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The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Review: A Must-Buy


Samsung Galaxy A53 5G
Photo: Samsung

“Although the upgrading is not as huge compared to its predecessor, the Galaxy A53 5G is still a beauty, capable, and enticing comes with Samsung's assurance of quality, and is available at a fair price.”

Overview 

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is not all recognizably distinct from the A52 and A51 that came before it. However, Samsung visibly feels it did not need any significant refit to an already recognized and at that a very well-received formulation. Particularly, Samsung has not only raised to a higher standard the A53 wherever needed, but it also writes down $50 off the previous price and put the phone alone in a spot that makes a difference. But was the decision, just? I think it is! Well, at least effectively. Let us find out whether Samsung’s $449 Galaxy A53 5G is still a good buy.

The Design

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Design
Photo: Samsung

Does Samsung’s design department have been somewhat lazy, lately? Maybe, but then how come when the Galaxy A53 seems impressively splendid. In terms of design, there is almost nothing to set apart the Galaxy A53 5G from the Galaxy A52 5G. The back may be built of plastic but possesses a great deep feel and a gratifying distinctiveness that provide enough grip. The Gorilla Glass 5 over the screen is just like the A52 and Galaxy A52S. For this article which is the milky-whitish finish, it does not show fingerprints or blotches except if you thoroughly dagger-look the device.

Additionally, the sweeping, integrated camera module is stylish and does not extend beyond too much. Though, there are some tiny differences in size – it is 8.1mm thick, compared to 8.4mm thick like the A52 5G. The weight is still the same at 189 grams. An IP67 water-resistance rating gives you peace of mind and is not done often on phones at this price level. Samsung has removed the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Galaxy A53 which may mostly frustrate others who are music minded. The Galaxy A53 is rather chunky that may find one-handed use a bit of a concern which is not helped by the fingerprint sensor being placed relatively low on display.

Ergonomically, Samsung gets fixed the whole thing that was horrendous with regards to the Galaxy A52. Though it is not fairly as fast as the finest fingerprint sensors available on phones like the OnePlus 10 Pro, what matters most is that it is reliable. It is a huge enhancement over that bad fingerprint sensor on the Galaxy A52. As we all know, a fingerprint sensor was indeed the only most important downside of the Galaxy A52. So, a better sensor is a great deal here.

Samsung was justified in not changing the Galaxy A53’s trendy design and durability. Yes, it may perhaps be a familiar one, but with its nitty-gritty enhancements, it is by far excellent.

The Display and Performance 

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Display
Photo: Samsung


The Galaxy A53 with a wide range of viewing angles, blaring stereo sound, and a smooth 120Hz refresh rate is what makes the Galaxy A53 and excellent, multimedia phone. An ideal choice for someone who often watches a video or listens to music but barely gets a passing interest in games. All of this is viewed on a 2400 x 1080-pixel resolution 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display at a 120Hz refresh rate. The same panel as the Galaxy A52. Colors are so vivid and bright that it echoes the images generated by the phone’s camera.

Interestingly, the Galaxy A53 is run with a Samsung Exynos 1280 octa-core processor, which is different than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 750 or Snapdragon 778 used in the A52 phones series. This Galaxy A53 is available in 6GB or 8GB RAM and 128GB or 256GB storage space options. It is one of the few phones to come with space for a MicroSD card slot, so you do not have to directly get the 256GB model.

Yet, the Galaxy A53 points it gained with the much-improved fingerprint sensor, is a loss, for this phone is not always a performer. It is not always the speediest with noticeable hesitations and sluggishness which sometimes appear throughout the software. Though, not a bit of them are deal-breakers and not a bit is drastically affecting the phone daily, you will notice them. Such as it takes the Galaxy A53 a substantial amount of time to start, and apps take a second longer than expected to open. The camera is a bit slow to take photos, and a few transitions and animations are not all that slick.

Though it may seem strange, it may not be caused by the Exynos 1280 processor entirely, since the problems tend to become worse after waking up the phone after it has been left alone for a while. This suggests that some aggressive power management may well be at work. Still, this does not affect games. In a moment, the hesitation would disappear and there was no telling evidence of harsh frame rate drops. However, the Galaxy A53 is ‘good’ enough for the casual gamer but it is not for the serious player. This phone does get warm to the touch when playing for a while, indicating that the processor is working hard to keep up.

The Camera

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Camera
Photo: Samsung

The Galaxy A53 5G comes with a quad-camera at the back: a 64-megapixel main camera with an f/1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization (OIS), a pair of 5MP cameras for macro and depth, and a 12MP wide-angle camera with a 123-degree field of view. The camera set-up is the same as the Galaxy A52 and the same 32MP selfie camera is mounted at the top center of the display. Additionally, it features Night mode and a Pro mode, Samsung’s Single Take mode, and video recording of up to 4K and 30fps or FHD at 60fps. Furthermore, the augmented reality effects work very well, plus there are also various Snapchat Lenses built into the camera.

Realism is not at all the aim here. In its place, it is giving you the picture-perfect social media photo without any need for editing. Generally, the Galaxy A53 takes good photos. Consistency is adequate between the main and wide-angle cameras. Lowlight performances are good without excessive noise in images plus the selfie camera captures skin tones and details effectively.

The photo editing suite of Galaxy A53 is great which adds versatility to the camera system. With the Object Eraser mode, it seems to work well in the same way it does on more expensive Galaxy smartphones. In addition, it comes with a Spot Color mode plus plenty of filters as well. Overall, the A53 camera is great for casual and fun use. It may not be going to challenge the best camera phones out there, but the sure thing is, if you want to take good photos and share them online, it will not frustrate you!

The Software

In this review, the Galaxy A53 comes with an Android 12 with Samsung’s One UI 4.1 installed, along with Google’s May 1 security patch. The same software you will find on the Galaxy S22, the Galaxy S22 Ultra, and the Galaxy Z Fold 3. In addition, Samsung has promised four years of software updates and five years of security updates. The best long-term support one can get on any phone outside of Google’s Pixel series or an Apple iPhone. This is especially a welcoming package for a phone that does not cost $1,000 or more.

Moreover, Samsung’s One UI suits most personal preferences for software on a smartphone. It is wisely conceived and retains a lot of what makes Android 12 appealing. From the HOME screen is Google Discover which is just a swipe away along with loads of customizations. And since the default settings are sufficient, you will not be promptly directed to force change much. The Galaxy A53 always-on display is informative enough with reliable and interactive notifications. Also available is Google Pay if Samsung Wallet is not your type of payment option.

Connectivity

Connectivity is not an issue here. Call quality or connecting to 4G and 5G networks and pairing it with Bluetooth headphones, especially Samsung’s models is fast and stable. Short-range wireless high-speed data connections (WLAN) between mobile data devices and nearby Wi-Fi access points are provided by Wi-Fi 802.11 dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct. USB is Type C On-The-Go

The Battery

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Battery
Photo: Samsung

The A53 has a 5,000mAh battery, which can last for two days if you are not a devoted gamer. On average use, such as browsing, messaging, some video, and the camera, the battery has not seen to dip below 50% on a day’s use. However, it is different if you are a power-hungry gamer, the A53 will gobble up the battery’s power. It may still last a day or two unless you are playing for hours. But if you are pushing the phone hard, a trip to the charger at the end of the day will surely avoid any anxiety.

Moreover, the phone supports 25W fast charging, using Qualcomm’s Power Delivery 3.0 standard. Charging takes about 80 minutes. Samsung charges $35 for the official version, but cheaper ones such as PD 3.0 compatible chargers can be purchased from other manufacturers. That will do the same job.

The Price and Availability

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G costs around $ 315 or £282 British pounds. It can be available to purchase through retailers including Amazon and Best Buy, and through most other networks with a contract. Likewise, all other carriers and the unlocked models support Sub-6 5G. Interestingly, Verizon sells a version called the Galaxy A53 5G UW, that connects to its mmWave 5G network costing around $500.

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is a fairly priced, reliable, appealing, interesting, and everyday capable smartphone.

Full Specifications

NETWORK

Technology:              GSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G

 

BODY

Dimensions:              159.6 x 74.8 x 8.1 mm (6.28 x 2.94 x 0.32 in)

Weight:                       189 g (6.67 oz)

Build:                          Glass front (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame, plastic back

SIM:                            Single SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)

                                    IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)

PLATFORM

OS:                             Android 12, One UI 4.1

Chipset:                     Exynos 1280 (5 nm)

CPU:                          Octa-core (2x2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6x2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)

GPU:                          Mali-G68

 

DISPLAY

Type:                          Super AMOLED, 120Hz, 800 nits (HBM)

Size:                           6.5 inches, 102.0 cm2 (~85.4% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution:                1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~405 ppi density)

Protection:                 Corning Gorilla Glass 5

 

MEMORY

Card slot:                   microSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)

Internal:                      128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 6GB                                       RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM

 

MAIN CAMERA

Quad:                         64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.7X", 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS

                                    12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚ (ultrawide), 1.12µm

                                    5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)

                                    5 MP, f/2.4, (depth)

Features:                    LED flash, panorama, HDR

Video:                         4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps; gyro-EIS

 

SELFIE CAMERA

Single:                        32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8", 0.8µm

Features:                    HDR

Video:                         4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps

 

SOUND

Loudspeaker:             Yes, with stereo speakers

3.5mm jack:               No

 

COMMS

WLAN:                        Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot

Bluetooth:                  5.1, A2DP, LE

GPS:                           Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS

NFC:                           Yes (market/region dependent)

Radio:                         No

USB:                           USB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go

 

FEATURES

Sensors:                    Fingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, compass,                                                            barometer | Virtual proximity sensing

 

BATTERY

Type:                          Li-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable

Charging:                   Fast charging 25W

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Colors:                       Black, White, Blue, Peach

Models:                      SM-A536B, SM-A536B/DS, SM-A536U, SM-A536U1, SM-A5360, SM-                             A536E, SM-A536E/DS, SM-A536V

SAR:                           0.75 W/kg (head)     1.58 W/kg (body)   

SAR EU:                     0.89 W/kg (head)     1.60 W/kg (body) 

 

LAUNCH

Announced:               2022, March 17, 2022

Status:                        Available March 24, 2022

 

PRICE:                       $ 314.98 / € 322.99 / £ 282.00 / C$ 419.97

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