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Samsung Galaxy A55 5G review: Slightly pricey

Samsung Galaxy A55 5G review: Slightly pricey

Samsung Galaxy A55 5G
Pros
Premium metal finish
Bright OLED display
Cons
Price not competitive
Slow 25W charging
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The Samsung Galaxy A55 5G is the most expensive model in the company's current A series. This higher price tag gives it a premium metal construction and faster processor compared to the next device in the series, the Samsung Galaxy A35. The A55 is a good smartphone for those who don't want to shell out over S$1,000 for a flagship device, but with an official retail price of S$618, or S$90 more than the A35, it doesn't offer as much value.

The Samsung Galaxy A55 looks almost identical to the A35. This means you get flat glass on the front and back, rounded corners, and thick screen bezels around a bright, 120Hz, 6.6-inch 1,080 x 2,340-pixel AMOLED display. However, when you hold it in your hand, it feels different to the A35 because of the metallic frame. This gives it a more premium feel, but at the same time, the edges feel sharper, making it less comfortable compared with the A35, which is made of plastic. Aside from the Iceblue model reviewed here, the A55 is also available in what Samsung calls Lilac, Lemon, and Navy colours.

Quick specs

  • 6.6-inch Super AMOLED display (2,340 x 1,080 pixels, 120Hz)
  • Samsung Exynos 1480 chip with 8GB RAM and 128GB storage
  • 50MP main camera, 12MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro, and 32MP front
  • 5,000mAh battery (with 25W charging)

The other key upgrade in the Samsung Galaxy A55 is the use of the Exynos 1480 processor, a step up from the Exynos 1380 in the A35, resulting in improved benchmarks. The A55 got scores of 1,151 (single) and 3,442 (multi) in Geekbench 6, as well as 1,039 in the Wild Life Extreme Stress Test. Now, these results are still decidedly mid-range, so don't expect a huge performance boost over the A35. In fact, most of us won't really be able to feel the difference between the A35 and A55 for day-to-day use. Both phones will run applications smoothly, and let you play pretty demanding Android games at good frame rates.

Samsung Galaxy A55 and Samsung Galaxy A35
The A55 (top) has a metal frame while the similar-looking A35 is made of plastic.
Credit: John Chan/Can Buy or Not

With a 5,000mAh battery, I found the Samsung Galaxy A55 to be great for all day use. In our PCMark Battery test, it lasted 9h 6m. In actual use, I got through an entire day with a few hours of mobile hotspot use, and still had 22 percent left before I went to bed.

When it comes to the photos taken by the Samsung Galaxy A55, the image quality is respectable if you stick to the main camera. Outdoor shots were sharp, with good colours and details throughout. Even in low light, the main camera did well to produce good-looking images. The wide-angle camera produced images with some loss in detail. However, colours still looked good, so I would still use it if I really need that wide-angle shot for a social media post. The third macro camera, I didn't care so much for. Using the main camera's 2X digital zoom produced better close-up photos than the built-in Macro mode.

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Samsung Galaxy A55 5G cameras
Stick with the main camera (middle lens) when shooting with the A55. Credit: John Chan/Can Buy or Not

The Samsung Galaxy A55 is a good phone but its S$618 retail price (direct from Samsung, slightly lower from Shopee and Lazada) puts it in an awkward position. Smartphones like the Poco F6 Pro and Vivo V30 cost around the same, and offer features like fast charge, bundled power adapter, and more built-in storage. In fact, at just over S$500, Samsung's own A35 presents better value, too. Those who choose the A55 will get decent performance, a premium metal finish and Samsung's promise of four Android updates, just note that there are other good alternatives out there. 

Note: Review unit provided by Samsung.


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Verdict



CAN BUY...BUT

Decent but needs to be cheaper

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