peak brightness, and a central punch-hole for the selfie camera is a feature of the Samsung Galaxy A55 5G. The display is slightly taller than the one that came before it. We would have preferred it if Samsung had included a dynamic refresh rate and reduced bezels. However, both inside and outside, the viewing experience is still excellent. The device also offers a pleasurable experience when using Netflix and other streaming services.

The Samsung Galaxy A55 5G has an in-display fingerprint reader that unlocks the device fast and precisely. There are two speakers for audio, and they produce clear sound even at loud volumes.

Cameras

The Samsung Galaxy A55 5G has a triple camera arrangement on its back: a 5MP macro, an 8MP ultrawide lens, and a 50MP OIS primary sensor. Impressive images are captured by the cameras both during the day and at night. Samsung’s AI Image Signal Processing (ISP), which is supposed to enhance lowlight photography, may have some of the blame for this. Naturally, the quality won’t be as good as the Samsung Galaxy S24 family due to its mid-range pricing, but it still delivers on both fronts. The 50MP primary camera produces detailed images with remarkable color richness and dynamic range because of its fast autofocus and shutter speeds.

Next, the 8MP ultrawide camera provides color brilliance that is comparable to that of the primary shooter. Although the quality is a little disappointing, there is not much warping around the frame’s corners. Although the photographs from the 5MP macro camera are sharper and more detailed than those from the 2MP model, they are still not as good. In this case, a telephoto lens would have worked better. The graininess of the lowlight photographs can be mitigated by utilizing the night mode option, which is automatically triggered in dimly lit areas and is equally applicable to ultrawide shots.

The smartphone’s 32MP selfie camera produces pictures with decent facial features and realistic skin tones. The device is also capable of taking lovely photos with bokeh and edge recognition.

Both software and performance

The Exynos 1480 SoC, together with up to 12GB of RAM and 256GB of onboard storage, powers the Samsung Galaxy A55 5G. It is a more powerful chipset in terms of both synthetic and real-world performance than the Exynos 1380 SoC found in the Galaxy A54. In terms of synthetic benchmark results, the device scored 7,33,093 on AnTuTu, and 1,148 and 3,447, respectively, on Geekbench for the single- and multi-core tests. 79 percent of the handset’s maximum performance is achieved in the CPU Throttle test. These are decent results for a smartphone in the middle class. Let’s examine how well it performs in actual use.

In terms of software, the Samsung Galaxy A55 comes pre-installed with OneUI 5.1, which is based on Android 14. Although the phone lacks AI capabilities, its user interface (UI) resembles that of the Samsung S24 lineup in general. Although DeX features aren’t currently available on mid-range to low-cost Samsung devices, it’s important to note that Knox security has been added to the new A-series smartphone, making it more secure than before.

Numerous third-party apps, including Snapchat, Truecaller, PhonePe, and Amazon, are pre-installed on the device. Even though the majority of these seem helpful, you can remove the third-party apps if you’d like. For the smartphone, Samsung has pledged four years of software updates and five years of security updates.

Recharging and Battery

The 5,000mAh battery powering the Samsung Galaxy A55 5G supports 25W rapid charging. The phone scored a respectable 13 hours and 4 minutes on the PCMark battery test. The phone’s battery life dropped by 7% after 30 minutes of usage in our 4K YouTube test with 50% brightness and volume level. Approximately 6-7 hours of screen-on time (SoT) should be provided by the phone. You won’t need to search for a charger if you use the battery frequently enough to last a day.

When it comes to charging, the device can be charged from 20% to 100% in just over an hour with an appropriate charger (separate purchase required).

Final verdict

You can purchase the Samsung Galaxy A55 5G at a starting price of Rs 39,999. In the upper mid-range market, the phone stands out as a solid competitor, providing good value for those looking to strike a balance between price and capability.

The OnePlus 12R (review) and Vivo V30 Pro (review) are two of its competitors that include features such as an LTPO display and telephoto lens. Despite this, the A55 5G offers a satisfying user experience. Its robust IP67-certified design, updated Exynos 1480 SoC, extended battery life, powerful camera system, and vivid Super AMOLED display are all responsible for this. Moreover, this phone is guaranteed to be relevant until at least 2028, with four years of OS improvements.

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