It’s not a case of if but a case of when Samsung announces its new slate of Galaxy A mid-range devices for 2023. That date is pegged for around 15 March this year, according to industry speculation. But it wouldn’t be a Samsung launch if we didn’t know everything before it took place. Well, guess what…?
If you guessed that basically everything is already known, well done on your ability to spot trends. The Galaxy A54 5g and the Galaxy A34 5G have both been outing way before the announcement. The third device, Samsung’s A14, has already launched in the States so there are no surprises there. We’re just waiting on a price. Officially.
Exploring the Galaxy A
The Galaxy A34 is expected to feature a 6.4in Super AMOLED screen (90Hz), a MediaTek Dimensity 1080 processor, 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and either 128GB or 256GB of storage. A 48MP main camera, backed by an 8MP and 5MP sensor, and a 13MP selfie camera round out the features. The difference between this and last year’s A33? Not much, actually. Hopefully, there’s more to set it apart when the reveal happens.
There’s a similar situation for Samsung’s Galaxy A54. A 6.6in Super AMOLED (120Hz), 6GB or 8GB of RAM, and 128/256GB of storage, plus an Exynos 1380 processor. A 32MP front sensor, a 50MP main camera (with OIS), and 12MP/5MP backups make the rest of the features list, plus a 5,100mAh battery. That represents a slight change to the Galaxy A53’s specs but nothing as major as we’d have liked.
Pricing the Galaxy
The timing of Samsung’s event seems about right. Surprises are nothing if not predictable these days. It’s also about time that we get an even closer look at the A34 and A54. The first leaks turned up in November last year and have yet to stop. The most recent bit of information is the European pricing for Samsung’s mid-range handsets. They suggest that Samsung’s affordable devices might not stay that way.
The A14 will, according to a Twitter leak, retail for around R4,300. The A34 could go for around R8,200 and the A54 may tip the scales at more than R10,000. That’s a substantial chunk more expensive than last year’s Galaxy A13, A32, and A53 (which launched at R3,500, R7,300, and R8,000 respectively).