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Test verdict on the Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE

The Galaxy A14 is Samsung's entry-level model of the A series. The device is available in a 5G and a 4G version, with the smartphones not only differing in terms of the communication technology but also the processor. We took a closer look at the 4G smartphone.

In addition to high-end devices such as the Galaxy S23 Ultra or the new foldables such as the Galaxy Z Fold5 and Flip5, Samsung also offers simpler and more affordable smartphones. Among those, the Galaxy A14 represents an affordable entry into the A series.

The smartphone offers a 6.6 inch touchscreen. While Samsung uses an LCD display, the refresh rate is only 60 Hz. Our measurements show that the maximum brightness is only 453 nits, which isn't very much, and the readability in the sunlight could be better.

A positive area is the camera performance of the device, and at least the pictures taken with the 50-MP main camera are convincing. On the other hand, the ultrawide-angle and macro lenses only produce usable pictures under very good light conditions. The video quality is rather meagre. The Galaxy A14 LTE records videos at a maximum of 1080p and 30 FPS.

The performance of the Mediatek Helio G80 processor that is used here is also similarly meagre. Although it offers a higher performance than the Exynos chip in the A13 predecessor, it already reaches its limits with everyday tasks, and there can even be some stutters while typing.

The verdict on the storage is mixed. On one hand, the amount of internal storage space is small with only 64 GB, and as our test shows, the storage is also really slow. On the other hand, the storage of the Galaxy A14 LTE can be expanded by up to 1 TB by using a microSD card, and here, the transfer speeds are good.

Another positive point is that Samsung continues to equip the Galaxy A14 with an audio port and NFC. Unfortunately, as in the expensive models, the charger isn't included in the box here either.

While the Samsung Galaxy A14 LTE isn't a bad smartphone, it isn't really suitable for all users. Those who value a smooth performance and UI free from stutters should look elsewhere. But as an affordable smartphone with expandable storage, a usable camera, and long update support (2 years of OS updates and 4 years of security patches), the Galaxy A14 should still be able to find some friends.

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Benedikt Winkel, 2023-07-28 (Update: 2023-07-29)