Samsung Galaxy A53 5G test: our opinion

If Samsung is recognized for its premium smartphones, we think for example of the galaxys, Galaxy Z-Fold and Galaxy Z Flipp, it is above all the entry-level and mid-range models that account for the bulk of sales. The Galaxy A53 5G, with its list price of €459, is one of those essential devices for the manufacturer that must not only provide a successful experience, but also ensure sufficient margin. Finding the right balance is not chosen easy, especially since competition has grown strongly in recent years with iPhoneSE and OnePlus North who adopt a similar position.

However, the Galaxy A53 5G does not lack arguments to put forward: a nice design, a large screen, 5G connectivity, not to mention a substantial battery and a versatile photo module, that said many devices now claim these same qualities… the The question is therefore whether Samsung is still able to stand out thanks to its know-how?

Design: Consistency Embodied

Apart from folding smartphones, it’s been a while now since Samsung revolutionized the design of its devices, and it’s not with the Galaxy A53 5G that it intends to do so… the financial risk would be far too great in case of failure.

We are therefore faced with a fairly classic-looking Samsung smartphoneequipped with a grand 6.5 inch (164 mm) screen, slightly curved edges on the sides, and a flat back that gently hugs the photo module. The set is well integrated, does not crack in the hand and turns out to be rather qualitative even if Samsung mainly uses plastic. To tell the truth, this Galaxy A53 5G reminds us a bit of another model in the range, the Galaxy S20 FEwhich nevertheless adopts a more upscale positioning.

On a daily basis, the Galaxy A53 5G is a comfortable smartphone although a bit imposing (for small hands). The borders of several millimeters thick around the screen do not help matters and betray, in passing, its more modest side. The control keys fall in any case very well under the fingershowever, we can regret the “soft” character of the volume button.

The owner’s tour continues with the main speaker located on the bottom edge, just next to the port USB-C and SIM drawer which also allows you to expand the memory up to 1 TB. Finally, we can also be satisfied with a IP67 certified which saved us from unpleasant surprises in the event of a fall in the water…

A Super AMOLED panel as we like them

The Galaxy A53 5G is equipped with a screen Super-AMOLEDa technology that we still appreciate as much and which testifies to the most proven experience. Viewing angles are wide, virtual contrast endless and colors vibrant. On the other hand, the screen brightness lacks a bit of panache, we are not up to the more expensive models of the range which degrades comfort outdoors and complicates visibility. It is then necessary to fight with the reflections of the glass and the fingerprints which are legion.

The definition is in any case sufficiently high with 2,400 x 1,080 pixels (405 pp)but above all it benefits from a frequency of 120 Hz refresh which brings fluidity to the interface.

Besides the hallmark for the 32 MP front camerathis concealed screen also a fingerprint reader not ultrasonic like on its big brother the Galaxy S22, but with optical technology (a light comes to analyze the furrows which are at the end of the finger). This is working properly, it is quick to respond and won’t require you to reposition your finger to unlock the device.

Performance: Samsung does not play big

Performance is an important topic that impacts both the user experience and the sheer efficiency of the device. Considering the results obtained during the various benchmarks, we can say that theExynos 1280 which equips the Galaxy A53 5G is a fairly basic mid-range chip. The results obtained speak for themselves:

  • Geekbench 5: 739 (Single-Core) and 1840 (Multi-Core) against 1,724 and 4,645 for the iPhone SE
  • 3D Mark Wild Life Extreme: 636 vs. 2,540 for the iPhone SE

From a user experience point of view, this is a smartphone without surprises that relies on the One UI interface present on the entire Samsung range. Korean has transferred in recent years, but we still can’t avoid these little delays which affect the overall comfort of use. It is all the more regrettable that this smartphone has a 120 Hz screen which should chew the work and that it also works under Android 12the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system.

Anyway, this does not prevent using the phone on a daily basis, but we think that a device offered at more than 400 € in 2022 should work perfectly. So there is still a bit of room to improve this.

Technical characteristics :

  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 1280
  • Frequency: 2 cores at 2.4 GHz (ARM Cortex-A78) and 6 cores at 2.0 GHz (ARM Cortex-A55)
  • GPU: ARM Mali G68MC4
  • RAM: 6 GB

Audio: stays in frame

The audio part is often sacrificed by manufacturers, even though it is essential for viewing media, listening to music, making calls… Samsung is showing itself to be rather consistent on this side by offering an efficient stereo system with a main speaker on the lower edge and a second located just above the screen, it also acts as an earphone. On the other hand, as on most recent smartphones, there is no 3.5mm jack audio outputit is therefore necessary to be satisfied with a USB Type-C socket or Bluetooth 5.1 via wireless headphones.

Autonomy: a 5,000 mAh battery that makes the difference

Samsung had the good idea to connect in its Galaxy A53 5G a 5000 mAh batterycapacity identical to that of Galaxy S22 Ultra, while it has a smaller, less bright screen and shows more modest performance. The result is a smartphone that offers solid battery life.

You will not have to make concessions by lowering the screen refresh rate or the brightness, for example. It easily lasts the day in classic use, which should also be the norm. 25W fast charging is also available, too bad Samsung does not go further in this area, some Chinese competitors, for example, offer more than 50W on mid-range models. And there’s no wireless charging either.

Photo: great versatility

Samsung has put the package on the photo by equipping its Galaxy A53 5G with four sensors which prove to be effective: 64 MP (wide-angle) + 12 MP (ultra-wide-angle) + 5 MP (Macro) + 5 MP (ToF ).


The 64 MP main sensor pushes the color saturation a bit high. Samsung probably wants to flatter the retina, but it goes a bit too far.

The ultra wide-angle sensor is effective, however the distortion on the sides of the image is very, very high.

Very close-up photo with 2x zoom – a macro mode is available, but the result is often blurry

Close-up photo with the main sensor

At night the quality is very average as on most smartphones in this segment

On the competitive side?

The iPhone SE is an affordable gateway to the Apple ecosystem, but in order not to obtain its margins the Californian manufacturer is recycling a design that is several years old. You also have to make do with a 4.7-inch LCD panel and a single 12 MP photo sensor. On the other hand, it works with iOS 15 and it has a latest generation A15 Bionic chip, like the iPhone 13.

More affordable, the Realme 9 Pro+ stands out for the quality of its screen, its autonomy and its wide-angle photo sensor. The OnePlus Nord 2 benefits from a clean and very responsive interface. It also benefits from an AMOLED Full HD + panel, but its photo part is less relevant.

Conclusion

The Galaxy A53 5G is a classic Samsung smartphone that convinced us, however. It is designed with rigor and delivers a score without any real false notes. Performance is admittedly pretty poor, but the 120Hz display more or less fixes that. We can also salute the autonomy and versatility of the photo module.

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