Samsung‘s 2023 mid-range smartphones may come costlier than their predecessors. Multiple tipsters have recently shared starting prices of the Galaxy A34 5G and Galaxy A54 5G in various markets and they are all suggesting a notable price hike. The phones are rumored to debut next week.
Galaxy A34 5G and Galaxy A54 5G are getting a price hike
According to tipster SnoopyTech, Samsung will price the Galaxy A34 5G at €419 for the 128GB model in Europe. The same storage option for the Galaxy A54 5G will cost €519 in the region. Separately, tipster Yogesh Brar claims that the two phones will be respectively priced under ₹30,000 and ₹40,000 in India. If these prices are accurate, we are in for a substantial hike from last year’s models.
At launch, the 128GB Galaxy A33 5G cost €369 in Europe, while the Galaxy A53 5G started at €449. Their Indian prices started at ₹26,000 and ₹35,000, respectively. The latter model also arrived in the US with a starting price tag of $449. These prices are already pretty steep for the two mid-range Samsung smartphones. Any further hike and the company may find it tough to sell the 2023 models.
The Galaxy A34 5G and Galaxy A54 5G do bring some notable improvements over their respective predecessors. Leaks and rumors so far have revealed that Samsung will equip the new phones with faster processors, better displays, and improved cameras. But these are the kind of upgrades that you expect new phones to bring every year without adding to the price. Maybe the current economic situation didn’t allow Samsung to keep the prices flat.
Nonetheless, for a quick reminder, the Galaxy A34 5G is rumored to sport a 6.6-inch Ful HD+ Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. It features MediaTek’s Dimensity 1080 chipset paired with up to 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. Samsung is equipping it with a 48MP primary rear camera and a 13MP selfie camera. The Galaxy A54 5G, on the other hand, gets a 6.4-inch screen with the same specs. It upgrades to the Exynos 1380 processor but the RAM and storage configuration is unchanged. It also packs a 50MP primary shooter and a 32MP selfie camera.
Galaxy A14 5G to go global soon
Along with the Galaxy A34 5G and Galaxy A54 5G, Samsung may also globally launch the Galaxy A14 5G next week. The budget handset debuted at CES 2023 in January and has been available in the US since then. The handset costs $199 stateside. It also went on sale in India in mid-January starting at ₹15,000. The Korean firm is now preparing to bring it to Europe. The same 64GB model will reportedly cost €219 in European markets. We expect Samsung to officially announce next week’s rumored Galaxy A event soon.