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I’ve only had the Samsung Galaxy A55 for about one full day, but I already have some thoughts on it.

We managed to get our hands on the Awesome Lilac which is a light shade that veers close to pink. I find this a pleasant change from the Samsung Galaxy A54’s Awesome Violet that was much darker.

The new phone from Samsung’s midrange comes in three other colours: Awesome IceBlue, Awesome Navy, and Awesome Lemon. However, the latter isn’t available in Malaysia.

Out of the three, I believe this is the prettiest, but to each their own.

Weighing 213g, it’s slightly heavier than its Galaxy A54 predecessor. This is no surprise since Galaxy A55’s frame is made from aluminium metal, which is an upgrade from the A54’s plastic material.

It’s also much edgier than the Galaxy A54 since Samsung took away its curved design. Dimensions-wise, its 8.3mm depth makes it slightly bulkier to grip onto especially if you have small hands. 

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But it feels secure to hold. Typing with one hand isn’t as daunting because it’s less likely to slip and fall on accident.

Moving on to what really matters…

In terms of software, it’s not vastly different from its A54 predecessor, though the cameras are certainly better than before.

The phone series’ nightography game gets an upgrade with an AI depth map, which is supposed to make photos look clearer in low-light conditions. 

In my short time with it, the nightography with AI does as it says. The photos I took of these bananas in the dark came out with a good balance of lighting and depth perception. Although, the colours are not as vibrant as I thought they would be.

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Besides that, there’s the low-noise (LN4) nightography feature which improves the colour and image quality in dim environments. This is new and not found in the previous Galaxy A54 model.

In the short while I’ve had it, the nightography photos I took came out quite detailed. You could see the lines of the phloem bundles (the stringy bits) of the banana’s skin rather clearly. 

An added layer of security?

The main feature that Samsung highlights in its Galaxy A55 is the use of Samsung Knox Security. 

Essentially, it’s a security system by Samsung that’s built into its phones. This is ideal for those who want an added layer of security when it comes to the data that’s stored on their devices.

Some functions it has include:

  • Blocking unknown apps from unauthorised access to your phone 
  • Scanning for suspicious activities and providing additional defense against viruses and spyware
  • Blocking images suspected of containing malicious media or malware in messaging apps
  • Clearly labelling unknown and unsafe phone numbers that are potentially scams or fraud phone calls 
  • Providing end-to-end encryption for data storage on Samsung Cloud 
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Whether you’re using it for business or pleasure, Samsung’s Knox Security is supposed to ensure your privacy.

As I haven’t been using the phone for long enough, I have yet to encounter the functions that Samsung Knox Security provides. I’ll be exploring them further in an upcoming full review.

A decent first impression

A few other points that Samsung promises with this new Galaxy A55 is enhanced speed for better gaming and app launching. 

So far the latter doesn’t disappoint, but we’ll see how it fares with games later on. This, coupled with its larger cooling system (up to 74%), should make it a more comfortable experience when using more demanding apps too.

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Overall, I’m looking forward to spending more time with it to really understand what the new RM1,999 Galaxy A55 is all about.

So keep an eye out for the next piece where we’ll unpack the phone in a full review.

  • Learn more about the Samsung Galaxy A55 here.
  • Read other articles we’ve written about Samsung here.

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