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Samsung Galaxy A55 5G – Midrange champion with artificial weaknesses

Samsung Galaxy A55 5G
Samsung Galaxy A55 5G
The Galaxy A55 shows a new and attractive side in our test, offering a really good overall package. But it also has to endure some complaints that would have been avoidable in our opinion and also represent our wish list for the Galaxy A56.

Samsung keeps the basic design of its Galaxy series and taking a look at the back of the A55 5G, it immediately reminds us of the Galaxy S models. On the other hand, the new frame made of brushed aluminum also differentiates it, showing itself less prone to fingerprints and as a refreshing update. A look at the front generates less enthusiasm, since the display is framed by thick black bezels, which feels like an artificial degradation. This can be done better, Samsung!

We would have also liked to see a little more in terms of the communication modules. 6 GHz WLAN would have been appropriate, particularly since there are already competitors that offer this even in more affordable models. Alternatively and considering the start of Find My Device, the introduction of UWB into the midrange would have also been nice, particularly since the Samsung Galaxy A55 5G will be provided with updates for five years, so we'd expect a correspondingly long usability.

For the coming generation, the charging will also have to improve. Faster and wirelessly would be nice, and one of these definitely has to happen. A triple-camera system always sounds good on paper, but neither the macro nor the ultrawide angle lens take really attractive pictures. So why not just a dual-camera setup with a higher resolution ultrawide angle and integrated macro function?

Despite all that, Samsung has again succeeded in creating a very good and visually attractive smartphone that offers many practical functions such as eSIM support and an IP67 certification. However, it still has to watch its back, since with the Redmi Note 13 Pro+ 5G and Pixel 8a, the competitors are both well-known and powerful. Sony will also send a powerful smartphone into the race with the Xperia 10 VI.

Price and Availability

The Galaxy A55 5G can be ordered directly from Samsung in most countries, except for the US, where it probably won't be available and the A35 is sold instead.

(photo: Daniel Schmidt)
(photo: Daniel Schmidt)
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Daniel Schmidt, 2024-05-14 (Update: 2024-05-12)