A few days ago, Samsung launched the Galaxy A53 5G as its latest smartphone in the Galaxy A-series. The phone is quite sleek in terms of looks and it comes in matte finish and four decent colours, which will impress everyone at first sight. Let us know that the company has launched the phone in two variants and currently its starting price is Rs 31,499 but the company is giving its customers a chance to buy it for less than half the price. If you are planning to buy Galaxy A53 5G, then know in the review the features and flaws of the phone …
First of all know what will be found in the box
The company has given a very slim design to its box. Apart from the phone, only the Type-C to Type-C cable, SIM ejector tool and some documents are available in the box. That is, with the phone you will not get a charging adapter, neither will you get earphones nor will you get screen guard and protecting cover. That is, you will have to spend separately for this. Which can disappoint many people a bit.
How much is the price and offer
According to Samsung’s official site, the phone’s 6GB RAM and 128GB storage variant costs Rs 31,499 while the 8GB RAM and 128GB storage variant costs Rs 32,999. The phone is available in Osm Black, Osm Blue, Osm Peach and Osm White color.
Talking about the offer, according to the official site, an exchange bonus of up to Rs 15,000 is being given on both the phones. After which the starting price of the phone drops to Rs 16,499. Customers can avail Rs.3000 instant cashback with ICICI/SBI/Kotak bank cards and an additional Rs.1000 off with 20K advantage vouchers (on Samsung Shop app purchases for first time users)
How is the display and design of the phone
– If you are still using a slim phone, then it may feel a bit awkward when holding it. This is because its thickness is 8.1mm, which may seem more to some people. Samsung has tried to flatten the corners of the phone, though it’s still a bit curvy. Glossy touch has been given to its corners to give a different look. The back panel of the phone comes with a matte finish, the advantage of which is that no matter how you use it, there are no scratches or fingerprints visible on it. The right side of the phone is empty while the left has power and volume rockers. There is a microphone on the top while the SIM tray, speaker grille, Type-C charging port and a microphone are on the bottom. Here you will miss the audio jack.
The phone has a 6.5-inch full-HD + Super AMOLED display. The good thing is that the flat display is made of Gorilla Glass 5 for scratch protection. The left and right borders are thin but the top and bottom borders are slightly thicker. The fingerprint reader is embedded in the display. It works fast. On the top, Samsung has neatly hidden the earpiece between the display and the frame, which is barely visible. With this phone, even if you do get drenched in the rain, you don’t have to worry as the phone comes with an IP67 rating for dust and water resistance.
What is special in software and specs
Talking about the hardware, the Galaxy A53 5G comes with an in-house Samsung chipset, which is said to be Exynos 1280. This is the same chip that also powers the cheaper Galaxy A33 5G.
The phone supports 5G, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.1, NFC and satellite navigation system. Galaxy A53 5G will not get 3.5mm audio jack. There is also no USB Type-C audio adapter in the phone’s box. The phone supports dual-5G standby and the hybrid dual-SIM tray can support microSD card up to 1TB.
– Comes with Samsung Refreshed One UI 3.1 and is based on Android 12. The theme engine may change the colors of the interface and app icons depending on the wallpaper chosen for the home screen. However, it didn’t have the conversations widget that’s commonly found on Android 12 devices, which lets you pin important chats and conversations to the home screen. The phone is unfortunately loaded with a lot of bloatware, including a long list of apps from Samsung, as well as some Microsoft and other third-party apps. Thankfully, you can uninstall most of them.
How is the phone in terms of performance?
Looking at the price, it would not be wrong to say that a more powerful processor can be given in the phone. This is because the phone is equipped with Exynos 1280 chipset, which is fine till regular use. The Galaxy A53 5G scored 498 and 1,806 respectively in Geekbench’s single and multi-core tests while its AnTuTu score stood at 3,72,582. These scores are fine for a low-cost phone, but seem low for the Galaxy A53 5G’s price range. In comparison, the older Samsung Galaxy A52s scored 739 and 2,733 in Geekbench, which makes it more powerful than its successor. As far as gaming is concerned, the phone can disappoint while playing heavy graphics games.
– The refresh rate of the display varies between 120Hz and 60Hz. During testing, we found that it stayed at 120Hz even when browsing the Instagram feed or watching videos on YouTube. The screen refresh rate dropped to 60Hz only when playing games or using the camera app. The Super AMOLED display looks good with the typical punchy color tones this type of panel is known for, and its brightness was decent even in bright sunlight. HDR support is missing from the display, but you will still enjoy streaming videos. The stereo speakers sounded well balanced and are quite loud.
How is the phone in terms of photography?
The phone packs four rear cameras, including a 64-megapixel primary, 12-megapixel ultra-wide, 5-megapixel macro, and a 5-megapixel depth camera. There is a 32-megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. The layout of the camera app is customizable and the viewfinder has tons of shortcuts. To test the camera, we took a few shots outdoors. The camera quality of the phone was really impressive. There was no artificial color on any side in the colors of the photos. You can also see some sample shots taken from the phone …
How much power is there in the battery?
In terms of battery life, the Galaxy A53 5G performs better than its previous model. Its large 5000mAh battery added four hours to the runtime of our HD video loop test, clocking an impressive 19 hours and 44 minutes. With everyday use, the phone lasted a full two days, which is pretty good. Samsung doesn’t provide a charger in the box, so I plugged the Galaxy A53 5G into my 61W USB PD charger. The phone supports 25W charging, and managed to go from 0 to 100 percent in 1 hour 51 minutes, which isn’t bad, but still isn’t quite as fast as some of the competition.
The Samsung Galaxy A53 5G is a capable premium smartphone, but the new chip might leave you a bit disappointed in terms of performance. This chip will be much better for the budget Galaxy M33 5G (Rs 18,999), but not for a phone that costs above Rs 31,000 thousand. Camera performance is pretty decent in daylight, and it’s the only phone we’ve reviewed in this segment with an IP67 rating. It would not go wrong to say that compared to the Galaxy A53 5G, the Galaxy A52s 5G offers a better gaming experience, has a headphone jack and comes with a charger in the box. Its price is also a bit low (around Rs 30,490) which makes it a good option to buy. But if gaming isn’t your priority, then the Galaxy A53 5G is something to consider.