With the Galaxy A53 5G, Samsung tries to prove that a mid-range Android smartphone can be just as convincing as a more expensive model. Does the South Korean manufacturer achieve its goal? Read our quiz to find out!
- Samsung Galaxy A53 5G: the technical sheet
- Getting Started: Pure Samsung
- A Super AMOLED screen that knows how to convince very quickly
- Performance that builds on a new Exynos
- Interface: you don’t change a winning recipe!
- A part of the usually successful photo
- 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 has to be said thatOver the years, the brand has been able to refine its argumentsoffering increasingly powerful mid-range terminals at reasonable prices. The Samsung Galaxy A53 is one of the last to arrive on the market and its proposal is immediately interesting: 120 Hz Super AMOLED screen, 5G connectivity and quadruple dorsal photosensor, all for about 450 euros when it comes out. Now it 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|
|SoC||samsung exynos 1280|
|living memory||8/ Go|
|Fast charge||25W wired|
|connectivity||5G / Wi-Fi 5 / Bluetooth 5.1|
|Main photosensors||64MP + 12MP + 5MP + 5MP|
|Dimensions||159.6 x 74.8 x 8.1mm|
Getting Started: Pure Samsung
From the first grab, there is no doubt that we are dealing with a Samsung smartphone. The metallic contours and the glasstic back cover are characteristic of the brand. Like most models in the Galaxy A line, the A53 is quite thickbut it has rounded corners that give it a certain softness in the grip.
On the right edge, there is the power button and the one dedicated to sound. The SIM card door is below, next to the USB Type-C port and the speaker. Small flat: the 3.5mm jack is gone! It was still present in the A52, but Samsung obviously decided it was time to do without it.
In the back, the photo block stands out very little and goes against current trends. This is quite good because the sensors seem perfectly protected. Lastly, weighing in at 189 grams on the scale, this 6.5-inch smartphone is quite 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.
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 democratized in mid-range smartphones. As for the brightness of the screen, it is also very good. Note: Samsung offers to switch from a “vivid” to “natural” setting in the phone’s menus, which tends to change the color temperature. The screen of the Samsung Galaxy A53 is therefore of very good quality: otherwise we would have been very disappointed to meet the manufacturer.
Performance that builds 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 internal processor: theExynos 1280. This one is etched in 5nm and is equipped with two 2.4GHz Cortex-A78s and six 2GHz Cortex-A55s on the CPU side and an ARM-Mali G78 GPU. Balancing after a few benchmarks reveals that if the CPU part of the SoC is convincing, the GPU part is less sowith limited but stable performance.
In practice, this translates into 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 bit. The experience remains satisfactory for the mid-range and in terms of daily use, the terminal works very well: watching videos, surfing the Internet, using social networks and all the associated applications is not a problem.
In sum, the Samsung Galaxy A53 does not disappoint for standard daily use, but it has limitations when it comes to greedy games. However, all apps launched by us during our test ran without great difficulty, even if technical compromises were sometimes necessary.
Interface: you don’t change a winning recipe!
The Samsung Galaxy A53 takes advantage the combination of Android 12 and One UI 4.1. This proposal is similar to what we find in all the most recent terminals of the manufacturer, so it is not surprising that we find ourselves facing the same thing, starting with the side panel of shortcuts on the reception page.
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 position. So Samsung regulars won’t be out of place!
A part of the usually successful photo
Samsung hasn’t particularly innovated on the photography 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 show great proposals. The colors are beautiful and the photos are sharp and bright. Sometimes you have to take a little time to focus by hand, to precisely focus on the element to be highlighted: when you let the smartphone do everything for 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 not very satisfactory to take snapshots in the moment.
At the end, portrait mode is quite convincing and it is a good surprise, because it is not really in this functionality that we expected this device.
When night falls, the quality of the shots is variable. In total or near total darkness, the result is generally not very good, in particular due to a grainy image. With a bit of indirect light we managed to take better quality shots. In any case, 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, about 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 target audience. Nothing to say about the quality of this very precise sensor, with excellent sharpness. Some features make it possible to take fun selfies.
Another excellent surprise of the Galaxy A53: its autonomy! With a 5,000 mAh capacity battery and a low-power SoC, the terminal looks brilliant at this point. During our test, we were able to use it from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon without having to recharge it. This included taking lots of photos, surfing the internet (social media, 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 especially well.
If you use the Samsung Galaxy A53 more, especially to play, the autonomy necessarily drops faster. Nevertheless, it is not complicated to make it last 24 hours, and even more so if you are thrifty the rest of the time. This is a really positive result that we would like to see 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 corresponding charger is not included. If you have a fast charger from Samsung or another brand, you can recharge your terminal in about 1h20 on 25WThere is no possibility to charge it wirelessly.
- a sweet design
- An attractive 120 Hz AMOLED screen
- Photo modules that give change during the day.
- excellent autonomy
- Inaccurate night photography
- Performance sometimes a bit fair
- The disappearance of the headphone jack
- The absence of a charger.
The Samsung Galaxy A53 comes across as a satisfactory mid-range 5G smartphone overall. Its performance is in line with what would be expected from a terminal of this level. We would have liked a little more power and more efficient photosensors at night, but the manufacturer has made some consistent compromises to stay in the right price range. In addition, the device holds good surprises, especially in terms of autonomy and the screen. In short, it is a good smartphone to take advantage of Android and 5G in good conditions.
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