Samsung Galaxy A53 test: the cream of inexpensive 5G smartphones

With the Galaxy A53 5G, Samsung is trying to prove that a mid-range Android smartphone can be as convincing as a more expensive model. Does the South Korean manufacturer achieve its goal? Read our test to find out!

Summary

  • Samsung Galaxy A53 5G: the technical sheet
  • Getting started: pure Samsung
  • A Super AMOLED screen that knows how to convince very quickly
  • Performance that relies on a new Exynos
  • Interface: you don’t change a winning recipe!
  • A photo part generally successful
  • Exemplary autonomy
  • A correct fast charge but nothing more

Samsung’s Galaxy A line of smartphones tends to outsell the Galaxy S in terms of sales. It must be said thatover the years, the brand has been able to sharpen its argumentsby offering increasingly high-performance mid-range terminals at reasonable prices. The Samsung Galaxy A53 is one of the latest to hit the market and its proposal is immediately interesting: 120 Hz Super AMOLED screen, 5G connectivity and quadruple dorsal photo sensor, all for around 450 euros when it comes out. It now remains to be seen whether the attractive proposal on paper is also attractive in reality.

Samsung Galaxy A53 5G: the technical sheet

Galaxy A53 5G
screen size 6.5 inches
Screen type Super-AMOLED
Screen definition 2400 x 1080 pixels
Refresh rate 120Hz
SoCs Samsung Exynos 1280
RAM 8/ GB
Storage 128/256 GB
Battery 5000mAh
Quick charge 25W wired
Connectivity 5G / WiFi 5 / BT 5.1
Main photo sensors 64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP
Secondary photo sensors 32 MP
Waterproofing Yes (IP67)
Dimensions 159.6 x 74.8 x 8.1mm
Weight 189 grams
Price From 459€

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Getting started: pure Samsung

From the first grip, there is no doubt that we are facing a Samsung smartphone. The metallic contours and the glasstic back shell are characteristic of the brand. Like most models in the Galaxy A line, the A53 is rather thickbut displays rounded corners which give it a certain softness in the grip.

Samsung Galaxy A53 test: the cream of inexpensive 5G smartphones

On the right edge, there is the ignition button and the one dedicated to the sound. The SIM card door is below, next to the USB Type-C port and the speaker. Small flat: the 3.5 mm jack has disappeared! It was still present on the A52 but Samsung has obviously decided that it was time to do without it.

In back, the photo block stands out very little and goes against current trends. This is rather a good thing because the sensors seem perfectly protected. Finally, with a weight of 189 grams on the scale, this 6.5-inch smartphone is rather light, which contributes to its good handling. The device is IP67 waterproof.

A Super AMOLED screen that knows how to convince very quickly

Master in OLED panels, Samsung once again flaunts its expertise with the Galaxy A53’s 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display. Its screen diagonal is the same as that of the A52 and, visually, there is not much that distinguishes the two devices. The difference is mainly in the fact that the Galaxy A53 offers a refresh rate of 120 Hzwhere the Galaxy A52 was content with 90 Hz.

Samsung Galaxy A53 test: the cream of inexpensive 5G smartphones

The rate is fixed: in the menus, the choice is limited to 60 Hz or 120 Hz, but the proposal remains very interesting and tends to confirm that this functionality is becoming more democratic on mid-range smartphones. As for the brightness of the screen, it is also very good. : Samsung offers to switch from a “vivid” to a “natural” setting in the menus of the terminal, which tends to modify the color temperature. The screen of the Samsung Galaxy A53 is therefore of very good quality: we would have been very disappointed otherwise knowing the manufacturer.

Performance that relies on a new Exynos

If the Galaxy A52 range was equipped with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 778G SoC, Samsung takes a different path with the Galaxy A53, which is equipped with a new in-house processor: theExynos 1280. This one is engraved in 5 nm and it is equipped with two Cortex-A78 at 2.4 GHz and six Cortex-A55 at 2 GHz on the CPU side, and an ARM-Mali G78 GPU. The balance sheet after a few benchmarks reveals that if the CPU part of the SoC proves convincing, the GPU part is less sowith limited but stable performance.

In practice, this results in slowdowns in the most demanding games but also in titles that display a lot of information on the screen. To benefit from a better fluidity, it is possible to reduce the graphics a little. The experience remains satisfactory for the mid-range and in terms of everyday use, the terminal is doing very well: watching videos, surfing the Internet, using social networks and all associated applications is not a problem.

Samsung Galaxy A53 test: the cream of inexpensive 5G smartphones

In sum, the Samsung Galaxy A53 does not disappoint for standard daily use, but has limitations when it comes to greedy games. However, all the applications launched by us during our test worked without great difficulty, even if technical compromises were sometimes necessary.

Interface: you don’t change a winning recipe!

The Samsung Galaxy A53 takes advantage of the combination of Android 12 and One UI 4.1. This proposal is similar to that found on all the most recent terminals of the manufacturer, so it is not surprising that we are faced with the same thing, starting with the side shortcuts panel on the page of reception.

There are also the traditional interface customization functions specific to Android 12 but also to Samsung, as well as the Game Launcher, faithful to the post. Samsung regulars will therefore not be out of place!

A photo part generally successful

Samsung has not particularly innovated on the photo side compared to the Galaxy A52. The Galaxy A53 is equipped with four sensors on the back:

  • A 64-megapixel wide-angle main sensor
  • A 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle sensor
  • A 5-megapixel macro sensor
  • A 5-megapixel portrait sensor

By day, the main sensor and the ultra-wide-angle sensor display great proposals. The colors are beautiful and the photos are crisp and bright. Sometimes you have to take a little time to focus by hand, so as to focus precisely on the element to be highlighted: when you let the smartphone do everything itself, the subject is not always what stands out the most.

For its part, the macro sensor gives convincing results when approaching the subject but the quality tends to drop when you activate the “macro mode”, which is quite surprising. Unless you really take the time to capture the light well and choose the best angle, the proposal is hardly satisfactory to take snapshots in the moment.

At last, the portrait mode is quite convincing and it’s a good surprise, because it’s not really on this functionality that we were expecting this device.

When night falls, the quality of the shots is variable. In total or almost total darkness, the result is generally not very good, in particular due to a grainy image. With a little indirect light, we manage to take better quality shots. In all cases, it is essential to be stablebecause the sensors of the Samsung Galaxy A53 are not the fastest at night, and the result is easily blurred.

A word, finally, on the 32 megapixel sensor that is present on the front of the smartphone. This is one of the strengths of the device., which gives some clues about the intended audience. Nothing to say about the quality of this very precise sensor, with excellent sharpness. A few functions make it possible to take fun selfies.

Exemplary autonomy

Another excellent surprise of the Galaxy A53: its autonomy! With a battery with a capacity of 5000 mAh and an energy-efficient SoC, the terminal is brilliant on this point. During our test, we were able to use it from Saturday morning to Sunday late afternoon without having to recharge it. This included taking many photos, surfing the Internet (social networks, emails) and even a few short gaming sessions throughout the two days. A fairly classic use of a mid-range smartphone, and the Samsung terminal has responded particularly well.

If you use the Samsung Galaxy A53 more, especially to play, the autonomy necessarily drops faster. However, it is not complicated to make it last 24 hours, and even more if you are thrifty the rest of the time. This is a really positive result that we would like to get more often with Samsung devices!

A correct fast charge but nothing more

The Galaxy A53 is compatible with Samsung’s 25W fast charge but, as usual, the appropriate charger is not included. If you have a fast charger from Samsung or another brand, you can recharge your terminal in about 1h20 in 25WThere is no possibility to charge it wirelessly.

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Conclusion

Strong points

  • A sweet design
  • An attractive 120 Hz AMOLED screen
  • Photo modules that give the change during the day
  • Excellent autonomy

Weak points

  • Inaccurate night photography
  • Performance sometimes a little fair
  • The disappearance of the headphone jack
  • The absence of a charger

The Samsung Galaxy A53 presents itself as an overall satisfying mid-range 5G smartphone. Its performance is in line with what can be expected from a terminal of this level. We would have liked a little more power and more efficient photo sensors at night, but the manufacturer has made some coherent compromises to stay in a correct price range. In addition, the device displays good surprises, especially in terms of autonomy and the screen. In short, it’s a good smartphone to take advantage of the advantages of Android and 5G in good conditions.

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Samsung Galaxy A53 test: the cream of inexpensive 5G smartphones

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