HTC has stunned everybody with the discharge of a brand new mid-ranger dubbed the HTC U23 Professional, however how does it evaluate to one of the fashionable mid-rangers round, the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G?
The £499 HTC U23 Professional has quite a bit going for it together with a base storage of 256GB, 12GB of RAM, a 108MP important digital camera and 30W quick charging, nevertheless it has its work lower out for it in comparison with the Galaxy A54 and its glass rear, Tremendous AMOLED show, Exynos 1380 chipset and cheaper beginning value at £449.
Listed below are 5 key variations between the HTC U23 Professional and Samsung Galaxy A54 5G that can assist you determine which is greatest on your wants.
The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G has a extra premium construct
The HTC U23 Professional and Samsung Galaxy A54 would possibly each be mid-range choices, however the Galaxy A54 stands out with its choice of fairly premium supplies – particularly contemplating the £449 price ticket.
That features using a Gorilla Glass 5-protected glass rear cowl, immediately making the Galaxy A54 really feel extra premium than most mid-range options within the hand. Actually, in our overview, we had been stunned at simply how related it regarded and felt in comparison with the usual Galaxy S23.
That’s full with options like IP67 water resistance – simply shy of the IP68 from flagships – and the identical simplistic design because the flagship Galaxy units.
Although the HTC U23 Professional additionally presents IP67 water resistance, it’s let down by the largely plastic construct current on most mid-rangers. It’s additionally each barely thicker (8.5mm) and heavier (205g) than Samsung’s different, and is barely out there in comparatively muted Snow White and Espresso Black shades too.
The one saving grace of the U23 Professional is the show safety, which comes within the type of the upgraded Gorilla Glass Victus in comparison with the Gorilla Glass 5 of the Galaxy A54 – however extra on that show in only a sec.
The HTC U23 Professional has a bigger show
The 2 mid-rangers have pretty related shows, although the HTC U23 Professional measures in barely bigger at 6.7 inches in comparison with 6.4 inches from Samsung’s possibility. That ought to make the U23 Professional marginally higher for watching content material full-screen and enjoying video games, however we’ll have to substantiate as soon as we go hands-on.
Measurement apart, the 2 shows share the identical 120Hz refresh price and assist for HDR content material, although the U23 Professional makes use of customary OLED tech whereas the Samsung makes use of Samsung’s Tremendous AMOLED expertise.
They’re even pretty matched within the decision division at 1080 x 2400 and 1080 x 2340 respectively, although the bigger show of the U23 Professional means pixel density is barely much less at 393ppi, in comparison with the A54’s 403ppi.
For what it’s value, we thought the Samsung Galaxy A54 delivered an incredible show expertise with vibrant colors and inky blacks synonymous with the AMOLED tech on supply, and although it’s smaller than some options, it made the telephone barely simpler to make use of one-handed.
Snapdragon vs Exynos
When it comes all the way down to processing energy, it’s a conflict of the titans: Qualcomm vs Samsung.
The HTC U23 Professional sports activities Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 and 12GB of RAM, although that chipset is a 12 months previous and has been just lately changed by the Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2 present in equally priced fashions just like the Poco F5.
Whereas we’ve not benchmarked the U23 Professional specifically, we’ve examined different 7 Gen 1-equipped telephones just like the Xiaomi 13 Lite and it paints a reasonably respectable image with enough gaming efficiency and comparatively easy on a regular basis use, however we’ll have to substantiate that’s additionally the case with the U23 Professional as soon as we go hands-on.
The Samsung Galaxy A54, however, sports activities Samsung’s personal Exynos 1380 chipset which was introduced simply previous to the telephone’s reveal, together with 8GB of RAM.
We discovered the Exynos chipset delivered respectable on a regular basis efficiency however famous that sure duties, like transitioning from the lock to dwelling display screen, may generally take a second or two, and framerates suffered over longer durations of gameplay. It’ll definitely be fascinating to see how the U23 Professional compares, particularly with ample RAM.
The HTC U23 Professional has a Viverse tie-in
It ought to come as no shock that the corporate behind the HTC Vive VR headset has launched a smartphone with a Viverse tie-in – although it’s seemingly extra targeted on the metaverse than utilizing one of many numerous Vive headsets with the telephone.
By way of the Viverse cell app you’ll be capable of “create your avatars, discover digital worlds and socialise from any gadget” in accordance with HTC. There’s additionally an AR area that permits you to create customized AR messages, together with a market to purchase NFTs as a result of, effectively in fact there may be.
In the event you’re a crypto-bro into NFTs and the early metaverse, this may very well be a tempting possibility, however for everybody else, it looks as if a little bit of a gimmick.
The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G is barely extra inexpensive
The Samsung Galaxy A54 is the marginally extra inexpensive possibility of the 2 beginning at £449, although it’s value noting that the value is for the 128GB mannequin whereas the HTC U23 Professional begins with 256GB of storage for £499 – the identical value because the A54’s 256GB possibility. That’s nice information in case you don’t want 256GB of storage as you’ll be able to doubtlessly save your self £50.
The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G is that can be purchased now, whereas the HTC U23 Professional is out there to pre-order from the HTC web site forward of launch in early June.