Samsung launched the Galaxy M55 5G smartphone a few weeks ago as the successor to the Galaxy M54 5G, which was not actually launched in India. This gets a similar display, a faster Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 SoC, up to 12GB of RAM and 45W fast charging. Is this good for the price? Let's dive into the review to find out.

Contents of the box

  • Samsung Galaxy M55 5G 12 GB RAM + 256 GB in light green color
  • USB type C to C cable
  • SIM Eject Tool
  • Quick Start Guide
Display, Hardware and Design

The phone comes with a 6.7-inch Full HD+ Infinity-O Super AMOLED Plus display with a resolution of 1080×2340 pixels at around 384 PPI. The display looks bright, thanks to the brightness of 1000 nits. It also has good color reproduction and the screen is protected by Dragontrail protection compared to Gorilla Glass on most other Samsung phones.

It has a 120Hz refresh rate display that provides a fluid user experience with smoother animations, scrolling and gaming. Similar to other Samsung phones, there is an Eye comfort shield that limits the blue light emitted by the screen. There is also a dark mode.

The phone doesn't have DC dimming or a low-brightness anti-flicker mode that's present on some AMOLED display phones in the price range. I didn't notice any screen flickering problem at low brightness on the phone. It doesn't have a notification LED, but there is an Always On Display option.

At the top, there is a 50-megapixel camera and the earpiece is present on the top edge. The hole is small and not intrusive.

The size bezels are huge and the bottom bezel is bigger than that, while phones in the price range offer minimal bezels. The phone has an in-display fingerprint sensor.

Coming to the button placement, the power button and volume rockers are present on the right side. The hybrid SIM slot is present on the left. The main microphone, USB Type-C port and speaker grille are at the bottom. The secondary microphone is at the top. The phone has a plastic frame with a matte finish.

On the back, there's a triple camera module arranged in a straight line without a camera housing, which we've seen on most phones. There is a single LED flash next to it. Although the phone has a 6.7-inch screen, it is compact to hold. It is 7.8 mm thick and weighs 180 grams, although the phone has a 5000 mAh battery. It has no IP rating.

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Since the back has a matte finish, it doesn't attract fingerprints, but it does get scratched, so a case is recommended.

camera

  • 50MP rear camera with f/1.8 aperture, OIS
  • 8 MP ultra-wide-angle camera with f/2.2 aperture
  • 2MP macro camera with f/2.4 aperture
  • 50 MP front camera with f/2.2 aperture

The camera UI is the same as other Samsung phones, with One UI 6.1. You can choose the 50MP option in the aspect ratio settings at the top and the default output is 12.5MP after pixel binning. It also has professional video, night mode, slow motion, super slow motion, hyperlapse, dual recording and more modes. There is Live Focus mode for portraits. You can also adjust the bokeh effect before or after the shot. There is a selfie portrait option for the front camera that uses software to blur the background. There's also a wide-angle option for the front-facing camera, similar to other Samsung phones.

In terms of image quality, daylight shots look good and the phone captures a good amount of detail, creating well-exposed photos with good dynamic range and detail, and the dynamic range can be further improved by enabling HDR mode from the settings, which is activated automatically. HDR when needed. The 8MP camera's ultra-wide shots are decent.

2X macro shots from the main camera are better instead of the 2MP macro camera. Live focus is good for detecting edges. Low light performance could be better as there is a lot of noise. This can be further enhanced with Night mode which offers more detail, but you need to keep a steady hand as it takes two to three seconds to process. The 50-megapixel shots have a good amount of detail, but the image size is huge.

The 50-megapixel front-facing camera is good in most cases. The wide-angle mode takes images with a resolution of 12.5 megapixels after pixel binning. Software blur in live focus mode has good edge detection.

Check out some camera samples.

It can record videos at a maximum resolution of 4K at 30 fps from both the front and rear cameras. The ultra-wide camera can also record 1080p video at 30 fps. The phone heats up when using the camera, so the camera turns off after a while.

Software, UI and Apps

Coming to the software, the phone runs on Android 14 and recently received the April 2024 security patch. On top of Android 14, it has the latest version of Samsung One UI 6.1, but it lacks AI features and only has backgrounds generative screens. Like most other mid-range M series devices, Samsung has confirmed 4 OS updates and 5 years of security updates for the M55 5G.

The device maintenance option lets you manage your device's battery life, storage, RAM usage, and security all in one place. Of the 256GB of storage on our unit, 223GB is free. Of the 12GB of LPDDR4x RAM, about 10.79GB can be used and 6GB is free when running default apps in the background.

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There's also a RAM Plus feature, which uses the phone's internal memory to expand the RAM by an extra 8GB, on top of the existing 12GB. This is enabled automatically.

In addition to the usual set of utility apps and Google Apps, the smartphone comes with many preloaded apps and Microsoft apps. The phone has no ads, but occasionally shows notifications of new Samsung products.

Fingerprint sensor and face unlock

The phone has an in-display fingerprint sensor that unlocks the phone immediately even when it is locked. It's good, but not as fast as a physical fingerprint scanner. You can add up to 3 fingerprints, and adding fingerprint is easy. It has support for face recognition, which does not work well if the lighting in the room is poor, if you wear hats or wear heavy makeup. Both are protected by Knox security.

Music and multimedia player

YouTube Music is the default music player. It has equalizer, Dolby Atmos, UHQ upscaler and Adapt which can be activated from settings. All of them improve the sound when listening through headphones, and Dolby Atmos also works with speakers. It does not support FM radio. That said, audio through the headphones is good. Speaker output from the stereo speakers is decent, but you don't feel the bass as the audio is flat.

The phone comes with out-of-the-box Widevine L1 support so you can enjoy HD content on Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hotstar and other streaming apps. There is also support for HDR playback for YouTube.

Dual SIM and connectivity

Galaxy M55 5G supports N1, N3, N5, N7, N8, N20, N28, N38, N63, N40, N41, N77, N78 bands in India. There is dual SIM 5G and Airtel and Jio 5G works out of the box. There's also 4G Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) and support for LTE-A or Carrier Aggregation. It does not support eSIM.

Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 ac (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz), Wi-Fi-Challenging or Vo-Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.3 and GPS with GLONASS. It has USB OTG and NFC support that works with compatible payment apps.

The Galaxy M55 5G's head SAR is 0.93 W/Kg, well below the 1.6 W/kg (over 1 g) limit for India.

Performance and Benchmarks

This is one of the few phones powered by the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 4nm mobile platform. This one has a Qualcomm Kryo CPU (based on A710) that offers higher performance up to 2.5GHz compared to the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1's 2.4GHz.

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There is Adreno 644 GPU, which promises up to 20% faster graphics rendering compared to the 778G. Although the GPU is powerful, the gaming experience is only average. The phone heats up quickly when playing games and using the camera app, as well as when recording videos. Even the phone lags when using the camera. This is not fixed even after two updates the device received.

In the 3D Mark wildlife stress test, it scored 72.5%, which is just average, and the temperature rose from 33 to 40 degrees. That said, check out some synthetic benchmark scores below.

As you can see from the benchmark scores, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 is a good chip, but the scores are better on most other phones in the price range.

Battery life

The Galaxy M55 5G has a 5000mAh battery that we've seen in other Samsung phones. It lasts a day with medium use, but with heavy use it lasts less than a day.

Samsung doesn't offer a charger in the box, but the phone supports 45W charging for the first time in the segment and comes with a 5A cable in the box. With the 45W fast charger, it takes 1-15 minutes from 0 to 100% and 0-50% took about 35 minutes. It's good, but less compared to competitors.

conclusion

At a starting price of Rs. 26,999, the Galaxy M55 5G is a decent phone, but not a game-changer in the mid-range segment when it comes to performance. The Galaxy A35 at a slightly higher cost is a better option if you need a better user experience and the build quality is also better.

availability

The Samsung Galaxy M55 is priced at Rs. 26,999 for 8GB + 128GB, Rs. 29,999 for 8GB + 256GB and the 12GB + 256GB model costs Rs. 32,999.

It is available from amazon.enand Samsung India online store as well as retail stores. There are also bank offers.

Pros

  • The 120Hz AMOLED display is good
  • Elegant design
  • Promise of 4 OS updates and 5 years of security updates
  • Good battery life

Cons

  • It heats up quickly with heavy use, including a few minutes of 4K video recording
  • Average speaker quality
  • Lots of preloaded apps


Author: Srivatsan Sridhar

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