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Samsung Galaxy A53 vs. OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G | Digital Trends Spanish

Why make a comparison between Samsung Galaxy A53 vs. OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G? The Galaxy A53 5G is possibly the best mid-range cell phone you’ll see for the rest of the year. With a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display and 120Hz refresh rate, it looks stunning. Its performance in all aspects is not negligible either: Exynos 1280 five-nanometer chip, 6 GB of RAM, quad rear camera configuration and 5,000 mAh battery.

On the other hand, if you are a fan of Android, one of its biggest rivals is the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G. This is yet another device that punches its weight in performance, aided by a handsome 6.43-inch AMOLED screen, a triple camera and 65W fast charging. However, since the strengths of each smartphone lie in different areas, it is Hard to decide which one is the best at first glance.

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This is where this face-to-face makes sense. By looking at each phone, we should help you decide which is the best mid-range Android smartphone for you.

Design, screen and durability

The Samsung Galaxy A53 is similar to last year’s A52, with a cool edge-to-edge display, interrupted by a circular notch at the top of the screen, which houses the selfie camera. The rear lens bulge, which was a highlight with the A52, was further refined with the A53; it now blends in better with the back, looking neater and more natural.

While the optical module of the Nord CE 2 5G is also somewhat balanced, the two main lenses seem to stick out a bit more, to be less inconspicuous and subtle.

As anticipated, the A53 features a 6.5-inch Full HD+ Super AMOLED screen with a 120 Hz refresh rate, as well as a resolution of 2,400 x 1,080 pixels. This is the same amount of pixels that you will find in the Nord CE 2, which together with a 6.43-inch panel results in a very similar level of detail and clarity. Of course, the refresh rate in the latter stays at 90 Hz.

Another plus for the Samsung part is its IP67 rating, which means it can survive immersion (up to 1m for 30 minutes). The Nord CE 2 has no such rating.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

Performance, battery life and charging

The Galaxy A53 includes the in-house Exynos 1280 octa-core processor, which uses 5 nanometer transistors, which means it packs more transistors into the same area (it’s faster than chips based on 7 or 8 nanometer architecture seen in the past). a couple years). It’s also faster than the OnePlus Nord CE 2 chip, the MediaTek MT6877 Dimensity 900 5G (6 nanometers). Of course, both smartphones have 6 GB of RAM. There won’t be a huge difference in practice, but Samsung’s chip should be a bit more capable when it comes to multitasking and demanding gaming.

Both devices also offer 128GB of base storage (you can go up to 256GB for more money on both pieces). They also integrate a microSD card slot, so you should have no problem storing photos and applications.

Things are similar in the battery department too. The A53 has a 5,000 mAh battery, while the Nord CE 2 has a 4,500 mAh battery. In theory, this should give the A53 more power, but our review of the Nord CE 2 found that it can last for two days without needing to be recharged. While the larger battery size should result in equal (or higher) runtime, the A53’s 120Hz refresh rate could cause it to drain faster.

Winner: draw


The Samsung Galaxy A53 comes with a quad camera setup: 64 MP main lens with optical image stabilization, 12 MP ultra-wide sensor, 5 MP depth lens, and 5 MP macro. The OnePlus Nord CE 2, meanwhile, features a triple-lens setup: 64 MP wide, 8 MP ultra-wide, and a 2 MP macro camera.

While their hardware is very similar, there is a tangible difference in photo quality. The A53 allows users to take vivid, well-balanced photos in most conditions, using AI-powered algorithms. By contrast, the Nord CE 2 isn’t nearly as impressive, because while its photos are usable, they may lack the vividness and color of Samsung’s.

Both phones are also capable of capturing 4K video at 30 frames per second, although, as the A53 is more consistent and a little more vibrant, it takes another victory.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy A53

Software and updates

The Galaxy A53 runs on Samsung’s OneUI 4.1 layer, which is one of the best you can currently find for Android 12. It’s highly customizable, easy to navigate, and distinguished by its attractive design. The same goes for OxygenOS, of course, which is what the Nord CE 2 uses: it has a reputation for being one of the best layers of Android, given that it’s also fast, intuitive, and well-designed.

The A53 does take the lead in that it includes four years of major Android and five security updates. This is pretty rare for a phone of its ilk and something OnePlus can’t quite match, given that it promises only two years of basic Android updates.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

Special features

They both support 5G networks, which is obviously great for devices in their price range. Other than that, there’s not much to write home about. They also provide microSD card slots, have in-display fingerprint sensors, and include macro lenses intended to help you take close-ups.

It cannot be left out that OnePlus incorporates a couple of nice touches that possibly put it ahead of Samsung. It comes with a 3.5mm headphone jack and offers 65W fast charging, so you won’t have to wait long between power ups.

Winner: OnePlus Nord CE 5G

Price and availability

The Galaxy A53 5G costs $450 and launched on April 1 through the Samsung, AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon online store. The OnePlus Nord CE 2 starts at around $405, though it’s not officially on sale in the US at the moment, but can be found with various third-party retailers.

Overall Winner: Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G beats the OnePlus Nord CE 2 5G in enough areas to secure victory. It has a slightly more attractive design, a more impressive display, a faster processor, a better camera, and longer software support. It could be the most outstanding mid-range phone you can buy right now. That’s not to say that the Nord CE 2 is a bad representative; the thing is that the A53 is almost as good as other smartphones that cost almost twice as much.

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