Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Review: A Powerful Upgrade?

Samsung Galaxy A53: It has not been more than 6 months since the Samsung Galaxy A52s 5G was launched in India. If you are looking for a smartphone with an IP rating under 40 thousand rupees, then this phone is still considered strong. The company’s newly launched Galaxy A53 5G is also basically the same smartphone

But this time it has been launched with the new Exynos SoC instead of the Qualcomm processor. For this reason, there are some noticeable differences in the performance of the phone. This makes us all the more interested to know whether the new model is a solid upgrade.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Price in India

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G comes in two variants in India. Both variants have 128GB of storage. Its 6GB RAM model costs Rs 34,499 while the 8GB variant costs Rs 35,999. Of the two, the model with more RAM seems to offer more value for money. The phone has been launched in four finishes. These include Light Blue, Osm Black, and Orange. I got its 8GB RAM Light Blue variant for review.

Samsung’s Galaxy A53 5G Design

The design of the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is based on the Galaxy A52s 5G and some elements are also visible from the recently launched Galaxy S22 series. Overall, the design of the phone feels quite different and fresh. The mid-frame of the phone is made of polycarbonate but it is wide and flat on the side as seen on Galaxy S22 devices.

The design of Galaxy A52s 5G has been taken in the rear panel. It is in matte finish with polycarbonate. The phone feels quite smooth and premium in the hand. Fingerprints or spots also do not fall on them easily. Its camera module seems to be mixed in the back panel but it is slightly protruding. This phone is slightly thicker than the old model. The blackout given for the camera lens looks quite attractive.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Review A Powerful Upgrade

On the lines of Galaxy A52s 5G, it also has a 6.5-inch Full HD Plus Super AMOLED display. It is flat and comes with Gorilla Glass 5 scratch protection. The left and right borders of the phone are slim but the phone feels a bit thick at the top and bottom. The fingerprint scanner is also given on the display.

It works as expected and is reliable. I really liked the way Samsung has fitted the earpiece to the display and the top frame as it is barely visible. Like the previous model, it has been given an IP67 rating for dust and water protection.

Samsung Galaxy A53 Specifications and Software

Galaxy A53 5G has Exynos 1280 processor. Samsung used Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G processor with Galaxy A52s in Galaxy A73 5G. The Galaxy A53 5G features 5G, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC, and the usual satellite navigation system. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack in the handset. Also, this time around, there is no USB Type C audio adapter included with the box. The phone supports dual 5G standby. It comes with a hybrid dual SIM tray with support for up to 1TB of microSD card.

Talking about the interface, Samsung’s One UI 3.1 is available in it. It is based on Android 12 and will provide the best custom Android experience. The theme engine changes the colors of the interface and app icons based on the wallpaper chosen for the home screen. Many bloatware is also available on the phone, which also has a long list of Samsung apps. Plus, there are Microsoft and third-party apps. But you can remove most of these.

Samsung Galaxy A53 Performance

Limiting the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC to the Galaxy A73 5G didn’t turn out to be a profitable deal for Samsung. The Exynos 1280 SoC runs well in regular use but there was no significant difference in the benchmark test. The Galaxy A53 5G scored 498 points in Geekbench’s single-core test and 1,806 points in the multicore test.

The phone scored 3,72,582 points on AnTuTu. These scores are only around the smartphones priced below this. This shows that the phone is less powerful than its price in this price segment. In comparison, the older Galaxy A52s scored 739 points in the single-core test and 2,733 points in the multi-core test on Geekbench. In this respect, the old model proves to be more powerful.

Talking about the graphics quality, Call of Duty: Mobile was able to reach only the medium in which the frame rate was at ‘Max’. The game was being played on the phone but lags were also being found somewhere in the middle of the matches. The display’s touch sampling rate also didn’t impress much. The game ran best in ‘Low’ graphics and ‘Medium’ framerate settings, which is disappointing for a premium smartphone. After the Call of Duty: Mobile gameplay, I also felt the heat in the phone but there was no effect on the performance. Asphalt 9: Legends ran smoothly on default settings.

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The refresh rate of the display varies between 120Hz and 60Hz. During the testing period, I found that it remained at 120Hz even when browsing the webpage, and streaming videos on Instagram or YouTube. Only went to 60Hz while using the camera app and playing games. The Super AMOLED display of the phone is quite bright. Its colors are punchy and shine clearly even in direct sunlight. It doesn’t support HDR but the content looks good in video streaming and blacks look deep too. The sound of the stereo speakers is balanced and quite loud.

It proves to be better in battery life than its older model. It has a massive 5000mAh battery. This HD video lasted for 19 hours and 44 minutes in the loop test, which is quite impressive. In normal use, the phone lasts for two full days, which is a good thing. The company does not provide a charger in the box of the phone. I put my 61W USB PD charger in it. The phone supports 25W charging. It got charged from zero to 100 percent in 1 hour 51 minutes, which is not bad but, not that fast compared to the rivals.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Cameras

The cameras of the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G are similar to the old model. The rear has a 64-megapixel main camera, a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera, a 5-megapixel macro camera, and a 5-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, it has a 32-megapixel camera. The camera app is customizable and there are many shortcuts available in the viewfinder.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Review A Powerful Upgrade

Photos taken in daylight were quite good and the dynamic range was also good with the details. Like the Galaxy A52s 5G, the colors in the photo were slightly oversaturated and a slight blue tone was also visible. The macro camera is very useful, it had good picture detail. The selfie camera’s portrait shots were also crisp and clear with no lack of detail and dynamic range. Edge detection was also quite good.

The camera showed decent dynamic range when shooting in low-light in auto mode but I could also see some noise in it. At the same time, in Night Shot mode, the camera took a second longer to capture the shot. The photos got brighter but the details were less. Standard Night Mode also took a few seconds to capture low-light landscapes but the quality was decent. Even after turning on Night Mode, selfies taken in low light were seen with blur and noise.

Its ultrawide angle camera takes good shots in daylight but the photos look blurry and stretched at the edges. Low-light shots were very poor in quality and looked soft even at the best quality.

1080p videos shot at 30fps in daylight were recorded fairly stable and the dynamic range was also good. The same footage was recorded at 60fps with a slight shake. Videos shot at 4K were the best in detail but lacked stabilization. Video quality in low-light came down quite a bit. 1080p videos shot at 30fps in low-light were blurry and with shimmering effects. The primary camera struggled to focus at night.

Verdict

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G smartphone has a lot of potentials, but it loses out in performance. This is because of its new processor. I think this processor was good for the mid-range Galaxy M33 5G (Rs. 18,999) and not for a phone above Rs. 35,000. The day-light performance of the phone is quite good. This is the only phone in this segment that comes with an IP67 rating. The Galaxy A52s 5G (Review) delivers better gaming performance, has a headphone jack, and comes with a charger in the box. The phone is also priced lower than the new model (Rs 32,499) which makes it a better option.

Coming to the rivals, the iQoo 9 SE (starting at Rs.33,990) gives it the most competition. We have not reviewed this phone yet but it has a better Qualcomm Snapdragon 888 SoC and a 66W charger is available in the box. 8GB RAM is available in its base variant. If you want a clean Android experience, then you can look for Motorola’s Moto Edge 20 Pro which comes with Snapdragon 870 SoC and also has 108-megapixel primary camera.

Anil Kumar writes about smartphones and laptops for Gadgets360 Technews. He is Deputy Editor (Review) at Gadgets360 Technews. He has written extensively about the smartphone and PC industry and is also interested in photography.

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