The Samsung Galaxy A52s was a capable mid-range smartphone with a premium price tag. In my research, despite its faultless overall performance, I found it difficult to recommend it to anyone other than Samsung enthusiasts. With its successor, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, things don’t appear to have improved much. This new smartphone has a slightly updated design compared to the Galaxy A52s 5G, a larger battery, and an Exynos SoC rather than a Qualcomm SoC. Everything else appears to be same, including a hefty price tag. Is it worthwhile to take a look at this simple upgrade? I’ve been using the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G for a while now, and these are my final thoughts.
Samsung Galaxy A53 Storage and Price
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G has just released in India for Rs. 34,499 for the 6GB RAM and 128GB storage model. The 8GB RAM model costs Rs. 35,999 and comes with the same amount of storage. Because the price difference between the two isn’t significant, most individuals will go for the 8GB model.
Samsung provided me the Light Blue model with 8GB of storage. The back panel of the Galaxy A53 5G is quite similar to that of the Galaxy A52s 5G, with the camera cutouts even having the identical design. The matte-finish back, as well as the frame, are composed of polycarbonate. With fewer rounded corners, the overall appearance appears to be inspired by the latest Galaxy S22 series. Samsung has kept the Galaxy A52s’ IP67 rating in the Galaxy A53 5G, which is a nice touch that sets it apart from the competition in terms of features.
Samsung Galaxy A53 Display
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G features a 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate, making it ideal for gaming. While the phone has a slightly chiselled appearance, the display’s top and bottom borders are significantly thick.
The phone’s packaging has changed. Because the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G does not come with a charger, the box is now a lot flatter, similar to what you receive with the premium Galaxy S series. Only a charging cable with Type-C connectors on both ends is included, as well as a SIM ejector tool.
Samsung’s One UI 4.1, which is based on Android 12, runs on the phone. There are numerous third-party apps preinstalled, as well as several Samsung-branded apps.
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G offers dual speakers, just like the Galaxy A52s 5G. On the bottom, there’s a Type-C USB connector, as well as a tray that can take two nano-SIMs and a microSD card for storage expansion. The phone features a 5,000mAh battery and can charge at up to 25W.
Samsung Galaxy A53 camera
The cameras on the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G appear to be identical to those on the Galaxy A52s 5G. A 64-megapixel primary camera with optical image stabilisation (OIS), a 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera with a 123-degree field of view, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 5-megapixel depth camera are all included. Selfies are managed by a front-facing 32-megapixel camera.
The transition to an Exynos SoC is one of the most notable differences between the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G and its predecessor. This phone is powered on Samsung’s new Exynos 1280 SoC, which is expected to appear in other Samsung phones this year. The Qualcomm-powered SoCs in the previous Samsung Galaxy A52 and Galaxy A52s 5G models will be interesting to compare against the Exynos one. Given the Galaxy A53 5G’s premium price tag, this will also be one of the variables determining the device’s overall value. So keep an eye out for our comprehensive review, which will be published soon.