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Samsung Galaxy A14 5G: Worth the extra money compared to the LTE version

Samsung Galaxy A14 5G (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G
In our review, the Galaxy A14 5G proved to be a good introductory smartphone. But in the past, the 5G standard would have to have been acquired with some compromises compared to the LTE version. Now, this is not the case - with a few exceptions.

The Samsung Galaxy A14 5G did well in our test and showed great improvement in many areas over its predecessor from last year. This means the slightly bigger PLS display is not only a little brigher, but it now also has Full HD+. Although its SoC remains a MediaTek Dimensity 700 - which is fine for everyday tasks - Samsung have now also given the smartphone a fast UFS-2.2 memory. The front-facing camera has also received an upgrade and the battery remains a 5,000 mAh one, meaning you will have to go without fast charging.

And the Galaxy A14 LTE? It does indeed have a slightly more impressive camera setup: Instead of its 2 MPix depth effect, it has an ultra-wide-angle lens. However, this lens only has access to 5 MPix, which begs the question whether this feature even really adds anything to the device. A review of the A14 LTE will be coming soon, where we will be able to answer this question. Its 60 fps video recording is definitely a bonus, though.

Other than that, certain compromises actually have to be taken into consideration compared to the 5G model. Of course, it is missing the 5G feature - but the screen is also 60 Hz instead of 90 Hz and the built-in Helio G80 is slower than the Galaxy A14 5G's Dimesity 700. Looking at the price difference, this could be a strong argument for the LTE model - with the same storage (64 GB), it is much cheaper at around $160. Even with double the storage, it is still a little cheaper than the 5G model.

At the end of the day, it depends on what your own wants and needs are and what you are looking for when purchasing a new smartphone. Both the Galaxy A14 LTE and the A14 5G can be found on Amazon.

Samsung Galaxy A14 5G - Front (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G - Front
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G - Back (photo: Daniel Schmidt)
Samsung Galaxy A14 5G - Back
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Daniel Schmidt, 2023-05-11 (Update: 2023-05-10)