It’s Funny How the Budget Samsung Phones Get More Updates Than the Google Pixel 7a

The Google Pixel 7a is one the best affordable phones for anyone looking to get high-end specs at a lower price. And with its release, the highly-rated Galaxy A54 appears not to be a good purchase, especially when you consider the lackluster performance of the Exynos 1380 SoC.

But the thing is, there’s a high chance that the Galaxy A54 5G will improve with future updates. And it could potentially become a better device than the Pixel 7a over time. On the note of updates, if you consider it, the Galaxy A54 is a better purchase than the current “affordable” Pixel device.

Pixel 7a Can’t Even Match the Galaxy A24 in Terms of Updates

With the Galax A54, A34, and Galaxy A24, Samsung has set a new standard for software updates. These phones shipped with Android 13, and Samsung plans to offer four major Android OS updates in the future. Most importantly, the devices will get five years of security patches. The Pixel 7a, on the other hand, gets three major OS upgrades.

Galaxy A54 Galaxy A34

As the Pixel 7a comes with Android 13 out of the box, it means that the phone will stop receiving updates after Android 16. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy A54, A34, and A24 will stop at Android 17. Although, it’s worth noting that Google did promise five years of security patches for its latest mid-range device.

Google Pixel 7a
Google Pixel 7a

Of course, there’s no denying that the Google Pixel 7a will offer a better experience in the long run. After all, Google has integrated a Tensor G2 chipset into it, and it offers the pure Google experience. But that might change if Samsung addresses the issues of the Exynos chipset in the current Galaxy A series phones with future updates.

Even if it does not, it’s still interesting to see Samsung beating Google at its own firmware game. And things become quite funny when you consider the fact that the Samsung Galaxy A24 is nowhere near the Google Pixel 7a in terms of pricing. To be exact, the A24 goes for around $200, whereas the latest mid-range Google Pixel is $499.

So, Is the Galaxy A54 5G A Better Purchase?

The Galaxy A54 5G and Google Pixel 7a are mid-range devices with some flaws. However, if you compare the two, Galaxy A54 has some plus points. Aside from the more Android OS updates, the Galaxy A54 has a large battery. That will let you get more screen-on-time (SOT) and better backup.

Secondly, the Galaxy A54 5G has a 6.4-inch AMOLED screen that offers a 120Hz refresh rate. In comparison, the Google Pixel 7a packs a 6.1-inch display that can only run at a 90Hz refresh rate. Google even skimped on the glass of the phone. It comes with Gorilla Glass 3, whereas the Galaxy A54 5G has Gorilla Glass 5.

Samsung Galaxy A54
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G

On the note of the glass, the Pixel 7a has a plastic back. Although, that is not a negative point. After all, you don’t need to worry about plastic backs shattering when you accidentally drop the phone. But glass feels more premium to the hands.

The only point where the Google Pixel 7a comes out as a clear winner is the SoC. Its Tensor G2 is much better than the Exynos 1380 found in the Galaxy A54 5G. But as mentioned earlier, Samsung can optimize the chipset a bit with future Android updates.

Google tensor

Still, both the phones are good for the price. And if you do not really care about the prolonged firmware support, the Pixel 7a will not be a bad purchase. And let’s not forget that you get Pixel camera experience with it.

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