Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, analysis: an improvement to what already existed
“The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is not the best phone made by Samsung, but it could be one of its best mid-range to date”
Dust and water resistance with IP67 certification
Four Android updates
It does not have a jack port
Does not include the charger
Samsung’s Galaxy A family was renewed for this 2022. And one of the phones that we most wanted to try was the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, since its predecessor seemed to us to be one of the best mid-range in a long time.
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But the wait is over: the new Galaxy A53 5G passed by our analysis table. Do you want to know what we thought? Keep reading, although we anticipate that it adds positive points to everything we liked about the A52.
The Galaxy A53 looks quite similar to the previous model. It maintains that fresh air focused on a young and casual audience, with bright colors (this year purple is replaced by peach orange) and straight shapes but with rounded corners.
The back is polycarbonate with a matte finish. In addition, the device has a shiny frame around the screen and one of the same color on the sides. It is a very comfortable phone in hand, which does not slip at all and hardly gets dirty. Like the 2021 model, the A53 is IP67-rated, which means it’s resistant to water and dust.
Its screen is an AMOLED 6.5 inches Full HD + (2,400 x 1,080 pixels) with a resolution of 404 pixels per inch, while its maximum brightness is 800 nits (it is not the highest on the market, but it is good enough to view the panel without any problem both inside like away from home).
The refresh rate of this screen is 120 Hz, although it can be kept at 60 Hz if you do not want it to use up too much battery. The Contrast levels are good, as is the sound, which comes through the Dolby Atmos speakers. It doesn’t sound amazing, but it doesn’t have that canned nuance that we find in many other phones.
The Galaxy A53 5G incorporates an Exynos 1280 processor, a chipset that debuts in this phone and that, at least during the time we tested it, gave it fast and smooth performance. Apps open and close seamlessly, and everything generally runs smoothly: whether it’s switching between apps, trying out games, or binge-watching Netflix. As with the A52, there is a slight heating up when using it continuously, especially when playing videos or playing games, but it is not excessive.
Also, the Galaxy A53 comes with 6 or 8 GB RAM variants and with 128 or 256 GB of internal storage that can be expanded with a microSD card. The test model was 8 GB of RAM, so we cannot offer performance data with the more restrained version.
On the other hand, the battery is 5,000 mAh with a 25W super-fast charging system, but Samsung does not include the charger in the box. The Galaxy A53 has a good battery life, easily going a full day with extensive use. We also cannot give exact loading times.
On the software side, we have One UI 4.1 on top of Android 12. The interface is clean and simple, and if you’re coming from a non-Samsung phone, it’ll be easy to get used to. There aren’t too many pre-installed apps beyond those from Google, Netflix and Spotify, in addition to Samsung’s own.
The most interesting thing at this point is that the phone offers four updates to the Android operating system, which makes the Galaxy A53 an excellent offer in the mid-range.
This model comes with a quad camera with a 64 MP main sensor, a 12 MP wide angle, a 5 MP macro sensor and a 5 MP depth sensor. The front camera is 32 MP.
As can be seen in the images that accompany this analysis, the main camera captures excellent shots. We found much better detail and low-light performance compared to last year’s model. And although the camera still does not reach the height of the high-end, it is more than enough for a normal user.
What we did notice is that, when the light goes down, the camera software exceeds the lighting, converting sunset images into daytime photos in a very artificial way. In this same situation it also fails with colorimetry, with very very saturated results.
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The ultra-wide camera doesn’t have the same level of image quality as you get with the main lens, but it does deliver decent results overall. We find portrait mode very good, especially when compared to devices in the same price range: cropping is good, as is the ability to choose how much blur we want to add.
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Finally, the front camera also gives good results, although again we find the problem of saturation that we saw in the main camera. Finally, note that Samsung released a fun mode that allows you to take photos with Snapchat filters directly from the phone app. Although we do not use it, it is a good point to keep in mind for those who usually use this type of tool.
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is not the best phone made by Samsung, but it could be one of its best mid-range to date. The device has not evolved as much as we would have liked with respect to the previous model, but if we take into account that things were very well done in this one, it is not much of a problem either.
In summary, we are facing a timid evolution, but without taking steps back. So yes looking for a phone with a big screen, 5G connectivity, great battery life and fast performance, this device offers it for $449. Oh, and without forgetting that it is one of the few mid-range on the market with four Android updates.