What you need to know about the Samsung Galaxy A53 5G.

The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is the successor to the wildly popular Galaxy A52 5G and Galaxy A52s from 2021. (though the latter did not launch in the US). Although there aren’t many differences from its predecessors, Samsung appears to have improved the popular Galaxy A device in several useful ways. It is $50 more economical, to begin with. The 6GB RAM and 128GB storage option is currently available for just $449. There is also a better model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, but it is more difficult to find in most areas. No matter which model you select, you may expand your storage by using the microSD card slot.

A 6.5-inch Super AMOLED display is included, which is the same size as the previous Galaxy A52 5G. With a Full HD+ resolution and a 120Hz adaptive refresh rate, it is quite sharp. The Galaxy A53 5G’s rear panel is made of plastic, however, the display is made of Gorilla Glass 5. Additionally, it has IP67 certification for water and dust resistance.

NETWORK

NETWORKTechnologyGSM / HSPA / LTE / 5G

BODY

BODYDimensions159.6 x 74.8 x 8.1 mm (6.28 x 2.94 x 0.32 in)
Weight189 g (6.67 oz)
BuildGlass front (Gorilla Glass 5), plastic frame, plastic back
SIMSingle SIM (Nano-SIM) or Hybrid Dual SIM (Nano-SIM, dual stand-by)
 IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)

DISPLAY

The A53 5G’s Super AMOLED panel lives up to Samsung’s reputation for producing high-quality displays. Despite having a smaller screen than devices like the Poco X4 Pro 5G, this phone still has a large screen at 6.5 inches, dwarfing the 5.4-inch iPhone 13 Mini.

The Galaxy A53 5G’s 20:9 aspect ratio makes it ideal for watching material, especially widescreen movies, and its Full HD Super AMOLED panel creates stunning video quality. Rich colors, sufficient detail, and a healthy contrast ratio with deep blacks and brightness levels that reach 800 nits.

DISPLAYTypeSuper AMOLED, 120Hz, 800 nits (HBM)
Size6.5 inches, 102.0 cm2 (~85.4% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution1080 x 2400 pixels, 20:9 ratio (~405 ppi density)
ProtectionCorning Gorilla Glass 5

Processor & Benchmark

The Exynos 1280 CPU included within the Galaxy A53 5G handled regular things like mail, browsing, and social media without any problems, but I did occasionally detect stuttering if I pushed the phone harder. The Galaxy A53 5G occasionally lost a small amount of time when switching between Spotify and active navigation. The first time I started the always-demanding Genshin Impact, it took quite a while. I had some slight stuttering as the world loaded and sporadic frame rate decreased, but nothing that seriously affected gameplay.

PLATFORMOSAndroid 12, One UI 4.1
ChipsetExynos 1280 (5 nm)
CPUOcta-core (2×2.4 GHz Cortex-A78 & 6×2.0 GHz Cortex-A55)
GPUMali-G68

STORAGE

MEMORYCard slotmicroSDXC (uses shared SIM slot)
Internal128GB 4GB RAM, 128GB 6GB RAM, 128GB 8GB RAM, 256GB 6GB RAM, 256GB 8GB RAM

CAMERA

The camera system produces images with a lot of depth and clarity because of its 64MP, f/1.8 sensor, and 26mm wide angle. Because of its high resolution and available enhancements, like OIS, it performs admirably even in dimly lit settings. Even though night shots need a little more processing and can take up to three seconds to save, the results are pretty good for the price of the phone.

A 12 MP ultra-wide camera with a 123-degree field of view is also available. Although it lacks autofocus, it can still take photographs that can be cropped and have respectable levels of detail. It performs flawlessly in low light because to Samsung’s aggressive processing, which keeps noise to a minimum. For those looking for a smartphone camera that is ready for Instagram, the A53 5G’s overly vibrant images give results that are almost best-in-class.

MAIN CAMERAQuad64 MP, f/1.8, 26mm (wide), 1/1.7X”, 0.8µm, PDAF, OIS
12 MP, f/2.2, 123˚ (ultrawide), 1.12µm
5 MP, f/2.4, (macro)
5 MP, f/2.4, (depth)
FeaturesLED flash, panorama, HDR
Video4K@30fps, 1080p@30/60fps; gyro-EIS
SELFIE CAMERASingle32 MP, f/2.2, 26mm (wide), 1/2.8″, 0.8µm
FeaturesHDR
Video4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps

SOUND

It is paired with two powerful stereo speakers that are built into the phone—one is located at the bottom and the other is in the earpiece.

SOUNDLoudspeakerYes, with stereo speakers
3.5mm jackNo

CONNECTIVITY

COMMSWLANWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
Bluetooth5.1, A2DP, LE
GPSYes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BDS
NFCYes (market/region dependent)
RadioNo
USBUSB Type-C 2.0, USB On-The-Go

SENSORS

FEATURESSensorsFingerprint (under display, optical), accelerometer, gyro, compass, barometer
 Virtual proximity sensing

BATTERY & CHARGING

The 5000mAh battery on the Samsung A53 5G performs a respectable job of keeping the phone powered on for a full day. After 13.5 hours of screen-on time, it depletes by roughly 80%, which is respectable but not exceptional for its capacity and cost.

The A53 5G lacks wireless charging, unlike higher-end Samsung devices, and Samsung doesn’t compete with Realme and Xiaomi in terms of quick charging. The maximum charging speed for the Galaxy A53 is 25W, and it takes just under two hours to reach 100%.

BATTERYTypeLi-Po 5000 mAh, non-removable
ChargingFast charging 25W

Colors & Models

MISCColorsBlack, White, Blue, Peach
ModelsSM-A536B, SM-A536B/DS, SM-A536U, SM-A536U1, SM-A5360, SM-A536E, SM-A536E/DS, SM-A536V, SM-A536W

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