Despite the fact that the Galaxy S and the Galaxy Z are the two ranges of smartphones that demonstrate the full potential of Samsung, the South Korean manufacturer also has an interesting catalog of mid-range mobiles, known as the Galaxy A These stand out for their balanced performance, striking design and additional features. Some of them even inherited the Galaxy S22. One of the most important models of this family, at least to date, is the Galaxy A53.
This new Samsung smartphone is, a priori, convincing. If we take a look at its main features, we see that the terminal is equipped with an octa-core processor and 6 GB of RAM, a 120 Hz screen, the latest version of Android, a quadruple main camera and a huge battery. Yes, these are very common features in mid-range smartphones – we already know how boring cell phones can be – but Samsung offers somewhat different features which, in fact, I’m reviewing throughout analysis.
However, there is one aspect that needs to be considered before even knowing what your screen looks like, how it works in design, or if your cameras deliver good results. It’s about the price. The Galaxy A 53 is on sale at 450 euros in its version with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of internal memory. For this price, I can’t help but think that there are smartphones from Xiaomi (like the Poco X3 Pro) or Realme (the Realme GT, for example) that are even cheaper and with similar specs or superior.
Now, is there any area in this Samsung smartphone that justifies its price or invites you to opt for this option over any other smartphone? Or is it better to put this model aside and share a Xiaomi?
Design and screen: a matter of colors
Samsung seems to focus this Galaxy A53 on young audiences, and the proof is their appearance. The smartphone has a continuous design compared to the Galaxy A52, with slightly rounded edges, a screen with few frames and a selfie camera in the upper area, and a polycarbonate back with a large photographic module.
Precisely, what I like the most in the design of the Samsung Galaxy A53 is its back, and they are the very successful pastel tones that the company has included in the different variants. The model we received in hypertextual to perform this analysis is blue, a color that is also present in its predecessor. It is a very punchy tone, which inevitably makes you turn the terminal to see it in more detail and which also forces you to carry it without a cover or, at most, with a transparent cover.
The blue of the back, on the other hand, goes very well with these frames – also made of polycarbonate – in a bright tone. Special mention to the orange tone in which it is also available. Again, very successful.
The front, as I mentioned, hardly has any frames, so its 6.5-inch screen is the protagonist. It’s a Super AMOLED panel with Full HD+ resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, a step up from its predecessor. The price is also adaptive. In other words, depending on certain factors, such as the content displayed on the screen or the battery level, the system is able to vary this frequency automatically.
beyond specifications, Galaxy A53 screen is very good. It does not reach the level of, for example, the Samsung Galaxy S21 FE, but it respects the level of detail, sharpness and color interpretation, which in my opinion is excellent. Its brightness, around 800 nits, is also sufficient to be able to view content in broad daylight.
How is the Samsung Galaxy A53 in terms of performance and battery life?
Regarding performance, the Samsung Galaxy A53 is equipped with a exynos 1280 processor and it comes with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. It’s a compelling setup, especially when performing day-to-day tasks like social media browsing, casual gaming, and more. In more demanding tasks it also performs well, although it is common to see a bit of slowdown, probably caused by poor software optimization, but nothing to worry about.
Software which, by the way, has the latest version of Android available: Android 12, as well as the most recent customization layer from the manufacturer: One UI 4.1. In my opinion, it is a beautiful and very intuitive interface. It also offers different customization options and allows the user to choose which applications they want to install or not on the smartphonewhich avoids the tedious bloatware that we commonly see in mid-range mobiles.
Another very important software detail is the long period of updates offered by the South Korean company. Specifically, up to four operating system updates. In other words, if the Samsung Galaxy A53 currently has Android 12, it can receive up to Android 16. Excellent news if we take into account that these smartphones are barely two years old.
What about the battery? The Galaxy A53 has 5000 mAh, a capacity that allows you to enjoy the smartphone throughout the day without any worries and with very intensive use. If you tweak a few settings or use more sparingly, you’ll probably get a day and a half with no issues. Negative point, yes, for the charge. Not because of its speed (25w), but because the smartphone doesn’t include a charger in the box. While it is true that many smartphones integrate this adapter, most mid-range mobiles from other manufacturers do.
So are your cameras
Samsung didn’t skimp on the Galaxy A53’s cameras. This model has a quad main lens with a very standard setup in the mid-range. Is the following.
- primary sensor 64 megapixels with f/1.8 aperture.
- 123º ultra wide angle camera, resolution 13 megapixels and f/2.2 aperture.
- depth of field sensor 5 megapixels with f/2.4 aperture for portrait mode or bohek photos.
- macro-detection 5 megapixels with f/2.4 aperture for close-up photography.
The truth is that, in terms of results, Galaxy A53 main camera works quite well. At the level of details, it is convincing. Also in terms of sharpness and colors, although in some cases too saturated for my taste, especially the natural ones, like the tree greens. One detail that I really liked about the camera is that it controls exposure very well when there is good lighting. It manages to capture the main element of the image without overexposing sky colors or brighter areas.
Interior maintains these good results, although with a little more noise and a somewhat considerable loss of detail, but not alarming. the same thing happens in low light conditions, as in night scenes. These bright areas capture good color and decent detail, but in the darker areas the loss in quality is a bit noticeable. Luckily, this is something Night Mode can fix in many scenarios.
According to ultra wide angle camera, the results are remarkable, but not exceptional. In other words, it maintains a process similar to what we see in the main lens, with those colors so characteristic of Samsung mobile cameras, but with less detail. It is something usual in this type of lenses. camera support, both of 5 megapixels and dedicated to photography in portrait and macro mode, are rather successful. In my opinion, yes, two sensors that offer very little use.
The Samsung Galaxy A53 has a problem: its price
The results in its various fields prove it: the Samsung Galaxy A53 is a very good smartphone. It offers a balance in all its features, beyond the small negative points that we find, for example, in the battery section or in the cameras. In fact, I would dare to say that it is one of the best mid-range smartphones you can find today. If not, yes, for its price.
448.99 euros is too much for a mobile with these characteristics. It is compliant in all its sections, yes, but not for this price. Above all, considering that smartphones with even higher specs (better processor, faster charging, more powerful camera setup…), can be bought cheaply. An example is the Poco X3 Pro (399 euros at Amazon) or the Realme GT (around 380 euros). In fact, for 80 euros more, it is possible to buy the Galaxy S21 FE, which surpasses the Galaxy A53 in terms of performance, screen and camera.
Given its competition, the Galaxy A53 not a good alternative. At least not at this price. And not even for the extras it offers, such as IP67 certification. A considerable reduction that places it around 300 euros would allow it to become not only an option to consider, but also the definitive choice. It is not something impossible. Indeed, the Galaxy S21 FE, whose starting price was 759 euros, can now be purchased around 530 euros, and has only been on the market for a few months.
Therefore, if your budget is around 500 euros and you have thought of the Galaxy A53 as a candidate option, it is better to buy a Xiaomi. If you have found an interesting offer of this smartphoneeither through a distributor or through your operator, and you have accessed this test to see how it performs in its various sections and check if it is really worth it before buy: don’t hesitate any longer, the Galaxy A53 is a very balanced mobile.
I am Bhumi Shah, a highly skilled digital marketer with over 11 years of experience in digital marketing and content writing in the tech industry.