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Nothing Phone 2 vs Samsung Galaxy A54 5G: Which phone should you buy?

The Nothing Phone 2 and the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G occupy two different positions in the market. Which one makes more sense?
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Published onJanuary 5, 2024

Nothing Phone 2 vs Samsung Galaxy A54 5G 2
Aamir Siddiqui / Android Authority

The Nothing Phone 2 is a major step up for the fledgling company. With a good spec sheet and an eye-catching transparent design, Nothing is attracting the right attention from consumers and competition alike. How does the Nothing Phone 2 compare against the mid-range champion from Samsung, the Galaxy A54 5G? Are there enough reasons to consider spending more on a Nothing Phone 2 than on Samsung’s reliable mid-ranger? We explore these angles in this Nothing Phone 2 vs Galaxy A54 5G comparison.

Nothing Phone 2 vs Samsung Galaxy A54 5G: At a glance

Here is a summary of the differences between the Nothing Phone 2 and the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G:

  • Nothing Phone 2 has a bigger, brighter display with LTPO tech.
  • Nothing Phone 2's Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 is a significantly better SoC than the Exynos 1380 seen on the Galaxy A54 5G.
  • Nothing Phone 2 has faster 45W wired charging and supports wireless and reverse wireless charging.
  • Nothing Phone 2 has a unique transparent design with the Glyph lighting interface.
  • Samsung Galaxy A54 5G supports microSD card expansion and has a bigger battery.
  • Samsung Galaxy A54 5G has a better IP67 rating and a better software update promise.

Nothing Phone 2 vs Samsung Galaxy A54 5G: Specs

Nothing Phone 2Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Display
Nothing Phone 2
6.7-inch LTPO OLED
Flat Gorilla Glass 5 cover
2,412 x 1,080 resolution
120Hz variable refresh rate (as low as 1Hz)
240Hz touch sampling rate
1,600 nits peak pixel brightness
HDR10+ support
10-bit color depth
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
6.4-inch Super AMOLED
Flat Gorilla Glass 5 cover
2,340 x 1,080 resolution
120Hz refresh rate (as low as 60Hz)
240Hz touch sampling rate
1,000 nits peak pixel brightness
HDR10+ support
10-bit color depth
Processor
Nothing Phone 2
Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Exynos 1380
GPU
Nothing Phone 2
Adreno 730
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Arm Mali-G68 MP5
RAM
Nothing Phone 2
8 or 12GB LPDDR5
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
6GB
Storage
Nothing Phone 2
128, 256, or 512GB
UFS 3.1
No microSD card slot
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
128GB
UFS 3.1
MicroSD card support up to 1TB
Power
Nothing Phone 2
4,700mAh battery
45W USB PPS/PD wired charging
15W wireless charging
5W reverse wireless charging
No charger in box
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
5,000mAh battery
25W USB PPS/PD wired charging
No wireless charging
No reverse wireless charging
No charger in box
Cameras
Nothing Phone 2
Rear:
- 50MP wide, ƒ/1.88, OIS
- 50MP ultrawide, ƒ/2.2, 114-degree FoV

Front:
- 32MP, ƒ/2.45, 1/2.74-inch sensor
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Rear:
- 50MP wide, ƒ/1.8, OIS
- 12MP ultrawide, ƒ/2.2, 123-degree FoV
- 5MP macro, ƒ/2.2

Front:
- 32MP, ƒ/2.2, 1/2.8-inch sensor
Video
Nothing Phone 2
Rear wide:
- 4K at 60 or 30fps
- 1080p at 60 or 30fps

Front:
- 1080p at 60 or 30fps
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Rear wide:
- 4K at 30fps
- 1080p at 60 or 30fps

Front:
- 1080p at 60 or 30fps
Audio
Nothing Phone 2
Triple mics
Dual stereo speakers
No 3.5mm headphone jack
Bluetooth 5.3
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Dual mics
Dual stereo speakers
No 3.5mm headphone jack
Bluetooth 5.3
Durability
Nothing Phone 2
IP54 rated
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
IP67 rated
Biometrics
Nothing Phone 2
Optical in-display fingerprint sensor
Face Unlock support (insecure)
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Optical in-display fingerprint sensor
Face Unlock support (insecure)
SIM
Nothing Phone 2
Dual physical SIM
No eSIM
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Dual physical SIM
eSIM
Connectivity
Nothing Phone 2
Wi-Fi 6, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth 5.3
NFC support
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Wi-Fi 6, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct
Bluetooth 5.3
NFC support
Ports
Nothing Phone 2
USB-C
Dual-SIM tray
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
USB-C
Dual-SIM tray
Software
Nothing Phone 2
Nothing OS 2.0 based on Android 13
Three years of Android upgrades
Four years of Android security updates
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
One UI 5.1 based on Android 13
Four years of Android upgrades
Five years of Android security updates
The Glyph
Nothing Phone 2
33 individual addressable LED zones
Covered with Gorilla Glass 5
White light only
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Not present
Dimensions and weight
Nothing Phone 2
162.1 x 76.4 x 8.6mm
201g
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
158.2 x 76.7 x 8.2mm
202g
Colors
Nothing Phone 2
Dark Gray or White
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Awesome Graphite or Awesome Violet

The Nothing Phone 2 and the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G target two different market segments, and it should thus come as no surprise that they are two very different phones.

The Nothing Phone 2 targets the upper mid-range/premium mid-range space below the top-of-the-line flagships. On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G sits squarely in the mid-range, hoping to benefit from the momentum in the sub-$500 smartphone market.

Starting from the front of the phones, both phones look very similar, with a flat display and a centered punch hole camera. The bezels on the Galaxy A54 5G are slightly thicker, especially the chin, while the Nothing Phone 2 has thinner, uniform bezels all around.

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G homescreen
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

The display on the Galaxy A54 5G is very good, though. It is a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED display with an FHD+ resolution (2,340 x 1,080) and a 120Hz refresh rate. It gets decently bright, with 1,000 nits of peak brightness for HDR content. Samsung uses excellent displays on most of its phones, and other than missing LTPO tech, the Galaxy A54 5G’s display should suit the needs of most users.

Nothing Phone 2 home screen
Damien Wilde / Android Authority

If you want more, then the Nothing Phone 2 has you covered. It is a larger OLED display at 6.7-inches and has LTPO tech, allowing it to use variable refresh rates between 1Hz-120Hz. While the resolution remains FHD+ (2,412 x 1,080), it has a higher 1,600 nits of peak brightness for HDR content.

Both phones have Gorilla Glass 5 on the front for display protection. They also have a 240Hz touch sampling rate and support HDR10+.

Call of Duty Mobile on Nothing Phone 2 top down
Damien Wilde / Android Authority

Moving on to the internals, the Nothing Phone 2 pulls up far ahead of the Galaxy A54 5G, thanks to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 SoC. This is a flagship-grade SoC in 2023, and it sits second in Qualcomm’s portfolio, under the top flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. Even though it is not the absolute best, it remains an excellent choice for its performance-price ratio, and only a couple of SoCs out there can beat it.

samsung galaxy a54 netflix display
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

In comparison, the Exynos 1380 SoC on the Galaxy A54 5G is a squarely mid-range SoC. It’s good enough for the average user, but it doesn’t compete against the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 in any way, whether for performance or efficiency. If you like to push your smartphones a bit through gaming or other prolonged use cases, then the Nothing Phone 2 is the better choice by a significant margin.

The Nothing Phone 2 should be preferred over the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G, if you're looking for performance.

Further, Nothing extends its lead with more RAM and storage options. You can get 8GB or 12GB LPDDR5 RAM on the Phone 2, while the Galaxy A54 5G comes with just 6GB of RAM (Samsung does not bother disclosing the RAM tech). For storage, you can get 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage on the Phone 2, while the Galaxy A54 5G comes with only 128GB of UFS 3.1 internal storage.

However, the Galaxy A54 5G retains support for the microSD card slot, so you can expand your storage up to 1TB. This feature is rare among smartphones these days and has become a strong highlight for the Galaxy A54 5G.

samsung galaxy a54 up to ear
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

What also works in the Galaxy A54 5 G’s favor is its IP67 rating for dust and water resistance. This phone has total protection from dust and can be immersed in freshwater up to 1m in depth.

The Galaxy A54's IP67 rating for dust and water protection stands tall against the Phone 2's measly IP54 rating.

In comparison, the Nothing Phone 2 has an IP54 rating, which means it has limited dust protection and can handle only a light spray of water. Note that water damage is not covered under warranty for either phone, so you will still have to handle both phones with care. But it’s good to know that the Galaxy A54 can handle the elements better than the Nothing Phone 2.

samsung galaxy a54 buttons
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

The winning streak for the Galaxy A54 5G continues with the software update promise. The phone launched One UI 5.1 based on Android 13, and was updated to One UI 6 based on Android 14. Samsung has the best software update promise in the business, so you are covered for even more time. The Galaxy A54 5G will get four years of Android updates and five years of security updates.

Samsung's software update promise is best in class, and the Galaxy A54 5G benefits greatly from it.

Meanwhile, the Nothing Phone 2 launched with Nothing OS 2.0 based on Android 13, and was updated to Nothing OS 2.5 based on Android 14. Nothing promises three years of Android updates and four years of security updates. This is a year less than the Galaxy A54 5G. What works slightly in Nothing’s favor is that Nothing OS makes light changes to stock Android and is a great choice for people who do not like the heavy-handed changes in One UI.

Nothing Phone 2 vs Samsung Galaxy A54 5G: Size comparison

Nothing Phone 2 gray glyph lighting 2
Damien Wilde / Android Authority

There’s a noticeable size difference between the two phones. The Nothing Phone 2 is larger, with dimensions of 162.1 x 76.4 x 8.6mm and a weight of 201g. The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G measures 158.2 x 76.7 x 8.2mm and weighs 202g. The weight of the phones is similar, but the Nothing Phone 2 is taller and thicker.

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G white back in hand
Robert Triggs / Android Authority
Galaxy A54 5G camera trio

Both phones take pretty different approaches to their design. The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G continues to play it safe with a forgettable design carried over from the flagship Galaxy S23 series. On the other hand, the Nothing Phone 2 has the company’s signature transparent design, unlike anything else on the market (other than the Nothing Phone 1, of course).

The back glass on the Nothing Phone 2 is transparent, giving you a clear view of the phone’s internals. Nothing does cover up most of the bare circuitry with panels, so you cannot directly see components like the motherboard and battery. But you can see the cooling pipes that the phones employ and the wireless charging coil. You can get the Nothing Phone 2 in White and Dark Gray colors.

Nothing Phone 2 in gray with glyph lighting enabled on coffee table from above
Damien Wilde / Android Authority

Another design win for the Nothing Phone 2 is the Glyph lighting system on the back of the phone. There are 11 LED strips on the back, with 33 individually addressable LED zones. This opens up a cool and unique way to interact with the phone. For example, with Essential Glyph Notifications, you can set some LEDs to persistently blink when you have notifications from some important apps until you clear the notification.

There is no such feature on the Galaxy A54 5G. What you get are different colors for the back, namely Awesome Graphite and Awesome Violet.

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G colorways 1
Robert Triggs / Android Authority

Talking about the build of the devices, with the Galaxy A54 5G, you are getting a plastic mid-frame sandwiched between glass panels on the front and back. The camera rings protrude a fair bit. Overall, it’s a very boxy design.

The Nothing Phone 2 has a better in-hand feel because it adds some curves to the mix. There is a metal mid-frame between the two glass panels. On the back, there is a slight chamfer from the metal frame going into the glass back, which surprisingly helps add to the phone’s premium feel. You could choose to protect the Nothing Phone 2 with a case, but that would take away from one of the primary selling points of the phone.

The Galaxy A54 5 G's design is safe but boring, while the Nothing Phone 2's design is innovative but edgy.

Which phone you prefer between the two is a question of how much attention you want to grab. The Nothing Phone 2 practically screams for attention with its unique transparent look and light-up LEDs. On the other hand, the Galaxy A54 5G is forgettable, but maybe that is what you are looking for, especially if you plan to cover the Galaxy A54 5G with a case anyway.

Nothing Phone 2 vs Samsung Galaxy A54 5G: Camera

samsung galaxy a54 camera app
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

When it comes to cameras, the Nothing Phone 2 still has a slight lead, despite having one less camera. That is because the third camera is a 5MP macro camera on the Galaxy A54 5G instead of a more functional telephoto zoom camera. The Nothing Phone 2 can use the ultrawide camera for macro photography.

If the primary sensor is your preference, then the Nothing Phone 2 does great with its 50MP Sony IMX890, with f/1.88 aperture and OIS. The sensor is similar to the Sony IMX766 found on the Phone 1, but the company has continuously improved the quality of images you can get from it. The phone is also capable of shooting 4K at 60fps.

In comparison, the Galaxy A54 5G also has a 50MP sensor with f/1.8 aperture and OIS. Samsung does not disclose the camera sensor information for the Galaxy A54 5G. You can also get some great shots out of this primary sensor. Note that you will be limited to shooting 4K at 30fps on this phone.

Nothing Phone 2 primary camera samples

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G primary camera samples

For the ultrawide, the Nothing Phone 2 employs a 50MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a 114° field of view. In comparison, the Galaxy A54 5G uses a 12MP sensor with an f/2.2 aperture and a wider 123° field of view. For an ultrawide camera, a wider field of view lets you capture more of the scene. A higher megapixel count also does not indicate quality; hence, we adjudge the Galaxy A54 5G as the phone with the better ultrawide camera.

Nothing Phone 2 ultrawide camera samples

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G ultrawide camera samples

The Galaxy A54 5G has a dedicated 5MP macro camera. The Nothing Phone 2 does not, but it can shoot macro shots with the ultrawide camera, going as close as 4cm.

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G macro camera samples

For the front, the phones are very close. The Nothing Phone 2 has a 32MP, 1/2.74-inch sensor with an f/2.45 aperture. The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G has a 32MP, 1/2.8-inch sensor with an f/2.2 aperture.

Nothing Phone 2 front camera samples

Samsung Galaxy A54 5G front camera samples

Overall, it’s a close battle, but the Nothing Phone 2 has an arguable slight lead, namely on the back of its primary sensor.

Nothing Phone 2 vs Samsung Galaxy A54 5G: Battery and charging

Nothing Phone 2 clear USB C charge cable
Damien Wilde / Android Authority

The Nothing Phone 2 has a 4,700mAh battery, which plays well with the power-efficient Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip. Most users should get about six hours of screen-on time, with the phone lasting through a comfortable day of use and some more.

The Samsung Galaxy A54 5G has a bigger 5,000mAh battery, and the performance ceiling on the Exynos 1380 is low. As a result, you can get a day and a half of battery life with the Galaxy A54 5G.

The Galaxy A54 5G has a bigger battery, but it charges so much slower and does not have wireless charging.

Samsung’s lead is evaporated with the charging situation, though. The Galaxy A54 5G offers only 25W wired charging. It takes about 85 minutes to fill the 5,000mAh battery.

On the other hand, the Nothing Phone 2 offers 45W USB PD PPS for wired charging. Nothing claims 55 minutes for a full charge, a significant half-hour difference on every charging cycle. Their claims are largely on point, as we could get a full charge closer to the hour, but the phone took a while for the last few percentage points. You also get 15W wireless charging and 5W reverse wireless charging on the Nothing Phone 2, which is entirely missed on the Galaxy A54 5G.

samsung galaxy a54 box contents 2
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

Neither phone comes with a charger in the box, so you will have to pick up a compatible charger to go along with your Galaxy A54 5G or Nothing Phone 2.

Nothing Phone 2 vs Samsung Galaxy A54 5G: Price

  • Nothing Phone 2 (8GB + 128GB): $599
  • Nothing Phone 2 (12GB + 256GB): $699
  • Nothing Phone 2 (12GB + 512GB): $799
  • Samsung Galaxy A54 5G (6GB/128GB): $449.99

The Nothing Phone 2 comes with a significant price increase over the Nothing Phone 1, and that was to be expected considering the different market segments the phones target. While the Phone 2 is well priced at its $599 starting price, it can be out of budget for many users. These days, you can get about a $50-$150 discount on the Phone 2, depending on the variant, with the discounted pricing being $549, $599, and $649 for the respective variants.

That’s where the Galaxy A54 5G steps in. It’s available at a cool $450 in one single variant. You can often spot the Galaxy A54 down to $350 if you’re willing to activate it immediately on supported carriers like Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Google Fi. That’s a great deal for the phone you are getting.

Pre-orders for the Nothing Phone 2 are live from July 11, 2023, while the phone goes on sale on July 17, 2023.

Nothing Phone 2 vs Samsung Galaxy A54 5G: Which phone should you buy?

The Nothing Phone 2 and the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G target different market segments. As a result, which phone to buy will essentially depend on your budget and, later on, your preference for any highlight features on these phones.

Nothing Phone 2 in gray with glyph lighting enabled
Damien Wilde / Android Authority

The Nothing Phone 2 is a marked improvement and comes closer to being a flagship than the Galaxy A54 5G. Nothing is charging more for that, but it makes sense because the company is also giving more in return. There’s a better display, better in-hand feel, a unique transparent look with Glyph lighting, a significantly better processor, more RAM and storage options, faster charging, and wireless and reverse wireless charging support.

samsung galaxy a54 app drawer
Ryan Haines / Android Authority

On the other hand, the Galaxy A54 5G costs less. With that singular argument, you can gloss over some of the lead points of the Nothing Phone 2.

Even with specs that aren’t as strong, the Galaxy A54 5G is a good phone to recommend to average users. It is safe and does not attempt to fix what is not broken. There is no reimagination of the smartphone industry, and many people just want a phone that works. The Galaxy A54 5G is that phone, with Samsung’s branding on the back and a software update promise for many years that gives you the peace of mind you need.

There are some advantages that the Galaxy A54 5G does have over the Nothing Phone 2. The Galaxy A54 5G is one of the few phones in the market that still supports microSD card expansion. If you frequently find yourself in the rain, the Galaxy A54 5 G’s IP67 rating is also a better choice. The phone also has a bigger battery if you foresee being away from a charger for longer and frequently. Samsung’s update promise is also best-in-class and a valid reason to choose the Galaxy A54 5G over the Nothing Phone 2.

What would you prefer buying right now, the Nothing Phone 2 or the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G?

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You should buy the Nothing Phone 2 if:

  • You want a phone that is unique and grabs attention.
  • You want a powerful processor for uses like gaming.
  • You want fast charging and wireless charging.
  • You are okay with spending more money on a new brand in the US market.

You should buy the Samsung Galaxy A54 5G if:

  • You are on a tight budget.
  • You want microSD card expansion.
  • You want Samsung’s brand value alongside best-in-class software update promise.
  • You want a phone with an IP67 rating.
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Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Samsung Galaxy A54 5G
Galaxy S23-inspired design
Color-rich, fluid display
Excellent update commitment
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Nothing Phone 2
Nothing Phone 2
Expertly crafted, effortlessly cool design
Flagship-tier performance
Excellent value