The latest A-series smartphone model from the brand Samsung, i.e., the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is here. Now before you make a buying decision, it is extremely necessary to thoroughly go through your choice inside out and gain all-round insights about it first. Here is a complete review of the all-new Samsung Galaxy A53 5G elaborating upon its design, display, performance and cameras as well as its pros and cons. Making a wise investment goes a long way after all.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Review: Design And Display
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G comes sitting in a modest-looking rectangular box with a palm-sized length. It is offered in pastel shades of blue, black, peach and white, out of which we were able to get our hands on its pastel blue model. Supporting the smartphone comes along a SIM ejector pin as well as a quick-start guide. The brand continues its eco-friendly adapter less packaging tradition with this latest A5X series smartphone model. However, they do send along a Type-C to Type-C USB cable with the device.
Upon picking up the brand-new smartphone in hand, you are able to feel its weight distributed perfectly throughout its body. Running your fingers over its shiny black screen gives you a silky smooth feel. Flip the phone over and you are greeted with its premium-looking pastel shade plastic back cover that has a matt finish to it. The symmetrical arrangement of its quad-camera system along with the rear flash (all mounted on a clearly defined raised platform) is hard to miss. The Samsung logo on the lower back is engraved in off-white ever so subtly.
The spine of the Galaxy A53 5G appears to be made of plastic with a glossy finishing. The power button and the volume button can be found on its right side while the SIM card tray, microphone and a Type-C USB port are located at its bottom. Unlike its predecessor Samsung Galaxy A52 5G, this iteration misses an audio jack in it.
Upon bringing the phone to life, you are welcomed by a Super AMOLED display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The display size is about 6.5-inches and the smartphone has an 85.4% screen-to-body ratio approximately. With a 1,080 x 2,400 pixel resolution, the Galaxy A53 display has a 405ppi density, a 20:9 aspect ratio and a Corning Gorilla Glass 5 screen protection.
The display can light up with more than 800 nits of brightness levels. Hence, when taken in sunlight, you won’t face much trouble viewing the smartphone screen. The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G has an ultra-soft and silky touch experience. Its in-display fingerprint sensor gives you a ripple effect when touched. Facial Recognition unlocking and Always-On display are also offered along with other usual display and smart-lock settings.
The colours appear quite vivid, with great contrast and saturation. You will find yourself getting deeply immersed in the world of gaming while playing high-end multiplayer games like Asphalt 9 Legends. The smartphone offers premium quality gaming graphics that are quite bold, and have super-fine clarity and higher vibrance in colours. Although the picture quality offered via Youtube is almost life-like, videos can be streamed in up to 1080 pixels only. Even Samsung’s new Galaxy M series models provide streaming quality options up to 2,160 pixels.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G mobile device has a decent-looking design with a good quality display.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Review: Performance And Cameras
Elaborating upon its technical specifications, the all-new Samsung Galaxy A53 5G comes with an Octa-core processor (2x 2.4GHz Cortex-A78 and 6×2.0GHz Cortex-A55). It is built upon an Exynos 1280 (5nm) chipset coupling Mali-G68 GPU. The smartphone comes pre-installed with Android 12 OS and is offered with combinations of 4GB/6GB/8GB RAM and 128GB/256GB internal memory.
The Galaxy A53 is a hybrid dual-SIM (nano-SIM) supporting model, which means that you would have to choose whether to use the second slot for putting another SIM card or a microSD card. The smartphone can either act as a dual-SIM or a single-SIM plus microSD one, but not both at the same time.
The Samsung Galaxy A53 supports 5G network connectivity, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.1 and is powered by a 5,000mAh battery. It has the capacity to withhold operations for more than one day in case of extensive usage (involving continuous video streaming and heavy mobile gaming) and for more than 2 days upon mild to mediocre usage. It is also supported by Samsung’s 25W fast charging technology (but as said the charger is not part of the package).
The home screen, app drawer and applications come with the standard Samsung format, looks and bubble icons. The Samsung folder comes with some additional applications like SmartThings, Samsung Pay, Smart Switch, Samsung TV Plus, Samsung Health and more. Additionally, in the quick-swipe control panel are provided two new settings toggles, namely Link to Windows and Screen recorder. While the former is used to link your smartphone to your laptop or PC, the latter helps you to directly record your screen activity.
Multiple applications can be run without facing any lag from the system. The smartphone has a stereo audio output, which provides a decent sound experience in terms of loudness. The gaming experience on the smartphone was found quite thrilling. The colours have a sharp contrast and vibrance while the stereo sound support pulls you completely into the gaming dimension. However, a slight lag was observed in the touch response to stimulus while playing games like Shadow Fight 2 and Asphalt 9 Legends, although it may seem insignificant.
Speaking of watching movies and TV shows on OTT platforms like Netflix, the streaming quality along with the audio experience is fine. You are able to binge-watch your favourite shows on the smartphone comfortably. After hours of streaming videos and playing heavy games for reviewing the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G, it still does not get heated up even in hot weather conditions.
Coming to its cameras, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G comes with a rear quad-camera setup consisting of a 64MP main camera, a 12MP ultrawide lens, a 5MP macro and a 5MP depth lens. The front selfie camera is 32MP. Videos from both the front and the rear camera can be recorded in HD at 30fps, FHD at 30fps/60fps and UHD at 30fps.
The camera is supported with gyro-EIS image stabilization, which is quite effective in shooting videos. However, the rear camera video mode appears to be a bit grainy as compared to the selfie camera video mode and the colours get slightly downgraded in terms of saturation, contrast and clarity.
A picture can speak a thousand words, so here are a few images that we clicked from the rear cameras.
The rear camera’s night mode does a fine job at brightening up the night shots. However, one can’t help but notice the significant drop in clarity and sharpness as well as a slight yellowish tint taking over the captures. The rear camera pro mode works quite great. In daylight, the details of the image are captured very well while the colours have a ‘pop’ effect, with sharp contrast and a subtle element of vibrance giving the images a premium look.
The bokeh effect also does a great job. The camera also comes with a Fun mode which embeds all the Snapchat filters in itself. The various creative filters are thus directly accessible from the inbuilt camera app which eradicates the need to access the Snapchat application for the same.
Overall, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G offers a decent and sober-looking design. Its Super AMOLED display is certainly eye-pleasing, but the quality options available for streaming Youtube videos are limited. The smartphone operating system works fine 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 that from Samsung itself) getting a higher score.
Cameras are a spot Samsung could have done better, but we are sure in the next software update they will make them better. Weighing its pros and cons along with the various features that it has to offer, the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G price seems a tad bit costly. Its starts at Rs 34,499.
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Pros
- Decent body design and a good display
- Great battery life
- Does not get heated up easily
Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Cons
- The camera quality could have been better
- Youtube videos can be streamed in up to 1080p only
- Costly price, mediocre value for money
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