Samsung Galaxy A53 5G Evaluate

(Pocket-lint) – With each new yr comes a brand new era of Samsung smartphones – and that is not simply true of the most costly vary.

Whereas it is the flagship Galaxy S Sequence telephones that all the time garner essentially the most consideration, the mid-range A Sequence is usually simply as spectacular in its personal proper.

Actually, if have been you to check the 2 ranges by way of gross sales numbers, it is extremely seemingly the cheaper fashions would show extra widespread.

For 2022, Samsung has despatched out the Galaxy A53 5G to do battle within the extremely aggressive mid-range smartphone market. 

And following on from final yr’s wonderful Galaxy A52 5G, the successor is available in with huge expectations.

So, how does it observe on – and, maybe extra importantly, how does it evaluate to the remainder of the sphere?

We have been testing it out over the previous couple of weeks to see how its design and efficiency maintain up, and, typically, whether or not this gives a compelling choice for these foregoing the flagship cellphone choices.

Our fast take

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G does a sterling job of following on from the Galaxy A52 – a cellphone that was an excellent vendor for Samsung, and one we additionally rated extremely.

In fact, there is no vital enchancment right here, very similar to we discovered with the most recent Galaxy S vary. Nevertheless, the A53 is a robust mid-range cellphone regardless. 

The show on the entrance is vibrant and brilliant with (largely) easy animation, and the battery life is superb, as is the general velocity and efficiency.

At its value level, nonetheless, it is obtained quite a lot of competitors. You will discover related performing telephones from the likes of Redmi, Realme and OnePlus that value much less, in addition to equally priced telephones that carry out higher in some areas. 

Meaning there are a few methods to take a look at this, for these debating selecting an A53 up for themselves.

If you’d like a contemporary Samsung expertise with out the value tag required to get an S22 Sequence cellphone, the A53 is a no brainer. It’s going to get you precisely that, and it does nicely in all the important thing areas.

Samsung’s method to software program and safety updates can be admirable, with its gadgets typically getting updates and safety patches even faster than Google does. 

In the event you worth a speedy and responsive expertise, although, you will get this elsewhere – so long as you are blissful to look exterior the Samsung model. 

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G review: Face value

For

  • Strong design
  • Spectacular show
  • MicroSD card slot
  • IP67 water and dirt resistance
  • Significantly better worth than the Galaxy S22
Towards

  • No 3.5mm headphone socket
  • The UI can stutter
  • The ultrawide digicam is not pretty much as good as the first

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Design and construct

  • 159.9 x 74.7 x 8.1mm
  • 189g
  • Gorilla Glass 5 and hole-punch digicam
  • IP67 safety

At first look, there is not quite a lot of distinction between the Samsung Galaxy A53 and the Galaxy A52 (or A52s) from 2021.

That is not essentially a mark towards it, nonetheless – this can be a good trying cellphone. Particularly within the pure matte white model of our check unit, it appears to be like nice from the again. 

Whereas it does not provide premium supplies you will discover on Samsung’s higher-placed gadgets – it is plastic, as many Samsung telephones now are – there’s an excellent really feel to the matte rear. We like that moulding across the cameras, significantly, which is one thing that is additionally current on the marginally lower-placed Galaxy A33 5G that launched alongside.  

While you hear a cellphone is constructed from plastic, there’s maybe a niggling worry that it would really feel low-cost and shoddy, however the A53 undoubtedly doesn’t. There isn’t any actual give within the rear floor, and the cellphone’s body feels fairly sturdy. Usually talking, there is a reassuring heft to the cellphone. 

This sense is backed up by some sturdy sturdiness specs, too. Particularly, the cellphone options IP67 water and dirt resistance, which is just a small step beneath the highest IP68 score you’ll discover within the premium fashions. 

The one factor that goes towards it’s the form. Like the brand new S22 fashions, the back and front of the cellphone are fully flat. Meaning there are not any curves to assist it sit a bit extra comfortably within the hand.

It is not totally uncomfortable (the slight rounding on the sides helps), but it surely’s not as palm-friendly as among the older fashions with curved backs. 

Whereas a lot of this cellphone is similar because the 2021 mannequin, you may need seen that there is now no 3.5mm headphone socket.

That would not increase any eyebrows on the high finish of the market, however with the mid-range market typically offering as many practicalities as attainable, it is maybe an odd omission. Though, you will undoubtedly be blissful to comprehend it does have a microSD card slot within the SIM tray. 

Aside from supplies, the opposite fundamental distinction between the A53 and costlier fashions is the suggestions from the vibration motor when typing and interacting with the cellphone.

It’s much more buzzy and fewer delicate than the haptic motors you discover in top-level smartphones. That’s not a giant deal for most individuals, however some may discover they’d choose the expertise from one thing just like the OnePlus Nord 2 on this space. 

Show

  • 6.5-inch, 2400 x 1080 pixels, 120Hz
  • AMOLED panel
  • Infinity-O show

There is a 6.5-inch show on the entrance of the Galaxy A53, and that is an AMOLED panel. As you’d anticipate, then, it seems to have loads of vibrancy in these colors and deep blacks.

It is a type of options that makes it a very interesting cellphone on this value vary. Having a brilliant, vibrant display with comparatively skinny bezels means you get a show expertise with few compromises. Even in comparison with the far more costly Galaxy S22+, there’s not an enormous deal of distinction in the best way it shows colors and element. 

Look carefully, in fact, and you will note that there is a delicate refinement in relation to colors. The S22 seems to raised present the delicate variations in shades of the identical color, so that you get that wider color spectrum and dynamic vary. it day by day at arm’s size, although, you would be exhausting pushed to see that distinction at a look. So, for a mid-level gadget, the A53 has an excellent panel. 

The decision sticks to FHD+ – 2400 x 1080 pixels, 404ppi – which is typical for a tool on this place. It additionally presents a 120Hz refresh fee, so will probably be capable of easy out fast-moving content material and provide you with a greater expertise. Like we discovered with the Galaxy S22+, nonetheless, the sleek expertise is not all the time constant. It appears to take a few seconds to kick in. 

As an example, whenever you scroll up and down the settings record or swipe throughout by way of the pages of apps within the app drawer, it is beautiful and easy. However, once we have been transitioning between the House Display and different layers, comparable to dragging down the notifications shade or swiping out from an app, we noticed some noticeable stutter kicking in. Enhancements are wanted right here to make the general expertise extra constantly easy. 

The show is topped with Gorilla Glass 5 to maintain scratches at bay, whereas it has a central hole-punch digicam, giving it a extra premium look than the lower-placed Galaxy A33. There are additionally barely narrower bezels on this mannequin in comparison with the A33, so we expect it is a better-looking gadget total.

There’s an under-display fingerprint scanner, too. And, for essentially the most half, it really works reliably. It’s not fairly as speedy or responsive because the S22+, however that is to be anticipated. The necessary factor is that it did not allow us to down, and we did not have an occasion of it failing to learn our fingerprint – maybe because of the thoroughness with which Samsung initially scans your fingerprint.

{Hardware} and efficiency

  • Exynos 1280, 6GB RAM
  • 128GB storage + microSD
  • 5000mAh battery, 25W charging

The Galaxy A53 5G makes a little bit of a departure in 2022, now touchdown with up to date Exynos {hardware}. Samsung’s headline right here is that that is the primary time that 5nm structure has been used within the Galaxy A collection, an indicator that it is not being held again. It needs to be extra environment friendly, and capable of ship its efficiency with decrease energy consumption.

In 2021, the Galaxy A52 hopped and skipped by way of the Snapdragon 720G, 750G and 778G (Galaxy A52, Galaxy A52 5G, Galaxy A52s respectively). The Galaxy A51 in 2020 had used Exynos {hardware} earlier than this, so there’s been quite a lot of forwards and backwards round this class of gadget.

Samsung claims that this new Exynos 1280 provides a lift over the earlier {hardware} used, so the cellphone needs to be a greater performer, whereas additionally persevering with to supply 5G connectivity. It is paired with 6GB of RAM, though there’s the choice to allocate among the storage as digital RAM – as much as an extra 6GB.

There’s 128GB of storage, and there continues to be assist for microSD as much as 1TB, which is a giant benefit of selecting a mid-range cellphone.

Whereas it is not lightning fast, it does provide the sort of efficiency and velocity you might want to get issues achieved. It does not actually battle with a lot in any respect, and, whereas not as responsive as a high tier cellphone, it is not gradual, and so does not hinder you in any vital approach. 

What’s extra, it’s going to load up just about any recreation or app you throw at it with out a lot criticism. You do not all the time get the sharpest of resolutions when loading up among the extra intense video games, but it surely sacrifices element in favour of responsive/easy gameplay, which we really feel is the correct method to prioritise issues. 

There’s additionally a 5000mAh battery, with assist for 25W charging. That is a beneficiant capability and improve over the earlier model of this cellphone. As we suspected, this led to some significantly good efficiency from the battery. On lighter days, with 2-3 hours of primary use and largely social media and internet looking, we might end a day with greater than 50 per cent left over. 

The cellphone launches on Android 12 with Samsung’s One UI excessive, with the promise of 4 years of OS updates and 5 years of safety updates.


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Cameras

  • Quad-camera system
    • Most important: 64MP, f/1.8, OIS
    • Extremely-wide: 12MP, f/2.2
    • Macro: 5MP, f/2.4
    • Depth: 5MP, f/2.4
  • Entrance: 32MP, f/2.2

There is a quad-camera system on the rear of the Galaxy A53 5G, however hold your pleasure in examine whereas we clarify what you are right here. As is widespread in mid-range gadgets, you will have two cameras which can be value exploring and two which can be sort of thrown in to make up the numbers.

The primary digicam has a 64-megapixel sensor and presents optical picture stabilisation (OIS) on its lens, and that ought to assist hold photographs cleaner over longer exposures. There’s additionally night time mode on this cellphone – one thing that some funds telephones miss out on, just like the iPhone SE.

It is a respectable sufficient digicam, too, providing footage with good sharpness and depth. It will probably produce handsome photographs that you simply’d be very happy to share on social media.

It does are inclined to over-egg the colors rather a lot, although – much more so than even Samsung is normally recognized for. We had quite a few totally different daytime photographs the place colors have been simply extraordinarily saturated, giving a hyper-real look to the picture. 

There isn’t any optical zoom on this cellphone, with Samsung as a substitute suggesting you may shoot in full decision (at 64-megapixels) and crop in. In any other case, you are digital zooming, which is okay up to some extent. At 2x, you get a satisfactory picture, however the high quality drops off considerably after that. 

The ultra-wide digicam has a 12-megapixel sensor and we have all the time been keen on ultra-wide, ever since LG began pushing this on telephones about 5 years in the past. It is maybe unhappy, then, that this ultrawide does not ship outcomes that match the primary digicam. 

Whereas it might carry out superb on some events, it might additionally get publicity and highlights fully flawed, leaving us with a really washed out picture. As we have seen from another ultrawide lenses prior to now, the distortion across the edges may be actually heavy. Meaning outcomes look noticeably totally different to the outcomes from the primary lens. 

Now, about these different two lenses. We have mentioned this many occasions earlier than, however these lenses are simply thrown in to make the cellphone look higher. The depth sensor is of questionable worth, as loads of flagship telephones produce excellent bokeh images with out such lenses (it is largely achieved by software program today), whereas the macro lens – related on different telephones – can be a bit underwhelming.

With the macro digicam (examples above), you will get inside a couple of centimetres of an object and get an in-focus shot, however the outcomes aren’t superb. In addition to affected by over-saturated colors, it additionally creates an unnatural, nauseating depth of area/background blur and pushes the distinction up excessive.

And, whenever you mix that with a sensor that is nowhere close to as sharp as the first and ultrawide lenses, meaning a typically fairly poor picture. It is extra usable than the previous 2-megapixel macro sensors, but it surely’s nonetheless not superb. 

So, the A53 follows the pattern of the mid-range telephones providing extra lenses than might be mandatory. If a producer is insistent on offering macro performance, we might a lot or not it’s put in a greater ultrawide lens which additionally had macro capabilities, then ditch the opposite two lenses. High quality over amount. 

Writing by Cam Bunton and Chris Corridor. Enhancing by Conor Allison.