Samsung Galaxy A55 5G review: Impresses in looks, camera and display – The Times of India

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Rating — 3.5/5

Samsung’s Galaxy A-series smartphones have been one of the highest-selling models for the company in the mid-range segment. The South Korean tech giant recently expanded its Galaxy A-series with two new models — the Galaxy A55 5G and the Galaxy A35 5G — in India.
Samsung launched the more expensive Galaxy A55 at a starting price of Rs 39,999, which is available in two colours — Awesome IceBlue and Awesome Navy — as well as in three RAM and storage variants.The smartphone offers several upgrades over its predecessor, including an improved design with a metal frame as well as a physical Knox chip for the Galaxy S22 series-like security features.
We have been using the 12+256GB version of the Samsung Galaxy A55 5G smartphone in blue colour for some weeks now. Here we explore if the smartphone stands out amongst its competition in the premium mid-range segment:

Design and display

Samsung has brought about multiple design changes to the latest Galaxy A55 smartphone. With this model, the company ditched the plastic build and adopted a new aluminium frame for the lineup. However, the rear cameras remain placed inside three circular cutouts placed in a vertical line on the left side of the device just like the previous generation model.

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The glass back on the Galaxy A55 smartphone gives it a stylish look while the metal frame makes it a little heavier than the previous models. During our usage, neither the metal chassis nor the glass rear panel caught any scratches, however, the glass back as well as the display seemed to attract dust and fingerprints.
The Galaxy A55 smartphone has a premium in-hand feel but the back panel is quite slippery, so it’s better to use the smartphone with a back cover. For accidental bumps or falls, the device’s display comes with Gorilla Glass Victus+ protection.
Weighing at 213 grams, it was a bit uncomfortable to hold the Galaxy A55 smartphone for prolonged periods. The phone’s edges have a polished finish which felt sharp but offered the device a premium look.

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On the right side, the power button and the volume rockers are placed on a slightly raised bump. This bump makes it easier to find the buttons without affecting the in-hand feel of the Galaxy A55 smartphone.
Meanwhile, the SIM tray and the USB Type-C port are placed on the top and bottom of the phone, respectively along with a stereo audio setup. The Galaxy A55 also comes with an IP67 water and dust-resistant rating.
Coming to the front, the bezels around the display were well noticeable but seemed evenly distributed. The HDR 10+-enabled Full HD AMOLED panel also looked fluid and vibrant. We had a nice time playing games and watching content on the Galaxy A55 smartphone’s display. The screen was able to reproduce sharp and near-accurate colours. The 120Hz variable refresh rate also made it feel smooth and responsive.
The display was bright enough for using it outdoors even under a blazing summer sun and we didn’t experience any flickering issues in low brightness mode. The Galaxy A55 smartphone’s screen also comes with an Eye comfort mode, a Dark mode and an Always-on-display to offer users varied on-screen preferences.

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Both the biometric verification systems – the facial recognition and the fingerprint sensor on Galaxy A55 smartphone – offer decent accuracy and are protected by Knox security. However, for a smoother face-based unlocking experience, good lighting conditions are necessary. Also, we didn’t face any misreads when we tried to open the phone via facial recognition under bright conditions.

Camera

The Galaxy A55 smartphone retains the triple rear setup from its predecessor which includes a 50MP primary shooter along with a 12MP ultrawide lens and a 5MP macro unit placed in a straight line. The images shot by the main camera maintained reasonable saturation levels and even looked sharp and detailed when clicked in daylight. The dynamic range offered by the main sensor is also decent.
Under good lighting conditions, the 12MP ultrawide lens on the Galaxy A55 smartphone also matched the performance of the primary camera with minimal shift and without affecting the contrast level.
However, the images taken by the ultra-wide camera in low light lacked smoothness, details and even had noise. Too much exposure also affected the final output at times. The picture quality offered by the macro unit was also acceptable under varied lighting conditions similar to the ultra-wide sensor.

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The HDR performance on the camera was decent while it was able to record balanced videos. If you want to take zoomed-in shots it’s advisable not to go beyond 2x as the outcome won’t be as good. The Galaxy A55 can shoot 4K videos at 30fps which looks more stable than the 1080p ones shot at 60 fps. The device also records audio with bang-on accuracy.
The portrait mode offers a satisfying performance with good edge detection and focal blur. Meanwhile, the 32 MP front camera on the Galaxy A55 smartphone also clicks some crisp selfies while retaining natural skin tones even at night.
The UI of the default camera app on the Samsung Galaxy A55 is easy to navigate. This app also includes a “Fun mode” that integrates Snapchat-like lenses, which require an internet connection to work.

Performance and Battery

Samsung Galaxy A55 is powered by the company’s in-house Exynos 1480 SoC. Considering its price, the chipset offers a decent performance. However, we experienced a few lags and stutters during the initial days which were ironed out with regular usage.
The gaming experience on the smartphone was also satisfactory. With 12GB RAM, the Galaxy A55 is capable enough to handle the needs of casual gamers. However, running graphics-heavy apps and games on the smartphone won’t be a good idea.
For example, the smartphone can easily handle games like Asphalt Legends 9, SimCity BuildIt and even GTA San Andreas. We didn’t face any slowdown or heating issues even during extended sessions of playing these games. However, the Galaxy A55 faced a tough time running games like Genshin Impact, BGMI and Call of Duty which were playable only in lower graphics settings.

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The Galaxy A55 runs Samsung’s One UI 6.1 skin based on Android 14 but misses out on the Galaxy AI features available on the Galaxy S24 series. The Android skin is user friendly and once you get accustomed to it you can navigate it easily.
Moreover, Samsung promises four years of guaranteed software updates and five years of security patches for its operating system. It’s also important to note that the One UI 6.1 Android skin on this phone came with bloatware.
Featuring a stereo speaker system, the audio output offered by the Galaxy A55 is loud and clear, even in outdoor settings. These speakers helped in offering an immersive experience while gaming as well as binging content on Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.

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The Galaxy A55 supports NFC and Samsung Wallet. We also didn’t face any connectivity issues on the phone during our testing.
Samsung Galaxy A55 packs a 5,000mAh battery unit that promises to run for two days. This claim was somewhat true as with moderate usage the smartphone was able to run for quite more than a day.
Gaming sessions seemed to drain more juice from the phone compared to watching videos.
Also, Samsung’s decision to stick to 25W fast charging may offer competitors an edge over the device. At this speed, it took the phone nearly 2 hours to go from 0% to 100%.

Verdict

With its stylish looks, colourful display and fine performance Samsung Galaxy A55 can give its rivals tough competition. If you’re not into professional gaming or super fast charging speeds and more into the device’s looks and longevity, this smartphone can be a very good option to consider in the premium mid-range segment.
At this price point, some competitors may offer better camera specs on paper, but the output offered by Samsung Galaxy A55 can be quite good for those who want to use it to record content or shoot photos for posting on social media.

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