The sub-Rs. 30,000 smartphone market in India appears to be many firms’ current sweet spot, as evidenced by the notable releases we’ve seen in recent months. The Samsung Galaxy F54 5G, another fresh arrival vying for your attention, has a sizable battery and a high-resolution primary camera.
Samsung’s F series has always sought to offer the most extended battery life possible, and this time around, the company asserts that the design has also been enhanced.
Can the new Galaxy F54 5G stand out in a market with many capable phones, including the firm’s Galaxy A34 5G (Review)?
Price of the Samsung Galaxy F54 5G in India
Samsung has only released one Galaxy F54 5G model in India, which costs Rs. 31,999 and features 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. However, you must have received a discount if you had purchased it earlier during pre-launch sales.
Design of Samsung’s Galaxy F54 5G
The Samsung Galaxy F54 5G shares a similar appearance with its A-series brother from the back. However, it comes in two colors: Meteor Blue and Stardust Silver. The back cameras’ layout is a ripoff of Samsung’s more costly S23 series.
The display hole-punch cutout on the Galaxy F54 5G looks more contemporary than on the Galaxy A34 5G. Additionally, it is a little thicker than average, and its 199g weight is evident. Although the frame is made of plastic, the front, and back panels are protected from scratches and shatters by Corning Gorilla Glass 5.
Stereo speakers are absent from the Samsung Galaxy F54 5G, which is a minor oversight in this day and age. The fingerprint sensor on the flat power button is effective. The hybrid dual-SIM tray on the phone allows for additional storage expansion.
The Samsung Galaxy F54 5G’s display is colorful and bright. It has a 6.7-inch AMOLED screen with a 120Hz refresh rate and full-HD+ resolution. The show constantly refreshes at either 120Hz or 60Hz, even on the constantly-on lock screen, because the latter is not adaptable.
The Samsung Galaxy F54 5G has excellent overall ergonomics. The rounded frame corners and minimal protrusion of the three rear camera bumps make it easy to handle and operate.
Specifications and software for the Samsung Galaxy F54 5G
As our first impressions piece mentioned, the Exynos 1380 SoC used in the Samsung Galaxy F54 5G was created and supports all 10 5G bands.
The gadget supports Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC, and a substantial 6,000mAh battery. The latter can accept up to 25W of charging power, but you’ll need your own as Samsung doesn’t supply one.
Given how well Samsung’s software has lately developed, the Galaxy F54 5G will receive four years of OS updates and five years of security patches, which is as excellent as it gets.
The phone already has One UI 5.1 preinstalled, based on Android 13, and offers all the typical shortcuts, gestures, and customization options we’ve seen on recent Samsung phones.
One-handed operation, floating notifications, the beta features in the Labs section, and other Edge panels can all be enabled. Some bloatware preinstalled programs exist, although most of these may be removed.
Battery life and performance of the Samsung Galaxy F54 5G
The Samsung Galaxy F54 5G succeeds in getting the fundamentals right by providing a large primary and seamless Android experience.
In some movements, such as when leaving the Edge panel on the home screen, you might detect a slight slowdown, but overall, the phone handles things effectively.
The touch sensitivity is good, the display gets bright enough for outdoor use, and watching media is a pleasant experience. The main drawback is the one speaker, but it gets loud sufficient for warnings, so that’s something.
The performance of Samsung’s new Exynos SoC, comparable to MediaTek’s Dimensity 1080 SoC in the Galaxy A34 5G, is pretty decent. Regarding benchmarks, the Galaxy F54 5G received scores of 1,018 for the single-core test on Geekbench and 4,52,104 for AnTuTu (v10), and 2,838 for the multi-core test.
Although it can handle mid-level gaming, it cannot compete with the more potent SoCs found in the Motorola Edge 40 or even the Poco F5 5G, which are offered for about the same price.
With good graphics, Asphalt 9 Legends and Honkai Impact 3rd performed nicely, and Off-Road 4×4 Driving Simulator likewise kept consistent framerates at the maximum visual settings.
It’s essential to remember that the Galaxy F54 5G does warm up very quickly while gaming and that the back panel can get hot to the touch in some places.
The Samsung Galaxy F54 5G’s primary selling feature is its battery life. One full charge lasts approximately two full days to get empty. You can go even longer if you use your phone sparingly. In our HD video loop test, it operated for 22 hours, 51 minutes, which is remarkable.
Depending on the charger used, it takes roughly an hour and a half or some to charge it entirely from zero.
Cameras from Samsung Galaxy F54 5G
The primary 108-megapixel sensor on the Samsung Galaxy F54 5G features optical stabilization (OIS). It has an 8-megapixel ultra-wide camera and a 2-megapixel macro camera.
A 32-megapixel front-facing camera with up to 4K video recording is included for selfies.
Although you can shoot a full 108-megapixel photograph, images taken by the primary camera are typically pixel-binned down to 12-megapixel photos.
Landscape photographs looked fantastic in the daylight thanks to their natural colors, appealing HDR, and fine details. Although the Scene Optimiser tended to enhance the colors of some items like vegetation, the sky, etc., close-ups were sharp with vivid colors.
Only 10X digital zoom is available, and images taken at this magnification are poor quality. For really close-up shots, the macro camera can be helpful. However, the photos it captures have drab colors.
The primary camera is imposing in low light because it achieves good exposure and details. If Scene Optimiser is enabled, night mode is activated automatically based on ambient lighting. To my astonishment, Night mode continued functioning even when shooting at the maximum 108-megapixel resolution.
When necessary, you may shoot a full 32-megapixel photograph with the selfie camera, which also pixel-bins images down to 12 megapixels. Once the face beautifying filters are turned off, image quality in the daytime with natural skin tones is acceptable. Selfies taken with this low-light camera appear grainy, especially while using Night mode.
Video and Films
The Samsung Galaxy F54 5G can capture films with up to 4K resolution, but there is no stabilization. If you’re standing still and recording, this will be fine, but the video appears shaky as soon as you start moving about. Even in low light, the quality is still quite good.
If you want stabilization, you must reduce the resolution to 1080p 30 frames per second. You can switch between the primary and ultra-wide cameras at this resolution even while a video is recorded. The ultra-wide camera produces average-to-poor video quality that suffers in low light.
Final Thoughts on this Smart SmartPhone.
Although the Samsung Galaxy F54 5G is a fantastic all-around smartphone that is currently in a precarious position, the Samsung Galaxy A34 5G is also easily accessible, costs about the same, and has a similar system and battery performance, stereo speakers, an IP67 rating, and an in-display fingerprint sensor, all of which are missing from the Galaxy F54 5G.
We see value in choosing the F54 5G if you have a giant battery or the highest-resolution camera. The Galaxy A34 5G provides superior value regarding everything else.