Should you choose it in this price range?

The brand’s latest A-series smartphone model Samsungthat is to say the Samsung The Galaxy A53 5G has arrived. Now, before making a purchase decision, it is extremely necessary to analyze your choice well and get complete information about it first. Here is a full review of the all-new Samsung Galaxy A53 5G detailing its design, display, performance, and cameras, along with its pros and cons. Making a wise investment goes a long way after all.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G review: design and display

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The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G comes in a modest-looking rectangular box with a palm-sized length. It comes in pastel shades of blue, black, peach, and white, which we were able to get our hands on in its pastel blue model. Smartphone support comes with a SIM eject pin as well as a quick start guide. The brand continues its tradition of an environmentally friendly packaging-free adapter with this latest model of the A5X series smartphone. However, they send a USB Type-C to Type-C cable with the device.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Short Review

By taking the brand new smartphone in your hand, you can feel its weight perfectly distributed over its entire body. Running your fingers over its glossy black screen gives you a silky smooth feel. Flip the phone over and you’re greeted with its premium pastel colored plastic back cover that has a matte finish. The symmetrical layout of its quad-camera system with the rear flash (all mounted on a clearly defined raised platform) is hard to miss. The Samsung logo on the lower back is etched in off-white very subtly.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Short Review

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The back of the Galaxy A53 5G appears to be plastic with a glossy finish. The power button and volume button are on its right side while the SIM card tray, microphone and a USB Type-C port are located at the bottom. Unlike its Samsung Galaxy A52 5G predecessor, this iteration lacks an audio jack.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Short Review

Bringing the phone to life, you are greeted by a Super AMOLED display with a refresh rate of 120Hz. The screen size is around 6.5 inches and the smartphone has a screen-to-body ratio of around 85.4%. With a resolution of 1080 x 2400 pixels, the Galaxy A53’s screen has a density of 405ppi, an aspect ratio of 20:9 and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 screen protection.

The screen can light up with over 800 nits of brightness levels. Therefore, when caught in the sun, you will not have much trouble viewing the smartphone screen. The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G offers an ultra-smooth and silky touch experience. Its in-display fingerprint sensor gives you a touch ripple effect. Face unlock and always-on display are also offered, along with other usual display and smart lock settings.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Short Review

Colors appear quite vivid, with high contrast and saturation. You will find yourself deeply immersed in the gaming world while playing high-end multiplayer games like Asphalt 9 Legends. The smartphone offers premium gaming graphics that are quite bold, and have ultra-fine clarity and more vibrant colors. Although the image quality offered through Youtube is almost realistic, videos can be streamed up to 1080 pixels only. Even Samsung’s new Galaxy M series models offer streaming quality options up to 2160 pixels.

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G mobile device has a decent design with a good quality display.

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Samsung Galaxy A53 5G review: performance and cameras

Elaborating on its technical specifications, the brand new Samsung Galaxy A53 5G comes with an Octa-core processor (2x 2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 and 6 × 2.0 GHz Cortex-A55). It is built on an Exynos 1280 (5nm) chipset coupling the Mali-G68 GPU. The smartphone comes pre-installed with Android 12 operating system and comes with combinations of 4GB/6GB/8GB RAM and 128GB/256GB internal memory.

The Galaxy A53 is a hybrid model supporting dual SIM (nano-SIM), which means you will have to choose to use the second slot to put another SIM card or a microSD card. The smartphone can be either dual SIM or single SIM plus microSD, but not both at the same time.

The Samsung Galaxy A53 supports 5G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1 network connectivity and is powered by a 5000mAh battery. It has the ability to suspend operations for over 1 day under heavy usage (involving continuous video streaming and heavy mobile gaming) and for over 2 days under light to poor usage. It’s also supported by Samsung’s 25W fast-charging technology (but as noted, the charger isn’t part of the package).

App drawer

home screen, app drawer and apps come with standard Samsung format, bubble looks and icons. The Samsung folder contains additional apps such as SmartThings, Samsung Pay, Smart Switch, Samsung TV Plus, Samsung Health, etc. Additionally, in the Quick Swipe Control Panel, two new settings toggles are provided, namely Link to Windows and Screen Recorder. While the former serves to link your smartphone to your laptop or PC, the latter helps you record your screen activity directly.

Games

Multiple applications can be run without any system lag. The smartphone has a stereo audio output, which provides a decent sound experience in terms of volume. The gaming experience on the smartphone was found to be quite exciting. Colors have crisp contrast and vibrancy while stereo sound support completely immerses you in the gaming dimension. However, a slight lag was observed in the tactile response to stimulus when playing games like Shadow Fight 2 and Asphalt 9 Legends, although that might seem insignificant.

Speaking of watching movies and TV shows on OTT platforms like Netflix, the quality of the broadcast as well as the audio experience is good. You can comfortably watch your favorite shows on your smartphone. After hours of heavy video streaming and gaming to test the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, it still does not heat up even in hot weather.

Cameras
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G: rear camera

Coming to its cameras, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G comes with a quad rear camera setup consisting of a 64MP main camera, 12MP ultra wide lens, 5MP macro and 5MP depth. The front selfie camera is 32MP. Front and rear camera video can be recorded in HD 30fps, FHD 30fps/60fps, and UHD 30fps.

The camera is supported with gyro-EIS image stabilization, which is quite effective for shooting videos. However, the rear camera video mode seems to be a bit grainy compared to the selfie camera video mode and the colors are slightly degraded in saturation, contrast and clarity.

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are some images we clicked from the rear cameras.

Pro Camera Mode
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G: Pro Mode
Macro Mode
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G: macro mode
night mode
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G: normal mode vs. night mode

The rear camera’s night mode does a great job of brightening up night shots. However, we can’t help noticing the significant drop in clarity and sharpness as well as a slight yellowish tint taking over the captures. The rear camera pro mode works great. In daylight, image detail is captured very well while colors have a ‘pop’ effect, with crisp contrast and a subtle element of vibrancy giving images a premium look.

The bokeh effect also does a great job. The camera also comes with a Fun mode that incorporates all Snapchat filters into itself. The various creative filters are thus directly accessible from the integrated camera application which eliminates the need to access the Snapchat app for the same.

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Verdict

Geekbench scores

Overall, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G offers a decent, understated design. Its Super AMOLED display is certainly pleasing to the eye, but the quality options available for streaming Youtube videos are limited. The smartphone operating system works well and the battery life offered is commendable. Geekbench 5 gives it a single-core score of 745 and a multi-core score of 1865 for CPU benchmarking, with several smartphones (including Samsung’s own) scoring higher.

However, in its price range, the quality of the camera offered could have been better. Therefore, if camera quality is of the utmost importance to you, you might want to look at other options available in the market. Weighing its pros and cons along with the various features it has to offer, the price of the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G seems a bit expensive. It starts at Rs 34,499.

Advantages of the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

  • Decent body design and a good display
  • Great battery life
  • Does not heat up easily

Disadvantages of the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G

  • Camera quality could have been better
  • Youtube videos can be streamed up to 1080p only
  • Expensive price, poor value for money

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